Clinton Foundation Discloses Up to $26.4 Million in Speaking Fees

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has reported previously undisclosed payments totaling between $12 million and $26.4 million that it received for speeches made by Bill and Hillary Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea.

According to a list posted on the foundation's website, which only provides ranges of payments the three Clintons received for ninety-seven speeches they've made since 2002, Bill Clinton delivered seventy-three of those speeches, including one to Thai energy ministry personnel and another to the U.S. Islamic World Forum — at an event organized in part by the Brookings Institution, with support from the government of Qatar — for between $250,001 and $500,000 each.

The disclosure follows growing scrutiny of the foundation's compliance with a 2008 agreement with the Obama administration to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources presented conflicts of interest for Hillary Clinton. Foundation officials told the Washington Post that the speaking fees were not included in the public listings of donors published as part of the agreement because they were tallied internally and disclosed in annual tax filings as "revenue" rather than donations. Going forward, the foundation plans to update the list of public speeches on a quarterly basis, as it has said it will do with its donors list.

In disclosure forms filed earlier this month with the Federal Election Commission, Hillary Clinton disclosed that she and her husband have earned about $25 million in speaking fees since she left the State Department in January 2014, while Bill Clinton was paid more than $104 million in speaking fees from 2001 through 2012. Vincent Salamone, a spokesperson for the Office of Government Ethics, told the Post that speeches delivered by public officials or their spouses acting as an "agent" of a charitable group in which the payment is made directly to the organization need not be disclosed in financial filings of public officials.

"In addition to the more than three hundred thousand donors who are all listed on our website, posting these speeches is just another example of how our disclosure policies go above and beyond what's required of charities," foundation spokesperson Craig Minassian said in a statement. "Like other global charities, the Clinton Foundation receives support from individuals and organizations across all sectors of society, backgrounds, and ideologies because they know our programs are improving the lives of millions of people around the world."

"Speeches for the Clinton Foundation." Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation Website 05/21/2015. Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger. "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up to $26 Million in Additional Payments." Washington Post 05/21/2015.