Thousands of emails were hacked from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta and published by Wikileaks. One of the emails reveal that officials from the government of Qatar gave the Clinton Foundation $1 million to celebrate Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday, but the foundation did not report it to the State Department.
This is against an ethics agreement Hillary Clinton signed when she became Secretary of State in 2009, in which she promised the foundation would notify the State Department’s ethics official if a new foreign government wanted to donate or “increase materially” its contributions.
Qatari government officials pledged the money in 2011; in April 2012 Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation’s foreign policy director, sent an email acknowledging the Qataris wanted to meet Bill Clinton “for five minutes” in New York City.
Brian Cookstra, the Clinton Foundation spokesman, told Reuters that the $1 million gift was not a “material increase” in Qatar’s donations. However, the Clinton Foundation received somewhere between $1 million and $5 million, meaning the $1 million gift represented between a 20% to 100% increase.
The Department of State told Reuters it had no record of the Qatar donation.
In 2016, the Foundation admitted that the Clinton Health Access Initiative had not published a list of its donors since 2010, despite the promise of Hillary to provide a list every year.
As Reuters noted, Clinton Foundation officials acknowledged they sometimes evaded the agreement with the Obama administration, but blamed oversights. At least eight other countries in addition to Qatar contributed to the Clinton Foundation, for the most part, these governments donated to the Clinton Health Access Initiative.