Richard Berman's Front Groups and Projects:

ActivistCash

ActivistCash is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom disguised as a public education resource that denigrates non-profit and activist organizations, especially those critical of the food and beverage industries.

American Beverage Institute

The American Beverage Institute protects the interests of alcoholic beverage retailers like restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys. The group broadly opposes policies that seek to punish or prevent drunk driving.

Center for Consumer Freedom

The Center for Consumer Freedom is a front group for the food and beverage industries that attacks any government regulations or activist campaigns that would affect their profits.

CSPI Scam

CSPI Scam is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom solely dedicated to criticizing the Center for Science in the Public Interest and attacking its research on health and nutrition.

Employment Policies Institute

The Employment Policies Institute opposes government mandates on employers, most notably increases in the minimum wage, on behalf of the restaurant and retail industries.

Interlock Facts

Interlock Facts is a project of the American Beverage Institute that seeks to block nearly all attempts to install interlock ignition devices in cars.

Teachers Union Exposed

Teachers Union Exposed is a project of the Center for Union Facts that spreads false and defamatory information about teachers unions nationwide.

Center for Union Facts

The Center for Union Facts works hand in hand with business interests that oppose unionization of their employees to harass, attack, and undermine labor unions.

Econ4U

Econ4U, also known as the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Literacy, is a joint project of the Employment Policies Institute and the First Jobs Institute that promotes economic information and personal financial advice from a pro-business perspective.

Rotten Acorn

Rotten Acorn is a project of the Employment Policies Institute that spreads negative information about ACORN, the now defunct community organizing group for low- and moderate-income people.

PETA Kills Animals

PETA Kills Animals is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom that smears People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and promotes negative information about the group’s practices.

Animal Scam

Animal Scam is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom that denigrates animal rights activists and criticizes their advocacy campaigns.

Physician Scam

Physician Sam, also known as PCRM Scam, is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom that disparages the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

SweetScam

Sweet Scam is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom representing the interests of high-fructose corn syrup producers that disputes scientific findings about the nutritional value of syrup and sweeteners.

Rethink Reform

Rethink Reform was a joint project of the Employment Policies Institute and the Enterprise Freedom Action Committee that spent $10 million attempting to derail federal health care reform legislation.

Defeat the Debt

Also known as Debt-clock and US-debt-clock, Defeat the Debt is a project of EPI that issues alarmist warnings about the U.S. national debt and opposes increasing the tax burden of the wealthiest earners.

HumaneWatch

HumaneWatch is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom entirely dedicated to spreading disparaging information about the Humane Society of the United States with the goal of drying up the organization’s fundraising.

Step Up Wyoming

Step Up Wyoming is a project of Teachers Union Exposed that attacks Wyoming’s teachers union and advocates for anti-union legislation.

Labor Pains

Labor Pains is a blog hosted by the Center for Union Facts that promotes negative information about unions.

Employee Rights Act

Employee Rights Act is a joint project of the Center for Union Facts and the Enterprise Freedom Action Committee that advocates for an anti-union bill of the same name.

No Drink Tax

No Drink Tax is a project of the American Beverage Institute that opposes federal, state, and local attempts to increase taxes on alcohol.

Worker Centers

WorkerCenters is a project of the Center for Union Facts that disseminates a message that worker centers are labor union by another name.

Obesity Myths

Obesity Myths is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom that downplays the public health effects of obesity and disputes scientific findings linking obesity to nutrition and diet.

Maternity Pens

Maternity Pens is project of the Center for Consumer Freedom and HumaneWatch that defends the use of gestation crates used by pork producers and criticizes the arguments of animal rights activists.

Vote Our Future

Vote Our Future was a project of the Employment Policies Institute during the 2012 election cycle that sought to build support among young voters for candidates favoring cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

MinimumWage

MinimumWage is a project of the Employment Policies Institute that opposes all federal, state, and local efforts to raise the minimum wage, and promotes misinformation about the consequences of minimum-wage increases.

TippedWage

TippedWage is a project of the Employment Policies Institute that opposes efforts to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees.

Negligent Driving

Negligent Driving is a project of the American Beverage Institute that attacks anti-drunk driving efforts by contending that factors other than drunk driving are responsible for traffic fatalities.

The New Prohibition

The New Prohibition is a project of the American Beverage Institute that attacks government agencies and activist groups opposed to drunk driving by absurdly claiming that they secretly want to revive Prohibition.

Protecting Bad Teachers

Protecting Bad Teachers is a project of the Center for Union Facts that attacks teachers unions in Newark, New Jersey.

UNITE HERE Exposed

UNITE HERE Exposed is a project of the Center for Union Facts that disparages the service workers union UNITE HERE and accuses the union’s leadership of corruption.

SEIU Exposed

SEIU Exposed is a project of the Center for Union Facts that disparages the Service Employees International Union and accuses its leadership of corruption.

Enterprise Freedom Action Committee

The Enterprise Freedom Action Committee is Berman’s most election-oriented non-profit, and has spent substantial sums of money opposing the Employee Free Choice Act and federal health care legislation.

First Jobs Institute

First Jobs Institute is a non-profit that disseminates industry-friendly economic information and free-market ideology disguised as an effort to promote economic literacy.

Family Coalition

Family Coalition is Berman’s most mysterious group, and appears to exist solely to funnel money to other Berman non-profits.

Humane Society for Shelter Pets

The Humane Society for Shelter Pets complements the work of the Center for Consumer Freedom’s HumaneWatch by encouraging the public to donate to local animal shelters instead of the Humane Society of the United States.

CREW Exposed

CREW Exposed is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom that attacks Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which operates BermanExposed and is a persistent critic of Rick Berman’s corporate fronts.

Bad Idea California

Bad Idea California is a project of the Employment Policies Institute that argues against raising the minimum wage by claiming that a 2013 increase in San Jose’s minimum wage had negative consequences.

Interstate Policy Alliance

Interstate Policy Alliance is a project of the Employment Policies Institute that coordinates with free market think tanks on the state and national level in order to oppose regulations on businesses.

Responsible Limits

Responsible Limits is a project of the American Beverage Institute that claims it is safe to drive with a blood alcohol content lower than .08 and argues that distracted driving is a bigger problem.

AFT Facts

AFT Facts is a project of the Center for Union Facts that disparages the American Federation of Teachers and personally attacks the union’s president, Randi Weingarten, with its "Ask Randy Why" page.

Environmental Policy Alliance

Environmental Policy Alliance is a project of the Center for Organizational Research and Education that attacks environmental advocacy groups and fights against environmental regulation by the government.

LEED Exposed

LEED Exposed is a project of the Center for Organizational Research and Education that attacks the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system and promotes misleading research about the system’s effectiveness.

EPA Facts

EPA Facts is a project of the Center for Organizational Research and Education that disparages the Environmental Protection Agency and claims that environmental regulations will hurt the economy.

Green Decoys

Green Decoys is a project of the Center for Organizational Research and Education that claims several sportsmen, hunting, and fishing groups are actually fronts for environmentalists.

Big Green Radicals

Big Green Radicals is a project of the Center for Organizational Research and Education that attacks environmental advocacy groups, particularly the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, and Food & Water Watch.

Hands Off My Bacon

Hands Off My Bacon is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom representing the interests of pork producers that celebrates bacon consumption and attacks animal rights activists and public health advocates.

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Experts: Nothing Charitable About Berman's Front Groups

Charity Navigator, an independent authority on charitable giving, has issued donor advisories against five Berman front groups:

The advisories note that, unlike most charities, Berman’s groups funnel significant amounts of their funds to a single company, Berman’s for-profit Berman and Company, Inc.

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