The Washington Times - July 29, 2008, 11:43AM



Just as the VP speculation comes to a boil, Sen. Hillary Clinton is resurfacing with an active political schedule.


She’s still burdened with mountains of debt from the primary campaign and today is offering supporters the chance to dine with her “under the stars” if they give at least $5.


She’s also about to mount an aggressive series of fund-raisers, including one tonight in Washington and some in California next month.


Here’s the note she sends her email list this morning, with a link to a donation form:

Summer is a time for simple pleasures: family vacations, baseball games, and dinner out under the stars. At least it is if you aren’t running for president!

It sure is nice having a little more time on my hands, and I’d love to spend some of it with you. Would you like to join me for dinner?

During the campaign, I had the chance a few times to grab meals with supporters, but they were always rushed thanks to the frenetic pace of the campaign. This is my first chance to sit down and spend some real one-on-one time with you. If you enter today, we could be having dinner together soon!

Join me for dinner. Make a $5 contribution today.

My staff has been calling this my “retirement dinner” — not because I’m retiring, of course, but because we’re working on retiring the debt we owe to small vendors all over the country. Everyone who acts today will have the chance to join me — along with a guest — for a dinner to talk about whatever you’d like.

Let’s go to dinner! Every little bit helps, and even $5 can make a real difference. Contribute $5 now, and you and I could be enjoying a summer dinner together soon!

Join me for dinner. Make a $5 contribution today.

Thank you so much for all your wonderful support.

All the best,

Hillary Rodham Clinton


Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times

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