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May 15, 2015

ABC News's Stephanopoulos Gave $75,000 to Clinton Foundation

ABC News chief anchor and political correspondent George Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation from 2012 to 2014, gifts he failed to disclose to viewers while reporting on the Clintons and their charity, Politico writes.

The former ranking Bill Clinton aide's contributions were listed on the foundation's website but not revealed on air as Mr. Stephanopoulos covered recent controversies over the charity's fundraising and transparency.

In a statement Thursday, Mr. Stephanopoulos apologized and said he should have "taken the extra step" of disclosing the donations directly to ABC and to viewers. He said he gave to the foundation to support its work on AIDS prevention and deforestation, "causes I care about deeply." ABC said its star news personality "admitted to an honest mistake" and would not be disciplined. In a follow-up interview with Politico, Mr. Stephanopoulos said he should not have donated to the foundation and withdrew from moderating a Republican presidential debate ABC is to air in February.

A group of GOP lawmakers led by Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn are calling for the Internal Revenue Service to review the Clinton Foundation's tax-exempt status, The Washington Examiner reports. A Washington Post blogger writes that the Stephanopoulos flap shows how politicized perceptions of the foundation have become.