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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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"Private YouTube Page" good to know

918 days ago


Am I the only one who sees this as just another shameless publicity stunt. First you have the streaking now you have the alleged drunk executive. So what next as sex tape?
I don't know, I think the viral outbreak is over. If you haven't cashed in on your 15 minutes of fame yet, I think you missed the boat.

918 days ago


"I’m not gonna apologize for being a human that jokes with his friends."

That kinda hit the nail on the head for me. This is a non-controversy. It honestly makes this group more human in my eyes, and I like that.

918 days ago


Man... TMZ is really scraping the barrel for stories. I'm glad that Mr. Jenkins isn't thrown by TMZ exploiting people personal lives for some hits on the web. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.

918 days ago


unless you've ever dealt one-on-one with the burden of trying to actually help REAL problems on the planet, don't judge people who do so and joke around a bit to attempt to keep their sanity.

what do y'all do? data entry? answer phones?

918 days ago


what a gem!
glad I didnt donate to this place

918 days ago


It was a joke. Invisible Children only kept $700,000 for booze, drugs and partying, not $900,000 like it says in the video.

918 days ago


If you knew Jedidiah, you would know that he was joking. It seems like TMZ is slow on news and needs to create stories. I still love you TMZ but now I view your news with a much stronger filter.

918 days ago


Why isn't TMZ covering this side of it, it's far more interesting than this guy's stupid video
Is it too real?

918 days ago


It's prob a joke!! For people who say you cant swig vodka like that have never been to college it really not that hard. His glasses make me think it's a joke though but either way these guys want to be taken serious but they aren't helping themselves very much. Next time be careful sending your money to these guys.

918 days ago


THIS IS EXACTLY how many NGOs operate... Libs who are looking for a free ride to live abroad...With the big SUV and logo on the door (Save da Kids Man!) and rented 8 bedroom villa full of their friends...Saving the world with a 90% rate of consumption of the donated dollar, leaving 10% for the chilens! CLASSIC!

918 days ago

Maria T.    

I do think the charity is bolony, but I don't think that this video is more that a stupid joke. First thing I thought of when I saw the video is that it has to be water in that bottle, and I can tell he is just acting drunk. I've seen my share of drunk dumb a$$e$ chug vodka before and this guy is not one of them.

918 days ago


Joking? Filled with water? Yeah, right. Like I suck my thumb. In any case, jokes were inappropriate and very bad timing!

918 days ago


Gandhi said, "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
#KONY2012 #stopatnothing

It's easy to point fingers at people. What have YOU done for others lately?

918 days ago


people see a strategically placed video and have everyone they know watch it.. yet don't take the time to really look into this so called charity that doesn't give squat to anyone in need.. just another scam.

918 days ago
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