Strange bedfellows: Clinton-bashing media and execs also gave big bucks to the Clinton Foundation
While potential GOP presidential nominees are questioning contributions being given to the Clinton Foundation, saying contributors were trying to influence then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it turns out that some contributions were coming from people and organizations not normally considered part of the Clinton’s inner circle.
Like Fox executives and conservative media organizations who make a living disparaging liberals in general, and the Clinton’s specifically.
According to a report at Politico, the Clinton Global Initiative saw substantial contributions from James Murdoch — COO of 21st Century Fox and son of conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch — and Clinton-bashing conservative news organization Newsmax, which gave an estimated $1 to 5 million to the Clinton charity.
Among the mass media titans and organizations who also contributed millions to the charity — including Telmex CEO Carlos Slim and Thomson Reuters — the initiative received good sized contributions from Google, the News Corporation Foundation (the philanthropic arm of former Fox News parent company), Comcast, New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman, Time Warner, Bloomberg, HBO, Twitter, and CNN parent Turner Broadcasting.
Even long-time nemesis Richard Mellon Scaife, who funded the so-called Arkansas Project designed to destroy the career of former President Bill Clinton, pitched in an estimated $500,000 before his death in 2014.
The Arkansas Project was once described by then First Lady Hillary Clinton as a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
While it is not news that high-powered executives and corporations spread money around in attempts to gain access and influence, it is notable that conservative groups and executives who gave the to the Clinton charity were interested in providing funding for the purchase of polio vaccines, building wells in Africa, Haitian relief, and funding AIDS awareness campaigns.