Daily Caller News Foundation investigation reveals that Bill and
Hillary Clinton received at least $100 million from autocratic Persian
Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic
presidential candidate Hillary’s claim she can carry out independent
Middle East policies.
As a presidential candidate, the amount of foreign cash the Clintons
have amassed from the Persian Gulf states is “simply unprecedented,”
says national security analyst Patrick Poole. “These regimes are buying access.
You’ve got the Saudis. You’ve got the Kuwaitis, Oman, Qatar and the
UAE. There are massive conflicts of interest. It’s beyond
comprehension,” Poole told TheDCNF in an interview.
Overall, the Clinton Foundation has
received upwards of $85 million in donations just from five Persian Gulf
states and their monarchs, according to the foundation’s
website. Activist groups have charged the five states — Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — have committed
numerous human rights abuses.
The ongoing Clinton financial
relationship with despotic Persian Gulf states could hurt Hillary as a
supporter of labor rights and tarnish her image as a vigorous supporter
of women. Yet as secretary of state, Clinton consciously and actively
sought to legitimize the sheikdoms through many new Department of State
It’s unclear what kind of promises or
concessions the Clintons may have given the monarchs in return for their
lavish financial support over the years, but last month the candidate
reversed her long-standing support for fracking.
For years, the accusations have
centered on the Persian Gulf practice of importing hundreds of thousands
of poor foreign laborers who work for low wages, including hundreds of
thousands of female “domestic workers” who have no labor rights and
often face exploitation and sexual abuse.
Hillary’s new position, unveiled last
month at a CNN presidential debate with Democratic opponent Sen. Bernie
Sanders, put her in alignment with the Gulf State policy which opposes
North American oil and gas fracking.
Clinton also could be doing the
bidding for the Gulf States on domestic issues. As previously stated,
she recently reversed her support for fracking and announced her
opposition to it. Hydraulic fracturing of shale has turned the United
States from an importer of oil and gas to an exporter, which threatens
oil producing states, but particularly oil producers such as Saudi
Arabia and the gulf states.
The FBI has reportedly launched a second investigation of
the former secretary looking into “political corruption” and is seeking
evidence where former Secretary Clinton may have offered official
government favors to foundation donors.
The Clinton Foundation’s ties go
beyond support from governments. Four billionaire Saudis, along with
groups the Dubai Foundation and Friends of Saudi Arabia, contributed
another $30 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the
When she was secretary of state,
Hillary also strengthened the Clinton-UAE relationship. The State
Department approved Bill’s speaking engagements to the UAE, which
delivered $1.1 million to him in speaking fees.
In 2005, Bill personally advised Dubai
on the controversial deal where the emirate would own six U.S. ports.
The deal was vigorously opposed by intelligence officials who viewed the
port as vulnerable to terrorist infiltration.
From 2007 to 2012 el-Haddad was a
Cairo city director of the Clinton Foundation in Egypt and ran its
in-country office as well as directed communications. El-Haddad had a
well-known reputation for promoting radical Islam.