Via the Post -
Alex Rodriguez has no problem doling out dough for fancy toys and stripper gal pals – but when it comes to his two nonprofits for needy kids, he forked over little more than a measly $50,000 for the last complete year of giving, tax records reveal.
The AROD Family Foundation and AROD Foundation have distributed an anemic total of $146,746 to charitable causes since their launch 10 years ago and up through 2006, the most recent year for which figures are available, a review of IRS filings shows.
The $28-million-a-year Yankee star regularly spends oodles of money on personal pleasures – including a private plane, a yacht, a waterfront Florida mansion and dozens of other real-estate holdings, as well as scores of lap dances at strip joints.
The money distributed by his nonprofits, however, pales compared to those of other star athletes.
For example, A-Rod’s teammate Derek Jeter handed out $1.3 million through his charity in 2006 after taking in $2.3 million in contributions.
Since its foundation in 1998, the same year as A-Rod’s, the star shortstop’s Turn 2 Foundation has paid out $6 million of the $11.6 million it raised.
Meanwhile, A-Rod’s foundations have raised a total $658,766 since being set up, records show.
A-Rod’s spokesman, Richard Rubenstein, yesterday gave The Post this statement:
“Mr. Rodriguez will be closing down the AROD Foundation and the AROD Family Foundation in 2008 and distributing the funds to a number of noteworthy institutions, including the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Miami, where he started a learning center. Funds will also be donated to a select number of charities in the Dominican Republic that are dedicated to children.
“He has led by example with a number of significant and consistent personal contributions and will continue to do so in the future.”
Well, it’s been nearly 20 years since there’s been a dust up over a Yankees player’s charitable foundation, so, I guess we were due, huh?
Is it just me, or, does the Post really have a thing about going after A-Rod on his off-the-field and/or personal stuff? I mean…Jason Giambi has had his issues…with all the BALCO stuff…and I would suspect that Giambi is more of a wild-man in his downtime than Alex…yet, I cannot recall the Post going after Jason like they do A-Rod…
Or, did they and I just missed it?