The bargain was struck in March but the bills hadn’t come due yet. She made a few calls, leaned on a few friends, and pretty soon he was holding a bag worth almost 90 grand.

Never let it be said she’s not a woman of her word.

Shortly after endorsing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack received nearly $90,000 in donations to his defunct presidential campaign from some of Clinton’s major backers, campaign finance reports show.

The donations, disclosed in Federal Election Commission filings over the weekend, came from Clinton fundraising bastions of New York, California, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

None came from Iowa, where Vilsack served two terms as governor…

In May and June, at least 45 Clinton donors contributed $87,000 to Vilsack’s presidential campaign account. Vilsack used part of the money to repay himself $55,000, part of a personal loan he had given to his campaign. He paid other bills as well.

He dropped out in March and received $87,000 in donations — all from Hillary supporters — in May and June. Maybe they were trying to nudge him back into the race because they thought the competition would be good for her? You think?

Exit question: Who’s going to buy McCain’s endorsement after his campaign goes bankrupt? My money’s on the guy who can afford $300 for makeup consultations.

Update: If not for his own fabulous wealth, the better question might be who’s going to buy Mitt’s endorsement.