pay shameless PR hacks to try to hoodwink the
booze and junk food companies pay professional
lobbyists millions to create phony nonprofit organizations.
These industry shell organizations then undertake
bogus but high-sounding aims, such as "protecting
consumer choice" (in reality: promoting smoking,
booze and soda pop) and fighting against the "meddlesome
nannies" -- an industry buzzword used to
describe parents who want to make decisions about
their own children's health habits.
group recently exposed one such anti-parent
PR fatcat, Richard "Rick" Berman,
who receives obscene sums of corporate cash. The
Phillip Morris tobacco company liked a scheme
Berman hatched so much -- they wrote him a $600,000
check for seed money. But that's peanuts for Berman.
Berman's front is called "Consumer Freedom"
but it really should be called "Corporate
Freedom" because it's just a corporate-funded
attempt to put as many obstacles as possible in
the way of responsible parents.
despicable industry lobbyist Berman lives large
distorting the truth for a living (the non-profit
Consumer Freedom paid Berman $254,000 in fees
out of it's $514,000 budget, according to publicly
available tax returns), and using whatever guile
he can invent to try to block parental controls
over their own children . . .