Qatar’s Controversial World Cup Committee is a Clinton Foundation Donor

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee gave Clintons up to $500,000 in 2014

Hillary Clinton with Qatari Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani / AP
May 27, 2015

The committee created by Qatar after it won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, responsible for preparing the nation for the tournament, donated up to $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2014.

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, also known as the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, was formed in April 2011 after FIFA awarded Qatar hosting rights. It is chaired by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

Now Qatar could be at risk of losing the World Cup after seven FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland and criminal investigations were launched into whether bribery played a role in the decisions to give both Russia and Qatar hosting rights.

Records show that funds were being directed to the Clinton Foundation as well. The foundation received between $250,001 and $500,000 from the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee in 2014.

The committee, which is tasked at delivering the "proposed tournament venues and projects" for the World Cup, has already been the target of criticism.

A 2014 report found that more than 1,200 workers brought in from around the world have died due to working conditions on stadium construction sites. It is estimated that 4,000 could die by the time construction is done.

The Clinton Foundation has also received donations worth up to $100,000 from FIFA, and up to $5 million from Qatar, according to a Daily Beast report on the foundation's ties to Qatar's World Cup bid.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that corruption in FIFA was "rampant, systemic and deep-rooted" during her announcement of the 14 indictments stemming from the investigation.

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