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June 01, 2015

Supermodel Charity's Award for Clinton Came With $500,000 Gift

Bill Clinton agreed to accept an award at from celebrity model Petra Nemcova's school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund, last year after the organization agreed to make a $500,000 contribution to the Clinton Foundation, according to The New York Times.

A former executive director of the fund said the foundation had turned down the award invitations until Happy Hearts pledged a share of the proceeds from a fundraising gala marking the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, of which Ms. Nemcova was a survivor.

The honorarium represented about a quarter of the evening's take for Happy Hearts, which works to build schools in areas hit by natural disasters. The former director, Sue Veres Royal, said she believed the donation was a quid pro quo for the former president's appearance. Spokesmen for Ms. Nemcova and the Clinton charity said the foundation did not solicit the gift and that it would be used for as-year-unspecified projects in Haiti.

Amid close media scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation's fundraising and transparency in conjunction with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Bill Clinton send out an appeal last week to past donors, The Daily Beast writes. With "the political season" in swing, "the purpose and impact of the efforts your support makes possible has largely been ignored," Mr. Clinton wrote describing the charity as "a nonpartisan, inclusive foundation with lots of support from and involvement by people across the political spectrum and governments from right to left."