Clinton Lashes Out at Environmental Activist

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:32 AM

"I'm so sick, I am so ill of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I'm ill of it," Clinton told Eva Resnick-Day of Greenpeace, who confronted the Democratic presidential front-runner on the rope-line after a campaign stop in New York.

A visibly mad Hillary Clinton lashed out at an environmental activist Thursday while accusing the Bernie Sanders campaign of "lying" about donations sent from the fossil fuel industry to her campaign.

"I'm so sick, I am so ill of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I'm ill of it," Clinton told Eva Resnick-Day of Greenpeace, who confronted the Democratic presidential front-runner on the rope-line after a campaign stop in New York. Clinton acknowledged that some of her donors work for fossil fuel companies.

Greenpeace released video of the encounter, which showed Clinton jabbing her finger at the activist. The former NY senator also appeared frustrated earlier in the day when Sanders supporters interrupted her speech, shouting "she wins, we lose" in unison before being escorted out of the event at SUNY Purchase.

FactCheck. Org in December found that Clinton hadn't taken any money from PACs tied to the oil and gas industry, or companies themselves. Employees of oil and gas companies, however, have contributed $307.000 to Clinton'south campaign, according to the Middle for Responsive politics, while Sanders has received $54.000.

Greenpeace claims Clinton has taken $4.5 million from lobbyists, bundlers, and large donors connected the fossil fuel industry. However, the vast majority of that - $3.25 million - went to a super PAC supporting Clinton, with which she's legally barred from coordinating.

"The ordinary truth is that this campaign hasn't taken a dollar from oil and gas industry PACs or corporations," Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement. "The ordinary fact is that the Sanders campaign is misleading voters with their attacks. The money in question is from individuals who work for these companies. By the same metric, Bernie Sanders has taken more than $50.000 on this campaign from individuals working for oil and gas companies."

Sanders' campaign was also anxious to call attention to the encounter. "It'south beautiful clear from Greenpeace'south research that she'south not just taking money from working Americans who happen to work for fossil fuel companies," Sanders spokesperson Mike Casca told MSNBC.

The Clinton campaign didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

Sanders has made an issue of Clinton'south contributions from employees of energy companies and the financial sector.

"Just as I believe you can't get on Wall Str while taking their money, I don't believe you can get on climate modify effectively while taking money from those who'd profit off the destruction of the planet," Sanders told a MN crowd in late February. The Sanders campaign also ran an ad that suggested he was the only candidate who could stand up to huge oil, "because he won't get their money."

Clinton has been asked about fossil fuel contributions on several occasions in the past, but never responded so aggressively.

"I don't even know what you're referring to. But large oil knows I'm not their friend," Clinton said at a town corridor in Dover, NH when a voter raised the issue.

Challenged in IA to sign a pledge not get donations from the fossil fuel industry, Clinton replied, "I don't know that I ever have, I'm not precisely one of their favorites." When the voter informed Clinton she actually had, the candidate responded, "Have I? OK, well, I'll check on that." Clinton didn't sign the pledge, but Sanders and former candidate Martin O'Malley did.

"I've been at Hillary Clinton events around the country at rallies where activists have been asking her to stop taking fossil fuels and I was shocked and surprised at her reaction to my question," Resnick-Day said in statement. "Secretary Clinton needs to hear to the people, not fossil fuel interests."

Whenever she's asked about the issue, Clinton reiterates that she wants to move far from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy and is committed to addressing climate change.

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