The names of most of the 113,000 donors to Bill Clinton's presidential library remain a closely guarded secret, but a new report claims that the facility was heavily funded by the Saudi royal family and other wealthy Arabs.
According to Monday's New York Sun, the $165 million complex was funded in part by gifts of $1 million or more each from the Saudi royals and three Saudi businessmen.
The governments of Dubai, Kuwait, and Qatar and the deputy prime minister of Lebanon all also appear to have donated $1 million or more for the archive and museum that opened last week, the paper said.
News of the Saudi cash infusions confirms a report by columnist Robert Novak, who revealed in 2003 that the Saudis had pledged up to $20 million dollars to help build the Clinton facility.
In January 2002, Clinton traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to speak before a conference of Middle Eastern businessmen organized by the BinLadin Group, the powerful construction conglomerate run by the family of Osama bin Laden.
Clinton was paid $267,000 for his appearance, according to reports in the Financial Times and Middle Eastern news services.
The Sun used a data base at the library that lists 57 donors as "Trustees "- people who gave $1 million or more to help build the facility - to track the Middle Eastern contributions.
[quote][i]Originally posted by Piper[/i]@Nov 22 2004, 04:31 PM
[b] That can't be true. Only the Bush's have ties to the Saudis... [/b][/quote]
Every US President for the last 65 years has had close ties to Saudi Arabia!
But somehow it's only the Republicans that get blamed..Do you know what
Company Clinton used in the Balkins?? None other than Haliburton! :lol: