How does BADD (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers) Spends Your Money? An Ongoing Investigation…

badd1In and out of the motorcycle industry, more and more charities bring more than dollars to support a cause,  a lot of controversy about how the raised funds are used… For the past three months, WESH 2 News, an NBC-affiliate television station serving Orlando, is Investigating BADD (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers), digging into the charity claiming to provide assistance to those who are hurt by drunken drivers. Reporter Matt Grant followed the money all the way to Miami to find out how Daytona-based BADD is spending your donations. Below, I list his findings:

According to state records, in 2012 BADD took in about $879,000, but gave less than one percent — about $8,700 — to victims. Instead, the organization spent about $200,000 on rent, nearly $32,000 on bank charges, about $28,000 on a prize display, nearly $7,000 on supplies, about $6,600 on postage and shipping and approximately $13,000 on advertising, state records show. The year before, BADD reported revenue of nearly a million dollars but gave only about $9,200 to victims, while spending nearly half a million on professional fund raisers.

Badd2“I think that’s completely pathetic,” said president of Charity Navigator, Ken Berger. Officials from two of the largest non-profit charity watch dogs in the United States reviewed BADD’s returns and said they don’t add up. Berger says he would give BADD a zero rating. “A miniscule amount of the money is going to meet the mission. Any time we see that happening we get very concerned,” Berger said. In 2010, BADD reported about $912,000 in total revenue while giving only 0.2 percent — just $2,400 — to victims. “I think it really causes people to question whether they can trust an organization like this and quite frankly, we don’t think that they should,” Berger said.

BADD has been around for 28 years and is known for its motorcycle giveaways. WESH 2 News wanted to hear directly from the charity’s founder, Danny Perkins, but after more than a month of trying it didn’t happen. Despite showing his face on a $1,600-a-month billboard, Perkins would not meet with WESH 2 News in person, citing health and legal reasons. When asked how donations are spent, Perkins told WESH in an email “the charity speaks for itself,”claiming BADD has sent out 5 million flyers and used Facebook posts to encourage people not to drink and drive. “That’s our mandate,” Perkins said. “Exposure and awareness — period.”

badd3While state filings do indicate that outreach is part of their mission, so is helping victims, which is where experts say BADD is falling short. Perkins would not reveal how much money he’s making from BADD. On state returns, he lists his address as a UPS mailbox in Ormond Beach, Florida but it turns out he actually lives a little farther south. Towering above the Miami Beach skyline, in the shadow of South Beach is the Portofino Tower. Records show Perkins lives in this “ultra luxury” high rise with a woman named Wahida Benferhat, who coincidentally is listed as the charity’s director. Records show Benferhat bought the condo worth about $950,000 in March. According to the property appraiser, there is no mortgage, which suggests the nearly $1 million condo was paid for in cash.

Records show Perkins also owns a 27-foot pleasure boat similar to one that, according to the state, is registered under the charity’s name. Despite traveling to Miami to speak with Perkins, he declined WESH 2’s interview requests… I am not sure that the BADD’s Sponsors are aware of BADD’s official record regarding the very poor amount provided to those who are hurt by drunken drivers. (thank you to faithful reader Rogue for pointing out to me this ongoing investigation)

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79 Responses to “How does BADD (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers) Spends Your Money? An Ongoing Investigation…”


  1. 1 TodT Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Wow, that is about as pathetic as they come……

  2. 2 Rodent Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    It’s about time that someone starts investigating the crooked operations that prey on bikers. good work!

  3. 3 david uhl Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    He is Always across from my gallery at Destination, always wondered about this. WOW

  4. 4 Adi Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I am sure the sponsors and all the other big people involved are all lining their pockets… this will not stop it… corruption is too filling. Shame.

  5. 5 BobS Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    For 900k I’ll mail a bunch of letters and make a bunch of facebook posts too. Shameful.

  6. 6 Doug Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:59 am
  7. 7 Greeko Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I guess all biker charities, all bike raffles should be investigated.

  8. 8 Shifter Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Share on all social networks, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc Cyril’s article. It must be known by all bikers.

  9. 9 Donnie Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I bet there are many like that sucking bikers out of money for the profit of unscrupulous “fake bikers”

  10. 10 Brett Wagner Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Cyril and Rogue. THANK YOU.

  11. 11 Semper Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I expect Rossmeyer’s to no more welcome BADD on the dealership parking lot.

  12. 12 Rodent Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Ya mean Rossmeyers didn’t know?

  13. 13 Gary Princeton Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Shame, shame, shame. What our regulators are going to do to stop this.

