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Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:00 PM

 

Pope Francis, Elton John turned down Clinton Foundation invites

and lots of other 'A' list'rs, talk about bad optics!

September 26, 2015, 10:51 am

By Bradford Richardson

A number of high-profile notables, including Elton John and Pope Francis, turned down invitations to attend the Clinton Foundation's upcoming event in New York, according to Politico.

The foundation tried to invite Pope Francis to its glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) gathering New York, and wanted to present British rock star Elton John with an award for his work to combat AIDS, but both figures declined the invitations.

The organization has been embroiled in controversies surrounding its fundraising initiatives, and the report suggests many celebrities are trying to distance themselves from the group.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is also stepping back from the group as she runs for the White House.

“They’ve had a lot of rejections from people – both from membership renewals and speaking roles this year between the campaign, Hillary not being at CGI this year, bad press,” one person who has helped plan events for the organization told Politico.

Other important figures who turned down invitations to the event reportedly include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said he had a conflict, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who served as Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager during her successful 2000 U.S. Senate bid, and President Obama, who is skipping the event for the first time since taking office due to a busy schedule.

The foundation also wanted either Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen or French economist Thomas Piketty to deliver a presentation on income inequality, but both declined.

Picketty said his decision not to attend had nothing to do with his opinion of the Clintons.

“I’m not particularly a fan, but I am not a non-fan either,” the French economist wrote in an email, adding that he “preferred Hillary’s health plan to Obama’s.”

Foreign heads of state such as British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also declined to attend the event.

Big names who have confirmed their attendance are actress Jessica Biel, philanthropist billionaire Bill Gates, and scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, among others.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/255058-elton-john-pope-francis-turned-down-clinton-foundation-invites

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ViseGrip Apr 2016 OP
Land of Enchantment Apr 2016 #1
ViseGrip Apr 2016 #2
Jarqui Apr 2016 #6
GeorgiaPeanuts Apr 2016 #4
DrDan Apr 2016 #3
cyberpj Apr 2016 #9
DrDan Apr 2016 #10
oldandhappy Apr 2016 #5
ViseGrip Apr 2016 #7
ViseGrip Apr 2016 #8

Response to ViseGrip (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:04 PM

1. And maybe a little of this?



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Response to Land of Enchantment (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:06 PM

2. ^^truly appropriate!^^^

 

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Response to ViseGrip (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:11 PM

6. +1

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Response to Land of Enchantment (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:07 PM

4. Haha

 

"Well it was they offered"

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Response to ViseGrip (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:06 PM

3. wow - Neil deGrasse Tyson has accepted - wait, is he under the bus?

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Response to cyberpj (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:37 PM

10. my respect just went up for him - and it was quite high before - a very very bright guy

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Response to ViseGrip (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:07 PM

5. Pope Francis and Sir Elton John turn down the ego foundation?

Spectacular.

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Response to oldandhappy (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:11 PM

7. The addiction to money the Pope says....I say like crack!

 

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Response to ViseGrip (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 08:14 PM

8. One more kick, for hypocrisy regarding invites to and from the Pope!

 

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