George Stephanopoulos donated to the Clinton Foundation in 2013 — and he interviewed President Bill Clinton about the foundation's biggest project, the Clinton Global Initiative.
On Thursday, after questions from the Washington Free Beacon about public documents listing Stephanopoulos as a donor to the foundation, Stephanopoulos apologized for not disclosing the $50,000 in donations in a statement to Politico.
"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 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."
Stephanopoulos recently interviewed author Peter Schweizer about his book, Clinton Cash, which investigates the activities of the foundation.
In September of 2013, the This Week anchor sat down with Clinton for an interview that encompassed several topics, but included a three-minute segment about CGI.
"In the meantime, (Hillary Clinton) has joined the Clinton Foundation," Stephanopoulos says in the introduction to that segment. "[And] of course, at the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings philanthropists and CEOs together with nonprofits to make concrete commitments aimed at some of the world's toughest problems. Almost 10 years in, they have leveraged billions of dollars in assistance to more than 180 countries and we have talked to President Clinton about that, too."
The positive interview about the foundation is largely Clinton talking with few questions.
Stephanopoulos asks Clinton about the percentage of entities that make commitments that follow through ("Oh, it's quite good," Clinton says. "We get detailed progress reports now on 60% of the commitments.") and asks Clinton to talk about a large-scale project for women entrepreneurs ("Is that the project you're most excited about?").
A request for comment to ABC News about whether Stephanopoulos had donated to the foundation before or after the interview was not immediately returned.
Katherine Miller is the political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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