  14. 14 John Nagel Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    A journalist with integrity. A website with huge media weight in the motorcycle industry. I am telling you, this guy is cooked. Bravo!

  15. 15 Chris Martinez Nov 30th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    In the name of Charity, nobody easier to scam than a biker. How many of you have verified these charities? How many times a motorcycle raffle had no bike to give away and no winner? I read there are a couple of cases currently being investigated. But how many scams are not detected?

  16. 16 Bruce Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Easiest scam. Organize a raffle. Borrow a brand new bike from a dealer to show the grand prize. Sell tickets. Name an accomplice that you declare the “winner”. You got a free brand new bike with the money raised from the raffle. Nobody verifies anything…(not a suggestion)

  17. 17 Terence Tory Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I wonder if there is a great wine cellar,flights to savour French vineyards,and jaunts to the Napa Valley?.To understand the problem,you have to do in depth research.Its only fair.Mmmmmm……..hiC!

  18. 18 Shark Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This is not unusual for non-profits. A few are descent and honest behind their causes but many are designed to fiance someone living. I.em Red Cross paid $2,000,000 salary to its CEO, which was at one time, Elizabeth Dole. Presidential Candidate’s wife.

  19. 19 Joshua Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    First call of action. Don’t give even one cent to BADD while waiting for the full investigation to be completed.

  20. 20 Brandon Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    America shame. Its politicians and charities.

  21. 21 Catamini Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Are bikers generous or stupid?

  22. 22 bartsky Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Definetely a crooked operation….the guy has been living off the proceeds for 28 years or whenever it was started.

  23. 23 bean're Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I had no idea that his organization was ran that way. I did have some dealings with the guy that runs this and he even wanted me to team with him for a reality show. I was considering it and after a flight to Miami to meet with him and his producers, he stated that he wanted half of all my earnings in press radio and media for the rest of my life as a fee for “making me famous”. It gets better. He then wanting to own all rights to Bean’re merchandise and then force me to help sell it for him without any pay for me. That was the last time I ever saw him but he left me with the impression that he was untouchable and could conduct himself whatever way he feels. Oh yea, he still owes me for two flights to Miami and expenses that he said he would cover, no problem

  24. 24 Woody's Nov 30th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    These same concerns have been raised about this organization for years (including here) yet people continue to support it with no idea how/where the money is/was being spent. If people would simply do a little research on charities, much of the phoneys would dry up within a year or two and worthy ones would prosper.

  25. 25 LoneRider Nov 30th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Have heard these rumours before now they have been confirmed! Spread the word everyone needs to know this this scam “charity” will never recieve a dime if mine ever. Maybe we can drive this scam out of exsistance.

  26. 26 Drake Nov 30th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Don’t trust anyone in the motorcycle industry fund raising business. Heard a few things about others, including one, canceled but running several years in a row, where returning/injured soldiars were the prectext to empty the pockets of the who’s who of the industry. Money given to them? 1% or so. Remaining going for “marketing expenses” including huge paycheck for organizers…

  27. 27 James Just another crazy Kiwi ! Nov 30th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    It is the same across many charities .World Wide, not just the USA

    I give to 3 only

    Salvation Army

    Red Cross

    Saint Johns, who run our ambulance service over here.

    USA is the most generous of countries.
    When we had our big Quake in Christchurch your specialist’s were there straight away.
    They were brilliant and when they went home they left all their state of the art kit with our guys.

    It has not been forgotten,

    Your Taxes help many peoples.

  28. 28 Lugnut Nov 30th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Go to http://www.guidestar.org and look them up. See the responses offered by the director in one of the links provided.

    While at Guidestar, nose around. See the salaries for many of the CEO’s of the big charities. American Cancer Society, Habitat, etc. Not a bad gig if you can land it.

  29. 29 david uhl Nov 30th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I told you so Bean! He always wanted art for free so he could make me famous too!
    Always had a feeling about this guy.
    I am sure the Rossmeyer ‘s were not in on this. He just used the big crowds for those high pressure ticket sales

  30. 30 bigitch Nov 30th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    when people stand up and claim they are doing good for others.

    you ask yourself: am i the good samaritian i always thought i would be.

    its that guilt concience that you have that the bum plays on when they hold the sign on the street saying ‘god bless’ or ‘vetern’
    as they stand there wearing good shoes with a watch and a good backpack.

    you don’t make your money free and easy and you shouldn’t give it away either.

    don’t fall into the trap that because you enjoy a lifestyle, others representing that lifestyle are going to be as honest as you.

    give to those charities that have a direct effect on you or your friends only

  31. 31 bigitch Nov 30th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    is it just me or is this article under a advertisement for

    how to create a fund raiser???

