The Clinton Foundation's flagship public health program reportedly stopped publishing lists of its donors for a five-year period beginning in 2010, breaking a disclosure rule agreed to by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.
According to Reuters, officials at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) admitted that they should have kept up the annual practice of recording and updating the names of hundreds of thousands of donors. CHAI was spun off from the Clinton Foundation in 2010, but the officials said that did not change the disclosure rules it was subject to.
CHAI spokeswoman Maura Daley described the lack of disclosure as "an oversight, which we made up for this year" in an e-mail to Reuters.
Reuters also reported that at least seven foreign governments either began supporting or increased their support for CHAI during Clinton's time as secretary of state. Spokeswoman Daley admitted that at least $340,000 in donations from Switzerland's Agency for Development and Cooperation should have been reviewed by the State Department's ethics office when they were received in 2011 and 2012.
However, the State Department told Reuters it could not find any records of its officials reviewing or approving any new money for the foundation.
Daley also claimed that increased donations from the governments of Britain and Australia, as well as new donations from the governments of Sweden, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea, and Rwanda did not have to be submitted for approval. The various reasons she gave included that the money originated with other organizations, the country had donated to the foundation prior to 2009, or the foundation considered the money to be a fee for medical work, and not a grant or donation.