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February 18, 2015

Foreign Governments Step up Giving to Clinton Foundation

Donations from foreign governments to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation have accelerated since the former first family's charity dropped a self-imposed ban on accepting such gifts in 2013, writes The Wall Street Journal.

Based on the newspaper's review of the foundation's online gift database, the number of governments donating appears to have doubled from 2013 to 2014. Recent contributors include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Australia, Germany, and a Canadian trade agency promoting the Keystone XL pipeline.

The foundation barred donations from foreign governments in 2009, when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, and resumed accepting them when she left office four years later. Before and since the ban it has collected $48-million in such gifts. The rise in foreign funding comes as Ms. Clinton prepares for an expected presidential run, which The Journal says could raise ethical quandaries similar to those that prompted the ban during her state department tenure.