Rich and famous shun Hillary's big event
Published 28/09/2015 | 02:30
Hillary Clinton has suffered another blow to her campaign for the presidency after dozens of celebrities, donors and foreign dignitaries, including David Cameron, reportedly absented themselves from the showpiece annual publicity event of her family's charitable foundation.
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference in New York is usually one of the most sought-after tickets on the social calendars of the rich and famous.
This year's 'The Future of Impact' meeting was intended as a celebration of the charity's work, at a time when Chelsea Clinton, Bill and Hillary's daughter, is due to take a lead in managing the $2bn foundation.
Insiders told the American Politico website that the invitation list included President Obama and the Pope.
But the fact that Mrs Clinton, busy running for the Democratic nomination, was not showing up, and bad publicity surrounding her decision to keep her emails during her time as US secretary of state on a private server, had put people off.
"They've had a lot of rejections from people - both for membership renewals and speaking roles this year between the campaign, Hillary not being at CGI this year, bad press," one planner for the event said.
Mr Obama attended last year, along with kings, presidents and prime ministers. This year Leonardo Di Caprio, Elton John, David Cameron and Angela Merkel were reported to be among those who turned it down.
Janet Yellen, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Thomas Piketty, the renowned economist, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook also declined.