Sound Bites Regarding Rick Berman and the Center for Consumer Freedom
To the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), free choice means big profits—without health warnings or accountability.
The CCF is a big-name group with a small membership and a few very large contributors. Most of the "donations" go directly to Rick Berman, as executive director, or to his privately owned public relations company, Berman and Company.
Berman denies product liability when it comes to tobacco, alcohol,
or unhealthy fast food. Not only does he deny the unhealthy aspects
of these products, but he attacks anyone who attempts to publicize
or educate the public about them.
Berman is a nonprofiteer—he's someone who makes an unreasonable personal profit from donations to a nonprofit society.
"Is moving the majority of donations from a non-profit [that]
you control to a for-profit [that] you own what the IRS intended
for non-profit status?"
—Jeff Nelson, president of VegSource Interactive Inc.
"The Center for Consumer Freedom has absolutely nothing to do with consumers, but it has everything to do with maximizing profits for major restaurant-and-bar chains."
—Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest