The Clinton Foundation has received more than $26 million from companies that also lobbied the State Department under Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE, according to a Friday report.
Companies including General Electric, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft and Boeing worked with Clinton when she served as secretary of State, signing public-private partnership agreements or lobbying the agency for policy changes. But those firms also donated to the Clinton Foundation in droves.
Forty-four of the 60 companies that The Wall Street Journal identified also participated in philanthropic projects through the Clinton Global Initiative, projects valued at $3.2 billion. The Initiative doesn’t receive direct donations but is the part of the foundation that helps coordinate those partnerships.
There’s nothing illegal about these donations, as long as there was no quid pro quo.
“She did the job that every secretary of State is supposed to do and what the American people expect of them — especially during difficult economic times,” said Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman.
“She proudly and loudly advocated on behalf of American business and took every opportunity she could to promote U.S. commercial interests abroad.”
The Clinton Foundation currently accepts donations from foreign nations, and has received money from countries including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as well as a Canadian government agency looking to promote the Keystone XL pipeline.
The foundation did not accept those donations while Clinton served as secretary of State, and it said that it would reevaluate those policies if Clinton makes an expected run for president in 2016.
Michael Short, a spokesman with the Republican National Committee, criticized the Clinton Foundation and suggested the donations could hurt her likely presidential candidacy.
“The for-sale sign is still up, and as long as the Clinton Foundation continues to take foreign money, Hillary’s conflict-of-interest problem is just going to keep getting bigger," he said in an email to The Hill.
— Updated at 10:20 a.m.