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Despite Denials, Clinton Takes Serious Oil And Gas Donations

- February 3, 2016

At A March Rally, Clinton Lashed Out At An Environmental Activist Who Asked Her To Pledge To Not Accept Money From The Fossil Fuel Industry, Saying She Only Takes 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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In February, Clinton Denied Taking Campaign Money From The Fossil Fuel Industry, Saying Any Donations She Received "Must Have Put It In The Wrong Envelope..." QUESTIONER: "You've also said that you support renewable energy in our country but have taken over $150,000 from the big oil and gas industries. These are industries which are in direct conflict with your interest in renewable energies, and I'm wondering if you'd be willing to take one step further away from the Republicans and take a stand against any more [garbled] campaign contributions from them?" CLINTON: "Yeah, I don't even know what you're referring to, but big oil knows I'm not their friend, so I can't imagine. They must have put it in the wrong envelope, because I've been very clear about that. And I want to take away all their subsidies, I've been public about that. We're going to move those $6 billion a year into clean renewable energy. You know, I will certainly take a hard look at that. It is not something that I've paid any attention to, because they know where I stand, and they know what I will do." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Town Hall, Dover, NH, 2/3/16)

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  • She Was Later Asked About The Donations, Clinton Said "When You've Raised $120 Million, $150,000 Is Not Very Much." "At a recent campaign event, Hillary Clinton made a questionable statement about her ties to the fossil fuel industry. When pressed by a 350 Action supporter about why her campaign had received $150,000 from fossil fuel interests, she said, "When you've raised $120 million, $150,000 is not very much." (Jill Pape, "Hillary Clinton Says Six Figures in Fossil Fuel Contributions Is 'Not Very Much,'" Greenpeace, 2/4/16)

CLINTON REFUSED TO SIGN A PLEDGE TO NOT ACCEPT DONATIONS FROM THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY, WHICH HAS SINCE DONATED HEAVILY TO HER CAMPAIGN

Clinton Blew Off A Request From The Nation And 350 Action For Presidential Candidates To Pledge Not To Take Money From The Fossil Fuel Industry, A Pledge Both Of Her Democratic Opponents Signed. "Politically engaged environmental activists say Clinton has yet to prove herself. One example came when 350 Action, an affiliate of the environmental group founded by McKibben, joined the liberal magazine The Nation in asking candidates to swear off campaign money from the fossil-fuel industry: Sanders signed on early, and O'Malley followed suit Tuesday. But 'Hillary Clinton, like the 14 Republican candidates contacted, did not reply' to the request, the magazine wrote." (Elana Schor, "Can Hillary Clinton Lead The Keystone Army?" Politico, 7/11/15)

Clinton's Campaign Has Accepted Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From The Fossil Fuel Industry And Many Of Her Campaign Bundlers Are Oil And Gas Lobbyists

This Election Cycle, Clinton Has Accepted $ 498,349 From PACs And Individuals Associated With The Oil And Gas Industry. (Center For Responsive Politics, Accessed 7/26/16)

Clinton Has Received Direct Campaign Contributions From Several Prominent Executives In The Fossil Fuel Industry. "Clinton also got contributions from others involved in the fossil fuel business. Her campaign received $2,700 from BP America's Mary Streett, formerly the top lobbyist for the nuclear power utility Exelon. Anadarko Petroleum lawyers Amanda McMillan and Richard Lapin each gave $2,700. Sarah Venuto and Martin Durbin, both lobbyists for America's Natural Gas Alliance, the top gas industry lobbying group, gave $2,910 and $1,000, respectively. Celia Fischer, an America's Natural Gas Alliance representative who is not a lobbyist, gave $2,700." (Paul Blumenthal And Kate Sheppard, "Hillary Clinton's Biggest Campaign Bundlers Are Fossil Fuel Lobbyists," The Huffington Post, 7/17/15)

Clinton Has Taken More Than $1.2 Million In Bundled Donations From Oil And Gas Lobbyists. "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 Contributions" For Clinton 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, 7/17/15)

  • Clinton's Bundlers Have Worked To "Curb Climate Change, Advocated For Offshore Drilling, Or Sought Government Approval For Natural Gas Exports." 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, 7/17/15)

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