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. Independent

    In answer to some of the comments posted above......If Bill had done his job while in office we would not have had a 911.....Pk, ever wonder what you would like in a burka?.......gd in HO, I don't see any of the people you have listed as ever making us proud. Ever wonder why they keep Biden hidden from the public?

    January 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Silence Dogoode

    Hmmm, wonder why Hillary or Bill haven't received the Nobel Prize? And look like they trade contrabutions for oil......

    January 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Robert

    America for Auction stupidly said:

    "Sold to the highest bidder. So the question is what do these "donors" get in exchange for their millions?"

    Did you not read the article? It said specifically that when she became Secretary of State, they agreed to have their donations reviewed... Here it is for you...

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

    Do we constantly need to have the partisan comments?

    January 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. JJ in NY

    The Clinton legacy..... CORRUPTION FOR SALE !

    January 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Texas Firefighter

    Arab money buying arab influence. No wonder US oil exploration is off limits. We have more oil in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, the tri-state shale oil reserves, off-shore reserves, etc. than ALL of the middle east combined. Follow the money and you'll find the bought off influence of Democratic policies. Democrats are the "TRUE" terrorists of this country.

    January 2, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Dilligaf

    Is it any surprise that these two repulsive individuals continue to rake in money from any and all sources. Truly disgusting people who we have had to live with for almost 20 years now (thanks soooooooo much, Ross Perot for helping Slick win ...) When will they crawl back under their rocks and just go away?

    January 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. jeff jackson, alabama

    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.

    January 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Monique

    I would hope CItiBank, AIG, etc didn't donate after being bailed out...and Shame on you Bank of America!

    Although their foundation is for a very good cause, don't donate when you are getting the bailout!

    Keep up the good work!

    January 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. do I sense someone ready to pull one on our dear Hillary?

    Interesting the Bank they list as donating.....hmmm isn't that the one going down. just sayin'

    January 2, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. beverly

    Why is this news. We all know some countries and individuals give to this worthy foundation. Bill Clinton is still the most beloved president of our time. If he could have run for a third term he would have won hands down. He is truly dedicated to helping the less fortunate and good for him. Why do the republicans have no one that does this. Goes to show after 8 yrs, in office what is GW Bush doing?

    January 2, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Tammy

    Where is Republican generosity towards eliminating poverty?

    January 2, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. RR Florida

    ETHICS and CLIINTONS have never gone together.....NOBODY
    hears about this foundation (which is a joke) it only benefits the clintons pockets...
    I would love to hear where, and how much this foundations gave!!
    Yeah, right....the american people are STUPID!!!!!!
    BUT guess WHAT!!!
    SOME OF US ARE WAKING UP!!!!
    AND HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS.....DEMOS YOU GUYS ARE OUT!!!!
    CHANGE IS COMING BUT NOT FROM OBAMA!!!!!

    January 2, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Chipster

    Willy Brown:

    "Follow the money" and you'll know who's running John McCain, Sarah Palin, Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Orin Hatch, Chuck Grassley......

    Or, perhaps all of these people, including Obama are actually supporting the policies that are important to them. Perhaps they are supported by the people who like their policy positions. Do ya think? Can Republicans skip the paranoia for a minute or do you simply judge others by your own motives?

    January 2, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. toad

    They released the donor list after they doctored it up. They are all crooks!!!

    January 2, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Brenda

    Why is it that so many people have such negative views of charity work? Are we so deluded as a society that we truly believe that people can't do good works just because they want to do good? Everytime it is publicized that someone, be it a Clinton, Oprah, Angelina and Brad, do good works for charity, a great many people come out to suggest that they are doing it for devious reasons. Shame on us as a society! It begs the question–how have you given back for all of the blessings that you have? If you can't answer that in a positive manner, then you are the one who needs to think about what you give back.

    January 2, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. buckeye

    Is it a conflict of interest for US elected or appointed officials to hold dual citizenship? You betcha.

    January 2, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. dee

    And? That's it wow shallow

    January 2, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Edwin

    @Fitz,

    You called the Clintons "so called Americans" because they set up a foundation to fight disease and poverty around the world? How sad that you think Americans should never help people in other countries. How sad for them and how sad for you.

    Or were you upset that other countries were contributing to this world-wide foundation? Apparently, their citizens actually care about what happens to other human beings.

    January 2, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Chipster

    If anyone wonders just how cynical our citizens have become, just read the snide and ugly remarks about a foundation that has been supported by people from all sides of the political arena. George H. W. Bush, Laura Bush, Arnold Schwartzenegger are just a few of the Republicans who have supported the Clinton Global Initiative. From HIV/AIDS, climate change, food safety, energy and poverty, this foundation has an excellent reputation for making progress on some very difficult global issues.

    How divided have we become that we aren't willing to work together on anything to improve people's lives. What a shame.

    January 2, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Mark

    The reason this is news is because Hillary is OUR Secretary of State. When foreign governments give money to OUR SoS this should be documented and released to policy makers and the citizens. Considering Clinton is a representative for U. S. foreign policy, donors outside the U. S., whether governments or individuals, should be acknowledged and investigated. Next, I hope CNN and others should observe her policies and interactions with these different governments. I hope she treats every other nation as equal, but this is the exact reason we have freedom of the press and freedom of information... it helps keep people honest. For the people that whine about Dems and Republicans, continue to bicker over the trivial nonsense. Our dollar continues to get weaker, our nation is going bankrupt, we give billions of OUR tax dollars to foreign nations, and we pay 1.4+ BILLION DOLLARS a day in interest to CHINA and others! Those are just a few of the REAL PROBLEMS we face as a nation. Not whether the two most influential gangs in the U. S. are trying to tarnish each others names.

    I hope everyone had happy holidays and a happy new year

    January 2, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. James

    Kathy, what are you saying? Do you think that Bill Clinton would not have reacted to 911? Maybe you believe that the donations to the foundation were bribes? Just what part of Arkansas are you from?

    January 2, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Linda B., Ga.

    Must be a slow day for news.....what does it matter who and/or whom gives to former Pres. Clintons' Foundation? All the countries listed certainly have the means to donate, so what?

    January 2, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    Another day, another passive-aggressive attack on the Democrats by CNN. Looks like they figured if Fox can attract idiot right-wingers, so can they. Remember when you used to report the news without bias CNN? You've become Fox News Lite.

    January 2, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Michelle from Texas

    Pres Clinton complied with the stipulations Congress including the Republicans insisted on during Secretary Clinton's confirmation hearings. This foundation is working hard to help those in need around the world. Pres. Clinton deserves credit for moving to the role of statesman and philanthropist and for keeping his word.Bill and Hillary are both doing a terrific job and their critics need to find something else to do

    January 2, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. diridi

    instead of digging all these, we need to restrict visa system into United States. Look, what happened on christmas day. Do not give visa to every tom dick and harry, including to India too...ok

    January 2, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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