Maternity Pens

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

Maternity Pens 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 block legislation on food safety, secondhand cigarette smoke, drunk driving, and more

Maternity Pens is a project of, a website attacking and attempting to defund the Humane Society of the United States.[1] In turn, is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, another Berman front group that runs media campaigns opposing the efforts of scientists, doctors, health advocates, animal advocates, environmentalists and other groups for restaurant, alcohol, tobacco and other industries.[2]

According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Maternity Pens "defends the use of gestation crates used by pork producers and criticizes the arguments of animal rights activists."[3]


Center for Consumer Freedom
P.O. Box 34557
Washington, DC 20043


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  1., Maternity Pens,, accessed June 9, 2014.
  2. Center for Consumer Freedom, HumaneWatch,, accessed June 9, 2014.
  3. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Berman Exposed,, accessed June 9, 2014.
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