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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign countries including Saudi Arabia and Norway gave millions of dollars to former President Bill Clinton's charity as Hillary Rodham Clinton served her first year as President Barack Obama's secretary of state.
A donor list released on New Year's Day by the William J. Clinton Foundation shows that Saudi Arabia and Norway each donated somewhere between $10 million to $25 million to the former president's charity.
The biggest donors included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which gave more than $25 million.
In addition to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' foundation, Canadian mining tycoon and Radcliffe Foundation chief executive Frank Giustra, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation and UNITAID each gave more than $25 million.
Bill Clinton joined Giustra on a 2005 trip to Kazakhstan, whose human-rights record Hillary Rodham Clinton had criticized, and within days after the pair met with Kazakhstan's president, Giustra's business lined up preliminary agreements giving it rights to buy into uranium projects controlled by a Kazakhstan state-owned enterprise. Bill Clinton has said he had nothing to do with the arrangement.
President Clinton And Frank Giustra Did Not Share A Plane To Kazakhstan In 2005. Mr. Giustra was already in Kazakhstan conducting his own business when President Clinton arrived.
Mr. Giustra's Contributions To The Clinton Foundation Were Not Secret. In fact, his generous support for the Clinton Foundation is well publicized and the Clinton Foundation has released all its donors.
Esquire, The New Yorker, GQ, And Others Have All Reported On The Use Of His Plane To Support Foundation Travel. Mr. Giustra's initial $31.3 million pledge was disclosed by amount on the Foundation's 990 form filed with the IRS.
"I am deeply grateful to the many generous contributors who made it possible for my foundation to accomplish so much in 2009, including increasing the number of people on lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment, helping cities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and inspiring millions of children to lead healthier lives," Bill Clinton said in a written statement.