Acting Clinton Foundation CEO Maura Pally admitted in a blog post on Sunday that the organization made “mistakes” when dealing with foreign donors and in filing its taxes, but that there was no malicious intent.
“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,” Pally wrote in the blog post.
The Clinton Foundation has been on the defensive since writer Peter Schweizer, in his new book Clinton Cash, accused the Clinton Foundation of allowing donors, some of them foreign entities, of having undue influence in the charity and in the State Department while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary.
Schweizer admitted to George Stephanopoulos on his show this past Sunday that he did not have evidence of this.
“No, we don’t have direct evidence. But it warrants further investigation,” said Schweizer. “This is part of the broader pattern. You either have to come to the conclusion that these are all coincidences or something else is afoot.”
The Clinton campaign immediately jumped on Schweizer’s admission to fire back against his damaging allegations.
“By finally admitting that he omitted key details and has no direct evidence, the author of ‘Clinton Cash’ just confirmed what many media reports had already made clear,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin to Business Insider. “Clinton Cash’ is nothing more than a tangled web of conspiracy theories backed by no actual evidence.”
In Sunday’s blog post on the Clinton Foundation website, Pally stated that the organization was working to fix its mistakes.
One major issue is that donors from Canada, who donated through The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership co-founded by Canadian businessman Frank Giustra, are anonymous.
Giustra donated at least $100 million dollars to start the enterprise with Bill Clinton.
“Under Canadian laws, charitable donors have a right to privacy,” said a spokesperson for Giustra to CNN. “When a donor gives money to a Canadian charity in confidence, and in the process provides his or her personal information, under Canadian law a fiduciary relationship is established between the Canadian charity toward the donor concerning the use of private information that the donor has provided.”
Pally stated that to address problems with financial errors in the Foundation that the organization would be refiling its tax-returns.
As for the issue of anonymous Canadian donors, Pally said that this was an issue of Canadian law and that “this is hardly an effort on our part to avoid transparency.”[CNN][Business Insider][Photo courtesy The Hill]