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

Quotes from Rick Berman and the Center for Consumer Freedom

“The crusade to establish 0.08 BAC as the uniform ‘drunk’ arrest level would have you in jail for behavior statistically safer than using a car phone.”
—Rick Berman

“[By] tightening the noose on the majority of social drinkers, we’ve taken some of the heat off a tiny but deadly minority of real alcohol abusers who drive.”
—Rick Berman

“Organic, conventional and genetically improved foods are … very similar. Modern gene scientists simply produce improved traits in food more quickly and precisely than farmers who needed years of traditional cross-breeding to perfect their crops.”
—Rick Berman

“[There is a] lack of evidence that second-hand smoke causes cancer.”
—Rick Berman

“It’s only a matter of time before America’s favorite foods wind up on the same skewer as cigarettes.”
—Rick Berman

“[The activists’] goal is to change the way people think about food. Once they convince consumers that it is unacceptable to have anything to drink before driving, or to ‘eat meat with a face,’ or that caffeine is ‘teenagers’ drug of choice,’ repressive laws, regulations and taxes are the natural next step.”
—Rick Berman

“The ‘dolphin safe’ fishing methods espoused by the Earth Island Institute … actually exact a heavy toll on our marine environment.”
—Center for Consumer Freedom Web site

“Consumer freedom is the right of adults and parents to make your own choices about what to do with your money—about what to eat, what to drink, and how to enjoy yourself. We are firm believers in the right to have a good time. Defending enjoyment is what we’re all about!”
—Center for Consumer Freedom Web site FAQ

“[Do] we have a bias? You bet we do! We believe that only you know ‘what’s best for you’—and when activists try to force you to live according to their rules, we don’t take it lying down.”
—Center for Consumer Freedom Web site FAQ

“The Center for Consumer Freedom is … opposed to actions that restrict your right to make your own choices and to extremism that endangers businesses and individuals in the name of ideology.”
—Center for Consumer Freedom Web site FAQ

“[We will create] a credible aura of backlash” through “competitive advantage scenarios.”
—Rick Berman’s strategy for tobacco, as stated in Philip Morris memos

“And what of the alarming government claim that 61 percent of us are overweight or obese? That number is based on something called the Body Mass Index (BMI). Many are unaware that the U.S. government in 1998 lowered the BMI standard by which someone is considered overweight. As a result, close to 30 million Americans went from a government-approved weight to overweight overnight—without gaining an ounce. The BMI standard also has a serious flaw: Muscle outweighs fat. Using the BMI as a yardstick, you could conclude that half of the NBA needs to lose a few pounds. So do ‘overweight’ actors George Clooney and Brad Pitt, or ‘obese’ Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
—Rick Berman

“Our offensive strategy is to shoot the messenger. Given the activists’ plans to alarm beyond all reason, we’ve got to attack their credibility as spokespersons.”
—Rick Berman