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Bay Area company's obesity drugs fight for FDA approval
2/28/2012

Inside Bay Area: Bay Area company's obesity drugs fight for FDA approval - "If you are going to do more harm than good, that's not something the FDA should be a part of," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, calling proper diet and exercise the best ways to stay slim.

Obama regulatory affairs chief wins plaudits for upgraded website
2/28/2012

Gnom.es National News Service: Obama regulatory affairs chief wins plaudits for upgraded website - “This is an improvement in terms of public access and transparency,” said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch project.

FDA panel votes in favor of Qnexa
2/28/2012

Everyday Health: FDA panel votes in favor of Qnexa - On the other side, Sidney Wolfe, MD, head of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, urged against an approval recommendation because of the cardiovascular issues. "Public health cannot tolerate another diet drug approved that has not been [inspected] for cardiovascular risk," he said.

Rise and rise of U.S. gasoline prices: Wall Street and Big Oil to blame?
2/28/2012

International Business Times: Rise and rise of U.S. gasoline prices: Wall Street and Big Oil to blame? - "Because Oil companies and financial traders (think Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) make money by speculating on oil trades, the cost of gas continues to rise along with their profits," Public Citizen, Washington-based nonprofit consumer advocacy organization says.

The super-PAC that binds Gingrich and Lean Six Sigma
2/28/2012

Bloomberg: The super-PAC that binds Gingrich and Lean Six Sigma - It’s “kind of amazing,” says Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen in Washington, a group that advocates for more regulation of political donations. “I could easily see it catching on: ‘You tout my book, and I’ll provide you with a portion of my proceeds.’”

An absurd double standard in the medical device industry
2/28/2012

InjuryBoard.com: An absurd double standard in the medical device industry - Public Citizen submitted testimony for the hearing on Feb. 16.

Corporate fraud cases in 2011 increased, FBI says
2/28/2012

Huffington Post: Corporate fraud cases in 2011 increased, FBI says - More than 2 million workers are exposed to potentially hazardous levels of silica dust, common in construction and sandblasting, according to Public Citizen, the watchdog group.

Thousands call upon Congress to include 'political intelligence' provision in STOCK Act
2/28/2012

eNews Park Forest: Thousands call upon Congress to include 'political intelligence' provision in STOCK Act - Public Citizen delivered the petition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Senate may try House STOCK bill
2/28/2012

Politico: Senate may try House STOCK bill - Public Citizen, a watchdog group, delivered a petition to Reid and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday with more than 46,000 supporting that effort.

Toxic metal hip implants 'could affect thousands more people than PIP breast scandal'
2/28/2012

Mail on Monday: Toxic metal hip implants 'could affect thousands more people than PIP breast scandal' - 'We will only find out about the safety of these devices after large numbers of people have already been exposed,' says Michael Carome, Deputy Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value
2/28/2012

Los Angeles Times: At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, also expressed concern about the potential for cardiovascular side effects.

The price at the pump: It's all about speculators and profits
2/28/2012

Docudharma: The price at the pump: It's all about speculators and profits - "I do not support an outright ban of exports," said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. "And I don't want to see the government regulating retail prices. But I don't think that it is in our best interests to be exporting at the rate at which we are."

Gas prices on the rise, speculators blamed
2/28/2012

NBC-2.com: Gas prices on the rise, speculators blamed - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization, notes domestic demand has plummeted, down 5.4 percent from a year ago, and the group blames Wall Street for the price hike at the pump. 

Beshear off to DC to wine & dine with new NAFTA lobbyists
2/28/2012

 Republic Report: Beshear off to DC to wine & dine with new NAFTA lobbyists - The Trans-Pacific trade agreement is rumored to open up Vietnam and seven Pacific Rim countries as a low-cost alternative to Chinese labor. However, as Public Citizen points out, even members of Congress have not seen the details of the proposal.

Media missed the mark, wide left: Commentary from Strong America Now founder Mike George
2/28/2012

PR-USA.net: Media missed the mark, wide left: Commentary from Strong America Now founder Mike George - A Bloomberg story quotes Craig Holman, a Washington lobbyist with Public Citizen, saying: "Newt Gingrich has become a de facto spokesperson for Lean Six Sigma, a business management concept pioneered by a Dallas entrepreneur Mike George who has spent more than $200,000 of his own money to promote the former speaker's candidacy."

Breaking up is hard to do
2/28/2012

Daily KOS: Breaking up is hard to do - In a petition to the Federal Reserve and the Financial Stability Oversight Council, Public Citizen noted that the regulators have authority under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to reform the bank into a set of smaller, simpler and safer institutions.

Withdrawn painkillers and responsive generic labeling
2/28/2012

Pharmalot: Withdrawn painkillers and responsive generic labeling - This occurred more than a year after the European Medicines Agency recommended that the drugs be withdrawn and a lawsuit filed against the FDA by Public Citizen.

Consumer groups urge US to defend meat origin labels
2/28/2012

Law360: Consumer groups urge US to defend meat origin labels - “Poll after poll shows that American consumers want to know where their food comes from,” said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, upon the release of its joint letter to President Obama with the Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen and Food & Water Watch.

Roemer may be last presidential candidate to recieve federal matching funds
2/28/2012

Business Report: Roemer may be last presidential candidate to recieve federal matching funds - "In the current political campaign environment, the presidential campaign finance system doesn't work at all and cannot work," says Craig Holman, who lobbies Capitol Hill on ethics and campaign finance issues for the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Public Citizen leading campaign for constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United
2/28/2012

Nonprofit Quarterly: Public Citizen leading campaign for constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United - Public Citizen, the Nader-founded good government group, is pushing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

GU occupy teach-in addresses income inequality in America
2/28/2012

Vox Populi: GU occupy teach-in addresses income inequality in America - The first two guest speakers of the day, Sarah Anderson of the progressive think tank the Institute for Policy Studies and Bart Naylor, a financial policy advocate at the consumer interest lobby Public Citizen, responded most directly to the Wall Street Training Bootcamp across campus.

More groups file lawsuits challenging HoS rule
2/28/2012

Logistics Management: More groups file lawsuits challenging HOS rule - And neither was news late last week that the rule is now the subject of a similar lawsuit by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers on the grounds that the final HOS rule still fails to make needed improvements to protect the public from tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review.

Safety groups and drivers go to court over new truck driver hours of service rule
2/28/2012

PR-USA.net: Safety groups and drivers go to court over new truck driver hours of service rule - The federal rule for truck driver hours of service (HOS) still fails to make needed improvements to protect the public from tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers who today filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule.

Safety groups challenge trucker work rules in court
2/28/2012

Journal of Commerce: Safety groups challenge trucker work rules in court - Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers filed a lawsuit seeking judicial review of the regulation.

SEC commissioner backs more disclosure on political spending
2/28/2012

The Nation: SEC commissioner backs more disclosure on political spending - Public Citizen has been urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to require publicly traded companies to disclose political donations, and today it picked up an important endorsement—from a current SEC commissioner.

Protect your investments from oil shocks
2/28/2012

Reuters: Protect your investments from oil shocks - "The only short-term solution," says Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program, is to "rein in speculation."

Romney donors deliver 9-to-1 over Santorum
2/28/2012

Bloomberg: Romney donors deliver 9-to-1 over Santorum - [Karmanos] was a fundraiser for the 2008 campaign, according to Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group.

Safety groups challenge latest hours rule
2/28/2012

Successful Dealer: Safety groups challenge latest hours rule - Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition on Friday, Feb. 24, sued for judicial review of the final rule.

Romney and Obama super-PAC backers also spent big dollars on lobbying
2/28/2012

The Hill: Romney and Obama super-PAC backers also spent big dollars on lobbying - Craig Holman, legislative representative for Public Citizen, a good-government advocacy group, said companies have long powered their lobbying strategy with campaign contributions.

Casting himself as outsider, Santorum benefitted from D.C. 'revolving door'
2/28/2012

WYPR News: Casting himself as outsider, Santorum benefitted from D.C. 'revolving door' - "He clearly was at least what I could call a stealth lobbyist," says Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a watchdog group.

Jack Abramoff comes to Utah on reform-oriented book tour
2/28/2012

Deseret News: Jack Abramoff comes to Utah on reform-oriented book tour - Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted in 2006 on charges of fraud, corruption and conspiracy, arrives to speak at Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, in Washington, Monday, Feb.

Civil society groups slam corporate influence on TPP talk
2/28/2012

Scoop Independent News: Civil society groups slam coporate influence on TPP talk -Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a prominent U.S. consumer organization, said: "Despite repeated polls showing that a majority of Americans oppose more of the same corporate power grabs disguised as "trade" agreements, negotiators are pushing for a TPP that would only benefit the 1 percent.  

Is the era of nuclear power coming to an end in the U.S.?
2/28/2012

AlterNet: Is the era of nuclear power coming to an end in the U.S.? - Vermont Yankee is the poster child for the country's aging nuclear plants, says Allison Fisher of Public Citizen's Climate and Energy Project.

Acta 2.0
2/28/2012

Uruknet.info: Acta 2.0 -  Like ACTA, negotiations are secret behind closed doors. Transparency demands by prominent civil society organizations were ignored. They include Public Citizen, Global Exchange, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice and others.

Brick TeeVee's GOP war on everything!
2/28/2012

Kenny Side Show: Brick TeeVee's GOP war on everything! - Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Safety groups challenge US HoS changes; FMCSA rep defends rule
2/28/2012

Truck News: Safety groups challenge US HoS changes; FMCSA rep defends rule - Self-described safety groups including Public Citizen, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Truck Safety Coalition have announced they are suing the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over its new hours-of-service rules.

Groups challenge trucker fatigue rule
2/28/2012

UPI.com: Groups challenge trucker fatigue rule - The Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition and two truck drivers filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, seeking judicial review of the final hours of service rule issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Campaign finance onus placed on agencies
2/28/2012

Roll Call: Campaign finance onus placed on agencies - "We think the SEC has complete authority to promulgate rules around disclosure of publicly traded companies," said Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Congress Watch at Public Citizen, which has helped organize a Corporate Reform Coalition to push for shareholder disclosure.  "It's within their jurisdiction."

1st step to a change in political $$
2/28/2012

Associated Press: 1st step to a change in political $$ - “There is pretty widespread enmity for the court’s decision,” said Mark Hays, coordinator for Public Citizen’s Democracy is for People campaign.

Safety groups go to court over new HOS rule
2/28/2012

Truckinginfo.com: Safety groups go to court over new HOS rule - The federal rule for truck driver hours of service still fails to make needed improvements regarding tired truck drivers and should be subjected to judicial review, according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, The Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers who filed a new lawsuit challenging the rule.

