No, Hillary Clinton Does Not Work For Monsanto

Hillary-clinton-andrea-mitchellHillary Clinton has had a long career of service both in charity, law, and government. Starting in the 1960s, she became involved with politics, starting as a Republican, but soon becoming a Democrat in 1968. For any politician, male or female, she has a very impressive resume. Now she wants to be the next president of the United States – but members of both the left and the GOP are spreading lies to stop that.

It’s no secret that I am an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter. However, I feel it is necessary to address a rumor that some of his supporters on the far left continue to circulate. That rumor is that Hillary Clinton is a sworn ally of the much-maligned biotech company, Monsanto. Some people even go so far to claim that she sits on the board of directors, despite presenting absolutely no evidence to back up their statements. In fact, there are many other people alleged by conspiracy enthusiasts to be employed by the corporation, with the same glaring lack of evidence.

All mis-informed hyperbole and debunked conspiracy stories about the company aside, the fact remains that her alleged relationship with the company doesn’t exist. She does not sit on their board of directors, and her ties with the company are confined to one lobbyist that her campaign brought on to be a political adviser for the Iowa caucuses.

So why do people continue to push this myth? Why would liberals who call themselves smarter and more informed than the conservatives they oppose repeat something that simply is not true?

First, because the far left views anything corporate as evil. Couple that with years of the organic industry’s PR campaign against a technology they can’t compete with, and you have the anti-GMO activist left which often can only name one company that is in the biotech business – Monsanto.

Second, the vast right-wing, decades-long campaign against Hillary Clinton is well aware of this, and certainly would love nothing better than to turn the anti-science left against her. After all, it is a lot less costly to get your enemies to fight each other, and why wouldn’t the GOP be content to allow the Luddite Left to destroy her from within?

It pains me as a progressive and Bernie Sanders supporter to see people who are supposed to be united against the Republican Party perpetuating falsehoods that weaken our cause. Even if you cling to the belief that Monsanto is some evil corporation intent on monopolizing the food supply, why would you repeat claims that can only be found on right-wing websites like Washington Times and conspiracy blogs like the rabidly conservative Natural News?

The only tie Clinton’s campaign has to the biotech company is campaign adviser Jerry Crawford, who was brought on to help her win Iowa. If you are a presidential candidate, and you want to win in Iowa, you hire lobbyist Jerry Crawford who has a lot of political clout in the state. According to, his lobbying firm has represented Monsanto, as well as the Humane Society. This shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the fact that Iowa is a major state for agriculture, and a number of seed companies do business with farmers there.

This would be no different than her campaign hiring a lobbyist who has also worked with the oil industry in Louisiana, or an organic industry lobbyist who has pushed for GMO labeling laws in Vermont. Like it or not, political campaigns have to hire influential lobbyists and people who have political influence in states that they want to win.

Fellow Bernie Sanders supporters, please stop feeding into the anti-science and anti-Hillary Clinton hysteria pushed by the far left, and the conspiracy nut right. If we want to say that we understand science and politics better than the right, we need to act like it.


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  • Cecil

    Shillary is a republican scumbag. She is sub-human filth. Anyone who votes for her is one, too.

    • AnnetteCMN

      So what are you going to do if she wins the nomination? Vote for a third party, write-in, or not at all? Which will, in effect, give the WH to the reTHUGlicans.

      • Doc

        pray for bernie.

  • David L. Allison

    There is a real possibility that this website, one of Many that Manny controls, is as much of a scam as his made-up name. He does stories, just like the right wing bloggers, to get hits and prove eyeballs for his sponsors.

  • Brian Cartwright

    Hillary is nothing if not supercautious. She will avoid being pulled into controversy about Monsanto because she has other issues that win her more support. But how would she answer tough questions with immediate repercussions, like whether she favors the Senate bill to take away states’ rights to require GMO labeling? Probably she would avoid the issue like the plague.

    • Marc Landry

      super-dishonest is much stronger in her than super-cautious

  • ॐ peaceful_revolutionary

    From now on I’ll just say I’ll never vote for the Wall Street, big bank, big oil, big pharma, darling. Better?

    From the articles I’ve read, this site isn’t very forward thinking and it sure ain’t progressive.

  • John de Clef Piñeiro, Esq.

    Brian Cartwright’s comment below gets to the core of this controversy (and I note that the author above doesn’t even mention it):

    “But how would she answer tough questions with immediate repercussions, like whether she favors the Senate bill to take away states’ rights to require GMO labeling?”

    And I would ask this: what is her position on GMO labeling, period?

    That is a “make or break” issue for many Americans.

  • tanabutler

    This is so disingenuous I could barf.

    She has a long history of supporting GMOs: so much it cost her Iowa in 2008. (Third place!) Her ties to Monsanto and Frankenfoods are abundant.

    Monsanto and Dow both have contributed millions to the Clinton Foundation. She can’t be like Bernie and claim she’ll go after them, can she? No, she cannot.

  • Sharon

    Jerry Crawford of the Crawford & Mauro Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, bundled $151,727 for the campaign over the quarter ending Dec. 31, FEC documents show. Crawford is senior adviser to Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and was the Midwest Co-Chair of the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign in 2007-08. His firm listed Monsanto as a client in the most recent quarter, reporting $60,000 in lobbying income from Monsanto. Monsanto is known as one of the nation’s most powerful corporations, and is currently engaged in a range of public policy debates over regulation of its genetically modified crops and top herbicide product, Roundup.

    We live part time in Hawaii where Monsanto and others are suing counties because they have blocked dangerous pesticides from being used. These aren’t conspiracy theories. These are real issues happening to real people in real places. If counties don’t want these chemicals in their communities where tests have proven higher rates of diseases related to the pesticides being used, they deserve for them to not be used. This isn’t about all corporations being evil, it’s about THESE corporations bleeding taxpayers dry with law suits while using chemicals in their backyards that they don’t want.

  • Loyd Marlow

    Manny Schewitz please find help. Educate yourself. The facts are she takes their money and helps them manipulate government agencies and public opinion to sell their poison. Conflict of interest still means the same as it always has and Hillary has so many conflicts unbiased decisions will be impossible for her. To think otherwise is just ignorant.

  • Doug

    Dear Manny, please move to North Korea. Your first mistake was to state that Hillary is charitable. To what charity, the Clinton foundation? Secondly, the only thing worse than being a Clinton supporter is being a Sanders supporter. Don’t try to tell me that socialism has no ties to communism. Lenin stated that the first step to establishing a communist society is to create a socialist society. North Korea, or China seems like a better fit for you. Move there and you won’t be guilty of pissing on the graves of the good men and women from this country who died trying to keep this crap out of here.

    • Marc Landry

      sounds like you belong somewhere else too. some fantasy world

      • Doug

        I would have to become a progressive to move there. No thanks.

  • Marc Landry

    what a load of crap in this article. Saying it does not make it so. Facts are facts, clinton drones.

  • Chi
  • johncocktoaston

    Astroturf bullshit.