Jedidiah Jenkins, the Director of Ideology for Jason Russell’s Invisible Children organization, is laughing off a video obtained by TMZ that appears to show him swigging from a Vodka bottle and boasting about pocketing charity money for himself.
In the video, Jenkins can be heard slurring into the camera, “I don’t know if you heard this or not … but we won a … we won a million dollars so … pretty rad … a hundred thousand for Haiti and $900,000 in extra for me.”
TMZ claims that the footage was shot in 2010, “right after Invisible Children won the $1 million grand prize in the Chase Community Giving Facebook competition.” The website claims that Invisible Children promised to give $100k to Haitian relief efforts if they won the prize, but there’s no account of how the remaining $900,000 was spent.
RumorFix spoke with Jedidiah moments ago who didn’t’ seem to bothered by the video surfacing. “TMZ can’t ruin my reputation,” he laughed. “I’m not worried.”
Jedidiah tells us that the video was intended as a joke, and the vodka bottle was “clearly filled with water.”
“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.”
As for the $900,000 donation, Jenkins tells us, “We used it to fund school construction and scholarships in northern Uganda.”
You can watch the video below and see what all the controversy is about.