The Long and Expensive March
Posted on Mar 30, 2008
Hillary Clinton has promised to fight on all the way to the convention, but her campaign owes millions in unpaid bills and isn’t returning phone calls and e-mails to some small businesses in past battlegrounds. Clinton’s strategic payment of debts has helped her stay in the race, but according to The Politico, it is starting to earn her a bad reputation among vendors.
Show Tyme Exhibits, another Youngstown [Ohio] event production company, has produced political events for years and had never had problems getting paid before Clinton, according to owner Jim Phillips.
He said he’s still waiting for a payment for setting up the sound system and stage for Clinton’s February tour of a General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
“It was only $607, but I’m a small guy; I could use that,” said Phillips, adding, “Everyone I can tell, I do tell about it. You tell somebody something bad about somebody, they tell 10 other people.”
Both Phillips and the [event production company] Forty Two employee said they voted for Clinton in Ohio’s March 4 primary, which she won handily, but regret their votes and are reluctant to work for her campaign again.
AP photo / Carolyn Kaster