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Clinton Library Sells ‘Secret’ Donor List

Three years after Bill Clinton’s presidential library opened in Arkansas, the list of donors who gave money to build the $165 million complex is still kept secret from the public.

But the Clinton Foundation did rent portions of the list through a firm headed by a longtime Clinton backer, according to a report from ABC News’ “The Blotter” blog.

“The fact that they’ve sold the list and then turned around and said that these names must be kept anonymous completely undercuts their argument,” said Sheila Krumholz of the Center for Responsive Politics.

Walter Karl, a subsidiary of the data company InfoUSA, made a list of more than 38,000 contributors to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library available for sale to foundations and other nonprofit groups from June 2006 to May 2007, ABC News reported.

InfoUSA’s CEO, Vin Gupta, was sued earlier this year by company shareholders, who have charged that he has wasted millions of dollars of the firm’s money on political causes unrelated to his business.

The identities of several donors to the Clinton Library were inadvertently revealed in 2004 when a reporter for the New York Sun found their names on a touch-screen computer at the library after its opening.

Those 57 donors, who each gave $1 million or more, included members of the Saudi royal family, Arab businessmen, the governments of Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, and Taiwan, plus Hollywood celebrities, the Sun reported.

The computer was disconnected after the report was published, but library officials promised that a list of donors contributing $100,000 or more would eventually be made public. That has still not occurred.

The Republican National Committee has sought to capitalize on the donor list sales report by posting an abridged version of the ABC News story on its GOP.com Web site, under the headline, “In Case You Missed It.”

The site also asks visitors to sign a petition “to open the Clinton Library documents.”

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