Country’s first political power couple has raised jaw-dropping amount of money over the years, much of it from Hollywood
Bill and Hillary Clinton have raised more money than the annual GDP of some 60 countries, give or take, with many of their biggest donors coming from Hollywood.
Over the past four decades, the Clintons have raised a grand total of at least $3 billion, according to an investigation by the Washington Post published Thursday.
The lion’s share of the money — $2 billion — went to the Clinton Foundation, the former president’s nonprofit organization that supports health, education and economic development initiatives around the globe.
The remaining $1 billion went to the political campaigns of both Bill and Hillary Clinton over the years.
Among the couple’s biggest donors:
Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw gave about $2.5 million. Of that, about $468,000 went to Bill’s campaigns, $1.03 million to Hillary’s and anther $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Media mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl, have donated a whopping $12.42 million. Of that, $371,000 went to Bill’s campaigns, $2 million to Hillary’s and about $10 million to the foundation.
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, have given $1.35 million just to the political campaigns of the Clintons.
Singer-songwriter Denise Rich gave the Clintons about $862,000. Of that, $410,000 went to Bill, $2,000 to Hillary and about $450,000 to the Clinton foundation. Just before he left the White House, Bill Clinton controversially pardoned her husband, fugitive financier Marc Rich, who fled to Switzerland to avoid a 1983 indictment on federal charges of tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering and trading with Iran during the oil embargo.
Mary Steenburgen, considered one of Hillary’s closest confidantes in Hollywood, and husband actor Ted Danson gave the Clintons have donated roughly $34,000 over the years. About $13,000 went to Bill, $11,000 to Hillary and at least $10,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
TV and film producer Harry Thomason and his wife, producer and writer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, best known for the hit ’90s sitcom “Designing Women,” gave about $48,000, mostly to Bill Clinton.
Other notable names on the list include hedge fund executive and philanthropist George Soros ($4.27 million), Canadian mining magnet Frank Guistra ($25 million), Walmart founder Sam Walton ($6,000), his daughter Alice, heir to the Walton fortune ($1.22 million), former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin ($375,000) and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet (at least $7,000).
While the Clintons declined to comment to the Post, Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton, told the paper that “it should be noted that it would be misleading, at best, to conflate donations to a philanthropy with political giving.”