November 4, 2015

Clinton Organization Flip-Flops (Again) On Re-filing Erroneous Tax Returns

After a report from Reuters exposing it had erroneously reported information to the IRS, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) announced in April that it would re-file its annual tax returns:

A widely-publicized Reuters report in April said the organization, which focuses on HIV/AIDS treatment and vaccination programs, planned to refile its annual tax returns known as Forms 990 after acknowledging errors in the reporting of government grants. The organization also acknowledged that it did not submit several new contributions from foreign countries for a State Department ethics review as a conflict-of-interest agreement signed when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state in 2009 appeared to require.

But on Monday, believing the errors were inconsequential, CHAI reversed course and said they would not re-file their returns:

“Contrary to what was reported, CHAI has consistently stated that they would conduct a review process to determine whether the transposition errors required a refiling,” Daley said Monday. “After conducting the review, the transpositional errors made had no material impact, and we do not believe a refiling is required.”

That move drew an ethics complaint from the RNC. So, today, CHAI has reversed course again, stating that they would, in fact, re-file their returns.

“As previously stated, the minor errors on the 2012 and 2013 CHAI 990s are immaterial and do not require refiling, yet in response to recent media interest in the forms, CHAI has decided to refile the returns in order to be fully transparent,” Daley said in a statement emailed to POLITICO.

If this is how a professional organization associated with the Clintons operates, and given what we know about Clinton’s mismanagement at the State Department, what does that say about the kind of president Hillary Clinton would be?