#FeelTheBern: Money Talks, And Reveals Hillary’s Fossil Fuel Family
Hillary Clinton is no stranger to big ticket donors, but her recent FEC filings have revealed ties to the oil and gas industry that should have die-hard supporters and environmentalists taking a second look.
Coming on the heels of my last post on Mrs. Clinton’s is a recent report from Huffington Post that looks at Hillary’s ties to lobbyists in the oil and gas industry. Individuals representing companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobile, and BP America have been shelling out large sums for Mrs. Clinton, donating tens of thousands of dollars to her already sizable war chest. The most disconcerting is a $100K “Hillblazer” bundler, one Gordon Giffin:
Gordon Giffin is a former lobbyist for TransCanada, the company working to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Giffin sits on the board of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, an investor in the pipeline. The Canadian bank paid Clinton $990,000 for speeches in the months leading up to her presidential announcement. Another Canadian financial institution with an interest in Keystone XL, TD Bank, paid her $651,000 for speaking engagements.
Mr. Giffin, a former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, previously helped Clinton gather donors for her closed-door Georgia fundraiser, where plates went for $2,700 apiece.
Giffin and these lobbyists have provided Mrs. Clinton with huge monetized incentives to support their relentless campaigns for blood and oil; for across-the-board environmental deregulation; for destructive projects like Keystone XL; for weakening the EPA; and for the expansion of offshore drilling zones. Hillary is the Democratic conduit by which they believe they can make these changes, and make them politically appealing. With the recent surge of absurdity that is Donald Trump in the Republican straw polls, the aristocratic and oligarchical classes have recognized that the GOP is a shadow of its former self, stumbling drunkenly forward into the 21st century, arrogantly shooting its mouth off with little consideration or thought of the American Patchwork. The Republican party of today can no longer be trusted to suavely convince the American populace that it is trustworthy; that it is real; that it represents us as we exist at this very minute in our national history.
The Democrats have recaptured the zeitgeist from the Tea Party fringe, and the wind blows somewhere between the populist sentiments of the Occupy movement and the fiscally conservative Blue Dogs of the left. The soft left, composed of elected officials and people willing to bend on social issues like gay marriage, but unwilling to act on radical solutions to the economic realities of a swath of American woes-unemployment, underemployment, and wage suppression; a health care system that gives insurers more and more and delivers less and less care; a severely indebted underclass of overeducated young people; an extreme gap between the wealthiest and the poorest that grows larger every day.
Hillary offers succor to her Democratic faithful in the form of a controlled drip feed of liberal populism-some for #BlackLivesMatter supporters on Facebook that includes a shot at Bernie Sanders, some for those decrying income inequality. What is missing in these tactical disclosures are the feelings of genuineness that there are in Bernie Sanders populistic stump speeches. Mr. Sanders might be accused of sticking to his script on economic inequality, but this provides him with a sense of trustworthiness and reliability, as it represents an overarching worldview he has adhered to for his 40-plus years in politics, with and without the support of donors.
For myself and for others, there exists the creeping feeling that Mrs. Clinton is engaging in status quo Beltway doublespeak-acting out the role of manipulative sycophant, telling the American people exactly what they want to hear while shaking hands with bankers, industry lobbyists, and the 1%. From a teak desk at some undisclosed location, she plots well-meaning token reforms to promise during the campaign season, all the while dreaming of the day she fulfills her sovereign destiny and claims the throne of the White House, where she is free to dispense favors and water down legislation for her well-heeled friends and political supporters. Mrs. Clinton’s political advocates may claim we don’t have the full story yet. Ah yes, soon, we will be talking about the same things we discussed when a certain other monied individual ran for the White House-who is the “real” Hillary Clinton?
The truth is the same then as it was now: we already knew who the real Mitt Romney was, just like we know who the real Hillary Clinton is. The facts are clear to those looking for them.
Money talks, and shows that Hillary cannot be trusted.
Days later, here’s Hillary refusing to take a position on the Keystone XL project.
Are you surprised? With friends at TD Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce sponsoring Clinton speeches and $150,000 dollar speaking engagements, it is obvious who has Clinton’s ears and who doesn’t.