the National Head Injury Foundation? (It's
known today as the Brain Injury Association). Mouth reported on it
back in our early years (1990-1992) and found that its big donors
were bogus "brain injury rehab facilities," or, as we dubbed them,
And what did the cashpigs need?
Gullible fools they could lock up in the name of brain rehab at $1,000
per day. That's what NHIF's "family helpline" provided. Many who were
referred into rehab stayed for two to eight years in these
non-glorified nursing homes. Why? Maybe because cashpig"security"
employees prevented escapes. Third-party payors kept the money rolling
in while tens of thousands of families were fooled by bogus "progress
reports" and other cashpig cons.
During our investigations, we saw comatose people
having their hands swished in dishpanfuls of aquarium sand (coma stimulation)
and young people being led in games of Trivial Pursuits (occupational
therapy) and boys locked in plywood boxes all day (attention span
improvement therapy.) We found hospital "discharge planners" taking
$1,500 cash kickbacks per head referred to the cashpigs. Chomp.
We concluded that the best thing to do if
you get a bang on the head is crawl off under the bushes and stay
there until you feel better. Mouth's reports led to congressional
hearings and FBI investigations in 1992. Some old cashpigs were forced
to sell their holdings to up-and-coming young cashpigs. And what became
of that uncharitable charity? Sorry, but we haven't kept up. So many
piggies, so little time.
The NHIF may well have changed its ways when it
changed its name. We do note that even today the Brain Injury Association
promotes cashpigs in its magazine and on its -- you guessed it --
Charity" was Mouth's 1993 expose of
the National Hemophilia Foundation. That charity learned in 1990 from
the Centers on Disease Control that certain blood-clotting drugs --
which happened to be manufactured by the NHF's most generous donors
-- were contaminated with HIV. The foundation says now that it "didn't
want to panic its members," so didn't warn them at all.
An estimated 200,000 Americans have died or are
dying as a result. Millions more people outside the U.S. have died
or are dying from that same charitable cause.
has given at least a few bucks to the Muscular Dystrophy Association,
"Jerry's Kids." We followed the money.
Turns out that only eight cents of a gift dollar actually gets to
people with muscular dystrophy. And although Jerry himself often reminds
telethon viewers that MDA does not pay him a penny for his charitable
work, we learned that MDA does reimburse his travel expenses. On Jerry's
annual travel budget, you could fly to the moon and back.
And when his "kids" get to the point where they
can't breathe without a respirator or get around without a power wheelchair,
MDA cuts them loose. MDA "can't afford" to provide such equipment.
Jerry has called the poor creatures "half a person" anyway.
Oh NO! Mouth
is a charity too! -- but only by official
IRS standards, not by the standards of the genre. The folks who work
here -- editor included -- live below the poverty line. (Our company
car is a 1983 Chevy station wagon that the rats dragged in.)
Some things you do for love, and some for money.
Because there's plenty more that
isn't widely known about charities, we'll branch out from this page
as we build the website. We are sorry it's true and wish the world
were a safer place to call for help. -- editor