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Pressure builds on SEC over political spending
4/3/2012

Care2: Pressure builds on SEC over political spending - “The message from Americans could hardly be louder or clearer,” said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.

Rally at the SEC against secret money in politics
4/3/2012

Care2: Rally at the SEC against secret money in politics - The demonstration is being organized by the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS), in conjunction with the Corporate Reform Coalition and key partners like Public Citizen.

Senator Whitehouse introduces the DISCLOSE Act of 2012
4/3/2012

The Raw Story: Senator Whitehouse introduces the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 - “The transparency measure faces an uphill battle, as the Republican caucus marched in lockstep to kill a similar measure in the last congressional session,” Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist at Public Citizen, noted.

Purchasing power, one-percent style
4/3/2012

Where's Our Money: Purchasing power, one-percent style - According to a new report by Public Citizen, politicians who advocated for a weaker Volcker rule got an average of $388,010 in contributions from the financial sector – more than four times as much as politicians advocating to strengthen the rule, who still managed to haul in an average of $96,897 apiece.

Lawmakers shouldn't be for sale... and corporations shouldn't buy them
4/3/2012

The Business Ethics Blog: Lawmakers shouldn't be for sale... and corporations shouldn't buy them - It wasn’t long before I stumbled on a blog post by Peter Overby about a recent visit that former lobbyist Jack Abramoff recently paid to Public Citizen, Ralph Nader’s good-government group.

Public interest groups using ex-Goldman exec op-ed in fight for tougher Wall Street rules
3/30/2012

Fox Business: Public interest groups using ex-Goldman exec op-ed in fight for tougher Wall Street rules-  “We are ensuring the regulatory agencies understand both the existence of Mr. Smith's column and its import,” Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, told FOX Business.

New York Assembly Committee approves resolution calling for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
3/30/2012

eNews Park Forest: New York Assembly Committee approves resolution calling for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United-  Public Citizen and other activists approached Assemblyman James Brennan (D-Brooklyn) to introduce the resolution. It will now go to a full Assembly vote.

Clip of Clark ballboy slur triggers righst dispute
3/30/2012

SoccerAmerica: Clip of Clark ballboy slur triggers rights dispute- The fan who posted the clip, Joshua Vega, was contacted by Public Citizen Litigation Group, which sent a letter to MLS protesting the Digital Millennium Takedown Act (DMCA) notice sent by the league to YouTube. MLS cited copyright protection of its game telecasts as justification for the takedown notice; that contention was refuted by senior litigator Paul Levy.

Show us your money: Why the Senate must pass the DISCLOSE Act
3/30/2012

AlterNet: Show us your money: Why the Senate must pass the DISCLOSE Act- Public Citizen / By Lisa Gilbert - This week has showcased a dire need, a need to spotlight the unregulated money overwhelming our democrat.

Pressure builds on SEC over political spending
3/30/2012

Care2: Pressure builds on SEC over political spending- “The message from Americans could hardly be louder or clearer,” said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.


Virginia first state to sell naming rights to roads
3/30/2012

AllGov News: Virginia first state to sell naming rights to roads- “It’s evidence of a decline in our values when we start naming public spaces and public entities after corporations instead of national heroes or historical figures,” Elizabeth Ben-Ishai of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, told BBC News Magazine.

Our economy may soon again get screwed by Wall Street
3/30/2012

Talk Radio News Service: Our economy may soon again get screwed by Wall Street- According to a new report released today by Public Citizen – lawmakers who oppose the Volcker Rule, which says banks can’t gamble with your checking account money, receive on average four times more in campaign contributions from Wall Street than those lawmakers who support the Volcker Rule.

State court to review Cipro class-action lawsuit
3/30/2012

Times-Union: State court to review Cipro class-action lawsuit- According to Public Citizen report, from November 1997 to December 2005, the FDA received 262 reports of tendon ruptures, 258 cases of tendinitis and 274 cases of other tendon disorders in patients using fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including Cipro. 

Two SEC commissioners could dramatically change campaign finance
3/30/2012

The Nation: Two SEC commissioners could dramatically change campaign finance- “The principle here is simple and unassailable,” said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division at this morning’s demonstration. “The owners of publicly held companies have the right to know how their money is being spent on politics.”

Checkup system passes test
3/30/2012

Worcester Telegram and Gazette: Checkup system passes test- Additionally, the article cites Public Citizen, a national nonprofit that describes itself as a government watchdog, whose reports equate the number of annual disciplinary actions by state medical boards with their competence.

Applegate praises court for ordering FDA to address antibiotics in food animal production
3/30/2012

PerishableNews: Applegate praises court for ordering FDA to address antibiotics in food animal production-  The ruling comes from a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) last year.

Obama visit inspires Ben & Jerry's event
3/30/2012

Rutland Herald: Obama visit inspires Ben & Jerry's event- Advocates for campaign finance reform on Thursday plan to prepare a 65-scoop “Taste of Democracy Sundae” in order “to show President Obama on his visit the following day that Vermonters do not want corporate money in America's elections,” according to a news release from the group Public Citizen.

Court: FDA must address antibiotics in livestock
3/30/2012

CBS News: Court: FDA must address antibiotics in livestock- A federal court has ruled the FDA must address antibiotic overuse in animal feed. That decision came last night in a lawsuit filed by public interest groups including Public Citizen.

Instant view: Apple, Foxconn promise better working conditions
3/30/2012

Reuters: Instant view: Apple, Foxconn promise better working conditions- JUSTIN FELDMAN, HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVOCATE, PUBLIC CITIZEN- "In theory it's an improvement, but it actually has to happen. Without an effective oversight mechanism there is no accountability."

President Obama sacrifices gas policy for gas politics on Keystone XL pipeline
3/30/2012

eNews Park Forest: President Obama sacrifices gas policy for gas politics on Keystone XL pipeline-  Public Citizen has long warned about Keystone’s health and safety risks, the environmental devastation associated with tar sands mining and its disproportionate impact on global climate change, and the unconscionable contributions to local air pollution in Port Arthur, Texas.

Nasstrac joins HOS legal battle
3/30/2012

Truckinginfo: Nasstrac joins HOS legal battle- The organization is intervening in a court appeal, brought by consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen and other groups, to reduce driving time for truck drivers to 10 hours a day.

Citizens United reform, requiring corporations to disclose political spending, sought from SEC
3/29/2012

Huffington Post: Citizens United reform, requiring corporations to disclose political spending, sought from SEC - The groups involved in Monday's SEC event - including... Public Citizen... - say their members have sent more than 75,000 letters to the SEC in support of a political spending disclosure rule.

National Occupation of Washington, DC social forum: Schedule of workshops
3/29/2012

October 2011: National Occupation of Washington, DC social forum: Schedule of workshops - That is the argument Public Citizen made in a petition to financial regulators with regard to the financial behemoth, Bank of America.

Analysis: Election year fuels oil conspiracy theories
3/29/2012

Currency Trader News: Analysis: Election year fuels oil conspiracy theories - “You’ll talk to some Republicans, and they’ll say it’s the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Tyson Slocum, head of the energy program at the Public Citizen watchdog group.

Superbug lawsuit: Court orders FDA to do its job - After a 35-year delay!
3/29/2012

SmokinChoices: Superbug lawsuit: Court orders FDA to do its job - After a 35-year delay! - The lawsuit was filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animals Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The conservative crusaders of America
3/29/2012

Under the Mountain Bunker: The conservative crusaders of America - Members of Congress who submitted comments advocating the weakening of the already watered-down Volcker Rule - which is meant to rein in banks’ risky trading - have received more than four times as much in campaign contributions from the financial sector as members who demanded stricter regulations, a report released today by Public Citizen reveals...

Public Citizen's WTO consumer rights pledge etc.
3/29/2012

SocioEcological Political Economics - Public Citizen's WTO consumer rights pledge etc. - And the issues keep right on coming. The corporate executives and their supporters are everywhere, like fleas and ticks, only really big... Sign the Consumer Rights Pledge.

Thom Hartmann: It might not be too long before our economy gets screwed by Wall Street, again
3/29/2012

Stacy's Soapbox: Thom Hartmann: It might not be too long before our economy gets screwed by Wall Street, again - According to a new report released today by Public Citizen - lawmakers who oppose the Volcker Rule, which says banks can't gamble with your checking account money, receive on average four times more in campaign contributions from Wall Street than those lawmakers who support the Volcker Rule.

Auction 2012: Big Money’s next trade goal is ‘NAFTA with Asia’
3/29/2012

CalFAIR.org: 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.

Popularity of research awards grows for students
3/29/2012

GW Hatchet: Popularity of research awards grows for students - Tucker said his first stint at Cambridge helped guide his professional research at two District non-profits: the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen.

Child labor in the U.S.
3/29/2012

Human Resources Journal: Child labor in the U.S. - Justin Feldman, worker health and safety advocate for watchdog group Public Citizen, feels the agricultural-related rules are behind the time.

Big bucks, big pharma documentary
3/29/2012

 Mind Training for Cricket: Video clip: Big bucks, big pharma documentary - Featuring interviews with... Dr. Larry Sasich (Public Citizen Health Research Group).

New York Assembly approves resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
3/29/2012

ENews Park Forest: New York Assembly approves resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United - Public Citizen and other activists approached Assemblyman James Brennan (D-Brooklyn) to introduce the resolution. It will now go to a full Assembly vote.

Clip of Clark ballboy slur triggers rights dispute
3/29/2012

Soccer America Daily: Clip of Clark ballboy slur triggers rights dispute - The fan who posted the clip, Joshua Vega, was contacted by Public Citizen Litigation Group, which sent a letter to MLS protesting the Digital Millennium Takedown Act (DMCA) notice sent by the league to YouTube.

Tighter rules for factory farm antibiotics? Maybe
3/29/2012

Mother Jones: Tighter rules for factory farm antibiotics? Maybe - Just three months later, the industry's gift has been unceremoniously snatched back by a federal judge, responding to a lawsuit brought by a coalition of consumer and enviro groups including... Public Citizen...

Banks get traction on Volcker rule
3/29/2012

Treasury & Risk: Banks get traction on Volcker rule - Bartlett Naylor, who works on financial policy at the Washington-based advocacy group Public Citizen, said his small band of Volcker supporters is highlighting the recent New York Times op-ed article by ex-Goldman Sachs derivatives salesman Greg Smith to show the need for a strong rule.

Report: Lawmakers pushing for weaker Volcker Rule reap Wall Street cash
3/29/2012

The Hill: Report: Lawmakers pushing for weaker Volcker Rule reap Wall Street cash - Members of Congress pressuring regulators to go easy on the "Volcker Rule" received roughly four times as much on average in contributions from the financial industry than lawmakers pushing for a stronger rule since the 2010 election cycle, according to Public Citizen, a left-leaning group advocating for strict implementation.

Fitzpatrick wilts in the face of stiff national challenges
3/29/2012

PhillyBurbs.com: Fitzpatrick wilts in the face of stiff national challenges - As a result, "A vast array of new health, safety, environmental, financial and other regulatory protections would be in jeopardy," according to the blogs Public Citizen and Daily Kos.

NASSTRAC intervenes in hours-of-service court appeal
3/29/2012

Commercial Carrier Journal: NASSTRAC intervenes in hours-of-service court appeal - The National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council on Tuesday, March 27, announced that it has intervened in the court appeal brought by Public Citizen and other interests as to the most recent hours-of-service final rule by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The National Occupation of Washington, DC seeks to lift Occupy to new levels with powerful educational programs
3/29/2012

The Free Press: The National Occupation of Washington, DC seeks to lift Occupy to new levels with powerful educational programs -That is the argument Public Citizen made in a petition to financial regulators with regard to the financial behemoth, Bank of America.

Why would anyone buy naming rights to a highway?
3/29/2012

BBC News: Why would anyone buy naming rights to a highway? - But the scheme amounts essentially to auctioning public spaces to the highest bidder, says Elizabeth Ben-Ishai of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

New York Assembly’s election panel approves bill to condemn Citizens United ruling
3/29/2012

The Raw Story: New York Assembly’s election panel approves bill to condemn Citizens United ruling - Public Citizen and a number of other groups, such as Move to Amend, have pushed the symbolic resolutions in cities and state legislatures across the country.

Scott Brown’s honor troll
3/29/2012

Associated Press: Scott Brown’s honor troll - “It is using public resources for electioneering purposes,” said Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for a nonprofit consumer affairs group called Public Citizen.