  32. 32 Rodent Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    When I attended the last 3 SEMA shows I don’t see any law firms hustling the car nuts to sign up for pre-need legal services like at all motorcycle events there is at least one and sometimes more hustling bikers to sign up.
    There are a lot more car nuts, auto accidents in that huge world compared to the motorcycle world. How come us and not them are subjected to the lawyer pre need business?

  33. 33 John Nagel Nov 30th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Rodent. You asked why? Simply because bikers are the dumbest crowd on wheels.

  34. 34 Terence Tory Nov 30th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    John Nagel,and damn proud of it!

  35. 35 Jawz Dec 1st, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I for one have become extremely rigid and maybe even skeptical on all these do-gooder benefits looking out for the betterment to bikers over the years. If I don’t know or have personal knowledge of the event or charter, I’m out. The cop related toy drives or fundraisers I feel are the biggest scammers. Oh trust the law because they are the law? Bullsh**. Fleecing bikers for some reason seems like easy pray.

  36. 36 thomas Dec 1st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Dam ,, SAD ,,,,,

  37. 37 Clarke Ahlers Dec 1st, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Thank you Cyril for this posting — guy is a POS.

  38. 38 Mike Dec 1st, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Kevin and Mr Uhl. And we thought you two were already famous.

    Biggus and I are going to cover this on this weeks Monkey Butt Radio. If any of you want to speak up about it, we’ll have open phone lines. No holds barred.

    Thanks Cyril as always for not being shy about exposing POS like this.

    Mike

  39. 39 Drake Dec 1st, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I know Cyril. If there is one guy who hates all the BS of the mc business, it’s him. I know he could disclose some other scams, right and left.

  40. 40 Boss Hawg Dec 1st, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Maybe Bruce’s children Will, Mandy or Shelly @ Rossmeyer’s would like to chime in with their roles and infinite wisdom, if any, in this since BADD is front and center at the doors to their Destination Daytona empire and the facts that they do allow BADD to hawk/scalp potential Rossmeyer customers ?

    Thanks for the article. I live here and there will not be any more dollars out of my pockets nor my friends to support BADD !

    Boss Hawg

  41. 41 ROGUE Dec 1st, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I would like to Thank those at WESH 2 News, an NBC-affiliate television station serving Orlando for bringing this to my attention.
    Thank You Cyril for letting those who might not have seen or heard of this without your help.
    The more people that know about things like this the harder it will be for them to take advantage of motorcyclist and others.
    I would like to suggest that everyone share this information with whoever you can. Do not donate and or buy raffle tickets, notify everyone you see on the sponsor page and ask them to remove their sponsorship. You may also let them know you will no longer do any business with them if you do not see them removed.
    I firmly believe that the sponsors were not aware of what was really going on and when I contacted one, they thanked me.
    I am not a lawyer but sure would like to see someone who bought a raffle ticket and or provided money in some way to Sue This Organization. Better yet if the State of Florida will file criminal charges and send someone to jail that would send a message to other organizations that if they are doing things like this they will be prosecuted.
    Now of course there is something called BIKERS COURT and Yes they do dispense justice in their own way, fronded on by some BUT I can tell you It Works.
    Either way do Not Let This Get Swept Under The Rug and some slick lawyer get them off.
    THANK YOU
    PS If you know about any organization and or person you suspect of doing something like this please contact someone and ask them to investigate. The media does like to investigate and expose them.

  42. 42 ROGUE Dec 1st, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    OOPS Damn Spell Check. Biker Court comment should say frowned on instead of fronded

  43. 43 marcinmurray Dec 1st, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Here’s the response to the story from Danny Perkins that he posted Nov. 30th about the issue on the Guidestar website. http://greatnonprofits.org/whitelabel/reviews/bikers-against-drunk-drivers#r_id-189601–user_id-230227

    I’m not defending Mr. Perkins as he’s seems to be saying that very little money goes to helping victims. I’m guessing he will say that much more money is spent on awareness issues of drunk drivers hitting bikers. Regardless of his spin it would appear that little money is spent on victims.

    Also note that the information about BADD is very limited on the Guidestar site. No financials, No IRS for 990 etc. But I would point out the reviews up to November 28th are all 5 star (one 4 star from a long time volunteer but in his comments he says nothing negative about the organization).

    The only thing that will keep this organization going and it’s 2 million members on board will be a full audit of the monies including personal tax returns.

    Owning a million dollar house doesn’t mean he took the money from the organization. Could be he simply married well. He needs to be transparent with the facts.

