Wyclef’s Charity Might Not be the Best for Helping Haiti

Some slightly disturbing figures dug up by the Smoking Gun (via Gawker) from Wyclef Jean’s ‘Yele Haiti’ charity:

The Smoking Gun took a look at the finances of Yele Haiti, the foundation Wyclef Jean founded to help his homeland—and it’s ugly.

Jean founded Yele Haiti in 1998, according to TSG, but didn’t file any

tax returns until five months ago, in August 2009. And the returns

filed so far—for 2005, 2006, and 2007 only—reveal that Yele directed

huge sums of money to commercial entities that Jean and his business

partner Jerry Duplessis own stakes in.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.