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CLINTON FOUNDATION AND PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY



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CLINTON FOUNDATION AND PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY


FOREIGN AND CORPORATE DONATIONS TO BUILD THE CLINTON LIBRARY, WHICH WERE HANDLED BY THE NASCENT CLINTON FOUNDATION IN THE EARLY 2000s, BECAME AN ISSUE IN HILLARY CLINTON’S 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Clinton Foundation Funds The Clinton Library. “The Clinton library has steadfastly declined to reveal its donors, saying they were promised confidentiality. The William J. Clinton Foundation, which funds the library, is considered a charity whose contributors can remain anonymous.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]
Washington Post: “Bill Clinton's Presidential Library Raised More Than 10 Percent Of The Cost Of Its $165 Million Facility From Foreign Sources, With The Most Generous Overseas Donation Coming From Saudi Arabia.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]
Washington Post: “The Royal Family Of Saudi Arabia Gave The Clinton…Roughly The Same Amount It Gave Toward The Presidential Library Of George H.W. Bush.” “The royal family of Saudi Arabia gave the Clinton facility in Little Rock about $10 million, roughly the same amount it gave toward the presidential library of George H.W. Bush, according to people directly familiar with the contributions.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]
Washington Post: “A Handful Of Major Donors' Names To The Clinton Library Were Disclosed In 2004 When A New York Sun Reporter Accessed A Public Computer Terminal At The Library That Provided A List Of Donors.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]
Washington Post: The Governments Of Kuwait, Qatar, The UAE, Taiwan, And Brunei Each Gave The Clinton Library At Least $1 Million. “The Post confirmed numerous seven-figure donors to the library through interviews and tax records of foundations. Several foreign governments gave at least $1 million, including the Middle Eastern nations of Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the governments of Taiwan and Brunei.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]


  • Washington Post: “Kuwait Contributed At Least $1 Million To The Library Of Former President George H.W. Bush, And Taiwan Gave $2 Million To The Ronald Reagan Library.” “Spokesmen for Kuwait and Taiwan confirmed that each government has given the library $1 million. Both governments also donated to other presidential libraries. Kuwait contributed at least $1 million to the library of former president George H.W. Bush, and Taiwan gave $2 million to the Ronald Reagan library.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]

Washington Post: “A Handful Of Middle Eastern Business Executives And Officials Also Gave At Least $1 Million Each” To The Clinton Library. “In addition, a handful of Middle Eastern business executives and officials also gave at least $1 million each, according to the interviews. They include Saudi businessmen Abdullah al-Dabbagh, Nasser al-Rashid and Walid Juffali, as well as Issam Fares, a U.S. citizen who previously served as deputy prime minister of Lebanon.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]
Washington Post: “[Bill] Clinton Has Also Been Challenged By Members Of Congress For Accepting A Reported $450,000 Donation To His Library From The Former Wife Of Fugitive Financier Marc Rich Before He Granted Rich A Pardon For Tax Evasion In 2001.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]
New York Times: A “$31.3 Million Donation, Which Was Previously Undisclosed, Came From The Radcliffe Foundation Run By Frank Giustra…Who Has Made Millions Financing Mining Deals Around The World.” “The $31.3 million donation, which was previously undisclosed, came from the Radcliffe Foundation run by Frank Giustra, a Canadian who has made millions financing mining deals around the world. Mr. Giustra has become a member of Mr. Clinton’s inner circle, joining him on global trips and lending him the use of his private MD-87 jet.” [New York Times, 12/20/07]
SOME DONORS TO THE CLINTON LIBRARY IN THE FINAL YEAR OF BILL CLINTON’S ADMINISTRATION WERE INTERESTED IN POLICY CHANGES FROM THE ADMINISTRATION
New York Times: Some Donors To The Clinton Library In The Final Year Of Bill Clinton’s Administration “Were Seeking Policy Changes From The Administration.” “The New York Times has compiled the first comprehensive list of 97 donors who gave or pledged a total of $69 million for the Clinton presidential library in the final years of the Clinton administration. The examination found that while some $1 million contributors were longtime Clinton friends, others were seeking policy changes from the administration. Two pledged $1 million each while they or their companies were under investigation by the Justice Department.” [New York Times, 12/20/07]
THEN-SENATOR CLINTON HELPED SHAPE THE WORK OF THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AND THEN RECRUITED DONORS FROM THE FOUNDATION AS DONORS AND BUNDLERS FOR HER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN…
New York Times In 2007: “In Raising Record Sums For Her Campaign, Mrs. Clinton Has Tapped Many Of The Foundation’s Donors,” With At Least Two Dozen “Each Bundling $100,000 Or More.” “In raising record sums for her campaign, Mrs. Clinton has tapped many of the foundation’s donors. At least two dozen have become ‘Hillraisers,’ each bundling $100,000 or more for her presidential bid. The early library donors, combined with their families and political action committees, have contributed at least $784,000 to Mrs. Clinton’s Senate and presidential coffers.” [New York Times, 12/20/07]
New York Times: “Mrs. Clinton Played An Important Role In Shaping Both The Foundation’s Organization And The Scope Of Its Work… Advisers Also Were Acutely Aware That The Foundation’s Operations — And Any Perception Of A Conflict — Could Harm Mrs. Clinton Politically.” “Mrs. Clinton played an important role in shaping both the foundation’s organization and the scope of its work, said Karen A. Tramontano, a senior adviser in the Clinton White House and the foundation’s first chief of staff. Advisers also were acutely aware that the foundation’s operations — and any perception of a conflict — could harm Mrs. Clinton politically. ‘She and I would speak frequently,’ Ms. Tramontano said. ‘She had a lot of ideas. All the papers that went to him went to her.’” [New York Times, 12/20/07]
LEADING DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RIVAL BARACK OBAMA TO ATTACK THE OVERLAP BETWEEN CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN AND BILL’S DONATION AS A POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST
New York Times In 2007: “Some Of [Hillary Clinton’s] Rivals Argue That Donors Could Use Presidential Foundations To Circumvent Campaign Finance Laws Intended To Limit Political Influence.” “Now, the secrecy surrounding the William J. Clinton Foundation has become a campaign issue as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the Democratic presidential nomination with her husband as a prime source of strategy and star power. Some of her rivals argue that donors could use presidential foundations to circumvent campaign finance laws intended to limit political influence.” [New York Times, 12/20/07]
Washington Post In 2007: Then-Senator Obama “Made An Issue Of The Large Yet Unidentified Contributors To Presidential Libraries.” “Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has made an issue of the large yet unidentified contributors to presidential libraries, saying that he wants to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in such donations. Obama has introduced legislation that would require disclosure of all contributions to presidential libraries, including Clinton's, and Congress has actively debated such a proposal. Unlike campaign donations, money given to presidential libraries is often done with limited or no disclosure.” [Washington Post, 12/15/07]
COMMENTS ECHOED BY THEN-REP. HENRY WAXMAN



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