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April 30, 2015

Questions of Donor Loyalty and Transparency Dog Clinton Foundation

As more questions arise about the Clinton Foundation's spending and influence, some of its major donors are having second thoughts about their future support, Politico reports.

One donor says a future gift is less likely because of the foundation's record-keeping and spending on travel, while others say the increase in outside scrutiny has led them to question the foundation's priorities.

The foundation has faced criticism over its ties to foreign donors and last week agreed to refile several years' worth of tax returns over disclosure errors. Yet while the foundation has pledged to identify contributors, the Canada-based Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an affiliated nonprofit, has not disclosed the identities of more than 1,100 donors who together gave more than $33 million. 

A Clinton Foundation official said Canadian law prevents charities in that country from naming contributors without their permission, but in a report in The New York Times, tax experts and Canadian officials say donors could still have received such a benefit without the creation of the new nonprofit. A Clinton Foundation official denies the partnership was created as a way to skirt transparency.

One donor to the partnership, identified in a new book on the Clinton's finances, is a Canadian mining executive whose company requested U.S. government approval of its sale to an arm of the Russian government while Ms. Clinton served as secretary of state.