Last week, Bill Clinton told staffers at the Clinton Foundation that the organization would no longer accept foreign or corporate donations if Hillary Clinton is elected President in November. The announcement comes in the middle of a media firestorm following the release of emails that indicate Mrs. Clinton failed to maintain a wall of separation between the Clinton Foundation and her work at the State Department despite promises to do so.
The documents at the center of the controversy appear to show that foreign actors were able to gain greater access to then-Secretary Clinton after making donations to the Clinton Foundation and raise questions as to whether the organization served as a conduit for influence peddling.
Domestic corporations also appear to have understood the relationship between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. General Electric and Boeing transacted deals in Algeria and Russia respectively with help from the Clinton State Department and both companies have donated over a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
In response to last week’s decision, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the following statement: “If everything was above board while Hillary Clinton ran the State Department as the Clintons have said, then why change a thing? But now that they have admitted there is a problem, the Clinton Foundation should immediately cease accepting foreign donations and return every penny ever taken from other countries, several of which have atrocious human rights records and ties to terrorism.”
At 2ndVote, we feel the same way about corporate donors to the Clinton Foundation. The appearance of quid pro quo relationships is concerning because many of the companies that have donated to the Clinton Foundation have atrocious records of supporting extremely liberal agendas. For example, twenty-two of the Clinton Foundation’s corporate donors are also major donors to the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal organization so close to the Clintons that it is now called “Hillary’s Think Tank”. In fact, the founder of CAP is John Podesta who currently serves at the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Below you find a selection of CAP donors that have also made contributions to the Clinton Foundation. These companies are funding one of the top developers of left-wing policy in the United States and have apparently made serious investments to gain access to a major party’s presidential nominee who has shown a willingness to “play” when they “pay”.
Be sure to come back as we’re digging deeper into the corporate relationships to provide you more resources on a story that will continue to develop.
CAP Donors Contributing to the Clinton Foundation
Bank of America
Citi Community Development (Citi)
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund (Fidelity Investments)
The American Express Company
The Coca-Cola Company