So, this is what we’ve been waiting for. If Hillary is to be Sec. of State then Bill had to come clean. Surprise, suprise, there are some shady names on there.
— Frank Giustra, the Canadian mining financier who gave an estimated $31.3 million to Clinton after he traveled with the ex-president in 2005 to secure a uranium-mining contract in Kazakhstan (Giustra personally gave between $10 million and $25 million and his joint sustainable growth initiative with the president gave another $1 million to $5 million);
— William S. Lerach, the former American lawyer who is serving a two-year prison term for his involvement in a lucrative kickback scheme involving class-action lawsuits (Condé Nast dubbed him the “scourge of corporate America“);
— Alfonso Fanjul Jr., the Cuban emigre and sugar mogul who has heavily lobbied Washington and Clinton about his business interests. His family fled Castro’s Cuba and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel noted in 2002 that the Fanjul has been faulted “for making big contributions to politicians and using their clout to get favourable treatment for the sugar industry”;
— Farhad Azima, the Iranian-born airline owner who was at the centre of a CIA scandal involving weapons shipments from the Shah (As The Times has noted, in 1997, the Democratic National Committee returned $143,741 in contributions from Azima, whose company ferried military equipment to Iran in exchange for the release of hostages held in Lebanon. “The committee later reversed itself, apologized to Azima and kept the money.”);
— Denise Rich, the songwriter and ex-wife of pardoned financier Marc Rich. The Post first reported that Denise Rich made three donations to Clinton from July 1998 to May 2000, before she became active in the successful lobbying campaign for her former husband. Marc Rich later avoided prosecution on more than 50 counts of racketeering, wire fraud, income tax evasion and illegal oil trading with Iran.
— Andre Agapov, a Russian mining company owner who allegedly worked hand-in-hand with Russian secret police for ex-president Boris Yeltsin.
The Blackwater Training centre, which is run by defence contractor Blackwater Worldwide, gave between $10,001 and $25,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation. The State Department is deciding whether to Blackwater Worldwide’s contract should be renewed after five guards were indicted on manslaughter and weapons charges stemming from a deadly gun battle at a Baghdad intersection in September 2007.
Bailout recipients Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers and General Motors also gave to Clinton’s foundation.
Foreign interests figure prominently among the donor list; Saudi Arabia gave between $10 million and $25 million and the governments of Norway, Kuwait, Brunei, Oman, Italy, Jamaica and the Dutch national lottery also gave