The acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation admitted Sunday to mistakes in how the foundation disclosed its donors, amid continued questions about donations from foreign governments while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of State.
The $295 million foundation did not identify the donors to its Canadian arm because Canadian law bans disclosure of charitable donors without their consent, said Maura Pally, the acting CEO of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, in a statement on the foundation’s web site.
But she also said that government grants were not properly identified on the organization’s tax returns, and that those returns would likely be amended after an external review.
“So yes, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don’t happen in the future,” she said in a statement posted on the Clinton Foundation web site.
Questions about the Clinton Foundation’s sources of funding have dogged the global charity for months, but have gotten renewed attention after Clinton formally announced she was running for president two weeks ago.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that the Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million in donations linked to a Canadian company that was being taken over by a Russian atomic energy agency. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a 16-member federal board that includes the Secretary of State, approved the deal.
The source of that revelation is Peter Schweizer, a conservative activist and the author of the soon-to-be-released book Clinton Cash.
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SOURCE: USA Today – Gregory Korte