Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Black Eye for Oklahoma's Feed the Children

It's page one news in the Sooner state today: the Oklahoma City-based charity Feed the Children has problems.

Reporter Clay Nolan of The Oklahoman writes today that the charity's problems range "from the embezzlement of $100,000 at an overseas office to a major theft at an Indian warehouse."

There's more: "The son of the charity's founder [Larry Jones] had work done on his personal home at charity expense and had a charity credit card even though he is not an employee, the records show."

Even worse, perhaps, is Feed the Children's ad budget: "[A]lmost $110 million over three years [spent] not on food but on radio and TV advertising."

According to the Oklahoman's story, Larry Jones and five of the charity's directors are in a legal fight for control of the charity, which had more than $1 billion in donations during its last fiscal year.

Read the story here.

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