A former employee of the Kids Wish Network charity says that when it comes to pictures of seriously ill children charity executives wanted to promote on websites and in brochures, the sicker the better.
Speaking to CNN in silhouette because he feared reprisals, a man who worked at the Tampa-area charity for nearly a year says he was told that a photograph he had chosen of an ill child, in effect, looked too healthy. When CNN's Drew Griffin asked him to elaborate, he said, "they want what will make them the most money."
That's just one example from the second of a two part CNN investigation into Kids Wish Network, a charity that according to tax returns has taken in $127 million in donations over the past decade, but spent precious little—less than three per cent in cash—to help dying children.
This was part of a months long investigation with the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. You can also watch part 1 of this report on-line.
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Kids Wish Network was the subject a months long investigation published in June by the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. CNN joined that investigation as it was nearing its conclusion. That investigation labeled Kids Wish as America's "worst" charity and from the available evidence, it's not hard to see why.
CNN's Drew Griffin talked to three ex employees of Kids Wish—two who didn't want their names or identities disclosed. And one who did. The one who told us her story on the record is a woman named Meanda DuBay, who worked for the charity as something called a "wish coordinator" for about six months from mid-2011 until January 3, 2012 when she was fired. She was fired, she says, because she took her concerns and complaint about Kids Wish to the charity's board of directors. Meanda DuBay was fired, he says, about 45 minutes after hitting "send" on emails to board members outlining her assertions.
Kids Wish Network has filed a civil defamation lawsuit against her but along with that, convinced the FBI to raid her house, confiscate her computers and conduct a full blown investigation for several months, all based on the charity's claim that Mrs. DuBay stole confidential electronic information. The FBI ended its investigation with no charges filed and returned all of the seized computers belonging to her and her husband.
It's a story about millions of charitable dollars flowing into a charity that says it helps dying kids.
It was supposed to be a discussion about Bradley Manning, on the RT news network. But when it was time for openly gay American journalist James Kirchick to speak, he pulled out his rainbow suspenders and went on an epic tirade against Russia's new anti-gay law. RT is a Russian state sponsored news network, or as Kirchick called it, "a Kremlin funded propaganda network." One of the most astonishing parts of this incident? The show allowed it to go on for more than two minutes. Check out Anderson's conversation with James Kirchick.
John King takes a closer look at Kirchick appearance on RT:
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The Internal Revenue Service spent millions of taxpayer dollars on everything from event planners' commissions to speakers' fees to guest prizes to parody videos at a 2010 conference, an audit of the agency shows.
The beleaguered agency – already snared in controversy over its targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status – spent $4.1 million on a 2010 conference in Anaheim, California, with "questionable expenses" comprising much of the budget, according to the report released Tuesday by the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration.