Richard Berman: Too unethical for Big Oil

Rick Berman, former tobacco lobbyist turned shill for corporate polluters.

Imagine you are Rick Berman, corporate lobbyist for cruel, polluting, and destructive industries. Imagine you are trying to open up a new line of business with the largest, most profitable industry on the planet. Then imagine you scored a platform to make the pitch of a lifetime to key executives … Continue reading

Berman rebrands Center for Consumer Freedom, moves into new territory

With large corporations and foundations plowing over $1 billion in untraceable dark money each year into front groups that deny climate change, it was inevitable that PR con man Rick Berman would want a piece of that pie. Continue reading

Berman’s “Humane Society for Shelter Pets” sinks out of sight


The deceptively named Humane Society for Shelter Pets (HSSP) has filed for dissolution, signaling the death of yet another one of Richard Berman’s schemes to line his pockets while undermining animal welfare. HSSP was founded by Berman to attack the Humane Society of the United States, part of his ongoing … Continue reading

Stop HumaneWatcher responds to ag industry hatchet piece

Recently an agriculture industry trade journal called Beef Producer, which supplies content to 18 state publications for Farm Progress agriculture information service, ran an opinion piece that drew all its talking points from one source: Rick Berman. Under the headline “HSUS Shows Continued Pattern Of Dishonest Behavior,” editor Alan Newport … Continue reading

Don’t let Berman steal Christmas from animals

During December, the “season of giving,” many people donate to charitable causes like the Humane Society of the United States.  It’s no surprise then that Rick Berman — Washington DC’s best-known PR hit man — has purchased a slew of December attack ads smearing the HSUS and its president, Wayne … Continue reading