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Notre Dame Alumni Withhold $8.2 Million Over Pro-Abortion Obama Invitation
Life News ^ | April 27, 2009 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 04/27/2009 1:26:18 PM PDT by NYer

South Bend, IN (LifeNews.com) -- University of Notre Dame alumni have withheld a total of $8.2 million in planned donations to the Catholic college as a result of its decision to have pro-abortion President Barack Obama give the commencement address at its upcoming graduation ceremonies.

David DiFranco, a Michigan businessman and Notre Dame graduate, started the effort to withhold donations to the college.

He has put together a web site, ReplaceJenkins.com, urging fellow alumni to not only withhold donations but to call on replacing ND president John Jenkins, who invited Obama and has strongly defended the decision.

The web site has received over 900 pledges from alumni and donors promising to withhold future donations and several of the largest gifts include estate bequests to the University that have been removed from donors’ wills.

“We knew many donors and alums were unhappy with the decision to honor a pro-abortion president, but we never expected this large of a response," DiFranco told LifeNews.com. "We can hardly keep up, and this is only the beginning. We can only imagine what fundraisers at the University are experiencing, but understandably not reporting.”

DiFranco says the $8.2 figure is a very conservative estimate as he and his colleagues are dismissing some bogus claims of withholding donations and have waited on tallying others to verify their accuracy.

"We are speaking directly with donors, and in several cases we have spoken with estate attorneys to confirm that Notre Dame has been stripped from a donor’s will. We are going about this process with a critical eye in order that the numbers we report are accurate," he said.

DiFranco told LifeNews.com he thinks the final financial impact for Notre Dame inviting Obama will be monumental.

“As momentum continues to build, we are now certain that the financial penalty resulting from the decision to honor the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history, will be enormous," he said.

"The fact that this effort is necessary is unfortunate. However, alumni and supporters of Notre Dame have little other recourse than to protest with their pocketbooks. We will continue our efforts as long as it is necessary to bring about positive change at Notre Dame," he concluded.

News of the donations came on the same day that former Vatican ambassador and Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon announced she would not speak at the university nor accept an award from it.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: catholic; jenkins; ndu; obama

1 posted on 04/27/2009 1:26:18 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 04/27/2009 1:26:48 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Getting them right where it hurts.....in the pocketbook.....


3 posted on 04/27/2009 1:29:10 PM PDT by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: Kimmers
> Getting them right where it hurts.....in the pocketbook.....

Amen to that - keep it up.

4 posted on 04/27/2009 1:30:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird!)
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To: NYer

Unfortunately, money is the only thing they might listen to.


5 posted on 04/27/2009 1:33:55 PM PDT by Heartland Mom ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: NYer

Bless him! Mr. DiFranco has a comment page at that link, we should tell him thank you for standing up for the unborn!


6 posted on 04/27/2009 1:34:29 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: NYer
Well I didn't know that ND had an alum with conviction!!!

I wonder as a MICHIGAN business owner if he is opting out because he really doesn't have the money due to MI bad economy and is using this to be the reason???? [Sarcasm off]

7 posted on 04/27/2009 1:35:40 PM PDT by Paul46360
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To: NYer

Fr. Jenkins is paying a heavy price to support a pro abortionist.


8 posted on 04/27/2009 1:40:28 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: NYer

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” — Voltaire


9 posted on 04/27/2009 1:40:42 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: NYer
DiFranco says the $8.2 figure is a very conservative estimate as he and his colleagues are dismissing some bogus claims of withholding donations

It is always going to be worse than the estimates simply because many people don't complain when they stop giving.

10 posted on 04/27/2009 1:41:56 PM PDT by alrea (4% profit on a gallon of gas is obscene but over 15% tax isn't)
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To: NYer

That’s a good stort. I hope Barry does not reward ND with some kind of Govt. grant!


11 posted on 04/27/2009 1:45:56 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

stort=start


12 posted on 04/27/2009 1:46:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NYer

Perhaps ND will replace “Touchdown Jesus” with this

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2238849/posts


13 posted on 04/27/2009 1:50:07 PM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court house.....................America's Axis of Evil!)
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To: NYer

Oh, wow—can we withhold our federal “tax donations”??
:)


14 posted on 04/27/2009 1:53:44 PM PDT by two23
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To: NYer

Now that’s what I call ACTION !!!! right on !!!


15 posted on 04/27/2009 1:54:13 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Off Hunting--- for the COLB)
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To: NYer
Watch for akaObama to find a way to balance to loss with tax dollars.

ML/NJ

16 posted on 04/27/2009 2:00:59 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: NYer

A tidy sum!


17 posted on 04/27/2009 2:01:18 PM PDT by donna (If America is not a Christian nation, it will be part of the Islamic nation. Take you pick.)
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To: Paul46360

Well I didn’t know that ND had an alum with conviction!!!

I wonder as a MICHIGAN business owner if he is opting out because he really doesn’t have the money due to MI bad economy and is using this to be the reason???? [Sarcasm off]


Wow kinda harsh? I personally know some ND alums with plenty of conviction; pro-life, conservative, etc.

Some businesses in Mich. are doing OK too—one of my kids is going to school there, so we have spent time in MIrecently


18 posted on 04/27/2009 2:09:52 PM PDT by bushwon (Wonder if our founding fathers would even recognize the USA?!)
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To: NYer

:-D. Way to go alumni! Let’s make it $10 million and counting.


19 posted on 04/27/2009 2:11:12 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: NYer

Great idea!


20 posted on 04/27/2009 2:11:53 PM PDT by bushwon (Wonder if our founding fathers would even recognize the USA?!)
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To: NYer; Mrs. Don-o; topher
Alumni -- keep holding your donations!!

Keep FReeping Notre Dame.

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21 posted on 04/27/2009 2:18:06 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: alrea
Correct.

It's just like they say in retail -- for every customer who complains, you actually lose 5-10 who don't complain but just take their business elsewhere.

22 posted on 04/27/2009 2:42:07 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Just recd email from friend in Kansas whose husband is ND alum and he cancelled four season tickets for football with letter stating that it was his way of protesting the invitation of BO. Hopefully this will continue to snowball!


23 posted on 04/27/2009 3:14:18 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: NYer

I was hoping the faithful would show their displeasure in a way the Catholic Church listens, through the wallet.


24 posted on 04/27/2009 3:40:12 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (yEP,i)
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To: Joe Boucher

Sad but true. We need to pray more!


25 posted on 04/27/2009 4:55:11 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (TOTUS = PONZI)
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To: NYer

Who was it said that every so many years the laity saves the Church? It’s happening. Thanks Be to God.


26 posted on 04/27/2009 5:54:19 PM PDT by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue. http://www.thekingsmen.us/)
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To: NYer

Great news, thanks. :-)


27 posted on 04/27/2009 7:38:24 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: mckenzie7

mckenzie7
You are correct in what you said here in this post as well as in your about page.


28 posted on 04/28/2009 4:11:48 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (yEP,i)
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To: NYer

Choices have consequences.


29 posted on 04/28/2009 1:36:25 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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