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New rules mean new hardship for poultry workers
4/27/2012

The Nation: New rules mean new hardship for poultry workers - The most vociferous critic of the rule has been Food & Water Watch, an offshoot of Public Citizen, citing the findings of its recent Freedom of Information Act request, which discovered that company inspectors in HIMP plants regularly miss problems like “fecal contamination” on the carcasses.

Mourdock will keep energy stocks if elected to Senate
4/27/2012

Indianapolis Business Journal: Mourdock will keep energy stocks if elected to Senate - “We’ve documented that members of Congress are active traders in the stock market,” said Craig Holman, government-affairs lobbyist at the left-leaning consumer advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

Corporate campaign contributions show some industries giving up appearance of bipartisanship
4/27/2012

Huffington Post: Corporate campaign contributions show some industries giving up appearance of bipartisanship - "Since they're trying to block regulation or block new laws, a single party can do the job for them," said Robert Weissman, president of the consumer group Public Citizen.

Ray Romano, Marc Maron and more to perform for government watchdog charity
4/27/2012

Laugh Spin: Ray Romano, Marc Maron and more to perform for government watchdog charity -  The consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen is holding its annual ‘Stand Up For Main Street’ benefit.

Cash pouring in for Mitt
4/27/2012

Education News: Cash pouring in for Mitt - “Since they’re trying to block regulation or block new laws, a single party can do the job for them,” said Robert Weissman, president of the consumer group Public Citizen.

Contractor seeks to unmask commenter who questioned reviews
4/27/2012

MediaPost Publications: Contractor seeks to unmask commenter who questioned reviews - But Google nonetheless has grounds to argue that the case against it should be dismissed because the federal Communications Decency Act provides that Web companies aren't responsible for users' posts, says Paul Alan Levy, an attorney with the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Have comedians replaced journalists?
4/27/2012

Ian Masters: Have comedians replaced journalists? - Then finally we speak with Steve Skrovan, the organizer of a political comedy event for Public Citizen

For high-tech lifesavers, an urgent push in Congress
4/27/2012

Star Tribune: For high-tech lifesavers, an urgent push in Congress - "Relaxing review standards for medical devices, as proposed in recently introduced bills, would be exactly the wrong course of action, further weakening an inadequate system," the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen wrote in a recent report.

HISD and HCC consider stricter ethics rules to polish their images
4/27/2012

Houston Chronicle: HISD and HCC consider stricter ethics rules to polish their images - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the national watchdog group Public Citizen, agreed.

Hospitals halt free baby formula
4/27/2012

LiveWell Nebraska: Hospitals halt free baby formula - Citing health and marketing concerns, the Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen is leading a petition effort to end formula freebies at hospitals.

Romney raises cash in first post-Watergate private-paid election
4/27/2012

San Francisco Chronicle: Romney raises cash in first post-Watergate private-paid election - "We have come full circle to the Watergate era when presidential candidates were totally beholden to special interests and the wealthy," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group that supports stronger campaign finance laws.

Public Citizen to Miami mayor: Don't allow LED billboards on public buildings
4/27/2012

TMCnet.com: Public Citizen to Miami mayor: Don't allow LED billboards on public buildings -  Public Citizen issued the following news release: The city of Miami and county of Miami-Dade should not allow light-emitting diode (LED) billboards on publicly owned buildings, Public Citizen's Commercial Alert program said in letters sent this week to city and county officials.

Mon April 23
4/26/2012

Stand Up! Blog: Mon April 23 - Then we welcomed back to the program, President of Public Citizen, Robert Weissman. He promoted their comedy event "Stand Up for Main Street"."

Vermont House passes corporate personhood resolution
4/26/2012

Fwank.org: Vermont House passes corporate personhood resolution - Similar measures have been approved in Hawaii and New Mexico and by at least one legislative chamber in California, Alaska and Iowa, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Ellison's plan to kill free speech
4/26/2012

True North: Ellison's plan to kill free speech - This is language that all of us agree to, that all of us can galvanize behind -- members of Congress, members of city councils, community activists from groups like Move to Amend, Public Citizen, People for the American Way and others.

Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug
4/26/2012

Life Science: Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug - Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration saying the risks of Victoza far outweigh its benefits as a diabetes drug, a crowded field that includes nearly a dozen similar medications.

Mourdock will keep energy stocks if elected to Senate
4/26/2012

Indianapolis Business Journal: Mourdock will keep energy stocks if elected to Senate - “We’ve documented that members of Congress are active traders in the stock market,” said Craig Holman, government-affairs lobbyist at the left-leaning consumer advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

Consumer group urges FDA to take Victoza off market
4/26/2012

RTTNews: Consumer group urges FDA to take Victoza off market - Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen filed a report with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 19 to remove the diabetes drug Victoza from the market "immediately," citing risks.

Do blind trusts really separate companies and politicians?
4/26/2012

Law.com: Do blind trusts really separate companies and politicians? - In January the nonprofit consumer advocate Public Citizen wrote a letter to U.S. senators suggesting just that.

Warnings over long-term use of Nexium, Prilosec, other PPI in U.K.
4/26/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Warnings over long-term use of Nexium, Prilosec, other PPI in U.K. - Public Citizen, a prominent consumer advocate group, has called for black box label warnings to be added to all PP, alerting people that the drugs have been linked to bone breaks and can cause consumers to develop a dependency on the drugs.

Negligent consumer advocacy
4/26/2012

Wilson County News: Negligent consumer advocacy - Another consumer advocate, Public Citizen, claims that tort reform has only helped insurance companies. 

4/24/12 - AP health newsbrief at 7:13 a.m. EDT
4/26/2012

Pharmacy Choice:  4/24/12 - AP health newsbrief at 7:13 a.m. EDT: Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug - WASHINGTON (AP) - A consumer advocacy group is calling on government regulators to withdraw a diabetes drug from Novo Nordisk, saying the injectable medication raises the risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis and kidney failure.

CFPB to take on shadow corporate justice system
4/26/2012

The Nation: CFPB to take on shadow corporate justice system - "Once you have a dispute with a company, if you mutually agree to take its arbitration, that’s fine,” said David Arkush of Public Citizen, which has done extensive advocacy against forced arbitration.

Consumer agency to examine arbitration clauses
4/26/2012

Los Angeles Times: Consumer agency to examine arbitration clauses - A 2007 report by Public Citizen found that California consumers with disputes with credit card issuers lost 94 percent of the time over a four-year period in cases decided by a major arbitration firm.

Wall Street pitted lobbyists against provision of STOCK Act legislation
4/26/2012

The Hill: Wall Street pitted lobbyists against provision of STOCK Act legislation - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, said Wall Street’s lobbying campaign against the measure was “instrumental” in its demise.

Public Citizen: Florida hospitals shouldn't hawk infant formula
4/26/2012

WCTV: Public Citizen: Florida hospitals shouldn't hawk infant formula - The Press Release from Public Citizen is below.

Poor safety record no bar to winning government construction contracts [The Pump Handle]
4/26/2012

I4U.com: Poor safety record no bar to winning government construction contracts [The Pump Handle] - While some states have some screening measures in place to address this issue, "there is nothing at the federal level," explained Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division.

CFPB to investigate mandatory arbitration clauses
4/26/2012

Care2: CFPB to investigate mandatory arbitration clauses - Christine Hines, Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel for Public Citizen was pleased with the news. “We expect that any fair examination of forced arbitration will conclude that the practice is devastatingly harmful to consumers.

Will Wal-Mart Mexico bribery scandal help build support for labor?
4/26/2012

In These Times: Will Wal-Mart Mexico bribery scandal help build support for labor? - A 2004 report by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and Public Citizen calculated the toll wrought by Wal-Mart and other “mega-retailers":

Newt Gingrich wins race for biggest GOP debt
4/26/2012

TPM Muckraker: Newt Gingrich wins race for biggest GOP debt - “It is going to be a big problem for him,” Craig Holman of Public Citizen told TPM. “Now that the election is essentially over with, Newt Gingrich is going to have a very hard time drawing in contributors.”

How service contracts rob you of your rights (and what the CFPB is doing about it)
4/26/2012

TIME Moneyland: How service contracts rob you of your rights (and what the CFPB is doing about it) - “Arbitration companies treat large corporations as their clients,” Public Citizen says. They don’t have to take legal precedent into account when deliberating, and their decisions aren’t made public. 

CR Investigates: Dangerous medical devices
4/26/2012

Consumer Reports: CR Investigates: Dangerous medical devices - In an August 2011 petition asking the FDA to take transvaginal mesh off the market, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen called it “a ‘poster-child’ example of the fundamental failure ... to protect the public’s health and welfare.”

Turns out that forcing customers into arbitration is not good for consumers
4/26/2012

The Consumerist: Turns out that forcing customers into arbitration is not good for consumers - As a result, claims the study released by Public Citizen, at least 76 possible viable lawsuits have been stopped dead in their tracks.

Hope in Occupy, and in amending the constitution
4/24/2012

The Progressive: Hope in Occupy, and in amending the constitution - You can find out more about these efforts from two groups that are doing some of the heavy lifting: Public Citizen and Move to Amend.

Public Citizen wants Victoza diabetes drug recalled
4/24/2012

Drug Injury Blog: Public Citizen wants Victoza diabetes drug recalled - The group Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration saying the risks of the Novo Nordisk manufactured drug outweigh the benefits.

Lobbying is not a hazard
4/24/2012

Safety Signals: Lobbying is not a hazard - A few pages later there was an item about Public Citizen’s call for legislation to require government agencies to reject bids from companies with bad safety and health records. 

Lawmakers unite with activist groups to press for constitutional amendment on Citizens United
4/24/2012

United Republic: Lawmakers unite with activist groups to press for constitutional amendment on Citizens United - The summit highlighted the Resolutions Week initiative spearheaded by Public Citizen and other organizations, aimed at passing local resolutions the week of June 11.

The unlearned lessons of the BP disaster
4/24/2012

Eat The State: The unlearned lessons of the BP disaster - by Robert Weissman of Public Citizen

Vermont was third. Will California be next?
4/24/2012

State Politics: Vermont was third. Will California be next? - By Jonah Minkoff-Zern of Public Citizen

'Pipe dream' to 'mainstream' citizens fight back against corporate personhood
4/24/2012

Payback 911: 'Pipe dream' to 'mainstream' citizens fight back against corporate personhood - Public Citizen is proud to have played a coordinating role with our Vermont partners in this movement victory,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

No more free formula samples
4/24/2012

Pregnancy Help Center: No more free formula samples - Many hospitals around the country are discontinuing providing new mothers with free formula when discharged. This seems to have been sparked by a campaign by the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Victoza Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug !
4/24/2012

The Low Carb Diabetic: Victoza Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug! - "The need for new therapies for Type 2 diabetes is not so urgent that one must tolerate a significant degree of uncertainty regarding serious risk concerns," wrote reviewer Dr. Karen Mahoney, in an agency memo obtained by Public Citizen.

