JANUARY 04, 2010
While Hillary Clinton completed her first year as U.S. Secretary of State, her husband’s world-renowned foundation received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Norway and Oman.
The William J. Clinton Foundation has for years raked in hefty sums from numerous foreign governments, companies and private parties that have obvious interests in U.S. foreign policy. Now that the former president’s wife is the nation’s top foreign policy adviser, it presents a brazen conflict and flagrant ethical violation that the Obama Administration refuses to acknowledge.
In the meantime the big overseas bucks keep pouring in so that the commander-in-chief turned philanthropist can conquer AIDS, climate change and childhood obesity. Among the Clinton Foundation’s top donors are the governments of Australia, Norway and Saudi Arabia (each giving between $10 million to $25 million), the Dominican Republic (between $5 million to $10 million) and the Arab country of Oman which has dished out several million dollars.
Among the foundation’s top personal donors is a shady Canadian mining tycoon (Frank Giustra) that gave more than $31 million after the former president helped him seal an unheard of uranium deal with the communist dictator of a former Soviet Republic (Kazakhstan) and an Israeli media mogul (Haim Saban) who gives generously to pro-Israel politicians.
Clinton actually gets a huge pat on the back from the White House for disclosing the donors because he doesn’t have to. For years the list of about 200,000 wealthy benefactors—who have donated more than $500 million over the last decade—has been top secret but Obama insisted it become public before confirming Hillary as Secretary of State.
Besides its official mission of fighting AIDS and improving the quality of life in third-world countries like Africa, the Clinton Foundation has also been utilized by the one-time first couple to skirt federal campaign finance laws, which forbid foreign contributions to presidential campaigns. Hillary raised huge sums for her failed presidential run from the same donors who gave her hubby’s foundation millions in exchange for his help in policy changes and intervention in federal probes.
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