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

CSPI Scam 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, drunk driving, and more.

CSPI Scam is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom and describes itself as "a nonprofit coalition of restaurants, food companies, and consumers working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices."[1]

According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, CSPI Scam is "solely dedicated to criticizing the Center for Science in the Public Interest and attacking its research on health and nutrition."[2] Center for Science in the Public Interest is a nonprofit consumer group that specializes in nutrition and food safety and health. It was founded in 1971.

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Phone: 202-463-7112 Ext 115

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  1. CSPI Scam, CSPI Scam About page, CSPIScam website, accessed June 9, 2014.
  2. Berman Exposed, Berman Exposed home page, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, accessed June 9, 2014.
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