Your name here: Share Bill would allow ads on school buses
4/24/2012

Silicon Valley Education Foundation: Your name here: Share Bill would allow ads on school buses - But given the potential physical danger and manipulative impact on children, they’re simply not worth the income, argues the watchdog group Public Citizen.

What in the world is a pulmonary embolism?
4/24/2012

AnAttorneyForYou.com: What in the world is a pulmonary embolism? - As early as April 2002, the risks associated with drospirenone were well known and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen listed Yasmin among its “DO NOT USE” drugs, due to the risk of heart problems and death.

A call for haste in rulemakings
4/24/2012

TheCre.com: A call for haste in rulemakings - A study by Public Citizen estimates that, in the time that the rule has been held up by OMB, 60 workers’ live could have been saved should the rule have been implemented.

Leahy Bill would boost generic drug safety in USA, says consumer group
4/24/2012

The Pharma Letter: Leahy Bill would boost generic drug safety in USA, says consumer group - A bill giving generic drug manufacturers in the USA the authority to revise labeling for their products when they become aware of risks that are not adequately disclosed would fill a hazardous hole in drug regulation, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said in a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, who introduced the Patient Safety and Generic Labeling Improvement Act this week.

Novo rejects calls to pull Victoza from US market
4/24/2012

PharmaTimes.com: Novo rejects calls to pull Victoza from US market - Novo Nordisk has spoken out in support of Victoza after influential US consumer group Public Citizen called for the diabetes drug to be withdrawn.

Novo Nordisk, Public Citizen duke it out over Victoza
4/24/2012

Fierce Pharma: Novo Nordisk, Public Citizen duke it out over Victoza - A request to the FDA by advocacy group Public Citizen to pull the Victoza diabetes treatment threw Novo Nordisk's ($NVO) shares for a loop Friday, beating them down by nearly 2 percent on the Dutch exchange before the Danish company came back swinging.

Consumer group to FDA: Take Victoza off the market
4/24/2012

WebMD: Consumer group to FDA: Take Victoza off the market - Public Citizen, the Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is petitioning the FDA to immediately remove the type 2 diabetes drug Victoza (liraglutide) from the market.

Vermont passes resolution to ban Citizens United
4/24/2012

Care2: Vermont passes resolution to ban Citizens United - “By fighting so passionately, Vermonters have put the state on the map as opposing corporate influence in our elections. Public Citizen is proud to have played a coordinating role with our Vermont partners in this movement victory,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

Consumer watchdog requests FDA remove diabetes medication from market
4/24/2012

DrugAlert.org: Consumer watchdog requests FDA remove diabetes medication from market - In a petition sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen requested the diabetes drug Victoza (known generically as liraglutide) be withdrawn from the market.

Will Amylin stand to gain from a Citizen's Petition challenging Victoza?
4/24/2012

Seeking Alpha: Will Amylin stand to gain from a Citizen's Petition challenging Victoza? - On April 19, an organization called Public Citizen filed a Citizen's Petition with the FDA calling for the agency to remove Novo Nordisk's once-daily injected GLP-1 drug Victoza from the market.

Vermont legislature votes to overturn Citizens United
4/24/2012

Truthout: Vermont legislature votes to overturn Citizens United - "The Vermont legislature is the third state legislature to formally call for an amendment," said Aquene Freechild, an organizer for reform group Public Citizen's grassroots campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC. "I have no doubt it will be among the first to ratify."

A seed is planted, a root is struck
4/24/2012

Capitol Correspondent: A seed is planted, a root is struck - The conference had more than 130 attendees and featured Rob Weissman, President of Public Citizen...

US group claims that diabetes drug should be banned
4/24/2012

Diabetes.co.uk: US group claims that diabetes drug should be banned - The group, called Public Citizen, has claimed that the drug – manufactured by pharma giant Novo Nordisk and taken to treat type 2 diabetes – is putting patients at risk from a range of conditions, such as kidney failure, thyroid cancer and pancreatitis.

Victoza recall: Side effects not worth benefits
4/24/2012

Accident and Injury Lawyer Blog: Victoza recall: Side effects not worth benefits - Public Citizen is pushing for a Victoza recall in light of accumulating evidence that this diabetes drug exposes patients to the risk of pancreatitis, kidney damage, thyroid cancer, and other unacceptable risks considering the other available diabetes drugs on the market.

Poor safety record no bar to winning government construction contracts
4/24/2012

The Pump Handle: Poor safety record no bar to winning government construction contracts - This is, however, not the case. As the government watchdog organization Public Citizen details in a new report, numerous government contracts have been awarded to companies with chronic poor health and safety records.

Positive Ph III results for Novo Nordisk's degludec; US advocacy calls for Victoza's withdrawal
4/24/2012

The Pharma Letter: Positive Ph III results for Novo Nordisk's degludec; US advocacy calls for Victoza's withdrawal - However, there was also negative news for the company, as the US consumer advocacy group Public Citizen revealed it has filed a petition with the US Food and Drug Administration calling on the agency to immediately remove from the market Novo Nordisk’s increasingly prescribed diabetes drug Victoza...

Tony Rudy, former Tom DeLay aide, last to be sentenced in Abramoff probe
4/24/2012

Zippidy Doo Da: Tony Rudy, former Tom DeLay aide, last to be sentenced in Abramoff probe - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the Washington-based Public Citizen watchdog group, said the absence of charges against more members of Congress has bothered him.

Statement from Novo Nordisk regarding the petition to the FDA by Public Citizen
4/24/2012

PharmaLive.com: Statement from Novo Nordisk regarding the petition to the FDA by Public Citizen - Novo Nordisk is committed to patient safety and rejects Public Citizen’s assertion that the benefits of Victoza are outweighed by its risks.

Advocacy group asks FDA to stop pharmaceutical sales of Novo Nordisk's Victoza
4/24/2012
MedReps.com: Advocacy group asks FDA to stop pharmaceutical sales of Novo Nordisk's Victoza - The Washington-based Public Citizen sent a petition to the FDA on April 19 stating Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug Victoza puts patients at a higher risk of thyroid cancer, kidney failure and pancreatitis, which are side effects that the group said far outweigh any benefits from the treatment.

Victoza recall request dismissed by drug maker
4/24/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Victoza recall request dismissed by drug maker - The prominent consumer advocacy group Public Citizen sent the petition for a Victoza recall last week to FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg.

Contracts bring big business for well-connected Stafford firm
4/24/2012

Chron.com: Contracts bring big business for well-connected Stafford firm - "Simply because these practices are not illegal does not mean they don't raise issues of grave concern," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Heartburn medications overused and not without risk, say health experts
4/24/2012

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Heartburn medications overused and not without risk, say health experts - The nonprofit consumer group Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to add a black-box warning to the drugs for just this reason, saying that the current label doesn't spell out the risk of getting hooked on the drugs.

Why does OSHA move at a glacial pace? Democrat calls on Obama admin to speed up safety measures
4/24/2012

In These Times: Why does OSHA move at a glacial pace? Democrat calls on Obama admin to speed up safety measures - A study by Public Citizen estimates that, in the time that the rule has been held up by OMB,  60 workers’ live could have been saved should the rule have been implemented.

FDA has a bone to pick with small medical device companies
4/24/2012

Medical Device and Diagnostic Injury: FDA has a bone to pick with small medical device companies - Public Citizen Health Research Group director Sidney Wolfe, who can usually be relied upon to oppose any corporate position, has strongly urged Center director Jeffrey Shuren after the NDP meeting to hold fast to the Center’s Class III decision.

Evidence behind autism drugs may be biased
4/24/2012

Reuters: Evidence behind autism drugs may be biased - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, head of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, told Reuters Health that children are sometimes prescribed drugs for uses that are not approved by the FDA. It's called off-label prescribing.

FDA’s stance on online pharmacies may go too far, study says
4/24/2012

Mid Eastern & World News Syndication: FDA’s stance on online pharmacies may go too far, study says - Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, tells Shots that despite the study’s findings, he has concerns about the safety of the products from foreign pharmacies.

Vt. House passes corporate personhood resolution
4/20/2012

Greenwich Times: Vt. House passes corporate personhood resolution- Similar measures have been approved in Hawaii and New Mexico and by at least one legislative chamber in California, Alaska and Iowa, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Consumer group warns against diabetes drug
4/20/2012

Third Age: Consumer group warns against diabetes drug- Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration saying the risks of Victoza far outweigh its benefits as a diabetes drug, a crowded field that includes nearly a dozen similar medications.

Vermont calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling
4/20/2012

The Raw Story: Vermont calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling- “By fighting so passionately, Vermonters have put the state on the map as opposing corporate influence in our elections. Public Citizen is proud to have played a coordinating role with our Vermont partners in this movement victory,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

Citizens United founder: ‘Posse of radicals’ trying to roll back free speech rights
4/20/2012

Investor Village: Citizens United founder: ‘Posse of radicals’ trying to roll back free speech rights- “They had a summit that was really just a collection of misfit toys here of left-wing agitators and organizers from Public Citizen on down, who really are professionals at this and just want to use this as a fundraising vehicle and to alleviate the left’s angst against President Obama for not trying to do something against this,” said Bossie.

Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug
4/20/2012

ABC News: Public Citizen wants a withdrawal of diabetes drug- Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration saying the risks of Victoza far outweigh its benefits as a diabetes drug, a crowded field that includes nearly a dozen similar medications.

Liberal group: Constitutional amendment needed to restrict independent campaign speech
4/20/2012

CNSNews.com: Liberal group: Constitutional amendment needed to restrict independent campaign speech- A constitutional amendment is needed to overturn a landmark 2010 Supreme Court campaign finance ruling and allow Congress to regulate political speech, according to Robert Weissman, president of liberal activist group Public Citizen.

Citizens United constitutional amendment backed by Vermont legislature
4/20/2012

Huffington Post: Citizens United constitutional amendment backed by Vermont legislature- Aquene Freechild, the senior organizer in Vermont for Public Citizen's Democracy Is For People campaign, called the passage of the resolution "absolutely amazing."

Vermont wants PAC law
4/20/2012

Portland Press Herald: Vermont wants PAC law- Similar measures have been approved in Hawaii and New Mexico and by at least one legislative chamber in California, Alaska and Iowa, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Group asks for withdrawal of Victoza diabetes drug
4/20/2012

CHEManager: Group asks for withdrawal of Victoza diabetes drug- Watchdog group Public Citizen urged U.S. regulators to withdraw approval of Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug Victoza, saying it increases the risk of serious health problems like thyroid cancer and kidney failure.

Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug
4/20/2012

WBOY.com: Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug- Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration saying the risks of Victoza far outweigh its benefits as a diabetes drug, a crowded field that includes nearly a dozen similar medications.

Novo Nordisk says consumer group wrong about Victoza
4/20/2012

Reuters: Novo Nordisk says consumer group wrong about Victoza- Non-profit consumer group Public Citizen asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove Victoza from the U.S. market, saying that the drug increases the risk of serious health problems such as thyroid cancer and kidney failure.

Novo Nordisk rejects Public Citizen assertion on Victoza
4/20/2012

Bloomberg: Novo Nordisk rejects Public Citizen assertion on Victoza-Novo Nordisk A/S (NOVOB) said it rejects assertions by the U.S. group Public Citizen that the diabetes drug Victoza should be pulled from the market.

Novo Nordisk rejects diabetes drug Victoza complaint
4/20/2012

Reuters: Novo Nordisk rejects diabetes drug Victoza complaint- Its shares initially dropped more than 2 percent in brisk trade on Friday after non-profit group Public Citizen asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw approval of Victoza.

This medical device went to market
4/19/2012

The Bell Law Firm: This medical device went to market - In response to the Public Citizen request and hundreds of other complaints, the FDA ordered a post-market study this past January.

A call to restore the rights of generic drug consumers
4/19/2012

Wexler Wallace Blog: A call to restore the rights of generic drug consumers - In August 2011, Public Citizen filed a petition (the “Citizen Petition”) requesting, in part, that the FDA authorize generic drug manufacturers to revise generic drug labeling through certain procedures that the FDA currently interprets as applying only to brand name manufacturers.

Congress, White House seek to lessen employers’ regulatory burden
4/19/2012

SmartHR: Congress, White House seek to lessen employers’ regulatory burden - “Excessive regulation is neither the cause of the jobs crisis nor a meaningful impediment to job creation,” Robert Weissman, president of the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen, told the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law.

As gas prices cast cloud, Obama calls for scrutiny on market
4/19/2012

New York Times: As gas prices cast cloud, Obama calls for scrutiny on market - Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, who is also a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s energy advisory committee, called the president’s proposal “underwhelming.”

U.S. hospitals pressured to end free baby formula
4/19/2012

JustUsNurses.com: U.S. hospitals pressured to end free baby formula - Giving formula to new parents discourages some new mothers from breastfeeding, the groups said on Monday in the letter sent by the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Saving children’s lives on American farms
4/19/2012

Media Voices for Children: Saving children’s lives on American farms - Other experts who provided insight on the proposed updates, included: ... Dr. Sammy Almashat, M.D., M.P.H., Research Associate at Public Citizen...

Truck Drivers’ Hours of Service regs are not enough
4/19/2012

Hogan Chapman: Truck Drivers’ Hours of Service regs are not enough - Public Citizen and Advocates for Highway Safety and other consumer groups filed a lawsuit against FMSCA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) because of these increased truck driver hours, but the agencies agreed to open a new rulemaking as part of the settlement.

SEC rulewriting delay causes key Dodd-Frank regulations to be more than a year past due
4/19/2012

BankCreditNews.com: SEC rulewriting delay causes key Dodd-Frank regulations to be more than a year past due - Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, explained the importance of the timely implementation of the rules.

Citizens United amendment urged by grassroots, federal lawmakers
4/19/2012

Huffington Post: Citizens United amendment urged by grassroots, federal lawmakers - Wednesday's event was also organized by a number of groups opposed to the Supreme Court ruling, including Public Citizen,...

U.S. Sen. Udall, state Rep. Stewart call for Citizens United amendment
4/19/2012

New Mexico Telegram: U.S. Sen. Udall, state Rep. Stewart call for Citizens United amendment - “The stories shared by these local leaders show that in town after town, state after state, there is widespread concern about the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on our democracy – and are doing something about it,” said Mark Hays, coordinator of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign said in a press release.

Victoza: Public Citizen, consumer advocacy group, wants withdrawal of diabetes drug
4/19/2012

Huffington Post: Victoza: Public Citizen, consumer advocacy group, wants withdrawal of diabetes drug - Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration saying the risks of Victoza far outweigh its benefits as a diabetes drug, a crowded field that includes nearly a dozen similar medications.

Victoza: Public Citizen, consumer advocacy group, wants withdrawal of diabetes drug
4/19/2012

PharmaGossip: Victoza: Public Citizen, consumer advocacy group, wants withdrawal of diabetes drug - video

Whistling where you work: Whose employee will be paid to expose a secret campaign contribution?
4/19/2012

Law.com: Whistling where you work: Whose employee will be paid to expose a secret campaign contribution? - The coalition include... Public Citizen...

Consumer group says Novo Nordisk injection should be withdrawn due to cancer, pancreas risk
4/19/2012

Star Tribune: Consumer group says Novo Nordisk injection should be withdrawn due to cancer, pancreas risk - Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration saying the risks of Victoza far outweigh its benefits as a diabetes drug, a crowded field that includes nearly a dozen similar medications.

House Oversight Committee masks deregulation agenda behind cost-benefit shield
4/19/2012

ENews Park Forest: House Oversight Committee masks deregulation agenda behind cost-benefit shield - A House Oversight subcommittee hearing today, featuring Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Schapiro, focuses on the false claim that the agency is not doing cost-benefit analyses in its rules, Public Citizen said today.

Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug
4/19/2012

Associated Press: Public Citizen wants withdrawal of diabetes drug - In a petition filed Thursday by Washington-based Public Citizen, the group said Victoza puts patients at higher risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis and kidney failure, outweighing any benefits from the drug.

Insider-trading ban passes Congress, but some see missed opportunity
4/19/2012

NPR: Insider-trading ban passes Congress, but some see missed opportunity - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, says that is a huge improvement over the current once-a-year paper-filing system.

Congress cracks down on insider trading
4/19/2012

NPR: Congress cracks down on insider trading - Many had been hoping this bill would go even further. Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, says earlier versions were watered down.

A Wyoming millionaire places his faith in Santorum
4/19/2012

NPR: A Wyoming millionaire places his faith in Santorum - A government affairs lobbyist with the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen says Friess demonstrates just how weak the campaign finance laws have become.

Statement: Public Citizen backs Rep. Lon Burnam’s request that TCEQ block initial shipment
4/19/2012

Waxahachie Daily Light: Statement: Public Citizen backs Rep. Lon Burnam’s request that TCEQ block initial shipment - ... Tom “Smitty” Smith, the director of the Texas office of Public Citizen, and Karen Hadden, executive director of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition, issued a statement reminding media and public officials that this is just one in a string of major controversies surrounding the WCS dump site, a story of growing national importance.

Is it safe to play yet? More parents are going to extreme lengths to purge household toxins
4/19/2012

BendBulletin.com: Is it safe to play yet? More parents are going to extreme lengths to purge household toxins - MacCleery had previously spent eight years working for Public Citizen, a consumer-product-safety organization.

Bank of America now target of fake press release
4/19/2012

Wall Street Journal: Bank of America now target of fake press release -That protest, in which the women removed their shirts and shouted “Bust up Bank of America before it busts up America,” was claimed by... and Public Citizen, all activist groups.

Tyson Slocum: Obama's proposal to rein in oil speculators: A good start
4/19/2012

YubaNet.com: Tyson Slocum: Obama's proposal to rein in oil speculators: A good start - by Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen

Hospital hypocrisy on sponsorship must end
4/19/2012

HealthLeaders Media: Hospital hypocrisy on sponsorship must end - “Giveaways of free samples directly undercut hospital efforts to support breastfeeding and sends exactly the wrong message to new mothers,” writes the author, Robert Weissman, president of public advocacy group Public Citizen.

Destroying disingenuous allegations that the WTO is "anti-health"
4/19/2012

Bullfax.com: Destroying disingenuous allegations that the WTO is "anti-health" - Most notably, Lori Wallach at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch pretty much went nuts, screeching that the ruling was yet another WTO "attack on consumer protection and health laws," and that the United States now will be "ordered" to terminate the offending tobacco regulation.

A congressional summit to overturn Citizens United
4/19/2012

Care2: A congressional summit to overturn Citizens United - “Today’s summit shows that a movement for a constitutional amendment to take back our democracy has gone from being considered a ‘pipe dream’ to the mainstream,” Public Citizen President Robert Weissman said. 

Markey fails to get movement on new medical device regulations
4/19/2012

Boston.com: Markey fails to get movement on new medical device regulations - Public Citizen, a watchdog group based in Washington, sent a letter to members of Congress saying it opposes the draft legislation because many of its provisions would "weaken the oversight" of medical devices "endangering the health and lives of patients."

Lawmaker wants change in FDA mission
4/19/2012

MedPage Today: Lawmaker wants change in FDA mission - Michael Carome, MD, deputy director for health research at the consumer protection group Public Citizen, told MedPage Today that the change in mission is a "very bad idea."

Liberal congressmen and senators make case for overturning Citizens United
4/19/2012

AlterNet: Liberal congressmen and senators make case for overturning Citizens United - by Sean Siperstein of Public Citizen

Coalition takes aim at Citizens United
4/19/2012

Telegram.com: Coalition takes aim at Citizens United - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group, said “Today’s summit shows that a movement for a constitutional amendment to take back our democracy has gone from a ‘pipe dream’ to the mainstream.”

How Public Citizen is exactly like Battlestar Galactica
4/19/2012

Huffington Post: How Public Citizen is exactly like Battlestar Galactica - What does this have to do with Public Citizen?... For 40 years, Public Citizen has been battling the Cylons - I mean corporate lobbyists - in that dark, airless void called space... or Washington D.C.

Dems ponder Citizens United overturn
4/19/2012

UPI.com: Dems ponder Citizens United overturn - They heard from local government officials and campaign finance reform advocates including Public Citizen...

Granny D's cause will be alive & well at May dinner in Concord
4/19/2012

The Laconia Day Sun: Granny D's cause will be alive & well at May dinner in Concord - One recent morning I had an informing call from Public Citizen, and gave them a donation. They are taking Citizens United case to court, trying to get it overturned.

Update 6-US regulators spare all but biggest swap dealers
4/19/2012

Reuters: U.S. regulators spare all but biggest swap dealers - "I think this demonstrates the enormous lobbying effort of Wall Street and major energy and commodity companies that have been working to undermine Dodd-Frank," said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program.

