FirstJobs Institute

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

The FirstJobs Institute is a project of the Employment Policies Institute, a group run by the Rick Berman and managed by his PR company, Berman & Co.. [1]

Affiliation with Berman's EPI

In its 2005 IRS return, EPI lists the FirstJobs Institute as an organisation it is directly or indirectly affiliated with. (FirstJobs is designated as a 501(c)(6) organization by the IRS). In statement 15 of its IRS return, EPI describes the relationship as being for a "joint educational project, 'Econ4u'". Elsewhere it states that that EPI and the 'Institute' "shared free common office space and overhead expenses provided under the management agreement with Berman and Company". It also states that the Institute "solicited funds for the educational portion of the joint project on employment Policies Institute Foundation's behalf." [2] According to its 2005 IRS return, EPI provided $307,995 by way of grants to the FirstJobs Institute, which it describes as an "economic literacy program". [3]

In its annual return, EPI states that "through its economic literacy program, FirstJobs educational outreach provides young adults [with] the basic economic knolwedge and skills necessary to suceed in society and advance in the workplace. Informationa financial literacy campaigns were directed at young adults through one press release, nine radio interviews, two mass mailings, and one nationally-placed advertisement. Thought-provoking and inspirting economic questions and also directed at young adults through 425 theater screens and 108 bowling centers nationwide, and a local weekly newspaper as well. A public service announcement commercial featuring young adult economic literacy was run in 117 markets nationally during 2005." [4]

Personnel

Contact Details

Phone: 202-463-7114
Website: http://www.firstjobs.org

References

  1. Employment Policies Institute, "Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax", Form 990 2005, p.5 & Statement S. 10.
  2. Employment Policies Institute, "Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax", Form 990 2005, Statement 15.
  3. Employment Policies Institute, "Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax", Form 990 2005, Statement 4.
  4. Employment Policies Institute, "Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax", Form 990 2005, Statement 4.
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