Clinton retires debt from 2008 campaign

Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show Clinton

FILE - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, listens to a reporter ask a question during a news conference with African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, not seen, after their meeting at the Department of State in Washington, in this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo. Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for a blood clot in her head said Monday Dec. 31, 2013 that blood thinners are being used to dissolve the clot and they are confident she will make a full recovery. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has paid off the outstanding debt from her 2008 presidential campaign.

Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show Clinton's campaign made payments of $73,000 on Dec. 31 to a consulting firm run by former adviser and pollster Mark Penn. That accounted for the last part of the debt going back to her primary campaign against Barack Obama.

Clinton had owed vendors about $12 million at the end of June 2008.

As a Cabinet member, Clinton faced fundraising restrictions to retire her debt but someone could do it on her behalf.

Former President Bill Clinton sent a fundraising email to his wife's supporters in late November, asking for their help in retiring the debt. The campaign raised about $158,000 in the last three months of 2012.

Associated Press
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