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Nancy Smith

Even Hillary Was Bothered by the Money Pipeline from Russia to U.S. Environmentalists

June 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

An email I received Thursday pointed out a glaring omission in my Wednesday column, "Russians Are Using Florida Environmental Groups to Manipulate the Energy Market." I think it deserves a public reply.

Justine Johnson from Tampa wrote this: "Maybe the mainstream press is more responsible than Sunshine State News and other right-wing media on the issue of American environmentalists taking Commie money. Your long story fails to point out any credible sources on the other side of the aisle who actually believe the Russians are using environmental groups."

Justine, you're right about one thing. I should have pointed out that Russian manipulation of our energy markets and evidence of a money trail from the Kremlin to Bermuda to American environmental groups comes from balanced, nonpartisan investigations and studies in Washington. It's long-held, solid information with no party affiliation. 

I Beg to DifferFor a start, I could have named investigators in the Obama administration, the Democratic members of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and/or the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy as "credible [and very outspoken] sources on the other side of the aisle." 

But I can do you one better. Would you consider Hillary Clinton a credible Democratic source on this issue?

On June 18, 2014, the budding Democratic candidate for president delivered a “private speech” sponsored by tinePublic, a Canadian promotional group. During that speech she discussed Russia’s financial support for environmental groups. The speech was included in documents released by WikiLeaks, after hacking into the account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.

Here's what Clinton said:

"We [the State Department and the U.S. government] were up against Russia pushing oligarchs and others to buy media. We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand up against any effort, ‘Oh that pipeline, that fracking, that whatever will be a problem for you,’ and a lot of that money supporting that effort was coming from Russia."

It's important for everybody to understand, not only Justine Johnson and Republicans anxious to put the Trump collusion story in perspective, that grassroots environmental organizations -- however unwittingly -- are being used by Russian oligarchs and Vladimir Putin to interrupt our exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas to cripple our economy, keep us from exporting it to our allies, and allowing Russia to continue blackmailing Western democracies.

Reach Nancy Smith at or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith


Hillary is a mule for sure, but one thing she could never boast. She hasn't had 4 direct members of her campaign team (including his closest advisor, his campaign manager) indicted for illegal financial activities and more importantly, illegal contact and collusion with an enemy foreign gov't. How you like them apples? I know, the FBI is corrupt, fake news, the CIA is corrupt, Justice is corrupt, fake news, Mueller is corrupt, and so must be the grand jury, judges and courts involved in all of those indictments. That must mean your mom is corrupt too...too funny.

Thanks, Nancy, for the revealing information. But we should not be surprised that the Russians are pushing back against the American energy boom. Our increased production and the threat of exporting natural gas to Europe has the Ruskies frantic. I'm also amused at the rhetoric in the comments from the left defending these corrupt business practices. Not surprised there, either.

So, Clinton is more corrupt than Trump? The Democrats are more corrupt than the Republicans? The Progressives are more bassackwards than the Deplorables? Yuck, yuck, yuck! Aside from Smith being a rightwing nutcase ... it's now all about money ... and we're definitely in the Age of Corruption. Credit the Trumpnuts for crossing the 't' and dotting the 'i'.

"Rightwing nutcase"? Ouch. I hope you're talking about Lamar and not Nancy. But for the record, let me clarify what kind of nutcase I am: I'm just right of center, definitely a social liberal but a free-market, fiscal conservative who strongly believes in private property rights and a government that keeps as far out of citizens' lives as possible. I also believe government does not have the right to run up large debts, then throw the burden on the taxpayer. You've probably already deduced I'm against foreign governments buying and/or manipulating our hearts, minds, property or institutions.

I am an environmentalist and have never taken Russian money and oil and gas drilling still causes destructive spills like Deepwater, explosions, pollutes drinking water, pollutes air and causes global warming, despite whatever conspiracy you are peddling today.

Nancy - I suggest you spend some time reviewing the "Gerasimov Doctrine", integrate what it's saying across the board right now (after 18 months of Trump's administration), and reflect how Trump is implementing it daily through systematic, destructive action across the breath of our institutions - will nothing to replace them. Hillary... is a very old Trojan Horse play. You owe your readership and Floridians more than this.

There is only one problem with the "Gerasimov Doctrine". It doesn't exist! The term was the brain child of writer Mark Galeotti. If you do a little research you will find his apology for creating the term.

Damn Nancy Smith did you have to put her picture up? I just puked up some corn flakes into my mouth upon seeing the old hag again.

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