The QueQue: Texas radioactive dump to open to nation, Mayor Castro passing the hat for education, infrastructure, deaths behind Bexar County Adult Detention bars
3/29/2012

San Antonio Current: The QueQue: Texas radioactive dump to open to nation, Mayor Castro passing the hat for education, infrastructure, deaths behind Bexar County Adult Detention bars - It's a point Karen Hadden, executive director of the SEED Coalition, brought to the TLLRWDCC meeting in a letter signed onto by a number of other groups, including... Public Citizen...

House votes overwhelmingly to ease financial rules
3/29/2012

Associated Press: House votes overwhelmingly to ease financial rules - Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, blamed the upcoming congressional elections.

FDA advisory committee vacancies and interests
3/29/2012

Policy and Medicine: FDA advisory committee vacancies and interests - [Dr. Sidney] Wolfe, who heads the Public Citizen Health Research Group, said he was removed because he publishes a newsletter called ‘Worst Pills, Best Pills News’ and the Worst Pills web site, in which the group has labeled Yaz and Yasmin as ‘do not use.’

Tighter rules for factory farm antibiotics? Maybe
3/29/2012

Organic Consumers Association: Tighter rules for factory farm antibiotics? Maybe - Just three months later, the industry's gift has been unceremoniously snatched back by a federal judge, responding to a lawsuit brought by a coalition of consumer and enviro groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.  

Lawmakers who opposed Volcker rule got big contributi​ons from financial sector: Report
3/29/2012

Huffington Post: Lawmakers who opposed Volcker rule got big contributi​ons from financial sector: Report - Members of Congress who have called for a weak, watered-down version of the Volcker rule - a key piece of financial regulation currently under intense debate in Washington - have received handsome donations from the financial sector, according to a new analysis from the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen.

A question of labels is affecting drug lawsuits
3/29/2012

Associated Press: A question of labels is affecting drug lawsuits - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to give generic companies greater control over their labels, a rule change that could allow users of generic drugs to sue, but the agency said earlier this month that it needed more time to decide.

Drug residues in meat
3/29/2012

Care2: Drug residues in meat - Last week, a landmark court case was won by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Citing ‘tradition,’ Big Ag fights reforms for child farmworkers
3/29/2012

In These Times: Citing ‘tradition,’ Big Ag fights reforms for child farmworkers - Justin Feldman of Public Citizen told In These Times, "People are afraid because of immigration status, because of limited English ability, because of poverty and all sorts of issues..."

Pact on third-party ads seems to be working in Massachusetts
3/29/2012

Washington Post: Pact on third-party ads seems to be working in Massachusetts - Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of the Congress Watch program at Public Citizen, said the pledge “does seem to be working.”

Shippers choose up sides in impending HOS legal fight
3/29/2012

DC Velocity: Shippers choose up sides in impending HOS legal fight - However, the public interest group Public Citizen has already filed a petition for review of the HOS rules before a federal appeals court in Washington.

State court to review Cipro class-action lawsuit: AttorneyOne.com warns the threat of severe adverse events from Cipro remains
3/29/2012

TimesUnion.com: State court to review Cipro class-action lawsuit: AttorneyOne.com warns the threat of severe adverse events from Cipro remains - According to a Public Citizen report, from November 1997 to December 2005, the FDA received 262 reports of tendon ruptures, 258 cases of tendinitis and 274 cases of other tendon disorders in patients using fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including Cipro.

State court dismisses generic Darvocet lawsuits: The threat of severe adverse events from Darvocet remains
3/29/2012

Digital Journal: State court dismisses generic Darvocet lawsuits: The threat of severe adverse events from Darvocet remains - In June 2008, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against the FDA (Docket 2006P-0270) for failing to timely act on its petition (1978 and 2006) to remove Darvocet and Darvon from the market.

Virginia first state to sell naming rights to roads
3/29/2012

AllGov: Virginia first state to sell naming rights to roads - “It’s evidence of a decline in our values when we start naming public spaces and public entities after corporations instead of national heroes or historical figures,” Elizabeth Ben-Ishai of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, told BBC News Magazine.

Sen. Whitehouse reintroduces DISCLOSE Act to shine light on secretive campaign slush funds
3/27/2012

eNews Park Forest: Sen. Whitehouse reintroduces DISCLOSE Act to shine light on secretive campaign slush funds - Statement of Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist, Public Citizen

Supreme Court ruling grants immunity to generic drug makers
3/27/2012

Dayton Business Journal: Supreme Court ruling grants immunity to generic drug makers - A battle is shaping up to try and change the situation, as consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to institute new labeling guidelines that would place more legal burden for warnings on the generic drug makers, rather than just the name-brand pharmaceutical company.

California moves resolution ahead calling for constitutional amendment to overturn to Citizens United
3/27/2012

California Progress Report: California moves resolution ahead calling for constitutional amendment to overturn to Citizens United - by Jonah Minkoff-Zern of Public Citizen

Summers at World Bank? Record on poor countries and gender bias
3/27/2012

Kansas City infoZine: Summers at World Bank? Record on poor countries and gender bias - President of Public Citizen, Robert Weissman just wrote the piece "The (Larry) Summers of Our Discontent," which states: "'Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (lesser developed countries)?'

Watchdog group condemns FDA for failure to recall stroke-causing stent
3/27/2012

InjuryBoard.com: Watchdog group condemns FDA for failure to recall stroke-causing stent - The Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to remove Stryker’s Wingspan Stent System from the market is a reckless disregard for consumer safety, says consumer advocate Public Citizen.

Daily volck
3/27/2012

Rhymes with Cars and Girls: Daily volck - Bartlett Naylor, who works on financial policy at the Washington-based advocacy group Public Citizen, said his small band of Volcker supporters is highlighting the recent New York Times op-ed article by ex-Goldman Sachs derivatives salesman Greg Smith to show the need for a strong rule.

Tyson Slocum on gas prices, Andrew Coates on health care debate
3/27/2012

KUNM: Tyson Slocum on gas prices, Andrew Coates on health care debate - We’ll talk to Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen’s Energy Project about gas prices and politics.

Two SEC commissioners could dramatically change campaign finance
3/27/2012

Democratic Underground: Two SEC commissioners could dramatically change campaign finance - “The principle here is simple and unassailable,” said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division at this morning’s demonstration.

Pressure builds on SEC over political spending
3/27/2012

Care2: Pressure builds on SEC over political spending - “The message from Americans could hardly be louder or clearer,” said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.

NASSTRAC intervenes in HoS court appeal to oppose reduced driving time
3/27/2012

Canadian Transportation & Logistics: NASSTRAC intervenes in HoS court appeal to oppose reduced driving time - NASSTRAC (the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council) is intervening in the court appeal brought by Public Citizen and other interests regarding the hours of service decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the US.

Senate moves insider trading bill to Obama’s desk
3/27/2012

Morris Daily Herald: Senate moves insider trading bill to Obama’s desk - Craig Holman, a chief lobbyist for Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group, called passage “a victory of sorts... But it is also a missed opportunity for more sweeping ethics reforms.”"

Calif. lawmakers vote to overturn Citizens United
3/27/2012

Yahoo News: Calif. lawmakers vote to overturn Citizens United - The New Mexico and Hawaii legislatures have passed similar resolutions with the support of the groups Public Citizen and Common Cause.

U.S. appeals World Trade COOL decision
3/27/2012

Northern Ag Network: U.S. appeals World Trade COOL decision - Todd Tucker, research director, at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, applauded the U.S. appeal, saying the WTO's legitimacy would be further undermined if the appeals panel upholds the November decision.

Growth-promoting antibiotics: On the way out?
3/27/2012

Science News: Growth-promoting antibiotics: On the way out? - Last year, its litigators filed a lawsuit against FDA on behalf of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

An open letter to citizens against Citizens United
3/27/2012

The Atlantic: An open letter to citizens against Citizens United - Triggered by outrage at the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, and fueled by anger at the "superPACs" that that decision has made possible, groups such as MovetoAmend.org, Public Citizen, the Coffee Party, United Republic, and now Common Cause are all pushing to get cities and towns to pass resolutions demanding that Congress propose a constitutional amendment to reverse that decision and restore this democracy to its citizens.

Superbug suit: Antibiotics victory will preserve medicines for sick people, not healthy livestock
3/27/2012

Huffington Post: Superbug suit: Antibiotics victory will preserve medicines for sick people, not healthy livestock - Along with our partners at Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists, we filed the suit because we wanted to end the FDA’s inaction on a public health threat the agency has known about for 35 years.

Levaquin, Cipro may worsen Myasthenia Gravis
3/27/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Levaquin, Cipro may worsen Myasthenia Gravis -  However, consumer advocates aclled 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.

Women’s group that opposed Summers hails Kim's World Bank nomination
3/27/2012

International Business Times: Women’s group that opposed Summers hails Kim's World Bank nomination - "We are glad that President Obama listened to over 42,000 members of UltraViolet, as well as members of Public Citizen, and decided to nominate someone who helped found Partners in Health and directed the World Health Organization's department of HIV/AIDS..."

Goldberg: Drugs of choice
3/27/2012

The Washington Times: Goldberg: Drugs of choice - Consumer groups oppose FDA flirtation with medical freedom - Groups such as the Center for Science in the Public interest and Public Citizen claim the FDA proposal will "permit" people to use more medicines without solid information.

Health officials: Test Sheridan Hospital patients who used airways
3/27/2012

Trib.com: Health officials: Test Sheridan hospital patients who used airways - After learning of the Wyoming Department of Health's investigation in November, Public Citizen, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., warned of the danger of infection from what it said was improper sterilization of the airways between patients.

Applegate praises court for ordering FDA to address antibiotics in food animal production
3/27/2012

WTHR.com: Applegate praises court for ordering FDA to address antibiotics in food animal production - The ruling comes from a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) last year.

FDA must prove safety of livestock drugs
3/27/2012

AZcentral.com: FDA must prove safety of livestock drugs - The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen and Union of Concerned Scientists also participated in the lawsuit against the FDA.

FDA approved higher Aricept dose despite warning
3/27/2012

Pharmalot: FDA approved higher aricept dose despite warning - Similar concerns led the Public Citizens consumer watchdog group and a Johns Hopkins University professor last year to file a Citizen’s Petition with the FDA in which the agency was urged to immediately ban the 23 mg dose.

Some local antibiotic users report hallucinations
3/27/2012

HamptonRoads.com: Some local antibiotic users report hallucinations - That sentence could provide important evidence in Colas' case, said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer and health research-based advocacy group in Washington.

Lawmakers vote to overturn Citizens United
3/27/2012

The Daily Journal: Lawmakers vote to overturn Citizens United - The New Mexico and Hawaii legislatures have passed similar resolutions with the support of the groups Public Citizen and Common Cause.

US panel rejects wider use of Stryker brain stent
3/27/2012

Reuters: US panel rejects wider use of Stryker brain stent - Public Citizen, a watchdog group, in December asked the FDA to withdraw the Wingspan stent from the market. 

Growth-promoting antibiotics: On the way out?
3/27/2012

ScienceNews: Growth-promoting antibiotics: On the way out? - Last year, its litigators filed a lawsuit against FDA on behalf of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerened Scientists. 

Washington-based consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen praised the U.S. decision to appeal.
3/27/2012

Nanaimo Daily News: U.S. appeals ruling on country-of-origin labels - Washington-based consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen praised the U.S. decision to appeal.

Congress approves wide-ranging ethics rule
3/27/2012

Los Angeles Times: Congress approves wide-ranging ethics rule - Craig Holman, a chief lobbyist for Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group, called the bill's passage "a victory of sorts.… But it is also a missed opportunity for more sweeping ethics reforms."

No conspiracy likely in rising gas prices
3/27/2012

Free Republic: No conspiracy likely in rising gas prices - "You'll talk to some Republicans, and they'll say it's the Environmental Protection Agency," said Tyson Slocum, head of the energy program at the Public Citizen watchdog group.

Administration staffers head out the revolving door
3/27/2012

Roll Call: Administration staffers head out the revolving door - "You're going to see numerous people leave and lobby Congress," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, which opposes corporate influence in politics.

ForgetLarry.org urges rejection of Larry Summers as World Bank chief
3/27/2012

Ulitizer: ForgetLarry.org urges rejection of Larry Summers as World Bank cheif - Aghast at the idea that President Barack Obama is considering nominating Lawrence Summers to be president of the World Bank, Public Citizen and Essential Information have launched ForgetLarry.Org, a website urging Obama not to pick Summers to head the World Bank.

