First, it was the incriminating video of Jason Russell. Now, unbecoming footage of another one of Invisible Children's charity directors has surfaced.
TMZ obtained a clip of Jedidiah Jenkins, Invisible Children Director of Ideology, talking in slurred speech about how "rad" it was that he collected $1 million. It was apparently shot in 2010 after Invisible Children won the cash in the Chase Community Giving Facebook competition.
“Here’s $100,000 for Haiti and $900,000 extra for me. Get on the bandwagon,” Jenkins says in the video.
Jenkins tells RumorFix exclusively that he's unfazed by the video and that the vodka bottle was "clearly filled with water."
“TMZ can’t ruin my reputation,” he laughed. “I’m not worried.”
He says the video was created for a co-worker who was out of town when they won the prize and that the organization donated the money to fund education in northern Uganda.
“I was joking. It was made for my co-worker who was out of town when we won the prize. I made it for her to make her laugh and let her know we were thinking of her in the office. It’s hilarious that anyone would think it anything other than a joke. I mean, who can drink that much Vodka? Definitely not me. I’d die. It’s clearly water. I’m not gonna apologize for being a human that jokes with his friends. I’m just sad that bottom feeders like TMZ get pay checks for manufacturing controversy in real people’s lives.”
It's not the first time that the organization behind the viral "Kony 2012" video has been criticized for its questionable spending.
According to Invisible Children's most recent budget report, it took in $13.8 million last year and spent $8.9 million. Of that, $3.3 million funded programs in Central Africa and the rest was spent on marketing, management, general expenses, media and "awareness products."
But the charity defended its spending strategy, saying that getting the word out is key in activating citizens.
"We've never pretended all the money goes to the ground, because we don't believe that's the best use," Jenkins told CBS. "The best use is spreading the word and then doing the highest-impact programs possible on the ground."
CORRECTION: An earlier version of the headline said Jenkins pocketed millions.
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