Factchecker: 3 Pinocchios for Sanders over Clinton oil & gas donations

There’s been quite a kerfuffle the past few days about Bernie Sanders’ claim that Hillary Clinton has taken “significant” contributions from the oil and gas industry.

Per the Washington Post’s factchecker, it’s a lie.

As the WaPo factchecker put it:

The Sanders campaign is exaggerating the contributions that Clinton has received from the oil and gas industry. In the context of her overall campaign, the contributions are hardly significant. It’s especially misleading to count all of the funds raised by lobbyists with multiple clients as money “given” by the fossil-fuel industry.

Three Pinocchios

Update: The New York Times political fact checker agrees with the Washington Post:

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Basically, what Sanders did was count any small donation coming from someone working in the oil and gas industry — including janitors, secretaries, or interns — and calling that a contribution “from the industry.”

The second problem the Washington Post factchecker had with Sanders’ claim is that the donations aren’t “significant” at all. They’re a very small percentage.

More from the Post:

As our colleague Philip Bump noted, about 0.15 percent of Clinton’s campaign and outside PAC money is from the “oil and gas industry,” compared to 0.04 percent of Sanders’s contributions. So it’s pretty hard to describe that as “significant,” as Sanders did in his interview

You might have noted in that paragraph from the Post that Sanders himself has received contributions from the oil and gas industry, using his terminology. Thus Sanders himself has been paid off and is now corrupt, if you trust his analysis of things.

And it gets even more troublesome for Sanders. Using his yardstick for measuring corruption, Sanders has been bought off by the US military-industrial complex.

You see, when you do a comparison of Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s top contributors via the Open Secrets Web site, Clinton’s top contributors are unions, foundations, and progressive organizations. While Sanders’ top contributors are huge corporations, the hated insurance industry, the US military.

Here is Hillary, via Open Secrets:



Here is Sanders, via Open Secrets:


Oh, and you might have noticed that one of Sanders’ top contributors is Boeing. Yes, that would be the same company Sanders blasted in a presidential debate as being a corrupt donor to the Clintons. Sanders said that Boeing’s donations are clearly intended to buy interest, and anyone accepting Boeing contributions simply must be corrupt.

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