Many of the most U.S. powerful corporations and foundations contributed $1 million or more to the Clinton Foundation while also lobbying the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, according to Vox.
The “symbiotic relationship between the Clintons and their donors” was described as “striking,” if not scandalous, according to Vox’s Jonathan Allen.
Overall, Vox found 181 companies, individuals, and foreign governments that gave to the Clinton Foundation and lobbied the State Department when Hillary Clinton was in charge.
There were 17 million-dollar contributors. These entities and the range of their donations were:
Microsoft/Gates Foundation $26,000,000 No limit reported
Walmart/Walton Family Foundation $2,250,000 $10,500,000
Coca-Cola $5,000,000 $10,000,000
State of Qatar and related entities $1,375,000 $5,800,000
Goldman Sachs $1,250,000 $5,500,000
Dow Chemical $1,025,000 $5,050,000
Pfizer $1,010,000 $5,025,000
Duke Energy Corporation $1,002,000 $5,010,000
ExxonMobil $1,001,000 $5,005,000
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa $1,000,000 $5,000,000
Hewlett-Packard $1,000,000 $5,000,000
Nima Taghavi $1,000,000 $5,000,000
NRG Energy $1,000,000 $5,000,000
Open Society Institute $1,000,000 $5,000,000
Procter & Gamble $1,000,000 $5,000,000
Boeing $1,000,000 $5,000,000
OCP $1,000,000 $5,000,000
The foundation also set up a charity that may have helped some of its donors hide their contributions to the Clinton Foundation, according to The New York Times. Aides to former President Bill Clinton helped set up a Canadian charity, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), ostensibly to provide a tax benefit to Canadian donors. Hillary Clinton has said that under Canadian law, the names of those donating to that charity can’t be made public.
The head of the Clinton Foundation says the scheme wasn’t devised to hide anyone’s identity. “This is hardly an effort on our part to avoid transparency,” Maura Pally, acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation, told the Times.
However, Canadian officials and tax experts say it’s doubtful the partnership was needed to provide tax benefits to its donors. One of the donors to the partnership, Ian Telfer, was chairman of a uranium company of which a major stake was sold to the Russian government in a deal that required U.S. government approval.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley
To Learn More:
181 Clinton Foundation Donors Who Lobbied Hillary’s State Department (by Jonathan Allen, Vox)
Canadian Partnership Shielded Identities of Donors to Clinton Foundation (by Mike McIntire and Jo Becker, New York Times)
Arab Dictatorships Pour Money into Clinton Foundation (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman, AllGov)
llary Clinton Makes Money for Boeing (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Steve Straehley, AllGov)