Free Beacon has discovered that ABC Newsman and former Clinton administration flack George Stephanopoulos donated a hefty chunk of money to the Clinton Foundation according to a records search. The initial amount was reported at $50,000 but shortly after the story broke, Stephanopoulos revealed he gave $75,000 to the foundation between 2012 and 2014.
Stephanopoulos never disclosed these donations "even when interviewing author Peter Schweizer last month about his book 'Clinton Cash, which alleges that donations to the foundation may have influenced some of Hillary Clinton's actions as secretary of state."
In a statement to On Media blog, Stephanopoulos apologized for not disclosing the donations to ABC News and its audience.
"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," he said. "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."
ABC News also made a statement about Stephanopolous' donations: "As George has said, he made charitable donations to the Foundation to support a cause he cares about deeply and believed his contributions were a matter of public record. He should have taken the extra step to notify us and our viewers during the recent news reports about the Foundation. He’s admitted to an honest mistake and apologized for that omission. We stand behind him."
Stephanopolous will not face any disciplinary action for withholding the information from his employers. Said ABC News "We accept his apology," a spokesperson said. "It was an honest mistake."
ABC News is one of the news outlets that will host a Republican primary debate in 2016.