A Canadian charity affiliated with the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation on Friday disclosed the names of 21 of its largest donors after facing scrutiny for keeping the names of its donors secret.
Officials with the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which is based in Vancouver, B.C., said they were keeping with Canadian law in refusing to release names of donors without written permission. But the lack of disclosure appeared to conflict with the Clinton Foundation's 2008 pledge to make annual disclosures of all of its donors.
The disclosure issue with the previously obscure Canadian group has proven to be just one foundation-related headache that has faced the Clintons as Hillary Rodham Clinton has launched her presidential candidacy.
The Canadian group was founded in 2007 by Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate who pledged $100 million to help the Clinton Foundation spark economic development in impoverished regions of the world. The group transfers much of its annual revenue to the Clinton Foundation in New York. A spokeswoman for Giustra said earlier this month that 1,100 people had donated to the group, though most were one-time small-dollar donors who contributed as part of a major 2008 gala for the charity. Giustra had said earlier this month that he was seeking permission from his largest donors to reveal their names.
Donors whose names were posted to the Web site of the group Friday included Ian Telfer, a Giustra friend who formerly chaired the company Uranium One. A recent New York Times story recounted how the State Department under Hillary Rodham Clinton signed off on the sale of Uranium One to a Russian state-owned company. Her aides have said she was not personally involved in the decision, which involved multiple government agencies.
Other Giustra colleagues from the mining industry are also on the list, including Sergey Kurzin, who worked with Giustra on a deal to buy uranium in Kazakhstan in 2005. The deal closed days after Giustra had dinner with Bill Clinton and the country's president. Giustra has said Clinton was not involved.
Also Friday, Giustra released a new analysis from a Canadian law firm supporting his position that he cannot disclose his group's donors without their written permission, the second such advisory notice he has publicized.
But here's the full list of donors made public so far:
- Frank Giustra
- B2Gold Corp.
- Stephen Dattels
- Endeavour Mining Corp.
- Fernwood Foundation
- Fiore Management & Advisory Corp.
- GMP Securities
- Gran Colombia Gold Corp.
- Griffiths McBurney Canada Corp.
- Gord & Katherine Keep
- Sergey Kurzin
- Alison Lawton
- Sam Magid
- Pacific Coal Resources Ltd.
- Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp.
- Ian Telfer
- The Dragon Group of Companies
- The Radcliffe Foundation
- Anna Wallner
- Trevor Wilson
- Neil Woodyer