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May 27, 2015

State Dept. Cleared Arms Sales to Clinton Foundation Donors

The State Department under Hillary Clinton's leadership approved $165 billion in U.S. weapons sales to 20 foreign governments that have donated to the Clinton Foundation, considerably more than those countries received prior to her tenure, according to an International Business Times investigation.

Among the recipients were seven countries that have been confirmed as foundation donors during Ms. Clinton's term as secretary of state, and several whose regimes had been criticized by the State Department for human rights abuses, including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Oman.

The donor countries' purchases from October 2009 to September 2012—the three full fiscal years of Ms. Clinton's cabinet service—were nearly twice those during the equivalent period of the second George W. Bush administration. The Obama administration has broadly increased U.S. military exports.

The governments and defense firms involved in the sales have contributed between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton family charity. The foundation and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign declined to answer International Business Times' questions.