February 18, 2015

Clinton Foundation: Open For Business, Accepting Donations From Foreign Governments

Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Clinton Foundation “has dropped its self-imposed ban on collecting funds from foreign governments and is winning contributions at an accelerating rate, raising ethical questions as Hillary Clinton ramps up her expected bid for the presidency.”

The list of countries that have amped up donations to the Clinton Foundation include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar.

A Canadian government agency that promotes the Keystone XL pipeline—an issue Hillary Clinton has not taken a public position on—also donated.

Just as a reminder—Clinton’s campaign fundraiser, Dennis Cheng, served as the Clinton Foundation fundraiser for the last four years, according to CNN. So now, all of this foreign money is tied to Clinton’s campaign apparatus, sounding ethical alarms, uh, everywhere.

More details about the donations below:

United Arab Emirates, a first-time donor, gave between $1 million and $5 million in 2014, and the German government—which also hadn’t previously given—contributed between $100,000 and $250,000.

A previous donor, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has given between $10 million and $25 million since the foundation was created in 1999. Part of that came in 2014, although the database doesn’t specify how much.

The Australian government has given between $5 million and $10 million, at least part of which came in 2014. It also gave in 2013, when its donations fell in the same range.

Qatar’s government committee preparing for the 2022 soccer World Cup gave between $250,000 and $500,000 in 2014. Qatar’s government had previously donated between $1 million and $5 million.

Oman, which had made a donation previously, gave an undisclosed amount in 2014. Over time, Oman has given the foundation between $1 million and $5 million. Prior to last year, its donations fell in the same range.