In a remarkable exchange at a town hall meeting in Iowa Wednesday, Hillary Clinton claimed that she is unaware of ever having received money from the fossil fuels industry.
Clinton made the statement with full knowledge that all of the lobbyists who work for her now once worked for oil and gas companies, and that her Foundation has recived untold millions from the industry.
A man in the audience asked Hillary if she would follow the lead of rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley in signing a pledge to not accept money from the fossil fuel industry.
Clinton replied that she did not think that she had ever accepted money from the oil and gas industries.
“Well, I don’t know that I ever have. I am not exactly one of their favorites,” Clinton said.
“You have.” the man bluntly told her.
“Have I? Well, I will check on that.” she responded before going into a diatribe about being “committed to moving away from fossil fuels toward clean renewable energy,” and being against oil drilling off the coast and in the Arctic.
“Everyone knows where I stand,” Clinton said, adding “I go all over this country bragging about Iowa. Why? Because you are getting a third of your electricity from renewables, primarily wind.”
The reality, however, is that Hillary Clinton’s biggest campaign bundlers are fossil fuel lobbyists.
“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.” the Huffington Post reported earlier this year, identifying almost 40 individuals who have bundled thousands of dollars from oil and gas companies, such as Chevron and ExxonMobil, for Clinton.
In addition, the Clinton Foundation routinely accepts millions of dollars from the oil and gas industry, with donations coming directly from ExxonMobil and prominent oil-producing states in the Middle East.
It is abundantly clear from this latest excahnge that Hillary Clinton is once again knowingly lying through her teeth to her own supporters on her campaign stops, and that her professed policies are nothing more than empty rhetoric.
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