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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.

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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heard the African dude put a hex on him...

939 days ago


Oh no that is no joke...he spent every penny of that $900k on himself. That is where every "charitible" organizations. income taxes are filed for all to see. These d-bags paif them selves million-dollar bonuses every year. They call it "non-profit" for a reason and it's not because they give it to charity. Check it out for yourself.

939 days ago


Yeah, uh huh...a joke. Sure. Seems the only thing the people who are associated with this know how to do is LIE and LIE and LIE. It really is deplorable. What disgusting human beings. It wouldn't matter if it was a joke, why would someone who is associated with a charity even make a video like this? If that's the case, then it's in really poor taste and the guy is a complete idiot. Should a complete idiot be one of the higher ups for something like this? NO. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to present yourself in a professional manner, doing something like this is not professional. This organization is a sham. They exploit the invisible children situation for personal gain. I really hope people stop supporting them, because the money they're donating isn't going anywhere besides these guys pockets. I'd like to know if they actually did donate any of the money to Hati, like they promised.

939 days ago


I know Jed personlly. He is a really funny and completely good-hearted guy. This was a joke. Why is everything taken so ridiculously seriously??

939 days ago


Good lord....this is getting out of hand. I think this group had a good idea - YES, we need to help others. YES we need to get rid of people like KONY...however, it doesn't mean we just donate 10 dollars and go "YEY! He is gone!" This organization is messed up. I am not saying people have to be perfect - but come on.

939 days ago


i hate charity

939 days ago

A Wood    

If it is fake then he is a good actor. I bet they'll pay him a couple hundred thousand in the next video they produce.

939 days ago


What a bunch of bullshiat. Of course they did it for the money. Charities are a joke. Just like our school system, the employees soak up all the funds and nothing gets to the kids.

939 days ago

Ester Goldberg    

I've told everyone this group is a total scam.. joke or not..NO serious Charity would have allowed this type of video to be shot or go up on YOUTUBE.. and does everyone in this group who ALSO gives to ANTI gay groups ..speak in a lisp?

939 days ago


Anybody who was stupid enough to donate should ask for their money back. I knew it was bull**** all along. Never buy into a story that's too good to be true because it is.

939 days ago


Yes, it does look like a joke. It also reveals extreme stupidity and immaturity which are not characteristics that makes me confident of those in charge.

939 days ago

Shawn Schons    

hahaha you drones see them taunting you and you're making excuses why you still think you haven't been conned. good grief. this is what all of them do. See what ben franklin said about the fake jews in america. go do it. i didn't write it ben franklin did. check out what g. washington wrote. people, you are beyond morons at this point. why on earth would he make a fake vid about that. he nor anyone else wouldn't. do you know how much hell he's going to catch over this. oh brother. you'll say, "he did it for the publicity." hahaha that's how damn dumb you are. yes you! THE INVINCIBLE IGNORANT, IS PUTTING IT VERY VERY KINDLY.

939 days ago

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Crankster,Drunks and ripoffs.Ya think?

939 days ago


TMZ is trash.

939 days ago


Anybody who uses TMZ as a credible source is asking for a heavily skewed version of reality.

939 days ago
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