Bill's Charity Linked to Tibet Crackdown

'Philanthropic dynamo' took '05 donation from shady Internet firm
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
Jack Ma of Alibaba, an organization that made a donation to Bill Clinton's foundation.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's strong public stance against the crackdown in Tibet flies in the face of her husband's past fundraising ties in China, reports the LA Times. At the crux is a 2005 speech the former president gave for which he received an undisclosed donation to his charitable foundation—from Internet giant Alibaba.

Alibaba, which took over Yahoo’s China operation, has been accused of encouraging censorship in support of the Chinese government. Last month, it posted a “most wanted” list on its homepage seeking information on Tibetan activists. The Clinton camp denies impropriety. “President Clinton is not involved with Alibaba and is opposed to censorship and the repression of political dissent,” a spokeswoman says.