The cult TV show Breaking Bad has been encouraging fans to donate to a cancer charity that earns a grade of “F” from a charity watchdog group, according to a new report.
Fans of the AMC hit have given $125,000 to the National Cancer Coalition after the show promoted the charity on a website, reveals the National Enquirer.
The problem: NCC spends 70 percent to 84 percent of donations on fundraising, according to Charity Watch, whose president warns: “This is not a group you want to contribute to.”
Bryan Cranston’s character Walter White is a high school teacher battling cancer and AMC posted a Save Walter White Web site on its official site as a spoof, says the Enquirer in its issue that hits newsstands Thursday.
When users click on the “donate” button they are taken to another page with the National Cancer Coalition’s logo. Under the headline “Help Save Walter White,” the text announces “NCC is a real non-profit organization with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.” (In actuality NCC is given a three-star rating by the group.)
Meanwhile, Charity Watch insists that NCC “flunks our standards” and charges that the group purchases goods “for a minimal amount of money, inflates the value and calls it a ‘contribution.'”
NCC strongly disagrees with that assessment but interestingly a spokesperson for the show tells the Enquirer, “That site is not something we actively promote.”
Get all the details in the new issue of the Enquirer — on newsstands Thursday.