December 16, 2015

SAY OR DO ANYTHING: Clinton Says “I Don’t Think I Ever Have” Taken Money From The Oil & Gas Industry

Today at a town hall in Iowa City, Iowa, Secretary Clinton was asked if she would join Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley in signing a pledge promising not to take money from “the fossil fuel industry.”

Clinton never answered the Iowan’s question, but instead replied: “Well, I don’t know that I ever have, I’m not exactly one of their favorites.”

That’s an odd response from someone who has literally taken millions of dollars from the oil and gas industry, and the latest example of Clinton’s willingness to say or do anything to win a brutal primary. Consider:

1. An analysis by the Huffington Post revealed that “nearly all” of the lobbyists bundling for Clinton’s 2016 campaign “have at one time or another worked for the fossil fuel industry.”

2. Additionally, the Clinton Foundation has accepted millions of dollars from the oil and gas industry:

As Mrs. Clinton prepares to embark on a race for the presidency, she has a web of connections to big corporations unique in American politics—ties forged both as secretary of state and by her family’s charitable interests.

3. And finally, Clinton herself has personally profited from a Vanguard mutual fund that includes between $5 million to $25 million in investments in companies that include oil and gas companies, according to her personal financial disclosure.

Clinton’s attempt to wiggle out of signing this pledge is nothing more than survival politics for Clinton as she becomes more and more willing to say or do anything to win support among the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party.