How the FDA forgot the evidence: the case of donepezil 23 mg - BMJ
3/27/2012

Pharma Gossip: How the FDA forgot the evidence: the case of donepezil 23 mg - BMJ - The fact that it was approved - and is still on the market, despite a call by the prominent US consumer advocacy group Public Citizen to have it removed - is disappointing.

Election year fuels oil conspiracy theories
3/27/2012

Fuel Fix: Election year fuels oil conspiracy threories - “You’ll talk to some Republicans, and they’ll say it’s the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Tyson Slocum, head of the energy program at the Public Citizen watchdog group.

Judge orders FDA to begin limiting antibiotics on farms
3/27/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Judge orders FDA to begin limiting antibiotics on farms - Although the FDA first indicated that it would start limiting use of such non-medical uses in 1977, the agency has failed to take corrective action against the livestock industry, prompting a lawsuit by the environmental and consumer watchdog groups, the National Resource Defense Council, Public Citizen, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Food Animal Concerns Trust and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Critics: probe should eye pols
3/27/2012

Associated Press: Critics: probe should eye pols - "Those 10 legislators have every reason to sweat this one out,” said Craig Holman, a government-affairs lobbyist at D.C.-based Public Citizen.

Court orders FDA to address antibiotic overuse in livestock and protect effectiveness of medicine for humans
3/27/2012

infoZone: Court orders FDA to address antibiotic overuse in livestock and protect effectiveness of medicine for humans - The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) last year.

Political blotter: Santorum in Alamo; Citizens United in the cross hairs
3/27/2012

ContraCostaTimes.com: Political blotter: Santorum in Alamo; Citizens United in the cross hairs - Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer with Public Citizen's Democracy Is For People campaign, said this movement has percolated up from the streets.

California assembly passes resolution calling for constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
3/27/2012

East County Magazine: California assembly passes resolution calling for constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United - Added Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign, “California is poised to take this momentous step in calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and return fair elections and constitutional rights to the people..."

Rally at the SEC against secret money in politics
3/27/2012

Care2: Rally at the SEC against secret money in politics - The demonstration is being organized by the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS), in conjunction with the Corporate Reform Coalition and key partners like Public Citizen.

EZine Mark: FDA approval of mesh devices questioned by consumer rights organization
3/27/2012

EZineMark: FDA approval of mesh devices questioned by consumer rights organization - Public Citizen, a non-profit advocacy group, recently petitioned the United States and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require manufacturers to recall surgical mesh devices and to subject the same class of products to a more stringent approval procedure in the future.

Bank lobby’s onslaught shifts debate on Volcker rule
3/27/2012

Bloomberg: Bank lobby’s onslaught shifts debate on Volcker rule - Bartlett Naylor, who works on financial policy at the Washington-based advocacy group Public Citizen, said his small band of Volcker supporters is highlighting the recent New York Times op-ed article by ex-Goldman Sachs derivatives salesman Greg Smith to show the need for a strong rule.

FDA ordered to re-examine antibiotic overuse in animal feed
3/27/2012

Food Quality News: FDA ordered to re-examine antibiotic overuse in animal feed - The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) filed a law suit last year.

Is a nontoxic home possible for children?
3/27/2012

The Sacramento Bee: Is a nontoxic home possible for children? - MacCleery had previously spent eight years working for Public Citizen, a consumer product-safety organization.


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/27/4367986/is-a-nontoxic-home-possible-for.html#storylink=cpy
Two SEC commissioners could dramatically change campaign finance
3/27/2012

DemocracticUnderground.com: Two SEC commissioners could dramatically change campaign finance - “The principle here is simple and unassailable,” said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division at this morning’s demonstration.

House votes overwhelmingly to ease financial rules
3/27/2012

Starpress.com: House votes overwhelmingly to ease financial rules - Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, blamed the upcoming congressional elections.

Higher dose of Alzheimer's drug approved despite FDA warnings, report shows
3/27/2012

McKnight's: Higher dose of Alzheimer's drug approved despite FDA warnings, report shows - “Rarely do we see such a dangerous difference between what pretty much everyone in the neurological division thought and what its leader thought,” Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, told the New York Times.

STOCK Act clears Congress
3/23/2012

Democrat and Chronicle: STOCK Act clears Congress- Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen, said Thursday’s Senate vote represented “a missed opportunity for more sweeping ethics reforms.”

Lawmakers vote to overturn Citizens United
3/23/2012

Manteca Bulletin: Lawmakers vote to overturn Citizens United- The New Mexico and Hawaii legislatures have passed similar resolutions with the support of the groups Public Citizen and Common Cause.

Alzheimer's drug approved
3/23/2012

The Tech: Alzheimer's drug approved- Applying for a new dosage is a relatively new tactic and — in the case of Aricept 23 — a dangerous one, said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

New dose of Alzheimer's drug Donepezil challenged
3/23/2012

Emax Health: New dose of Alzheimer's drug Donepezil challenged- In May 2011, both the Public Citizen (a nonpartisan public advocacy nonprofit) and Dr. Thomas Finucane, professor of medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, petitioned the FDA to ban the 23-mg dose of Aricept.

Sheridan hospital makes problematic claims
3/23/2012

Billings Gazette: Sheridan hospital makes problematic claims- The hospital's press release, falls far short of what is needed. It is highly unlikely that the affected surgical patients will see this press release, and if they did, they still would not know whether their surgeries involved the use of inadequately sterilized LMAs.- Michael A. Carome, M.D.

Durbin, Dem colleagues at odds over House bill to ease corporate regulations
3/23/2012

The Hill: Durbin, Dem colleagues at odds over House bill to ease corporate regulations- “I think this bill, unfortunately, is being swept up in the wind of job mania. That means not a lot of attention is being paid to the detail that this involves investor abuse,” said Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate at Public Citizen. “We think jobs has almost nothing to do with it.”

White House tells federal agencies to use caution before applying red tape
3/23/2012

The Business Journals: White House tells federal agencies to use caution before applying red tape-  Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division, accused Sunstein of “taking a page out of the anti-regulatory playbook.”

Since key ruling, judges toss generic drug suits
3/23/2012

The Sacramento Bee: Since key ruling, judges toss generic drug suits- Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to give generic companies greater control over their labels, a rule change that could allow users of generic drugs to sue, but the agency said earlier that it needed more time to decide.


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/21/4354281/since-key-ruling-judges-toss-generic.html#storylink=cpy
National Lawyers Guild fights for the right to Occupy
3/23/2012

Democratic Underground: National Lawyers Guild fights for the right to Occupy- Organizations like the NLG, the American Civil Liberties Union and Public Citizen have helped Occupy to challenge eviction orders and oppose new “anti-Occupy” laws.

A question of labels is affection drug lawsuits
3/23/2012

Honolulu Star Advertiser: A question of labels is affecting drug lawsuits- Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to make a rule change that could allow users of generic drugs to sue, but the agency said earlier this month that it needed more time to decide.

Nonprofits target secret corporate political spending
3/23/2012

Washington Post: Nonprofits target secret corporate political spending-  The organizations include Americans United for Change, Common Cause, MoveOn.org, Occupy Wall Street, the Campaign for America’s Future, Health Care for America Now, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS), and Public Citizen.

15 years of physician profiles: a Massachusetts success story
3/23/2012

Massachusetts Medical Society: 15 years of physician profiles: a Massachusetts success story- The article also cites Public Citizen, whose reports equate the number of annual disciplinary actions by state medical boards with its competence.

California striking back against Citizens United
3/23/2012

Care2: California striking back against Citizens United- And the movement is just starting. The week of June 11 the non-partisan good government group Public Citizen will lead a campaign to pass hundreds of other similar resolutions at the local level.

US FDA to decide next step for Stryker brain stent
3/23/2012

Reuters: US FDA to decide next step for Stryker brain stent- Public Citizen, a watchdog group, in December asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to withdraw the stent from the market.

You can't sue if the problem is due to generic meds
3/23/2012

Later On: You can't sue if the problem is due to generic meds- Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to give generic companies greater control over their labels, a rule change that could allow users of generic drugs to sue, but the agency said earlier this month that it needed more time to decide.

Generic drugs proving resistant to damage suits
3/23/2012

The New York Times: Generic drugs proving resistant to damage suits- Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to give generic companies greater control over their labels, a rule change that could allow users of generic drugs to sue, but the agency said earlier this month that it needed more time to decide.

Which worst company contenders force customers into mandatory arbitration?
3/23/2012

The Consumerist: Which worst company contenders force customers into mandatory arbitration?- The folks at Public Citizen keep a Forced Arbitration Rogues Gallery on their website, and a number of the businesses listed there are also currently competing for 2012 Golden Poo.

Akaka speaks in support of Invest in America Act
3/23/2012

Hawaii Reporter: Akaka speaks in support of Invest in America Act- Opponents include the: AARP, AFLCIO, AFSCME, Americans for Financial Reform, Consumer Action, the Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen, The Economists’ Committee for Stable, Accountable, Fair, and Efficient Financial Reform, US PIRG, and other consumer and investor protection groups.

Disclose Act's latest incarnation would force vote on secret political slush funds
3/23/2012

Huffington Post: Disclose Act's latest incarnation would force vote on secret political slush funds- Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for consumer group Public Citizen, contends that Republican elected officials have mostly come to see donor disclosure as a threat to their electoral prospects.

2012 California lawyer attorneys of the year
3/23/2012

California Lawyer: 2012 California lawyer attorneys of the year- With assistance from Allison M. Zieve of the Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, D.C., Buchanan organized briefs from the petitioners' amici, including the attorneys general of 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Sen. Whitehouse introdues the DISCLOSE Act
3/23/2012

The Raw Story: Sen. Whitehouse introduces the DISCLOSE Act- “The transparency measure faces an uphill battle, as the Republican caucus marched in lockstep to kill a similar measure in the last congressional session,” Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist at Public Citizen, noted. “Until recently, many of these same senators supported transparency of money in politics.”

For businesses and politicians, the downsides of blind trusts
3/23/2012

Law.Com: For businesses and politicians, the downsides of blind trusts- In January, the nonprofit consumer advocate Public Citizen wrote a letter to U.S. senators [PDF] suggesting just that.

Shine a light on political blunders
3/23/2012

San Antonio Express-News: Shine a light on political blunders- The groups include the Center for Responsive Politics, Public Citizen and the Sunlight Foundation.

Stryker stent may not be worth the stroke risks, FDA says
3/23/2012

Bloomberg: Stryker stent may not be worth the stroke risks, FDA says- The consumer group Public Citizen, based in Washington, urged the FDA to pull the stent from the market last year after the first definitive trial of the device’s safety risks was halted.

Will the JOBS Act increase financial fraud?
3/23/2012

Financial Fraud Law: Will the JOBS Act increase financial fraud?- - consumers (Consumer Federation of America, Americans for Financial Reform, U.S. PIRG, Public Citizen, National Consumers League, and many more)

Purging home of chemicals is new rite of parenthood
3/23/2012

Herald-Tribune: Purging home of chemicals is new rite of parenthood- MacCleery had previously spent eight years working for Public Citizen, a consumer-product-safety organization.

Insider-trading bill grinds to a halt
3/23/2012

The Hill: Insider-trading bill grinds to a halt- One thing is clear: The ball is in Reid’s court, and has been for a while. On March 1, Craig Holman, government-affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, said, “Everyone is waiting for Reid to make a decision.”

Avodart, Propecia, Proscar prostate cancer warning issued in Canada
3/23/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Avodart, Propecia, Proscar prostate cancer warning issued in Canada- In October 2011, the prominent consumer group Public Citizen warned men not to use Avodart, Proscar or similar drugs for the treatment of enlarged prostate, due to the potential increased risk of prostate cancer.

Ralph Nader to speak at Peru State
3/23/2012

The Link: Ralph Nader to speak at Peru State Monday, 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.

California Assembly panel approves resolution condemning Citizens United ruling
3/23/2012

The Raw Story: California Assembly panel approves resolution condemning Citizens United ruling- “Already, we have seen the damaging effects of Citizens United,” Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Senior Organizer, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign.

Starbucks' socially responsibile image cuts both ways
3/23/2012

The Seattle Times: Starbucks' socially responsible image cuts both ways- In February, the nonprofit Public Citizen delivered more than 15,000 signatures to Starbucks' headquarters calling for those restrictions to be removed.