  44. 44 Mike M Dec 1st, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    the Rossmeyers knew, the charity has purchased a condo at Destination Daytona and every employee knows not to question those people. I asked one of the girls selling tickets how they got paid. The girls get the first hundred dollars out of all the tickets they sell that day. Anything afterwords goes to the “charity”.

  45. 45 Cindy Erato Dec 1st, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Pitiful. If more people knew how these charities work they would be very selective on how one donates. Don’t automatically trust an organization until you do your own research.

    On a good note: The entrance walkway at Rossmeyers dealership in Destination Daytona will be open and clear to pass without someone blocking your way.

  46. 46 Matt Olsen Dec 1st, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    This is terrible

  47. 47 Greg Reaster Dec 2nd, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Betcha his contributions go down! But thanks to John Rogue (whom I found this out from) bringing this to the attention of the biker community, as Director and CEO of BIKERSCAP Inc. (a biker run 501(c)(3) Charity) it brings shame to the honest hard working charities that try to contribute to our respective communities, we refurbish and distribute computers to children for their education (our mission) working closely with the respective school districts, if you would care to visit us, we are located at http://facebook.com/BIKERSCAP or on the inner web at http://BIKERSCAP.org, we are 100% volunteer so we have no lavish expenses, we just focus on our mission statement.
    Question is, if BADD is a public charity, his form 990 should be available for public viewing, this would detail all his expenditures and tell the tale of where, and what the monies donated are spent on, if it be for a luxury condo, or a boat for the CEO, I do not think that is appropriate, nor do I think the sponsors would appreciate their donated sponsorships being spent as such.
    Always check out before donating, may be tax deductible, but I believe monies donated should go to mission purposes, charities, biker run or not, are here to assist our communities, it takes a special type person to get in this business, what part of NON PROFIT does the staff not understand.
    Naturally every charity/non profit has expenses and overhead, but luxury items such as a condo and boat are way out of order and it appears they have taken liberties with these donations, I myself will be monitoring this as it unfolds, please, not all charities carry on like BADD allegedly does, should be an interesting read as this is investigated, but this kind of makes me ill knowing people use a BIKER CHARITY to better themselves, get a job, you should be in the for profit sector!,
    Thanks for reading,
    Greg Reaster, Director, BIKERSCAP Inc.

  48. 48 Sluggo Dec 2nd, 2013 at 10:22 am

    WOW!!! Thats worse than the March of Dimes!!!

  49. 49 REV.JIM Dec 2nd, 2013 at 10:32 am

    It’s unfortunate that people out side the motorcycle community can so easily convince event attendees to buy a ticket or take a photo for charity. A while back A guy using the name Robert Harris fleeced the motorcyclists under the idea he was giving the money to our VETS. He had the military side car bike some will remember with all the rockets and guns and crap glued all over it, remember him? He was not a motorcycle enthusiast nor was he ever in the military. Robert just applied for a 501 and started collecting money. That simple! Turns out Robert was just a drug dealer from the Islands. The state does not have the resources to check charities or the so called charity events! What’s the point you ask? Don’t be so eager to win a motorcycle for 5 10 20 bucks it ain’t gonna happen! Ask for the charity info card when buying a ticket. It lists the contact info for the officers and how to check the winner/s. It should also have the charity’s mission statement! If they can’t provide it, then the officers are running a business not a charity!

  50. 50 Rodent Dec 2nd, 2013 at 10:42 am

    The charity that is absolutely honest is the SALVATION ARMY. They don’t run scams and really do what they say and the person who runs it gets paid peanuts compared to the rest of the charity CEO’s.

  51. 51 live2rideaglide Dec 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am

    PLEASE , don’t lump all biker associated charities or fund raisers together. Scumbags like this put a shadow on all. The vast majority of others are honest and most are volunteer efforts where most if not all gifts go to the intended purpose.

  52. 52 ron Martin Dec 2nd, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    He has 2condos 300k an a warehouse 500to keep the trucks an bikes in Daytona Who won the truck n bikes ! Show a list with info to talk with them ! $900K NO WAY A year that’s more like that’s only bikeweek at the Harley Davidson ! Its more like 5 times that ! He is at all the big events $20 bucks at a time ! With a line to give them the money. BTW He’s from Canada ! Takin the money out of the USA! I hope the State of Florida puts him in Jail that would be a nice condo for him ! Its more than a million dollars condo lol Hello Speed boats & cars ! Yep High dollar Danny WTF

  53. 53 Danny Perkins Dec 2nd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    This is my official response to this issue.

    I have been riding motorcycles for 45 years, my vintage Indian for 20.
    In 1973 My brother Kim was killed by and drunk truck driver, 5 years to the day I was hit head on
    at 60 mph by a taxi driver 3 times the legal limit.

