Hillary Clinton's cash-strapped campaign stayed afloat to the very end of the primaries thanks to the patience of creditors as well as her own deep pockets.
The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan campaign watchdog group, reported today that she owed $9.5 million to vendors at the end of April -- but that employees of some of those companies sent in money to help her.
For instance, the center said, Clinton owed $216,000 to Dewey Square Group, an advertising firm, and workers there donated $41,000 of their own money to the New York senator's campaign.
Clinton also put $10 million of her own into her campaign to compete with Barack Obama. That hasn't been repaid either.
By suspending her campaign on Saturday -- and not entirely pulling the plug -- she can continue to raise money to pay off the debts. There are also reports that Obama's campaign might help.
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