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Clinton-linked consulting firm refuses to answer Senate questions

+ Teneo, the global consulting firm with strong ties to Hillary Clinton, denied that it wielded undue influence on the State Department, when Clinton was the country’s top diplomat, and it declined to answer questions posed by a Senate panel examining the issue, reports Reuters. One of the unanswered questions was about a three-hour meeting in 2012 at the firm’s office with Cheryl Mills when she was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Clinton.

+ The family of Louisiana State University running back Leonard Fournette may have committed a NCAA violation by starting an online business to capitalize on his potential star power – but they shut it down just before his freshman season.

+ Only by having a form accidentally left in his mailbox did longtime activist Leslie James Pickering find out that he was being investigated by the FBI, ATF and other government agencies, which were tracking nearly his every move. After a lengthy public records battle, the former unofficial spokesperson of the Earth Liberation Front who now owns a bookstore, he realized that his FBI file is more than 30,000 pages long and dates back to the early 1990s, he told an audience in Worcester, Mass:

“When you find out you’re under surveillance … it can be really intimidating,” he said before the talk. “A lot of people run and hide and call it quits because of this. We want to set a different example and show people you can turn lemons into lemonade, so to speak, and continue to fight.”

+ Journalists in Canada are calling for changes to the country’s freedom of information laws on the federal and provincial level. Though such laws are being used more frequently to uncover important information – including the 2014 disclosure of a TransCanada gas pipeline rupture in northern Alberta – there’s also been a troubling increase in “exceptions and refusals.”

+ Take a look at the redesigned website for the Ground Truth Project, which is dedicated to “training a new generation of international correspondents and documentary filmmakers to go out in the world to produce social justice journalism that enlightens and informs.”

These are the Clinton Foundation’s main donors in 2015

Today, the Clinton Foundation released its list of contributors in the first half of 2015, claiming that it raised more money than it did in the same period last year.

Of course, the list is being heavily scrutinized since Hillary Clinton announced her presidential campaign this spring and in the wake of numerous stories that raised questions about whether influential donors attempted to buy influence through donations to the foundation.

Among the donors in this time period who have contributed at least $1 million overall to the foundation are:

Some major foundations (the Gates Foundation, the Saban Family Foundation, the Pritzker Family Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation), unions (the American Federation of Teachers) and banks (Barclays PLC, Goldman Sachs and HSBC) and large energy firms (Cheniere Energy, Duke Energy).

Donors who have contributed in previous years but are missing in action so far this year are many foreign countries (since the foundation limited such donations to a few allies: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom) and Donald Trump.

Here is the full list of major donors (who have contributed at least $100,000) in the first half of 2015:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation *

Frank Giustra, The Radcliffe Foundation *

Nationale Postcode Loterij *

Commonwealth of Australia ** *

J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation *

Cheryl and Haim Saban & The Saban Family Foundation *

The Hunter Foundation *

The Swedish Postcode Lottery *

Theodore W. Waitt *

S. Daniel Abraham *

Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) ** *

Denis J. O’Brien and Digicel *

OCP Corporation *

The Clinton Family Foundation *

The Rockefeller Foundation *

American Federation of Teachers *

Barclays PLC *

Cheniere Energy, Inc. *

Cisco *

Gustavo Cisneros & Venevision *

Duke Energy Corporation *

Fundacion Telmex *

Vinod Gupta *

HSBC Holdings *

Hult International Business School *

Inmobiliaria Carso, S.A. De C.V. *

Inter-American Development Bank *

Laureate International Universities *

Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine, Trustees of the Crimson Lion Foundation *

