Paging PUMA head Will Bower. Will Bower, please report to the white courtesy phone.
As we noted on July 10th, head PUMA Will Bower was claiming that his Just Say No Deal coalition had raised anywhere from 6 to 10 million dollars to pay down Hillary Clinton’s debt during a July 4th fundraising initiative. He even went a delusional step further and boasted on Fox News’ Your World on July 10th, during what was billed as an “exclusive” announcement (full video here), that by the end of the upcoming weekend, due to a final PUMA “push,” Hillary’s debt would be “finished.”
From the LA Times:
Clinton pays down her debts a little, with a little help from Obama
Hillary Clinton whittled down her presidential campaign debt by $1.3 million in July, and presumptive nominee Barack Obama chipped in to help.
Clinton’s latest campaign disclosure filed Wednesday shows Obama gave her $4,600, a sum that presumably includes the maximum donation of $2,300 from the senator and $2,300 from Michelle Obama. The contribution was dated July 31. [...]
Despite suspending her campaign in June, Clinton raised $2 million in July.
And that’s how much she raised for the entire month of July. That one’s going to leave a mark.
UPDATE: Oh, this is good. Via Nashville 21 we tracked down the Hillary Clinton for President FEC filing for July contributions. Check out the “contributions by date” info for the beginning of the month, when the PUMA/Just Say No Deal coalition was allegedly pulling in six to ten million dollars for Hillary. I’ve included the entire July 4th weekend:
July 01, 2008
July 02, 2008
July 03, 2008
July 04, 2008
July 05, 2008
July 06, 2008
That’s a grand total of $85,602.43 for July 1st through July 6th, not even remotely close to the PUMAs’ “conservative” estimate of $6 million dollars (it’s 1.4% of that claim, 0.86% of the $10 million figure) and that’s not even accounting for the fact that all of the donations during that time period didn’t come from self-identified PUMAs.
MORE: Might as well run this video again. It would be a pity to let PUMA PAC’s Darragh Murphy off the hook, too.