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April 25, 2016

Clinton Campaign Powered By “Fossil Fuel Interests”

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“Fossil fuel interests” have donated $3.25 million to the largest super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign:

Fossil fuel interests have pumped $3.25 million into the largest super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the White House. Approximately one in every 15 dollars given to Priorities USA Action, which took in $50.5 million in contributions last year, came from donors linked to oil and natural gas interests, according to data compiled by Greenpeace.

“Fossil fuel interests” are also directly donating to Clinton’s campaign:

But fossil fuel interests are also sending checks directly to her campaign. Clinton has take in nearly $268,000 in contributions from individuals employed in the oil and gas sector this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who does not have a super PAC spending on his behalf, took in just over $35,000.

Environmentalist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben said the fossil fuel industry “should be persona non grata for any politician who cares about climate change”:

Bill McKibben of 350.org said the fossil fuel industry “should be persona non grata for any politician who cares about climate change.” “They’ve lied and lobbied for decades to keep meaningful action at bay — all of us, almost as a matter of intellectual hygiene, should do everything we can to keep them at a distance,” he said.

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer didn’t respond to a request for comment even though he has been a longtime Clinton supporter, and hosted a fundraiser for her:

Clinton’s renewable energy plans hue closely to those of Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund manager and environmentalist who spent nearly $74 million in the 2014 midterm elections. Steyer is a longtime Clinton supporter who held a $2,700-a-head fundraiser for her at his San Francisco home last year. He has pledged to only support candidates whose environmental policies ensure 30 percent of the nation’s electricity is produced by renewables in 2030 and 100 percent by mid-century — a benchmark that Clinton’s clean energy plan exceeds. Steyer did not respond to a request for comment on fossil fuel contributions to Clinton-linked super PACs and to Clinton directly.