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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