Clinton Foundation Reveals Donor List A wealth of international contributions has helped fund the William J. Clinton Foundation since its inception in 1996, a donor list released Thursday shows. Foreign governments have contributed at least $46 million to a nonprofit enterprise aimed primarily at reducing poverty and treating AIDS worldwide.
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Foreign Governments

Many foreign governments have contributed heavily to the William J. Clinton Foundation, including:

AUSAID, the Australian government's overseas aid program ($10 million to $25 million)

COPRESIDA-Secretariado Tecnico, a Dominican Republic government agency formed to fight AIDS ($10 million to $25 million)

Norway ($5 million to $10 million)

Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei and Oman ($1 million to $5 million each)

The government of Jamaica and Italy's Ministry for Environment and Territory ($50,000 to $100,000 each)

Overseas Interests

The William J. Clinton Foundation's donor list is heavy with overseas business interests. Among them:

Saudi businessman Nasser Al-Rashid ($1 million to $5 million)

Friends of Saudi Arabia; the Dubai Foundation; the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office ($1 million to $5 million each)

The Swedish Postcode Lottery ($500,000 to $1 million each)

China Overseas Real Estate Development; U.S. Islamic World Conference ($250,000 to $500,000 each)

Individual Donors

Among the individuals listed as giving $1 million to $5 million:

Lakshmi Mittal, the chief executive of international steel company ArcelorMittal. Mittal is a member of the Foreign Investment Council in Kazakhstan, Goldman Sachs' board of directors and the World Economic Forum's International Business Council.

Harold Snyder, director of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the largest drug company in Israel. His son, Jay T. Snyder, serves on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, which oversees State Department activities, and served as a senior U.S. adviser to the United Nations, where he worked on international trade and poverty. Jay Snyder donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the foundation.

Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi, Ethiopian-Saudi business tycoon

Issam Fares, a former deputy prime minister of Lebanon

Mala Gaonkar Haarman, a partner and managing director at the private investment partnership Lone Pine Capital

Lukas Lundin, chairman of oil, gas and mining businesses including Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd., an international oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in Syria, and Vostok Nafta Investment Ltd., an investment company that focuses on Russia and other former Soviet republics

Victor Pinchuk, son-in-law of the former president of Ukraine. Clinton spoke in 2007 at an annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy, a group Pinchuk founded to promote Ukraine joining the European Union.

A wealth of contributions from foreign governments and overseas donors has helped fund the William J. Clinton Foundation since its inception in 1996, a donor list released Thursday shows.

The foundation has raised at least $46 million from Saudi Arabia and other foreign governments that the former president's wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, may end up negotiating with if she becomes the next secretary of state. That $46 million estimate represents about 10 percent of total giving to the foundation.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave $10 million to $25 million to the foundation, a nonprofit created by the former president to finance his library in Little Rock, Ark., and charitable efforts to reduce poverty and treat AIDS. Other foreign government givers include Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, Italy and Jamaica. The Dutch national lottery gave $5 million to $10 million.

Blackwater On The List

The Blackwater Training Center donated $10,001 to $25,000. The State Department — to be led by Hillary Clinton if she is confirmed — will have to decide next year whether to renew Blackwater Worldwide's contract to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq. Five Blackwater guards have been indicted by a U.S. grand jury on manslaughter and weapons charges stemming from a September 2007 firefight in Baghdad's Nisoor Square in which 17 Iraqis died.

The foundation disclosed the names of its 205,000 donors on a Web site Thursday, ending a decade of resistance to identifying the sources of its money. While the list is heavy with international business leaders and billionaires, some 12,000 donors gave $10 or less.

Two Big Donors

The biggest donations — more than $25 million each — came from two donors. They are:

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation, a London-based philanthropic organization founded by hedge fund manager Chris Hohn and his wife, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, and dedicated to helping children, primarily in Africa and India.

UNITAID, an international drug purchase organization formed by Brazil, France, Chile, Norway and Britain to help provide care for HIV-AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis patients in countries with high disease rates.

Revealing The Names

Clinton agreed to release the information after concerns emerged that his extensive international fundraising and business deals could conflict with America's interests if his wife became President-elect Obama's top diplomat. The foundation has insisted for years that it was under no legal obligation to identify its contributors, contending that many expected confidentiality when they donated.

The list also underscores ties between the Clintons and India, a connection that could complicate diplomatic perceptions of whether Hillary Clinton can be a neutral broker between India and neighbor Pakistan in a region where Obama will face an early test of his foreign policy leadership.

The former president did not release specific totals for each donor, providing only ranges of giving. Nor did he identify individual contributors' occupations or countries of residence.

Nearly $500 Million In A Decade

Donors gave Bill Clinton's foundation at least $492 million from its inception in 1997 through last year, according to the most recent figures available.

Clinton thanked his donors in a statement for being "steadfast partners in our work to impact the lives of so many around the world in measurable and meaningful ways."

After negotiations with Obama's transition team, Clinton promised to reveal the contributors, submit future foundation activities and paid speeches to an ethics review, step away from the day-to-day operation of his annual charitable conference and inform the State Department about new sources of income and speeches.

According to the memorandum negotiated by the foundation and top Obama advisers, Bill Clinton agreed to publish the names of all past and future contributors to his foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

Former President To Reduce Role

The former president also agreed to step away from direct involvement in the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual charitable conference where businesses and many foreign governments pledge donations to help ameliorate AIDS, poverty and other social ills. He will continue serving as CGI's founding chairman but will not solicit money or sponsorships. The CGI will cease accepting foreign contributions and will not host events outside the United States.

Representatives of the foundation, including CEO Bruce Lindsey and attorney Cheryl Mills, and aides to Hillary Clinton met privately Wednesday with staff of incoming Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry of Massachusetts and ranking Republican Dick Lugar of Indiana to discuss the foundation's activities and review a memorandum of understanding drawn up by the Clinton and Obama teams.

The Foreign Relations Committee will hold hearings and vote on Hillary Clinton's nomination before sending it to the full Senate.

Shortly after Obama tapped Clinton, Lugar said he would support her, though he said there would still be "legitimate questions" raised about the former president's extensive international involvement.

"I don't know how, given all of our ethics standards now, anyone quite measures up to this — who has such cosmic ties," Lugar said.

From Associated Press reports with Beth Fouhy in New York and writers Ted Bridis, Jim Drinkard and David Pace in Washington, D.C.