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    Contributions to Berman - Dollar Amounts by Company and Year

    The Center for Media and Democracy has posted the following list of corporate contributors to the Center for Consumer Freedom on its Web site. According to the Web site, this information was provided by a whistleblower.

    In addition to numerous documented donations by fast-food, alcoholic-beverage, and tobacco companies, this new list includes major meat manufacturers such as Armour-Swift, Tysons, Perdue, Cargill, and Hatfield, as well as agribusiness giant Monsanto.

    A September 22, 2003, article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, indicated that Tyson, Cargill, and Pilgrim’s Pride each give at least $100,000 a year to the Center for Consumer Freedom. According to this article, Pilgrim’s Pride confirmed the yearly donations; Cargill confirmed that it has given that much in the past; and Tyson confirmed that it has given money to Berman but refused to confirm any dollar amount.

    Pre-2001 Contributions

    4 B's Restaurants $200
    Advantica Restaurant Group $10,000
    Armour-Swift Eckrich $5,000
    Bestfoods Foodservice $1,250
    Buca, Inc. $500
    Carlson Hospitality Worldwide $1,000
    Chart House Enterprises $2,500
    Comarco Products $2,000
    Country Kitchen International $1,000
    Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. $1,500
    Louise's Trattoria $500
    Max & Erma's Restaurants, Inc. $2,500
    Ruby Tuesday, Inc. $500
    Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. $1,000
    Standard Meat $17,500
    Trinchero Family Estates $10,000

    2001 Contributions

    Anton's Airfoods, Inc. $3,000
    Applebee's International, Inc. $15,000
    Cameron Mitchell Restaurants $1,250
    Campagna-Turano Bakery, Inc. $500
    Casual Restaurant Concepts $3,300
    Coca-Cola Company $200,000
    Coldwater Seafood $15,000
    Crystal's International $252
    Custom Cuts $1,500
    Daisy Brand $1,000
    Excel/Cargill $100,000
    Fired Up $6,000
    Hatfield Quality Meats $33,700
    HMS Host Corporation $50,000
    Jeff's Gourmet Pies $1,000
    John R. Daily Company $750
    Kagome, Inc. $1,086
    King and Prince Seafood $9,200
    KorBert, Inc. $300
    KPR Foods $1,000
    LTP Management Group $3,250
    Marie Callendar Pie Shops $11,900
    Mexican Restaurants $750
    Monsanto $200,000
    National Steak and Poultry $10,000
    North American Enterprises $500
    North American Provisioners $150
    Not Your Average Joe's $347
    Outback Steakhouse $164,600
    P.F. Chang's China Bistro $15,000
    Packaging Corporation of America $10,000
    Performance Food Group $15,000
    Pilgrim's Pride Corporation $100,000
    Pro Edge $2,400
    Quantum Foods $18,000
    Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers $1,000
    Rare Hospitality $15,000
    Real Food Marketing $500
    Restaurant Concepts $6,000
    Rosemount Estates (Southcorp Wines) $5,300
    Royal Cup $1,000
    Save-on Seafood $2,000
    Sugar Foods Corporation $5,000
    T. Marzetti Company $10,000
    TriOak Foods $5,100
    Tyson Foods, Inc. $100,000
    Wendy's International, Inc. $200,000
    White Castle System $43,872
    Worldwide Restaurants Concepts $1,500

    2002 Contributions

    Brinker International, Inc. $25,000
    Cameron Mitchell Restaurants $1,250
    Campagna-Turano Bakery, Inc. $500
    China Mist $400
    Coffee Reserve, Inc. $140
    Darifair Foods $5,000
    Dean Foods Company $5,000
    Eli's Cheesecake Company $1,000
    Excel/Cargill $100,000
    Good Humor/Breyer's Ice Cream $1,500
    HMS Host Corporation $25,000
    John Soules Foods $1,000
    Ken's Foods Inc. $5,000
    Michigan Turkey Producers Cooperative $7,000
    National Everclean Service $500
    Not Your Average Joe's $347
    Paradise Tomato Kitchens, Inc. $7,500
    Perdue Farms, Inc. $40,000
    Pro Clean $1,500
    Revolution, Inc. $1,000
    Royal Cup $1,500
    RTM, Inc. $64,872
    Simmons Foods, Inc. $5,000
    Sun Orchard, Inc. $2,000
    Syracuse's Italian Sausage $500
    Tyson Foods, Inc. $100,000