Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed visibly agitated on Thursday and lashed out at an environmental activist who asked about Clinton’s ties to the fossil fuel industry. Eva Resnick-Day is a “democracy campaigner” with Greenpeace, the environmental activism group.
Resnick-Day asked, “Thank you for tackling climate change. Will you act on your word and reject fossil fuel money from your campaign?”
Clinton responded by saying, “I have money from people who have worked for fossil fuel companies. I am so sick, I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I am sick of it.”
Greenpeace posted a video of the exchange on YouTube.
Greenpeace was quick to point out that it is not associated with the Sanders campaign in any way. In a press release, they said, “Greenpeace is not connected to the Sanders campaign and does not endorse candidates.”
The Sanders campaign released a statement saying, “The truth is that Secretary Clinton has relied heavily on funds from lobbyists working for the oil, gas and coal industry. According to an analysis by Greenpeace, Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her super PAC have received more than $4.5 million from the fossil fuel industry. In fact, 57 oil, gas and coal industry lobbyists have directly contributed to Clinton’s campaign, with 43 of them contributing the maximum allowed for the primary. Eleven of those 53 lobbyists are working as bundlers and have raised over $1.1 million in bundled contributions between them.”
The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Records have shown that super PACs supporting Clinton have received over $3.25 million from people tied to the fossil fuel industry.
The Clinton campaign did say, however, in a statement that the campaign “has not taken a dollar from oil and gas industry PACs or corporations. The simple fact is that the Sanders campaign is misleading voters with their attacks.” It is technically true that Clinton has not gotten money from the corporations directly, as that would be a violation of campaign finance laws. However, Clinton has received money from employees and lobbyists tied to fossil fuel companies.