    I was the main supplier to the Hard Rock Cafe chain for their Rock n Roll memorabila collection
    and made a fortune for 15 years doing the right thing and investing.
    I made the decision to start BADD in 1986 and busted my ass for years to get it going.
    Only 10 years ago I was still driving from Montreal to Los Angeles just to get a Boss Hoss autographed to add some star appeal to our small giveaway.
    We started the annual giveaway with 1 Bike and raised 165K. Then I had the idea of billing it the Worlds largest Giveaway which it has been for the past 10 years.

    We gave away 5 bikes on the rats hole stage in 2005, however that is only a one day event and the promoter wanted us to guarantee a winner in the audience, which is impossible with one days ticket sales.
    So I knocked on Bruce Rossmeyers door, he loved the idea of giving away 7 bikes on his stage and all he had to do was let us park outside.
    The first year was free.
    After the first giveaway Bruce met all the winners and took me in his office.
    He was ready for a long term deal where BADD would be the exclusive giveaway on his property and
    BADD would do exactly what we we doing, spreading the awareness and offering tickets to win.
    From that day on we paid 4166.00 a month for the display in front and 3500.00 for the small office across the front entrance. Thats 7666.00 each month and it was a deal!!!

    We have had a great relationship at Destination the past 8 years with many very happy winners.

    We have expanded to several other locations making the barrel very large and very full of ticket stubs.
    The prizes continue to get better every year and the support continues to grow.

    Now for the Financials

    The report was a hatchet job started by a disgruntled employee I hired to replace myself during cancer treatment and surgery.
    We caught him running a side business out of my office and he was terminated.
    I clearly told the reporter I was not in shape for an interview and that when I was I would answer all his questions.
    He decided to go nuts and show up with cameras acting like a fool.
    BADD is transparent and always has been.
    While its true we raised close to 900K last year, what was not reported was we have a very healthy victims fund.
    We pay 7600.00 a month to be at Destination Daytona, 6000.00 a month in Key West, 5500.00 a month in Branson Mo. and the list goes on.
    We travel to all major motorcycle events around the continent, that’s rent, gas, hotel, staff, food, insurance etc.
    Annual giveaway prizes cost 275,000. Then there’s the staff, 10 dedicated people that work 12 hours a day in the rain or shine at all our locations which add up to 300K in salaries. That’s over 800K and I have not touched on printing, bills etc.

    After the awareness program which is our main mandate, there is no money left at the end of each year. We see millions of people a year and still have never said no to a victim EVER.

    As far as the charge of different revenue reports, BADD is a Canadian based charity doing business in the US under the free trade agreement. We are required to file a state report in each state we operate in however no IRS report is required. We have created a new US BADD entity 501 C3 which only started operating here this year.
    The hack reporter knew all this.
    He also did not report on the fact that BADD paid for the complete funeral costs of Coral Springs victim Jack “Angel” Regan which was over $8700.00, or $980.00 to widow Dawn Davis trying to get on with her life and her new baby after her husband was destroyed.
    Or the $1500.00 we paid to give back some dignity and self esteem to a woman who was left for dead by a drunk driver, all she wanted was a new pair of teeth. Or the 1000.00 we donated to Ron Catronio Big Bike Rides Childrens charity.
    All these and more in the recent past, and he knew all about them.

    Bean’re you are a rock star, and had we done that show you would most definately would be the rich man you deserve to be.

    I have over a million miles under my belt and just beat cancer, I m very sure I will beat this bum rap also.

    I spent the entire week here at Destination to meet and talk with anyone who had questions.
    3 Riders arrived pissed off, 2 donated 50.00 each after a 3 minute conversation.

    I dont give a shit what you say about me, BADD is clean and I welcome a State and IRS investigation.

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out

    Danny Perkins
    Founder
    BADD

  54. 54 Ron Martin Dec 2nd, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Real Sad !!! The State of Fla Needs to get Him Before he skips of to Canada !!
    Its people like him that give a BADD name to the Bikers !! BTW He has 2 condo’s at $300 k each in Daytona !! That’s Real Nice !!! $1,000,000 a year B.S. More like a Mill a event !!!!

  55. 55 Brett Wagner Dec 2nd, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Danny Perkins’ answers are incomplete and misleading. For ex. among many, when he talks about monthly rent, it’s rent only for 1 month, not monthly rent for one year. And his numbers don’t add up anymore. And he confirms a very tiny percentage returning to bikers (he forget to mention it’s on several years, even not 1 year) His writing sounds to me like the one typical of a fast talker.

