by Max Brantley
The William J. Clinton Foundation filed its latest federal tax form 990 yesterday. It shows contributions of more than $135 million in 2006, but the contributors aren't identified, surely to be yet another point to raise by the anti-Hillary chorus. With no limit on donations and the ability for corporations to donate, some will argue this charitable enterprise is a way to win favor with a politician by making a charitable contribution that won't be disclosed. Perhaps. Though it's not the same as a campaign contribution, certainly. And this isn't Hillary's library. That one won't be in LR, you can be sure.
The debt on the library itself is paid off, though some debt remains on the museum store. But about $85 million was spent on programs. Fighting HIV/AIDS is a top initiative.
With $32 million in cash in the bank and $45 million reported in pledges, let us ask for our good friend, Gene: How about building that railroad bridge to the 21st century, aka Dogtown?
By the way, the Clintons also have a family foundation with more than $4 million in assets contributed by Bill and Hillary. It made quite a few contributions to Arkansas organizations last year.