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Obama OKs Donors To Help Clinton With Campaign Debt

From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:

(NEW YORK) Senator Barack Obama is giving the green light to his financial contributors to help pay off Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign debt from her failed election bid, sources tell CBS News.

CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic, who is traveling with the Obama campaign, confirms the Illinois senator gave the go-ahead on a conference call with his National Finance Committee tonight.

A Democratic source says that on the call, Obama's donors asked to help Clinton pay off her debt. Obama replied that if they have the ability and interest to raise or give money to Clinton, he encourages them to do so.

CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder says that as far as how much Obama's campaign will give Clinton, "It likely figures to the tune of $10 million, which is what Clinton owes in addition to the money she lent herself."

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