Physician Scam

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

Physician 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.

Physician Scam describes itself as a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, "a nonprofit coalition of restaurants, food companies, and consumers working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices" according to Physician Scam's website.[1] In reality, CCF is 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.

According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Physician Scam "disparages the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine."[2] The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit organization advocating for preventative medicine and medical research ethics.


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


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  1. Center for Consumer Freedom, Physician Scam About Us page,, accessed June 9, 2014.
  2. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Berman Exposed,, accessed June 9, 2014.
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