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Book Claims Amar Singh Donated $5 Million To Clinton Foundation To Pass Indo-US Nuclear Deal

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| April 30 , 2015 , 23:53 IST
[caption id="attachment_26208" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Hillary Clinton (File Photo/AP) Hillary Clinton (File Photo/AP)[/caption] A new book has raked up the claim that Clinton Foundation has received huge donation from former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh in 2008 putting Hillary Clinton, who has recently announced to run for US office, in uncomfortable position. According to the reports, author Peter Schweizer, in his new book ‘Çlinton Cash’ claims that Singh has made generous $5 million donations to Clinton foundation and possibly acted as a conduit. The allegation against the Indian politician came to fore first in 2008 in a New York Times report around the same time when the then Congress-led UPA-I government in power was debating the Indo-US civil nuclear deal. New York Times in its reports has claimed that Amar Singh has donated between $1 million to $5 million to Clinton Foundation and met former President Bill Clinton to lobby for deal. Peter’s book supports that claim and questions the role of Amar Singh in Indo-US nuclear deal. The author adds that Amar Singh might have been the source of the cash or was conduit for other interests to push forward the deal. Hillary Clinton, a Senator in 2008, was among the Democrats who supported the legislation in Congress and was reportedly at the meeting with Singh along with her husband and former president Bill Clinton. The book, 'Clinton Cash', also claims that Singh has told some ministers that his name was listed by the Clinton Foundation because he had "facilitated the payment and, therefore, it 'erroneously' appeared in the records". However, Singh in 2008 has refuted the report saying that someone might have used his name to make donations and he had nothing to do with that. Singh had maintained that he was close to the former US president and had attended a few dinners in his honour but said that his 'corporate rivals' had spared no effort to get him into legal trouble. The book also names other Indian corporates like  ArcelorMittal chief Lakshmi Mittal, Suzlon head Tulsi Tanti and industrial lobby Confederation of Indian Industry as another probable donors of Clinton Foundation. They were also reported to have made donations in the range of $1 to $5 million. Meanwhile the claim has put Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State in dock as she has recently announced her US presidential bid. According to the reports, the claims resurfaced in the book, will become a talking point during the upcoming presidential race and can hamper Hillary's "dreams".