January 19, 2016

Human Rights Campaign Competes With Human Rights Violators For Clinton’s Ear

As the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) endorses Hillary Clinton, they will be competing for influence with many of the same countries the organization has criticized for violating LGBT rights.

The Clinton Foundation, Clinton’s family foundation, has accepted between $10 and $25 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and between $1 and $5 million from the Friends of Saudi Arabia. Brunei has given the Foundation between $1 and $5 million. The Human Rights Campaign noted this past summer that the countries are two of the eight in the world that “prescribe the death penalty for homosexual conduct.”

The Human Rights Campaign’s President said Qatar, whose government has given between $1 and $5 million and whose 2022 Supreme Committee has given between $250,000 and $500,000, is “in a league of its own” when it comes to the poor treatment of LGBT individuals.

In addition, Bill Clinton received $1.4 million in speaking fees for speeches in Nigeria, a country where, according to the Human Rights Campaign, “the levels of violence and discrimination that LGBT people face has reached epidemic proportions.”

Beyond these four countries, the Human Rights Campaign will have to contend with a host of countries to influence Clinton’s policies toward LGBT individuals. With so much Clinton Foundation money coming from the coffers of human rights violators, it seems that the organization will have a painfully uphill battle.