$36,000 buys criticism for RPI
Amid layoffs, fee to Clinton group spurs questions on $1.1M for Kenya
By MARC PARRY, Staff writer
First published in print: Saturday, January 31, 2009
TROY-- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is defending payments to Bill Clinton's foundation as new details emerge about its plans to invest far more in an African education collaboration linked to one of the foundation's ventures.
RPI drew criticism from a faculty leader and an alumnus when the institute surfaced on a long-secret list of foundation contributors that Clinton released in December. Rensselaer later said the money reflected not a donation but $36,000 in "membership fees" to join the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
""As they were sitting there earlier together with Minister of Education Saitoti from Kenya, they decided they just put together a $1.1 million commitment from RPI to work with the Kenyan government on science and technology and touching hundreds of thousands of students directly.""