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July 19, 2010
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July 19, 2010
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The Center for Consumer Freedom is a corporate attack group who's sole purpose is to attack groups that are working to improve society. Targets of CCF are Mother's Against Drunk Driving, Center for Disease Control, PETA, The Humane Society of the United States. CCF is non-profit in name only, Most of their funding is through anonymous corporate money.

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This organization fights every meaningful reform in animal welfare.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the IRS change its' non-profit status.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Nothing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Protecting their self-interests or those of the corporation they were fronting for.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Destroy a lot of good causes in the US>

Ways to make it better...

They were not used to spread lies and misdirection about good groups.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The truth about them getting out.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Do the research, before you believe their lies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 19, 2010

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June 19, 2010

See Front Page Story in New York Times dated June 18, 2010. The information is pretty much all right there. You make the call. I think I'll sit their fundraisers out, fwiw.

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I should say that the idea that to review a charity on guidestar requires one to associate a date of "experience with" that charity is well-intented but should not be required. I just posted a New York Times story date, which is useful information, right?

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2010

May 21, 2010
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May 21, 2010
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I had come across various sources from CCF and some of the campaigns they are running. I questioned their motives and wondered why they would be attacking these particular organizations, such as Mother's Against Drunk Driving and the Humane Society of the United States. After doing a bit of research, it was clear that the CCF is being paid by the industries that profit off of alcohol and meat or fast food, industries whose bottom lines might be affected by the charity organizations they've sent attack dogs on. CCF is nothing more than a paid mouthpiece, doing the talking that the corporations don't want to do because it would be bad for their image. Don't fall for the CCF or any of their misinformation campaigns. Stay healthy, keep drunk drivers off the street and continue to fight for the welfare of animals... money might speak for the CCF, but it sure doesn't speak for me. Just Google "Center for Consumer Freedom" for lots of information about their deceitful "non-profit" front group.

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I've read their advertisements that they've published in the NY Times...they might be reaching a lot of viewers, but their results are obviously not very good because people still think drunk driving is wrong and still believe its good to protect animals.

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One time

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2010

May 20, 2010
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May 20, 2010
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CCF is a front group for the interests of restaurant, alcohol, tobacco, Big agriculture and other industries that don't always serve the public's best interest. It runs media campaigns which oppose the efforts of scientists, doctors, health advocates, environmentalists and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Its enemies list has included such diverse social interest groups and individuals as the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; the American Medical Association (AMA); the Arthritis Foundation; the Consumer Federation of America; New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; the Harvard School of Public Health; the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems; the National Association of High School Principals; the National Safety Council; the National Transportation Safety Board; the Office of Highway Safety for the state of Georgia; Ralph Nader's group, Public Citizen; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Humane Society of the United States. Some groups the CCF has targeted have questioned its ethics and legitimacy. The president of the American Federation of Teachers referred to the CCF's leader as "a shameless lobbyist who has shilled for pesticide, alcohol and tobacco companies." A USA Today journalist said that they should change the name of their website to FatForProfit.com. It has also been criticized for its efforts to portray groups such as the Humane Society of the United States as "violent" and "extreme," and for its opposition to banning the use of trans fats. The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has also campaigned against the CCF's validity as a non-profit tax exempt charitable organization, filing an IRS complaint in 2004 attacking the CCF's claims that its advocacy campaigns were "educational" in nature. Some corporations, including PepsiCo and Kraft Foods, have declined to work with the CCF, saying they disagree with some of the group's arguments or with its approach to advocacy. Essentially, CCF works to slander groups working for public interest causes because the profits of its corporate backers are at stake. Rather than take on the issues directly, the corporations pay CCF to create a pretend non-profit to do the dirty work.

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Unfortunately they've achieved negative results by duping people into believing their misinformation and invoking harassment of celebrities, individuals and companies that support causes like animal welfare and eradicating childhood obesity.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to close it down. It's outrageous that a firm this unethical can be categorized as a non-profit!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

debunking their blatant misinformation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

deceitful, paranoid, with zero compassion for others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do unspeakable damage to our country - although the founder would surely find a way to abscond with most of it to add to his exotic car collection.

Ways to make it better...

they didn't exist.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Facts.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is egregious that industries causing harm to our people, environment and animals can launder funds to oppose social interest legislation and education via a legitimate non-profit in this country. Clearly the non-profit regs in the US need overhauling!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010
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May 20, 2010
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The CCF should be called the Center for Consumer Disinformation. According to this group, it's safe for pregnant women to eat fish containing mercury (no matter what those pesky scientists and doctors say), it is a violation of your rights to prevent you from drinking and driving, and unions are bad. This group is a sham and should not be considered a "charity". It's essentially a tax shelter for Rick Berman's PR firm, and its only purpose is to serve as an attack group for the food and beverage industries; they pay Berman big bucks to slander, spin, and outright lie in an attempt to discredit advocacy groups and grassroots movements that attempt to protect us from big industry by giving us vital information. It's a miracle the CCF staff can sleep at night. Must be the lack of a conscience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the area of slandering animal welfare groups. Thankfully, the results have been nil.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 20, 2010

The Center for Consumer Freedom is a “non-profit” corporation (see “industry front-group”) operated by lobbyist Richard Berman. Formerly known as the Guest Choice Network, CCF was initially funded with a $600,000 “donation” from tobacco company Philip Morris. Berman gets a lot of money from his private and corporate clients for his “non-profit” entities and then his privately owned company, Berman & Company is hired as a consultant. Of the millions of dollars “donated” to CCF, between the years 1995 and 1998, 49% to 79% went directly to Berman or Berman & Co. for those consulting fees. CCF has fought against a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) initiative to lower the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers by claiming that the stricter limits would punish responsible social drinkers; attacked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claiming that warnings about salmonella-related food poisoning are just “whipping up fear over food.” The corporations supporting CCF have vested interests in keeping employee wages low; encouraging cheap, unhealthy restaurant-chain food, particularly meat; and tobacco, soft drink, and alcohol companies and more recently CCF has been hired by food conglomerates more interested in bottom line profits than the welfare of animals. The CCF is nothing more than a front group for powerful wealthy companies with unpopular ideals who are afraid to stand up publicly for their heinous beliefs and hire these guys to fight their dirty little fights.

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In 2008, CCF took in $1.52 million in "donations." Of that, $1.41 million was paid to Berman & Company for "consultation." Sounds like a scam to me. Their misleading and flat out dishonest characterization of the organizations it is paid to attack.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expose it for the front group that it is.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Exposing it for the corporate front group that it is.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Horrendous. Puppy mill operators, factory farmers, animal abusers.

Ways to make it better...

They never existed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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