Is it safe to play at home?
3/20/2012

Home & Garden: Is it safe to play at home? - MacCleery had previously spent eight years working for Public Citizen, a consumer-product-safety organization.

Sheridan hospital: No reason to change sterilization methods
3/20/2012

Trib.com: Sheridan hospital: No reason to change sterilization methods - Public Citizen, a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., learned of the Wyoming Department of Health investigation from an internal hospital memo and other sources.

Yaz panel filled with 'irregularities'
3/20/2012

Pharmalot: Yaz panel filled with 'irregularities' - Beforehand, the FDA yanked Sid Wolfe of the Public Citizen Health Research group from the panel due to an intellectual conflict of interest.

Claybrook using typical D.C. tactic
3/20/2012

CapeGazette.com: Claybrook using typical D.C. tactic - If you really want to find out what drives Ms. Claybrook, I would ask that you read the book "Abuse of Trust" which is all about Ralph Nader and about Public Citizen which Ms. Claybrook headed up after Nader.

Bill calls for UDIs on medical devices
3/20/2012

DOTmed News: Bill calls for UDIs on medical devices - The new bill's supporters, by the way, include Public Citizen, National Research Center for Women and Families and the Health Care Supply Chain Association, a lobby of GPO groups.

On Bank of America, Occupy Wall Street has told you so
3/20/2012

Truthout: On Bank of America, Occupy Wall Street has told you so - Public Citizen has issued a formal petition to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), asking that this power be applied to Bank of America.

Explosive Goldman Sachs exit fuels Volcker Rule push
3/20/2012

Reuters: Explosive Goldman Sachs exit fuels Volcker Rule push - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., issued a statement on Wednesday saying the financial industry had succeeded in getting regulators to delay putting the ban in place, and that Smith's editorial was a wake-up call.

Approved. But safe?
3/20/2012

TimesUnion.com: Approved. But safe? - As the chain of "substantially equivalent" devices grows, the less likely it is the new ones bear any resemblance to the original, and usually there's been no evaluation of safety or effectiveness in between, said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights group.

Public interest groups using ex-Goldman exec op-ed in fight for tougher Wall Street rules
3/20/2012

Fox Business: Public interest groups using ex-Goldman exec op-ed in fight for tougher Wall Street rules - "We are ensuring the regulatory agencies understand both the existence of Mr. Smith's column and its import,” Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, told FOX Busines

Super Friends face long odds
3/20/2012

GoErie.com: Super Friends face long odds - Seventeen of these liberal superheroes -- all key figures on the professional left -- took the stage at the Service Employees International Union and announced that their organizations -- MoveOn.org, Public Citizen, Occupy Wall Street, Common Cause, Americans United for Change and other usual suspects -- were banding together to fight the flood of unlimited corporate money into politics.

Guaranteeing a radical conservative future for America
3/20/2012

Free Thought Manifesto: Guaranteeing a radical conservative future for America -  In it was material from Public Citizen (an organization I admire) promoting single-payer health care (which I agree with) by arguing against right-wing lies about it.

Not all labor leaders happy with AFL-CIO's Obama endorsement
3/20/2012

Truthout: Not all labor leaders happy with AFL-CIO's Obama endorsement -  Acoording to a study by Public Citizen, 60 workers' lives could have been saved if the White House had immediately moved to implement stronger silicia regulations.

Occupy with International Womens' Day
3/20/2012

Al-Jazeerah: Occupy with International Womens' Day -  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.

Arizona spring training ballpark- suite use studied
3/20/2012

AZCentral.com: Arizona spring training ballpark- suite use studied - "If the use is genuinely for economic development, and city leaders don't make it self-serving, I don't see a problem with it," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist on governmental ethics for Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.

Once a model, state medical board lags badly
3/20/2012

Boston.com: Once a model, state medical board lags badly - Last spring, Public Citizen rated Massachusetts 47th in the country with just 1.83 medical board penalties per 1,000 doctors.

Defunct firm still donating to D.C. politicians
3/20/2012

WorldandI.com: Defunct firm still donating to D.C. politicians - "This raises red flags galore," Craig Holman, legislative representative for D.C.-based Public Citizen, said of the RapidTrans donations.

Breaking up is hard to do: Will the Fed turn Bank of America into banks of America?
3/20/2012

OpEdNews: Breaking up is hard to do: Will the Fed turn Bank of America into Banks of America? - In Bank of America's 2010 annual report, CEO Brian T. Moynihan proudly states, "We serve one in two households in the U.S."[1] For Public Citizen, that fact doesn't inspire confidence.

Chihuahua's business and trade with Asia are on the rise
3/20/2012

MexiData: Chihuahua's business and trade with Asia are on the rise - TPPA boosters in the Obama and Calderon administrations contend the envisioned trade zone will create news business oppertunities, but U.S. ctitics like Public Citizen and Family Farm Defenders charge the deal could replicate the negative features of NAFTA.

5 freedom-killing tactics police will use to crack down on protests in 2012
3/20/2012

Current: 5 freedom-killing tactics police will use to crack down on protests in 2012 - In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Public Citizen has sued over a new county rule forcing protesters to pay for its legal costs.

Candidates must follow guidelines on campaign ads
3/20/2012

Kileen Daily Herald: Candidates must follow guidelines on campaign ads - Tom Smith is the director for Texas' office of Public Citizen — an organization that, among other things, advocates for more transparency with political advertisements.

Privately funded congressional travel in spotlight
3/20/2012

SCTimes: Privately funded congressional travel in spotlight - “What’s troubling is these are junkets sponsored by people who have business pending before Congress,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, who was instrumental in amending the travel rules in 2007.

Our muddled China policy
3/20/2012

Best Financial News: Out muddled China policy -  The proposed TPP, which Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach calls “NAFTA on steroids,” would be far more damaging.

Texas gets a low grade in corruption prevention
3/20/2012

KUT.org: Texas gets a low grade in corruption prevention - The problem, says Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of the watchdog group Public Citizen Texas, is that that score plummets when you check how well those laws are implemented.

CSA scores, number play
3/20/2012

Transport Topics Online: CSA scores, number play - The assertion by FMCSA, Public Citizen, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, et al., that driver fatigue is a major crash causation factor in big truck/car accidents is totally indefensible statistically.

Women's groups cite irregularities in FDA panel vote against Yaz recall
3/20/2012

AboutLawsuits: Women's groups cite irregularities in FDA panel vote against Yaz recall -  The letter contrasts that likely bias with the FDA’s decision to bar Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, from voting because his group has spoken out about Yaz and Yasmin health risks and petitioned the FDA for a recall.

Australia makes news at U.S. National Freedom of Information Day conference
3/20/2012

Open and Shut: Australia makes news at U.S. National Freedom of Information Day conference - Lasy Friday at the Sunshine Week conference I attended in Washington, Lori Wallach of Public Citizen Trade Watch, recently returned from observing the 11th round of negotiations in Melbourne on the TPP trade agreement spoke to her just published article in the March edition of the American Prospect. 

Corporate campaign spending: They get what they pay for
3/20/2012

IPS: Corporate campaign spending: They get what they pay for - Political watchdog group Public Citizen found in a January 2011 report  that outside (non-candidate) spending by "independent" groups like Citizens United rose from $68.9 million in the 2006 midterm elections to $294.2 million in the 2010 midterm elections.

Texas gets D+ in public integrity study
3/20/2012

The Monitor: Texas gets D+ in public integrity study - “This study shows it’s time to unshackle Texas’ ethics watchdog and give it some teeth,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen Texas, a watchdog group.

ATA files issue statement in HOS challange
3/20/2012

Truck Parts & Service: ATA files issue statement in HOS challange - Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition successfully challenged FMCSA over a previous version of the rule; the latest regulation published December 2011 followed a legal settlement between the groups and the agency.

Insider-trading bill grinds to halt
3/20/2012

The Hill: Insider-trading bill grinds to halt - On March 1, Craig Holman, government-affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, said, “Everyone is waiting for Reid to make a decision.”

Texas is doing a bad job on delivering transparency and accountability
3/20/2012

Gov Loop: Texas is doing a bad job on delivering transparency and accountability - “It is far worse in that regard than it’s ever been before,” said Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office and a veteran activist at the capitol.

FDA approval of laser to reduce cellulite raises issues
3/20/2012

The Miami Herald: FDA approval of laser to reduce cellulite raises issues -  As the chain of “substantially equivalent” devices grows, the less likely it is the new ones bear any resemblance to the original, and usually there’s been no evaluation of safety or effectiveness in between, said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights group.

Duffy, Ribble get travel perks
3/20/2012

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune: Duffy, Ribble get travel perks - "What's troubling is these are junkets sponsored by people who have business pending before Congress," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, who was instrumental in amending the travel rules in 2007.

A super Tuesday as Vermont pushed to overturn Citizens United
3/15/2012

Occupy Monsanto: A super Tuesday as Vermont pushed to overturn Citizens United - The effort – coordinated by Public Citizen, in partnership with Move to Amend/Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, VPIRG, Vermont Peace and Justice Center, Common Cause and many other groups – shows that voters are attuned to the corrosive effects of money and politics, as well as corporate power in our democracy, and they are demanding it end.

Medical malpractice facts
3/15/2012

Medical Malpractice Relief: Medical malpractice facts - The principal authors of “The Facts About Medical Malpractice in Kentucky” were Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Research Director Neal Pattison, working in collaboration with Congress Watch Director Frank Clemente and Legislative Counsel Jackson Williams.

Democracy may be coming to a town near you
3/15/2012

Sierra Voices: Democracy may be coming to a town near you - Public Citizen is coordinating the Resolutions Week campaign with national groups, such as the Communications Workers of America, U.S. PIRG, the Main Street Alliance, the Move to Amend coalition and People for the American Way, as well as state-based partners.

'CODEPINK' protesters rally in Beverly Hills against bank foreclosures
3/15/2012

Green Festivals: ‘CODEPINK protesters rally in Beverly Hills against bank foreclosures - Also taking part in the rallies were the groups Women Occupy, Rainforest Action Network, Public Citizen and Green Festival.

It’s now illegal to know what’s in your food (video)
3/15/2012

Occupy Monsanto: It’s now illegal to know what’s in your food (video) - Todd Tucker, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch joins Thom Hartmann.

Washington update (3/13/12)
3/15/2012

CAALA Government Relations: Washington update (3/13/12) - AAJ filed comments with the FDA supporting a Public Citizen “citizen petition” requesting that the FDA amend rules to allow generic drug makers to initiate revisions to labels—as brand-name makers can— regarding warnings and risks.

When it comes to Travis County D.A. campaigns, opposites attract
3/15/2012

Reporting Texas: When it comes to Travis County D.A. campaigns, opposites attract - “I do believe that Rosemary is fair,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith of the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Oil lobby, gasoline prices may kill momentum on oil subsidies
3/15/2012

Medill on the Hill: Oil lobby, gasoline prices may kill momentum on oil subsidies - "Special interest money floods the airwaves with lies," said Tyson Slocum, an analyst at Public Citizen, a consumer protection group.

The link between C-sections and induced labor
3/15/2012

GetBabied.com: The link between C-sections and induced labor - Public Citizen Research Group confirms the hazards, pointing to “a very recent study that looked at 115,000 low-risk deliveries in 10 different hospitals…The authors found that women without a previous cesarean who had an elective cesarean section were at a 6.57-fold increased risk of hysterectomy at term.”

Free speech and political speech
3/15/2012

A Plebe's Site: Free speech and political speech - Unions and other groups, including Common Cause, Health Care for America Now, Public Citizen, and Occupy Wall Street and led by the Service Employees International Union are getting together to prevent, they say, corporate money from swaying the November elections outcomes. 

State med boards not punishing dangerous docs
3/15/2012

PsychRoaches: State med boards not punishing dangerous docs - State medical boards have failed to discipline 55 percent of the nation's doctors who had their clinical privileges revoked or restricted by the hospitals where they worked, according to a report released Tuesday by Public Citizen.

Government admits Nebraska nuke threatened safety
3/15/2012

Huntington News: Government admits Nebraska nuke threatened safety - Tyson Slocum, director of the Public Citizen's Energy Program, explains whether Americans should be suspicious about the nuke plant.

