For months we have been informed that the Clinton Foundation, and it’s numerous subsidiaries, were uncomplicated, harmless “charitable” organizations, in spite of the mountain of WikiLeaks facts to the contrary. Well, if that is, in fact, true maybe the Clintons could clarify why wealthy foreign governments, like Norway, are all of a sudden reducing their contributions now that Hillary’s political power has been wiped out?
As the Norwegian newspaper Hegnar remarks, Norway is predicted to reduce their contributions to the Clinton Foundation by 87% now that Hillary has lost the presidency. After contributing around $5mm per year to the Clinton Foundation between 2007 – 2013, the Norwegian government chose to increase their donations to ~$15mm and ~$21mm in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Strangely, that boost in contributions corresponded with Hillary’s choice to run for President in 2016…but we’re certain it’s just a coincidence. Nevertheless, it is pretty interesting that, since Hillary’s loss, Norway has chosen to scale back their contributions by 87% in 2017.
After a record contribution from Norway to the disputed Clinton Foundation before the election year, is the contribution now in freefall. Financial newspaper can tell that next year’s contribution is down 83 percent from the peak year of 2015.
For 2016, the planned payments to Clinton Health Access Initiative totaling 35.9 million kroner, writes communications advisor Guri Solberg at the Foreign Ministry, in an email to Finance newspaper.
It is one-fifth of last year’s contribution, when nominating election campaign before the US primaries was in full swing, and the Clinton Foundation came under the spotlight in the US press.
According to Finance newspaper lay the annual Norwegian contribution of NOK 40 million on average from 2007 to 2013. In 2014, the contribution more than tripled, to 129 million. And in 2015 they increased to 174 million.
The money has gone to two of the Foundation’s programs, primarily Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), but also the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).
For 2017 it is planned payments to Clinton Health Access Initiative 23 million, Solberg wrote in an email to Finance newspaper. It is further down 36 percent from the current year. By comparison, ran this program 169 million in 2015.
H. A. Goodman is an author, columnist, and journalist.
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