January 2nd, 2010
03:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton Foundation's 2009 donor list revealed

Clinton Foundation's 2009 donor list was revealed.
Clinton Foundation's 2009 donor list was revealed.

Washington (CNN) – During Hillary Clinton's first year as secretary of state, some foreign governments again gave generously to the foundation of her husband, former President Bill Clinton - but others have not.

Norway gave again last year, with a cumulative total exceeding $10 million, as did Oman, whose total is between $1 and $5 million. But according to the list made public by the Clinton Foundation, other past foreign donors - including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the Dubai Foundation and Brunei - did not give in 2009.

During Hillary Clinton's confirmation hearings to head the State Department, some lawmakers pressed her on whether she might face a conflict of interest if foreign governments or companies gave to her husband's foundation with an eye toward currying favor with her or influencing American foreign policy.

In the end, the Clintons agreed to make public their donor lists, and to have government ethics lawyers review new donations by foreign governments.

The Clinton Foundation's mission is to fight disease and poverty around the world.

Among companies receiving government bailout money, Bank of America again donated in 2009, but prior donors AIG, Citigroup, General Motors and Freddie Mac did not give in 2009.

One interesting entry on the list: Christopher Ruddy, who wrote some of the most scathing criticisms of Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s on ethics matters, and founded the conservative news agency Newsmax.

Richard Mellon Scaife, who bankrolled some of the Clintons' toughest adversaries in the 1990s, has also given to the Clinton Foundation in the past, but was not listed as a donor for 2009.


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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    SO this is what Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reily threatened Hillary Clinton with exposing daily on their comedy utter lacking in news relevance shows? Donors to help Bill Clinton to fight to fight disease and poverty in the world. Wow that's a stunning disclosure isn't it?

    How about Dick (shooter) Cheney's donors? Now that would be a shocker for people that support Democracy in America wouldn't it?

    January 2, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. cmoore

    Its funny, I didn't see Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer or Trojan Condoms on the list!

    January 2, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Cliff

    It is people like Baboon-Clark who give you libs a bad name.
    I have seen as much compassion, if not more, from conservatives than liberals.

    As to William Jefferson Clinton it is obvious he still finds ways to "blow money" in all directions.

    He and Hellary are a real pair and they will take your last dime while they smile at you. You get what you deserve. Change anyone?

    January 2, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Dale

    "That which you do to the least of My brethren you do unto Me." Why do Repubs not understand or follow Jesus' command?

    January 2, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Jeffrey

    No strangers to scandal, the Clintons would be better off not accepting money from foreign governments while she is Secretary of State.....the money could be given to other worthy charities anyway.
    Public servants need to avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest.

    January 2, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Carol

    Bank of America paid back their bail-out money in full. So what's wrong with them donating some cash to a worthy organization designed to help people?

    January 2, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Kjetil

    Im proud as a norwegian that Norway support this org. too fight hiv and help does with that problems in poor contries. Im also proud that Norway is one of the few contries that gives more than 1 % of BNI too help people in contries that need help. Its like a lottery too be borned in the best contry in the world (Norway) ;-) So nice too know that we are not so selfish.

    January 2, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. chubby

    Who cares. nobama says 2010 looks brighter. I wonder if that is because he is planning on resigning from the Presidency. That would make 2010 a whole lot brighter.

    January 2, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Brenda

    "If a man cheats on his wife he will cheat you out of your money!"

    January 2, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Former President Bill Clinton doesn't have to work but his foundations are for a good cause. We could all use less time complaining and serve a worthy case other than ourselves.

    January 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. joan

    How can you believe the liars say he is helping the poor with health and poverty? No, the Clinton has proven to be liars and braggers.
    Whoever give his tax shelter organization money are stupid or for another motive we don't know about.

    January 2, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. not alone

    To all you Rethug attack dogs out there, You are not repulicans let alone americans. Such hate is a sad thing to see, what ever happend to America as a great nation of peace and understanding? Y'all need to turn off fox and Rush for a bit and take in some freash air and listen to other points of veiw from both sides of the fence. We are an open society of free thinkers or last time I checked we are, of course same goes for the far left, y'all need to lighten up as well and both need to look to the middle a little bit and start standing up for the nation as a hole and for its good. All this tit-for-tat fighting is wearing us all a bit thin and maybie it's a time for a good center party to take up the cuase for the 90 persent of middle of america.

    January 2, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Dembiciles rule here

    Give to the World Socialism Fund, sell out your Country and be proud.

    January 2, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Tom Kas

    There's still something unsettling about
    a foreign nation being able to give funds
    to an organization or any entity run by the
    spouse of any Secretary of State at ANY
    TIME in history. No matter who the Secretary
    of State may be. Republican or democrat,
    it just isn't right.

    I AGREE! The others are too blinded to see this.

    January 2, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Zion

    Norway, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar.....and these are the ones we know about......Well, this certainly explains why these so called Americans don't work for the American people.
    -----

    If this were Obama, you guys would scream terrorist.

    January 2, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. proud dem in nc

    A hater is a hater is a hater. These d*m* Republicans have no use or compassion for anyone needing. help. We all know Republicans don't give a bloody hoot for those who are not, white, old and wealthy. The party of bitter, old men. You go Bill. You're a helluva lot better than the Repubs.

    January 2, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. wes

    Father Raymond, Your words are so very true. The Republicans' actions speak much louder than their words.

    January 2, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Keith in Austin

    @Father Raymond: "judge not lest you be judged"

    You need to stop your liberal hatefilled drivel and stick to your normal daily activity (groping young altar boys)!

    January 2, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    CNN has demonstrated a good balance in its reporting, and in publishing comments from persons with opposing points of view.
    Therefore, the criticism that CNN is comparable to FOX News in its conservative bias is unfounded.
    Every comment I submit (usually centrist with a strong leaning to the right) is met with many liberal or extremely liberal comments.
    This is fair reporting.

    January 2, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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