Federal agency investigating sand-blasting hazards
2/28/2012

The Baltimore Sun: Federal agency investigating sand-blasting hazards - OSHA's statement pledging an investigation came after a public appeal last month from the nonprofit group Public Citizen, which contended that manufacturers of abrasives are violating federal rules requiring disclosure to workers of toxic chemicals in products they're working with.

Lobbyists in fight-or-flight mode after getting booted from advisory committees
2/24/2012

Project on Government Oversight: Lobbyists in fight-or-flight mode after getting booted from advisory committees - Public Citizen and other groups have raised concerns about the special access granted to hundreds of “official trade advisors” as part of the TPP negotiations.

Perdue travels to Washington
2/24/2012

News Observer: Perdue travels to Washington - The Washington-based Public Citizen group charges that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would hurt local jobs by establishing an uneven playing field and preferential rules for foreign companies operating in the United States, as well as incentives for American companies to outsource.

FDA advisors recommend new diet drug
2/24/2012

National Journal: FDA advisors recommend new diet drug - Public Citizen objected.

FDA panel votes to approve scary diet drug
2/24/2012

Jezebel: FDA panel votes to appove scary diet drug -  The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said in a press release that Qnexa "causes increased heart rate and may lead to severe cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks and arrhythmias, as well as birth defects, kidney stones, decreased bone mineral density and memory impairment."

Interest group scolds Branstad over trade dinner
2/24/2012

Quad-City Times: Interest group scolds Branstad over trade dinner - “These D.C. corporate lobbyists want Gov. Branstad to trade ‘Buy America’ provisions and state sovereignty for a fancy $1,500-a-plate dinner at the Willard Hotel,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Indiana appeals court reverses order to identify online commenter
2/24/2012

IndyStar: Indiana appeals court reverses order to identify online commenter - The Washington-based Public Citizen advocacy organization, which joined in opposing disclosure, said the ruling means people who post comments on newspaper websites may have First Amendment rights to remain anonymous.

United States nuclear regulatory commission approves reactor construction in Georgia
2/24/2012

Daily Commercial News: United States nuclear regulatory commission approves reactor construction in Georgia - Allison Fisher, an energy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called the NRC’s action, less than a year after the Japan crisis, a step in the wrong direction.

Dick Brown's hermit crabs
2/24/2012

The Austin Chronicle: Point Austin: Dick Brown's hermit crabs - Although they won't be, Brown and HURF should be grateful that Austinites are generally not me-firsters, and that most understand that we're all in this together – notwithstanding Public Citizen director Tom Smith's wry suggestion that we erect toll gates at the city limits for HURFers who think road fairies built the streets they consider their birthright.

A call to rise up and occupy Bank of America
2/24/2012

Indybay.org: A call to rise up and occupy Bank of America -  In the United States we are supporting collective efforts initiated by Occupy activists, particularly the women-led campaigns of Public Citizen and Rainforest Action Network, to hold Bank of America – the biggest of the big banks – accountable for the predatory economic policies that are destroying our families and communities.

Austin City council approves audit of Austin Energy's revenue requirements
2/24/2012

Community Impact Newspaper: Austin City council approves audit of Austin Energy's revenue requirements - Prior to Council's timetable discussion, several witnesses spoke in favor of Council taking a minimum of six months to examine the issue and enacting an interim increase by this summer, including Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and Tom "Smitty" Smith, Director of Public Citizen's Texas Office.

At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value
2/24/2012

Los Angeles Times: At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, also expressed concern about the potential for cardiovascular side effects.

FDA panel recommends approval of diet drug Qnexa
2/24/2012

ABC News: FDA panel recommends approval of diet drug Qnexa - "Public health cannot tolerate another diet drug approved that has not been accepted for cardiovascular risk especially in light of the suggested findings of Qnexa," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, an advocacy group.

Media missed the mark, wide left
2/24/2012

HalEisner.com: Media missed the mark, wide left: Commentary from Strong America Now founder Mike George - A Bloomberg story quotes Craig Holman, a Washington lobbyist with Public Citizen, saying: "Newt Gingrich has become a de facto spokesperson for Lean Six Sigma, a business management concept pioneered by a Dallas entrepreneur Mike George who has spent more than $200,000 of his own money to promote the former speaker's candidacy."

Why I broke up with Bank of America
2/24/2012

Dissident Voice: Why I broke up with Bank of America - Women Occupy is supporting the women-led campaigns of Public Citizen and Rainforest Action Network, to hold Bank of America accountable for the predatory economic policies that are destroying our families and communities.

Qnexa gains FDA panel backing: Facts on and side effects of the newest weight-loss drug
2/24/2012

International Business Times: Qnexa gains FDA panel backing: Facts on side effects of the newest weight-loss drug - "Public health cannot tolerate another diet drug approved that has not been accepted for cardiovascular risk especially in light of the suggested findings of Qnexa," Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at advocacy group Public Citizen, told ABC News.

Levaquin settlement discussions being pursued in federal MDL
2/24/2012

About Lawsuits: Levaquin settlement discussions being pursued in federal MDL - However, consumer advocates called for stronger Levaquin tendon rupture warnings  to be added at least two years earlier, with Public Citizen filing a petition with the FDA in 2006, insisting that consumers and the medical community be provided with clearer warnings about the risk of tendon damage.

Quick weight loss drug Qnexa raises concern
2/24/2012

CBN News: Quick weight loss drug Qnexa raises concern - Dr. Sidney Wolfe is currently the director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer and health advocacy lobbying group.

Ralph Nader to speak at Peru State March 26
2/24/2012

The Link: Ralph Nader to speak at Peru State March 26 - Working to empower the average American, Nader has formed numerous citizen groups, including the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Pension Rights Center, the National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest, and the student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) that operate in over 20 states.

U.S. gas exports force drivers into bidding war with Mexico at pump
2/24/2012

Huffington Post: U.S. gas exports force drivers into bidding war with Mexico at pump - "I do not support an outright ban of exports," said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Landmark U.S. trade agreement with South Korea
2/24/2012

The Epoch Times: Landmark U.S. trade agreement with South Korea - Although KORUS FTA addresses various issues, the changes were “small and not the critics’ central concerns,” said Todd Tucker, research director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Forest gets PADAC vote, but no gold stars for COPD drug
2/24/2012

Therapeutics Daily: Forest gets PADAC vote, but no gold stars for COPD drug - Since aclidinium, which Forest hopes to market as Tudorza Pressair, offers no unique benefit to balance out potential risks, panel member Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group of Public Citizen, voted against approval until a safety study is conducted.

ACTA 2.0
2/24/2012

Indymedia.org: ACTA 2.0 - They include Public Citizen, Global Exchange, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice and others.

Rise and rise of U.S. gasoline prics: Wall street and big oil to blame?
2/24/2012

International Business Times: Rise and rise of U.S. gasoline prices: Wall street and big oil to blame? - "Because Oil companies and financial traders (think Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) make money by speculating on oil trades, the cost of gas continues to rise along with their profits," Public Citizen, Washington-based nonprofit consumer advocacy organization says.

14,479 letters supporting the Volcker Rule
2/21/2012

Washington Post: 14,479 letters supporting the Volcker Rule - This public support for Volcker is the outgrowth of a letter-writing campaign by Americans for Financial Reform, Public Citizen, and other advocacy groups that have lobbied to defend and strengthen Dodd-Frank.

Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating NuvaRing lawsuit claims
2/21/2012

PR Web: Alonso Krangle LLP is investigatingNuvraRing lawsuit claims due to side effects that may include blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and heart attacks - In February 2007, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ban oral birth control pills that contain desogestrel, citing studies which indicated they could double the risk of blood clots compared to second generation oral contraceptives.

Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat
2/21/2012

WPTV: Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat -  Todd Tucker with the Global Trade Watch with Public Citizen says, "We're raising the alarm bell for consumers."

Gingrich name-drops business idea touted by super-PAC supporter
2/21/2012

Business Week: Gingrich name-drops business idea touted by super-PAC supporter - "This goes beyond the concern about coordination, and smack dab into the concern of having a mutually profitable business relationship between a super-PAC and a presidential candidate,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen in Washington, a group that advocates for tighter regulation of political donations.

Texas schools look to advertising to fill budget gaps
2/21/2012

Education News: Texas schools look to advertising to fill budget gaps - A report from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, examined the advertising programs in the country’s 25 largest school districts, including Houston, Dallas and Cypress-Fairbanks in Texas.

U.S. to review diet treatment once rejected
2/21/2012

New York Times: U.S. to review diet treatment once rejected - “Everyone wants a quick fix,” said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, director of health research at Public Citizen. “But it’s also dangerous.”

Right now, at least, the Dallas ISD isn't making much of anything by way of ad revenue
2/21/2012

Dallas Observer: Right now, at least, the Dallas ISD isn't making much of anything by way of ad revenue - We never did find out how much money DISD actually makes off the deal, but courtesy a Public Citizen report issued last week, we now know: not much, not much at all

Stock picks from Fed officials
2/21/2012

KSAT: Stock picks from Fed officials - Fed employees, like all employees at other government agencies, are restricted from owning shares of companies that they regulate, said Craig Holman government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

FMSCA defends cross-border program in court
2/21/2012

Overdrive Online: FMSCA defends cross-border program in court - On Feb. 15, FMCSA filed separate reply briefs to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and to the Teamsters, Public Citizen and Sierra Club in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Texas schools look to advertising to fill budget gaps
2/21/2012

CBS News: Texas schools look to advertising to fill budget gaps - A report from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, examined the advertising programs in the country’s 25 largest school districts, including Houston, Dallas and Cypress-Fairbanks in Texas.

Panel protects Chevron in Ecuador case
2/21/2012

Industry Week: Panel protects Chevron in Ecuador case - Washington-based group Public Citizen, which campaigns to limit the power of corporations, said the tribunal's decision effectively "ordered the Ecuadoran government to interfere in the operations of Ecuador's independent court system on behalf of the oil giant."

Chevron says 'back on offense' v. Ecuadoreans after rulings
2/21/2012

Thomson Reuters: Chevron says 'back on offense' v. Ecuadoreans after rulings - Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch told me that Ecuador should not comply with the panel's most recent order.

Will Chevron case take down trade pact 'investor-state' enforcement system
2/21/2012

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources: Will Chevron case take down trade pact 'investor-state' enforcement system - An unprecedented ruling today, in which an investor-state international arbitral tribunal initiated by Chevron ordered the Ecuadorian government to interfere in the operations of Ecuador’s independent court system on behalf of the oil giant, provides a chilling glimpse of how corporations are trying to use international investor tribunals to evade justice, said Public Citizen.

Public financing: A 'scarlet letter' for presidential candidates
2/21/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek: Public financing: A 'scarlet letter' for presidential candidates - “Our current system is broken,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen. “It does not justify getting rid of the public financing program; it calls for fixing the public financing system.”

