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'Kony 2012' Exec

Joked About Keeping

$900k Donation for Himself

3/27/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Jedidiah Jenkins
One of the heads of Jason Russell's Invisible Children organization made a video after the charity won a $1 million grant ... in which he appears to be drunk and joking about keeping $900,000 for himself.

TMZ has obtained the clip ... featuring Jedidiah Jenkins, the Director of Ideology for the charity dedicated to hunting down African warlord Joseph Kony.

The footage appears to be shot in 2010 ... right after Invisible Children won the $1 million grand prize in the Chase Community Giving Facebook competition.

In the video, Jenkins is holding a handle of Smirnoff vodka ... and slurs to the camera, "I don't know if you heard this or not ... but we won a ... we won a million dollars so ... pretty rad."

After chugging from the bottle, Jenkins continues ... "a hundred thousand for Haiti and $900,000 in extra for me."

As for the Haiti reference ... the contest was held one week after the earthquake in Haiti and Invisible Children had promised to give $100k to Haitian relief efforts if they won the prize. We have no idea how the remaining $900,000 was spent.

A source connected to Invisible Children says the video is a joke that Jedidiah recorded and posted on a private YouTube page right after the group won the prize. We're told the bottle was filled with water, not vodka.

Invisible Children's rep has not responded to our calls for an official comment.

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10:00 AM PDT -- Jenkins has finally commented on the video ... saying, "I was joking. It was made for my co-worker who was out of town when we won the prize."

Jenkins also says the Smifnoff bottle is filled with water ... not vodka ... explaining, "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."

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frnacisco 2010    

a joke? this stupid bastard is completely drunk

942 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

lol nice to see this so called charity being revealed for what they really are nothing but a scam

942 days ago
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manbearpig    

it wasn't actual vodka but water? so i guess when lohan gets busted next time and we see a white powder around her, we are to believe it is only powdered sugar?

942 days ago
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Cognizant _illiberal    

hahahaha kony2012 supporters will still defend the campaigns integrity, they will never admit to being wanna trendy indie kids trying to display the new trend of being ignorantly tolerant who jumped on a bandwagon without any knowledge or facts of what they were buying into. lol lol lol!

942 days ago
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miller    

It just goes to show: if you jump on a bandwagon driven by a bunch of idiots, this is what happens.

942 days ago
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Alma    

Ofcourse its fake! No American can drink vodka neat like that.

942 days ago
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miller    

So the leadership of the organization consists of right-wing closet cases and corrupt alcoholics... Sorta sounds like the FBI.

942 days ago
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Alex    

I don't trust that charity anyway.

942 days ago
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Bird    

Right..A joke..Aren't jokes supposed to be funny? Joking about something like that isn't funny and it sure as hell doesn't do anything to help their cause. Theses Kony 2012 people are a bunch of idiots scamming money out of other idiots who are dumb enough to believe their lies.

942 days ago
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ThirdFromTheLeft    

Hang on... this charity has a 'director of ideology'!?
Pretty f*cking creepy.

942 days ago
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H    

Seriously you people will believe anything! LMAO.

Clearly he is acting, 1. Look at his glasses... 2. The amount of straight "vodka" he is chugging. 3. Do you think he spent the $900,000 on himself?

It was a private, internal video. It's a sound byte of a bigger picture.

942 days ago
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Sassy    

Lighten up. He said he was keeping $900k for himself while clearly chugging fake liquor. He was not making light of Haiti and said the promised $100k would go to them. Get a grip people.

942 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

If these people behind Invisible Children are serious, this kind of joking around is not appropriate nor funny.

After all of this I'd never donate to that corporation (not even a charity really is it, isn't it a Corp?)

They have no credibility now, IMO.

942 days ago
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Cujeaux    

Where's the invisible money Jedidiah? You're F'ed now!
You would think he would have traded in those ugly 80's eyeglasses with all of the mad money he has. Once a nerd - always a nerd.

942 days ago
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erecn    

It is very obvious that this organization has been started as a counter initiative to expose charities for wasteful spending. It's a very complex approach that seems to be done by conservatives to discredit organizations and charities that focus on third world countries. Any organization truly addressing the issues of Africa or Haiti just would not joke. You know race is a powerful thing. So powerful that you have conservatives, pretending to be liberal, to then destroy the reputation of charitable spending. It's very clear that much of this is happening. It's clear that people around Oprah Winfrey are setting her up since she was the main promotor of Kony 2012. Anything to discredit key promotors of Barack Obama. I have seen the most gut-wrenching hatred and psychological warfare tactics used by groups grasping for every excuse to discredit Obama as a President and garner report for the conservative party. Really America, do you hate us THIS much to create these reverse psychological media stories to maintain support with Christian/conservative blacks while destroying the reputation of like organizations that support Obama? Shame. Guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.

942 days ago
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