  56. 56 Rodent Dec 2nd, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    The Biker World has its own Bernie Madoff

  57. 57 Heavy Metal Dec 2nd, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Hmmmm, wonder what Mr. Perkins personal salary is for all this philanthropy? And his wife’s too?

  58. 58 J Dec 2nd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Danny epitomizes what a con man is- he knows he can wave the deception of his organization in our faces, and there is nothing we can do.

    Danny, your numbers don’t snow me.

    The way to run a con like this (and sadly, there are many doing it) is to make the point that “If we didn’t exist, then the cause would receive absolutely zero, instead of the few thousand that it sees thru our organization”

    Yeah, thanks for that, Danny.

    The bottom line here is very clear- BADD exisits for it’s own benefit, period. The token money they feed to the actual cause is an insult to any victim of drunk driving.

    Because Danny understands that most people contribute to a charity out of a sense of guilt, he understands that there will ever be any real accountability for his actions- people don’t ask questions after they’ve given the money, they’ve mentally checked out of the equation at that point.

    Well played, Danny- you’ve identified a vulnerable market, and you’re preying on the weak.

    If there is any justice in the world, each and every member of this forum will spit on Danny’s booth at the next Daytona- he’s taking full advantage of the laws that enable him to exploit a weakness in human nature, and laughing all the way to the bank.

    The fact that he came on this forum to “defend” himself with his drivel demonstrates how callous he truly is- he’s untouchable, and he knows it.

    How bout those salaries, Danny? Still waiting……

    Yeah, I thought so.

  59. 59 Greg Reaster Dec 2nd, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Well, I am still following this, Mr. Perkins, I did note you have a 501(c)(3), which is parked right above ours on the IRS master file, if you are not afraid, I am formally requesting a view of of your 990 under federal law, please, you may post in this venue to dispel the allegations about you.
    Quite a dance your reply was, I am impressed, but, we are WATCHING you! More importantly, I think John Rogue is watching you, John? Love to chat about this with you, I will NOT allow this hard working, honest charity (no 900k donation, just want to help kids) to be placed in the mix with Mr. Perkins, kind of gives biker charitys a sour name, one bad apple (in no way insinuating that is what Mr. Perkins is) can contaminate and tarnish the image of all biker run charities, I hope all the readers understand that!
    Mr. Perkins needs to be in the in the for profit world, he does well with it, you think?
    Greg Reaster
    CEO, BIKERSCAP Inc.
    a REAL 501(c)(3) Charity

  60. 60 Terence Tory Dec 2nd, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Danny Perkins,regardless of the financial details swirling around like a dusty twister,I see it has been a great little business for you and staff and kind.It might be a good cause to focus on the drunks that kill,but you appear not to be a frugal Jesus in sandals.

    I think you are a bit confused when you say “We paid”.The reality is the people who donated to you in trust,payed to help people out,not you.

    Shakespeare said something about : “He defends himself too well”.

    If I ran a business bent or true the last thing I would do is sprout out long lines on a blog site if I was attacked.That’s what lawyers are for.The “disgruntled employee” line is an easy one to mouth.

    The truth,whether good or badd,will come out in the end.

  61. 61 nicker Dec 2nd, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Way too many charities are simply a “full employment venue” for the ethically challenged…… 🙁

    -nicker-

  62. 62 Martin Twofeather Dec 3rd, 2013 at 1:29 am

    The sickest part of all of it is their living large on what really could help alot of people,but in the end they will fall and hopefully lose the empire of greed they have built…

  63. 63 Woody's Dec 3rd, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I think Mr. Perkins has done an amazing job. I’ve asked dozens of people, “Do you know what a drunk driver is?” and they all knew.

    (IMHO We encourage abuse when we pay “these people” to do good in our name. Names like Jim Bakker & Jimmy Swaggart come to mind also.)

  64. 64 Mike Infanzon Dec 3rd, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Mr Perkins…

    I’d like to extend an invitation to join us tonight on Monkey Butt Radio. The studio number is 602/399-7787. The radio show starts at 8pm EST and I would welcome your side of the story for all to hear it in your own words. I’ll clear the entire hour if you’ll join us.

    Let me know. You can email me info at monkeybuttradio.com.

    I’ll also offer the invite to any who would like to listen live. You can catch it right from the listen live link on the website or the YouTube channel (monkeybuttradio).

    In the US we are innocent until proven guilty.

    Mike

  65. 65 Ron Martin Dec 3rd, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Short fall from the Limo to the gutter

  66. 66 Mike Infanzon Dec 3rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    FYI. I got an email from Mr Perkins accepting my invitation for the interview.

