‘Win ugly or lose pretty’: “Dr. Evil” lobbyist teaches US oil and gas execs to play dirty

‘Win ugly or lose pretty’: “Dr. Evil” lobbyist teaches US oil and gas execs to play dirty

A top US political consultant, dubbed “Dr. Evil”, has been caught on tape at an industry conference, advising oil and gas execs to regard public policy as “endless war” and to play on people’s fear and greed to lobby their interests.

Richard Berman’s speech, which he gave in June in Colorado Springs, was leaked to The New York Times by one of the participant’s at the conference who said: “It just left a bad taste in my mouth”.

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