Its shameful when well-heeled celebrities are associated with a charity heist. Lady Gaga is the most recent on the list to be involved in such a scam.
Ms.Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation's 2012 federal tax report exposed that, out of more than $2 million it held in assets, a mere $5,000 was actually donated to charity.
An astonishing $808,661 was spent an “other" category. So, nearly $2 million was spent publicizing a foundation that raised $5,000 for preventing bullying and encouraging tolerance.
In the spirit of the recent celebrity suspicious charity involvement, here are some other celebrities whose names have mixed with charity scandal.
Kim Kardashian’s eBay charity auction of clothes from her closet donated only 10 percent of the proceeds to Philippines typhoon relief. She did not respond to her fans’ fury at the low amount.
A group of ex-supporters took Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation to court on the basis of how their donations were distributed. In 2011, for example, the charity brought in $103 million but distributed a paltry $5 million to cancer survivors. Livestrong responded that the donors were well-informed of the charity’s mission and use of funds.
Kanye West closed the Kanye West Foundation after revelations that the charity garnered more than $570,000, using the entire amount on “administrative costs.” West’s representatives did not respond to requests for a comment.
Madonna was forced to stop plans of building a school through her Raising Malawi foundation when her trainer Tracy Anderson’s boyfriend, Philippe van den Bossche, was accused of letting the charity use school funds for personal expenses including free housing, a car and a chauffeur.
Lady Gaga is a second-timer on the infamous list.
Legal action was taken again Ms. Gaga in 2011 for allegedly profiting from the $5 charity wristbands sold on her website for Japan earthquake relief. She insisted that the entire $5 donation supported disaster relief, and that no profit was being made on shipping costs.
In 2009, Paula Abdul reportedly gave only 10 percent of the proceeds from an eBay charity auction to the American Humane Association. Nonetheless, the Association publicly expressed thanksto Paula for her support.