Microsoft *

NRG Energy, Inc. *

Peter G. Peterson Foundation *

Pfizer Inc *

PGA Tour, Inc. *

Procter & Gamble *

Bernard L. Schwartz *

Sean N. Parker Foundation *

Silicon Valley Community Foundation *

Sol Goldman Charitable Trust *

Tenet Healthcare Corporation *

The ERANDA Foundation *

The Ford Foundation *

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. *

The Streisand Foundation *

Thomson Reuters *

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. *

U.S. Green Building Council *

University of Southern California *

Walton Family Foundation, Inc. *

Gerardo Werthein *

Worldwide Support for Development *

Acxiom Corporation *

Akwa Group *

Andrade Gutierrez S.A. *

Autodesk, Inc. *

Alonzo Cantu *

Chevron Corporation *

Citigroup Inc *

Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM) *

Dell Inc. *

Global Impact *

Google Inc. *

J/P Haitian Relief Organization *

Jay S. Jacobs *

Leslois Shaw Foundation *

McKinsey & Company *

Mobile Giving Foundation Inc. *

Recep Özkan *

PricewaterhouseCoopers *

Amy Rao *

Sanford Robertson *

Sacks Family Foundation *

Barry and Dolly Segal and the Segal Family Foundation *

Beryl L. Snyder *

Brian S. Snyder *

Jay T. Snyder *

The American Ireland Fund *

The Chambers Family Foundation *

The Coca-Cola Foundation *

The Rumi Foundation *

Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch *

UBS Wealth Management USA *

Visa Inc. *

Western Union Foundation *

American Association of University Women *

BMCE Bank *

CA Technologies *

CH2M *

Channel IT *

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation *

Consolidated Contractors Inter. Co. Sal *

Beverly Dale *

Martin Davis *

Dozoretz Family Foundation *

Emerson Collective *

Paul I. Goldenberg *

Rolando González Bunster *

Green Family Foundation *

Stanley Grossman *

Hess Corporation *

Andrew Houston *

Humanity United *

InterEnergy *

Jill and Ken Iscol *

Michael W. Kempner *

Henry and Marsha Laufer *

Ira H. Leesfield and Leesfield Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. *

Masimo Corporation *

McDonald’s Corporation *

Scott Molitor *

Philip R. Munger *

Noble Energy, Inc. *

Ramsey Social Justice Foundation *

Audre J. Rapoport *

Larry T. Roth *

Howard A. Rubin *

Stephen M. Silberstein *

Ted Stanley *

Jon L. Stryker & Slobodan Randjelovic *

University of Miami *

Walmart *

Billye and Henry Aaron *

Joyce A. Aboussie *

Accenture LLP *

African Rainbow Minerals *

Aker ASA *

Al Sayer Group *

Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation *

American Society for Clinical Pathology *

Americares Foundation, Inc. *

Ann Inc. *

Arag Se *

AstraZeneca plc *

James A. Attwood *

Avin International S.A. *

Avon Products, Inc. *

Bank of America Corporation *

Banque Centrale Populaire *

Becton, Dickinson and Company *

Ryan Beedie *

Paul R. Beirne *

Robert Belinke *

Bluedrop Performance Learning *

Stanley M. Chesley *

Childfund International *

Ron Conway *

Corning Incorporated *

Michael and Beth Coulson *

Dangote Group *

Dermalogica *

Devex *

Ann and L. John Doerr *

Equity Bank Limited *

EY *

FHI 360 *

Fia Foundation *

Fisher Brothers Foundation, Inc. *

David Freeman *

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. *

Gap Inc. *

General Mills, Inc. *

Thomas V. Girardi *

Goodwill Industries International, Inc. *

Jonathan D. Gray *

Greif, Inc. *

Groupe Credit Agricole du Maroc *

Grupo Puntacana *

H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation *

Heineken *

Teena Hostovich *

Humana People To People *

International Medical Corps *

International Union for Conservation of Nature *

Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman *

Don H. Jayawardena *

Johnson & Johnson *

Johnson Controls, Inc. *

JPMorgan Chase & Co. *

George B. Kaiser *

Samuel A. Keesal *

Keystone Human Services *

Knoll, Inc. *

Christopher G. Korge *

Lewis Energy Group *

Linklaters *

Lions Clubs International Foundation *

Living Goods *

Peter S. Lowy *

Lumina Foundation For Education, Inc *

Marriott International, Inc. *

Medtronic, Inc. *

Novozymes A/S *

Ooredoo *

OVG Real Estate *

Palantir Technologies, Inc. *

Pentland Group plc *

Pepsico *

Princeton Area Community Foundation, Inc. *

James H. Pugh *

Qualcomm Incorporated *

Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation *

Israel Roizman *

Omar Saeed *

Lily Safra *

Salesforce.Com Foundation *

Mark and Susan Weiner *

Sekunjalo Investments Limited *

Hugo A. Sigman *


Solazyme, Inc. *

Howard Stringer *

The Abundance Foundation *

The American Institute Of Architects *

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. *

The Firmenich Charitable Foundation *

The Garfinkle Minard Foundation *

The Hermelin Family Support Foundation *

The John D. Evans Foundation *

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation *

The Mastercard Foundation *

The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation *

The Ralph and Ricky Lauren Family Foundation *

The Schooner Foundation *

The Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation, Inc. *

Vision Foundation *

Voya Foundation *

Robert A. Walker *

Robyn Speak Walsh *

Washington University in St. Louis *

Webcor Group *

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation *

Zenith Bank *