McCain cuts off questions about Saudi donation
PHOENIX – Sen. John McCain on Friday cut off questions from reporters about a $1 million donation by the government of Saudi Arabia to a non-profit that bears McCain’s name.
McCain denied that he had any link to the McCain Institute for International Leadership, which was founded in 2012 at Arizona State University with a $9 million gift of leftover cash from McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“I’m proud that the institute is named after me, but I have nothing to do with it — except that they use my name just as the Goldwater Institute uses Goldwater’s name,” McCain after a town hall at a Honeywell plant in Phoenix.
The Saudi donation was first reported Thursday by Bloomberg Politics.
McCain laughed off comparisons to the Clinton Foundation, whose fundraising from foreign governments has put Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an awkward…
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