The Associated Press (AP) corrects itself

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The Associated Press (AP) carried a report entitled "Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with Hillary at State" on 23 August, 2016 in the USA. The report wrongly stated that Professor Yunus donated to the Clinton Foundation in order to gain access to Hillary Clinton.  AP revised its report later saying that Professor Yunus did not donate to Clinton Foundation.

Grameen America Inc (GAI) a non profit in the USA, donated to Clinton Foundation under the category of conference fees for the then president Vidar Jorgensen to attend the Clinton Global Initiative conference. When GAI wrote to AP that there information about Prof Yunus being a donor was incorrect, they revised the report.

You can find the link of the REVISED AP report below.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5d63315e296f49668a0d50a3dc4e9576/many-donors-clinton-foundation-met-her-state

Please read more on the AP report at the following links: http://goo.gl/A3LXZ0

You will also find at the link

  1. Revised AP Story
  2. A statement from Mr Vidar Jorgensen, co-founder and founding President of Grameen America,  about his "donations" to CGI,
  3. A statement from Grameen America Inc,
  4. A statement from Grameen Foundation,
  5. Articles in the US media that point out the flaws in the AP story

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এপি তার ভুল সংশোধন করে নিয়েছে

এসোসিয়েটেড প্রেস (এপি) ২৩ আগষ্ট ২০১৬ তারিখে "Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with Hillary at State"   শিরোনামে মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে একটি প্রতিবেদন প্রচার করে। এই প্রতিবেদনে ভুলক্রমে বলা হয়েছিল যে, প্রফেসর ইউনূস হিলারী ক্লিনটনের নিকট থেকে সুবিধা পাবার আশায় ক্লিনটন ফাউন্ডেশনে চাঁদা দিয়েছিলেন। এসোসিয়েটেড প্রেস (এপি) পরবর্তিতে তাদের প্রতিবেদন টি সংশোধন করে যেখানে প্রফেসর ইউনূস কে ক্লিনটন ফাউন্ডেশনে ব্যাক্তিগত ভাবে কোন চাঁদা না দেওয়ার বিষয় টি পরিষ্কার করা হয়।

মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের অলাভজনক প্রতিষ্ঠান গ্রামীণ আমেরিকা ইনকর্পোরেটেড তার তৎকালীন প্রেসিডেন্ট জনাব ভিডার জরগেনসেন কর্তৃক ক্লিনটন গ্লোবাল ইনিশিয়েটিভের সম্মেলনে যোগদানের জন্য “কনফারেন্স ফি” ক্যাটেগরীতে ক্লিনটন ফাউন্ডেশনকে চাঁদা দিয়েছিল। প্রফেসর ইউনূস কর্তৃক ক্লিনটন ফাউন্ডেশনকে চাঁদা দেয়া বিষয়ক অসত্য সংবাদ সম্পর্কে গ্রামীণ আমেরিকা লিখিতভাবে এপি-র দৃষ্টি আকর্ষণ করলে এপি তার  প্রতিবেদনটি সংশোধন করে নেয়।

এপি-র সংশোধিত প্রতিবেদনটি নিচের লিংকে দেখতে পাওয়া যাবে ঃ
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5d63315e296f49668a0d50a3dc4e9576/many-donors-clinton-foundation-met-her-state

এপি এর রির্পোট বিষযে আরো বিস্তারিত জানতে নিচের লিংকে ক্লিক করুন, যেখানে রয়েছে

-http://goo.gl/A3LXZ0

১.    এপি-র সংশোধিত প্রতিবেদন (গ্রামীণ আমেরিকার প্রতিবাদের পর),
২.    গ্রামীণ আমেরিকার প্রাক্তন প্রেসিডেন্ট জনাব ভিডার জরগেনসেন এর ক্লিনটন ফাউন্ডেশনকে চাঁদা দেয়া বিষয়ক বক্তব্য,
৩.    গ্রামীণ আমেরিকা এর প্রতিবাদমূলক চিঠি
৪.    গ্রামীণ ফাউন্ডেশনের প্রতিবাদমূলক চিঠি
৫.    এপির রির্পোট এর ত্রুটি নিয়ে প্রকাশিত আমেরিকার বিভিন্ন সংবাদ মাধ্যমের প্রতিবেদন সমূহের লিংক।

Revised AP Story

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

A statement from Mr Vidar Jorgensen, co-founder and founding President of Grameen America, about his "donations" to CGI

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RESPONSE FROM VIDAR JORGENSEN

[Vidar Jorgensen, Co-Founder of and Founding President of Grameen America and also Co-founder Grameen Research, a businessman and a philanthropist responds to the recent Associated Press (AP) story titled "Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State" on August 23, 2016. More information on him is available at Google.]

MR. VIDAR JORGENSEN’S STATEMENT

The AP article says Grameen America gave between $100,000 and $250,000 to the foundation and Grameen Research donated between $25,000 and $50,000 .  Here is the relevant quote:

“Grameen America, the bank's nonprofit U.S. flagship, which Yunus chairs, has given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the foundation — a figure that bank spokeswoman Becky Asch said reflects the institution's annual fees to attend CGI
meetings. Another Grameen arm chaired by Yunus, Grameen Research, has donated between $25,000 and $50,000.” (Later on AP corrected its story. For details http://goo.gl/08qC7n)

All payments made to the Clinton Foundation by Grameen America or Grameen Research were funds supplied by me personally for my personal admission to the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting every September in New York. Admission paid was  $15,000 in 2006 and 2007 and then  $20,000 per person per annual meeting starting in 2008 through 2014.  It was paid by me annually starting in 2006 and ending in 2014, a 9 year period after which I no longer needed to attend the CGI Annual Meeting since I stepped down from Grameen America. I also paid about $1,500 one time to attend one CGI America meeting in Chicago.  That adds up to a total of $171,500 over a 9 year period which is in the range reported by the AP article.  There were no other payments to the Clinton Foundation by Grameen America or Grameen Research during the period I was involved.  Grameen America was focused on microfinance in  the United States only and Grameen Research dealt with microfinance and health care in a number of different countries in addition to the US.  The payments were made using my personal funds through either Grameen America or Grameen Research depending on the focus of my work that particular year.

A statement from Grameen America Inc

Grameen America is a fully independent 501c3 nonprofit organization registered in the United States. All tax deductible payments made by Grameen America to the Clinton Foundation have been solely for standard conference fees to attend the annual Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meetings. Public commitments made by Grameen America at these meetings are announcements about Grameen America's independent program and impact, and have never involved any funding to or from the Clinton Foundation.

A statement from Grameen Foundation

August 25, 2016

Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan
Associated Press
1100 13th St NW,
Washington, DC 20005

Dear Mr. Braun and Ms. Sullivan,

We request an immediate correction to your AP article of August 23, 2016, “Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with Hillary Clinton at State Department.”

The article incorrectly states that Muhammad Yunus “runs” Grameen Foundation, and implies that Grameen Foundation received USAID money based on unethical means, rather than through standard competitive processes and based on the merit of our organization and programs.

Professor Yunus was a founding member of the board of Grameen Foundation in 1997.Heserved as a board member until 2009, andhas been an Emeritus member since that time, providing invaluable guidance and inspiration. But Professor Yunus does not run Grameen Foundation.  Grameen Foundation is an independent United States-based nonprofit organization with its own leadership and staff.

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