Energy money flows to George W. Bush library, policy initiatives

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) gave $25,000 to Bush’s presidential center. Brian Wolff, EEI’s senior vice president, said that’s in line with the group’s giving to presidential foundations, including the Clinton Global Initiative.

“We had a few people who wanted to attend the opening, so that’s why we ended up giving,” Wolff said, referring to the Bush Center’s dedication last week.

Some donors said their contributions were to support Bush’s public policy initiatives, not the library. ExxonMobil supported a September 2011 conference in Washington.

“ExxonMobil provided funding for a global health conference, the Summit to Save Lives, which was organized by the George W. Bush Institute,” said Alan Jeffers, a spokesman for the oil and gas giant. ExxonMobil reported giving $350,000 to the Bush Center.

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