Panel protects Chevron in Ecuador case
2/21/2012

Energy Daily: Panel protects Chevron in Ecuador case - Washington-based group Public Citizen, which campaigns to limit the power of corporations, said the tribunal's decision effectively "ordered the Ecuadoran government to interfere in the operations of Ecuador's independent court system on behalf of the oil giant."

Chorus calling for OMB to finish silica rule review grows louder
2/21/2012

ISHN: Chorus calling for OMB to finish silica rule review grows louder - Public Citizen is the latest organization to criticize the White House Office of Budget and Management (OMB) for failing to complete its review of OSHA's proposed silica rule in a timely manner.

Food labels may soon have less information
2/21/2012

ABC News: Food labels may soon have less information - "Country of origin labeling is one of the most popular consumer policies, not only here in the United States, but around the world," said Todd Tucker with Public Citizen.

Green business, corporate social responsibility, ethical finance, and sustainable economies
2/21/2012

The Green Spotlight: Green business, corporate social responsibility, ethical finance, and sustainable economies - Confronting the corporate corruption of government: ... Public Citizen...

Petition to break up Bank of America pushes forward
2/21/2012

The Nation: Peitition to break up Bank of America pushes forward - Last month, we noted that Public Citizen filed an official petition with the Federal Reserve to break up Bank of America, using powers granted under the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.

Getting his conservative message delivered and heard
2/21/2012

The New York Times: Getting his conservative message delivered and heard - A couple of them were arms of big national organizations, like Consumers Union and Public Citizen.

The 99 percent dumps BofA
2/21/2012

SocialistWorker.org: The 99 percent dumps BofA - Earlier this month, the watchdog group Public Citizen submitted a petition to the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve, calling for Bank of America to be broken up.

Does AIPAC want war?
2/21/2012

OpEdNews: Does AIPAC want war? - Robert Naiman is Senior Policy Analyst at Just Foreign Policy. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Ben & Jerry’s launches campaign against Citizen’s United
2/21/2012

Triple Pundit: Ben & Jerry’s launches campaign against Citizen’s United - Organizations that signed the letter include People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Common Cause, MoveOn.org, Free Speech For People, Move to Amend and African American Ministers In Action.

Boschowitz warming piece flawed
2/21/2012

The Free Press: My view: Boschowitz warming piece flawed -  A prominent government watchdog, Craig Holman of Public Citizen, wrote last year that, “(Boschwitz’s) primary objective in setting up (t)his lobbying consulting firm is to avoid disclosure and to avoid lobbying ethics rules … which raises “serious questions.”

Texans wary of oil pipeline plans
2/21/2012

UPI.com: Texans wary of oil pipeline plans - "These are pipelines of poison that are carrying products that are twenty times more acidic," Tom Smith, an advocate with Public Citizen, told Texas public radio KERA.

At Public Citizen, Jack Abramoff calls for end of the revolving door
2/17/2012

Project on Government Oversight: At Public Citizen, Jack Abramoff calls for end of the revolving door-  “[Those who said no] were so incredibly complimented, from then on, anything I asked was absolutely granted,” Abramoff said at the Washington, DC headquarters of Public Citizen on February 6. “That was almost a bribe itself.”

Report says medical device industry uses lobbying, campaign cash to exact permissive regulations
2/17/2012

Politico: Report says medical device industry uses lobbying, campaign cash to exact permissive regulations- The medical device industry, through heavy investment in lobbying efforts and political campaign contributions, has helped win numerous friends and concessions in the federal government — and potentially weaken rules designed to ensure product safety, nonpartisan public interest group Public Citizen asserts in a new report out today.

Gingrich name-drops business idea touted by Super-PAC supporter
2/17/2012

Bloomberg: Gingrich name-drops business idea touted by Super-PAC supporter- “This goes beyond the concern about coordination, and smack dab into the concern of having a mutually profitable business relationship between a super-PAC and a presidential candidate,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen in Washington, a group that advocates for tighter regulation of political donations. “There’s Gingrich out there selling Mike George’s book while Mike George helps to promote Gingrich’s candidacy. That’s kind of amazing.”

Risky Business
2/17/2012

EGPNews.com: Risky business- My colleagues and I at Public Citizen documented Wall Street’s grip on this issue in a report called “Just Not Us,” which showed that opponents of Dodd-Frank spent $242 million, deploying 712 lobbyists, to get the rule to apply to anyone but them. 

Ron Paul camp presses claim to unmask attack ad creator
2/17/2012

The Daily Examiner: Ron Paul camp presses claim to unmask attack ad creator- Public Citizen and the other groups argue that the Paul campaign shouldn't be able to draw on trademark law -- which allows entities to prevent the commercial use of their names -- to suppress political ads.

Seeking money, Texas schools turn to advertisements
2/17/2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Seeking money, Texas schools turn to advertisements- A report from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, examined the advertising programs in the country's 25 largest school districts, including Houston, Dallas and Cypress-Fairbanks in Texas.

Astronomic compensation remains norm on Wall Street
2/17/2012

Eurasia Review and Analysis: Astronomic compensation remains norm on Wall Street- My colleagues and I at Public Citizen documented Wall Street’s grip on this issue in a report called “Just Not Us,” which showed that opponents of Dodd-Frank spent $242 million, deploying 712 lobbyists, to get the rule to apply to anyone but them.

Consumer groups push for Bumbo recall
2/17/2012

The Morning Call: Consumer groups push for Bumbo recall - U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Kids in Danger, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Public Citizen said in the letter that warning labels added to the product after a voluntary recall in 2007 are insufficient to prevent injuries.

Comments flood in on Volcker rule
2/17/2012

Wall Street Journal: Comments flood in on Volcker rule - Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform used email lists and social media such as Twitter and Facebook to recruit members and others to submit comments on the Volcker Rule.

States want review of how states police doctors
2/17/2012

St. Louis Today: States want review of how states police doctors - In the letter, the senators cited a study by watchdog group Public Citizen, which noted that state medical boards did not take action against 220 physicians deemed threats to health and safety by health care entities, even though 167 of the doctors had their admitting privileges revoked by hospitals.

Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say
2/17/2012

The Tennessean: Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say - The 38 co-petitioners to the NRC include Beyond Nuclear, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Citizens Action Coalition, Citizen Power, Citizens Awareness Network, Citizens Within a 10-Mile Radius, Citizens Environmental Coalition, Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes, Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff, Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone, Council on Intelligent Energy and Conservation Policy, Missourians for Safe Energy, NC WARN, Northwest Environmental Advocates, Not On Our Fault Line, People’s Alliance for Clean Energy, Promoting Health and Sustainable Energy, Public Citizen Energy Program, Sierra Club of South Carolina, Three Mile Island Alert, Tri-Valley CARE, Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah and Vermont Public Interest Research Group.

Minnesota medical board comes under scrutiny
2/17/2012

Renal & Urology News: Minnesota medical board comes under scrutiny -  According to the watchdog group Public Citizen, this low rate of disciplinary action consistently places Minnesota near the bottom of their annual report ranking state medical boards.

Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat
2/17/2012

WPTV: Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat - Todd Tucker with the Global Trade Watch with Public Citizen says, "We're raising the alarm bell for consumers."

Dems make another push on DISCLOSE Act
2/17/2012

Care2: Dems make another push on DISCLOSE Act -   The non-partisan consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen came out in strong support of the measure and offered this statement:

When being safe is unsafe
2/17/2012

The Durango Herald: When being safe is unsafe - In 2007, Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization filed a petition to the FDA to ban third-generation contraceptives containing Desogestrel.

Here we go again: ATA hauls HOS back into court
2/16/2012

Land Line Magazine: Here we go again: ATA hauls HOS back into court - Despite displeasure by at least some of the plaintiffs in the most recent lawsuit involving HOS, a joint motion to dismiss was filed on Jan. 23 by Public Citizen, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway Safety, Truck Safety Coalition and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Fed OKs Capital One $9 billion purchase of ING Direct
2/16/2012

The Tennesseean: Fed OKs Capital One $9 billion purchase of ING Direct - The Fed needs to cut the large banks down to size, not create another one,” said Bartlett Naylor, a policy adviser with the Public Citizen consumer watchdog group.

14,479 letters supporting the Volcker rule
2/16/2012

Washington Post: 14,479 letters supporting the Volcker Rule - This public support for Volcker is the outgrowth of a letter-writing campaign by Americans for Financial Reform, Public Citizen, and other advocacy groups that have lobbied to defend and strengthen Dodd-Frank.

Consumer groups push for Bumbo recall - Updated!
2/16/2012

Allentown Morning Call: Consumer groups push for Bumbo recall - Updated! - U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Kids in Danger, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Public Citizen said in the letter that warning labels added to the product after a voluntary recall in 2007 are insufficient to prevent injuries.

Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say
2/16/2012

The Tennesseean: Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say - The 38 co-petitioners to the NRC include... Public Citizen...

Settlement of class-action debt-relief suit criticized
2/16/2012

TampaBay.com: Settlement of class-action debt-relief suit criticized - The proposed settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa is now drawing criticism from the attorneys general of five states, including Florida, and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

ATA requests hours review
2/16/2012

eTrucker: ATA requests hours review - Last week, a Washington, D.C. appellate court dismissed a suit that had sought changes in existing HOS rules from the defendant FMCSA and the plaintiffs – the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Teamsters union, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition.

Industry opponents slam Volcker rule as Volcker defends it
2/16/2012

AdvisorOne: Industry opponents slam Volcker rule as Volcker defends it - Backing up Volcker were a number of Democrat senators as well as a coalition group comprising Americans for Financial Reform, Public Citizen, and Occupy the SEC, a sub-group associated with New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement.

800,000 Americans tell Senate: Stop the Keystone XL pipeline
2/16/2012

Environment News Service: 800,000 Americans tell Senate: Stop the Keystone XL pipeline - Participating groups included: ... Public Citizen...

Jackson's staff sends handfull of campaign-related emails from congressional addresses
2/16/2012

WBEZ: Jackson's staff sends handfull of campaign-related emails from congressional addresses - Neither does Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the group Public Citizen, who said in his experience the House Franking Commission has been more lax when it comes to websites and email than with traditional mail.

Renewable green nuclear energy: Here, now
2/16/2012

American Thinker: Renewable green nuclear energy: Here, now -  Allison Fisher of Public Citizen calls nuclear power "a failed and dangerous technology," making no mention of the success of the Oak Ridge National Laboratories' MSRE or the Los Alamos Green Freedom technology on the Public Citizen's website.

Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat
2/16/2012

Abc2news.com: Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat - Todd Tucker with the Global Trade Watch with Public Citizen says, "We're raising the alarm bell for consumers."

Buying Newt: Gingrich speeches reference top super PAC donor’s business efficiency scheme
2/16/2012

ThinkProgress: Buying Newt: Gingrich speeches reference top super PAC donor’s business efficiency scheme - “This goes beyond the concern about coordination, and smack dab into the concern of having a mutually profitable business relationship between a super-PAC and a presidential candidate,” said Craig Holman...

