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Further reading on Richard Berman and the Center for Union Facts

Take a look at the following articles about Richard Berman’s corporate clients and questionable tactics.

Got a nasty fight? Here's your man
By Jayne O'Donnell
USA Today
July 31, 2006

Lobbyists Hide Behind Non-Profit Fronts
By Mark Matthews
May 3, 2006

Our Pious Babylon
By Harold Meyerson
The Washington Post
April 6, 2006

Mercury in Fish? Baloney!
By Aina Hunter
The Village Voice
January 17, 2006 

Striking Back at the Food Police
By Melanie Warner
The New York Times
June 12, 2005

The Escalating Obesity Wars
Nonprofit's Tactics, Funding Sources Spark Controversy
By Caroline E. Mayer and Amy Joyce
The Washington Post
April 27, 2005

Berman's Battle
Richard Berman claims to help the average consumer. In fact, he works for corporate America.
By Greg Sargent
The American Prospect
January 3, 2005

Resources & Links

A number of groups have investigated Richard Berman's activities and uncovered his questionable tactics, funding sources, and agenda.  Click on the links below to learn more…

The Center for Media and Democracy is a nonprofit, public interest organization that investigates and exposes public relations spin and propaganda.  The group has kept tabs on Richard Berman's activities for more than a decade.  Visit its site –—to learn more about Richard Berman's PR activities and front groups. 

Read the Center for Media and Democracy's  in-depth profile of Berman, "Berman & Co.: Nonprofit" Hustlers for the Food & Booze Biz ."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions.  Through Freedom of Information Act requests, the group forced the Department of Labor to release materials that revealed a cozy relationship between the federal agency and Richard Berman.  The documents uncovered that the DOL distributed anti-union propaganda from Berman's front group the Center for Union Facts, and point to an anti-labor bias in the Administration.  CREW plans to continue pressing the DOL for Berman-related correspondence that DOL Secretary Chao has thus far withheld. 

  • CREW requested the IRS revoke the tax-exempt 'non-profit' status of one of Berman's organizations charging that it has no charitable purpose and Berman is privately benefiting from the group. Learn more about CREW's charges with the IRS over Berman's front groups.
  • CREW recently sent a letter to television managers to discredit the Center for Union Facts and its television ad (LINK) and why they should refuse to air the ad based on their FCC- licensee obligations.  View the letter, here. (LINK TO A PDF of the letter) Learn more about CREW's investigation