Bernie Sanders is driving Hillary crazy. He won’t go away. And he has the nerve to criticize her record on taking money from fossil fuel companies.
How dare he!
Last week, she lost it when a Greenpeace advocate asked whether she would refuse campaign contributions from energy companies. Her mirthless smile morphed into a snarl as she became visibly angry, raising her voice and jabbing her finger in the young woman’s face.
“I am sick and tired of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I’m sick of it.”
Hillary angrily insisted that she didn’t take money from the oil and gas industry, just from people who work for them. That’s not true.
EARTH TO HILLARY: That’s how corporations make campaign contributions.
The fact is that Hillary and Bill and the Clinton Foundation have benefited from almost $400 MILLION from the energy industry.
The total of her payments from oil, gas, and mining interests to her Senate and Presidential campaigns, along with the speaking fees paid to her and Bill, and donations to the Clinton Foundation have netted the Clintons over $325 MILLION. If you add on speaking fees and donations by oil-producing Middle Eastern countries, the total is between $368 and $398 MILLION (Those countries include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, and Kuwait). That’s almost $400 million.
She previously claimed that if she did get money from the energy industry, she doesn’t remember. Either she’s dumber than we think, or she thinks we’re really dumb.
That’s a lot to forget. Especially since almost $20 million of it went directly into Bill and Hillary’s joint bank accounts and was reported as joint income.
Over the course of her career, Hillary has received almost $2 million in direct campaign contributions from individuals who work for oil and gas companies.
She says she’s not a favorite of the energy companies. That’s not true, wither.
In her current presidential campaign, she’s already received about $365,000 from the oil and gas folks. That makes her the third top recipient of all 22 presidential candidates. Only Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush — both with ties to Texas oil companies, raked in more than she did.
And energy industry lobbyists have jumped on the Hillary Bandwagon. Her own campaign released the names of 159 registered lobbyists who are bundlers for Hillary. Forty of them have worked against climate control, supported offshore drilling, or promoted the Keystone Pipeline and other energy issues. Bundlers raise over $100,000 each for her campaign.
The Keystone pipeline was a windfall for Bill and Hillary. The Clintons cleaned up on Pipeline investors. Hillary was personally paid $1.5 million by two Canadian banks that are investors in the Keystone Pipeline right after she left the State Department, where she subtly endorsed the Pipeline that she now opposes.
And Bill Clinton was paid over $10 million by TD Bank, a major Pipeline investor.
He also received another $1 million in speaking fees from other energy sources.
It didn’t stop there. The Clinton Foundation benefited from the kindness of energy companies. Duke Energy, Cheniere Energy, Entergy. ExxonMobil, and NRG Energy all gave from $1 to $5 million.
Chevron and Energy Development gave between $500,000 – $1 million while Hess, Noble Energy, and InterEnergy gave between $250,000 – $500,000.
Chevron and ExxonMobil also chipped in $5 million each for one of Hillary’s pet projects: the U.S. Pavilion at the China Expo. After that, both companies was featured at the Clinton Global Initiative.
Hillary must have been out of the room — or she certainly would have remembered.
And, finally, mega donor Canadian miming billionaire Frank Giustra — who has investments in the Keystone Pipeline, has pledged over $300 million. Giustra also owns the Colombian oil company Pacific Rubiales and other international energy companies.
So, Hillary’s latest $400 million lie is easy to see through. No wonder Bernie is getting under her skin.