The Huffington Post reported yesterday on the 2007 demise of the highly questionable cancer charity, The Doctor Kelley Cancer Foundation. The charity was founded by Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the rapidly growing sex scandal that forced the resignation of CIA Director, General David Petraeus and has implicated the top United States commander in Afghanistan, Marine Corps General John R.Allen. Kelley and her husband, surgeon Scott Kelley, ran the charity out of their home.
The mission of The Doctor Kelley Cancer Foundation, according to it’s tax forms, was that it “shall be operated exclusively to conduct cancer research and to grant wishes to terminally ill adult cancer patients.” According to it’s 990 financials, this did not occur. The beginning balance of $157,284, was close to the amount that had been spent when it went bankrupt in 2007. Expenditures were listed as $43,317 for meals and entertainment, $38,610 for travel, $25,013 for legal fees, $8,882 for automotive expenses and $12,800 for office supplies. At this time, it is unclear as to where the foundation’s initial funds originated.
It appears as though Kelley has surrounded herself with the illusion of substance and special privilege; known as a socialite with a penchant for extravagantly entertaining Tampa’s elite, including high ranking members of the military. However, the Tampa Bay Times reports that she and her husband have faced foreclosure threats and creditor lawsuits over the past few years, consistently living beyond their means. Claiming to be on staff at MacDill Air Force Base, AP has reported that she is, “just an unpaid social liason”.
The investigation into Kelley’s background, prompted by complaints to the FBI about threatening emails received from Paula Broadwell, Petraeus biographer and alleged paramour, continues to uncover information that could further ruin any credibility she has enjoyed. Frustrated by the media presence surrounding her home, Kelley placed a 911 call to police and requested “diplomatic” protection. “You know,” she said, “I don’t know if by any chance, because I’m an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. I don’t know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well.”
Kelley assumed a position as an honorary consul to South Korea in August of this year; a position given to her because of her good networking connections. A diplomatic official explained that her title is nothing more than a symbolic one and comes without any type of special treatment.”She does not work as a real consul,” the official said.