8 Celeb 'Charity' Scandals

They're raising money for the less fortunate ... and sometimes also for themselves

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 29, 2013 9:59 AM CST

(Newser) – Kim Kardashian got herself in hot water recently when it was revealed that just a small fraction of her recent "charity" auction proceeds actually went to charity. But she's far from the only celebrity to get embroiled in such a scandal. Radar rounds up 14 more, including more members of the Kardashian Klan. Click through the gallery for a sampling or check out the full list of controversies here.

Kim Kardashian auctioned off her clothes on eBay to benefit Philippines typhoon victims. Nice, right? Except that only 10% of the proceeds actually went to the relief fund.
Kim Kardashian auctioned off her clothes on eBay to benefit Philippines typhoon victims. Nice, right? Except that only 10% of the proceeds actually went to the relief fund.   (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough, File)
Kanye West had to shut down the Kanye West Foundation in 2011, after it was revealed that out of more than $570,000 raised, $0 actually went to the needy. The money was used for administrative costs.
Kanye West had to shut down the Kanye West Foundation in 2011, after it was revealed that out of more than $570,000 raised, $0 actually went to the needy. The money was used for "administrative costs."   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Khloe Kardashian's husband Lamar Odom's charity has been accused of defrauding donors by not giving any of the money raised to cancer research, but Khloe insists the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy’s Kids a clean bill of health.
Khloe Kardashian's husband Lamar Odom's charity has been accused of defrauding donors by not giving any of the money raised to cancer research, but Khloe insists the IRS "has repeatedly given Cathy’s...   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
Alec Baldwin's mom runs a breast cancer charity, which was recently found to have paid Alec’s sister hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary.
Alec Baldwin's mom runs a breast cancer charity, which was recently found to have paid Alec’s sister hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes helped to raise funds for an injured Marine in 2009, but his mother had been convicted twice for fraud actually went to jail over a charity scam. A rep said Cruise and Holmes didn't know about her background.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes helped to raise funds for an injured Marine in 2009, but his mother had been convicted twice for fraud actually went to jail over a charity scam. A rep said Cruise and Holmes...   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
Madonna got into hot water when her trainer Tracy Anderson's boyfriend was accused of using funds that were meant for a school in Malawi for personal expenses including housing, a car and driver, and a golf club membership. Plans for the school were canceled.
Madonna got into hot water when her trainer Tracy Anderson's boyfriend was accused of using funds that were meant for a school in Malawi for personal expenses including housing, a car and driver, and...   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Lance Armstrong's Livestrong foundation has been sued over how donations were used. In 2011, $103 million was raised but just over $5 million was actually distributed to cancer survivors.
Lance Armstrong's Livestrong foundation has been sued over how donations were used. In 2011, $103 million was raised but just over $5 million was actually distributed to cancer survivors.   (AP Photo/Thao Nguyen, File)
Candie’s Foundation paid Bristol Palin $262,500 to act as a spokesperson, but gave out just $35,000 in grants to teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics.
Candie’s Foundation paid Bristol Palin $262,500 to act as a spokesperson, but gave out just $35,000 in grants to teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
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