According to Craig Holman of the Public Citizen Foundation, which has been campaigning for greater transparency in the US election campaign, foreign governments are using donations to secure the favor of the Clintons.
"These are influence attempts in their purest form, and the Clinton family seems to be quite open to them," Holman explained in an email to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.
"Support from Norway and other major donors will be seen as a measure to buy influence, regardless of whether buying influence was the real motive or not," Stephen Gillers, law professor at New York University and one of America's leading experts on legal ethics, said as quoted by Aftenposten.
"When Norway looks down into its foreign policy toolbox, it turns out to have not much else than money," he explained, adding that Norway uses lavish donations to buy access to "The Clintons."
According to Neumann, such "networking" happens all the time. The problem is that Norway does it so openly, which may possibly backfire. A few years ago, it emerged that Norway supported the US Brookings Institute think-tank in Washington. This was later used by the Republicans who argued that the Democrat think-tank was supported by foreign governments.
"It is not unreasonable to assume that Norway has been using donations to US institutions to gain political influence," Ottar Mæstad, director at the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, said.
Over the years, the Clinton Foundation, which is primarily funded through donations, has repeatedly come under fire for its lack of transparency. Recently, Hillary Clinton blasted the hidden financial dealings exposed by the Panama Papers leak, but she and her husband Bill proved to have multiple connections with people who have used the criminal law firm Mossack Fonseca to establish offshore entities.