Bill Clinton told the Observer yesterday that the money his foundation has taken from foreign companies does not pose a conflict of interest for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
A story in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend examined the potential problems in Clinton’s fund-raising relationship with a Chinese Internet company that has allegedly aided China’s crackdown on Tibetan activists by posting “most wanted” pictures of protest organizers on the Yahoo China homepage, which the Clinton-donor company operates.
Asked at a campaign event in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania yesterday whether those and other foreign donations presented a potential conflict for his wife, Clinton answered, “No.”
“They help me save lives in China,” Clinton said. “The Chinese company’s investment, they know all the money goes into teaching Chinese people with AIDS and we run an AIDS program in China, that’s what we do.”
When asked about concerns that the company, Alibaba Inc, supported the Chinese human rights violations and thus undercut Hillary Clinton’s criticism of China’s crackdown, Clinton responded, “I support the Dalai Lama and I support Hillary’s position.”