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Accomplishments

2003

  • FDA bans the dietary supplement ephedra two years after Public Citizen petitions for its removal and after 155 deaths.
  • Public Citizen research and lobbying plays critical role in defeating federal legislation that would unfairly restrict damages awarded to the seriously injured victims of medical malpractice.
  • Public Citizen launches WhiteHouseForSale.org, to track special-interest contributions to President Bush’s 2004 campaign and analyze the record of favoritism, conflicts of interest and influence peddling related to those contributions.
  • Public Citizen wins federal appeals court ruling overturning an auto safety regulation allowing the installation of ineffective tire monitoring gauges.

2002

  • Congress bans passes first major campaign finance reform since Watergate era – banning “soft money” and regulating phony “issue ads” – following decade-long battle by Public Citizen and allies.
  • Public Citizen successfully sues Bush administration to win release of Reagan administration records under Presidential Records Act.
  • Public Citizen wins Supreme Court case in which court decided a defendant was denied his rights to a fair trial and due process when the trial court refused to grant an overnight continuance to locate three missing alibi witnesses.

2001

  • Public Citizen wins passage of legislation to beef up inspections of Mexican trucks entering U.S. under NAFTA.
  • Public Citizen documents corporate abuse of NAFTA investor protection provisions and NAFTA’s negative impact on U.S. farmers.
  • Public Citizen report highlights 527 “questionable hospitals” that violated patient dumping law.
  • Public Citizen influences new aviation security law in wake of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • Public Citizen issues report linking political connections to regulatory actions taken by public officials to aid energy trader Enron Corp., which collapsed amid allegations of accounting fraud.
  • Public Citizen lawyers argue two cases before U.S. Supreme Court on the same day, winning one case that strengthens due process rights for criminal defendants.
  • Public Citizen wins appellate court ruling protecting privacy rights of Internet users who anonymously post comments critical of corporations.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission bans lead-wick candles after lengthy campaign by Public Citizen.
  • Public Citizen opens field office in California.

2000

  • Public Citizen petition leads to ban on diabetes drug Rezulin after 63 deaths from liver toxicity.
  • Public Citizen publishes sixth edition of Questionable Doctors, listing 20,125 physicians nationwide who had been disciplined by state medical boards.
  • Public Citizen, spearheading a coalition of auto safety advocates, wins new federal legislation to strengthen safety in wake of hundreds of deaths and injuries caused by rollover crashes involving Firestone tires and Ford Explorers.
  • Public Citizen releases report documenting role of Big Tobacco in creating network of “lawsuit abuse” groups that advocate stripping legal rights from citizens.

1999

  • Public Citizen publishes third edition of its best-selling Worst Pills, Best Pills, a consumer’s guide to avoiding drug-induced death or illness.
  • Public Citizen wins release of historic grand jury records relating to the 1948 indictment of alleged Soviet agent Alger Hiss.
  • Public Citizen releases report revealing strong links between Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s Republican Party “soft money” fund-raising from casino interests and his little‑known legislative actions that protected the casino industry.
  • Public Citizen publishes Whose Trade Organization? Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy, a book exposing the WTO’s five-year record of weakening health, safety, environmental and labor standards.
  • Public Citizen works successfully to pass major truck safety legislation, which creates the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to replace ineffective Office of Motor Carriers.
  • Public Citizen leads global coalition to organize massive, landmark demonstrations in Seattle against the unaccountable, undemocratic World Trade Organization.
  • Public Citizen defends a California woman whose Web site is critical of a company, beginning the Litigation Group’s continuing involvement in Internet free speech cases.
  • Public Citizen’s Texas office successfully lobbies for a power plant cleanup program that will reduce smog-forming nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 to 88 percent.

1998

  • Public Citizen again stops passage of undemocratic Fast Track trade legislation.
  • Public Citizen plays key role in organizing health and safety coalition that successfully opposes $368 billion tobacco industry settlement that would have immunized industry from future liability.
  • Public Citizen helps lead a global citizens’ campaign that results in the scuttling of the Multilateral Agreement on Investments, a proposed global investment treaty.
  • Public Citizen helps stop two bills that would have limited the power of federal agencies to protect public health, safety and the environment, and taken away consumers’ legal rights to hold accountable corporations for defective products.
  • Public Citizen wins passage of legislation mandating safer air bags to protect women and children.
  • Public Citizen releases latest compilation of 16,638 Questionable Doctors, the only publicly available, national compendium of disciplined doctors.
  • Public Citizen leads push against deregulation of electric utility industry, forming a grassroots coalition, Ratepayers for Affordable Green Energy.
  • Public Citizen coordinates successful lobbying effort to stop legislation creating a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev.
  • Public Citizen helps stop “NAFTA for Africa” trade legislation intended to benefit corporations at expense of citizens in African nations.

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