The back and forth between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton regarding campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry has reached a fever pitch.
Speaking to a packed house eastern Wisconsin, Sanders twice said Clinton owed his campaign an apology.
“We were not lying, we were telling the truth,” the presidential hopeful said after bringing up an incident yesterday in which an activist asked Clinton if she would stop taking money from the fossil fuel industry. Clinton responded aggressively and accused the Sanders' campaign of lying.
“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 done by Greenpeace,” the senator continued this evening.
Of course this is in response to Clinton's outburst on that rope line the other day.
However as it turns out if there are any apologies forthcoming, they may need to come from Bernie Sanders.
This courtesy of the Washington Post:
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.
The Post then gave Sanders three Pinocchios.
It has to be remembered that not only is Sanders accusing Clinton of taking money from the fossil fuel companies, but that the money will buy political favors from her should she become President.
That is a fairly spurious allegation based on supposition not fact.
In other words it is a fairly low road to take.