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First-Class Philanthropist! Sean Penn's Haiti Charity Paid For Luxury Travel

Sean Penn Haiti Charity First Class Travel Coach
Source: Splash News

Jan. 13 2016, Updated 6:00 p.m. ET

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Sean Penn's Haiti charity paid for his first class travel, IRS tax records obtained by reveal.

According to the 2013 tax return for Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization, $126,150 was spent on travel expenses in just one year.

Why the splurge? A supplemental form claims that the expense was necessary "due to his celebrity status and for consideration of his safety."


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The tax returns also state that the organization also paid Casbah Productions $278,069 for handling an annual celebrity fundraiser.

The charity gave more than 13,000 Haitians debit cards totaling $3,000,000 for relocation services from camps in the quake-ravaged country.

Penn, 55, recently made headlines for conducting an interview with the Mexican kingpin El Chapo for Rolling Stone magazine before the drug lord's recapture.

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And on Jan. 9, Penn was photographed holding hands with ex-wife, Madonna, at Penn's Annual Help Haiti Home Gala. Madonna, 57, and Penn posed happily with two of Madonna's children, Mercy and David.


A rep for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization told Radar, "The statements ... are incomplete and misleading.  J/P HRO’s 2013 Form 990 is a public document which can be found on the J/P HRO website and on the website of the Secretary of State of the State of California. The complete Form 990 shows that the $126,150 reported by represents travel expenses for the ENTIRE organization, which employed more than 300 people over the course of 2013. Additionally, the Form 990 states that J/P HRO paid Casbah Productions $278,069 for handling an annual fundraiser which, in 2013, grossed a total of $3.8 million for J/P HRO. Most importantly, 91.2% of all funds raised by J/P HRO in 2013 supported the organization’s ongoing programs and initiatives, which is well within the ‘gold standard’ for similarly situated non-profit organizations.”



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