The Clinton Foundation reported more travel expenses this year than in any previous year, Politico reports.
The filings, provided to POLITICO by the Republican research arm America Rising, are the first look at the foundation’s expenditures since it changed its name last year and was joined by Hillary Clinton after she left the State Department.
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The travel costs were $8.448 million, according to the 990 forms the foundation filed with the IRS. America Rising obtained a copy at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. That figure was about 5 percent of the more than the $145 million the Clinton Foundation raised last year, but 10 percent of its expenses.
The travel expenses were almost double the amount the foundation spent in previous years, more than $1 million of the expenses went to travel during the fall midterm season. Many of the travel expenses were unrelated to Clinton Foundation work.
Critics at America Rising argued the Foundation officials should break out an itemized list of the travel to determine whether any of Hillary Clinton’s was related to politics.
"At the Clinton Foundation, it’s unclear the line between ‘charity’ and multi-million dollar political organization funneling money to subsidize the Clintons’ private political air travel and courting of prospective presidential campaign donors," group official Tim Miller said. "Given the extravagant luxury travel and fundraising expenditures that could help a potential presidential campaign, the Clinton Foundation must be transparent about how these funds were spent, detailing flight costs, itineraries, manifests and other relevant information."