Fed's Fisher wants to split Bank of America, JP Morgan, others
2/16/2012

Benzinga: Fed's Fisher wants to split Bank of America, JP Morgan, others - A recent push by Public Citizen to break up the banks was promptly ignored, pointing to the Fed's complacency with the big five.

Corporate cash pushing for weaker medical device oversight
2/16/2012

Care2: Corporate cash pushing for weaker medical device oversight - A new report by the watchdog group Public Citizen exposes the massive lobbying efforts by the medical device industry designed to weaken already lax oversight and hasten review of high-risk products.

Is OMB-caused delay in OSHA’s silica rules resulting in deaths, cases of silicosis?
2/16/2012

EHS Today: Is OMB-caused delay in OSHA’s silica rules resulting in deaths, cases of silicosis? - Public Citizen is calling for action on the proposal, claiming that 2 million workers are exposed to potentially hazardous levels of silica dust, mostly in the construction and sandblasting industries.

New: Cicilline pushing for more campaign finance disclosure
2/16/2012

GoLocalProv: New: Cicilline pushing for more campaign finance disclosure - The bill is supported by organizations dedicated to government reform including Common Cause, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen.

At Public Citizen, Jack Abramoff calls for end of the revolving door
2/16/2012

Zimbio: At Public Citizen, Jack Abramoff calls for end of the revolving door - “[Those who said no] were so incredibly complimented, from then on, anything I asked was absolutely granted,” Abramoff said at the Washington, DC headquarters of Public Citizen on February 6.

NRC petitioned to incorporate lessons of Fukushima
2/16/2012

Clean Energy: NRC petitioned to incorporate lessons of Fukushima - The initial co-petitioners are: ... Public Citizen Energy Program (national)...

Comments flood in on Volcker Rule
2/16/2012

WSJ Blogs: Comments flood in on Volcker Rule - Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform used email lists and social media such as Twitter and Facebook to recruit members and others to submit comments on the Volcker Rule.

Fifty activist groups call for congressional hearings on Citizens United
2/16/2012

Truthout: Fifty activist groups call for congressional hearings on Citizens United - Signatories to the letters include People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Common Cause, MoveOn.org, Free Speech For People, Move to Amend and African American Ministers In Action.

2 local congressional members coauthor bill to require disclosure of corporate campaign contributions
2/16/2012

East County Magazine: 2 local congressional members coauthor bill to require disclosure of corporate campaign contributions - The bill is supported by organizations dedicated to government reform including Common Cause, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen.

Medical device industry wants to speed up FDA approval amid safety concerns
2/16/2012

Huffington Post: Medical device industry wants to speed up FDA approval amid safety concerns -    But groups like Public Citizen want the FDA to reject that request and are demanding more stringent oversight for medical devices, citing statistics that show the average number of high-risk recalls in 2011 is more than double that of recent years. 

Then there's this: Consumer alert
2/16/2012

The Austin Chronicle: Then there's this: Consumer alert - At a Feb. 9 hearing on the rate case, Public Citizen's Tom "Smitty" Smith, who himself lives in the city of West Lake Hills, offered a suggestion for those suburban residents who are banging the taxation-without-representation drum.

Investor, Gingrich promote each other
2/16/2012

The Journal Gazette: Investor, Gingrich promote each other - “This goes beyond the concern about coordination, and smack dab into the concern of having a mutually profitable business relationship between a super-PAC and a presidential candidate,” said Craig Holman...

Senators want review of how states police doctors
2/16/2012

Morningstar: Senators want review of how states police doctors - In the letter, the senators cited a study by watchdog group Public Citizen, which noted that state medical boards did not take action against 220 physicians deemed threats to health and safety by health care entities...

Petitioners take campaign against Citizens United to Congress
2/16/2012

Wisconsin Gazette: Petitioners take campaign against Citizens United to Congress - The list of groups that endorsed the letter follows: ... 
Public Citizen...

Watering down the STOCK Act
2/14/2012

Facing South: Watering down the STOCK Act - "The Republican leadership’s weakening of legislation banning congressional insider trading reflects its commitment to the hedge funds and Wall Street interests who lobbied against transparency of their trading activities that are based on insider knowledge gleaned in the halls of Congress," said Craig Holman...

Rep. Bachus investigated for insider trading
2/14/2012

NPR: Rep. Bachus investigated for insider trading - Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, is just thrilled an investigation is taking place.

US arms deal with Bahrain as crackdown continues
2/14/2012

Foreign Policy Journal: US arms deal with Bahrain as crackdown continues - Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Motive of Congress suspect after passing insider trading bills
2/14/2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Motive of Congress suspect after passing insider trading bills - The disclosure provisions are good news to Common Cause, Public Citizen and other groups.

Freezing in the dark
2/14/2012

Oil & Gas Journal: Freezing in the dark - In early January, consumer advocate Public Citizen issued a claim that there is no need for additional drilling for oil and gas in the US because—gasp!—last year the US became a net exporter of petroleum products.

Has your doctor been disciplined by the state medical board? Here's how to find out
2/14/2012

Plain Dealer: Has your doctor been disciplined by the state medical board? Here's how to find out - The nonprofit consumer group Public Citizen has ranked Ohio's board as one of the top 10 in the country when it comes to disciplining doctors.

Letter from Washington: 41 senators ask for flood vote
2/14/2012

Out Of The Storm News: Letter from Washington: 41 senators ask for flood vote - This past week, I met with Heartland’s coalition partners Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and Public Citizen to discuss the Green Scissors’ agenda for 2012.

Astronomic compensation still the norm on Wall Street
2/14/2012

The Indypendent: Astronomic compensation still the norm on Wall Street - My colleagues and I at Public Citizen documented Wall Street's grip on this issue in a report called "Just Not Us," which showed that opponents of Dodd-Frank spent $242 million, deploying 712 lobbyists, to get the rule to apply to anyone but them.

Starbucks card – Nice gift except for the legal consequences
2/14/2012

FairfaxNews.com: Starbucks card – Nice gift except for the legal consequences - Public Citizen doesn’t think so either and the consumer organization has presented Starbucks with a little gift — a petition bearing the signatures of 15,000 coffee-guzzling consumers...

Chevron enters arbitration
2/14/2012

AFP: Chevron enters arbitration - A statement by the groups Rainforest Action Network, Public Citizen and Amazon Watch said a panel of experts would meet this weekend in Washington.

Is it time to completely overhaul our electrical energy grid in the US?
2/14/2012

Ezine Articles: Is it time to completely overhaul our electrical energy grid in the US? - I've read think tank reports for RAND, Hudson Group, Academy of Sciences, and even Public Citizen, so in other words this crosses all political lines, and it's no secret.

CREW petition on FEC passes signature threshhold
2/14/2012

Politico: CREW petition on FEC passes signature threshhold - Five other ethics and election watchdogs are affiliated with the effort: Democracy 21, Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen, Americans for Campaign Reform, League of Women Voters of the U.S., Common Cause, Public Campaign, United Republic, MapLight, and a late edition of CREDO Action Network.

NRC approves two new nuclear reactors in Georgia
2/14/2012

Digital Journal: NRC approves two new nuclear reactors in Georgia - Public Citizen’s Allison Fisher noted the approval is a step in “the wrong direction,” and cited the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan as an example.

Applause to Van Hollen for reintroducing DISCLOSE Act; GOP leadership should stop blocking transparency
2/14/2012

New Design World: Applause to Van Hollen for reintroducing DISCLOSE Act; GOP leadership should stop blocking transparency -  Public Citizen heartily applauds Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s (D-Md.) effort to lift the veil of secrecy that cloaks who is buying our elections.

House leaders no longer can stand in the way of much-needed legislation
2/14/2012

New Design World: House leaders no longer can stand in the way of much-needed legislation - The U.S. House of Representatives should adopt legislation similar to the version that the Senate passed last week that would prevent congressional insider trading, Public Citizen said in a letter sent today to Congress.

Public Citizen applauds Obama’s call for amendment to overturn Citizens United
2/14/2012

New Design World: Public Citizen applauds Obama’s call for amendment to overturn Citizens United - Public Citizen supports a range of measures – including public financing of elections, disclosure, requirements for shareholder approval of corporate election spending and prohibitions on election spending by lobbyists and government contractors...

Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion approved 4-1
2/14/2012

Global Association of Risk Professionals: Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion approved 4-1 - "The U.S. is approving new reactors before the full suite of lessons from Japan has been learned and before new safety regulations that were recommended by a task force established after the meltdown crisis at Fukushima have been implemented," said Allison Fisher, Outreach Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program.

Gillibrand statement on House passage of STOCK Act
2/14/2012

TCMnet.com: Gillibrand statement on House passage of STOCK Act - The STOCK Act is supported by at least seven government reform groups including: Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation and U.S. PIRG.

Indian Point flack stoked about new nukes in Georgia
2/14/2012

Gothamist: Indian Point flack stoked about new nukes in Georgia - And Allison Fisher, an energy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called the Georgia plant a step in the wrong direction. "It is inexplicable that we’ve chosen this moment in history to expand the use of a failed and dangerous technology," Fisher told the Washington Post.

Ecuadoreans blast 'secret' Hague tribunal
2/14/2012

Courthouse News: Ecuadoreans blast 'secret' Hague tribunal - During a telephone press conference, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach blasted the tribunal as a "kangaroo court" comprised of handsomely paid trade lawyers instead of judges.

After 6 years, Slaughter's effort to end insider trading in Congress passes House by vote of 417-2
2/14/2012

Financial Technology: After 6 years, Slaughter's effort to end insider trading in Congress passes House by vote of 417-2 - It is supported by good government groups Common Cause, CREW, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and US PIRG.

Trucking, rail groups call 'truce' over big trucks
2/14/2012

Journal of Commerce Online: Trucking, rail groups call 'truce' over big trucks - The AAR and rail suppliers, safety advocates, state police, Public Citizen, the Teamsters union and AAA responded with a political blitzkrieg.

Pelosi may have broken ethics rules
2/14/2012

Newsmax: Pelosi may have broken ethics rules - Pelosi’s statement probably falls just short of an ethics violation, Craig Holman, an advocate for campaign finance reform at Public Citizen, told The Hill.

Insider trading bill clears House
2/14/2012

College Times: Insider trading bill clears House - "What a sorry - but telling - display," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group.

Bachus says he will be exonerated in ethics probe
2/14/2012

Market Watch: Bachus says he will be exonerated in ethics probe - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, said lawmakers rejected a provision that could have ensured that the type of stock trading allegedly conducted by some lawmakers never happened again.

Democrat dirty laundry: Pelosi skirts illegality with campaign fundraising pitch
2/14/2012

LexisNexis: Democrat dirty laundry: Pelosi skirts illegality with campaign fundraising pitch - Craig Holman, an advocate for campaign finance reform at Public Citizen, said Pelosi's statement approached the ethical boundary but probably did not cross it.

