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Clinton Cashes In On More Fo$$il Fuel Dollars

- April 8, 2016

A WEEK AFTER TAKING HEAT FOR HER OIL AND GAS DONATIONS, CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN IS HOSTING A FUNDRAISER WITH A PROMINENT OIL LOBBYIST

On Sunday, The Clinton Campaign Will Host A Fundraiser At The Home Of Tony Podesta. "SUN, APR 10, 2016, 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Pizza for Hillary with John Podesta, Campaign Chair, and Maya Harris, Senior Policy Advisor and special guest Chef James Alefantis of Comet Ping Pong, Official event, Washington, District of Columbia, Hosted by Maddy Beckwith, Ezekiel Emanuel, Terry Lierman, Tony Podesta, Chris Putala, and Oscar Ramirez, Home of Tony Podesta." ("Pizza For Hillary With John Podesta, Campaign Chair, And Maya Harris, Senior Policy Advisor And Special Guest Chef James Alefantis Of Comet Ping Pong," Hillary For America, Accessed 4/7/16)

Tony Podesta Is A "Big-Shot" Democratic Lobbyist Whose Clients Have Included BP And Golden Pass, "A Company Co-Owned By ExxonMobil And Qatar Petroleum That Wants To Export Liquefied Natural Gas ." "Even though John Podesta is considered a climate hawk, Tony and his ex-wife Heather represent fossil fuel companies. Heather's recent past clients include Marathon Oil and Bill Koch's Oxbow Carbon, a coal giant, and from 2004 to 2006 she lobbied for Koch Industries. Tony lobbied for BP in the wake of its disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, and through last year he represented Golden Pass, a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum that wants to export liquefied natural gas." (Ben Adler, "Hillary Clinton Rakes In Money From Fossil Fuel Interests," Grist, 7/21/15)

Just Last Week, Clinton Blew Up At An Activist Who Asked Her To Reject Fossil Fuel Money, Claiming The Sanders Campaign Was Lying About Her Donations

Last Week, Clinton Lashed Out At An Environmental Activist Who Asked Her To Pledge To Not Accept Money From The Fossil Fuel Industry, Saying She Only Has Money "From People Who Work For Fossil Fuel Companies." QUESTION: "Thank you for tackling climate change, will you act on your word to reject fossil fuel money in the future in your campaign?" CLINTON: "I do not have, I have money from people who work for fossil fuel companies…" QUESTION: "…and registered lobbyists?" CLINTON: "I'm so sick! I'm so sick of the Sanders' campaign lying about this, I'm sick of it!" (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Rally At SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY 3/31/16)

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This Election Cycle, Clinton Has Accepted $333,262 From PACs And Individuals Associated With The Oil And Gas Industry. (Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 4/7/16)

A Recent Analysis Said That Clinton Has Taken More Than $1.2 Million In Bundled Donations From Oil And Gas Lobbyists Like Tony Podesta. "And Greenpeace, a progressive environmental organization, released a recent report showing that Clinton had also received more than $1.2 million in donations bundled -- or fundraised -- by lobbyists for fossil-fuel industry on her behalf. The organization also tied millions more donations tied to the fossil-fuel industry to the super PAC supporting Clinton, Priorities USA Action." (Abby Phillip, "'I Am So Sick Of The Sanders Campaign Lying About Me': Clinton Snaps At Greenpeace Activist," The Washington Post , 3/31/16)

"Nearly All" Of The Lobbyists Bundling For Clinton's 2016 Campaign "Have At One Time Or Another Worked For The Fossil Fuel Industry." "Nearly all of the lobbyists bundling contributions for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign have at one time or another worked for the fossil fuel industry. A list of 40 registered lobbyists that the Clinton camp disclosed to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday revealed a number of Democratic Party lobbyists who have worked against regulations to curb climate change, advocated for offshore drilling, or sought government approval for natural gas exports." (Paul Blumenthal and Kate Sheppard, "Hillary Clinton's Biggest Campaign Bundlers Are Fossil Fuel Lobbyists," The Huffington Post, 7/21/15)

Clinton Claims Her Donations Have No Impact On Her Actions, But Tony Podesta Thinks A Clinton White House Will Be Much Friendlier To Lobbyists Than Obama's

Clinton: "I Don't Think, Based On My 35 Years Of Fighting For What I Believe In, Anybody Seriously Believes I'm Going To Be Influenced By A Lobbyist Or A Particular Interest." "Asked whether she would agree with that, Clinton said, 'I don't think, based on my 35 years of fighting for what I believe in, anybody seriously believes I'm going to be influenced by a lobbyist or a particular interest.'" (Dan Balz and Jose Antonio Vargas, "Bloggers Give Clinton A Mixed Reception," The Washington Post, 8/5/07)

Tony Podesta Thinks That "K Street [Lobbyists] Will Find A More Welcome Home In A Clinton White House." "Speaking to The Hill last year, Tony Podesta said that unlike President Obama, who instituted a ban on registered lobbyists in his administration, K Street will find a more welcome home in a Clinton White House. 'I think Hillary Clinton will be the next nominee and probably be the next president, but whomever the next president is will not maintain the lobbying ban,' he predicted. 'It was a good applause line for Obama, but it didn't seem to make much sense for policy.'" (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisers And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare And Dodd-Frank," The Intercept, 2/8/16)


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