While speaking at a collegiate event in New York State, Hillary Clinton was asked about allegations by the Bernie Sanders campaign that she was receiving fossil fuel industry donations, according to ABC News on Thursday. The questioner was an environmentalist and activist from Greenpeace USA. The activist, Eva Resnick-Day, asked Clinton if she planned to turn down money from the fossil fuel industry.
Clinton defiantly answered Resnick-Day: “I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I am sick of it.” Greenpeace USA filmed Hillary’s encounter with Day and released it online. Greenpeace was working in conjunction with an environmental group called 350 Action.
Greenpeace has been advocating for environmental causes for 45 years, and was founded in Canada. Among other things, the organization has advocated for whales, polar bears, seals, and other endangered species. The organization has a history of pinpointing individuals and organizations that it perceives as denigrating the environment, endangering animals or polluting the oceans.
According to Greenpeace, the Clinton campaign has received greater than $1 million from lobbyists and others connected to the fossil fuel industry. Furthermore, Greenpeace also alleges that Clinton’s Super PAC has taken in an excess of $3 million from companies that market oil and gas.
Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesperson, released a statement accusing the Bernie Sanders campaign of receiving $50,000 from oil and gas corporations. Additionally, Merrill went on the offensive against the Sanders campaign, alleging that they are the ones who are guilty of taking money from unsavory corporate donors:
“Bernie Sanders has taken more than $50,000 on this campaign from individuals working for oil and gas companies.”