Harper Collins Corrects Factual Error and Publishes Sheikh Al Amoudi’s Reply to Allegations
Recent claims about alleged links between Sheikh Al Amoudi’s contribution to the Clinton Foundation and policy decisions by the US State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Peter Schweizer’s recent book ‘Clinton Cash’ are demonstrably false. A Fact Sheet on the Sheikh’s contribution to the Clinton Foundation can be found on this website.
The publishers, Harper Collins, will remove a factual error in the E-Book version of Clinton Cash. A new endnote containing a link to a response to the allegations by Sheikh Al Amoudi is now available in the E-book and on clintoncashbook.com, peterschweizer.com and harpercollins.com. The factual correction and the link to the response will appear in all subsequent printed editions and in a Foreword to future editions of the book.
The claims come under four general categories: the amount of the donation to the Clinton Foundation; over-reliance on a highly dubious politically-motivated online statement by an advocacy group; false implications that the donation was politically motivated; and very specific incorrect facts about the Sheikh’s alleged relationship to the US aid programme to Ethiopia. In each of these areas, the facts have been corrected by the Sheikh. In summary:-
- The Sheikh made a donation of only $6m to the Clinton Foundation but donated separately $16m to AIDS awareness in Africa wholly unconnected to the Clinton Foundation. He made these contributions because of his profound commitment to the eradication of AIDS in Africa.
- The claims in the politically motivated online document provided assertions without evidence of a link between the donation and policy decisions by the US State Department under Hillary Clinton that have been thoroughly refuted. The purported advocacy group also falsified the Sheikh’s longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The purported group sending the letter has no online presence. The letter from it was not signed and contained no address other than a Gmail address. The author of ‘Clinton Cash’ did nothing to confirm the validity of the allegations. In fact, a coalition of 16 Ethiopian organizations published a letter in 2009 related to this letter refuting the points made by the author that the author never referenced.
- The false claim that the donation was linked to a specific policy decision of the State Department in relation to Ethiopian Government compliance with US aid policies is rejected by Sheikh Al Amoudi. He has no knowledge of the actions taken by the State Department and his decision to make the donation to the Clinton Foundation had nothing to do with any policy decisions made by the State Department. He provided this donation on his own behalf. His donation was neither done on behalf of the Ethiopian government nor in any way related to the Ethiopian government.
- Serious errors of fact were made in relation to the ownership of a textiles company and the nature of the relationship between USAID, the Sheikh and Dashen Bank.
The Sheikh regrets that partisan considerations in the US have resulted in a series of statements that were potentially extremely damaging to his reputation. He urges all participants in the American electoral process to consider the effects of partisan claims that are not evidenced adequately, not only on the reputation of third parties but on their own reputations and on the standing of the United States overseas. “Many of us look up to the United States as world leader but that entails responsibilities as well as rights amongst its citizenry," he added.