B.A.D.D. Bikers Against Drunk Drivers. Too Bad A Charity To Give To?

badd1On November 30, 2013, under the headline “How Does BADD (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers) Spends Your Money”, I published the main findings reported by Orlando WESH TV regarding the activities of this bikers charity and what is alleged to be a very poor return of benefits to injured bikers versus the amount of dollars raised. In substance, WESH TV claims that B.A.D.D. enrich charity founder Danny Perkins via his own Canadian promotion company more than it benefits those who are victims of drunk drivers. WESH TV also reported that Florida state officials (from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees charities) have opened their own investigation into the activities of B.A.D.D.

As soon as they read my article, faithful readers Mike Infanzon and Mikey Biggus (Co-host of Monkey Butt Radio) invited Danny Perkins, who accepted, to answer their questions. I watched and listened to the interview and was quite disappointed when I observed that Mr.Perkins spent almost all his air time evading all the important questions and instead was making long speeches about himself to demonstrate how great a businessman he is by listing (outside of B.A.D.D) his personal commercial successes and financial accomplishments. His motto seems to be “I love myself. So, you should love me too.” A couple of times, Perkins stated that he would make specific answers off air (why?), something that of course that I didn’t believe. And I was right…(see Open Ed below))

Following his interview of Danny Perkins, radio co-host Biggus tried to stay in contact with Perkins to get the answers he could not get while on air. Disappointed he could not get them, he wrote the Op-Ed that I publish below this intro. I must mention that the purpose of The Cyril Huze Post is to factually report on the most interesting motorcycle industry news (bikes, products, people, events) and on all issues that may affect bikers in one way or another. This daily magazine, nor I personally, take position on allegations made by third parties, nor do I seek to confirm or verify the accuracy of these third-party allegations or their merits. However, some issues and their nature warrant making some information I am aware of available to all my readers. In this particular case, it’s up to you to determine if such information is relevant to your decision to contribute to this B.A.D.D. charity organization. For a good independent watchdog of charities, I recommend going to Charity Navigator.

badd4B.A.D.D. (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers): A Real Charity Or Just A Commercial Business Playing On Emotion? An Op-Ed by Mikey Biggus

Giving To B.A.D.D or not to B.A.D.D.? That is the question.

“Over the last few months there has been scathing internet activity as to whether the founder of B.A.D.D., Danny Perkins, was acting ethically in the way he ran the “charity”. Some are saying that the B.A.D.D. founder needed to have the smack down laid upon him. In the interest of innocent until proven guilty we, the hosts of Monkey Butt Radio, Mike and Biggus, invited Mr. Perkins on the show to allow him a chance to clear the air and defend himself against the accusations of misleading the biker community while making a lot of money.

Keep in mind that neither Mike nor I are investigative journalists, nor do we have the resources to pursue the issue full time. That being said we have been able to notice some red flags in our look at the situation. Premier motorcycle blogger, Cyril Huze, and his readers have also brought up a lot of points. See his Blog Post from November 30, 2013. Check out the comments and you will get a pretty clear picture of the internet’s verdict. Let me start with the red flags that I have been drawn to during this endeavor.

RED FLAG #1: Evasiveness. During the on-air interview, Perkins was given the opportunity to tell his story but it seemed to your hosts that the story was intentionally directed away from B.A.D.D. and towards his accomplishments as a promoter. During the later segments, when Perkins was asked direct questions by me, his answers were vague. To counter this vagueness, I asked Perkins if he would be willing to have an off air interview at which time he would be able to provide actual amount in the “B.A.D.D. emergency fund” as well as other questions about the B.A.D.D. assets mentioned in the article by Matt Grant. After an on air request and two emailed request, Mr. Perkins stated that he was advised by his lawyer to not say anything to anyone. The exact verbiage from his email “Mike. Word from the lawyers…..Keep my mouth shut !!! So thats about it until the criminal investigation against my ex staff member is done with. I will keep you posted”

badd3Which brings us to RED FLAG #2: The criminal investigation! Not only am I not an investigative journalist, but I am also not a lawyer. Perkins had mentioned on air that this whole fiasco was started by an employee he caught selling motorcycles out of Perkins’ office, who was trying to get back at Perkins for firing him. Perkins also mentioned on air that he owns the management company that does all the work for B.A.D.D. At a point during the on air interview, I asked Perkins if that management company had any other clients other than B.A.D.D., to which his answer was yes but he could not name the clients for confidentiality reasons. Here is what doesn’t make sense to my layman brain…If the criminal investigation is between the District Attorney, the former employee of the management company and the management company which is a wholly separate entity from B.A.D.D., why can you not talk about B.A.D.D. and its assets? Perkins has used this “criminal investigation” as the excuse for not being able to be completely forthcoming with information on no less than three occasions.

