Hillary Clinton's friends and schoolmates Betsy Ebeling, left, Ernest Ricketts of Oak Brook, right, and Hardye Moel, foreground, of Chicago, at a town hall meeting via satellite with Clinton at Clinton's alma mater, Maine South High School, on Feb. 4. Chicago Tribune Photo by Candice C. Cusic.
by Rick Pearson and updated with a campaign check.
Hillary Clintonâs campaign has made little secret that it has been routinely outspent by rival Barack Obama in the extended race for the Democratic presidential nomination and has been forced to curtail checks for some of its vendors and staff.
But stiffing your high school alma mater?
Thatâs apparently the case, according to federal campaign disclosure reports that show that among more than $8.7 million listed as debts, the Clinton campaign owed $3,161 to Maine South High School in Park Ridge for renting the school for an event, as well as for catering.
Clinton, then Hillary Rodham, was a 1965 Maine South graduate.
The Clinton campaign used the schoolâs Watson Auditorium for an election eve event prior to the Feb. 5 âSuper Tuesdayâ balloting in Illinois and more than 20 other states. The event was a âtown hall meeting,â broadcast on the Hallmark Channel, which allowed supporters across the country to question the candidate.
The FEC form listed only a âDr. Roseâ as a contact at the school. A switchboard operator at Maine South said no one was available to discuss the debt and that the only âDr. Roseâ at the school was Dr. Rose Garlasco, the assistant principal of students, who was unavailable.
Jay Carson, a spokesman for Clinton's campaign, said the invoice from Maine South High School was paid today.