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November 04, 2015

GOP Seeks IRS Audit of Clinton Foundation Health Affiliate

The Republican National Committee filed a complaint with the IRS on Tuesday calling for an audit of the finances of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Reuters reports. The move followed reports that the Clinton Foundation affiliate, known as CHAI, would not refile erroneous tax returns from 2012 and 2013, as it previously pledged to do.

CHAI, the foundation's flagship health program, acknowledged in April that it misreported its funding from government grants for those years and said it would file amended 990 forms. The organization reversed course this week, saying it decided a refiling was unnecessary. CHAI spokeswoman Maura Daley said the charity had correctly reported its total income for the two years but only muddled the breakdown between government and nongovernment funding.

Fundraising by the foundation and its affiliates, particularly from governments abroad, has come under intense scrutiny amid Hillary Clinton's run for president. "The American people deserve to know whether the largest philanthropic arm of the Clinton Foundation continues to misreport the funds it receives from foreign governments, and whether this might lead to the potential for further conflicts of interest," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.