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    The Media Speaks Out Against the CCF

    "While it bills itself as 'devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices,' others describe it variously as a front group, PR agency or tool for the restaurant and alcohol industries."

    —The San Francisco Chronicle

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    Individuals Who Have Been Associated with Berman

    [Guest Choice Advisory Panel members GC are confirmed by Philip Morris documents.]

    Dave Albright National Steak & Poultry
    Richard K. Arras Perkins Family Restaurants, L.P.GC
    Steve Bartlett Meridian Products Corporation GC
    Robert Basham Outback Steakhouse, Inc. GC
    John F. Berglund Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association GC
    Dixie L. Berman Rick Berman's wife and secretary/treasurer of Guest Choice Network
    Norman Brinker Brinker International and Steak & Ale
    Mike Burita
    Jeffrey Campbell Johnny Rockets Group, Inc. GC
    Paul Carson
    Lou Chatey Sebastiani Vineyards GC
    Thomas K. Dilworth EPI secretary, also sometimes listed as research director
    H.A. "Andy" Divine University of Denver GC
    Timothy J. Doke Brinker International and Steak & Ale GC
    Wallace B. Doolin Friday's Hospitality Worldwide, Inc. GC
    John Doyle Berman and Company communications director
    Jacob Dweck EPI director
    Ann Eppard Lobbyist who has been indicted for illegal lobbying
    Frank Fahrenkopf American Gaming Association GC
    Richard Fisher Tetley USA, Inc.Guest Choice
    Robert G. Fletcher Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. GC
    Newt Gingrich Former House Speaker, received $25,000 "donation" from Berman and Brinker
    Mark Gorman
    Bill Hyde Quantum Restaurant Group GC
    William L. Hyde Jr. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse/Morton's Restaurant Group GC
    Jane Innes Perkins Family Restaurants, L.P.
    Ray Kraftson EPI director, Guest Choice Network director
    Kevin Lang Boston University
    Tom Lauria Left Berman's employ sometime in 2001
    James R. Ledley EPI director
    Jerry Levin RevlonGuest Choice
    Candy Lightner MADD founder, employed by Berman for less than 1 year
    David Martosko Guest Choice Network director of research.
    Ronald McDougall Brinker International, Steak & Ale GC
    George McGovern Middle East Policy Council GC
    Ellen Merlo Philip Morris U.S.A.Guest Choice
    Michael Middleton Cargill Processed Meat Products GC
    Dan Popeo Washington Legal Foundation GC
    Richard Rivera Longhorn Steaks, Inc. GC
    Billy Rosenthal Standard Meat Company GC
    Phillip Satre Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. GC
    Richard G. Scalise Armour Swift-Eckrich GC
    James Spector Philip Morris U.S.A. GC
    Daniel Timm The Bruss Company GC
    Carl Vogt Fulbright & Jaworski GC
    Richard Walsh Darden Restaurants, Inc. GC
    Terry Wheatley Sutter Home Winery GC
    Allison Whitesides GC