Compounding pharmacy charged with misbranding
2/14/2012

Pharmalot: Compounding pharmacy charged with misbranding - A former consultant for Public Citizen, for instance, referred to them as a "shadow drug industry... with little or no regulatory oversight."

House GOP gaming ethics reform
2/14/2012

Care2: House GOP gaming ethics reform - Craig Holman of Public Citizen offered this take on the bill that came out of the House.

CPS is rewriting the menu on high-dollar dinners, booze
2/14/2012

Associated Press: CPS is rewriting the menu on high-dollar dinners, booze - CPS is rewriting the menu on high-dollar dinners, booze.

NRC approves first new U.S. nuclear reactors in 30 years... Fatal flaws in Fukushima design not fixed
2/14/2012

The Big Picture: NRC approves first new U.S. nuclear reactors in 30 years... Fatal flaws in Fukushima design not fixed - “The U.S. is approving new reactors before the full suite of lessons from Japan has been learned and before new safety regulations that were recommended by a task force established after the meltdown crisis at Fukushima have been implemented,” said Allison Fisher, Outreach Director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program.

Hoosiers now have the right to work for less
2/14/2012

Socialist WebZine: Hoosiers now have the right to work for less - The highest rates of job loss have been in right-to-work states, with the Carolinas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida all losing a higher percentage of their manufacturing jobs than Indiana (Public Citizen 2011).

U.S. Rep. Andrews' travels under scrutiny again
2/14/2012

Philly.com: U.S. Rep. Andrews' travels under scrutiny again - "It's highly suspicious that he would refuse to release records," said Craig Holman, an ethics expert and lobbyist with the nonpartisan group Public Citizen.

Gas-price rise on horizon, experts say
2/14/2012

SFGate: Gas-price rise on horizon, experts say - "I don't see it resulting in sharp (price) increases," said Tyson Slocum, head of the energy program at the Public Citizen watchdog group.

Illinois urged to investigate doctors with tainted records
2/14/2012

Chicago Tribune: Illinois urged to investigate doctors with tainted records - "It is rare for hospitals and managed care organizations to take any actions against doctors," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which has been pushing state medical boards to discipline substandard doctors.

Ralph Nader: On health care, figures again show Europe puts U.S. to shame
2/14/2012

Madison.com: Ralph Nader: On health care, figures again show Europe puts U.S. to shame - by Ralph Nader, longtime activist and founder of Public Citizen.

Cordray’s contribution might raise concern
2/14/2012

Associated Press: Cordray’s contribution might raise concern - To Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a nonpartisan ethics watchdog, the donation isn’t a big deal.

U.S. approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades
2/14/2012

Associated Press: U.S. approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades - Allison Fisher, an energy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called the NRC's action - less than a year after the Japan crisis - a step in the wrong direction.

Are Bumbo child seats safe?
2/14/2012

Bangor Daily News: Are Bumbo child seats safe? - The Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Kids In Danger and Public Citizen last week wrote to the CPSC.

New day for nuclear generation
2/14/2012

EnergyBiz: New day for nuclear generation - Such groups as Public Citizen, Greenpeace and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy are also concerned about the projected costs of those would-be units and who exactly would have to pay for them if they are not on budgetary track.

Cordray political donation debated
2/14/2012

Middletown Journal: Cordray political donation debated - Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a nonpartisan watchdog that monitors government ethics, said the donation isn’t a big deal.

(Updated) 24 hours. Half a million signatures. Please.
2/14/2012

Daily Kos: (Updated) 24 hours. Half a million signatures. Please. - But not just them--the rest of the progressive world is joining in too, from the Labor Network for Sustainability to MoveOn, from Credo to Democracy for America, from Public Citizen to the Change.Org.

Bartlett Naylor: Risky business
2/14/2012

IPS: Bartlett Naylor: Risky business - My colleagues and I at Public Citizen documented Wall Street's grip on this issue in a report called "Just Not Us," which showed that opponents of Dodd-Frank spent $242 million, deploying 712 lobbyists, to get the rule to apply to anyone but them.

The 99 percent takes a stand with 24 hours against Keystone
2/14/2012

ThinkProgress: OccupyKXL: The 99 percent takes a stand with 24 hours against Keystone - Other organizations participating in the petition drive include MoveOn, Credo, Democracy for America, Public Citizen, Change.org, the Labor Network for Sustainability, and businesses like Patagonia.

Eric Cantor’s Wall Street insider trading loophole
2/14/2012

Firedoglake: Eric Cantor’s Wall Street insider trading loophole - Reformers, including Public Citizen, have long called for remedial action, to no avail.

FDA stays the course, but asks firms to kick in more fees
2/14/2012

Science/AAAS - FDA stays the course, but asks firms to kick in more fees - "The agency has become dependent for its funding upon the very industry over which it has regulatory authority," wrote Public Citizen, an advocacy group, in a letter to Congress back in 2007.

Gift cards: Good & bad news
2/14/2012

Bankrate.com: Gift cards: Good & bad news - "Forced arbitration and class bans eviscerate consumers' rights," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel with Public Citizen, the group that put together the petition.

Settlement of class-action debt-relief suit criticized
2/14/2012

TampaBay.com: Settlement of class-action debt-relief suit criticized - The proposed settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa is now drawing criticism from the attorneys general of five states, including Florida, and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Stryker's Wingspan brain stent gets a date with the FDA
2/14/2012

MassDevice: Stryker's Wingspan brain stent gets a date with the FDA - Former FDA medical device director Larry Kessler joined consumer watchdog group Public Citizen in December in asking the agency to pull the stent off the market, writing that he could "see no reason why this device should continue to be available."

FDA's new budget heavily reliant on user fees
2/14/2012

DOTmed: FDA's new budget heavily reliant on user fees - A Science Insider blog on Monday cited a 2007 Public Citizen letter to Congress which warned that the agency was becoming "dependent for its funding upon the very industry over which it has regulatory authority."

Loopholes allowed for long Vegas vacation
2/14/2012

Roll Call: Loopholes allowed for long Vegas vacation - “The point is to make sure these trips are business-related and do not turn into vacation junkets,” Public Citizen’s Craig Holman said.

Opponents of Keystone XL aim for 500,000 anti-pipeline pledges in 24 hours
2/14/2012

Tree Hugger: Opponents of Keystone XL aim for 500,000 anti-pipeline pledges in 24 hours - But not just them - the rest of the progressive world is joining in too, from the Labor Network for Sustainability to MoveOn, from Credo to Democracy for America, from Public Citizen to the Change.Org.

Keating will pursue bold goals in new job
2/14/2012

Roll Call: Keating will pursue bold goals in new job - "They've helped develop a jurisprudence that is devastating the state of our democracy and directly advancing the interests of giant corporations and a handful of superwealthy individuals," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff defends term limits, lobbying reform
2/10/2012

Kansas City Infozine: Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff defends term limits, lobbying reform - The former lobbyist spoke at a Public Citizen conference earlier this week. The advocacy group defends consumer rights and lobbies for public financing of political campaigns.

Watering down the STOCK Act
2/10/2012

Facing South: Watering down the STOCK Act - "The Republican leadership’s weakening of legislation banning congressional insider trading reflects its commitment to the hedge funds and Wall Street interests who lobbied against transparency of their trading activities that are based on insider knowledge gleaned in the halls of Congress," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with the consumer-advocacy group Public Citizen.

For Florida members of Congress, government spending close to home
2/10/2012

FCIR: For Florida members of Congress, government spending close to home - “The executive branch has far stricter ethics standards than Congress does — and Congress has set these standards,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a nonprofit government watchdog group.

Prilosec, Nexium linked to diarrhea-causing infections, FDA warns
2/10/2012

About Lawsuits: Prilosec, Nexium linked to diarrhea-causing infections, FDA warns - Public Citizen, a prominent consumer advocate group, has called for black box label warnings to be added to all PPIs, alerting people that the drugs have been linked to bone breaks and can cause consumers to develop a dependency on the drugs.

Drug firm agrees to pay one billion dollars in major scandal
2/10/2012

CWEB News: Drug firm agrees to pay one billion dollars in major scandal - By scouring through comprehensive databases of all major criminal and civil settlements between federal and state governments and pharmaceutical companies occurring between 1990 and 2010, the Public Citizen's Health Research Group made some sobering discoveries.

Watchdogs petition to replace FEC commissioners
2/10/2012

The Hill: Watchdogs petition to replace FEC commissioners- Democracy 21, Campaign Legal Center, U.S. PIRG and Public Citizen are just four of the other prominent Washington watchdog and campaign finance groups to work towards this goal.

Court dismisses hours of service case
2/10/2012

eTrucker: Court dismisses hours of service case - The Washington, D.C., appellate court issued the dismissal order in response to a Jan. 23 joint request from the defendant Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the plaintiffs – the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Teamsters union, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition.

Pelosi might have skirted House ethics rules on campaign solicitations
2/10/2012

The Hill: Pelosi might have skirted House ethics rules on campaign solicitations - Craig Holman, an advocate for campaign finance reform at Public Citizen, said Pelosi’s statement approached the ethical boundary but probably did not cross it.

Pelosi, Dems aim to unmask super-PACs
2/10/2012

The Hill: Pelosi, Dems aim to unmask super-PACs - "It is both a travesty and betrayal of the professed principles of the many in Congress who claim to support open government and honest elections that the majority of congressional Republicans continue to block transparency of money in politics," Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, said in a statement.

Chevron-Ecuador arbitration panel set: activists
2/10/2012

Energy Daily: Chevron-Ecuador arbitration panel set: activists - A statement by the groups Rainforest Action Network, Public Citizen and Amazon Watch said a panel of experts would meet this weekend in Washington.

Petition urges Obama to replace five FEC commissioners
2/10/2012

The Raw Story: Petition urges Obama to replace five FEC commissioners - Republican commissioners who don’t want to enforce campaign finance law have rendered the agency useless, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Injuries still occur after Bumbo baby seat recall
2/10/2012

ABC News: Injuries still occur after Bumbo baby seat recall -  A coalition that includes Consumer's Union, Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America, Kids in Danger and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group sent a letter to the federal government this week urging officials "to remove these potentially hazardous products from the market." The groups are waiting for a response. 

U.S. approves first nuclear plants since 1978
2/10/2012

Indian Country: U.S. approves first nuclear plants since 1978. Should Indian Country be worried? - But Allison Fisher, of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said that “It is inexplicable that we’ve chosen this moment in history to expand the use of a failed and dangerous technology

Insider trading bill clears House
2/10/2012

Boston Herald: Insider trading bill clears House - "What a sorry — but telling — display," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group

NRC approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades
2/10/2012

Northwest Herald: NRC approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades - Allison Fisher, an energy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called the NRC's action – less than a year after the Japan crisis – a step in the wrong direction.

