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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education


Center For Consumer Freedom

Promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choice


1090 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 463-7112   Web Site
EIN: 26-0006579

Richard Berman
Executive Director

Charity Navigator has become aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • During our analysis of this charity’s FY 2011 Form 990, the document revealed that the majority of the Center for Consumer Freedom's functional expenses were paid to its CEO Richard Berman's for-profit management company, Berman and Company. The document revealed that, out of total expenses of $2.12 million, $1.29 million were paid to Berman and Company for "staff[ing] and operat[ing] the day-to-day activities" of the charity. See relevant pages from the organization's 2011 Form 990 filing via PDF files 2011 Page 82011 Page 102011 Page 2, 2011 Schedule L  and 2011 Schedule O for more information.
  • We find the practice of a charity contracting for management services with a business owned by that charity's CEO atypical as compared to how other charities operate and have therefore issued this Donor Advisory.
  • The Center for Consumer Freedom has requested that Charity Navigator also disclose that its arrangement with the management firm is reviewed and approved annually by its independent officers and directors in a process that complies with the organization's conflict of interests policy, and its financial statements are audited each year by an independent CPA. Accordingly, please see relevant pages from the organization's 2011 Form 990 filing PDF files 2011 Page 6 and 2011 Schedule O  for the former, and 2011 Page 3  for the latter.
  • Affiliated nonprofits also have Donor Advisories including: American Beverage Institute, Enterprise Freedom Action CommitteeEmployment Policies Institute Foundation and the Center for Union Facts.
  • On August 12, 2013, TIME magazine reported that the Humane Society filed "an IRS complaint against the CCF [Center for Consumer Freedom] in 2012…" which "…alleged that Berman used nonprofit laws to further the interest of his corporate clients. It included evidence suggesting that most of the money in his charities went directly to his for-profit PR firm." The article noted that the complaint "…still has not resulted in any action against Berman or his company." For more information, please see the TIME magazine article.
  • During our analysis of this charity's FY 2012 and 2013 Forms 990, the documents revealed that the Center for Consumer Freedom continued to contract with CEO Richard Berman's management company, Berman and Company. Please see relevant pages from the organization's 2012 and 2013 Forms 990 for more detail: 2012 Page 8, 2012 Schedule L, 2013 Page 8, and 2013 Schedule L

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EIN 26-0006579
NTEE Code R60
NTEE Classification Civil Liberties Advocacy
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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Center For Consumer Freedom
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 463-7112
EIN: 26-0006579

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P.O. Box 34557
Washington, DC 20043

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Richard Berman
Executive Director

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