December 19th, 2008
10:23 AM ET

Many friends of Bill

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/18/clinton.donations/art.clinton.afp.gi.jpg caption="Bill Clinton speaks to at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Hong Kong in early December."]

Eugene Robinson
The Washington Post

It's far-fetched to think that Hillary Clinton's performance of her duties as secretary of state would be influenced in any way by foreign donations to her husband's charitable foundation.

But it is naive to think that the exhaustive list of donors released yesterday by the William J. Clinton Foundation won't provoke suspicion and give rise to conspiracy theories in parts of the world where transparency is seen as nothing more than an illusion.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. earle,florida

    What does getting filthy rich have to do about ,"your legacy". Your still an unscrupulous philanthropist however you frame the picture,...

    December 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  2. JC- Los Angeles

    Let me see if I have this correct; while endless American jobs have gone overseas; while fewer and fewer American products are being procured; while companies are being run into the ground; while corruption has run rampant; and while there has been no oversight for eight years at any level of government or industry; people have a problem with Clinton raising money for American causes?

    December 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  3. Bill Skeat

    At least Bill, unlike George, has a legacy to worry about.

    December 19, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    After surviving Bill's Presidency where it seems there were conspiracies everywhere I think Hilary Clinton will bend over backwards as we say in the South to be sure there is nothing questionable about anything she does. She not only doesn't want Obama to look bad, but she doesn't want herself or her husband to look bad – got to keep thinking about that legacy you know. I do wonder though after not publishing it because of confidentiality did Bill go to each donor and get permission to release their name? If he did I'm surprised its out so quick. That list is really long.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    December 19, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  5. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    It certainly would not influence Hilary Clinton; but, yes, it is suspicious. We just heard of a governor who tried to sell a Senate seat.

    December 19, 2008 at 10:38 am |