ABC News chief anchor and chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos admitted Thursday that he has donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years.
In a statement provided to Politico, Stephanopoulos apologized for not disclosing his donations during his reporting on the Clintons and the foundation. ABC News issued a similar statement saying that Stephanopoulos — who was one of Bill Clinton's closest advisors during his first term as president — recognized his mistake and that the network stands with him.
"I made charitable donations to the foundation in support of the work they're doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply," Stephanopoulos said in the statement. "I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the foundation. I apologize."
When interviewing Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, last month, Stephanopoulos didn't disclose his donations to ABC News viewers.
Update, 2:35 p.m.: Stephanopoulos told Politico on Thursday that he "probably shouldn't have" donated money to the Clinton Foundation and clarified that he donated $75,000 to the foundation, not $50,000, as Politico had previously reported.