Politico's Kenneth Vogel writes about the Clinton campaign's slow and steady accumulation of unpaid bills. There's quite a bit of facinating detail about who she's not paying:
It’s not just the size of Clinton’s debts that’s noteworthy. It’s also that her unpaid bills extend beyond the realm of high-priced consultants who typically let bills slide as part of the cost of doing business with powerful clientele whose success is linked to their own.
Some of Clinton’s biggest debts are to pollster and chief strategist Mark Penn, who’s owed $2.5 million; direct mail company MSHC Partners, which is owed $807,000; phone-banking firm Spoken Hub, which is waiting for $771,000; and ad maker Mandy Grunwald, who’s owed $467,000....
She owed Iowa’s Sioux City Art Center Board of Trustees $3,500 for catering and venue costs, New Hampshire’s Winnacunnet Cooperative School District $4,400 in event costs, Qwest $24,000 for phone service, various branches of the Iowa-based supermarket chain Hy-Vee $15,000 for food, beverages and catering, and $7,700 to Ohio and Massachusetts branches of the theatrical stage employees’ union, for equipment costs.
In fact, about a third of the nearly 700 individual debts Clinton reported at the end of February were for various types of “event expenses,” including $319,000 for catering and venue costs, $420,000 for equipment, $11,000 for photography and $9,000 for security.
I'm trying to figure out if Hillary Clinton can somehow turn this to her advantage in the remaining primaries. I think one of three slogans would work:
1) "This just shows that no matter what the situation, I won't discriminate against the little guy"
2) "In solidarity with beleaguered homeowners, I have decided not to pay my creditors."
3) "As I told the Washington Post, I will continue to rack up unpaid debts until the Michigan and Florida delegations are seated."
Suggest your own mottos in the comments!
UPDATE: Vogel has a follow-up story: "the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff stands out."