The Clinton Global Initiative's annual America conference opened in Denver Monday with a sparser roster of corporate and political heavy hitters than in past years, according to Bloomberg.
Although many big firms are participating as sponsors, there are fewer CEOs from blue-chip companies and no major national officeholders or presidential candidates on conference panels and speaker rolls, the news service writes.
Presidential candidates Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, and Hillary Clinton have spoken at past editions, but Ed Hughes, the group's deputy director, said the organization decided not to invite aspirants from either party because "we don't want to simply serve as a platform for their agenda." He said several high-profile GOP governors, lawmakers, and other leaders were invited but declined, citing scheduling conflicts.
Mr. Hughes said discussions with potential participants have touched on the spate of media scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation's transparency and ties to foreign donors but that the controversies have not had an impact on the guest list. "It's a little myopic to think that's the only calculus through which [invitees] make decisions," he said. "It starts with what they're trying to accomplish."