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Rick Berman

Lobbyist Behind Front Groups Attacking Obama Power Rules

The Guardian | Suzanne Goldenberg | Posted 02.25.2015 | Green

This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. To Washington insiders he is ...

PETA Really Needs To Respond To The Charges That Its Workers Stole And Killed A Family's Dog, Then Sent A Fruit Basket

Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Arin Greenwood

It's past time for PETA to explain what happened to Wilbur Cerate's dog. Because until we know more, all we can say about this terrible story is that a family is grieving, and some professionally sinister mustache-twirlers working for the meat industry have that much more ammunition in their war against animals.

Political Consultant Encouraged Energy Executives To Use These Nasty Tactics

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

Richard Berman, the political consultant called Dr. Evil for his below-the-belt tactics, told energy executives in June that they needed to play dirty...

Answering the Haters of Animal Protection

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

It's still a wonder how anyone, in any era, could be so small-minded, so reactionary, and, because of their pecuniary or personal interests in seeing cruelty continue, so deadened to the suffering and pain of animals.

Watch: All Work and No Pay

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

You've heard about the wave of recent protests calling on fast food chains like McDonald's and Burger King to raise wages for their employees, who are forced to live on next to nothing. But did you know that many workers in sit-down restaurants may be faring even worse?

James Gerken

Shadowy PR Company Sets Sights On Green Buildings And Enviro Groups | James Gerken | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green

NEW YORK -- A front group for Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm Berman & Company is back with new targets: green buildings, green groups an...

The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates the Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children

Michele Simon | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Michele Simon

Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it's advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers' rights or curbing marketing to children. There is one organization that conveniently provides us with one giant target for all of them: the National Restaurant Association.

America's Ruling Class Hall of Shame

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Even among the few thousand members of the power elite, there are a small number whose influence is greater than the others. Here is a list of the 20 most influential members of the power elite.

Dave Jamieson

Justin Bieber Co-Opted In Anti-Minimum Wage Campaign | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

Whether he likes it or not, teen pop star Justin Bieber has been enlisted in a fight against President Barack Obama's proposal to raise the federal mi...

Rachel Tepper

Is The Pork Industry Pushing Back Against Gestation Crate Bans? | Rachel Tepper | Posted 03.21.2013 | Green

When Bon Appétit Management Company's CEO and founder Fedele Bauccio recently read a Pork Network op-ed by food industry and consumer advocate Rick B...

Ron Dicker

Meet The Mind Behind Those Notorious Ads | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.05.2012 | Business

Ad creator James Bowers works for a lobbyist nicknamed Dr. Evil. So perhaps it makes sense that Bowers has a wicked sense of humor. He wields it to sk...

Spin and Deception in the D.C. Subway

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you've been on the Metro in recent days, you might have seen an ad designed to make you feel sorry for our poor health insurance companies. So sorry that you'll call your congressman and demand he support a bill that would gut an important part of the health care reform law.

Who Is Trying to Destroy the Humane Society?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.28.2012 | Media
Richard Schiffman

Just as we require political ads to disclose the sources of their funding, we should make sure that these faceless front groups come out of the shadows and tell us up front -- on the ads themselves -- who exactly is paying for them.

Lobbyist Poses as Mechanic in Anti-Union Super Bowl Ad (VIDEO)

Robert Greenwald | Posted 04.11.2012 | Media
Robert Greenwald

Look closely. One of these "mechanics" is sporting a gold watch, manicured hands, and a brand new shirt. That's because he's not a mechanic, or even an actor. He's Washington lobbyist Rick Berman.

Dave Jamieson

Anti-Union Front Group Launches Major Ad Campaign | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A D.C.-based front group representing corporate interests will be rolling out a $10 million national advertising campaign next week to p...

Union Buster J. Justin Wilson Calls Me Outside, but Proves My Point About EFCA

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

I heard that J. Justin Wilson was going to meet me in the schoolyard for advocating for the Employee Free Choice Act. This guy is suppose to be the top researcher at the nation's top anti-worker front.

Rachel Maddow Confronts Notorious Corporate Lobbyist Rick Berman (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Rachel Maddow confronted notorious corporate lobbyist Rick Berman over his advocacy for corporate interests that are at best extremely questionable, a...

We Can't Reform Health Care without Reforming Food

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Cesca

Without any real changes in how our food is produced, the health care system will continue to bloat and fall apart. Not unlike the insides of an average American body.

Rachel Maddow vs. "Dr. Evil": Smackdown over Rick Berman's Corporate Funding (VIDEO)

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Berman has established a bevy of anti-reform "non-profit" websites that enable him to attack everything from ACORN to unions to MADD while defending trans-fats and a low minimum wage as good for the economy.

Rachel Maddow Takes on Corporate Agribusiness PR. Next Up, the Fight for Food Safety?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Rachel Maddow continues her work pulling back the layers of American politics to expose underhanded and manipulative lobbying tactics to the public.

EFCA Opponent Runs Ad Suggesting Unions Gag Employees With Duct Tape

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A top union is demanding that an Arkansas TV station yank a new ad being run by the "Dr. Evil" of pro-business lobbyists that depicts workers as mobbe...

Feinstein, Specter Compromises Pave the Way for Passage of Employee Free Choice Act

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

With 900,000 union members in the state of Pennsylvania, the Arlen Specter firewall appears to be crumbling.

The Big Lie about the Employee Free Choice Act

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

America's top CEOs have declared their top legislative priority for 2009 -- to scuttle the bipartisan legislation that would restore workers' freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life.

Union Allies Fight Back Against GOP "Meltdown Lobby" With IRS Complaint, Grass-Roots Campaigns

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Republican leaders and their conservative big business allies, including the Chamber of Commerce, have gone after workers' rights ...

Sam Stein

Unions File Complaint To Strip Anti-Labor Group's Tax Status | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two of the nation's largest unions have filed a joint complaint with the IRS, urging the agency to revoke the tax-exempt status of two organizations f...