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Accomplishments

1997

  • Public Citizen defends consumer interests as states begin to deregulate electric utility industry.
  • Public Citizen leads multi-year campaign that results in defeat of damaging Fast Track trade authority.
  • Public Citizen report reveals significant differences in safety records of passenger-side air bags.
  • Public Citizen report finds that many of the more than 500 U.S. physicians disciplined for sexual abuse or misconduct are still practicing.
  • Public Citizens leads a broad array of consumer groups in battle for campaign finance reform; legislation dies in GOP-led Senate filibuster.
  • Public Citizen protests and helps force redesign of unethical AIDS research in Africa, which would have denied known effective treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women.

1996

  • Public Citizen wins Supreme Court decision upholding the right of people injured by federally regulated medical devices to sue to recover compensation; Court says federal regulation doesn’t preempt right of the victims of defective devices to be compensated for injuries.
  • Public Citizen forges historic settlement to secure release of Nixon’s secret White House tapes after 15 years of litigation.
  • Appeals court sides with Public Citizen, ruling that class actions cannot be used to deprive future asbestos victims of their right to sue.
  • Public Citizen helps bring need for campaign finance reform to top of national agenda.
  • Public Citizen successfully opposes legislation mandating transport of nuclear waste to Nevada for temporary storage.
  • Public Citizen leads coalition to preserve strong regulatory role for FDA, blocking industry-led rollback efforts.
  • Public Citizen publishes 13,012 Questionable Doctors.

1995

  • Public Citizen launches a new division, Global Trade Watch, to protect public interest safeguards in international trade deals such as GATT and NAFTA.
  • Congressional gift ban and lobbying registration reform enacted after a major Public Citizen campaign.
  • Worst Pills/Best Pills News introduced to provide consumers regular updates on dangerous and ineffective drugs.
  • Public Citizen leads crusade against $100 billion in corporate welfare in federal tax-cutting packages.
  • Public Citizen successfully defends tobacco industry whistleblower who released key documents to Congress and the FDA, against civil damages and criminal contempt charges.
  • Public Citizen takes lead role in organizing coalition that successfully blocks massive industry push to enact elements of the GOP’s Contract for America, designed to roll back health and safety protections.
  • Public Citizen leadership helps secure Clinton veto of legislation designed to limit corporate liability for dangerous products.
  • Public Citizen documents destructive effects of NAFTA on jobs and the environment with major report: NAFTA’s Broken Promises.
  • Public Citizen’s Texas office successfully lobbies for campaign finance limits on Texas judicial campaigns.

1994

  • Public Citizen successfully lobbies Congress to end funding for the Advanced Liquid Metal breeder reactor.
  • Public Citizen helps to enlist nearly 100 cosponsors for single-payer health care reform bill modeled after the Canadian system.
  • Public Citizen helps win legislation protecting consumers from home equity scams.
  • Indication for use of Parlodel as a lactation suppressant withdrawn after Public Citizen challenges FDA’s failure to restrict this use of the drug by breastfeeding mothers.
  • Public Citizen publishes Green Buyer’s Car Book and related consumer guide, providing detailed information on emissions, recycled components and other environmental factors.

1993

  • Public Citizen exposes influence of special interest money on Congress; rallies support for meaningful campaign finance reform.
  • Public Citizen wins landmark court victory that prevents destruction of electronic records of the White House under Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton.
  • Worst Pills, Best Pills II published with new information for consumers.
  • Public Citizen plays a leading role in opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), launching a new citizens’ trade movement.
  • Public Citizen releases report detailing 680 privately funded trips by senators, including junkets to Puerto Rico and Florida paid for by large corporations and trade associations.

1992

  • Public Citizen’s four-year campaign leads FDA to severely restrict use of silicone gel breast implants.
  • OSHA imposes standard to protect workers from cadmium, linked to lung cancer and kidney damage, after Public Citizen wins court order.
  • Public Citizen wins case upholding the right of a lawyer to sue for damages when fired from law firm for demanding that ethics violations be reported.
  • Public Citizen exposes links between campaign contributions and actions taken by Vice President Dan Quayle’s Council on Competitiveness to weaken health, safety and environmental standards.
  • Public Citizen wins court ruling allowing a dissident Teamster group to keep its list of contributors confidential.
  • Public Citizen starts court proceedings to have 4,000 hours of tapes from the Nixon White House released to the public.

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