Obama unleashes his super PAC
2/9/2012

The Nation: Obama unleashes his super PAC -  Public Citizen also praised the newfound support for a constitutional amendment, because "[w]e are now in the midst of a Citizens United-induced democracy death spiral," in the words of Public Citizen president Robert Weissman.

Go Rand Paul! Closing the revolving door between industry and Congress
2/9/2012

Policyshop: Go Rand Paul! Closing the revolving door between industry and Congress - As a 2010 report by Public Citizen and the Center for Responsive Politics found: "This small army of registered financial services sector lobbyists includes at least 73 former members of Congress, of whom 17 served on the banking committees of either the U.S. House of Representatives or the Senate..."

US arms deal with Bahrain as crackdown continues
2/9/2012

Real News Network: US arms deal with Bahrain as crackdown continues - by Robert Naiman, Director of Just Foreign Policy. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

How campaign contributions are spent
2/9/2012

Philadelphia Inquirer: How campaign contributions are spent - And others who might detect campaign-finance misdeeds - the House and Senate Ethics committees - are less likely to act against a colleague, said Craig Holman, government-affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, another watchdog group.

Herzfeld & Rubin, Volkswagen, and Stockholm Syndrome
2/9/2012

PointofLaw.com: Herzfeld & Rubin, Volkswagen, and Stockholm Syndrome - This isn't some odd right-wing ideological view of class actions; Public Citizen takes the same position about the same settlement.

Harold & Fraud: Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons wins another radioactive favor from TCEQ
2/9/2012

Texas Observer: Harold & Fraud: Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons wins another radioactive favor from TCEQ - "It's a polluter's dream," said Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen-Texas. "The only assurance that's put up is stock in a corporation that is owned by the developer, so that if you screw up and everything goes bad you can go ahead and crash the corpotion and never pay a dime."

State medical boards are letting patients down
2/9/2012

D.C. Medical Malpractice and Patient Safety Blog: State medical boards are letting patients down - A recent study by consumer watchdog Public Citizen has ranked states’ effectiveness in protecting their citizens from substandard physicians. Thanks primarily to shrinking budgets and also to flagging political will and leadership, residents of many states have a lot to be concerned about.

Watchdog group refining stance on child farm labor
2/9/2012

Sioux City Journal: Watchdog group refining stance on child farm labor - Justin Feldman, a worker and health safety advocate for Public Citizen in Washington, said his organization wants more safeguards on agricultural work deemed too hazardous for children.

The right result for a few of the wrong reasons: Why nearly everyone favors the STOCK Act, and should continue to do so
2/9/2012

Huffington Post: The right result for a few of the wrong reasons: Why nearly everyone favors the STOCK Act, and should continue to do so - POGO joins them in a letter organized by Public Citizen that will soon be sent urging House lawmakers and leadership to take swift action to approve the bill.

Arbitrate your life away
2/9/2012

MSN Money: Arbitrate your life away - A Public Citizen study found that the National Arbitration Forum, a company that handled collection disputes, had ruled in favor of creditors 94% of the time.

DCSS moves forward with advertising initiative
2/9/2012

Douglas County Sentinel: DCSS moves forward with advertising initiative - Robert Weissman, president of Washington, D.C.-based consumer protection group Public Citizen, caught word of it and sent a letter to then-BOC Chairman Jeff Morris telling the board that “educational institutions should promote civic virtue and the public good, not commercial values.”

Prilosec OTC acid reducer, delayed-release tablets, 14 count
2/9/2012

Zimbio: Prilosec OTC acid reducer, delayed-release tablets, 14 count - Doctor Sid Wolfe, Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, joins us to discuss under-reported risks of dependence and side effects from commonly advertised acid reflux medications Nexium and Prilosec.

How super PACs are changing the U.S. presidential race
2/9/2012

Macleans.ca: How super PACs are changing the U.S. presidential race - “Super PACs are the most dangerous element we’ve seen emerge in campaign finance in recent years,” says Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, a non-profit group that advocates for ethics in government.

State medical board fails to discipline, disclose bad docs
2/9/2012

FierceHealthcare: State medical board fails to discipline, disclose bad docs - The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has done the worst job of disciplining doctors in the nation, according to Public Citizen's 2011 ranking of state medical boards.

Bumbo recall urged by consumer groups
2/9/2012

Boston.com: Bumbo recall urged by consumer groups - The letter is signed by the following groups: U.S. PIRG, Kids in Danger, the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Public Citizen.

Texas adds mega-wattage to U.S. solar surge
2/9/2012

Public News Service: Texas adds mega-wattage to U.S. solar surge - Tom "Smitty" Smith at the Texas office of Public Citizen predicts other cities will soon be following San Antonio's lead.

Conservative influence firm to open D.C. office - Citizens United lawyer endorses Romney - Huck PAC shucks small bucks - Obama super PAC reversal sparks campaign finance tizzy
2/9/2012

Politico: Conservative influence firm to open D.C. office - Citizens United lawyer endorses Romney - Huck PAC shucks small bucks - Obama super PAC reversal sparks campaign finance tizzy - Robert Weissman, Public Citizen president: “President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign took the unfortunate step last night of announcing it would support the super PAC Priorities USA..."

Letter: Support single-payer, single-class, single-plan health care
2/9/2012

Newton Tab: Letter: Support single-payer, single-class, single-plan health care - But if you were to ask Prof. Gerald Friedman, UMass-Amherst, or Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of the Health Research Group of Public Citizen, they would say that we can have all three.

Texas Public Policy Foundation disputes EPA's regulations
2/9/2012

San Antonio Express: Texas Public Policy Foundation disputes EPA's regulations - Tom Smith, director of the Texas branch of Public Citizen, agreed with Reed that the Regulations are not new, but "processes of development for 20 years."

Washington's inside game
2/9/2012

Washington's inside game - It fell to Jack Abramoff, of all people, to point this out in an appearance before Public Citizen.

Chevron allegedly using secret panel to avoid paying up $18 billion to Ecuador in damages
2/9/2012

International Business Times: Chevron allegedly using secret panel to avoid paying up $18 billion to Ecuador in damages - Public Citizen, Amazon Watch and the Rainforest Action Network have announced a protest rally against Chevron's discreet lawyer panel hearing scheduled to be held over this weekend.

Report: Board refrains from disciplining Minnesota doctors
2/9/2012

Associated Press: Report: Board refrains from disciplining Minnesota doctors - The low rate of discipline has consistently ranked Minnesota near the bottom in an annual report by the Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

'Casino Jack' visits a temple of good government
2/9/2012

Associated Press: 'Casino Jack' visits a temple of good government - "I was deeply involved in a system of bribery" and nothing is going to be done to stop it unless the political forces of both the right and the left join together to change it, Abramoff told an audience at the offices of Public Citizen.

Wells Fargo tweaks its mandatory arbitration agreement
2/9/2012

NorthJersey.com: Wells Fargo tweaks its mandatory arbitration agreement - According to Public Citizen's most recent survey in 2009, five out of seven large banks have mandatory arbitration requirements.

Jack Abramoff: Make congressional candidates sign pledge for reform
2/9/2012

Vermont Public Radio: Jack Abramoff: Make congressional candidates sign pledge for reform - Which is how he came to spend part of Monday afternoon at Public Citizen, the good-government group founded in 1971 by Ralph Nader – a place where, he happily noted, his old self would have never set foot.

Appliance fires: Is your home safe? Millions of dishwashers, fridges, ranges, and more are on recall lists
2/9/2012

Consumer Reports: Appliance fires: Is your home safe? Millions of dishwashers, fridges, ranges, and more are on recall lists - “A challenge to an important product- safety law should not proceed in secret just because the company wants to avoid bad publicity about one of its products,” says Scott Michelman, a lawyer for Public Citizen, representing the groups. As of press time, no hearing had been scheduled.

Occupying corporations: How to cut corporate power
2/9/2012

Open Salon: Occupying corporations: How to cut corporate power - Groups challenging this injustice include Code Pink, Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Moveon.org, Move to Amend, National Lawyers Guild, POCLAD, Public Citizen, People for American Way, The Center for Media and Democracy, and Women’s League for Peace and Freedom.

Capitol Assets: Some legislators send millions to groups connected to their relatives
2/9/2012

Washington Post: Capitol Assets: Some legislators send millions to groups connected to their relatives - “The executive branch has far stricter ethics standards than Congress does — and Congress has set these standards,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a nonprofit government watchdog group.

Auction 2012: Big money's next trade goal is 'NAFTA with Asia'
2/9/2012

Huffington Post: Auction 2012: Big money's next trade goal is 'NAFTA with Asia' - Public Citizen, the nonprofit consumer advocacy group, warns that the pact will likely allow foreign companies to sue governments to enforce the agreement in United Nations and World Bank tribunals.

Consumer seat at risk on state medical boards
2/9/2012

Health News Florida: Consumer seat at risk on state medical boards - Florida already gets low rankings for serious physician discipline in annual reports by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group in Washington, D.C

Press briefing by press secretary Jay Carney, 2/8/12
2/9/2012

The White House: Press briefing by press secretary Jay Carney, 2/8/12 - Public Citizen, as you know, is a government watchdog group. Craig Holman said, “The executive branch has far stricter ethics standards than Congress does..."

Jack Abramoff works for renewed status as watchdog
2/7/2012

TRNS: Jack Abramoff works for renewed status as watchdog - Abramoff told an audience Monday at Public Citizen, a non-profit, consumer rights advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that the term “lobbyist” needs redefining as the act of lobbying has evolved in modern politics.

Owing millions, former lobbyist Abramoff may return to the movie business
2/7/2012

Legal Times: Owning millions, former lobbyist Abramoff may return to the movie business - Speaking at a Public Citizen forum in Washington on Monday, Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to corruption and tax evasion charges, said he may pursue work as a movie producer – a job he held before he joined Preston Gates Ellis (now K&L Gates) in 1994.

Jack Abramoff takes on redemption trail
2/7/2012

Portfolio: Jack Abramoff takes on redemption trail - Before he went to prison on fraud, corruption, and conspiracy charges, super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff never dreamed he’d be the guest speaker at an event sponsored by Public Citizen.

Jack Abramoff hints at untold scandals
2/7/2012

New York Times: Jack Abramoff hints at untold scandals - “I can’t be the agent of causing someone to go to prison,” he said during an appearance at the Washington offices of Public Citizen, a nonprofit government watchdog group.

Abramoff's not naming names
2/7/2012

National Journal: Abramoff's not naming names - But at an event at Public Citizen today, Abramoff said he would not name the lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists who cheated or acted immorally because doing so would not spur reform. He does not, he said, want to be responsible for tarnishing someone else's life.

Abramoff won't name names
2/7/2012

Politico: Abramoff won't name names - In remarks at an event hosted by Public Citizen, Abramoff, who spent more than three years at the Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution, said he would not be responsible for others going to jail.

