Berman Floats to the Top

Tobacco, booze and restaurant industry lobbyist Rick Berman is sending around a news release crowing about being included in this year's list of "star rainmakers" in Hill magazine, a publication for Washington insiders "aimed at the 100 senators, 435 House members, 40,000 aides and tens of thousands in the influence industry whose work affects the lives of all Americans." Berman has also received two "pollie" awards from the American Association for Political Consultants for his attacks on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and his website, which spreads misinformation about activist groups ranging from Greenpeace to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. For more details about Berman's web of front groups, check out our report in the Impropaganda Review section of this web site.