Politics & Government

Clinton Foundation limits foreign donations

The Clinton Foundation agreed Wednesday to limit its foreign donations while Hillary Clinton is running for president.

In a statement, the foundation said it will only accept donations from foreign governments that have already provided money to programs to support economic development or climate-focused work of the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. Those include Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom .

That means other nations can’t donate, including those that contributed to general programs in recent years such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Dominican Republic.

The foundation also announced that it will stop holding Clinton Global Initiative events outside the United States except for a long-planned event in Morocco next month. Foreign governments can attend those meetings after paying admission.

Clinton resigned from the foundation Sunday when she announced that she would run for president a second time. But Republicans are likely to continue criticizing her for potential conflicts of interest.

Donations from foreign companies, individuals and non-profit organizations are not restricted. More than 40 percent of the top donors to the Clinton Foundation are based in foreign countries, according to an analysis by McClatchy.

The foundation is not required to publicly release its donors. A foundation spokesman said that the organization continued to release donor information after Clinton left the State Department to be transparent, though it does not include exact donation amounts; does not give dates beyond indicating who gave in 2014; and does not identify information about the donors such as addresses or employers.

The foundation said Wednesday it would disclose its contributors quarterly, starting in July, instead of annually.

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