What Others Are Saying About the Inappropriately Named Center for Consumer Freedom

  The Public Face of Rick Berman
  Rick Berman’s History
  Quotes by Rick Berman and the Center for Consumer Freedom
  Quotes Regarding Rick Berman: Negative, Positive, and Incriminating
  Media Shreds Deceptive Nonprofit Group

  I Individuals Who Have Been Associated with Berman
  II Businesses That Have Been Associated With Berman
  III Contributions to Berman - Dollar Amounts by Company and Year
IV Organizations That Have Been Attacked by Berman
  V Documented Donations of $2,950,000 from Philip Morris to Rick Berman/CCF

Rick Berman's Public Face

Rick Berman founded and runs a trio of shadowy tax-exempt food, tobacco, and beverage industry front groups. For a hefty fee, these nonprofit organizations hire Berman as executive director. Berman then uses his own privately owned public relations company to do work for the nonprofit organization. In this way, Berman channels between 49 and 79 percent of the donations given to these nonprofit groups into his own pocket. In 1998, this amounted to more than $1 million for just one of these groups.


Berman’s trio of tax-exempt groups includes:

  • The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) The CCF attacks anyone who criticizes smoking, fast­food, or alcohol‹from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • The American Beverage Institute (ABI) The ABI fights laws designed to curb drunk driving‹in part by claiming that even a blood alcohol level of 0.08 is within the realms of responsible, social drinking.

  • The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) The EPI is opposed to raising the minimum wage, particularly in the labor-intensive restaurant industry. It promotes the specious concept that an increased minimum wage would drive the poor and uneducated out of the job market.

All three of these industry front groups parade behind the banner of free choice, which really means continued big profits for their clients.