The affinity of wealthy Indians, especially in the US, to former US president Bill Clinton has never been much of a secret. So, the fact that the list of top donors to his Clinton Foundation has at least 13 companies or people with Indian ties isn’t all that surprising. Indeed, more India connections are likely in the full list of 205,000 donors.
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But a Wall Street Journal list of those who gave $100,000 or more includes steel magnate L.N. Mittal of ArcelorMittal and Tulsi Tanti-owned Suzlon Energy Ltd as well as Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, all shown as having donated between $1 million and $5 million, part of at least $140 million that the charitable foundation took in the past decade from non-US sources.
But Singh told Mint on Friday he didn’t give any money to the foundation. So who gave him the money to pass on and why is the foundation willing to credit Singh for the donation?
Indian income-tax officials should ask for details of all India-related donors, including trade lobby CII and Reliance Europe Ltd.