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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin. 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 describes itself as "a project of the Employment Policies Institute (EPI)," another Berman front group that was created to "argue the importance of minimum wage jobs for the poor and uneducated."[1][2] However, Berman and his Employment Policy Institute have been leaders in a national campaign against the minimum wage, that includes TV ads, print ads, op-ed in state newspapers and more.[3]

According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, "opposes all federal, state, and local efforts to raise the minimum wage, and promotes misinformation about the consequences of minimum-wage increases."[4]


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, About page,, accessed June 9, 2014.
  2. Richard B. Berman Richard B. Berman Resume'. January 1995. Philip Morris Bates No. 2072148764
  3. Eric Lipton, "Fight Over Minimum Wage Illustrates Web of Industry Ties," New York Times, February 9, 2014.
  4. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Berman Exposed,, accessed June 9, 2014.
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