Hillary Clinton unveiled a new radio ad (listen here) in Pennsylvania today attacking Barack Obama for what her campaign calls "misleading television ads claiming he doesn't take money from oil companies." (Here is the Obama ad in question.)
Obama is referring to his refusal to accept money from corporate PACs, which he argues are a corrupting force in Washington. But he does take money from oil company employees, and that's what Clinton is using to accuse him of hypocrisy. Her ad also hits Obama for voting for the Bush administration's energy bill in 2005.
Clinton is "the one who will make the oil companies pay to set up a new strategic energy fund that will cut our dependence on foreign oil, invest in new clean energy, and create five million new jobs," her ad says. "It's time for a president who takes on the oil companies in real life, not just on TV."
In real life, though, it is Clinton who has taken more money from oil and gas company employees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (see below). And it is Clinton who accepts PAC funds from energy corporations.
(Center for Responsive Politics)
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