RED FLAG #3: The manipulations. You can’t bullshit a bullshitter. I sent Perkins an email shortly after the show. Perkins posted parts of that email on the comments section of the Cyril Huze blog post linked above (scroll down and you will find it) even though he did not have my permission to do so. You will notice that there is quite a bit of pandering in this email, with the intent of getting Perkins to drop his defenses, but just naïve sounding enough to leave the door open for the “big sell”. The “big sell” is that thing salesmen do when they got you right on the cusp and want to seal the deal. Perkins responds just like I thought he would, with an ego stroking compliment and the “bigger better deal”. Here are the excerpts from that email: “First of all, you’re hired !!!!! I will put you on on baddcentral.com as our Shitstorm cleanerupper!!! … I will make you a deal, get on the blogs and the net and start helping us out and I will return the good deed with more conversations.” Hmmmm, where have I heard about Danny Perkins offering obvious one sided deals to people? Oh yeah, it was from Kevin Bean’re and David Uhl on the Cyril Huze blog post referenced in the beginning of this article. In between those two excerpts were a couple of paragraphs about his personal assets (of which I never asked)… This dialog gives me the impression that he was trying to manipulate me, because I have used these same techniques many times in the past.

badd2RED FLAG #4: Perkins mentioned that the B.A.D.D. emergency fund was disbursed to those who ask for help and do not have a pending case. If you watch the interview on Monkey Butt Radio and listen at the 49:31 point, you will hear Perkins mention that only victims who have no chance of a court case (hit and run cases) are given money from the B.A.D.D. emergency fund. As pointed out by Cyril Huze in an email to my co-host, Mike, “All bikers who are victim of a drunk driver have a legal case”. Even if the drunk driver dies, the case still goes through the insurance company. Maybe Perkins should rename the charity B.A.H.A.R. (Bikers Against Hit And Run).

RED FLAG #5: B.A.D.D.’S Victim Assistance Director takes on cases all the way through court settlement. Again, at the 49:48 mark on the Radio YouTube video, Perkins says that the B.A.D.D. Victim Assistance Director assumes cases and wins awards of 5 and 6 figures. This is funny because if you go to the B.A.D.D. Victim’s Services page (http://baddcentral.com/victim-services/) you will see that it is nothing more than a referral page to the B.A.D.D. sponsor, Politis Law Firm. If this was a charity, then the Politis Law Firm must be doing this all pro-bono, correct? And if the Politis Law Firm is providing services for a fee as the B.A.D.D. Victim Assistance director, what happens to the revenue generated settling the court case? This one stinks to high heaven.

RED FLAG #6: Where are the testimonials? B.A.D.D. has been around for 28 years but on their memorials page they have only 71 entries for all these years? On the website greatnonprofits.org (http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/bikers-against-drunk-drivers/page:1/) you can see 76 reviews, none of which are older than October 8th, 2013. That is right…THIS YEAR! Right about the same time that this bad press started. That is too much of a coincidence for me personally. I find this lack of information disturbing.

Let’s wrap this up. Is Perkins doing anything illegal? Probably not. Is B.A.D.D. really a charity? Probably not. Here is the Biggus view on all this. B.A.D.D. is a business, not a charity. It is a private lottery/raffle. It does exactly what it is promising on the deals it makes with ticket purchasers. You buy a ticket and if it is drawn, we give you the prize agreed upon. That’s it. The business happens to write a check every once and a while to help out someone in need, but that does not make it a charity…no more than you would consider Target a charity for helping its surrounding communities with donations.

Legal does not mean right. I think Perkins is wrong (not illegal) to be touting the organization as a charity. Does he help people? Yes. Very few. Does he lend the B.A.D.D. name and help with marketing for smaller fundraising events so that they may earn more in donations than they could without assistance? Probably (the testimonials say it happened). If you don’t like it, vote with your wallet. Don’t buy his raffle tickets and don’t donate money to B.A.D.D. If you want to take it a step further, tell your friends. Remember this: when it comes to charity, any organization between you and the recipient is a middle man and they are going to get their cut, sometime a huge cut. If we all help out locally, more of the money gets to people that need it.”

22 Responses to “B.A.D.D. Bikers Against Drunk Drivers. Too Bad A Charity To Give To?”

  1. 1 Mike Infanzon Dec 11th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Thanks Cyril.

    Everyone needs to know where their hard earned dollars go to. We will be doing a follow up on giving on next weeks show.

  2. 2 James Fawbush Dec 11th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Great article. The non profits that serve good deeds and that of those in true need will be overshadowed by those that commit acts of fraud.

  3. 3 Bludog Dec 11th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    That last sentence gets to the heart of it, but still beware. Even some local “non-profits” have quarter million dollar per year administrators and bloated overhead. If you want your charitable dollars to count, do your homework.

