Following a lengthy Freedom of Information quest, NRO's Stanley Kurtz lists foreign countries' contributions to U.S. college and universities. As you can see topping Saudi Arabia's list are two major gifts (totalling over $18 million) from King Fahd to Arkansas State Universities in 1995.
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
He explains why he undertook this investigation:
I post this material for two reasons. First, Congress will soon be facing an important decision regarding foreign-gift-disclosure requirements for American colleges and universities. Second, some recent large gifts to American schools originating in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have raised legitimate concerns about foreign influence on American higher education. Given the size of our higher-education system and the variety of potential questions raised by the records I am releasing today, the best way to uncover further problems is to make this material available to mainstream reporters, bloggers, student newspapers, alumni, and concerned citizens throughout the country.
Before discussing the important decision bearing on foreign-gift disclosures facing Congress, some background information on the potential significance of these gift-disclosure reports might prove useful. Any remarks on specific newly released gift reports must be regarded as provisional and speculative. My purpose here is not to reach definitive conclusions about any specific gifts, but simply to point to potentially fertile areas for investigation.
Maybe Congress could start with the lavish gifts from King Fahd to Arkansas in 1995.