Report shows Sheridan hospital failed to sterilize equipment last year
3/15/2012

Casper Star-Tribune: Report shows Sheridan Hospital failed to sterilize equipment last year - As a result, several hundred patients may have been exposed to a variety of infectious viral and bacterial agents, Public Citizen said in a media release.

Hospital: No infections reported in connection with Sterilization mishap
3/15/2012

Sheridan Media: Hospital: No infections reported in connection with Sterilization mishap - An initial report in the Casper Star-Tribune this morning states that a complaint to the watchdog group Public Citizen initiated the review by Wyoming Department of Health.

Trade rhetoric just that
3/15/2012

The Economic Populist: Trade rhetoric just that - Public Citizen describes how the Obama administration is ramrodding the Korean trade deal signing before their parliamentary elections. So much for democracy or what the people want.

US-Korea free trade pact takes effect amid controversy
3/15/2012

Reuters: US-Korea free trade pact takes effect amid controversy - Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch has accused Obama of rushing implementation of the pact to "cement" it into place before South Korea's opposition party takes power.

Duffy, Ribble make use of congressional travel opportunities
3/15/2012

Stevens Point Journal: Duffy, Ribble make use of congressional travel opportunities - "What's troubling is these are junkets sponsored by people who have business pending before Congress," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, who was instrumental in amending the travel rules in 2007.

The influence industry: Pro-disclosure groups often don’t disclose themselves
3/15/2012

 Washington Post: The influence industry: Pro-disclosure groups often don’t disclose themselves - Most of the organizations behind the latest disclosure push — including Americans United for Change, Common Cause and Public Citizen — fall under a portion of the tax code that allows them to keep their donor details private.

Not all labor leaders happy with AFL-CIO’s Obama endorsement
3/15/2012

In These Times: Not all labor leaders happy with AFL-CIO’s Obama endorsement -  Acoording to a study by Public Citizen, 60 workers' lives could have been saved if the White House had immediately moved to implement stronger silicia regulations.

Your hospital is not invisible
3/15/2012

HealthLeaders Media: Your hospital is not invisible - That was apparent this week when Washington, DC-based Public Citizen issued an alarming press release detailing potentially dangerous infection risks at one Wyoming hospital located 1,849 miles due west of the nation's capitol.

The blowback begins on ex-Goldman exec Greg Smith
3/15/2012

Firedoglake: The blowback begins on ex-Goldman exec Greg Smith - …from a policy standpoint, Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen ties Smith’s op-ed to the Volcker rule: "Explosive revelations today from an outgoing Goldman Sachs executive emphasize the need for Wall Street agencies to finalize the Volcker Rule reform..."

Reform groups use Goldman critique to push for tougher rules
3/15/2012

The Hill: Reform groups use Goldman critique to push for tougher rules - The liberal Public Citizen used the op-ed to push back against "a barrage of self-serving industry comments," noting that Goldman alone sent two separate letters and visited with regulators six times.

Congress unlikely to undo Concepcion, but don't rule out rollback
3/15/2012

Thomson Reuters News & Insight: Congress unlikely to undo Concepcion, but don't rule out rollback - Passage of the legislation would effectively end arbitration in consumer and other contexts, according Andy Pincus of Mayer Brown, who argued and won the Concepcion ruling for AT&T, and consumer advocate David Arkush of Public Citizen's Congress Watch.

Sheridan Hospital cited for sterilization problems
3/15/2012

KULR8: Sheridan Hospital cited for sterilization problems - The violation was publicized Tuesday by national consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Defunct firm still donating to D.C. politicians
3/15/2012

The Washington Times: Defunct firm still donating to D.C. politicians - "This raises red flags galore,” Craig Holman, legislative representative for D.C.-based Public Citizen, said of the RapidTrans donations. “This has every appearance of being a classic pay-to-play scheme.”

Ethics delays decisions
3/15/2012

Roll Call: Ethics delays decisions - A bipartisan task force headed by Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) worked with a coalition of groups that included Public Citizen, Campaign Legal Center and U.S. PIRG for more than a year before recommending the creation of an independent office.

US-Korea free trade pact takes effect amid controversy
3/15/2012

TD Waterhouse - US-Korea free trade pact takes effect amid controversy -Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch has accused Obama of rushing implementation of the pact to "cement" it into place before South Korea's opposition party takes power

Group offers $25,000 reward for exposing secret corporate giving
3/15/2012

Kansas City Star: Group offers $25,000 reward for exposing secret corporate giving - The organizations - which include... Public Citizen... - unveiled an array of tactics they plan to use to keep corporate money out of this year's campaign, including consumer boycotts and shareholder initiatives.


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Pickpocketed at the pump
3/15/2012

SocialistWorker.org: Pickpocketed at the pump - As Public Citizen's Energy Program Director Tyson Slocum pointed out: "[D]emand for U.S. gasoline has plummeted..."

Occupy vigilantes write new Volcker rule script
3/15/2012

Arroya: Occupy vigilantes write new Volcker rule script - “They understood the nonsense in the proposed rule,” said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy counsel at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.  Public Citizen, which also wrote a Volcker comment letter, was “humbled” by the Occupy effort, Naylor said.

U.S.-Korea free trade pact takes effect amid controversy
3/15/2012

Xfinity - Comcast.net: U.S.-Korea free trade pact takes effect amid controversy - Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch has accused Obama of rushing implementation of the pact to "cement" it into place before South Korea's opposition party takes power.

Facebook begins rebuilding K Street presence - Top lobbyist for SpaceX bolts to form own firm - Dem convention party planning begins - Lawmakers 'jump' for Van Halen
3/15/2012

Politico: Facebook begins rebuilding K Street presence - Top lobbyist for SpaceX bolts to form own firm - Dem convention party planning begins - Lawmakers 'jump' for Van Halen - Speaking at the event were representatives from... Public Citizen...

Watchdogs call on presidential campaigns to name big fundraisers
3/15/2012

ABCNews.com: Watchdogs call on presidential campaigns to name big fundraisers -  The other organizations that signed the letters include... Public Citizen...

FDA’s OK often can create new confusion: Safety of drugs questionable
3/15/2012

Inforum: FDA’s OK often can create new confusion: Safety of drugs questionable - As the chain of “substantially equivalent” devices grows, the less likely it is the new ones bear any resemblance to the original, and usually there’s been no evaluation of safety or effectiveness in between, said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights group.

Jay Inslee does a Sarah Palin and leaves constituents in the lurch
3/15/2012

Seattle Weekly Blogs: Jay Inslee does a Sarah Palin and leaves constituents in the lurch - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the Congressional watchdog non-profit Public Citizen, doesn't believe it's true, however.

Government watchdog groups ask presidential candidates to reveal more bundler information
3/15/2012

YubaNet.com: Government watchdog groups ask presidential candidates to reveal more bundler information - The letters were signed by... Public Citizen...

Joe Barton goes (too) big for Gingrich - Meanwhile at Camp Cantor - Trio of Akin Gump vets form own firm - Postal workers launch offensive
3/15/2012

Politico: Joe Barton goes (too) big for Gingrich - Meanwhile at Camp Cantor - Trio of Akin Gump vets form own firm - Postal workers launch offensive - The groups involved are... Public Citizen...

Ok as-is?
3/15/2012

Drug Discovery News: Ok as-is? - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, argued that conflict-of-interest rules shouldn’t be changed because financial interests influence the way products are evaluated.

Opinion: Saving democracy from the Super PACs
3/15/2012

NorthJersey.com: Opinion: Saving democracy from the Super PACs - Seventeen of these liberal superheroes - all key figures on the professional left - took the stage at the Service Employees International Union and announced that their organizations - ... Public Citizen... - were banding together to fight the flood of unlimited corporate money into politics.

Overnight health: Healthcare law gets $50 billion price cut
3/15/2012

The Hill: Overnight health: Healthcare law gets $50 billion price cut - Public Citizen is calling on Wyoming's Department of Health to require notification and screening of patients who could have been exposed to improperly sterilized equipment at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

Coalition offers $25K to corporate political donation whistleblower
3/15/2012

Law.com: Coalition offers $25K to corporate political donation whistleblower - The coalition includes... Public Citizen...

Liberal groups vow to expose corporate money in campaigns
3/15/2012

The Cutting Edge: Liberal groups vow to expose corporate money in campaigns -  Representatives of the coalition, which includes Common Cause, Health Care for America Now, Public Citizen and Occupy, among others, said they’d push for legislation and regulations that would require companies to disclose all of their political spending.

Uniting against the buyout of democracy
3/15/2012

California Progress Report: Uniting against the buyout of democracy - Public Citizen, along with Move to Amend, People For the American Way and Main Street Alliance, is leading an effort to get resolutions before municipalities and initiatives on ballots that would support a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

Dana Milbank: That's what super friends are for?
3/15/2012

The Lincoln Journal Star: Dana Milbank: That's what super friends are for? - "You will be found out! You will be held to account! And you, not our democracy, you, will pay the price!" Public Citizen's Robert Weissman warned the evil perpetrators."

Pacific Illusions: New report exposes Trans-Pacific Partnership shortcomings, as Obama presses ahead
3/15/2012

Bilaterals.org: Pacific Illusions: New report exposes Trans-Pacific Partnership shortcomings, as Obama presses ahead - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, argues that the provisions of the proposed deal and its secretive negotiations amount to a covert attack on regulation, in "A Stealth Attack on Democratic Governance."

Real people for real democracy
3/13/2012

FightingBob.com: Real people for real democracy - “Support for the resolution cut across party lines. Six towns in Republican districts and 13 cities and towns that have sent both Democrats and Republicans to the state legislature voted for the resolution by wide margins,” says Aquene Freechild of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is for People Campaign.

Government watchdog groups ask presidential candidates to reveal more bundler information
3/13/2012

OpenSecrets.org: Government watchdog groups ask presidential candidates to reveal more bundler information - The letters were signed by... Public Citizen...

Release/audio: Bill de Blasio joins coalition announcing major campaign to target companies that use corporate funds to make contributions to super PACs/non-profits to influence the fall election
3/13/2012

Let's Talk Politics: Release/audio: Bill de Blasio joins coalition announcing major campaign to target companies that use corporate funds to make contributions to super PACs/non-profits to influence the fall election - Public Citizen will continue to do public education to ensure a particular brand is associated with political corruption.

Attorney Rayna E. Kessler responds to Public Citizen testimony on Qnexa
3/13/2012

29Classifieds.info: Attorney Rayna E. Kessler responds to Public Citizen testimony on Qnexa - According to Public Citizen, Qnexa (a combination of phentermine, an amphetamine, and topiramate, an anti-seizure medication), 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.

Reform groups hunt for corporate money in politics
3/13/2012

National Journal: Reform groups hunt for corporate money in politics - The groups - including Public Citizen... - are starting to monitor corporate political spending and plan to attack companies that play politics by organizing boycotts, diverting pension fund money from their stocks and rallying shareholders, advocates told reporters Monday.

Ron Paul campaign gets a lesson on civil liberties
3/13/2012

Citizen Media Law Project: Ron Paul campaign gets a lesson on civil liberties - Your very own Digital Media Law Project (we'll be switching the website over from our CMLP branding in the coming months) had a personal stake in this one, as we participated as an amicus along with The Public Citizen Litigation Group, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  

Judge rejects Ron Paul's bid to unmask YouTube user
3/13/2012

MediaPost Communications: Judge rejects Ron Paul's bid to unmask YouTube user - Paul Alan Levy, a lawyer with the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, described James' decision as "a narrow but still important victory for free speech."

Dana Milbank: Is that what Super Friends are for?
3/13/2012

Statesman Journal: Dana Milbank: Is that what Super Friends are for? - Seventeen of these liberal superheroes - all key figures on the professional left - took the stage at the Service Employees International Union and announced that their organizations - ... Public Citizen... - were banding together to fight the flood of unlimited corporate money into politics.

Unions seek monopoly on political money
3/13/2012

Commentary: Unions seek monopoly on political money - Representatives of the coalition, which includes... Public Citizen... said they’d push for legislation and regulations that would require companies to disclose all of their political spending. …

Sorry Ron Paul, you don't get to abuse trademark law to unveil anonymous internet users
3/13/2012

Techdirt: Sorry Ron Paul, you don't get to abuse trademark law to unveil anonymous internet users - Kudos to Paul Levy at Public Citizen for filing a pair of amicus briefs in the case to make sure the judge was aware of what was happening - and hitting back at Paul's camp for its initial filing that completely ignored the relevant law and legal standards for unmasking anonymous internet users.

