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May 22, 2015

New Clinton Disclosure: $26 Million in Unreported Payments

The Clinton Foundation revealed Thursday that it received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments for speeches by Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton to benefit the family charity, The Washington Post reports.

The foundation said fees from 97 speeches since 2002, most of them by Bill Clinton, went on its books as revenue rather than donations and thus were not included in donor lists posted on its website.

The appearances were sponsored by corporations, universities, and at least one foreign government body, Thailand's energy ministry, and carried fees of up to $500,000. Foundation officials said the payments were reported to the Internal Revenue Service as income but not included on donor lists because they were not tax-deductible gifts. Republicans and watchdog groups have questioned whether foundation donors have benefited from an association with the politically powerful Clintons.

The foundation has made its donor roster public since 2008 under an ethics agreement it reached with the Obama administration when Hillary Clinton was named secretary of state. It has faced questions in recent months over whether it fully complied with the pact, particularly with regard to donations from foreign sources. A foundation official indicated the charity will begin updating lists of speaking fees on its site quarterly.

In the waning days of the Clinton administration, as a separate foundation was raising money for Bill Clinton's presidential library, Hillary Clinton endorsed a White House-proposed package of tax breaks that included benefits for foundations and wealthy charity donors, the Associated Press reports, citing documents in the Clinton Library archive.