Atlantic Council releases list of foreign donors for Hagel

The Atlantic Council on Friday released a list of its foreign donors after Republicans demanded the financial information from Defense secretary nominee Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelWhite House aide moves to lobbying firm Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces Five takeaways from Pentagon chief's first major trip MORE, who is chairman of the think tank.

The Atlantic Council’s president and CEO sent a seven-page letter to Hagel Friday that included a list of foreign corporations,  governments and government entities that fund the organization.

The list includes roughly 100 corporations and 15 foreign governments, as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The amount of funding from each entity is not listed.

A Senate GOP aide said that the disclosures from the Atlantic Council did not sufficiently address the concerns of Republican senators.

"One problem with the Atlantic Council letter is that it omits individual contributors, which were specifically requested," the aide said.

"We have no idea if funds came through individuals from foreign nations that could create conflicts of interest," the GOP aide said. "He doesn’t have a right to keep such potential conflicts hidden."

The letter also did not address the funding sources of other organizations connected to Hagel, the aide said.

A group of 25 GOP senators called this week for Hagel to release the foreign funding information of eight entities he was affiliated with since leaving the Senate in 2009, including the Atlantic Council.

Hagel had written to the GOP senators that he could not to provide the financial information from those organizations because it was "legally controlled by the individual entities and not mine to disclose."

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The GOP demand for additional financial information from Hagel led to a delay in his confirmation vote, which Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinStrange bedfellows oppose the filibuster Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home House Democrats poised to set a dangerous precedent with president’s tax returns MORE (D-Mich.) had hoped to hold Thursday.

Levin wrote a letter to ranking member Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeHouse rejects GOP motion on replacing Pentagon funding used on border wall Republicans wary of US action on Iran Is the Senate ready to protect American interests in space? MORE (R-Okla.) Friday calling the financial information request “unprecedented,” and he said that a new standard should not be mandated of the former Nebraska Republican senator.

Levin said that a vote will be held on Hagel’s confirmation “as soon as possible.”

Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe wrote in the letter that the released information was in response to a Thursday letter from Hagel asking whether the think tank could provide the Senate the funding information.

Kempe wrote that Hagel does not receive any salary from the Council as its chairman.

The letter also outlines the ethical guidelines the Council follows when it receives foreign funding, and that donors must agree that the Council retains intellectual independence and control over any content.

--This report was updated at 9:35 p.m.