Celebrities like Cynthia Nixon, James Denton, Ellen DeGeneres, Andie MacDowell and Christie Brinkley are being called on to join in the move to dump Hadassah Lieberman, the wife of Senator Joe Lieberman as Global Ambassador for the high profile multi-million dollar breast cancer charity, the Susan G Komen Foundation.
Hadassah Lieberman is paid to be the Global Ambassador…so that’s where my donations are going? To pay this former lobbyist whose husband’s actions are contrary to the goals of the Komen? I though famous people did things for charities because they believed in the cause, not for a paycheck. And I thought there was vetting system..
Activists–led by Jane Hamsher, the founder of Firedoglake.com, my rocking boss–citing Hadassah’s ties to pharmaceutical and insurance companies, are calling for her removal, and are letting celebrities involved with Komen’s fundraising activities know the background of the foundations’s aid Global Ambassador, along with making sure everyday supporters know where their donations are going.
We are asking Ellen DeGeneres, Christie Brinkley and other high-profile celebrities who are associated with Komen to demand that no more money raised for cancer treatment be given to Hadassah Lieberman or any other ex-Pharma/Insurance strategists.
Hadassah Lieberman worked the lobbying company, ALCO Associates which had many pharmaceutical and healthcare corporations among its clients. She has also worked for Hill & Knowlton a global public relations company and as a consultant for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. And her husband Joe Lieberman has been one of the chief opponents in the US Senate of health reforms that would help prevent millions of women from combating cancer and other serious illnesses, a cause inconsistent with Komen.
Jane, a three-time breast cancer survivor, points out:
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women age 35-44. The people who are anguished over the suffering of those they love and want to help in some meaningful way are attracted to Komen by celebrity names like James Woods, Andie MacDowell, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Tilly, John Ondrasik, Kimberly Locke, Marcia Cross, Mimi Rogers, Ann Curry and Aimee Teegarden. They are racing their hearts out because they think it will help others to keep from suffering, they aren’t doing it so the money can be used as a pass-through to Joe Lieberman through his wife to block health care reform.
Donations to find a cure for cancer should not be used to pay the salary of former insurance and drug lobbyist Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who is pledging to kill health care reform while millions go untreated.
Join in asking Susan G. Komen for the cure to ask Hadassah Lieberman to step down as a compensated “Global Ambassador” for the organization in light of the inherent conflict of interest her continued presence brings.