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Marsha Blackburn, House GOP Call on IRS to Probe Clinton Foundation

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 05:10 PM

Rep. Marsha Blackburn and 51 other Republican House members called on the IRS Tuesday to investigate the Clinton Foundation's tax-exempt status.

"Media reports containing specific allegations have cast a cloud over the Clinton Foundation and call into question whether it is acting within the scope of its charitable mission for which it was originally granted tax-exempt status," the Tennessee representative said.

"The allegations swirling around the foundation are very serious and should be thoroughly vetted," she added.

Blackburn's letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen was signed by 51 other House GOP members. The letter seeks a response within 30 days.

In the letter, the representatives note that "recent media reports revealed that the foundation failed to report millions of dollars in grants from foreign governments that it accepted while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and that it facilitated private business transactions between foreign entities.

"As a result, given the substantial public interest involved, we feel a prompt review of the foundation's tax-exempt status is appropriate to determine whether it is acting within the scope of its charitable mission," the letter states.

The letter comes a week after ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos confessed he had donated $75,000 to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in recent years without disclosing those contributions to his employer.

He did so while reporting on the Clintons for ABC. Last September, Stephanopoulos interviewed former President Bill Clinton on the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on "Good Morning America."

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Stephanopoulos also served as a volunteer for the initiative's events, including as a moderator and a judge for an awards program.

The Clinton Foundation was established in 2001. Its donors include Newsmax Media Inc. founder and CEO Christopher Ruddy, who has pledged $1 million over five years, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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