Rotten ACORN

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

Rotten ACORN 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.

According to its website, its purpose is to expose "ACORN’s radical agenda."[1] Rotten ACORN describes itself as a project of the Employment Policies Institute, another Berman front group that was created to "argue the importance of minimum wage jobs for the poor and uneducated."[2] However, Berman and his Employment Policy Institute have been leaders in a national campaign against the minimum wage, which includes TV ads, print ads, and op-eds in state newspapers.[3]

According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Rotten ACORN "spreads negative information about ACORN, the now defunct community organizing group for low- and moderate-income people."[4]


The Employment Policies Institute
1090 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202-463-7650

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  1. Employment Policies Institute, Rotten ACORN Help Us page, Rotten ACORN website, 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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