Vermont Senate passes resolution to overturn Citizens United
4/19/2012

Nation of Changte: Vermont Senate passes resolution to overturn Citizens United - The resolution is a result of the hard work of good government groups including Public Citizen, Move to Amend, and local organizations.

Pulitzer Prize winners list, details
4/19/2012

Associated Press: Pulitzer Prize winners list, details - [David Kocieniewski's] work drew accolades from conservative groups such as the tea party and the Tax Foundation, as well as more liberal groups such as Wealth for the Common Good, the Sunlight Foundation and Public Citizen.

The current patent system is deeply flawed
4/19/2012

Frontline: The current patent system is deeply flawed - “In 2001, Public Citizen, a civil society group in the U.S., contested the above figures on several grounds, the most pertinent of which are highlighted below..."

SEC stall leaves key Dodd-Frank rules more than a year overdue
4/19/2012

Huffington Post: SEC stall leaves key Dodd-Frank rules more than a year overdue - There is reason to hurry, said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for the consumer group Public Citizen. "Our financial industry has developed an ability to blow itself up very quickly, apparently unbeknownst to its regulators," he said.

Visa reorganizes - A Citizens United summit clash? - ALEC caves - Wuerker wins - Volcker op-ed draws K Street ire - Joe the Plumber headed to Hill
4/19/2012

Politico: Visa reorganizes - A Citizens United summit clash? - ALEC caves - Wuerker wins - Volcker op-ed draws K Street ire - Joe the Plumber headed to Hill -  Representatives from several campaign-finance-reform-supporting groups are also scheduled to participate, including Public Citizen...

Drowning out the voters
4/19/2012

Valley Advocate: Drowning out the voters - Public Citizen, the Washington, D.C.-based activist organization that advocates for the interests of consumers and voters, attributed the bill's stalling to "political wrangling over other issues in the legislature."

One donor gave one-third of pro-Republican group's funds
4/19/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek: One donor gave one-third of pro-Republican group's funds - “I’m quite certain this is where the corporate money is going,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group that favors stronger campaign finance laws.

Obama stands aside as election-law enforcement weakened
4/19/2012

Bloomberg: Obama stands aside as election-law enforcement weakened - “Since the Republicans are so adamant against disclosure, they are going to deadlock and nothing’s going to happen,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist on campaign finance issues for Washington-based Public Citizen, which supports stronger regulations.

Alonso Krangle LLP evaluating potential NuvaRing lawsuit claims as Merck faces more than 950 NuvaRing lawsuits
4/19/2012

PRWeb: Alonso Krangle LLP evaluating potential NuvaRing lawsuit claims as Merck faces more than 950 NuvaRing lawsuits - In February 2007, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ban oral birth control pills that contain desogestrel, citing studies which indicated they could double the risk of blood clots compared to second generation oral contraceptives.

This medical device went to market...
4/17/2012

The Bell Law Firm Personal Injury blog: This medical device went to market... - In response to the Public Citizen request and hundreds of other complaints, the FDA ordered a post-market study this past January.

Obama caves to corporate interests
4/17/2012

Free Thought Blog: Obama cavse to corporate interests - “The executive order can potentially come back after the 2012 elections,” said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group that has been urging the greater transparency.

Should antidepressant Serzone be banned?
4/17/2012

Antinuclear.info: Should antidepressant Serzone be banned? - Twenty of them died and there likely have been 10 times as many unreported cases, according to the consumer group Public Citizen.

Breast feeding and profit addicted corporations
4/17/2012

Facts for Working People: Breast feeding and profit addicted corporations - Now a new initiative by Public Citizen and more than 100 health and consumer organizations aims to up the pressure.

Should hospitals stop giving out formula samples?
4/17/2012

KATU.com: Should hospitals stop giving out formula samples? - The consumer advocate group Public Citizen just launched a new campaign to get hospitals to stop giving out formula samples in maternity discharge bags.

Ethics commission can do more for Texans
4/17/2012

Beaumont Enterprise: Ethics commission can do more for Texans - Watchdog groups like the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and Public Citizen have recommended several ways to improve the agency to the Sunset Advisory Commission, and they make sense:

Occupy DC conference on money in politics
4/17/2012

National Journal: Occupy DC conference on money in politics - Mark Hays of Public Citizen is facilitating a discussion about the effort to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision with a constitutional amendment, he told the Alley.

Sanders proposal on 'corporate personhood' faces early challenges
4/17/2012

Burlington Free Press: Sanders proposal on 'corporate personhood' faces early challenges - Robert Weissman, president of the advocacy group Public Citizen, however, said Sanders’ amendment would give Congress and the states “full authority” to regulate campaign spending — without restrictions.

Corporations under pressure to disclose their political spending
4/17/2012

USA Today: Corporations under pressure to disclose their political spending -  A coalition that includes Public Citizen, Common Cause and other groups that favor campaign limits has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to require publicly traded companies to disclose campaign spending on their filings to regulators.

Breast is best! Campaign to ban formula in hospitals
4/17/2012

The CW: Breast is best! Campaign to ban formula in hospitals - Giving formula to new parents discourages some new mothers from breastfeeding, the groups said in a letter sent by the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Energy regulators fight to quash manipulation
4/13/2012

Money News: Energy regulators fight to quash manipulation - "The levels of complexity that these traders engage in is always going to be difficult for regulators to keep up with," said Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization.

Law shrouds details of congressional trips abroad
4/13/2012

The Raw Story: Law shrouds details of congressional trips abroad - “Official travel and travel sponsored by foreign governments, while not as troubling as lobbyist-sponsored travel, certainly should be subject to full transparency,” says Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at the watchdog group Public Citizen who helped draft the 2007 law tightening privately funded travel rules.

Biotech firms urge fast renewal of laws to speed FDA drug approval
4/12/2012

MedillWashington: Biotech firms urge fast renewal of laws to speed FDA drug approval - But Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group, has written to members of Congress opposing renewal of the laws.

Sid Wolfe/Public Citizen warned about YAZ contraceptive 10 years before FDA added warning: for this he was disqualified from serving on his FDA advisory committee
4/12/2012

Anthrax Vaccine: Sid Wolfe/Public Citizen warned about YAZ contraceptive 10 years before FDA added warning: For this he was disqualified from serving on his FDA advisory committee - Anyway, Public Citizen listed YAZ as one of its "Do Not Use Pills" in 2002. Sid Wolfe, MD is director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, which makes up this list.

Don't trade our lives away
4/12/2012

Don't trade our lives away - U.S. stops input from consumer, health, environmental and labor groups in Trans-Pacific trade talks! - U.S. trade officials have quietly cut stakeholder presentations from the next set of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations, eliminating the last pretense that the process of the talks is transparent and inclusive and sending a message that only the views of the 600 official corporate trade advisors provided special access to the talks will be reflected in the final deal, Public Citizen said today.

Abbott under fire for free baby formula samples
4/12/2012

ExpertBriefings.com: Abbott under fire for free baby formula samples - Nestle, which sells Gerber, and Mead Johnson, which sells Enfamil, are also named in the letter and petition being circulated by Public Citizen along with...

Advocacy update from Alliance for Justice
4/12/2012

Fight API Obesity: Advocacy update from Alliance for Justice - First it was the American Bar Association, then Public Citizen, and now the leading lobbyists’ association is suggesting changes to federal lobbying rules.

The best concentrate on tort reform legal advice
4/12/2012

Legal Infos: The best concentrate on tort reform legal advice - Nevertheless, in accordance with 1 report from Public Citizen... corporations file a lot of a lot more times the quantity of lawsuits than shoppers do and are much more most likely to be sanctioned by a court for bringing a frivolous claim.

Insight: Energy regulators in new push to quash manipulation
4/12/2012

CanIndia.com: Insight: Energy regulators in new push to quash manipulation - "The levels of complexity that these traders engage in is always going to be difficult for regulators to keep up with,” said Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization.

So I'm part of a secret police?
4/12/2012

Lactivist in Louboutins: So I'm part of a secret police? - In fact, a recent Huffington Post article interviewed Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, Ph.D., the campaign coordinator for Public Citizen's Commercial Alert Project, where she stated, "This is not about setting any limits on mothers' choices; it's about opportunistic marketing by the formula companies, and the ethics of the hospitals that allow this marketing to take place on their turf."

Ethics, judicial conduct agencies get lawmakers’ scrutiny (TX)
4/12/2012

Estate of Denial: Ethics, judicial conduct agencies get lawmakers’ scrutiny (TX) - “It’s time for an adjustment,” answered Tom Smith, Texas director of Public Citizen, a longtime watchdog group. “We’ve got your back.”

Arbitration: How corporations get around the legal system
4/12/2012

NUPR: Arbitration: How corporations get around the legal system - Critics of arbitration only had their arguments furthered when the advocacy group Public Citizen published a study that concluded that consumers lost 94 percent of arbitration cases in California.

Hospitals being pressured to stop all formula samples to new parents
4/12/2012

Growing Your Baby: Hospitals being pressured to stop all formula samples to new parents - Consumer advocacy groups, like Public Citizen, argue that supplying formula samples to parents entangles the hospitals and all physicians involved in the marketing tactics of pharmaceutical and food manufacturers.

How naysayers see the World Trade Organization
4/12/2012

Cato @ Liberty: How naysayers see the World Trade Organization - Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach is no fan of the World Trade Organization.

Infant formula is food for controversy
4/12/2012

ModernHealthcare.com: Infant formula is food for controversy - Late last month, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen sent a letter (PDF) to more than 2,600 hospitals urging those facilities to stop including free samples of infant formula in their patient discharge bags.

Free infant formula undermines breast feeding, petitioners argue
4/12/2012

Medical Daily: Free infant formula undermines breast feeding, petitioners argue - Public Citizen president Robert Weissman wrote a letter to hospital chief executives saying that the noble aim of hospitals in promoting the health of infants and mothers would be obstructed if they continue to follow the practice of free give away of infant formula.

Should hospitals give away free formula?
4/12/2012

The BabyCenter Blog: Should hospitals give away free formula? - Public Citizen, a national advocacy group, is urging hospitals to stop giving free formula away.

Sign the Public Citizen petition
4/12/2012

Mothering: Sign the Public Citizen petition - Public Citizen, the premier consumer advocacy group founded in 1971, has taken up the cause of banning formula sample bags.

Jezebel likes formula samples; please respond
4/12/2012

Mothering: Jezebel likes formula samples; please respond - As many of your know, Public Citizen just started a petition to end formula samples in hospitals and it's the first time an advocacy group, outside of the breastfeeding community, has done so.