K Street files: Abramoff returns as government reformer
2/7/2012

Roll Call: Abramoff returns as government reformer - Under a banner of “Standing Up to Corporate Power” at Public Citizen’s Dupont headquarters, the reinvented Jack Abramoff offered his ideas for how to take corruption out of Congress and K Street.

Jack Abramoff’s atonement
2/7/2012

Washington Post: Jack Abramoff's atonement - Fallen super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is out of prison now but still doing penance. On Monday afternoon, he performed the Washington equivalent of donning a hair shirt: He appeared before the liberal advocacy group Public Citizen to field questions from reporters and campaign-finance-reform activists.

Disgraced lobbyist Abramoff tells good-government types they have a lot of work ahead of them
2/7/2012

Cox: Disgraced lobbyist Abramoff tells good-government types they have a lot of work ahead of them - "I was deeply involved in a system of bribery" and nothing is going to be done to stop it unless the political forces of both the right and the left join together to change it, Abramoff told an audience at the offices of Public Citizen.

Minnesota ranked 'worst in the country' at disciplining doctors, Strib series recounts
2/7/2012

MinnPost: Minnesota ranked 'worst in the country' at disciplining doctors, Strib series recounts - That rate of discipline has consistently ranked Minnesota near the bottom in a closely watched report of state medical boards published annually by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, a consumer watchdog organization.

Occupying corporations: How to cut corporate power
2/7/2012

Dissident Voice: Occupying corporations: How to cut corporate power - Groups challenging this injustice include Code Pink, Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Moveon.org, Move to Amend, National Lawyers Guild, POCLAD, Public Citizen, People for American Way, The Center for Media and Democracy, and Women’s League for Peace and Freedom.

Pay for delay: Right or wrong?
2/7/2012

Drug Discovery News: Pay for delay: Right or wrong? - Is it even a rebate—or is it a bribe, as asserted by the website “Public Citizen”?

U.S. Supreme Court signals continuing preference for arbitration
2/7/2012

Virgina Lawyers Weekly: U.S. Supreme Court signals continuing preference for arbitration - Scott L. Nelson, an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, D.C. who argued the case on behalf of the consumers, agreed.

Canada's financial industry hints at challenge to U.S. bank reform under NAFTA
2/7/2012

Huffington Post: Canada's financial industry hints at challenge to U.S. bank reform under NAFTA - “The Investment Industry Association of Canada perfectly illustrates how ‘trade’ agreements can reach inside nations' borders and interfere with public interest regulations that have nothing to do with the flow of goods between countries,” writes Travis McArthur at Public Citizen

Jack Abramoff proposes reforms for corrupt lobbying
2/7/2012

U.S. News: Jack Abramoff proposes reforms for corrupt lobbying - "Jack is someone who doesn't need an introduction, and I won't give him one," says Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.

Mr. Negativity
2/7/2012

Huffington Post: Mr. Negativity - Convicted felon and alleged good government convert Jack Abramoff spoke at Public Citizen today.

Former lobbyist Abramoff balks at naming ex-associates
2/7/2012

Reuters: Forber lobbyist Abramoff balks at naming ex-associates - "I can't be the agent of doing that to someone else. I can't be the agent of sending someone to prison," Abramoff said at an event hosted by Public Citizen, a consumer group in Washington.

Abramoff says he wants to clean up lobbying
2/7/2012

Washington Times: Abramoff says he wants to clean up lobbying - “I was involved deeply in a system of bribery, legal for the most part, but some illegal,” Ambramoff  said during a speech Monday at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group founded by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, a man he says he spent much of his career fighting.

Jack Abramoff's new game
2/7/2012

Open Salon: Jack Abramoff's new game - I couldn't help myself Monday afternoon. I clicked over to Public Citizen's website for the livestream of Jack Abramoff's appearance there.

How campaign contributions are spent
2/7/2012

Philly.com: How campaign contributions are spent - Even so, critics say, the FEC is slow to intervene. And others who might detect campaign-finance misdeeds - the House and Senate Ethics committees - are less likely to act against a colleague, said Craig Holman, government-affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, another watchdog group.

Jacked! Reform movement split on how to handle Abramoff
2/7/2012

TPMMuckraker: Jacked! Reform movement split on how to handle Abramoff - If one thing was clear at a Monday event held by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen, it's that good government types are split into two camps on the subject of Jack Abramoff

'Casino Jack' visits a temple of good government
2/7/2012

ABC News: 'Casino Jack' visits a temple of good government - "I was deeply involved in a system of bribery" and nothing is going to be done to stop it unless the political forces of both the right and the left join together to change it, Abramoff told an audience at the offices of Public Citizen.

White House delays another workplace rule that could save lives
2/6/2012

In These Times: White House delays another workplace rule that could save lives - In the 11 months that the rule has been held up by the White House, a report by Public Citizen estimates that 60 people could have been saved if it were already implemented.

Abramoff's back, scolding lobbyists
2/6/2012

Washington Post: Abramoff's back, scolding lobbyists - And on Monday, he’ll be giving a talk at, of all places, the watchdog group Public Citizen, where he’ll be outlining his proposals for cleaning up the influence industry.

Dismantle Bank of America?
2/6/2012

Richmond County Daily Journal: Dismantle Bank of America? - Public Citizen said the bank, headquartered in Charlotte, is a “grave threat to the financial system.”

We can't afford to expand nuclear power
2/6/2012

U.S. News and World Report: We can't afford to expand nuclear power - by Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program.

Three days after judge orders Evan Stone to pay $22,000 in attorneys’ fees, the Denton solo asks for a 5th Circuit stay
2/6/2012

Texas Lawyer Blog: Three days after judge orders Evan Stone to pay $22,000 in attorneys’ fees, the Denton solo asks for a 5th Circuit stay - Paul Alan Levy, an attorney with Public Citizen’s Litigation Group who is an at litem in the case, says it regrettable that the dispute has come to this.

Congress and insider trading
2/6/2012

CBS St. Louis: Congress and insider trading - Craig Holman of Public Citizen explained that Congress is working on eliminating insider trading.

Reject Carlyle Group's attack on investor rights, groups tell SEC
2/6/2012

Bloomberg: Reject Carlyle Group's attack on investor rights, groups tell SEC - “He’s doing more than anyone else,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washington-based group that supports more stringent lobbying laws.

Delta Dental's extraordinary executive pay and perks.
2/6/2012

KMOV.com: Delta Dental's extraordinary executive pay and perks. - Bart Naylor, a financial analyst with Public Citizen, a major consumer advocacy group in Washington, told me our findings were "disturbing," adding that when non-profits behave like for-profits "we have a serious problem."

Red Cross hit with $10 million fine. Why?
2/6/2012

Alaska Dispatch: Red Cross hit with $10 million fine. Why? - The Red Cross has been making promises and failing to keep them for over a decade, according to Sidney Wolfe, who heads the health research group at the consumer watchdog organization Public Citizen.

Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium hip fracture risk highlighted by new study
2/6/2012

AboutLawsuits: Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium hip fracture risk highlighted by new study - Public Citizen, a prominent consumer advocate group, has called for black box label warnings to be added to all PPIs, alerting people that the drugs have been linked to bone breaks and can cause consumers to develop a dependency on the drugs.

Top meteorologist forecasts support against Citizens United
2/6/2012

Greenbelt Patch: Top meteorologist forecasts support against Citizens United - Rosenthal hosted her first party on Dec. 15, 2011, with participation from Public Citizen, which is teaming up with Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Move to Amend and People for the American Way to host house parties all over the country.

Public Citizen blasts advertising in schools
2/6/2012

MediaPost Publications: Public Citizen blasts advertising in schools - In a new report, watchdog group Public Citizen blasts school districts willing to sell advertising on school-related real estate from lockers to cafeteria trays, arguing that the lasting impact on children far outweighs any financial resources a school district may raise.

Pelosi - Slaughter and Walz say 'we have the votes, let's make the STOCK Act the law of the land'
2/6/2012

TMC.net: Pelosi - Slaughter and Walz say 'we have the votes, let's make the STOCK Act the law of the land' - The STOCK Act has a broad base of support from organizations dedicated to government reform including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG.

Power plant sidesteps voters
2/6/2012

Denton Record Chronicle: Power plant sidesteps voters - "We’re very much in favor of it [the project]; however, the process stinks,” said Tom Smith, state director of the left-leaning consumer and environmental group Public Citizen."

Times of Trenton letters to the editor
2/6/2012

NJ.com: Times of Trenton letters to the editor - Feb. 5 - They can also check out the websites of organizations such as Move To Amend, Common Cause, Public Citizen, Veterans For Peace and Rootstrikers, organizations that are working to get the Citizens United decision overturned.

STOCK Act opponent Richard Burr stands to gain from natural gas investments
2/6/2012

Huffington Post: STOCK Act opponent Richard Burr stands to gain from natural gas investments - Burr's investments pose "a very clear conflict of interest," said Craig Holman of the advocacy group Public Citizen.

In annual tradition, advertisers cowed by NFL trademark bullying
2/6/2012

Ars Technica: In annual tradition, advertisers cowed by NFL trademark bullying - Paul Alan Levy, an attorney at Public Citizen, says the same principle applies to Super Bowl-related advertisements.

Doctors who err escape penalties
2/6/2012

Star Tribune: Doctors who err escape penalties - That rate of discipline has consistently ranked Minnesota near the bottom in a closely watched report of state medical boards published annually by Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer watchdog organization.

Arbitration can be unfair for consumers
2/6/2012

Associated Press: Arbitration can be unfair for consumers - Groups such as Public Citizen argue that people must waive their legal rights because arbitration clauses are presented in contracts on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

Report: Board refrains from disciplining doctors
2/6/2012

Associated Press: Report: Board refrains from disciplining doctors - The low rate of discipline has consistently ranked Minnesota near the bottom in an annual report by the Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

The influence industry: Obama’s ban on lobbyist bundlers has unclear prospects
2/3/2012

The Washington Post: Obama's ban on lobbyist bundler has unclear prospects - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the nonprofit Public Citizen, praised Obama for proposing the ban, even if it has little chance of becoming law in the near term.

Some doctors try to squelch online reviews
2/3/2012

Delaware Online: Some doctors try to squelch online reviews - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a class-action lawsuit in November against the dental practice and the dentist, Stacy Makhnevich.

FDA advisors who endorsed contraceptive had industry ties
2/3/2012

 PharmaLive: FDA advisors who endorsed contraceptive had industry ties -  One member, Pharma watchdog Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen, was not allowed to vote because of his previous advocacy against Yaz/Yasmin.

Auction 2012: Big money's next trade goal is 'NAFTA With Asia'
2/3/2012

Huffington Post: Big money's next trade goal is 'NAFTA With Asia' - Public Citizen, the nonprofit consumer advocacy group, warns that the pact will likely allow foreign companies to sue governments to enforce the agreement in United Nations and World Bank tribunals.

