17 Million-Dollar Donors to Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State

Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Hillary Clinton. Credit: Associated Press

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)

Hillary Clinton Makes Money for Boeing (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Steve Straehley, AllGov)


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