The ambivalent electorate
3/13/2012

Yahoo! News: The ambivalent electorate - The groups participating include: ... Public Citizen...

Groups offer $25K reward to expose secret corporate donations
3/13/2012

CBS News: Groups offer $25K reward to expose secret corporate donations - The labor organization Service Employees International Union is also participating, as are self-described nonpartisan groups like Common Cause, Public Citizen, Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS).

Secret campaign spending under attack by reform groups
3/13/2012

Huffington Post: Secret campaign spending under attack by reform groups  - The groups included... Public Citizen...

Coalition trying to drive corporations out of political spending
3/13/2012

Roll Call: Coalition trying to drive corporations out of political spending - Coalition members in attendance also included... Public Citizen...

Union says Mexico unsafe for U.S. truckers
3/13/2012

Commercial Carrier Journal: Union says Mexico unsafe for U.S. truckers - The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and Public Citizen and Sierra Club are also petitioners in the case.

Uniting against the buyout of democracy
3/13/2012

Campaign for America's Future: Uniting against the buyout of democracy - Public Citizen, along with Move to Amend, People For the American Way and Main Street Alliance, is leading an effort to get resolutions before municipalities and initiatives on ballots that would support a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

Groups target secret US campaign donations
3/13/2012

The Economic Times: Groups target secret US campaign donations - "Today's message to CEOs is this: if you think you can run money through independent organization secretly in the 2012 election, you are wrong, you will be found out, you will be held to account, and you - not our democracy - will pay the price," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Obama's super, super PAC
3/13/2012

Associated Press: Obama's super, super PAC - Craig Holman, a campaign finance expert at Public Citizen, a group committed to government transparency, says it is likely the Democratic Super PACs are uniting in hopes that they will bolster their chances against GOP Super PACs that have significantly outraised them.

Corporate America put on notice about political funding
3/13/2012

Epoch Times: Corporate America put on notice about political funding - “If you think you can run money through independent organizations secretly in the 2012 elections, you are wrong,” said Robert Weissman, president of Ralph Nader’s consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen.

Liberal groups vow to expose corporate money in campaigns
3/13/2012

The Hill: Liberal groups vow to expose corporate money in campaigns - Representatives of the coalition, which includes... Public Citizen... said they’d push for legislation and regulations that would require companies to disclose all of their political spending.

Liberal superheroes don’t exactly have super PACs shaking in their boots
3/13/2012

Washington Post: Liberal superheroes don’t exactly have super PACs shaking in their boots - Seventeen of these liberal superheroes - all key figures on the professional left - took the stage at the Service Employees International Union headquarters on Monday to announce that their organizations - ... Public Citizen... - are banding together to fight the flood of unlimited corporate money into politics.

Industry looks to restart stalled anti-NGF pain trials
3/13/2012

Therapeutics Daily: Industry looks to restart stalled anti-NGF pain trials - Michael Carome, deputy director for Public Citizen's Health Research Group, urged the FDA to make the clinical hold permanent, citing evidence that showed the risk of bone-related adverse events increased the longer anti-NGFs were used.

Why the GOP campaign for the presidency is about guaranteeing a radical conservative future for America
3/13/2012

AlterNet: Why the GOP campaign for the presidency is about guaranteeing a radical conservative future for America -  In [the mail] was material from Public Citizen (an organization I admire) promoting single-payer health care (which I agree with) by arguing against right-wing lies about it.

Public-interest groups offer $25,000 for report of corporate employer's super PAC contributions
3/13/2012

Multichannel: Public-interest groups offer $25,000 for report of corporate employer's super PAC contributions - Common Cause, U.S. PIRG, Public Citizen and others have offered $25,000 to the first employee who will "blow the whistle" on his or her corporation using a Super PAC to contribute to a campaign without having to identify itself as the donor.

Group offers $25,000 reward for exposing secret corporate giving
3/13/2012

Associated Press: Group offers $25,000 reward for exposing secret corporate giving - The organizations - which include... Public Citizen... - unveiled an array of tactics they plan to use to keep corporate money out of this year's campaign, including consumer boycotts and shareholder initiatives.

Industry looks to restart stalled anti-NGF pain trials
3/13/2012

Pharmacy Choice: Industry looks to restart stalled anti-NGF pain trials - Michael Carome, deputy director for Public Citizen's Health Research Group, urged the FDA to make the clinical hold permanent, citing evidence that showed the risk of bone-related adverse events increased the longer anti-NGFs were used.

In My Opinion: 'Ads on school buses' is wrong-headed
3/13/2012

The Dinuba Sentinel: In My Opinion: 'Ads on school buses' is wrong-headed - “Education should empower students to think critically and independently. Students should be encouraged to form their own beliefs, to question established ideas and to develop intellectual curiosity,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Passengers need to fight back as airlines cut service, raise fares
3/13/2012

The Seattle Times: Passengers need to fight back as airlines cut service, raise fares - Getting Ralph Nader: Incidentally, I think we can get Ralph Nader, the founder of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, to join our movement, given his growing vexation with air travel.

Brain-stim studies tout safety amid battle over stricter FDA standards
3/13/2012

MassDevice: Brain-stim studies tout safety amid battle over stricter FDA standards - Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen urged the federal watch dog agency agency to finalize a rule, proposed last August, that would require the devices to submit PMA applications, a measure staunchly opposed by CES device maker Alpha-Stim.

Change is possible: A conversation w/ Public Citizen
3/13/2012

Blog Talk Radio: Change is possible: A conversation w/ Public Citizen - Craig Holman and Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen are on the front lines pushing and prodding in Capitol Hill on behalf of citizens calling for good government reforms.

CDC: Kansas must spend more on smoking prevention
3/13/2012

ModernMedicine: CDC: Kansas must spend more on smoking prevention - Michigan is one of 13 states that failed to report any actions against physicians to the National Practitioner Data Bank, according to the consumer group Public Citizen.

Lawmakers anxious to enact Dodd-Frank reg forcing disclosure of CEO pay
3/13/2012

The Blaze: Lawmakers anxious to enact Dodd-Frank reg forcing disclosure of CEO pay - “Such claims either constitute an embarrassing confession about widespread mismanagement of a central financial issue, or a disingenuous smokescreen,” writes Public Citizen’s Bartlett Naylor.

Proposed state rule gives polluters free pass, critics say
3/13/2012

Statesman.com: Proposed state rule gives polluters free pass, critics say - "The students who are going to be ‘D' students in school are getting pardoned and getting a passing grade because of the way the rule is changed,"said Tom "Smitty" Smith, executive director of the Texas branch of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Teamsters oppose new border crossing standards for Mexican truckers
3/13/2012

Charleston Gazette: Teamsters oppose new border crossing standards for Mexican truckers - The Sierra Club and Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes interests of ordinary citizens before Congress, have joined the reply brief filed last week.

Trans-Pacific trade pact reveals U.S.’s unbridled corporate agenda
3/13/2012

Bilaterals.org: Trans-Pacific trade pact reveals U.S.’s unbridled corporate agenda - As Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a prominent U.S. consumer organisation, told IPS, "The reason these negotiations are so extremely secret and there is such a rush to get it (done) quickly is that the content is so extremely biased towards increasing corporate power at the expense of most of us..."

Greg Davis' explanation about receipts may intensify scrutiny
3/13/2012

Associated Press: Greg Davis' explanation about receipts may intensify scrutiny - "He cannot have it both ways," said Holman, legislative representative for Public Citizen, a Washington-based nonprofit group that advocates transparency in government.

John Nichols: A clarion call for renewal of democracy
3/13/2012

OpEdNews.com: A clarion call for renewal of democracy - “Six towns in Republican districts and 13 cities and towns that have sent both Democrats and Republicans to the state legislature voted for the resolution by wide margins,” says Aquene Freechild of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is for People Campaign.

Duffy, Ribble make use of congressional travel
3/13/2012

Wausau Daily Herald: Duffy, Ribble make use of congressional travel - Public Citizen finds particularly troubling the fact that spouses or other family members often are allowed to accompany lawmakers at the sponsor's expense.

Sean Duffy, Reid Ribble take advantage of congressional travel
3/13/2012

The Oshkosh Northwestern: Sean Duffy, Reid Ribble take advantage of congressional travel - "What's troubling is these are junkets sponsored by people who have business pending before Congress," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, who was instrumental in amending the travel rules in 2007.

Speculation and exports cause latest gas price spike
3/13/2012

Between the Lines: Speculation and exports cause latest gas price spike -  Interview with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program

Vermont Democratic Party to identify sources of small donations
3/13/2012

VTDigger: Vermont Democratic Party to identify sources of small donations - For example, in seats that changed party affiliation in 2010 independent groups spent an average of $764,000 on behalf of the winner and just $273,000 on behalf of the loser, according to figures compiled by Public Citizen.

Safety concerns for laser cellulite removal
3/13/2012

Aiken Standard: Safety concerns for laser cellulite removal - As the chain of "substantially equivalent" devices grows, the less likely it is the new ones bear any resemblance to the original, and usually there's been no evaluation of safety or effectiveness in between, said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights group.

Ruling could clear path to Withers' file
3/13/2012

Associated Press: Ruling could clear path to Withers' file - "Unfortunately, we don't see (favorable court decisions) happening on a broad basis," said Allison M. Zieve, litigation director for Public Citizen, a Washington-based nonprofit that sued to open Nixon's secret testimony taken in 1975 during the hight of the Watergate scandal.

Trade pact reveals US hunger
3/13/2012

Asia Times Online: Trade pact reveals US hunger - As Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a prominent US consumer organization, told IPS, "The reason these negotiations are so extremely secret and there is such a rush to get it [done] quickly is that the content is so extremely biased towards increasing corporate power at the expense of most of us.

Speculation and exports cause latest gas price spike
3/9/2012

Between the Lines: Speculation and exports cause latest gas price spike -  Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, who discusses the triggers for this latest round of gas price hikes and the role the government’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission could play in reining in speculation on the oil futures market.

Vermont towns call for repeal of Citizens United decision
3/9/2012

National Journal: Vermont towns call for repeal of Citizens United decision - While much of Tuesday's attention on Vermont focused on its GOP primary, which Mitt Romney won handily, dozens of cities and towns - at least 56, according to Public Citizen - approved resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision.

Windmills vs. birds
3/9/2012

The Wall Street Journal: Windmills vs. birds - Before forming his own law firm, he worked for Public Citizen, an organization created by Ralph Nader.

More than 60 Vt. towns could consider 'corporate personhood' measure
3/9/2012

The Republic: More than 60 Vt. towns could consider 'corporate personhood' measure - Aqueene (ah-KAY-nay) Freechild of the group Public Citizen says that as of mid-afternoon Tuesday, 22 communities had passed the measure.

In my opinion
3/9/2012

The Reedley Exponent: In my opinion - “Education should empower students to think critically and independently. Students should be encouraged to form their own beliefs, to question established ideas and to develop intellectual curiosity,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Is FDA approved cellulite-reducing drug OK to use?
3/9/2012

Chicago Tribune: Is FDA approved cellulite-reducing drug OK to use? - As the chain of "substantially equivalent" devices grows, the less likely it is the new ones bear any resemblance to the original, and usually there's been no evaluation of safety or effectiveness in between, said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights group.

Utility players
3/9/2012

Philadelphia City Paper: A consultant (and potential bidder) has advised the city to sell off PGW - But Bart Naylor of the watchdog Public Citizen calls that Wall Street status quo wrong.

Moynihan can't get through presentation without shirtless hecklers
3/9/2012

The Wall Street Journal: Moynihan can't get through presentation without shirtless hecklers - Super(S)heroes, Women Occypy, Codepink, Rainforest Action Network and Public Citizen, all activist groups, said they were planning a protest of “predatory economic policies.”

The great Vermont uprising against corporate personhood
3/9/2012

The Nation: The great Vermont uprising against corporate personhood - “Support for the resolution cut across party lines. Six towns in Republican districts and 13 cities and towns that have sent both Democrats and Republicans to the state Legislature voted for the resolution by wide margins,” says Aquene Freechild, the senior organizer with Public Citizen's Democracy Is For People Campaign.

Occupying corporations: How to cut corporate power
3/9/2012

Truthout: 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.

