Countries and companies that donated to the Clinton Foundation or paid Bill Clinton heavy fees for speeches saw an increase in State Department activity while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
The presidential candidate's supporters have dismissed as conspiracy theories allegations that she and her husband traded political favors for contributions to their foundation or for lucrative speaking engagements.
A Washington Examiner analysis of Clinton Foundation donors suggests the State Department ramped up its diplomatic activity, foreign assistance and/or investment in countries that gave to the Clinton Foundation and hosted Bill Clinton for high-profile speeches.
For example, months after Bill Clinton delivered a speech in Riyadh for a price of $300,000, State Department funding for projects and activities in Saudi Arabia spiked.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show.
State Department funding for its diplomatic operations and projects in the country jumped from more than $18 million in 2011 to $67.75 million in 2012, the year after Bill Clinton delivered his speech at the Saudi Investment Authority, according to USASpending.gov.
Much of that appears to have gone toward the construction of new State Department buildings in the country.
The agency poured $177.9 million into building a new embassy in Norway in 2011 over the apparent objections of diplomatic officials in Oslo.
Norway's government has donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.
A leaked diplomatic cable sent to Clinton in July 2009 shows plans for the embassy project, which predated Clinton's tenure as secretary, had been pushed from 2011 to 2020 to free up funding for embassies in key countries.
"We understand the arguments for first building NEC's [new embassy complexes] where terrorist threats are higher," the cable said of the delayed embassy plans in Norway.
The cable mentions "Pat Kennedy," the undersecretary for management and a close Clinton aide, among the State Department officials who had helped to further the project.
Kennedy's name also surfaced in Benghazi-related emails published by the State Department last week.
Despite the misgivings by agency officials in 2009, the State Department awarded the contract for the Norwegian embassy to Walsh Construction Group on September 27, 2011. It was the construction company's first overseas embassy project.
Norway teamed up with an arm of the Clinton Foundation in September 2012 for an ambitious health care project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is part of the State Department.
USAID, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Children's Investment Fund, the U.K. and Sweden supported the development of a type of contraceptive produced by Bayer that was widely distributed in poor nations.
All but Sweden and USAID itself were Clinton Foundation donors.
"The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud to have funded the development of this life-saving product," then-USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said at the time.
The same year USAID announced its plan to purchase 27 million contraceptive devices from Bayer, which donated between $20,000 and $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation, the pharmaceutical company hired lobbyists with DLA Piper (itself a foundation donor) to lobby the State Department on "federal procurement issues," according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Bayer did not return a request for comment.
USAID and the State Department appear to have tapped Clinton-connected companies regularly for well intentioned projects around the world.
One month before Hillary Clinton left office, her agency launched an effort to expand the electronic banking sector in Afghanistan.
Citi, the Ford Foundation, Visa, Omidyar Network, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were each involved in the USAID-backed initiative. All five donated heavily to the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary Clinton kicked off a taxpayer-funded effort to bring health information to pregnant women around the world through their phones in 2011 with the help of two foundation donors — Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Foundation.
The "Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action" initiative won an award for its innovation in 2012 after being judged by an independent panel that included additional donors to the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative was brought into a State Department health project called the President's Malaria Initiative alongside two of its major donors.
While the malaria initiative began in the Bush administration, it consumed millions while Hillary Clinton was at the State Department.
Irish Aid, Ireland's development agency, and the British version of USAID — both foundation donors of between $1 million and $5 million — also shared in the U.S.-backed project in Uganda.
Ireland saw a substantial increase in the money USAID and the State Department spent on operations and projects there while Hillary Clinton was in office.
She even made Ireland the site of her final official trip as secretary of state when she traveled there to receive an award from one of her family foundation's top donors.
The State Department increased its spending in Ireland from $1.65 million in 2009 to $2.96 million in 2010 and $7.48 million in 2011.
USAID also upped its support of Ireland, taking its funding from nothing in 2008 — the oldest year for which data is available — to $29.87 million the year Clinton came into office.
After the Kingdom of Bahrain donated heavily to the Clinton Foundation, the State Department stepped up its activities in the Middle Eastern nation.
The agency's contracts, grants, loans and investments in Bahrain climbed from $6.8 million the year before Clinton came to the State Department, to $7.1 million in 2009, to $8.9 million in 2011 and peaked at $11 million during Clinton's final year in office.
Bahrain also enjoyed nearly $2 million from USAID in 2010, bringing its total State Department funding that year to more than $10 million.
To put that figure in perspective, the State Department spent just $1.9 million on its operations in Trinidad & Tobago, the country whose GDP was closest to Bahrain's, in 2010. The agency spent just $1.3 million on its operations in Mauritius, the country whose population was closest to Bahrain's, that same year.
United Arab Emirates and Jamaica, two other countries whose governments donated directly to the Clinton Foundation, also saw the State Department's funding rise during Clinton's tenure.
USAID's support of its operations and other projects in Jamaica crept from $2.8 million the year before Clinton took office to $15.8 million in 2011.
State Department spending in the United Arab Emirates rose from $11.57 million in 2008 to $16.79 million in 2012, peaking in 2010 at $21.18 million.
The Clinton Foundation did not return a request for comment about the nature of its direct work with the State Department while Clinton ran the agency.