White house delays another workplace rule that could save lives
2/3/2012

In These Times: White house delays another workplace rule that could save lives - In the 11 month that the rule has been held up by the White House, a report by Public Citizen estimates that 60 people could have been saved if it were already implemented.

Lawyers rank third on Obama donor list even with lobbying ties
2/3/2012

Business Week: Lawyers rank third on Obama donor list even with lobbying ties - “He’s doing more than anyone else,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washington-based group that supports more stringent lobbying laws. “Not only is he disclosing his bundling activities, he has this wall between lobbyists and his administration and no one else is going to do that.”

Occupy Chattanooga says fed court wrong venue
2/3/2012

WRCBtv: Occupy Chattanooga says fed court wrong venue - Scott Michelman of Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen said law enforcement has not tried to enforce any rule.

Walz and Slaughter file paperwork to bring STOCK Act to House floor for clean, up or down vote
2/3/2012

Lexis Nexis News: Walz and Slaughter file paperwork to bring STOCK Act to House floor for clean, up or down vote - The STOCK Act has a broad base of support from organizations dedicated to government reform including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG.

Truckers hoping Congress will melt 20-year freeze on truck size and weight limits
2/3/2012

Logistics Management: Truckers hoping Congress will melt 20-year freeze on truck size and weight limits - Safety advocacy groups such as Public Citizen have routinely railed against past efforts to modernize truck weight laws, and can be counted on to do so again.

Advertisers insert products into TV storylines
2/3/2012

Statesman Journal: Advertisers insert products into TV storylines - Public Citizen president Robert Weissman, who has long protested the encroachment of unmarked ads within entertainment programming, called the episode "astounding," and he wasn't being complimentary.

Lieberman, Cantor defend Capitol Hill’s inside traders
2/3/2012

Salon: Lieberman, Cantor defend Capitol Hill's inside traders - According to Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a transparency advocacy group that lobbied for the House version of the STOCK Act, the two groups were especially concerned about the regulation of the political intelligence industry.

Jack Abramoff’s comeback looks complete
2/3/2012

The Washington Post: Jack Abramoff's comeback looks complete - And on Monday, he’ll be giving a talk in the venerated halls of watchdog group Public Citizen, where he’ll be outlining his proposals for cleaning up the influence industry.

$10 million fine on Red Cross highlights its troubled history of blood services
2/3/2012

Herald de Paris: $10 million fine on Red Cross highlights its troubled history of blood service - The Red Cross has been making promises and failing to keep them for over a decade, according to Sidney Wolfe, who heads the health research group at the consumer watchdog organization Public Citizen.

Komen funding controversy rages
2/3/2012

The Hill: OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Komen funding controversy rages - After the hearing, the consumer group Public Citizen called on the administration to quickly adopt the rules, which would restrict employees 15 and younger from operating most power-driven equipment, handling pesticides and harvesting tobacco.

Stock picks from Fed officials
2/3/2012

CNN Money: Stock picks from Fed officials - Fed employees, like all employees at other government agencies, are restricted from owning shares of companies that they regulate, said Craig Holman government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

House minority leader holds weekly news conference
2/3/2012

Lexus Nexus News: House minority leader holds weekly news conference - So it is supported, as you know, by Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, U.S. PIRG, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and the American people.

Drillers could take lesson from Dust Bowl
2/3/2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Drillers could take lesson from Dust Bowl - "I don't think the production side of the industry is keen on prices remaining as low as they are," said Tyson Slocum, director of energy research at Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy and environmental group founded by Ralph Nader.

Dismantle Bank of America?
2/3/2012

Yourdailyjournal.com: Dismantle Bank of America? - Public Citizen said the bank, headquartered in Charlotte, is a “grave threat to the financial system.”

ABC2 News investigation reveals huge lags in doctor discipline
2/3/2012

ABC News: News investigation reveals huge lags in doctor discipline - That’s an example of yet another delay in the process that concerns Doctor Sidney Wolfe, Director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen.

Salon v McKeon: When is an investigative reporter not an investigative reporter
2/3/2012

FavStocks: Salon v McKeon: When is an investigative reporter not an investigative reporter - Craig Holman, a lobbying expert with Public Citizen, says that the donation to McKeon is part of a larger pattern of influence peddling in Washington: “The objective is to throw as much money as possible at the feet of the lawmaker; that includes at the feet of his family as well.”

Dangerous House bill will allow overweight, oversized trucks on highways
2/3/2012

PR Newswire: Dangerous House bill will allow overweight, oversized trucks on highways - "Three quarters of Americans say they oppose bigger and heavier trucks on our highways and polls conducted over the past 15 years show similar results," said Joan Claybrook, Chair Emeritus, Public Citizen and Chair, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways.

A positive agenda for the TPP IP chapter
2/2/2012

InfoJustice.org: A positive agenda for the TPP IP chapter - The meeting was organized by American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and included experts from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, University of Ottawa, Knowledge Ecology International, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Citizen...

Delays are more than just a Maryland problem
2/2/2012

ABC2 News: Delays are more than just a Maryland problem - Public Citizen, an advocacy group that handles issues including access to health information, has a real problem with this limited access. 

Congressional Insider Trading Ban Exempts Lobbyists
2/2/2012

Kansas City infoZine: Congressional Insider Trading Ban Exempts Lobbyists - Public Citizen said in a statement: "The 'Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act' (STOCK Act), would make members of Congress and their staffs subject to the same laws against insider trading that apply to the rest of America.

FDA cancels 1977 drug withdrawal bids
2/2/2012

American Veterinary Medical Association - FDA cancels 1977 drug withdrawal bids - The Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists filed a federal lawsuit in May 2011 based on allegations the agency had unreasonably delayed action on the 1977 proposal and had unreasonably delayed ruling on two antimicrobial use–related citizen petitions filed in 1999 and 2005.

Teamsters, safety advocates oppose higher truck weight limit bill
2/2/2012

The Detroit News: Teamsters, safety advocates oppose higher truck weight limit bill - Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Joan Claybrook, a former head of Public Citizen, noted that in the United States in 2010 there was a 9 percent increase in truck deaths.

Labor watchdog refining stance on kids working on farms
2/2/2012

Lincoln Journal Star: Labor watchdog refining stance on kids working on farms - Justin Feldman, a worker and health safety advocate for Public Citizen in Washington, said his organization wants more safeguards on agricultural work deemed too hazardous for children.

FDA advisors who endorsed contraceptive had industry ties
2/2/2012

PharmaLive.com: FDA advisors who endorsed contraceptive had industry ties - One member, Pharma watchdog Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen, was not allowed to vote because of his previous advocacy against Yaz/Yasmin.

$10 million fine on Red Cross highlights its troubled history of blood services
2/2/2012

OPB News: $10 million fine on Red Cross highlights its troubled history of blood services - The Red Cross has been making promises and failing to keep them for over a decade, according to Sidney Wolfe, who heads the health research group at the consumer watchdog organization Public Citizen.

Stock picks from Fed officials
2/2/2012

CNN: Stock picks from Fed officials - Fed employees, like all employees at other government agencies, are restricted from owning shares of companies that they regulate, said Craig Holman government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Lieberman, Cantor defend Capitol Hill’s inside traders
2/2/2012

Salon.com: Lieberman, Cantor defend Capitol Hill’s inside traders - According to Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a transparency advocacy group that lobbied for the House version of the STOCK Act, the two groups were especially concerned about the regulation of the political intelligence industry.

Slaughter and Walz say stop obstructing the STOCK Act
2/2/2012

Financial Technology: Slaughter and Walz say stop obstructing the STOCK Act - The STOCK Act has a broad base of support from organizations dedicated to government reform including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG.

Senate criticized for changes to ‘insider trading’ ban
2/2/2012

Connecticut Post: Senate criticized for changes to ‘insider trading’ ban - While constituents have been outraged by this seeming impropriety, the Senate has taken out a key provision of the bill, according to the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

New tactic in mass file-sharing lawsuit: just insult the EFF
2/2/2012

Law & Disorder: New tactic in mass file-sharing lawsuit: just insult the EFF - (In that case, the judge ended by sanctioning the lawyer who brought the case, fining him $10,000 and ordering him to pay another $22,000 to the lawyers from EFF and Public Citizen.)

Democracy for dollars
2/2/2012

Detroit Metro Times: Democracy for dollars - However, a coalition of dozens for organizations ranging from People for the American Way and Public Citizen to Green Peace and the Hip Hop Caucus have signed on to support the idea that the words "We the People" means just that, and that corporations aren't covered.

STOCK Act: Senate vote on Thursday
2/2/2012

The Voice of Russia: STOCK Act: Senate vote on Thursday - Here to discuss the bill is one of its authors, Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist for Public Citizen.

The influence industry: Obama’s ban on lobbyist bundlers has unclear prospects
2/2/2012

The Washington Post: The influence industry: Obama’s ban on lobbyist bundlers has unclear prospects - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the nonprofit Public Citizen, praised Obama for proposing the ban, even if it has little chance of becoming law in the near term.

Occupy Chattanooga says fed court wrong venue
2/2/2012

ABC News 2: Occupy Chattanooga says fed court wrong venue - Scott Michelman of Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen said law enforcement has not tried to enforce any rule. He told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that commissioners by seeking court costs are attempting to impose a monetary penalty on Occupy supporters for "political activity."

FAQ: The crackdown on insider trading in Congress
2/2/2012

The Washington Post: FAQ: The crackdown on insider trading in Congress - Some think it could happen. About one-third of the Senate and half of the House actively trade stocks, and the STOCK Act could potentially discourage members from personally trading altogether, according to Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, which supports the bill.

Doctors try to squelch online reviews
2/2/2012

Columbus Dispatch: Doctors try to squelch online reviews - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a class-action lawsuit in November against the dental practice and the dentist, Stacy Makhnevich.

Board to rule on CC3 contention
2/2/2012

SoMdNews.com: Board to rule on CC3 contention - The intervening energy groups include the Nuclear Information Resource Service, Beyond Nuclear, Southern Maryland Citizens Alliance for Renewable Energy Solutions and Public Citizen Energy Program.

Dangerous House bill will allow overweight, oversized trucks on highways
2/2/2012

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Dangerous House bill will allow overweight, oversized trucks on highways - "Three quarters of Americans say they oppose bigger and heavier trucks on our highways and polls conducted over the past 15 years show similar results," said Joan Claybrook, Chair Emeritus, Public Citizen and Chair, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways.

Car being hawked as a character in 'The Middle'
2/2/2012

ABC News: Car being hawked as a character in 'The Middle' - Public Citizen president Robert Weissman, who has long protested the encroachment of unmarked ads within entertainment programming, called the episode "astounding," and he wasn't being complimentary.

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