Hillary’s Debate Fact-Check Request Backfires


When Hillary Clinton urged viewers of Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate to vet her claim about donations she’s received from Wall Street, she may not have expected people to take her literally.

That’s because a check of OpenSecrets.org — which Clinton said supports her contention — shows that the Democratic frontrunner has received more campaign contributions from the securities and investment industry than she has from the education industry.

“I think it’s important to point out that about three percent of my donations come from people in the finance and investment world,” Clinton said.

“You can go to OpenSecrets.org and check that,” Clinton continued, adding that “more donations from students and teachers than I do from people associated with Wall Street.”

But the website, which is maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics, does not break down campaign contributions by job occupation, as Clinton suggested. Thus there’s no way to compare how much money she’s received from students and teachers or from people associated with Wall Street banks.

That leaves fact-checkers having to compare donations by industry. And such a review reveals that the biggest donors to Clinton’s 2016 campaign committee, Hillary for America, come from the legal, business services, and securities and investment industries. The education industry is the fifth largest source of contributions to the Democratic frontrunner’s effort.

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