Stein takes pledge not to accept fossil fuel industry funding

green The Nation asked presidential candidates to “cut their financial ties with fossil-fuel companies by pledging not to solicit or accept campaign contributions from them for the 2016 election.” The Nation says it asked “each of the major declared presidential candidates in the Democratic, Republican, and Green parties if he or she would make and honor this pledge.” So far, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and Democratic candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, have done so.

The Huffington Post runs the story under the headline “3 Presidential Candidates Say ‘No’ To Fossil Fuel Funding”. Common Dreams also reports, as do several other websites.

10 thoughts on “Stein takes pledge not to accept fossil fuel industry funding

  1. Andy Craig

    “…cut their financial ties with fossil-fuel companies by pledging not to solicit or accept campaign contributions from them for the 2016 election.”

    Well that’s pretty easy, since direct contributions from corporations are still illegal.

  2. Andy Craig

    Just to make sure that wasn’t just an inaccurate summary, I checked the Nation article. Here’s how they worded the pledge:

    “In the name of protecting our country and the world from the growing dangers of climate change, I will neither solicit nor accept campaign contributions from any oil, gas, or coal company.”

    Yup, that’s illegal regardless of if the candidate pledges to do it or not.

    They could refuse campaign contributions from individuals who work for those companies, but that’s not what they said and I don’t think it’s what they intend either. There are the PACs, but candidates aren’t allowed to solicit funds for those or coordinate with them (such as telling them who they should or shouldn’t take money from). And PACs /= “campaign contributions” anyway.

    It’s one of the more meaninglessly redundant do-nothing pledges I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t bind them to any more than the law already requires of all candidates.

  3. Bondurant

    This is just a feel good backslapping pledge so liberals can share memes on social media about how awesome they are.

    No substance.

  4. paulie

    True, but so what? Smart for an alt party campaign to try to use any angle they can to get more mentions (anywhere) and promote their views at the same time.

  5. paulie

    So, she’s also calling out a competitor on issues that help undermine that competitor’s base support. Also smart.

  6. paulie

    I agree. I just thought I’d balance the scales a bit by pointing out the positive side of it since others piled on the negative.

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