Center for Consumer Freedom

Pull Quote - MeatThe Center for Consumer Freedom represents the interests of soda companies, meat producers, fast food restaurants, payday lenders, and more. CCF mounts aggressive public relations campaigns on behalf of its clients against any government intervention or activist campaign that would affect their profits.

Founded with seed money from Philip Morris as the Guest Choice Network, CCF has evolved far beyond its original mission fighting restaurant smoking bans. It seeks to undermine public support for greater food-labeling, food-safety, and anti-obesity proposals, with financial support from many of America’s largest restaurant chains and food producers, including Coca-Cola, Cargill, and Wendy’s.

Claiming to act in the name of consumer freedom and choice, CCF attacks the credibility of public health advocates, academics, and medical experts. CCF frequently compares industry opponents to criminals and terrorists, and unapologetically misrepresents scientific data to support its claims.

One of CCF’s main projects is HumaneWatch, which disparages the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with the intention of cutting into the group’s fundraising.

Founded: In the mid-90s as the Guest Choice Network; became the Center for Consumer Freedom in 2001; changed its name to the Center for Organizational Research and Education in 2014.

Center for Consumer Freedom Staff:

  • Richard Berman, President and Executive Director
  • Sarah Longwell, Communications Director
  • Kristen Eastlick, Government Affairs Director
  • James Bowers, Senior Vice President and Creative Director
  • Will Coggin, Senior Research Analyst
  • Anastasia Swearingen, Senior Research Analyst

Past and Present Targets: Center for Science in the Public Interest, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Humane Society of the United States, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Active Projects: ConsumerFreedom.com, ActivistCash.com, HumaneWatch.org, ObesityMyths.com, PhysicianScam.com, AnimalScam.com, SweetScam.com, PetaKillsAnimals.com, Maternity Pens.com, CSPIscam.com, CREWexposed.org, HandsOffMyBacon.com, EnvironmentalPolicyAlliance.org, GreenDecoys.com, LEEDExposed.com, EPAFacts.com, and BigGreenRadicals.com

Past Projects: FishScam.com, HowMuchFish.com, LawsuitAddiction.com, MercuryFacts.org, TransfatFacts.com, SpicySprouts.com, MadCowScare.com, and HolyVeal.com

Center for Consumer Freedom by CREW



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The advisories note that, unlike most charities, Berman’s groups funnel significant amounts of their funds to a single company, Berman’s for-profit Berman and Company, Inc.