  4. 4 Rodent Dec 11th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Mike Wallace (60 Minutes)would be proud.

  5. 5 Galeo Dec 11th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Hope it helps making bikers aware that all charities are not equal in term of generosity. A charity for bikers or to benefit its founders?

  6. 6 Donnie Dec 11th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Perkins is just a salesman.

  7. 7 Henry Dec 11th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This Perkins is very unpleasant to hear talk.

  8. 8 Fritz Dec 11th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Excellent article.

    The reason this is my favourite site is it is as much a public service site as a blog.

  9. 9 Insider Dec 11th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you Cyril & the 2 radio hosts (who should have been much tougher in pushing for answers)

  10. 10 Jo Pradella Dec 11th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    B.A.D.D. looks like Perkins’ personal commercial business and not a charity. Absorbing almost all money raised in promotion fees, the promotion company being himself, openly or not.

  11. 11 Grumpy Dec 11th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Does B.A.D.D mean Bikers Abused Day After Day?

  12. 12 Ron Martin Dec 11th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I hope he will be put in Jail !!! I bet he is goin to skip back to Canada with all the CASH he Made off all the Bikers For 28 years !!!!! He sent me a nasty email on how great he is an don’t put anything bad on badd on his Face Book page !! Or he will get the Lawyers Mike on me !! that was like March this year !! I hope Daytona Harley gets him out before Bikeweek next year !! Please Pass this on to everyone !! Don’t give this Guy a Dime !!

  13. 13 Blackmax Dec 11th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks to Mike & Mikey for trying to shead some light on this.
    And to Cyril for pursuring it to keep us informed
    There are TONS of us out there trying to “Fight the Good Fight”
    and do charity work at the grassroots level for various causes.
    But when a story like this hits, it kind of feels like a punch in the guts.
    As stated No group of people are more giving than Bikers
    But it’s a damn fool that tries to take advantage or is a FAKE, doing it for selfish gain

  14. 14 Woody's Dec 11th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Like Blackmax said-Thanks to Mike & Mikey and Cyril for keeping us informed

  15. 15 the Wolf Dec 12th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    By his own words, sounds like Danny Perkins is running a charitable gaming operation under the front 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 word “legal”…..

  16. 16 George Davenport Dec 12th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Danny Perkins is unwilling to say how much money he makes from the charity. It says a lot. Maybe his personal tax return in the US and/or Canada would reveal how “charitable” he is.

  17. 17 LoneRider Dec 12th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    This guy and his prifitable buisness really gives those legitamate biker helping charities a black eye. I hope and pray everyone giving anykind of donation checks out who the charity is and if they are really doing what they claim to. SHAME ON YOU perkins ( no I would not dignify you by capitalizing).

  18. 18 Rob Dec 13th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    It’s a shame that there are such selfish people as Mr.Perkins out there. They do not want to make a living by working but by taking advantage of people. I have donated to this charity quite a few times. This man will not see another penny from me.

  19. 19 REV.JIM Dec 16th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Something for all to remember, all charities with a board of operating officers have overhead. even if the officers listed is only1. that includes rent, utilities, insurance, advertising, etc. etc. etc. You ,me, Migilla the gorilla can apply for a 501or 501c3 charity . once you have listed all involved you start collecting money for the sake of collecting money! There are a lot of “Danny Perkins” with a legal listed charity! The red cross for instance, the C.O.O. Alone makes more than Danny collects! Charity should be just that, Charity. seek out the ones that have time, space and the like donated and NO paid board of operations! Or,drop by a children’s home, or hospital, go to the local VFW, Your church or any church, and donate directly to them. they will all supply a list of people or families in need all year! One comment stated that Mr. Perkins charity was a business, They are all a business!

  20. 20 Foot Dec 16th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’m so damn tired of all these “biker” charity organizations and “rallies”. Giving is good. Actions are better. Both should be done quietly if not anonymously.

  21. 21 ROGUE Dec 31st, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Go to the BADD website and check out who the sponsors are and let them know they are being ripped off and should be ashamed if they continue to be involved with this group.
    You might also want to let them know if they continue to be involved you will not do business with them.
    There are numerous groups that claim to being Bikers and are only in it to scam.
    Granted some are good But Check Out who ever you are looking to support

  22. 22 Traci May 1st, 2014 at 12:50 am

    So your downing a charity who puts it’s time and effort into preventing drinking and driving because they don’t spend enough in your eyes to help the victims? You should be ashamed if yourselves. I lost my dad to drinking and driving; he was at fault for being the one drinking and hit his head so hard he has total amnesia. He forgot he had a wife and three small children and never was able to fully recover from his brain injury. No amount of money in the world can replace not having him around and thank you to those who’s main goal is to teach people not to drink and drive. I will never be able to have my dad back but hopefully through programs like these others won’t have to go through the same loss

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