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September 07, 2016

Clinton Charities Reportedly Skirted N.Y. Law on Disclosure

The Clinton Foundation and an affiliated charity failed to identify foreign donors in filings with New York state regulators throughout Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state, according to Scripps News.

The Internal Revenue Service requires that charities disclose the total amount they received from governments, foreign and domestic, but New York rules are more stringent, mandating that any nonprofit operating within the state itemize donations from abroad. The foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative did not do so — or did not report any foreign fundraising at all — from 2010 to 2014, Scripps reports.

In addition, the lump-sum amounts of foreign funding the health charity reported to the New York attorney general’s office in those years differed by $225 million from the figures in its IRS filings. Experts on political and philanthropic ethics faulted New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat and Clinton ally, for failing to enforce the state disclosure rules. The charities' foreign fundraising has become an issue in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, with Republicans accusing her of giving donors special treatment when she led the State Department from 2009 to 2013.