Despite an agreement made between President Barack Obama and then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to disclose all sources of donations to her philanthropic and lucrative Clinton Family Foundation, new reports are stating that up to 1,100 donors were never disclosed. This finding has prompted skeptics to question Clinton’s integrity and honesty during the early stages of her run for the White House in 2016.
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, a charity located in Canada and closely associated with the Clinton Family Foundation in the United States, has allegedly sent millions of donations to the Clinton foundation’s home base. Canadian law does not allow charities to disclose the names of individual donors without their consent, Fox News reported.
A spokesperson for the Canadian organization said the majority of the 1,100 unknown donors gave small, one-time payments at a fundraising event in 2008, The Washington Post reported.
Another point of controversy surrounding the donations are the people involved in the organizations. The executive of the Canadian group, Frank Giustra, was heavily discussed in the new controversial book “Clinton Cash,” where it was alleged that he profited off of a deal that allowed Russia to control much of the globe’s uranium sources.
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The Clinton Foundation has attempted to defend their actions, saying that the former Secretary’s agreement with the President did not apply to the Canadian-linked charity. However, the Clinton Foundation executive still apologized for the confusion in a post on their website on April 26.
“We made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them. And [we] have taken steps to ensure they don’t happen in the future,” Maura Pally, the foundation’s executive, wrote in her post.
Giustra has also come out in defense of himself and the organization he oversees, saying his relationship with the Clinton family was not based on the amount of money they were able to raise.
“I’m not doing this because of Bill Clinton. He loves what we’re doing with the CGEP. But if for some reason he walked away tomorrow, I would just rename it. Call it something else and keep doing it, because I think we’re onto something really great,” Giustra said.
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