Pirro's fundraising a far cry from earlier Clinton foes
By MARC HUMBERT
AP Political Writer
October 18, 2005, 11:35 AM EDT
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two weeks before she closed the books on her initial drive to finance a run against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeanine Pirro pleaded for "emergency contributions" because "a poor showing for me in my first quarterly FEC report is simply NOT an option."
On Friday, Pirro's campaign reported to the Federal Election Commission that it raised $438,555 for the three months ending Sept. 30. Clinton reported raising 12 times that, almost $5.3 million.
"The potential for growth is enormous," Pirro told a New York City news conference a few hours before her campaign aides released the fundraising details. At the news conference, Republican Gov. George Pataki had endorsed her.
"Sometimes numbers speak louder than words," said Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson. "These numbers aren't breaking a whisper."
The Clinton camp was quick to note that in 1999 and 2000, as Clinton geared up for her first Senate race, Republicans Rudolph Giuliani and Rick Lazio had no trouble raising money. In the last six months of 1999, Giuliani raised more than $9 million. He dropped out of the race on May 19 in the face of prostate cancer. Lazio, a congressman from Long Island at the time, stepped in and raised almost $5 million between then and the end of June.
Pirro's campaign manager, Brian Donahue, said Pataki's endorsement would help with fundraising.
As if that wasn't bad enough...
BY MICHAEL McAULIFF
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Jeanine Pirro always says Sen. Hillary Clinton's real goal is the White House. Maybe that's why the Pirro campaign sent a letter to Clinton there - and asked her for money.
"Dear Hillary," begins the fund-raising appeal addressed to Clinton at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington. "You and I have been through a lot over the years."
After the Westchester DA thanks Clinton for previous help - which a spokesman for Clinton said has never existed - the letter hits the former First Lady up for a donation of up to $1,000.
"Hillary, I need to know if I can count on you to stand by my side in my campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the U.S. Senate in 2006," it goes on.
"And you and I know the U.S. Senate isn't Hillary's real goal," says the letter, which was forwarded to the senator. "Hillary wants to use New York as a pit stop on the way to the White House."
This from the woman whose campaign began with a moment of silence...
....that lasted 32 seconds while she scrambled for her notes about why Hillary must not be re-elected.
My god, what HAVE Republicans come to???? I respected this woman as a courageous fighter. Turns out, she's just another pussy.