Bernie’s central attack line against Hillary is the evidence-free insinuation that she is corrupted by contributions from industries seen as non-progressive. We have rejected that attack against Hillary’s integrity and have called on Bernie and his surrogates to focus on issues, not innuendo.

Melissa McEwan writes:

Following an event in New York, Hillary Clinton was working the crowd when someone asked her if she “will act on your word to reject fossil fuel money in the future in your campaign.”

She was not pleased, responding: “I do not have— I have money from people who work for fossil fuel companies. I am so sick— I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I’m sick of it.”

One can hardly blame her. Bernie, his staff, his surrogates, and his supporters routinely accuse Hillary of accepting money from fossil fuel companies, along with every other industry they find objectionable. But what they are alleging isn’t even legal. Accepting direct contributions from corporations is a violation of campaign law.

The contributions to which Bernie et al are referring are primarily individual contributions made by employees of fossil fuel companies, financial firms, etc.

It is, bluntly, utterly mendacious to say or imply that Hillary has received campaign contributions from corporations. The donations have come from employees.

Melissa is exactly right.

We’re being tongue-in-cheek using “breaking” in this story. And we purposely used the word “related” in the title. It is a known fact and a non-issue that candidates receive contributions from individuals who work for different industries. We would never presume to question Bernie’s integrity because of the millions he’s received from people in the defense, energy, health and financial sectors.

Our point is this: That same standard should apply to Hillary.

Bernie and his team have acted for months as if his only path to the Democratic nomination runs straight through Hillary’s character. In doing so, he’s broken his own promises, riled up his supporters to assault Hillary’s honesty and integrity, hurt his own brand and damaged Democratic prospects in November.

For what?

Just to win?

Is it really worth it to unfairly and unjustly tear down one of the most accomplished and admired women in U.S. history?

Is it really necessary to give Karl Rove and his ilk a general election gift?

Is it?

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)