The William J. Clinton Foundation has released its contributor information for 2011, a veritable who's who of rich, international donors. The disclosure of benefactors to the former president's outfit has long been a subject of interest ever since Obama appointed Hillary Clinton to be head the State Department in 2008. The primary concern is the potential for conflicts of interest, given that foreign governments are handing over tens of millions of dollars to the husband of America's top diplomat. So what foreign entities gave the most this year? Here's what we saw in the disclosure data.
Norway We should first preface that the Foundation's disclosure policy makes it exceedingly difficult to determine the exact amount each donor has given because it merely lists each benefactor amid a dollar range (e.g. $25,000-$50,000). To signal that the donor gave money to the Foundation in 2011, an asterisk appears next to their name. Still, with a record of contributions made previously, courtesy the Associated Press, one can determine an uptick in donations. Norway, for instance, has been kind to the foundation. With an asterisk noting the government of Norway has contributed this past year, the Northern European country jumped from the $5 to $10 million range in 2008 to the $10 to $15 million range this year.
Saudi Arabia Though it avoided giving to the foundation this year, the decade total for the arab state is impressive: $10 million to $15 million. The foundation has also received $1 million to $5 million from Saudi businessman Nasser Al-Rashid and $1 million to $5 million from the group Friends of Saudi Arabia. Then there's Ethiopian-Saudi business mogul Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi who jumped up to the $1 to $5 million range.
Israel There are no donors directly tied to the Israeli government, but the nation's booster billionaire Haim Saban, who splits his time between California and Israel, contributed to the foundation this year and advanced a notch, from the $5 million to $10 million range up to the $10 million to $25 million range. Meanwhile, Slim-Fast diet mogul S. Daniel Abraham, an American and former board member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has jumped a donation range to the $5 to $10 million tier.
Australia The island continent's overseas aid program, AUSAID, contributed to the foundation this year and resides on the $10 million to $25 million category.
Dominican Republic The island country's government agency for fighting AIDS, COPRESIDA, skipped 2011 but has racked up an impressive donation total: $10 million to $25 million to the foundation.