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Presidential Candidates on Idol Gives Back, Tonight!


Three wanna be American Idols will go on national TV tonight, trying to impress Americans in an attempt to get the most votes. I'm not talking talented singers, but rather the final three presidential candidates. I wonder if Ryan Seacrest is available to host Democratic debate #537?

Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama will appear on tonight's "Idol Gives Back" special, in a blatant attempt to look cool, I mean, raise money for charity. Are you excited to see the candidates at a fund raiser with Victoria and David Beckham, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion . . . ? Oh, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be there, too.

But it turns out that the American Idol charity might not be "giving back" all it claims to be. To see the case of the missing millions, read more.

The charity has yet to specify where it spent the $76 million raised last year.

In fact, some $5 million remains undistributed. Dr. Irwin Redlener, the president and a co-founder (with the musician Paul Simon) of the Children’s Health Fund says, “sometimes celebrity or entertainment industry-based charities might not be the most sophisticated organizations in distributing the money they raise.”

What inspires you to give to charity — knowing the funds are well managed? The fact that your favorite politician and/or celebrity gets behind it?

Will you be tuning in tonight at 7:30-10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT?

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