    Cyril- this is your story. If you’d like to join us, I’ll make room.

  67. 67 Sasha Dec 3rd, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Sigh. I have not had dealings with this man from BADD but have certainly heard things. I’m very sad about this news. His explanation that he posted, oh, please, please, sir, do not be lying. There seems to be an enormous amount of expenses for a charity. But I don’t know all the facts here. What I do know is that it seems like in every direction there’s someone trying to get one over on another. It’s just devastating in so many ways! Too many kind hearts get used and abused.

    Well, a story like this might be the tip of the iceberg with not only fraud charities, but fraud organizations and fraud people in our culture. There are frauds very close within our circles with whom I, too, have had dealings while working as an event planner.

    They are continuing their frauds and ego driven charades in the wide open and sadly there are wonderful folks who are smitten with their bull crap and some who, as a result of trusting these hideous, lying, selfish, greedy, insane individuals have experienced damage to their businesses and careers.

    I have been such a person who has been burned and as a result I have basically reduced my role working in an industry that I had loved so much and that was once so awesome and simply all about the love of motorcycles and riding and extending one’s family of passionate riders. Deeply saddened and angry by these dirty liars and cheats, I wrote and recorded a song called Ride or Die and made it a free download.

    These trolls don’t know when to quit and they will appear to be oh so charming and oh so authentic, and oh so dynamic and amazingly generous, and oh so believable they will even call you friend but they are life sucking horrors and will tell you stories upon cesspool stories to cover up their toxic lies.
    I might sound like Jesus here, but I really do want them to just stop such evil and be good people!

    May the truth continue to be revealed. Just let the truth be known.

  68. 68 Mike Infanzon Dec 3rd, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Here is the interview with Danny Perkins from tonight’s show.

    http://youtu.be/HVmyyXsoZv8

    Thanks Cyril.

  69. 69 Danny Perkins Dec 4th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    From Mike to Danny Perkins after the radio interview:

    Thank you again for the interview Tuesday evening. I must admit, I was siding with the internet before we talked. Two comments you made slammed the brakes on an interview that was initially intended to be a thrashing.

    The first comment was that B.A.D.D. helps people with no suits in the works, those with no other recourse. Why did this drastically change the direction of the interview? To me personally, this is true beneficence by helping those who cannot be made whole by the justice system. As soon as this comment was made and re-emphasized, I was literally at a loss for words because this is what I believe should be at the core of a charitable organization. This is what differentiates between a handout and a hand up.

    The second comment was regarding that the people need to actually ask for help. If B.A.D.D. went around offering money, nobody would say no to it. Making people ask for help allows nature to handle a majority of the work in determining who is deserving and who wants more than what is fair. Again handout vs. hand up. This is a necessary business practice that I feel is being construed by the masses as greed via an unwillingness to seek out those in need.

    I think if we elaborate on just these takes on these two issues, you can turn around a lot of the negative internet buzz. I do not believe the masses are hearing the message properly. These are business issues and I will be the first to admit that the masses are mostly business ignorant.

  70. 70 Terence Tory Dec 4th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Q:”differentiates between a handout and a hand up”? I doubt the people who donate to MADD consider people who have suffered a drunk driver death “handout” recipients in any event or in any case .

    Hire a PR guy so your message is not as incomprehensible as it has been in your recent posts.I would hazard a guess that people merely see you as a person with a great deal of personal assets earned from MADD donations.Q:”I do not believe the masses are hearing the message properly”,maybe they are not hearing “your” version of the message properly.

    Danny Perkins,quit blogging while you are ahead.

  71. 71 Bruce Reynard Dec 4th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    All your talk is blah, blah, blah. Mr. Perkins. How much money do you make from BADD versus what you give back to injured people? A simple question to which readers want an answer.

  72. 72 Woody's Dec 4th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    The only things that really matter to me is how much of the money went to something useful vs how much went to personal enrichment. If I collect a million dollars and give a sleeping bag and a million dollars to a homeless person, am I a legitimate charity? After seeing the gold-plated fixtures in the bathrooms of a certain televangelist, the bliders are off and Pollyanna is banished.

  73. 73 Woody's Dec 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Well THAT was confusing! I meant to type, ” If I collect a million dollars and give a sleeping bag and an apple to a homeless person, am I a legitimate charity?”

  74. 74 Mike Infanzon Dec 4th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Woody- from what I’ve read and have knowledge of, the answer to your question is yes. In all legal terms I think. But what Biggus and I were asking last night leans more towards the stated mission of the organization. Biggus is in dialogue with Mr Perkins on this and a few more topics.