Lawmakers push for companies to disclose ratio of CEO pay to that of employees
3/9/2012

The Consumerist: Lawmakers push for companies to disclose ratio of CEO pay to that of employees - "Such claims either constitute an embarrassing confession about widespread mismanagement of a central financial issue, or a disingenuous smokescreen," write Public Citizen's Bartlett Naylor.

Ban on exports from Keystone XL pipeline fails in U.S. Senate
3/9/2012

Platts: Ban on exports from Keystone XL pipeline fails in U.S. Senate - Tyson Slocum, director of consumer rights group Public Citizen's energy program, called the pipeline irrelevant in debates about gasoline prices and domestic energy security.

Pacific deal a 'top priority'
3/9/2012

The Business Times: Pacific deal a 'top priority' - Meanwhile, Public Citizen, a Washington-based group that opposed past free-trade agreements, has accused the Obama administration of negotiating behind closed doors to obscure unpopular provisions, such as a ban on Buy America procurement preferences and expanded protections for foreign investors in the US.

Occupying (and cutting) corporate paths to power
3/9/2012

Pacific Free Press: Occupying (and cutting) corporate paths to 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.

Romney's quest for White House began years ago, costing $200 million
3/9/2012

Enquirer Herald: Romney's quest for White House began years ago, costing $200 million - The consumer interest group Public Citizen, after obtaining the records of secret FEC votes through the Freedom of Information Act, recently reported that votes on enforcement matters ended in deadlocks 109 times from 2003 through 2010.

Qnexa diet pill: Making a weight-loss drug that doesn't sicken you is apparently difficult
3/9/2012

Huffington Post: Qnexa diet pill: making a weight-loss drug that doesn't sicken you is apparently difficult - "I don't know how many of these drugs are going to have to come off the market," said Sidney Wolfe, a physician and the director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, "before someone wakes up."

Vermont towns call for repeal of Citizens United decision
3/8/2012

National Journal: Vermont towns call for repeal of Citizens United decision - While much of Tuesday's attention on Vermont focused on its GOP primary, which Mitt Romney won handily, dozens of cities and towns - at least 56, according to Public Citizen - approved resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision.

Problem doctors may be in Illinois regulators' blind-spot
3/8/2012

WoodruffLawyers.com: Problem doctors may be in Illinois regulators' blind-spot - "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.

"Natural" back in court again
3/8/2012

Food Identity Theft: "Natural" back in court again - An article posted by Center for Justice & Democracy and Public Citizen titled “The CALA files: the secret campaign by Big Tobacco and other major industries to take away your rights,” notes that “(w)hile CALA chapters masquerade as grassroots citizens groups spontaneously manifesting citizen anger against so-called “lawsuit abuse” in their states...”

Cystocele and Rectocele mesh repair, FDA warnings
3/8/2012

FreeLegalShield.com: Cystocele and Rectocele mesh repair, FDA warnings - In October 25, 2011, a consumer advocacy group called Public Citizen submitted an appeal to the FDA that all non-absorbable vaginal mesh be recalled.

Obama fights gas prices by 'reconstituting' oil speculation task force
3/8/2012

Huffington Post: Obama fights gas prices by 'reconstituting' oil speculation task force - Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for consumer group Public Citizen, said the Obama administration "isn't reconstituting this task force because this task force wasn't even meeting in the first place."

Jack's back: Former tribal lobbyist makes pitch for reform
3/8/2012

Morning Sun: Jack's back: Former tribal lobbyist makes pitch for reform - Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, said she likes Abramoff’s proposals, but they don’t go far enough.

This spring Move to Amend
3/8/2012

Howard's Notebook: This spring Move to Amend - Shout out to all our partners in Vermont (Public Citizen...)

Safety groups lawsuit challenges new hours of service
3/8/2012

Valor System: Safety groups lawsuit challenges new hours of service - The federal regulation for truck driver hours of service (HOS) still fails to satisfy much needed improvements to protect the public from weary truckers and should be judicially reviewed, according to Public Citizen...

Playing the speculator card. Again.
3/8/2012

ChequerBoard.org: Playing the speculator card. Again. - Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for consumer group Public Citizen, said the Obama administration “isn’t reconstituting this task force because this task force wasn’t even meeting in the first place.”

Secret tribunal threatens the environment
3/8/2012

The Peace Worker: Secret tribunal threatens the environment - by Beatriz Lopez and Brooke Harper, senior field organizers for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Qnexa diet pill: Making a weight-loss drug that doesn’t sicken you is...
3/8/2012

HowToFeelGood.net: Qnexa diet pill: Making a weight-loss drug that doesn’t sicken you is... - “I don’t know how many of these drugs are going to have to come off a market,” pronounced Sidney Wolfe, a medicine and a executive of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, “before someone wakes up.”

Speak out today at 4 pm - For co. leg. resolution to end corporate personhood - Everybody out!
3/8/2012

Dutchess Democracy: Speak out today at 4 pm - For co. leg. resolution to end corporate personhood - Everybody out! - ... all of the following organizations across the U.S. are calling for an amendment to the Constitution to make it clear that corporations aren't people - and shouldn't enjoy the same free-speech rights that human beings do: People For the American Way, Public Citizen...

Arbitration under fire on NPR
3/8/2012

Orlando Mediator: Arbitration under fire on NPR - Christine Hines, a consumer and civil justice advocate at Public Citizen's Congress Watch wishes people to understand access to the courts.

Occupy with International Women's Day
3/8/2012

SupportOWS: Occupy with International Women's Day - 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.

Public Citizen energy expert: President's task force charged with rooting out speculators 'a bit of a farce'
3/8/2012

Crooks and Liars: Public Citizen energy expert: President's task force charged with rooting out speculators 'a bit of a farce' - Even that might have helped -- but, as one expert from Public Citizen points out, the task force wasn't doing anything.

More than 60 Vt. towns could consider 'corporate personhood' measure
3/8/2012

Associated Press: More than 60 Vt. towns could consider 'corporate personhood' measure - Aqueene (ah-KAY-nay) Freechild of the group Public Citizen says that as of mid-afternoon Tuesday, 22 communities had passed the measure.

Vermont voters tackle Citizens United
3/8/2012

Care2: Vermont voters tackle Citizens United: “Vermonters are taking a lead in the growing movement for a constitutional amendment to limit the influence of big money and corporations in our democracy,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

Rule changes at TCEQ may be in the works
3/8/2012

StateImpact Texas: Rule changes at TCEQ may be in the works - Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen Texas, says the new rules could move businesses with poor histories of environmental compliance into the same category as businesses with average or high compliance.

Speculation and exports cause latest gas price spike
3/8/2012

Between The Lines: Speculation and exports cause latest gas price spike - Interview with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, conducted by Scott Harris

Windmills vs. birds
3/8/2012

Wall Street Journal: Windmills vs. birds - Before forming his own law firm, [Eric Glitzenstein] worked for Public Citizen, an organization created by Ralph Nader. When it comes to wind energy, he says, "Many environmental groups have been claiming that too few people are paying attention to the science of climate change..."

Obama fights gas pices by ‘reconstituting’ oil speculation task force
3/8/2012

Industry-News: Obama fights gas pices by ‘reconstituting’ oil speculation task force - Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for consumer group Public Citizen, said the Obama administration “isn’t reconstituting this task force because this task force wasn’t even meeting in the first place.”

Shuren sees 501(k) 'process improvements' but CDRH continues to face serious funding challenges
3/8/2012

MDDI: Shuren sees 501(k) 'process improvements' but CDRH continues to face serious funding challenges - In a statement released during the hearing, Public Citizen called on Congress to replace the medical device clearance and approval processes with a process that requires the same scrutiny as new drugs.

Another call to break up Bank of America
3/8/2012

Business Casual: Another call to break up Bank of America - It’s not the first time someone has called for the break up of a too-big-to-fail bank. But Public Citizen is calling for people to sign a petition aiming to do just that to Bank of America.


Read more here: http://blogs.kansas.com/business/2012/03/06/another-call-to-break-up-bank-of-america/#storylink=cpy
Ex-wrestling exec running for Connecticut Senate seat
3/8/2012

Governing: Ex-wrestling exec running for Connecticut Senate seat - While most candidates seek larger contributions from the wealthy, affluent candidates have an advantage, said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, which advocates public financing of campaigns.

Consumer group demands PMA for brain stimulation devices
3/8/2012

MassDevice: Consumer group demands PMA for brain stimulation devices - Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to require a more stringent standard for cranial electrotherapy stimulator devices, after a panel of agency experts recommended that the products not be downgraded to a lower-risk category.

Five dots from cabbie to billionaire
3/8/2012

Nation of Change: Five dots from cabbie to billionaire - The second dot was an excellent video, accompanying a petition, that Public Citizen just released called Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - aimed at Bank of America (but that could equally have been addressing any member of the too-big-to-fail contingent).

Standing order database search system and method for internet and intranet application
3/8/2012

Free Patents Online: Standing order database search system and method for internet and intranet application On February 18, Lauren Dame, staff attorney at Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a non-profit organization founded in 1971 by Ralph Nader and Dr. Sidney Wolfe, testified before the committee.

Tribes rip Abramoff, ethics watchdogs
3/8/2012

The Hill: Tribes rip Abramoff, ethics watchdogs - Monday night at the National Press Club, Rodgers and American Indian tribal leaders sat in the first row during an event where Abramoff and watchdog groups Public Citizen and United Republic discussed money in politics.

Vt. gives big boost to idea of personhood amendment to US Constitution
3/8/2012

Daily Journal: Vt. gives big boost to idea of personhood amendment to US Constitution - The measure failed to pass in two locations, said organizer Aquene Fairchild, who was monitoring the votes for the group Public Citizen.

Attorney Rayna E. Kessler responds to Public Citizen testimony on Qnexa
3/8/2012

PRWeb: Attorney Rayna E. Kessler responds to Public Citizen testimony on Qnexa - According to Public Citizen, “Qnexa (a combination of phentermine, an amphetamine, and topiramate, an anti-seizure medication), 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.”

Constitutional amendment gets overwhelming support in Vermont
3/8/2012

VTDigger.org: Constitutional amendment gets overwhelming support in Vermont - According to Aquene Freechild, a senior organizer for Public Citizen, the resolution failed in Pittsfield after a citizen noted the amendment would mean that George Soros, a liberally minded billionaire, would be unable to make contributions as well.

Vermont voters endorse challenge to corporate personhood
3/8/2012

In These Times: Vermont voters endorse challenge to corporate personhood - The passage of nonbinding resolutions in Vermont--spearheaded by groups like Public Citizen and Move to Amend in coordination with local activists—is part of a broader strategy to build support for a Constitutional amendment at the state level.

Is FDA approved cellulite-reducing drug OK to use?
3/8/2012

Sun Sentinel: Is FDA approved cellulite-reducing drug OK to use? - As the chain of "substantially equivalent" devices grows, the less likely it is the new ones bear any resemblance to the original, and usually there's been no evaluation of safety or effectiveness in between, said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights group.

Will the "war on women" kill Limbaugh's radio show?
3/8/2012

Renew America: Will the "war on women" kill Limbaugh's radio show? - blic Citizen, hardly a conservative group, demanded in 2007 that Yaz be banned and put the pill on its "Do Not Use" list.

Breaking up Bank of America, in song
3/6/2012

NY Times: Breaking up Bank of America, in song - Public Citizen has a message for Bank of America: size matters. The consumer advocacy lobbying group, founded by onetime Green Party presidential hopeful Ralph Nader, is calling for the bank to be broken up into smaller, less systematically important pieces in a new video.

I've got a secret: The bureaucrat's delight
3/6/2012

New York Public Library: I've got a secret: The bureaucrat's delight - With this as background, here is a good opportunity to take a quick look at some of the FOI activities from the advocacy organization Public Citizen, where our presenter for this year, Robert Weissman, is President.

House Committee on the Judiciary
3/6/2012

PolicyInterns.com: House Committee on the Judiciary - Last Laugh: Mr. Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, Inc., gave the last testimony in which he shows his disfavor of the Freeze Act.

More frontiers in school bus advertising
3/6/2012

Off the Kuff: More frontiers in school bus advertising - Here’s a timely bit of news from Public Citizen: "In 'School Commercialism: High Costs, Low Revenues,' Public Citizen found that school advertising programs are providing less than half of one percent of school revenues, and often far less..."

Texas proposes pardoning pollution (again!) — public hearing March 6th
3/6/2012

Texas Green Report: Texas proposes pardoning pollution (again!) — public hearing March 6th - If you want more information about the rule, or to make e-comments, check out this list of rules, information about the public hearing and how to submit comments on TCEQ’s rules page. OR visit this Public Citizen page with loads of information.

