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Lobbyist Poses as Mechanic in Anti-Union Super Bowl Ad (2)

Saturday, February 11, 2012 By Robert Greenwald, Truthout | Video
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America just got rickrolled.

There we were last week, innocently partaking in the annual testosterone-fest that is the Super Bowl, when we were treated to an ad featuring a group of supposed auto mechanics lamenting that they never voted for the union they’re in. But look closely. One of these “mechanics” is sporting a gold watch, manicured hands, and a brand new shirt. That’s because he’s not a mechanic, or even an actor.

He’s Washington lobbyist Rick Berman.

Berman is a gun-for-hire—nicknamed Dr. Evil—who specializes in creating nonprofit front groups to push corporate interests. His clients have included the likes of Phillip Morris, Coca Cola, and Tyson’s Foods. But you wouldn’t know it hearing the names of the organizations he starts. The Employment Policies Institute? They fight minimum wage increases. The American Beverage Institute? They go after Mothers Against Drunk Driving. And the gem of an organization linked to the Super Bowl ad is the Center for Union Facts.

Click here to read more.

Robert Greenwald

Robert Greenwald, president of Brave New Foundation and producer/director of Koch Brothers Exposed, recently launched a blog about the country's notorious one percenter brothers.

 

 

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Lobbyist Poses as Mechanic in Anti-Union Super Bowl Ad (2)

Saturday, February 11, 2012 By Robert Greenwald, Truthout | Video
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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America just got rickrolled.

There we were last week, innocently partaking in the annual testosterone-fest that is the Super Bowl, when we were treated to an ad featuring a group of supposed auto mechanics lamenting that they never voted for the union they’re in. But look closely. One of these “mechanics” is sporting a gold watch, manicured hands, and a brand new shirt. That’s because he’s not a mechanic, or even an actor.

He’s Washington lobbyist Rick Berman.

Berman is a gun-for-hire—nicknamed Dr. Evil—who specializes in creating nonprofit front groups to push corporate interests. His clients have included the likes of Phillip Morris, Coca Cola, and Tyson’s Foods. But you wouldn’t know it hearing the names of the organizations he starts. The Employment Policies Institute? They fight minimum wage increases. The American Beverage Institute? They go after Mothers Against Drunk Driving. And the gem of an organization linked to the Super Bowl ad is the Center for Union Facts.

Click here to read more.

Robert Greenwald

Robert Greenwald, president of Brave New Foundation and producer/director of Koch Brothers Exposed, recently launched a blog about the country's notorious one percenter brothers.