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February 26, 2015

2010 Algeria Gift Breached Clinton Foundation Ethics Pact

The Clinton Foundation received seven gifts totaling millions of dollars from governments abroad while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, including one the organization said violated its agreement not to take money from new foreign donors during her tenure, The Washington Post writes. The foundation acknowledged it should have sought approval from the State Department's ethics office for a $500,000 contribution from the government of Algeria for Haiti earthquake relief in 2010.

The foundation, led by former President Bill Clinton, agreed upon Ms. Clinton's cabinet nomination in 2008 not to solicit money from governments abroad while she served at State. The self-imposed ban was lifted in 2013 when she left the Obama administration and joined the charity, now known as the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Most of the foreign gifts during that period were part of multiyear grants for continuing foundation programs, which were excepted under its agreement with the White House. The charity's resumption of accepting money from foreign governments has political implications for Ms. Clinton's expected 2016 presidential campaign, with critics, including some Democrats, saying it poses a potential conflict of interest.