Clinton Foundation files four years of amended tax returns
© Getty Images

Bill and Hillary Clintons’s charitable foundation has amended its tax returns for four years, stretching back to 2010, to more accurately reflect grants it received from foreign governments and money received for speeches given by the Clintons.

The Clinton Foundation said in a statement that it found the errors while undergoing a voluntary review, and made the decision to file the amended returns even though it was under no legal obligation to do so.


The group said the changes did not affect the bottom line numbers on the returns, and that it owes no taxes as a result of the changes.

“Our actions today reflect a deep organization-wide commitment to making sure the public understands our work and our supporters understand how their resources are used,” Donna E. Shalala, the president of the foundation, wrote in a letter to donors and supporters.

The foundation has amended its returns for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, saying it “inadvertently” rolled donations from foreign governments into a general category that included all grant money.

“There is nothing to suggest that the Foundation intended to conceal the receipt of government grants, which we report on our website,” Shalala wrote.

The foundation also said that for three years it reported money received for speeches the Clintons gave as charitable contributions when it should have been reported as revenue.

“The amount the Foundation is reporting as fees from speeches is unchanged,” Shalala wrote. “All of these speeches are listed on the Foundation’s website, and updated quarterly.”

The Clinton Foundation has been the subject of controversy this election season. Republicans have sought to draw attention to the group’s spending, calling it a “slush fund” for the Clintons and arguing that donations received from foreign entities were given to curry favor with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE while she was secretary of State.

The amended data adds up to $20 million, according to a Reuters analysis, providing fresh ammunition to Clinton’s political foes, who immediately began digging through the group’s filings and arguing that it showed malfeasance.

The conservative opposition research group America Rising on Tuesday sent an email claiming the new filings revealed $20 million in “unreported donations, largely from foreign governments.”

“Clinton Foundation donors knew what they were doing when they gave record amounts to the Clintons in 2014,” America Rising communications director Jeff Bechdel said in a statement. “It's the same kind of pay-to-play set-up as Secretary Clinton's Wall Street donations that she is struggling mightily to explain away. Put simply, Hillary Clinton will say or do anything to win, and that includes leveraging her position as a potential presidential candidate to fill her Foundation's coffers."

Kathy Keneally, a former Justice Department attorney who spearheaded the foundation's review, argued that the findings “affirmed that the overall financial information” the group has reported was "correct on the original returns and [has] not changed on the amended returns.”

“Because foundations, like people, make mistakes, and because return preparers may differ on how best to present information, the review identified other items that the Foundation has decided to clarify or to correct,” she said.

“The Foundation’s decision to file amended returns reflects an extraordinary commitment to disclosure and thoroughness," Keneally said.

The Clinton Foundation raised nearly $178 million in 2014, according to Monday’s filing. Hillary Clinton left the Foundation in April as she prepared to run for president.