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May 19

Washington’s robust market for attacks, half-truths

A look inside an industry of distortion, where unnamed corporations pay richly to bend the debate their way

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Richard Berman

CEO of Berman and Company, a for-profit public relations firm.
BERMAN AND COMPANY MANAGES AFFAIRS AND RECEIVES MONEY FROM THESE NONPROFITS:

Center for Consumer Freedom

Nonprofit with a mission to "protect consumer freedom." Says that there are many obesity myths and attacks The Humane Society. Berman is the executive director.
OPERATES
ObesityMyths.com
Says there is an "epidemic of obesity myths."
ActivistCash.com
Compiles information about activist groups.
AnimalScam.com
Criticizes animal activism.
HumaneWatch.org
Targets the Humane Society of the United States
PetaKillsAnimals.com
Bashes PETA's euthanasia practices.
SweetScam.com
Promotes safety of refined sugars

American Beverage Institute

Trade group that represents businesses in the hospitality industry.They are critical of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and comparable groups. Berman is the president.
OPERATES
InterlockFacts.com
Against Requiring interlock usage in cars.
NoDrinkTax.com
Supports position against sin taxes.
NegligentDriving.com
Turns drunken driving conversation to negligent driving
TheNewProhibition.com
Attacks Mothers Against Drunk Driving
ResponsibleLimits.com
Promotes safe alcohol consumption practices

Employment Policies Institute

A nonprofit research organization that examines public policy as related to job growth. Opposes raising the minimum wage. Berman is the executive director.
OPERATES
MinimumWage.com
Opposes raising the minimum wage.

Center for Union Facts

A nonprofit organization that gathers information about and is critical of labor unions. Berman is the executive director.
ONLY OPERATES UNIONFACTS.COM

SOURCE: All websites mentioned in addition to the official websites for Berman and Company and the nonprofits.

Kevin Golden/Globe Staff

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