    Honestly, my personal take on this is that there are a few red flags out there. Are they explainable? Sure. Well, we will see. After a 45 minute conversation with Mr Perkins I came away feeling that he runs BADD like a business and he’s a businessman. He seemed genuine. For the mission of BADD I hope that everything is settled quickly. If it turns out that those who were quick to condemn were wrong, I’d hope Danny shows a little grace and forgiveness. But I’m for giving a man a fair shake. To many times I’ve been judged unfairly as I’m sure most of us have.

    We are going to keep Cyril updated on all the dialogue and answers to the questions people have. Until then…

    Twist the throttle.
    Mike

  75. 75 Blackmax Dec 4th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I watched the interview on YouTube, but I still have questions ?
    I understand about legalities, but if it is a 501c3 why aren’t the FULL finances available for all to see
    Something just does not ring true….
    Having been involved with a biker children’s charity for over 15 yrs
    (see http://www.afr-1982.org ) I know what it’s like to work your butt off for little or no return
    But we keep at it having gone from one of the biggest in the midwest to barely scraping by
    But all of our info is open for the public to see
    & we still manage to get kids some of the things they need, especially this time of year.
    Bikers are among (if not the) most generous people on the planet Earth
    They support various charities but all of them are diminished but those who would misuse a biker trust. And it reflects badly on all of the rest of us

  76. 76 Woody's Dec 5th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Thanks Mike, that’s what I meant, and I’m a spirit of the law guy more than a letter of the law. I prefer to think of business as producing useful goods opposed to simply living off a large share of a charity. I don’t begrudge recouping expenses but if someone’s making a living off running a private charity they have a moral obligation IMHO to be upfront about the split. I’d have more respect for a sidewalk panhandler with a sign that says, “need money for vodka-please help”.

  77. 77 J Dec 6th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Eh, problem is that while everyone is sitting back and listening to even more BS from this guy, he continues to collect more money.

    It’s really very simple- Danny has figured out how to game the system- he’s breaking no laws, he’s just taking advantage of their shortcomings.

    The secret for Danny- just like any cockroach- is to stay out of the light.

    The solution to the Dannys of the world is to shed more light on them- if they’re honest, they’ll gladly prove it with complete and open financials.

    The problem with the Dannys is that once you hit them with a hammer, they tend to scatter like mercury- he’ll just fold up this shop and move on to the next “cause”, because it’s all they know.

    There’s nothing new or even remotely bright going on here- just the same old flim-flam, perpetrated by a smooth-talking sociopath.

  78. 78 the Wolf Dec 11th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    By his own words, sounds like he is running a charitable gaming operation under the name of a charitable giving organization. If he is so weathly, like he says he is, than if he really cares about the victims that he claims BADD is helping he would pay for all the overhead out of his own pocket. All my truly rich friends never tell me how rich they are and they give lots of money to great causes. The people I meet that tell me how much money they have are always looking to line thier pockets with my money………Danny: this “miscomunication” you talk about can go away with a simple list of all the money BADD has paid out to victims over the 28 years along with the amount BADD has taken in over the same time period. You can take that right of the tax forms you fill out every year for BADD ……….my guess is you will never openly publish this information…..and if you did your overhead would be in the high 90% range……which makes you a very bad charity to give to even if you hide behind the words “legal charity”

  79. 79 thug Apr 16th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Being one of the newest sponsors of B.A.D.D. we were allowed to look at the books talk with the founder Danny, discuss the headlines and talk, and see that the organization was copacetic and in the green.
    After doing so we decided to be a part of B.A.D.D. and are donating one of our custom Bobber’s to them to help create awareness in this country.
    And let me tell you this, we are not a large company by no means, and as a company we really don’t have clout to do this, but after meeting B.A.D.D. at Daytona and seeing what is really done for the victims we said we need to help at any cost, and that’s what we are doing. We are not rich men here, just everyday Joes, but we as a company are scrapping up what ever we can in and around our shop, doing without for a little bit to make this happen.

    You can look at any charitable organization and see or say you see a flaw or a scam, but till you truly see the real numbers don’t judge. Anyone can find the bad in anything in this world but as a society we need to try and see the good in everything and only then will we be happy.

    The realistic side of it is that anyone who has ever tried to raise money for any cause knows it cost money to raise that money. And hey it might cost you 100.00 to make 10.00 but that the risk we take to do good.
    Just look at the bigger picture here and not the dollars and cents, and you will see that these people really help. And I know we will not be eating those words but be lifetime sponsors.

    Tom & Jack

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