The CEO of the Clinton Foundation apologized to donors and the public for the discrepancies and mistakes surrounding the foundation’s tax forms.
In conservative author Peter Schweizer’s new book “Clinton Cash,” the author alleges the foundation misfiled its tax reforms to cover up millions of dollars of donations from foreign donors, specifically those linked to Russia.
Clinton Foundation Interim CEO Maura Pally released a written statement on the foundation’s website on April 26, admitting to wrongdoing in the foundation’s tax paperwork.
“Yes, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don’t happen in the future,” she wrote.
Time magazine also wrote that Pally’s statement promoted the successes of the foundation, including its work with funding to climate change research and HIV/AIDS.
“When Hillary Clinton was appointed secretary of state, we took unprecedented steps to avoid potential conflicts of interest by going above and beyond what is required of any philanthropy and instituted voluntarily annual disclosure of all of our donors on our website,” the statement read.
Schweizer’s book also details funds between the Clinton family's foundation and foreign nations that may have some voters second guessing whether she should be president. In one case, it was discovered that Canadian millionaire Frank Giustra donated $31.1 million to the foundation following an agreement on uranium mines he made with Kazakhstan, Fox News reported.
Answering critics who say the foundation purposely declined to mention Giustra’s donations, Pally stated that nothing could be further from the truth.
“This is hardly an effort on our part to avoid transparency,” Pally wrote. She also explained that Canadian law does not allow charities to release donor information without the donor’s consent.
Some refuse to believe Pally’s explanation, insisting there’s more to the story. Schweizer appeared on ABC’s Sunday morning news program “This Week” on April 26 to discuss his controversial book and the research behind it.
“It’s not up to an author to prove crime. This is part of a broader pattern. You either have to come up to the conclusion that these are all coincidences or something else is afoot,” Schweizer said to host George Stephanopoulos.
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