Clinton Foundation Shares Eclectic Donor List

Foreign nations, companies, charities join the likes of Donald Trump
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2010 7:41 AM CST
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2006 file photo, former President Bill Clinton, right, listens as Microsoft chairman Bill Gates speaks during their conversation session at the 16th World Aids Conference in Toronto....   (FRANK GUNN)
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(Newser) – Former President Bill Clinton's charity drew an international roster of donors last year, ranging from Norway and Oman to foreign lotteries, businessmen and celebrities, a contributor list released under an ethics promise by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed. Some countries that had given previously—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Brunei—were not on this year's list, which included Coca-Cola, the PGA tour, a pest-control company, and Donald Trump.

The Clintons agreed to annually disclose the names of donors to the foundation to address concerns about potential conflicts of interest between the former president's fundraising abroad and his wife's role in helping direct Obama administration foreign policy. The 2009 donors included three who ranked as the foundation's all-time biggest givers, topping $25 million each since Bill Clinton founded the charity: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Canadian mining tycoon and Radcliffe Foundation chief executive Frank Giustra, and UNITAID.

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