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April 07, 2016

Oil Firms That Backed Clinton Foundation Lobbied State Dept.

Major fossil-fuel companies that lobbied Hillary Clinton's State Department on developing resources from Canada's oil sands have also donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, writes International Business Times.

According to State Department records, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and an ExxonMobil-funded trade group lobbied on oil-sands issues throughout 2009. That year, Ms. Clinton's first as secretary of state, the department approved a permit for the Alberta Clipper pipeline to pump fuel from Western Canada into the United States.

Since 2009 the Clinton Foundation has received between $2.5 million to $3 million from the companies, executives and lobbyists of which also contributed to Ms. Clinton's 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns. She has consistently denied any link between her actions at State and contributions to the family charity, which she co-led with her husband and daughter between her cabinet tenure and her latest White House bid.