The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation “refused to return more than $50,000 of contributions from a group described by federal government investigators as a ‘front’ for the ‘Mullahs who dominate Iran.’” The Washington Free Beacon,
The Washington Post reported in 2003 that federal law enforcement officials said that Alavi was “closely tied to the mullahs who dominate Iran” and “funds a variety of anti-American causes.”
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed a lawsuit in 2009 to seize a New York City building partially owned by The Alavi Foundation alleging that it had been acting as a “front for the government of Iran” for two decades.
“For two decades, the Alavi Foundation’s affairs have been directed by various Iranian officials, including Iranian ambassadors at the United Nations, in violation of a series of U.S. laws,” said Bharara.
Despite the allegations, the Clinton Foundation held its ground, stating in 2009 that it had no plans to return the money it received from The Alavi Foundation.