One of the most familiar faces of ABC News has stepped into a controversy over undisclosed political donations. CNN reports that George Stephanopoulos, a co-host of “Good Morning America” and the host of the Sunday morning public affairs show “This Week,” issued an apology today for failing to reveal to viewers or his bosses that he recently made $50,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Stephanopoulos was a close adviser to Bill Clinton during his presidency, before stepping down from his White House position in 1996 and eventually becoming a top player at ABC News. He said the recent donations to the Clinton group were made “in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply.”
Stephanopoulos said in a 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.”