Sweet Scam

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

Sweet 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.

Sweet Scam describes itself as "a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, which is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices" according to its 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, Sweet Scam represents "the interests of high-fructose corn syrup producers that disputes scientific findings about the nutritional value of syrup and sweeteners."[2]


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

Phone: 202-463-7112
Website: http://www.scamsweet.com

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  1. Center for Consumer Freedom, Sweet Scam About page, ScamSweet.com, accessed June 9, 2014.
  2. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Berman Exposed, BermanExposed.org, accessed June 9, 2014.
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