Mark Oppenheimer, the New York Times journalist who wrote a December 25th piece on Gafni,
tweeted the following on May 2, 2016:
“for those int. in the
story…this was his project, but his name has been taken off: http://riseupthemovie.com/ …and w/o her knowledge, Arianna Huffington was listed as part of it. Her office issued me this statement: Arianna does not…have an affiliation w/ Marc Gafni or with this movie. She was not aware that her name was being used to help raise money for this.”
When the campaign launched, she was listed as one of the top 3 headliners and the lead headliner on the RiseUp Summit in February. She has since been removed, but only after the first $275,000 had been raised using her name.