Politics & Media
Jul 21, 2008, 07:26AM

Not Exactly A Stellar Record On Education

Hillary Clinton's run at the presidency made history in all sorts of important ways, but history doesn't pay the bills. Even after loaning herself millions of dollars the campaign remains deep in debt, and many colleges and universities that hosted rallies haven't been paid for their services. We're sure they'll scrape together the spare change eventually, but is stiffing our country's institutions of higher learning really the best message to send?

Last March, Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke to a small crowd at the University of Pennsylvania's Houston Hall about the housing crisis. That same month, Chelsea Clinton came to Wynn Commons to talk about issues relevant to students during the campaign. Almost a month later, Clinton held her final rally before the Pennsylvania primary at the Palestra with her family cheering behind her.

But since Clinton suspended her campaign for the presidency last month, many universities and venues across the country have been asking: Where's the money?

Penn is one such university.

"They do still owe us some money," said Ron Ozio, director for media relations at Penn.

According to the Federal Election Commission, the Clinton campaign is more than $20 million in debt, including $11.4 million that Clinton lent the campaign herself.

For now, the options are limited for the failed Clinton campaign. All they can do is wait for checks in the mail and hope that universities and other venues are patient.

"We do fully expect them to pay," Ozio said, but he did not comment on when such payment might arrive.


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