Talk:Berman & Co.

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As a private company, Berman & Co. is not required to disclose its finances. However, two of its front groups - the Center for Consumer Freedom and the Employment Policies Institute Foundation - are registered as tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, and they are required to disclose some financial information to the Internal Revenue Service which is publicly available by inspecting their IRS Form 990s.

Although Berman refuses to disclose the identity of its anonymous funders, the following companies have been linked to Berman & Co. in news reports and other public documents:

  • American Restaurant Group, Inc.
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Arby's
  • Brinker International, Inc.
  • Burger King
  • Carson Restaurants Worldwide
  • Chili's
  • Chi-Chi's
  • Cracker Barrel
  • El Torito
  • Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Hooters of America, Inc.
  • Houston's Restaurants, Inc.
  • International House of Pancakes
  • Jack-in-the-Box
  • KKR Enterprises, Inc.
  • Luby's, Inc.
  • Marie Callender Pie Shops, Inc.
  • Marriott Corp.
  • Metromedia Restaurant Group
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse, Inc.
  • Panda Management Company, Inc.
  • Perkins Family Restaurants, L.P.
  • Philip Morris
  • Rare Hospitality International
  • Red Lobster
  • Shoney's, Inc.
  • Sizzler
  • Steak & Ale
  • TGI Friday's
  • Uno Restaurant Corp.
  • Vicorp Restaurants, Inc.
  • Wendy's

The conservative Bradley Foundation has given $4,095,000 to Berman’s network of groups in recent years.[1]