Outside the HSUS

In the News: Richard Berman and his Misnamed Nonprofits

Berman is a well-known lobbyist for tobacco, alcohol, and agribusiness interests

The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) is only the latest in a series of organizations that Richard Berman, a well-known lobbyist for the food and restaurant industry, has targeted in an aggressive public relations campaign. Berman and his organization, The Center for Consumer Freedom, tend to go after consumer-protection groups including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and more. Over the years, Berman has fought against restricting drinking and driving, mandating healthier foods, and raising the minimum wage.

“We run all of this stuff through nonprofit organizations that are insulated from having to disclose donors.” Richard Berman

We encourage our readers to learn more about CCF and the man many call a “hired gun” for corporate interests in the growing public debate about food. What follows below is a sample of media coverage about CCF and Berman.


Articles and Editorials 

Articles and Editorials prior to 2012

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