Vermont Senate votes to amend
4/12/2012

WarIsACrime.org: Vermont Senate votes to amend - Partners in the Vermont effort include... Public Citizen...

Against knee-jerk attitudes towards trade
4/12/2012

IPE@UNC: Against knee-jerk attitudes towards trade - It's been awhile, but I used to tussle with Public Citizen a some.

Disputes roundup: Public health cases move forward at WTO
4/12/2012

ICTSD: Disputes roundup: Public health cases move forward at WTO - “The Obama administration and Congress must not bow to yet another ruling from a so-called trade agreement tribunal demanding that the US get rid of yet another important health or environmental policy,” said Lori Wallach, director of Washington-based Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, in a statement.

Qnexa diet pill approval delayed in face of new safety plan
4/12/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Qnexa diet pill approval delayed in face of new safety plan - Last April, Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, petitioned the FDA to recall Alli and Xenical from the market.

Lawmakers take first steps toward reforming Ethics Commission
4/12/2012

KUT.org: Lawmakers take first steps toward reforming Ethics Commission - Public Citizen’s Tom “Smitty” Smith thinks scrapping it and starting over might not be a bad idea.

Vermont Senate calls for amendment to end corporate personhood
4/12/2012

YubaNet.com: Vermont Senate calls for amendment to end corporate personhood - Partners in the Vermont effort include... Public Citizen...

Energy regulators in new push to quash manipulation
4/12/2012

Business Live: Energy regulators in new push to quash manipulation - "The levels of complexity that these traders engage in is always going to be difficult for regulators to keep up with," said Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization.

How members of Congress travel abroad with no disclosure
4/12/2012

Reportergary.com: How members of Congress travel abroad with no disclosure - “Official travel and travel sponsored by foreign governments, while not as troubling as lobbyist-sponsored travel, certainly should be subject to full transparency,” says Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at the watchdog group Public Citizen who helped draft the 2007 law tightening privately funded travel rules.

Public Citizen blasts WTO ruling on menthol exemption, argues that exemption was science-based
4/12/2012

Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary: Public Citizen blasts WTO ruling on menthol exemption, argues that exemption was science-based - In a press release issued last week, Public Citizen condemned the World Trade Organization's (WTO) final ruling on Indonesia's international trade complaint, in which the WTO held that the U.S. ban on clove and other flavored cigarettes, with an exemption for menthol, violated a number of trade agreements.

Colorado editorial roundup
4/12/2012

Associated Press: Colorado editorial roundup - Katz's ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by... Public Citizen...

An Ethics Commission in name only
4/12/2012

Eye on Williamson: An Ethics Commission in name only - Public Citizen’s Tom “Smitty” Smith thinks scrapping it and starting over might not be a bad idea.

Bertoson to SNR Denton - Santorum out, but his campaign cash options remain - Romney to raise joint funds in Virginia - ALEC punches back - Virginia's Democratic Senate slate to get major cash boost
4/12/2012

Politico: Bertoson to SNR Denton - Santorum out, but his campaign cash options remain - Romney to raise joint funds in Virginia - ALEC punches back - Virginia's Democratic Senate slate to get major cash boost - The conference is being organized by... Public Citizen...

Give DIY litigants help with forms
4/12/2012

MySanAntonio: Give DIY litigants help with forms - As Public Citizen and other citizen advocates have noted, many Texans can't afford the $203 median hourly rate Texas family law lawyers charge, but that should not keep them from having access to the justice system.

Insight-US energy regulators in new push to quash manipulation
4/12/2012

Reuters: Insight-US energy regulators in new push to quash manipulation - "The levels of complexity that these traders engage in is always going to be difficult for regulators to keep up with," said Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization.

Breastfeeding gestapo moves to ban free formula samples from hospitals
4/12/2012

Democratic Underground: Breastfeeding gestapo moves to ban free formula samples from hospitals - But the consumer advocate group Public Citizen takes exception to the formula freebies.

Should hospitals stop giving away formula to new moms?
4/12/2012

Examiner.com: Should hospitals stop giving away formula to new moms? - The advocacy group Public Citizen's President Robert Weissman says, hospitals aim "to promote the health of infants and mothers, but the ongoing promotion of infant formula conflicts with this mission."

Has the President put the brakes on contractor disclosure?
4/12/2012

The Federal Times Blog: Has the President put the brakes on contractor disclosure? - Groups like Public Citizen and lawmakers supportive of disclosure asked the President to issue a revised order around the time of his State of the Union speech this year, which unofficially marked the beginning of Obama’s campaign season, said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen.

FDA upgrades labeling for Yaz birth control pill
4/12/2012

Pharmalot: FDA upgrades labeling for Yaz birth control pill - Before the December advisory meeting, the FDA yanked Sid Wolfe of the Public Citizen Health Research group from the panel due to an intellectual conflict of interest (read here).

'Breast is best' campaigners launch new petition to ban hospitals from giving free baby formula to new mothers
4/12/2012

The Mail on Sunday: 'Breast is best' campaigners launch new petition to ban hospitals from giving free baby formula to new mothers - Giving formula to new parents discourages some new mothers from breastfeeding, the groups said in a letter sent by the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Fourth Circuit's Rosetta Stone v. Google opinion pushes back resolution of keyword advertising legality another 5-10 years
4/12/2012

Technology & Marketing Law Blog: Fourth Circuit's Rosetta Stone v. Google opinion pushes back resolution of keyword advertising legality another 5-10 years - Case Library: ... Public Citizen's motion (with Marty Schwimmer and me) to intervene and request to unseal the joint appendix.

TCEQ to vote on state agencies' role in contested cases
4/12/2012

Texas Tribune: TCEQ to vote on state agencies' role in contested cases - "Effectively, we have muffled the people who were supposed to be watchdogs on our behalf protecting our natural resources," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group.

Public Citizen tells hospitals to stop handing out free brand-name infant formula
4/12/2012

AlterNet: Public Citizen tells hospitals to stop handing out free brand-name infant formula - Public Citizen has mailed a letter to over 2600 hospitals across the country advising them to stop handing out free infant formula at hospitals, calling it "marketing for drug companies."

Health headlines: X-rays and tumors
4/12/2012

My Fox Tampa Bay: Health headlines: X-rays and tumors - We've talked about the benefits of breastfeeding, and today, we're learning the advocacy group Public Citizen is taking up the fight.

Rulemaking 'bottleneck' is agency that enviros love to hate
4/12/2012

Environment & Energy Publishing: Rulemaking 'bottleneck' is agency that enviros love to hate - Robert Weissman, president of left-leaning Public Citizen, called the office "a black hole." He noted that the staff frequently meets with industry stakeholders on rules but says little about how meetings influence its work.

Lawmakers, watchdog groups suggest changes to ethics commission
4/12/2012

Chron.com: Lawmakers, watchdog groups suggest changes to ethics commission - "You're catching the minnows and letting the sharks go by," Tom Smith, of Public Citizen, told the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, blaming impediments such as a lack of funding.

It's 10 years since the toxin was OK'd for cosmetic use, though it's been known for far longer.
4/12/2012

Associated Press: It's 10 years since the toxin was OK'd for cosmetic use, though it's been known for far longer. - 2008: Advocacy group Public Citizen urges FDA to impose stricter regulations on Botox and similar products, cites 16 patient deaths that occurred after neurotoxin injections.

Mikulski, biotechs ponder industry's future in Maryland
4/12/2012

The Frederick News-Post Online: Mikulski, biotechs ponder industry's future in Maryland - Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group, has historically opposed renewal of the laws.

Ethics, judicial conduct agencies get lawmakers' scrutiny
4/12/2012

Statesman.com: Ethics, judicial conduct agencies get lawmakers' scrutiny - "It's time for an adjustment," answered Tom Smith, Texas director of Public Citizen, a longtime watchdog group. "We've got your back."

Lawmakers take first steps toward reforming ethics commission
4/12/2012

Texas Tribune: Lawmakers take first steps toward reforming ethics commission - Public Citizen's Tom "Smitty" Smith thinks scrapping it and starting over might not be a bad idea.

Texans need a DIY divorce option
4/10/2012

Associated Press: Texans need a DIY divorce option - by Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen

The news without transparency: Heritage Foundation illustrates travel restriction loopholes
4/10/2012

Sunlight Foundation: The news without transparency: Heritage Foundation illustrates travel restriction loopholes - “Looking just a few years back, the so-called charity Heritage Foundation itself was [a Lobbying Disclosure Act] registrant in 2006..." (quoting Craig Holman of Public Citizen)

Taking back our republic
4/10/2012

Coffee Party Austin: Taking back our republic - Public Citizen, Common Cause, Clean Elections, Coffee Party, Move to Amend and others are all working on the money in politics issue.

Liberal groups vow to expose, boycott, protest and embarrass corporations in campaigns
4/10/2012

Pak Starz: Liberal groups vow to expose, boycott, protest and embarrass corporations 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.

Again, petitions pay off, America!
4/10/2012

Eslkevin: Again, petitions pay off, America! -  I was standing a few feet from the president as he put his signature on the legislation, and I could not be more proud to represent you and Public Citizen than I was at that moment.

Public Citizen condemns WTO attack on U.S. efforts to reduce teen smoking
4/10/2012

Indonesia Tobacco: Public Citizen condemns WTO attack on U.S. efforts to reduce teen smoking - The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) final ruling today against U.S. efforts to reduce teen smoking shows that our current trade regime is simply incompatible with basic public health regulation, Public Citizen said.

Wanna break up Bank of Amerca? The line forms to the right.
4/10/2012

Nonviolent Conflict: Wanna break up Bank of Amerca? The line forms to the right. - It’s been over two months since the consumer-advocacy group Public Citizen issued a petition calling for the break-up of Bank of America Corporation (BAC), invoking powers granted to regulators by the Dodd-Frank financial-reform act. While Public Citizen has a compelling case for dismantling what amounts to a public menace, don’t expect a litter of mini-BACs anytime soon.

Buy American
4/10/2012

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Buy American - Guest: Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Citizen groups call for change in the Texas Ethics Commission
4/10/2012

Bay Area Houston: Citizen groups call for change in the Texas Ethics Commission - Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen, on improving the Ethics Commission’s watchdog role: “A recent study by the Center for Investigative Reporting found that when it comes to government openness and accountability, Texas ranks in the lower half of all states.

Keeping you healthy
4/10/2012

Ru1Fitness: Keeping you healthy - They are. According to Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, Ph.D., the campaign coordinator for Public Citizen's Commercial Alert Project, roughly two-thirds of all hospitals nationwide allow food and pharmaceutical companies access to their maternity wards. 

