Bad Idea California

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

Bad Idea California is a front group operated by Berman & Co. Berman & Co. operates a network of dozens of front groups, attack-dog web sites, and alleged think tanks that work to counteract minimum wage campaigns, keep wages low for restaurant workers, and to block legislation on food safety, secondhand cigarette smoke, and drunk driving and more.

Bad Idea California describes itself as "a project of the Employment Policies Institute" according to Bad Idea California's website.[1] The Employment Policies Institute is another Berman front group that helps to lead a national campaign against the minimum wage, which includes TV ads, print ads, op-ed in state newspapers and more.[2]

According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Bad Idea California "argues against raising the minimum wage by claiming that a 2013 increase in San Jose’s minimum wage had negative consequences."[3]


Employment Policies Institute
1090 Vermont Ave NW Suite 800
Washington, D.C., 20005

Phone: 202-463-7650

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  1. Employment Policies Institute, Bad Idea California home page,, accessed June 9, 2014.
  2. Eric Lipton, "Fight Over Minimum Wage Illustrates Web of Industry Ties," New York Times, February 9, 2014.
  3. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Berman Exposed,, accessed June 9, 2014.
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