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May 31, 2017

Hillary Clinton was heavily criticized during the presidential campaign for giving speeches to banks, including Goldman Sachs, sometimes for upwards of $225,000 a pop. On Wednesday at Recode's CodeCon, Clinton was asked directly by journalist Walt Mossberg why she made the decision to take such engagements after resigning as secretary of state.

Clinton replied with a question of her own: "Why do you have Goldman Sachs here?"

"They pay us," journalist Kara Swisher jumped in.

Clinton: "They paid me." Jeva Lange

November 5, 2016

The Clinton Foundation admitted in a Reuters story Friday night it accepted a $1 million donation from the government of Qatar during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. In October, the foundation refused to confirm such a donation occurred.

Clinton may have violated her ethics pledge to notify the State Department of any new or significantly increased support from foreign donors to avoid appearance of undue foreign influence on U.S. policy, because the agency says it was never notified of this donation. A foundation representative said Qatar supported the charity "at equal or lower levels" than its pre-2009 gifts but declined to offer any specific figures.

The Clinton Foundation has long been scrutinized over its acceptance of donations from corporations and foreign governments that had dealings with State while Clinton was in office. The foundation said it will stop accepting foreign money if Clinton is elected to avoid further allegations of unethical conduct, a promise that will eliminate more than half of the organization's high-dollar donors.

The Qatar donation came to light thanks to an email published by WikiLeaks from the hacked email account of Clinton's campaign chair, John Podesta. Bonnie Kristian

September 24, 2016

The CEOs of America's 100 largest corporations are universally uninterested in financially backing Republican Donald Trump, an analysis from The Wall Street Journal reveals. However, 11 Fortune 100 CEOs have donated to Democrat Hillary Clinton, a longtime Wall Street favorite.

Among Clinton's high-profile donors from the business world are the leaders of Apple, American Airlines, and Nike. Her Fortune 100 CEO support is double what President Obama received in 2012, when nearly a third of these 100 CEOs backed Republican Mitt Romney and 66 didn't donate to any presidential candidate.

Clinton has also received financial support in the form of donation bundling from social media executives, namely Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. A bundler collects donations on the campaign's behalf and may be rewarded with special access or a position in the new administration should their candidate win. Bonnie Kristian

August 20, 2016

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton pledged Thursday that if she is elected president, her family's foundation will stop accepting donations from corporations or foreign governments, citizens, or groups, a practice that has raised concern about unethical conduct during her tenure as secretary of state.

But if she makes good on that pledge, more than half of the foundation's high-dollar donors will no longer be able to contribute, according to a calculation from The Washington Post. Some 53 percent of donors who have given at least $1 million, including one member of the foundation's board of directors, fall into one of the suspect categories.

Still, Clinton's decision to curtail her foundation's ethically dubious activities is a smart election strategy, as nearly half of Americans say they are bothered by the nonprofit's acceptance of foreign money while Clinton was at State. Since the announcement, critics left and right have suggested the change is overdue and should not be delayed until after Election Day. Bonnie Kristian

June 29, 2016

Priorities USA, a super PAC that supports presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, accepted two donations totaling $200,000 from Suffolk Construction, a Boston-based firm.

This would be a non-story — except that when it made those contributions, Suffolk was an active federal contractor, with multiple Department of Defense contracts valued at nearly $1 million. It has been illegal for federal contractors to make this sort of political donation for seven decades. "Federal government contractors may not make contributions to influence Federal elections," the Federal Election Commission explains, listing contractor gifts among its prohibited contributions.

The money also violates Priorities USA's own organizational rules, which echo the FEC's regulation.

Research by The Hill indicates that active federal contractors also gave money to PACs supporting the now-defunct presidential campaigns of Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Bonnie Kristian

June 16, 2016

As Donald Trump fights to keep the details of his Trump University lawsuit secret, connoisseurs of news about presidential candidates entangled in messy relationships with for-profit educational institutions can turn their attention to the Clinton camp.

Per the Clintons' tax returns, Bill Clinton received nearly $16.5 million for his role as honorary chancellor of Laureate Education, a for-profit group which bills itself as the "largest global network of degree-granting higher education institutions." The former president left his position, which he had held since 2010, in the spring of 2015 when Hillary Clinton began criticizing for-profit colleges on the campaign trail.

Critics allege that Laureate's ties to the Clintons and their family foundation gained the university a shield from federal scrutiny while also easing visa applications for foreign students during Hillary Clinton's tenure in the State Department. That charge parallels accusations that foreign governments and major corporations received favors from the Clinton State Department in exchange for supporting the Clinton Foundation.

Update: A spokesperson for Laureate adds this context: "President Clinton had a five-year term, which was spelled out in his contract. His term had expired" when he left in 2015. Bonnie Kristian

June 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton admitted Wednesday that some donors to her family's nonprofit, the Clinton Foundation, may have "slipped through the cracks" in "one or two instances" of disclosure. Her comments came in response to Donald Trump's charge Tuesday that during Clinton's tenure at the State Department, "the Russians, the Saudis, and the Chinese all gave money to Bill and Hillary and got favorable treatment in return."

Though Clinton has insisted her disclosures have been "overwhelming," Trump's allegation is at least partially correct: The Clinton Foundation did receive money from about 20 foreign governments while she was in office, including the Saudi government — for whom Clinton's State Department coordinated a controversial arms sale — as well as Saudi Arabia's near neighbors, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar. The foundation was also supported by about 30 Fortune 100 companies that lobbied State during Clinton's tenure.

Perhaps most significantly, among the donations that "slipped through the cracks" was money from a Canadian company that controlled about 20 percent of America's uranium deposits. As secretary of state, Clinton helped approve that company's takeover by a corporation owned by Russia's atomic energy agency.

In her Wednesday interview, Clinton refused to say whether her family would divest the Clinton Foundation should she win the White House. Bonnie Kristian

May 18, 2016

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign hasn't hampered Bill Clinton from keeping up his gig of making paid speeches. The Clinton campaign's release of the couple's latest personal financial disclosure Tuesday night reveals that they've brought in $6.7 million from paid speeches in the last 16 months, with Bill accounting for $5 million of that number.

Over half of that — $2.7 million — was earned after Hillary announced her candidacy last April. Just four days after she announced, Bill earned $300,000 for a speech he gave in front of the Oracle Corporation in Rancho Mirage, California. Over the past year, he has given speeches to the Wyndham Hotel Group in Las Vegas, the private equity firm Apollo Management Holdings, UBS Wealth Management, America's Health Insurance Plans, and the Texas China Business Council, among other groups.

However, according to the form, Bill stopped giving paid speeches as of November 2015, and he has said he would not continue his speaking gigs if his wife is elected president. Hillary has not given any paid speeches since launching her presidential run.

Despite the Wednesday Federal Election Commission deadline, Hillary is the only candidate to have released her statement so far. Sen. Bernie Sanders has filed for an extension. Donald Trump has promised his latest report will be out Wednesday, and he says that it shows a "tremendous cash flow" and an income of over half a billion dollars. Becca Stanek

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