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The Clinton Foundation Failed To Disclose Donors As Promised

- October 11, 2015

The Clinton Foundation Has Admitted Its Transparency Failures

CNN Headline: “Clinton Foundation: ‘Yes, We Made Mistakes’” (Dan Merica and Theodore Schleifer, “Clinton Foundation: ‘Yes, We Made Mistakes,’” CNN, 4/27/15)

  • Clinton Foundation CEO Maura Pally Wrote: “Yes, We Made Mistakes, As Many Organizations Of Our Size Do, But We Are Acting Quickly To Remedy Them…” “In a blog post out Sunday, Foundation acting CEO Maura Pally reaffirmed its commitment to transparency, but nevertheless said some errors had occurred. ‘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,’ Pally wrote.” (Dan Merica and Theodore Schleifer, “Clinton Foundation: ‘Yes, We Made Mistakes,’” CNN, 4/27/15)

Hillary Clinton Promised And Signed A Memorandum Of Understanding That She Would Disclose Contributors Of The Foundation To The Obama Administration

In 2008, Clinton Promised Obama That “There Would Be No Mystery About Who Was Giving Money To Her Family's Globe-Circling Charities.” “In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities.”(Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors," Reuters, 3/19/15)

The Clinton Foundation Pledged To Allow The State Department To Review Any New Or Increased Donations From Foreign Governments. “The Reuters inquiries also raised questions about a second assurance Hillary Clinton made to the Obama administration: that the State Department would be able to review any new or increased contributions to CHAI by foreign governments while she served as the nation's top diplomat. The Clintons said the pledge was intended to defuse accusations that foreign governments might use such donations to earn favors.” (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors," Reuters, 3/19/15)

  • “Before Mrs. Clinton Could Assume Her Post As Secretary Of State” She Had To Sign A Memorandum Which Required The Clinton Foundation “To Publicly Disclose All Contributors.” “Before Mrs. Clinton could assume her post as secretary of state, the White House demanded that she sign a memorandum of understanding placing limits on the activities of her husband's foundation. To avoid the perception of conflicts of interest, beyond the ban on foreign government donations, the foundation was required to publicly disclose all contributors.” (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, "Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal," The New York Times, 4/23/15)

The Clinton Foundation’s Agreement With The Obama Administration Regarding Foreign Donors, “Was Uniformly Bypassed By The Biggest Of The Philanthropies Involved.” “An unprecedented ethics promise that played a pivotal role in helping Hillary Rodham Clinton win confirmation as secretary of state, soothing senators’ concerns about conflicts of interests with Clinton family charities, was uniformly bypassed by the biggest of the philanthropies involved.” (Annie Linskey, “Clinton Charity Never Provided Foreign Donor Data,” The Boston Globe, 4/30/15)

“The Clinton Health Access Initiative Never Submitted Information On Any Foreign Donations To State Department Lawyers For Review During Clinton’s Tenure From 2009 To 2013…” “The Clinton Health Access Initiative never submitted information on any foreign donations to State Department lawyers for review during Clinton’s tenure from 2009 to 2013, Maura Daley, the organization’s spokeswoman, acknowledged to the Globe this week.” (Annie Linskey, “Clinton Charity Never Provided Foreign Donor Data,” The Boston Globe, 4/30/15)

These Failures Make CHAI “A Prominent Symbol Of The Broken Political Promise And Subsequent Lack Of Accountability Underlying The Charity-Related Controversies That Are Dogging Clinton As She Embarks On Her Campaign For President.” “The failures make the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is headquartered on Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, and goes by the acronym CHAI, a prominent symbol of the broken political promise and subsequent lack of accountability underlying the charity-related controversies that are dogging Clinton as she embarks on her campaign for president.” (Annie Linskey, “Clinton Charity Never Provided Foreign Donor Data,” The Boston Globe, 4/30/15)

The Foundation Failed To Report Government Donations On Its Tax Returns

Clinton’s Charities Will Refile At Least Five Tax Returns After Errors Were Found “In How They Reported Donations From Governments” And More Audits On Other Clinton Foundation Returns May Come. “Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.” (Jonathan Allen, “Exclusive: Clinton Charities Will Refile Tax Returns, Audit For Other Errors,” Reuters, 4/23/15)

  • “The Charities’ Errors Generally Take The Form Of Under-Reporting Or Over-Reporting, By Millions Of Dollars, Donations From Foreign Governments, Or In Other Instances Omitting To Break Out Government Donations Entirely…” “The charities’ errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.” (Jonathan Allen, “Exclusive: Clinton Charities Will Refile Tax Returns, Audit For Other Errors,” Reuters, 4/23/15)

“For Three Years In A Row Beginning In 2010, The Clinton Foundation Reported To The IRS That It Received Zero In Funds From Foreign And U.S. Governments…” “For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years.” (Jonathan Allen, “Exclusive: Clinton Charities Will Refile Tax Returns, Audit For Other Errors,” Reuters, 4/23/15)

Charity Law And Tax Experts Have Said “For A Large, Global Charity To Refile Three Or Four Years In A Row Was Highly Unusual.” “Some experts in charity law and taxes said it was not remarkable for a charity to refile an erroneous return once in a while, but for a large, global charity to refile three or four years in a row was highly unusual.” (Jonathan Allen, “Exclusive: Clinton Charities Will Refile Tax Returns, Audit For Other Errors,” Reuters, 4/23/15)

  • “I’ve Never Seen Amendment Activity Like That," Said Bruce Hopkins, A Kansas City Lawyer Who Has Specialized In Charity Law For More Than Four Decades, Referring To The CHAI Filings.” (Jonathan Allen, “Exclusive: Clinton Charities Will Refile Tax Returns, Audit For Other Errors,” Reuters, 4/23/15)

The Clinton Foundation Failed To Disclose 1,100 Donors To A Canadian Charity Tied To The Foundation

“A Charity Affiliated With The Clinton Foundation Failed To Reveal The Identities Of Its 1,100 Donors, Creating A Broad Exception To The Foundation’s” Agreement With The Obama Administration. “A charity affiliated with the Clinton Foundation failed to reveal the identities of its 1,100 donors, creating a broad exception to the foundation’s promise to disclose funding sources as part of an ethics agreement with the Obama administration.” (Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, “1,100 Donors To A Canadian Charity Tied To Clinton Foundation Remain Secret,” The Washington Post, 4/28/15)

  • “The Number Of Undisclosed Contributors To The Charity, The Canada-Based Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Signals A Larger Zone Of Secrecy Around Foundation Donors Than Was Previously Known.” (Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, “1,100 Donors To A Canadian Charity Tied To Clinton Foundation Remain Secret,” The Washington Post, 4/28/15)

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