Public Citizen jumps on the Ban-the-Bags bandwagon: Advocacy group forms petition to rid hospitals of formula samples
4/10/2012

Fearless Formula Feeder: Public Citizen jumps on the Ban-the-Bags bandwagon: Advocacy group forms petition to rid hospitals of formula samples - The newest incarnation of the old debate comes from the advocacy group Public Citizen. They have put forth a petition on their website, and have submitted a letter to hospitals  that continue to hand out formula samples.

Dmsss: Free speech advocates mount legal battle to unchain Wikileaks-spun1
4/10/2012

Dmsss: Free speech advocates mount legal battle to unchain Wikileaks-spun1 - The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Citizen and twelve media groups are asking a federal court to lift an injunction against the global whistleblower Web site Wikileaks.org. 

Public Citizen launches campaign to end formula "gift bags" at hospitals
4/10/2012

The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog: Public Citizen launches campaign to end formula "gift bags" at hospitals - Public Citizen has launched a new campaign to end the formula "gift bags" handed out at most U.S. hospitals - a practice which has been repeatedly shown to decrease breastfeeding rates.

The Book of Morgan: Why are gas prices so high?
4/10/2012

Long Island Press: The Book of Morgan: Why are gas prices so high? - The New York Times reported, "According to a report by Public Citizen, a watchdog group in Washington, 'Enron paid her between $915,000 and $1.85 million in salary, attendance fees, stock options and dividends from 1993 to 2001.'"

WTO rules against U.S. effort to discourage underage smoking
4/10/2012

Democracy Now: WTO rules against U.S. effort to discourage underage smoking - The watchdog group Public Citizen is urging the Obama administration to refuse to comply with the WTO ruling.

Root strikers and muck rakers take note!
4/10/2012

Capitol Correspondent: Root strikers and muck rakers take note! - The event is slated to feature dozens of facilitators from a wide variety of backgrounds and political viewpoints including academics, grassroots activists, and concerned community members, as well as approximately eight panelists including... Rob Weissman, President of Public Citizen...

Do hospitals market formula too much?
4/10/2012

Austin American-Statesman: Do hospitals market formula too much? - Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that lobbies for citizens’ interest in Washington, has a new petition out. It wants hospitals to stop giving out free formula in the bags that go home with newborns and their mothers.

Lawyer advertising, in re Hunter, and the First Amendment
4/10/2012

JD Supra: Lawyer advertising, in re Hunter, and the First Amendment - A reader reviewing cases such as... and Public Citizen, Inc. v. Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Bd., 632 F.3d 212 (5th Cir. 2011) (Louisiana), may understandably believe that state bar regulations restricting lawyer advertising have little chance of surviving constitutional review.

Group: Hospitals wrong to give baby formula to new moms
4/10/2012

Sun-Sentinel.com: Group: Hospitals wrong to give baby formula to new moms - Consumer group Public Citizen on Monday rapped hospitals in South Florida and nationally for giving free samples of baby formula to new moms, saying it undercuts the goal of more breastfeeding.

Sunset's ethics commission report comes up short
4/10/2012

Burnt Orange Report: Sunset's ethics commission report comes up short - Representatives for 10 public interest groups reacted sharply to the recommendations made in the Advisory Commission's report to the state Legislature. They include the heads of Texans for Public Justice, Public Citizen and Common Cause.

Advocacy group asks hospitals to stop free formula
4/10/2012

The Imperfect Parent: Advocacy group asks hospitals to stop free formula - The advocacy group Public Citizen has sent letters to more than 2,600 hospitals asking them to stop giving out free samples of baby formula.

Do your research on hospital care
4/10/2012

Salisbury Post: Do your research on hospital care - In 2007, Public Citizen reported its study of the government’s National Practitioner Data Bank. That study showed that preventable medical errors markedly increased since 2003, and that doctors responsible for repeated incidences of malpractice were rarely disciplined.

Advocacy group calls on hospitals to support breastfeeding
4/10/2012

Baltimore Sun: Advocacy group calls on hospitals to support breastfeeding - Public Citizen says the distribution done by at least two-thirds of U.S. hospitals is unethical and violates good public health policy. It also undermines the efforts that many hospitals have undertaken to encourage breast feeding.

Baby formulas should be banned to encourage breast feeding
4/10/2012

FrenchTribune.com: Baby formulas should be banned to encourage breast feeding - As per recent reports, it has been revealed that a promoting group Public Citizen has asked 2,600 hospitals across the country to stop giving free samples of baby food or baby diet.

Hospitals pressured to end free baby formula
4/10/2012

FoxNews.com: Hospitals pressured to end free baby formula/a> - Giving formula to new parents discourages some new mothers from breastfeeding, the groups said on Monday in the letter sent by the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Obama won’t sign order for fed contractors to list political contributions — For now
4/10/2012

The New American: Obama won’t sign order for fed contractors to list political contributions - For now - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the liberal advocacy group Public Citizen, told the newspaper: “The executive order can potentially come back after the 2012 elections..."

Has the White House given up on disclosure of political giving by federal contractors?
4/10/2012

Nonprofit Quarterly: Has the White House given up on disclosure of political giving by federal contractors? - Public Citizen’s Craig Holman noted that President Obama didn’t even mention the issue in his State of the Union speech.

TCEQ to vote on state agencies' role in contested cases
4/10/2012

The Texas Tribune: TCEQ to vote on state agencies' role in contested cases - "Effectively, we have muffled the people who were supposed to be watchdogs on our behalf protecting our natural resources," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group.

Weight loss drug heart risks should be studied before approval: Panel
4/10/2012

AboutLawsuits: Weight loss drug heart risks should be studied before approval: Panel - Testimony submitted by Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, head of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, pointed out that there have been four obesity drug recalls over the past 15 years, including Fen-Phen, Dexatrim/Accutrim, Meridia and drugs containing ephedra.

April 7 readers' letters
4/10/2012

San Jose Mercury News: April 7 readers' letters - Public Citizen, based on a Harvard study for our population's "excess mortality" count based on those without health insurance concluded that our system condemns 50,000 people a year to death so unnecessary intervening insurance companies can glom a profit by denying care.

Free testing for Sheridan patients who used masks
4/10/2012

Associated Press: Free testing for Sheridan patients who used masks - The problems with the masks were first publicized by the national consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. 

Use of antibiotics in livestock ruling a good start
4/10/2012

Canon City Daily Record: Use of antibiotics in livestock ruling a good start - Katz's ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed 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.

Ex-Medicare chief Berwick: "The medical device industry is doing a lot to protect patients"
4/10/2012

MassDevice: Ex-Medicare chief Berwick: "The medical device industry is doing a lot to protect patients" - Consumer groups such as Public Citizen and Consumers Union and well-known physicians such as Dr. Robert Hauser have called for more stringent oversight of medical devices and chided device makers and the FDA for insufficient post-market review amid a clutch of headline-grabbing recalls.

Silence is golden for Sen. Dianne Feinstein
4/10/2012

TheCalifornian.com: Silence is golden for Sen. Dianne Feinstein - Craig Holman, who monitors Congress for Public Citizen, disagreed. "Aggressively pursuing legislation that provides substantial personal enrichment to the senator and her family reflects poorly on the Senate..."

Hamilton County to repair courthouse lawn
4/10/2012

TimesFreePress.com: Hamilton County to repair courthouse lawn - Occupy Chattanooga, with assistance from a Washington, D.C.-based attorney for Public Citizen nonprofit advocacy group, filed a motion to dismiss the commission's lawsuit.

FDA's stance on online pharmacies may go too far, study says
4/10/2012

Minnesota Public Radio: FDA's stance on online pharmacies may go too far, study says - Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, tells Shots that despite the study's findings, he has concerns about the safety of the products from foreign pharmacies.

15 animal rights stories around the world
4/10/2012

Boston Indymedia: 15 animal rights stories around the world - Public Citizen page cited (WTO Attacks on U.S. Consumer Safeguards).

Third Mexican carrier OK’d for cross-border program
4/10/2012

ETrucker: Third Mexican carrier OK’d for cross-border program -  The court has said a similar lawsuit filed by the Teamsters, Public Citizen and Sierra Club will be argued on the same day before the same panel, but oral arguments have not been scheduled.

Ads on buses, buildings boost revenue for cash-strapped schools
4/10/2012

Herald & Review: Ads on buses, buildings boost revenue for cash-strapped schools - "Schools should be a place where students grow into critical thinkers and develop skills that enable them to question established ideas," said Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, the author of an analysis released last month by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer interest group.

Wife of congressman runs for Calif. Assembly seat
4/10/2012

Associated Press: Wife of congressman runs for Calif. Assembly seat - But Craig Holman of the watchdog Public Citizen said, "The fact that Patricia McKeon is running for office and is seeking campaign contributions provides the contractors with an ideal opportunity to throw money to the spouse, and in turn endear themselves to the congressman."

Plus ca change, plus le Krugman
4/10/2012

Vagabond Scholar: Plus ca change, plus le Krugman - [W]hile the press gave plenty of column inches to the Bush administration's preferred spin-that environmentalists had stymied the construction of needed generation capacity-few reporters gave credence to groups like Public Citizen, who blamed the crisis on market manipulation by energy companies, many of them based in Texas and enjoying close ties to the administration.

Public Citizen targets hospitals offering infant formula to new moms
4/10/2012

Kens5.com: Public Citizen targets hospitals offering infant formula to new moms - That explanation is one reason why Public Citizen sent a letter to hundreds of hospitals, urging them to "immediately discontinue the distribution of commercial infant formula."

Administration shies away from executive order on campaign finance disclosure
4/10/2012

Firedoglake: Administration shies away from executive order on campaign finance disclosure - “The executive order can potentially come back after the 2012 elections,” said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group that has been urging the greater transparency.

White House abandons push for federal contractors to disclose political giving
4/10/2012

The Hill: White House abandons push for federal contractors to disclose political giving - "The executive order can potentially come back after the 2012 elections," said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group that has been urging the greater transparency.

Challenging FDA's discretionary authority
4/10/2012

Law360: Challenging FDA's discretionary authority - The Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Public Citizen and Union of Concerned Scientists sued the FDA to compel it to conduct notice and hearings regarding the safety of antibiotics in animal feed.

Should FDA have approved Lilly Alzheimer’s agent?
4/10/2012

Pharmalot: Should FDA have approved Lilly Alzheimer’s agent? - One critic says the FDA should not have approved Avymid. The agency “backed off, but it’s a dangerous test,” says Sid Wolfe, who heads Health Research Group at Public Citizen.

Should hospitals stop giving out free samples of baby formula to new moms?
4/10/2012

The Consumerist: Should hospitals stop giving out free samples of baby formula to new moms? - The folks at Public Citizen have fired off letters to more than 2,600 hospitals around the country, urging them to stop including these samples in new mothers' discharge bags, calling it unethical and a violation of good public health policy.

