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July 31st, 2013
06:48 PM ET

How George Clooney spends his Nespresso ads money

It's long been the dirty little secret of A-list celebrities who want to make some extra cash without looking like a sellout: They appear in commercials in far away places, with fingers crossed that the ads won't tarnish their reputations as Hollywood cool kids.

But actor George Clooney says he has a good reason for appearing in ads for Nespresso coffee.

Clooney recently revealed he has been using most of the money from those commercials to pay for a spy satellite that he helped install to look over Sudan. He said he started the satellite program to keep tabs on Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir.

Clooney has been a vocal activist against Sudanese war crimes for years. CNN's Jake Tapper interviewed Clooney on ABC's "This Week" back in 2010 about the issue.

"These things have been happening in the dark for a long time, what happens with that is, that the other Arab communities, the Chinese, they all have the ability to deny it, to say it didn't happen. We're going to be able to, you know, not show it afterward, but show it beforehand – that there were plans, that there were tanks lined up, helicopters online that are about to commit atrocities," said Clooney.

The Satellite Sentinel Project tracks the movement of Sudan's army and tries to warn civilians about the threat of an attack.

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