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April 07, 2015

Arab States' Aid Giving Heavily Favors Clinton Foundation

The governments of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have donated far more money to the Clinton Foundation than to other large global aid and development organizations, McClatchy reports.

The oil-rich Arab nations have collectively given between $13 million and $40 million to the former first family's charity since 2001, coinciding with Hillary Clinton's Senate tenure, first presidential campaign, and time as secretary of state. During the same period, the four countries gave the international Red Cross $6.8 million and made no contributions to Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, or four other major global aid groups. The disparity raises the question of whether the giving carries political as well as philanthropic aims, McClatchy writes.

Foreign governments and businesses donate to the Clinton charity "partly because of the foundation’s work but also because of the access to the upper echelons of power in America," said Lawrence Jacobs, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Ms. Clinton, said that "it’s simply wrong to assert or even suggest" that giving to the foundation has influenced her foreign-policy positions.