Clinton Foundation Received Millions from Saudis, Qatar, Iran
Wed, October 9, 2013
Hillary Clinton with her long-time aide Huma Abedin, who is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. (Photo: © Reuters)
A senior Muslim Brotherhood operative recently arrested in Egypt worked for years at the William J. Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation has also received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and a foundation that is an Iranian regime front.
The current Egyptian government, which was put in power after the military overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood, has launched a sweeping crackdown on the Brotherhood and calls it a terrorist organization. One of the senior officials arrested is Gehad (Jihad) el-Haddad.
From 2007 to 2012, el-Haddad was the Egyptian director for the Clinton Foundation. El-Haddad’s father is Essam el-Haddad, a member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau.
While he worked for the Clintons, El-Haddad began working in May 2011 as a senior adviser for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. Apparently, the Clinton Foundation had no problem with his side-work and continued to employ him.
After he left the Clinton Foundation, el-Haddad became a senior adviser to the Muslim Brotherhood directly and became a member of the Steering Committee for the Brotherhood’s Renaissance Program, a plan to institute Sharia law in Egypt. He then became a spokesperson and media strategist for Mohammed Morsi’s successful presidential campaign.
To put it simply, the Clinton Foundation’s former Egyptian official is a big shot in the Muslim Brotherhood. And only one month after he departed the Foundation, Morsi spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative.
It’s reasonable to speculate that the idea for that came from el-Haddad, but there’s another Brotherhood-linked individual that works at the Foundation: Huma Abedin.
The Clarion Project has reported extensively on Abedin, such as how she served as an assistant-editor of an Islamist journal from 1996, when she became a White House intern, until 2008, when she became Deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton, then-Secretary of State. The journal was put together by several members of Abedin’s immediate family, including her mother, a prominent member of the Muslim Sisterhood.
While working in the State Department, Abedin was also a consultant to the Clinton Foundation and worked for Mrs. Clinton directly, outside of the governmental duties. Abedin was given special treatment by Mrs. Clinton to permit her to do this. Abedin did not disclose this consulting work.
The Clarion Project also discovered that the Clinton Foundation received a large donation from the Alavi Foundation, a front for the Iranian regime that sought to advance the regime’s point of view. Alavi’s financial disclosures show a $30,000 donation in 2005.
A recent statement from the Alavi Foundation refers to a donation to the Clinton Foundation to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Additionally, CNN reported in 2008 that the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from figures close to the governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. All three have long used their oil wealth to finance pro-Islamist sentiment. Qatar is a major supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Influences like these help explain why the Clinton State Department towed a pro-Brotherhood line.
Hillary Clinton is, by far, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 with every poll showing her winning the general election, usually by a very comfortable margin.
With money and influences like these, we can expect the same if she becomes president.
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.