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There are already questions about the group staging a massive rock concert in Central Park this September. Stevie Wonder has been signed to headline a the show on September 28th to fight extreme poverty. John Mayer, Alicia Keys and Kings of Leon will join him for a concert produced by an Australian group called Global Citizen. It’s a free show, but ticketed.Last year’s show, the first one from Global Citizen, featured Neil Young, Foo Fighters, and the Black Keys.

Global Citizen says it’s connected to something called the Cotton On Foundation. You’ve never heard of Cotton On because they’re a retail chain, like The Gap, based in Australia. The foundation is based there, too, and has no records in the U.S.

Last December Cotton On was fined $1 million for selling flammable children’s clothing. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-18/cotton-on-fined-for-unsafe-childrens-clothing/4434462.

The report said: “The nightwear was so flammable that they should not have been supplied in Australia at all. To compound this, the highly flammable nightwear was misrepresented by being labelled ‘low fire danger’.”

Cotton On Founder Nigel Austin has no problems with poverty himself: he recently purchased Australia’s most expensive mansion for upwards of $20 million.

The Cotton On Foundation lists no information whatsoever about their finances or anything else on Australia’s official charity registry.

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