An analysis of newly released State Department records shows that a majority of the non-governmental meetings Hillary Clinton held as U.S. secretary of State were with donors to her family’s tax-free foundation.
According to the Associated Press, 55 percent of the private individuals who met or had private phone conversations with Clinton when she was secretary of State were donors to the Clinton Foundation. The 85 private individuals who met with Clinton gave more than a combined $156 million to the tax-free organization.
Newly released emails have also revealed that top State Department aides repeatedly did favors for Clinton Foundation bigwigs. In one email exchange, it appears Clinton initially declined a meeting with the crown prince of Bahrain, but then quickly changed her mind and arranged a sit-down with him after he went through her tax-exempt organization with his meeting request.
Shortly after this meeting, Clinton’s State Department approved a significant increase in arms sales to his country’s armed forces — including $70,000 worth of “toxicological agents” during the Arab Spring and a controversial amount of missiles and armored vehicles.
Not included in the AP’s calculations were 16 other individuals who worked for foreign governments and met Hillary during her tenure as secretary. Their donations to Clinton’s family organization totaled more than $170 million.
The AP’s analysis is the latest development in a damning series of events casting a shadow over Clinton’s service in the State Department. Clinton Foundation donors’ heavy influence on Clinton and demands on her schedule during her time as secretary have caused many to question the influence these individuals would have on her as president.
Earlier this week, Bill Clinton said that if she were elected president, Hillary Clinton would step down from her position at the Clinton Foundation and their nonprofit would no longer accept donations from foreign entities. But these promises do nothing to relieve Hillary Clinton of obligations or pressures from the other 6,000 individuals who have given the Clintons more than $2 billion in charitable donations.