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    Foreign states that have been funding the US Clinton Foundation and will continue to do so are looking for business benefits and favorable relations with a likely president of the country, a government affairs lobbyist for the Public Citizen non-profit advocacy group told Sputnik on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Anastasia Levchenko — On Wednesday, the Clinton Foundation announced it would continue receiving funds from six foreign states, while limiting donations from other countries. The decision comes on the heels of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's announcement that she is standing for president.

    "Foreign governments generally give [funds] to the foundation to curry favor, first with the Secretary of State and now with the next likely president," Craig Holman told Sputnik.

    Holman explained that all countries that have made donations to the charity have serious business pending with the US government.

    "They are not giving out of generosity; they are giving out of self interest."

    The Foundation has been repeatedly criticized in the US media for accepting millions of dollars in foreign donations when Clinton served as Secretary of State.

    In fact, limiting foreign donations to six countries "makes the matter even more troubling," according to the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

    "This new policy by the Clinton foundation does nothing to limit conflicts of interest, while it strives to put a more friendly face on the conflicts to help appease public objections," Holman said.

    Last week, Clinton, who is now a Democratic front-runner, resigned from the board of the Foundation. The charitable organization continues to face criticism over accepting foreign donations.

    Announcing the charity's decision on Wednesday, its spokesman Craig Minassian underlined the high level of transparency the foundation adheres to. However, a complete list of its donors has not been published since 2010.

    The Clinton Foundation works on issues of economic empowerment, citizen service and racial reconciliation, among others. It was established in 2001 after former President Bill Clinton completed his last presidential term.


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