Hillary Clinton presidential campaign saw a huge influx of donations following her testimony before the House Benghazi committee. The night following her appearance with the committee, Oct. 22, saw the best fundraising hour of the candidate’s campaign.
While the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, has since been considered one of Clinton’s biggest political liabilities, the former secretary of state has weathered hours of testimony and received a swell of financial support from individual donors. Clinton announced at a Virginia campaign stop on Oct. 23 that the campaign had exceeded 500,000 donors, Politico reports.
The hour between 9-10 p.m. on Oct. 22 saw the biggest influx of cash into the Clinton campaign yet, USA Today reports.
The Clinton campaign says it has gained 100,000 new individual contributors in October. More than half of the donations to her presidential campaign on Oct. 22 were from new contributors, and 99 percent of those donations were less than $250, Politico reports.
The influx of campaign cash capped a successful week for the Clinton campaign. Two of her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, have dropped out of the race. Perhaps even more beneficial for Clinton was Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will not be entering the 2016 presidential race.
The House Benghazi committee has been widely criticized for serving as a political tool of the Republican Party to damage Clinton’s presidential aspirations. If the committee’s goal was to incriminate Clinton in the Benghazi disaster, this has yet to happen.
“After 17 months and $4.5 million, if we can’t say anything new, if can’t shed any new light or be able to tell the families anything of particular significance that we didn’t know already, it’s very difficult to justify the continuation of this investigation,” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said on "Face the Nation."
The Clinton campaign has scheduled a fundraising gala in Illinois for Nov. 2. Attendees will be paying $2,700 each to attend the two-hour gala, The Daily Caller reports.