Public Citizen launches new campaign against hospital formula-pack handouts
4/10/2012

Huffington Post: Public Citizen launches new campaign against hospital formula-pack handouts - But according to Public Citizen - which today launched a campaign to take hospitals to task for formula handouts - other new parents in "at least two-thirds" of American hospitals can't say the same.

Obama looks set to abandon order mandating federal contractors to disclose political donations
4/10/2012

International Business Times: Obama looks set to abandon order mandating federal contractors to disclose political donations - The fact that Obama neglected to mention the order in his latest State of the Union address, in a year where campaign finance reform has become a major political issue, is a clear sign the administration is holding off, according to Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the government watchdog group Public Citizen.

Hospitals pressured to end free baby formula
4/10/2012

Reuters: Hospitals pressured to end free baby formula - Hospitals aim "to promote the health of infants and mothers, but the ongoing promotion of infant formula conflicts with this mission," Public Citizen President Robert Weissman wrote in the letter to hospital chief executives.

Hospitals to stop giving free baby formula to new moms
4/10/2012

Sun Sentinel: Hospitals to stop giving free baby formula to new moms - The move comes after sharp criticism — last year by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Monday by the consumer group Public Citizen — that the freebies and coupons for formula undermine the goal of more breastfeeding.

Sunset proposal would give ethics panel more power
4/10/2012

Statesman.com: Sunset proposal would give ethics panel more power - But Tom Smith, Texas director of the watchdog group Public Citizen, and Craig McDonald, executive director of Texans for Public Justice, expressed concern that legislative sentiment could gut the effectiveness of the commission.

Corporate greed or healthy babies?
4/10/2012

Firedoglake: Corporate greed or healthy babies? - by Robert Weissman

Public Citizen launches campaign to end formula "gift bags" at hospitals
4/10/2012

The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog: Public Citizen launches campaign to end formula "gift bags" at hospitals - Public Citizen has launched a new campaign to end the formula "gift bags" handed out at most U.S. hospitals - a practice which has been repeatedly shown to decrease breastfeeding rates.

The best Congress the banks' money can buy
4/10/2012

Huffington Post: The best Congress the banks' money can buy - And the congressional newspaper The Hill reports, “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.

World conference on tobacco or health let the world say 'enough is enough'
4/6/2012

Peace, Earth, and Justice News: World conference on tobacco or health let the world say 'enough is enough' - "The Obama administration and Congress must not bow to yet another ruling from a so-called trade agreement tribunal demanding that the U.S. get rid of yet another important health or environmental policy," Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, said in a statement.

Ads on buses and buildings boost revenue for cash-strapped schools
4/6/2012

The Bulletin: Ads on buses and buildings boost revenue for cash-strapped schools - “Schools should be a place where students grow into critical thinkers and develop skills that enable them to question established ideas,” said Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, the author of an analysis released last month by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer interest group.

Secrecy, corporate influence plague latest "free trade" agreement, the Trans-Pacific partnership
4/6/2012

Daily Kos: Secrecy, corporate influence plague latest "free trade" agreement, the Trans-Pacific partnership - The TPP is viewed by many, including Public Citizen who wrote on the matter, as a bellwether of how international trade will work in the upcoming decades:

Sheridan hospital offers free testing to 307 former patients
4/6/2012

Trib.com: Sheridan hospital offers free testing to 307 former patients - Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C

Qnexa spills back onto the diet drug scene
4/6/2012

Wellness.com: Qnexa spills back onto the diet drug scene - But Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says that the risks outweigh the benefits.

The GOP's nuke-dump donor
4/6/2012

Salon: The GOP's nuke-dump donor - “They rolled over us like a steamroller,” says Tom Smith, who directs the Texas office of Public Citizen, an advocacy group that fought the legislative changes.

Letter to the editor: Sea change?
4/6/2012

Pagosa Springs SUN Newspaper: Letter to the editor: Sea change? - With a target date of this June, Public Citizen has launched Resolution Week, a campaign designed to get cities and towns throughout the country to pass resolutions.

Free testing for Sheridan patients who used masks
4/6/2012

ABC News: Free testing for Sheridan patients who used masks - The problems with the masks were first publicized by the national consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Ruling on use of antibiotics in livestock a good start
4/6/2012

TrendingCharts.com: Ruling on use of antibiotics in livestock a good start - Katz's ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed 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.

Auto lobbyist's assembly-line perspective influences hill outreach
4/6/2012

Roll Call: Auto lobbyist's assembly-line perspective influences hill outreach - Joan Claybrook, a former National Highway Traffic Safety administrator and one-time head of Public Citizen, said skepticism remains about how the company handled the sudden-acceleration recalls.

Target store´s recycling and more
4/5/2012

SocioEcological Political Economics: Target store´s recycling and more - Public Citizen activists are leading this unprecedented push in the Green Mountain State.

New insurance tactics: Intimidating doctors that supports plaintiffs’ injuries
4/5/2012

Safeguard Freedom: New insurance tactics: Intimidating doctors that supports plaintiffs’ injuries - Google ™ any legitimate, independent, study (not one by trial lawyers, insurance companies, or corporate interests), those conducted by or for Public Citizen, for example, on this issue and you will find that industry claims of any kind of "litigation crisis" in America is an absolute myth.

Insider trading laws do not apply to members of Congress. No, seriously.
4/5/2012

Seemorerocks: Insider trading laws do not apply to members of Congress. No, seriously. - Believe it or not, the Securities and Exchange Act does not apply to members of Congress, according to Craig Holman, legislative representative at government watchdog group Public Citizen.

The public is kept in the dark about many medical issues
4/5/2012

Vaccine Dangers: The public is kept in the dark about many medical issues - Public Citizen, a U.S. watchdog group, seems to be concerned about how the public is kept in the dark about issues.

Today's teamster news 04.05.12
4/5/2012

Teamsters Nation: Today's teamster news 04.05.12 - Public Citizen condemns WTO attack on U.S. efforts to reduce teen smoking.

Secrecy, corporate influence plague latest “free trade” agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership
4/5/2012

We The Party: Secrecy, corporate influence plague latest “free trade” agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership - The TPP is viewed by many, including Public Citizen who wrote on the matter, as a bellwether of how international trade will work in the upcoming decades.

Breaking glass ceiling against compassionate expert
4/5/2012

High End Luxury Brand of Professional Information Website: Breaking glass ceiling against compassionate expert - And the public advocacy of groups like Ultraviolet and Public Citizen didn’t just help keep Larry Summers from getting the U.S. nomination, they pushed the issue into public debate, helping to raise the bar.

President Obama signs Sen. Scott Brown's STOCK Act into law
4/5/2012

MassLive: President Obama signs Sen. Scott Brown's STOCK Act into law - Photo: President Barack Obama signs the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.

Egypt's democratic potential
4/5/2012

Ahram Online: Egypt's democratic potential - American presidential candidates are predicted to spend more than $8 billion on their electoral campaigns in the 2011-12 season, according to Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with the organisation Public Citizen.

Feinstein's colleagues critical of industry connected to her husband
4/5/2012

Sacramento News: Feinstein's colleagues critical of industry connected to her husband - Craig Holman, who monitors Congress for Public Citizen, disagreed. "Aggressively pursuing legislation that provides substantial personal enrichment to the Senator and her family reflects poorly on the Senate..."

FDA to fund controversial research foundation
4/5/2012

Georgia Public Broadcasting: FDA to fund controversial research foundation - Sidney Wolfe, a consumer advocate at Public Citizen, says the PhRMA Foundation might technically be a nonprofit, "but one can hardly expect that they're going to do things that are not in the interests of their funders."

That's what Super Friends are for?
4/5/2012

Arkcity.net: 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.

Coalition of medical societies urges questioning treatments
4/5/2012

Associated Press: Coalition of medical societies urges questioning treatments - Sidney Wolfe, an internist and director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, was not involved in creating the new campaign. But he says it is "identifying unnecessary, overused tests..."

A bitter pill: People who take generic drugs don’t have right to sue maker if something goes wrong
4/5/2012

Associated Press: A bitter pill: People who take generic drugs don’t have right to sue maker if something goes wrong - 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 last month that it needed more time to decide.

Citizens United reform, requiring corporations to disclose plitical spending, sought from SEC
4/5/2012

Huffington Post: Citizens United reform, requiring corporations to disclose plitical spending, sought from SEC - The groups involved in Monday's SEC event - including Common Cause, the Office of the Public Advocate for the City of New York, Public Citizen, and the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS) - say their members have sent more than 75,000 letters to the SEC in support of a political spending disclosure rule.

Ralph Nader: Open letter to President Obama on Jobs Acts
4/5/2012

The Middletown Press: Ralph Nader: Open letter to President Obama on Jobs Acts - The list of individuals and organizations that are opposed or have voiced their concern about this legislation is long. It includes... Public Citizen...

Obama signs STOCK Act to ban "congressional insider trading"
4/5/2012

CBS News: Obama signs STOCK Act to ban "congressional insider trading" - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, joined Mr. Obama today and said in a statement that the new law represents "the most significant ethics achievement of the 112th Congress."

President Obama signs the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act - pics
4/5/2012

Democratic Underground President Obama signs the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act - pics - pictures of the signing of the STOCK Act, with Robert Weissman present

WTO rules against Obama administration cigarette ban
4/5/2012

The Hill: WTO rules against Obama administration cigarette ban - "The Obama administration and Congress must not bow to yet another ruling from a so-called trade agreement tribunal demanding that the U.S. get rid of yet another important health or environmental policy," Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, said in a statement.

Retinal detachment risk linked to Levaquin, Cipro, other antibiotics
4/5/2012

AboutLawsuits: Retinal detachment risk linked to Levaquin, Cipro, other antibiotics - However, consumer advocates called for stronger 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.

DJ WTO rejects US appeal in clove cigarette case
4/5/2012

London Stock Exchange: DJ WTO rejects US appeal in clove cigarette case - "This case underscores why countries must insist that WTO rules be altered and that no new agreements use the same corporate backdoor deregulation model," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. She urged the administration to refuse to comply with the ruling.

WTO ruling is blow to U.S. anti-smoking effort
4/5/2012

Wall Street Journal: WTO ruling is blow to U.S. anti-smoking effort - "This case underscores why countries must insist that WTO rules be altered and that no new agreements use the same corporate backdoor deregulation model," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, an advocacy group.

RIP: Insider trading in Congress
4/5/2012

Democratic Underground: RIP: Insider trading in Congress -The STOCK Act's passage marks a victory (of sorts) for the good-government group Public Citizen, a long-time advocate of banning congressional insider trading.

