Speaker:Kellyanne Conway


Ruling:Mostly False


Do Clinton donors 'throw gays off of buildings'? No, that's ISIS

Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway scolded __quote__ for criticizing Trump's (false) claims of voter fraud while ignoring worrying donations to Hillary Clinton's foundation. __quote__ Conway said on Meet the Press Oct. 23, 2016. But, __quote__

We wanted to fact-check Conway's claim. We found Conway is confusing a few points.

First, Clinton herself hasn't taken donations from foreign countries, which is illegal for political candidates. The Clinton Foundation, however, has taken donations from countries that have poor records when it comes to their treatment of women and the LGBT community (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Oman).

Second, Conway's use of the present tense implies the Clinton Foundation continues to accept these donations, while the latest gifts came in 2014. The foundation has agreed to cease accepting foreign donations should Clinton win the presidency.

And finally, same-sex relations in some of these countries is punishable by death, but they do not __quote__ That's something done by ISIS, which is obviously not a Clinton Foundation donor.

The donations

As part of a memorandum of understanding between the Obama administration and the Clinton Foundation when Clinton was named secretary of state, the foundation agreed to disclose its donors (reported in broad ranges).

The foundation has taken between $1 million and $5 million each from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman. Kuwait donated between $5 million and $10 million, and Saudi Arabia between $10 million and $25 million. (Qatar's 2022 World Cup committee gave between $250,001 and $500,000 while __quote__ __quote__ Same-sex relations carry a penalty from six months to three years in Oman.

But Conway's description of gay men and women being thrown off of buildings is not accurate for these countries. It is ISIS that throws men suspected of being gay off of buildings. As a terrorist group, they cannot and have not donated to the Clinton Foundation.

We asked the Trump campaign if Conway misspoke when she conflated ISIS' actions with those countries that have donated to the Clinton Foundation. We did not hear back.

Our ruling

Conway said Clinton __quote__

Conway is talking about donations the Clinton Foundation has taken from U.S. allies is the Middle East for humanitarian project. Her statement is exaggerated and muddles a few facts.

Clinton, as a political candidate, cannot take donations from foreign countries. The Clinton Foundation has accepted $18 million to $40 million from countries that have treated women and gays harshly. The latest gifts came in 2014 and are not current as Conway implies. Furthermore, there's no evidence that these countries have thrown gays off of buildings. Conway may have been thinking of ISIS, which has not and cannot donate to the Clinton Foundation.

We rate her claim Mostly False.