Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is living up to its name—members of the nonprofit were shocked after a mother's social host charge was dropped, as long as she agreed to make a $5,000 contribution to their group. MADD members were so outraged that they refused to accept the court-ordered donation.
The Rhode Island mother who was ordered to make the controversial donation was accused of letting minors drink in her home during her daughter's birthday party. Both the prosecution and defense in the case decided there was no evidence to support the charge. Thus, the judge agreed to have it dropped and ordered that the mother make the donation to MADD instead.
MADD works to protect families from drunk driving as well as underage drinking and was founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver. MADD maintains they refused the donation because it sends the wrong message—leaders of the organization asserted that "we do accept contributions, but not in lieu or in any kind of relationship with a sanction. Never."
According to the mother's attorney, both parties talked with the judge about finding another organization that would accept the contribution.
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