Scrutiny has not been kind to Jill Kelley, who is mired in the middle of the scandal involving Gen. David Petraeus, his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell, and now four star general George Allen, who had extensive, possibly salacious email contact with Kelley. The latest revelation is that the cancer charity run by Kelley and her husband out of their Tampa home did a lot for their social lives, and little to nothing for cancer research.
Reports have come in that the Kelley’s “charity” was run out of their Tampa home, started with $157,284, spent that exact same $157,284, then declared bankruptcy. And what was that money spent on? $43,317 for “Meals and Entertainment,” $38,610 went to “Travel,” $25,013 was spent on legal fees, and $8,822 went to “Automotive Expenses.” That gets us up to $115,762. Something tells me the remaining $41,522 didn’t involve a lot of cancer research either.
The Kelley’s were known for lavish parties in their Tampa home. String quartets on the lawn, cigars, caviar. Sounds like it should be in a bad movie about rich people. It is, except it takes place in swampy Tampa instead of Gatsby’s northeast, and the Kelley’s aren’t rich. Apparently the cancer charity couldn’t pay for all of the caviar: they have faced foreclosure threats in the last few years.
Holed up in Tampa, with cameras instead of cellists on their lawn, Jill Kelley is likely wishing that she had never called the FBI for protection from Paula Broadwell.