President signs congressional insider trading ban
4/5/2012

Care2: President signs congressional insider trading ban - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the non-partisan good government group Public Citizen has been pushing for Congress to take up the STOCK Act since 2006 and was there for the signing.

Ads on buses, buildings boost revenue for cash-strapped schools
4/5/2012

The Joplin Globe: Ads on buses, buildings boost revenue for cash-strapped schools - “Schools should be a place where students grow into critical thinkers and develop skills that enable them to question established ideas,” said Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, the author of an analysis released last month by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer interest group.

Obama signs STOCK Act
4/5/2012

WGRZ: Obama signs STOCK Act - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, thinks the 45-day reporting requirement will work.

Desperate schools turn to advertising for revenue
4/5/2012

The Wentachee World: Desperate schools turn to advertising for revenue - “Schools should be a place where students grow into critical thinkers and develop skills that enable them to question established ideas,” said Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, the author of an analysis released last month by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer interest group.

How to clean up K Street
4/5/2012

The Week Magazine: How to clean up K Street - "I believe that those who engage in public service, those who work on Capitol Hill, those who are elected to federal office and the administration, should not be able to move from those positions into the influence industry," Abramoff said when I saw him speak at an event hosted by consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen in early February.

Hospital offers free testing to 307 former patients
4/5/2012

Associated Press: Hospital offers free testing to 307 former patients - Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, it warned of the danger of infection after learning of the department's investigation from an internal hospital memo and other sources.

Diet drug Qnexa awaits FDA OK amid safety concerns
4/5/2012

USA Today: Diet drug Qnexa awaits FDA OK amid safety concerns - But Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says that the risks outweigh the benefits.

Political insider: U.S. rep hopeful touts social media bragging rights
4/5/2012

The Detroit News: Political insider: U.S. rep hopeful touts social media bragging rights - [Patrick Miles, Jr.] helped to raise between $50,000 to $100,000, according to Opensecrets.org and Public Citizen's White House for Sale, based on information provided by the Obama 2008 presidential campaign.

STOCK Act signed: JPMorgan settlement, SEC warns: Compliance
4/5/2012

Bloomberg: STOCK Act signed: JPMorgan settlement, SEC warns: Compliance - Lori Wallach, director of the consumer-advocacy organization Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, urged the Obama administration and Congress not to “bow” to yesterday’s ruling.

Ross sees STOCK act as trust builder
4/5/2012

Associated Press: Ross sees STOCK Act as trust builder - Craig Holman, Public Citizen’s government affairs lobbyist, said the legislation is “the most significant ethics achievement” of the 112th Congress but tempered that praise with a caveat saying it could have been stronger.

Qnexa spills back onto the diet drug scene; Two years after its rejection over safety concerns, the 10%-off pill is again up for approval
4/5/2012

Lexis Nexis: Qnexa spills back onto the diet drug scene; Two years after its rejection over safety concerns, the 10%-off pill is again up for approval - But Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says that the risks outweigh the benefits.

Groups urge Securities and Exchange Commission to require disclosure of political spending
4/3/2012

ENews Park Forest: Groups urge Securities and Exchange Commission to require disclosure of political spending - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should require publicly traded companies to disclose their political activity, Public Citizen, the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS) and other groups said at an event today held outside the SEC building.

This week in unregulated super PAC spending
4/3/2012

Truthout: This week in unregulated super PAC spending - by Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen

Two SEC commissioners could dramatically change campaign finance
4/3/2012

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.

Secret meeting leads to watered down ban on congressional insider trading
4/3/2012

Dprogram: Secret meeting leads to watered down ban on congressional insider trading - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, says that is a huge improvement over the current once-a-year paper-filing system.

Senate bans insider trading on Capitol Hill
4/3/2012

ABC Finance: Senate bans insider trading on Capitol Hill - As it stands now, lawmakers don’t really have a fiduciary duty, because they viewed themselves as in the "public sphere," said Craig Holman, lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Obama staffers head out the revolving door
4/3/2012

lorearibey's posterous: Obama 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 on politics.

Mitt Romney's $12 million mystery man
4/3/2012

Fight For Better U.S.: Mitt Romney's $12 million mystery man - "It was a deliberate effort to weaken the rules, and it worked," says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

California Assembly passes resolution calling for constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
4/3/2012

OB Rag: California Assembly passes resolution calling for constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United - by Public Citizen

Winging it... & loving it
4/3/2012

Hometown-Pasadena: Winging it... & loving it - and a dedicated supporter of Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization, which advocates on behalf of Americans citizens before Congress, the executive branch and in the court of law...

NPR screws the pooch
4/3/2012

The Democratic Daily: NPR screws the pooch: “When you see Foster Friess showing up at Rick Santorum rallies and at the same time providing unlimited funding and presumably direction to the Santorum superPAC, you know it literally means that the contribution limits have been gutted,” said Public Citizen’s Craig Holman.

Emergency alert - OWS occupies the U.S. Congress
4/3/2012

Firedoglake: Emergency alert - OWS occupies the U.S. Congress - Speakers at the protest included Ralph Nader of Public Citizen, Film Director Michael Moore, and the ghost of Ted Kennedy (channeled by Dennis Kucinich).

Keep your NEPA out of my gaming management contract
4/3/2012

ygamyira: Keep your NEPA out of my gaming management contract - Thus, under NEPA, an EIS should be created only when a federal agency, such as the NIGC, will be undertaking an activity that rises to the level of a major federal action which significantly affects the quality of the human environment. Department of Transportation v. Public Citizen, 541 U.S. 752, 763 (2004).

$3 billion: The estimated amount that media companies and their local stations will receive for running political ads this year
4/3/2012

Eslkevin: $3 billion: The estimated amount that media companies and their local stations will receive for running political ads this year - Representatives from Public Citizen, Common Cause and the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending joined New York City’s public advocate Bill de Blasio in gathering outside the agency to demand that it require publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending.

Alan Grayson meets Joshua Holland, part II: The GOP economic agenda all comes down to crony capitalism
4/3/2012

Down With Tyranny: Alan Grayson meets Joshua Holland, part II: The GOP economic agenda all comes down to crony capitalism - And according to a report by Public Citizen, “Lobbyists, political action committees (PACs) and trade associations tied to the banks receiving the most federal bailout money [had] scheduled 70 fundraisers for members of Congress” in the eight months following the 2008 elections.

Show us your money: Why the Senate must pass the DISCLOSE Act
4/3/2012

AlterNet: Show us your money: Why the Senate must pass the DISCLOSE Act - by Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen

Our economy may soon again get screwed by Wall Street
4/3/2012

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.

Obama visit inspires Ben & Jerry's event
4/3/2012

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.

Instant view: Apple, Foxconn promise better working conditions
4/3/2012

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..."

Senators voting to retain Big Oil tax breaks given $1.48 million by O&G industry
4/3/2012

International Business Times: Senators voting to retain Big Oil tax breaks given $1.48 million by O&G industry - "There is no question that special-interest money in the political system helps shape legislative outcome," said Tyson Slocum, the director of the energy program for Public Citizen, an advocacy group that combats the influence lobbyists have in Washington.

A Wyoming millionaire places his faith in Santorum
4/3/2012

KUNC: A Wyoming millionaire places his faith in Santorum - A government affairs lobbyist with the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen says Friess demonstrates just how weak the campaign finance laws have become.

House votes overwhelmingly to ease financial rules
4/3/2012

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

Experts challenge FDA approval of new donepezil dose
4/3/2012

MedScape Today: Experts challenge FDA approval of new donepezil dose - "We saw a small news brief in the BMJ about a petition that Syd Wolfe of Public Citizen had, wanting the 23-mg dose of donepezil pulled from the market."

Contract killers: Public Citizen urges government agencies to review safety records
4/3/2012

Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Today: Contract killers: Public Citizen urges government agencies to review safety records - In a new report, "Contract Killers," Public Citizen highlights cases in which companies with suspect safety records win government contracts around the country, often with disastrous consequences.

Ads on buses, buildings boost revenue for cash-strapped Dallas-area schools
4/3/2012

The Dallas Morning News: Ads on buses, buildings boost revenue for cash-strapped Dallas-area schools - Schools should be a place where students grow into critical thinkers and develop skills that enable them to question established ideas,” said Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, the author of an analysis released last month by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer interest group.

Labels affecting drug lawsuits
4/3/2012

Deccan Herald: Labels 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.

Senators voting to retain big oil tax breaks given $1.48 million by O&G Industry
4/3/2012

NADAQ: Senators voting to retain big oil tax breaks given $1.48 million by O&G Industry - "There is no question that special-interest money in the political system helps shape legislative outcome," said Tyson Slocum, the director of the energy program for Public Citizen, an advocacy group that combats the influence lobbyists have in Washington.

Emergency alert-OWS occupies U.S. Congress
4/3/2012

Firedoglake: Emergency alert-OWS occupies U.S. Congress -  Speakers at the protest included Ralph Nader of Public Citizen, Film Director Michael Moore, and the ghost of Ted Kennedy (channeled by Dennis Kucinich).

NPR screws the pooch
4/3/2012

The Moderate Voice: NPR screws the pooch - A government affairs lobbyist with the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen says Friess demonstrates just how weak the campaign finance laws have become.

Criminal background checks provide patchwork protections against rogue doctors
4/3/2012

American Medical News: Criminal background checks provide patchwork protections against rogue doctors - “Doctors are not immune to criminal behaviors, ranging from raping a patient to tax evasion,” said Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Unsafe companies shouldn't get government contracts, says group
4/3/2012

ISHN: Unsafe companies shouldn't get government contracts, says group - A report titled, "Contract Killers" released by Public Citizen cites a number of recent cases where contracts were given to companies with long histories of health and safety violations.

The one gold medal we don't want to win: U.S. leads the way in breeding antibiotic-resistant disease
4/3/2012

Huffington Post: The one gold medal we don't want to win: U.S. leads the way in breeding antibiotic-resistant disease - This followed a lawsuit filed last year by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists.

Palm Springs area lawmakers say they guard against insider trading
4/3/2012

MyDesert.com: Palm Springs area lawmakers say they guard against insider trading -The watchdog group Public Citizen opposed such an amendment.  

Sleaze city: Citizens' revolt launched to ban corporate control of DC elections
4/3/2012

Huffington Post: Sleaze city: Citizens' revolt launched to ban corporate control of DC elections - As a result, Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, the national reform group spearheading the drive to repeal Citizens United, last week issued an alert to its D.C. members in advance of a critical April 3 primary election when volunteers will be stationed outside polling places to gather signature...

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