Elsewhere online
April 10, 2015

Moroccan Firm Largely Funding Clinton Foundation Meeting

The Clinton Foundation, which has drawn fire for taking big donations from foreign interests as Hillary Clinton may be gearing up to run for president, is set to receive at least $1 million from a company with links to the Moroccan government for a conference in Marrakech next month, Politico writes, citing sources with knowledge of the event. OCP, a phosphate exporter owned by Morocco's constitutional monarchy, is the primary supporter of the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa Meeting.

Ms. Clinton, who praised Morocco as "a vital hub for economic and cultural exchange" in the region when she announced the Marrakech meeting last year, will not attend the May 5 to 7 gathering, a foundation official said. The charity suspended Clinton Global Initiative meetings abroad during her tenure as secretary of state under an ethics agreement with the Obama administration.

The Clinton Foundation's ties to a Canadian oil company with significant interests in Colombia also come in for scrutiny from International Business Times, which reports that Ms. Clinton's State Department endorsed a U.S.-Colombia trade pact she had previously opposed after Pacific Rubiales pledged millions of dollars to the charity. The firm's founder, Canadian financier Frank Giustra, is also a major donor and sits on the foundation's board.