Firms That Lobbied The State Department Also Donated To The Clinton Foundation

Just four days after she announced her campaign, Hillary Clinton confirmed that her she would be taking donations from lobbyists. Just like in her 2008 run for president, Clinton is defending her decision by saying she will stand up to those lobbyist who donate to her, but that didn’t go over so well last time:

Can voters seriously believe Clinton won’t be influenced by lobbyists? Well, a new report by the Washington Examiner has found that nearly two-thirds of the Fortune 100 companies that donated to the Clinton also spent money lobbying the State Department:

A Washington Examiner analysis of Fortune 100 companies discovered donations to the Clinton Foundation were heavily concentrated among firms that also spent money swaying the State Department while Clinton ran the agency.

While exactly half of the corporations appeared to have lobbied the State Department between 2009 and 2012, according to lobbying disclosures from the Center for Responsive Politics, foundation records show 55 of the firms donated to the charity.

Roughly 65 percent of foundation donors among the Fortune 100 also spent money on lobbying the State Department. By contrast, just 31 percent of companies that declined to give to the Clinton Foundation from the same group also lobbied the agency.

It’s not like the Clintons have given voters a reason to doubt their honesty in the past, right?