April 30, 2015

Clinton Foundation Arm Ramped Up Donations While Clinton Was At State, Did Not Disclose Donations

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Last month, Reuters revealed that the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)—an arm of the Clinton Foundation—did not disclose its donors from 2010-13, breaking an agreement between Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.

Today, the Boston Globe reports today that during that time, donations from foreign governments increased dramatically. Additionally, when asked whether the Clinton Foundation had ever initiated State Department review for any of its foreign donations, “the answer was no,” according to the Globe.

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. She said the charity deemed it unnecessary, except in one case that she described as an “oversight.”

During that time, grants from foreign governments increased by tens of millions of dollars to the Boston-based organization.

With a budget of more than $100 million a year, the CHAI makes up nearly 60 percent of the broader Clinton charitable empire, which includes the Clinton Foundation and several offshoots. Government grants to CHAI, nearly all of them from foreign countries, doubled from $26.7 million in 2010 to $55.9 million in 2013, according to the charity’s tax forms.