Seven of the companies that announced they would not run advertisements on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News in the wake of sexual harassment allegations nonetheless donated up to $6.6 million to Bill Clinton’s personal tax-free foundation.
According to Mediate, which has been tracking the advertisers that disclosed they will no longer run ads on Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor,” 40 organizations have thus far pulled ads from O’Reilly’s show. The withdrawals followed news reports that O’Reilly and the cable news giant had agreed to settle multiple cases of sexual harassment against O’Reilly for upwards of $13 million.
Media Matters, a far-left activist organization funded by George Soros and other wealthy leftists, has been leading the charge against Fox News advertisers and trying to round up as many as possible to abandon their partnerships with the top-rated cable news network.
Many of the organizations that have pulled ads from O’Reilly’s show, however, do not appear to categorically oppose corporate expenditures that could be perceived as supporting individuals accused of sexual harassment or assault. In fact, at least seven of these organizations gave large sums of money to the tax-free organization run by former president Bill Clinton, who has been repeatedly accused of sexual harassment and assault and who also paid large sums of money to settle a sexual harassment suit.
Pfizer, which reportedly chose to pull ads for Advil, donated between $1 million and $5 million to Bill Clinton’s tax-exempt organization, according to the Clinton Foundation website. Allstate, which also said it would not air ads on the “O’Reilly Factor,” gave up to $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. The car manufacturer Hyundai gave between $100,000 and $250,000 to Clinton’s group.
Pharmaceutical companies Sanofi, Bayer, and Eli Lilly also pulled ads from O’Reilly’s show despite giving significant sums of money to the Clinton Foundation. Eli Lilly provided up to $50,000 to the former president’s foundation, while Sanofi contributed between $100,000 and $250,000. Bayer contributed up to $25,000. The tax preparation firm H&R Block pulled its O’Reilly ads after O’Reilly’s harassment settlements were reported, but gave up to $50,000 to Bill Clinton’s organization.
An analysis of the Clinton Foundation’s 2014 tax records shows that the former president’s tax-free foundation spent less than 6 percent of its budget on grants to charitable organizations that year. The Clinton Foundation’s three largest “program service accomplishments,” according to its tax records, are the Clinton Global Initiative ($23.2 million), the Clinton Presidential Library ($12.3 million), and the Clinton Climate Initiative ($8.3 million). The Clinton Global Initiative, which exists to organize and produce a lavish annual meeting headlined by former president Bill Clinton, was characterized by the New York Times as a “glitzy annual gathering of chief executives, heads of state, and celebrities,” hardly a portrait of the kind of charitable work that directly affects the lives of the needy.
All told, seven of the organizations that pulled ads from O’Reilly’s program over sexual harassment claims gave up to $6.6 million to Bill Clinton’s tax-exempt group despite the sexual harassment claims that led to his impeachment, one of which he settled for $850,000.
In 1998, the 42nd U.S. president paid $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit brought by Paula Jones. As a result of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the facts of which eventually led to Clinton’s impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice, Clinton was disbarred by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Arkansas, where Clinton was a practicing attorney prior to his career in politics, Clinton was fined $25,000 and his law license was suspended for five years.
Allegations of sexual harassment and even rape dogged Clinton throughout his tenure in elected office. Paula Jones accused Clinton of exposing his genitals to her in 1991. Kathleen Willey alleged that Clinton groped her in the Oval Office in 1993. Juanita Broaddrick, who volunteered to help Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas in 1978, alleges that Clinton raped her in a hotel room that same year.
Neither O’Reilly nor Clinton admitted any wrongdoing in their sexual harassment settlements.