Former President Bill Clinton revealed the donors to the William J. Clinton Foundation today, fulfilling a deal he made with Barack Obama to get his wife Hillary Clinton nominated as Secretary of State.
As reported by several news agencies, Bill Clinton had to reveal the donors to the William J. Clinton Foundation as part of the deal to get Hillary Clinton nominated as Secretary of State by Barack Obama. The William J. Clinton Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Harlem, New York that was founded by Bill Clinton after he left the White House.
The William J. Clinton Foundation’s purpose, according to its website, is to “strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” The Foundation provides funding to organizations and corporations that further its purpose throughout the world, and often serves as an incubator for new policies and programs. The Foundation, for example, gives money to AIDS treatment organizations in Africa, and funded the construction of the presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The list of donors is a drawing criticism from many Clinton-haters. Many of the the biggest contributors were foreign entities, including the government of Saudi Arabia. Remember, liberals have consistently bashed George H.W. Bush for his ties to Saudi Arabia. Bush’s links to Saudi Arabia was one of the main themes of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9-11.”
Perhaps the most disturbing donation is from Denise Rich, who donated somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000. Bill Clinton pardoned Denise Rich’s husband Marc Rich from tax evasion and fraud charges at the end of his presidency. The pardon was controversial at the time as there appeared to be no reason to pardon Rich than the fact that he was friends with Bill Clinton.
Below is a partial list of the biggest donors to the Foundation:
Donors who gave more than $25 million:
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
$10,000,001 to $25,000,000:
AUSAID (Australian government aid program)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Stephen L. Bing
COPRESIDA-Secretariado Tecnico (Dominican Republic AIDS agency)
Frank Giustra, chief executive officer, The Radcliffe Foundation
The Hunter Foundation
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The ELMA Foundation
Theodore W. Waitt
$5,000,001 to $10,000,000:
Government of Norway
Nationale Postcode Loterij (Netherlands charity lottery)
Haim Saban and The Saban Family Foundation
The Wasserman Foundation