CA’s paycheck deception ballot measure includes a “giant loophole to allow for unlimited corporate spending on campaigns”
3/6/2012

WePartyPatriots.com: CA’s paycheck deception ballot measure includes a “giant loophole to allow for unlimited corporate spending on campaigns” - That’s why the nonpartisan consumer advocacy group Public Citizen recently opposed the measure, saying it “is little more than an attack on labor masquerading as campaign finance reform.”

The movement against Citizens United continues to build
3/6/2012

Huffington Post: The movement against Citizens United continues to build - Meanwhile, the news from Public Citizen is that there is great forward movement in state legislatures in Vermont and Massachusetts to amend the Constitution and overturn the Citizens United decision, with 50 towns in Vermont voting this week on resolutions supporting an amendment to overturn the decision as well.

Do you eat food or drink water? Then these folks are in your corner.
3/6/2012

Fattymoon: Do you eat food or drink water? Then these folks are in your corner. - In Fall 2005, 12 members of the Energy and Environment Program at the non-profit organization Public Citizen left to create Food & Water Watch.

Substantially unsafe medical devices: bears repeating!
3/6/2012

FIDA Advocate: Substantially unsafe medical devices: bears repeating! - *All of the facts below and additional information are compiled in the Public Citizen report, Substantially Unsafe, available at http://pubc.it/rMDUF.

How pharmaceuticals influence our elections directly with money–and other influence peddlers
3/6/2012

Eslkevin's Blog: How pharmaceuticals influence our elections directly with money–and other influence peddlers - To promote long-term solutions, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign is joining forces with our allies and concerned citizens like you.

Linda McMahon donors: Connecticut Senate candidate, ex-WWE executive counting on affluent Greenwich supporters
3/6/2012

Huffington Post: Linda McMahon donors: Connecticut Senate candidate, ex-WWE executive counting on affluent Greenwich supporters - While most candidates seek larger contributions from the wealthy, affluent candidates have an advantage, said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, which advocates public financing of campaigns.

Planthropy is the enemy of justice
3/6/2012

Perdido Street School: Planthropy is the enemy of justice - AeA took the EU to the World Trade Organisation on a charge of erecting artificial trade barriers. (And according to the American NGO Public Citizen, "made the astounding claim that there is no evidence that heavy metals, like lead, pose a threat to human health or the environment".)

Will Main Street or Wall Street get dealt the upper hand on STOCK Act?
3/6/2012

Huffington Post: Will Main Street or Wall Street get dealt the upper hand on STOCK Act? - by Craig Holman of Public Citizen

Overturn Citizens United?
3/6/2012

WillBrownsberger.com: Overturn Citizens United? - At least a dozen versions of this proposal are floating about, some offered by groups active in political reform such as Common Cause and Public Citizen, and also by individuals—all of whom should know better than to go down this quite dangerous road.

Break up the banks… ‘Not going to happen’ (with Nomi Prins) -
3/6/2012

SgtReport.com: Break up the banks… ‘Not going to happen’ (with Nomi Prins) - We'll also show you a new video from Public Citizen, calling on Bank of America to break up.

Bold action needed over Bank of America
3/6/2012

Financial News: Bold action needed over Bank of America - Late last month, Public Citizen, a non-profit public interest group with 80,000 supporters, according to its website, filed a 24-page petition with the Financial Stability Oversight Council requesting it to declare Bank of America a “grave threat” to the stability of the US financial system under section 121 of the Dodd-Frank Act

Check out this hilarious video spoof about breaking up Bank of America and Merrill Lynch
3/6/2012

Business Insider: Check out this hilarious video spoof about breaking up Bank of America and Merrill Lynch -  But this recently produced video by consumer advocacy lobbying group Public Citizen takes the message to a new, more comical level.

New calls Bank of America breakup
3/6/2012

Fierce Finance: New calls Bank of America breakup - This one comes not from analysts or shareholders but from a consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, headed by Ralph Nader.

Democracy for sale
3/6/2012

Truthout: Democracy for sale - by Rachel Lewis and Sean Siperstein of Public Citizen

OSHA probe, draft rule target beryllium
3/6/2012

Paint Square: OSHA probe, draft rule target beryllium - OSHA’s action followed a complaint about beryllium labeling filed in January by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

On Iran strike, Israelis trust Obama over Bibi
3/6/2012

OpEdNews: On Iran strike, Israelis trust Obama over Bibi - by Robert Naiman of Public Citizen

Reid holds congressional insider trading bill's future in his hands
3/6/2012

The Hill: Reid holds congressional insider trading bill's future in his hands - "The ball is in Reid's court," Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, said Thursday. "Everyone is waiting for Reid to make a decision."

Pharma group updates code of conduct
3/6/2012

World Book and News: Pharma group updates code of conduct - However, amendments and changes to a code of conduct don't eliminate conflicts of interest from company-doctor relationships, Michael Carome, MD, deputy director of the health research group at Public Citizen, said in an interview with MedPage Today.

International civil society groups slam corporate influence on Trans-Pacific free trade talks
3/6/2012

Bilaterals.org: International civil society groups slam corporate influence on Trans-Pacific free trade talks - 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.

What is Bank of America charging customers for this time? - Dollars and sense
3/6/2012

KWKH: What is Bank of America charging customers for this time? - Dollars and sense - Bart Naylor, an expert in financial regulation at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said, “Bank of America and other banks are probing to see what the market will bear, and we think it’s good for consumers to respond to that the way they know best...”

F the Banks takes on Bank of America
3/6/2012

Firedoglake: F the Banks takes on Bank of America - Public Citizen has a formal request to the Financial Stability Oversight Council to break up Bank of America under section 122 of the Dodd-Frank law.

Political donors got plenty of PennDOT's federal stimulus aid
3/6/2012

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Political donors got plenty of PennDOT's federal stimulus aid - "... It strongly suggests to me that there is pay-to-play corruption going on," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Washington-based Public Citizen, a nonprofit citizen advocacy group.

The Lipitor warnings: A guide to the FDA's new cholesterol drug labels
3/6/2012

Yahoo News: The Lipitor warnings: A guide to the FDA's new cholesterol drug labels -  Some health experts, like Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's health research group, contend that the drugs' usage should be curbed.

At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value
3/6/2012

Imperial Valley Press Online: 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. "Diet drug history is littered with those banned only after they found about cardiovascular risk areas," Wolfe told the committee.

Sherrod's Breitbart suit could continue
3/6/2012

Politico: Sherrod's Breitbart suit could continue - Gerstein's report also led me back to this gem from Paul Alan Levy, a litigator at the liberal public interest firm Public Citizen, who provided Ben Smith with what in retrospect is a very telling example of Breitbart's influence:

Overdue overdraft overhaul
3/6/2012

Truthout: Overdue overdraft overhaul - by Bartlett Nayor of Public Citizen

FDA backtracks on conflict-of-interest rule changes for advisory panel members
3/6/2012

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News: FDA backtracks on conflict-of-interest rule changes for advisory panel members - Dr. Hamburg’s comments are a change from a July 2011 address before the public health watchdog group Public Citizen, when she cited vacancies on advisory committees in contending: “We have to be sure that FDA has subject-matter experts that we need for our important decision making,” according to a quote published by Bloomberg.

Romney's quest for the presidency
3/6/2012

CharlotteObserver.com: Romney's quest for the presidency - The consumer interest group Public Citizen, after obtaining the records of secret FEC votes through the Freedom of Information Act, recently reported that votes on enforcement matters ended in deadlocks 109 times from 2003 through 2010.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/04/3069298/romneys-quest-for-the-presidency.html#storylink=cpy
Heritage Foundation helps illustrate travel restriction loopholes
3/6/2012

Roll Call: Heritage Foundation helps illustrate travel restriction loopholes - "These are not distinct entities," said Public Citizen's Craig Holman, who took an active role in helping draft the 2007 reforms.

High doses of Alzheimer's drug should be avoided
3/6/2012

Aging Well Magazine: High doses of Alzheimer's drug should be avoided - High doses of the Alzheimer's drug Aricept should be avoided by some Alzheimer’s patients because of the risk of potentially serious side effects, according to the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Safety alerts cite cholesterol drugs' side effects
3/6/2012

The New York Times: Safety alerts cite cholesterol drugs' side effects - Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s health research group, is among those who contend statins are overused.

Supreme Court decision on class action lawsuits is topic of March 22 presentation at Chicago’s John Marshall Law School
3/6/2012

 Yahoo! News: Supreme Court decision on class action lawsuits is topic of March 22 presentation at Chicago’s John Marshall Law School - In 2011, [Deepak Gupta] argued case before the Supreme Court on behalf of Public Citizen Litigation Group.

Patient safety coalition protests FDA’s approval of device used for treating aneurysms
3/6/2012

CXVascular: Patient safety coalition protests FDA's approval of device used for treating aneurysms - The coalition letter has been signed by: American Medical Women's Association, Center for Medical Consumers, Community Access National Network, Consumers Union, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, National Consumers League, National Research Center for Women and Families/Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, National Women's Health Network, Our Bodes Ourselves, Public Citizen, US PIRG, and WoodyMatters

Romney has spent over $200 million on quest for nomination
3/6/2012

Politics in Polk: Romney has spent over $200 million on quest for nomination - The consumer interest group Public Citizen, after obtaining the records of secret FEC votes through the Freedom of Information Act, recently reported that votes on enforcement matters ended in deadlocks 109 times from 2003 through 2010.

Ex-lobbyist won't need a waiver to work for Vice President Biden
3/6/2012

The Hill: Ex-lobbyist won't need a waiver to work for Vice President Biden - “He would not require a special waiver as a lobbyist because he filed his termination papers,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Vermont towns to vote on challenging Citizens United ruling
3/6/2012

The Raw Story: Vermont towns to vote on challenging Citizens United ruling - “Vermonters are taking a lead in the growing movement for a constitutional amendment to limit the influence of big money and corporations in our democracy,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

Rottenstein Law Group dismayed by peport of widespread conspiracy to keep hip recipients in dark about dangers
3/6/2012

American Banking News: Rottenstein Law Group dismayed by peport of widespread conspiracy to keep hip recipients in dark about dangers: The BMJ piece quotes Michael Carome, deputy director of the not-for-profit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen’s Health Research Group: “This is one very large uncontrolled experiment exposing millions of patients to an unknown risk..."

Ex-WWE exec taps Greenwich donors for Senate bid
3/6/2012

Associated Press (AP): Ex-WWE exec taps Greenwich donors for Senate bid - While most candidates seek larger contributions from the wealthy, affluent candidates have an advantage, said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, which advocates public financing of campaigns.

Rottenstein law group alarmed by report of widespread conspiracy to keep hip resurfacing patiends uninformed about dangers
3/6/2012

Newswire: Rottenstein law group alarmed by report or widespread conspiracy to keep hip resurfacing patients uninfomred about dangers - The BMJ article quotes Michael Carome, deputy director of the not-for-profit consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group: “This is one very large uncontrolled experiment exposing millions of patients to an unknown risk. We will only find out about the safety of these devices after large numbers of people have already been exposed.”

Citizens United developments
3/2/2012

Lexology: Citizens United developments -  In support of the disclosure requirement, two campaign finance reform groups, Public Citizen and MoveOn.org, submitted petitions with over 100,000 signatures urging President Obama to sign the draft EO.

WaPo's Kaplan scolded for demanding $300 from student trying to sell one of its books on eBay
3/2/2012

TechDirt: WaPo's Kaplan scolded for demanding $300 from student trying to sell one of its books on eBay - After sending a nastygram with a demand for $300 to a student who put up a used copy (which she had purchased used as well), a letter was sent to Kaplan's lawyers from Paul Levy at Public Citizen explaining the law to Kaplan and refusing to give in to the crazy demands in the letter:

Federal agency investigating sand-blasitng hazards
3/2/2012

Boston Herald: Federal agency investigating sand-blasting hazards - OSHA’s statement pledging an investigation came after a public appeal in January 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.

Bay state woman battles BofA fees
3/2/2012

Boston Herald: Bay state woman battles BofA fees - The bank’s attempt to raise new fee income doesn’t surprise Bartlett Naylor, who follows the financial industry for Washington-based activist group Public Citizen.

Patient safety coalition protests FDA approval of Aneurysm device