Thanks to a representative of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), here’s more information about Rick Berman, the behind-the-scenes bad guy connected with “front groups” that cause trouble for numerous organizations.
Rick Berman has set up a network of groups that attack public interest charities such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The Humane Society of the United States, environmental nonprofits, and others. The groups often have positive-sounding names like the ‘Center for Consumer Freedom’ or the ‘Center for Union Facts,’ but they use misleading attacks to try to discredit various organizations.
. . . You can find more information about Berman on our website:
(FAQ on Rick Berman)
(Info on the Center for Consumer Freedom)
Other webpages such as SourceWatch also offer more information on Rick Berman, if you’re interested. The Center for Consumer Freedom also sends out press releases criticizing PETA and many other groups.
At this point, enough said on the subject of Rick Berman. The moral is that when we encounter surprising claims about or criticism of organizations we’re inclined to trust, we should check out the sources instead of simply accepting and spreading those claims or criticisms.