The Clinton Foundation received a staggering $40 million since 2001 from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. In contrast, six similar non-governmental global charities collected no money from those same four Middle Eastern countries.

Four oil-rich Arab nations, all with histories of philanthropy to United Nations and Middle Eastern causes, have donated vastly more money to the Clinton Foundation than they have to most other large private charities involved in the kinds of global work championed by the Clinton family.

Since 2001, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates gave as much as $40 million to the Clinton Foundation. In contrast, six similar non-governmental global charities collected no money from those same four Middle Eastern countries; the International Committee of the Red Cross was given $6.82 million. Since 2001, these global foundations have raised a staggering $40 billion to $50 billion to fund their humanitarian work.

The existence of foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation has been well-documented in the media. What hasn’t been revealed, however, is the disparity in donations by these four nations, all of which have been criticized by the State Department over the years for a spate of issues ranging from the mistreatment of women to stoking ethnic discord in the flammable Middle East.

Moreover, the level of Arab support for the Clinton Foundation, which occurred during the time Hillary Clinton was a U.S. senator, was seeking the Democratic nomination for president against Barack Obama, and was serving as secretary of state, fuels questions about the reasons for the donations. Were they solely to support the foundation’s causes, or were they designed to curry favor with the ex-president and with a potential future president?

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Mideast nations favor contributions to Clinton Foundation

Between 2001 and 2014 Middle Eastern countries gave $18 million to $50 million to the Clinton Foundation, accounting for 1.4 to 4 percent of contributions over the period. In contrast, the same nations gave about $6.82 million to the International Committee for the Red Cross, accounting for less than 1 percent of the $11.2 billion in contributions the organization received.

Saudi Arabia

$10 million to $25 million


$1 million to $5 million


$1 million to $5 million


$1 million to $5 million

Other charities fared even worse

Saudi Arabia’s contribution places it within the top 20 donors to the Clinton Foundation. None of countries sampled were in the top contributors to other major charities examined:

Doctors Without Borders

Total reported 2003-2013: $9.28 billion

Save the Children

Total reported 2011-2013: $4.51 billion

World Vision International

Total reported 2011-2013: $5.34 billion

Task Force for Global Health

Total reported 2011-2013: $5.58 billion

Habitat for Humanity

Total reported 2011-2014: $1.44 billion

Project Hope

Total reported 2003-2013: $1.96 billion

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