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March 20, 2015

Allies of Governments Abroad Among Clinton Foundation Donors

The Clinton Foundation has taken tens of millions of dollars in contributions from foreigners with ties to their home governments, some of it donated during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, according to The Wall Street Journal. More than a dozen such individuals, and their charities and companies, have collectively given the foundation between $34 million and $68 million since 2009, when she assumed her cabinet post.

The foundation agreed not to take contributions from foreign governments while Ms. Clinton served at State but resumed such fundraising when she left the administration in 2013 and joined what is now called the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Some critics contend the charity's foreign fundraising poses potential conflicts of interest should Ms. Clinton run for president.

Craig Minassian, a foundation spokesman, said the foreign donors have given to other major philanthropies. "Like other global charities and nongovernmental organizations, the Clinton Foundation receives support from individuals all over the world because our programs are improving the lives of millions of people around the globe," he said.