It wasn’t always that the Clintons were so amiable toward the idea of accepting foreign donations. Buzzfeed,
Bill Clinton himself, however, once was the person attacking his opponents for taking money tied to foreign interests. In the midst late of the 1996 Clinton re-election campaign against Bob Dole, the issue of foreign interests improperly funneling money to help Bill Clinton’s re-election efforts became an issue. Dole, seizing on reports of improper contributions attacked Democrats for taking money tied to foreign interests.
Clinton shot back with an ad of his own, accusing Dole of being a hypocrite in an attempt to muddy the waters.