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No Magic Pill
6/29/2012

Washington Post: No Magic Pill - In a statement issued today, Wolfe wrote, “Marketing this drug to a population besieged by obesity and desperate for relief is irresponsible and a mistake that will benefit only the company that makes it.”

Now it’s up to Congress
6/29/2012

Bangor Daily News: Now it’s up to Congress - But that vision, held by Public Citizen and other liberal groups, would depend largely on the state of public sentiment. Polls show that the American people are close to evenly divided on the Affordable Care Act.

We Still Need Medicare-for-All
6/29/2012

Firedoglake: We Still Need Medicare-for-All - by Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen

Reputation.com polishes online reputations
6/29/2012

San Fransisco Business Times: Reputation.com polishes online reputations - “They may be concealing false statements or legitimate criticism,” Paul Alan Levy said, noting that the services can, unfortunately protect the wrong people and hide valid comments from the public.

President Obama: Corporate Globalizer
6/29/2012

Dissent: President Obama: Corporate Globalizer - On June 13, Public Citizen released a leaked document showing that the TPP—a trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and eight Pacific countries under considerable secrecy—is shaping up to be as bad as NAFTA or worse.

Nancy Worcester and Mariamne H. Whatley: Revelation offers lessons for women
6/29/2012

The Californian: Nancy Worcester and Mariamne H. Whatley: Revelation offers lessons for women - Groups that had refused financial ties to drug companies, such as the National Women’s Health Network, the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, had long been critical of the influence of the pharmaceutical industry in promoting hormone therapy and other products without adequate and unbiased studies.

FDA helps companies exploit patients with Alzheimer’s
6/29/2012

Bloomington Alternative: FDA helps companies exploit patients with Alzheimer’s - The dye test has proven inaccurate, and different physicians interpret its findings differently. “The test has been shown to detect amyloid plaque in some patients who do not have Alzheimer’s disease and to fail to detect the plaque in some patients who turn out to have the disease,” according to Public Citizen.

Formula gift bags slammed
6/28/2012

Moms Miami: Formula gift bags slammed - The council was responding to repeated criticism of the gift bags, including one major onslaught in March when Public Citizen, a Washington consumer advocacy group, sent letters to 2,600 hospitals urging them to stop the formula gift bags.

Medical devices need impartial oversight
6/28/2012

Glenwood Springs Post Independent: Medical devices need impartial oversight - Public Citizen asserts that in addition to allowing far too many dangerous devices to reach the market, the FDA has inadequate post-market surveillance for adverse advents. The FDA primarily depends on manufacturers and hospitals to report incidents of serious injuries or deaths related to these devices. It is not in the manufacturers' or hospitals' interest to do so.

House Democrats press for details on Asia-Pacific trade deal
6/28/2012

The Hill: House Democrats press for details on Asia-Pacific trade deal - “The message to President Obama from his own party is clear: neither the public nor members of Congress will tolerate more of these NAFTA-style trade agreements, and the text of this deal must be released because there are major concerns about where it is heading,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

A Health Care Reform Law For The FDA
6/28/2012

Forbes: A Health Care Reform Law For The FDA - Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader, says the bill is replete with giveaways to industry, and cheered the removal of a part of the law that would have allowed other governments to give information to the FDA without that information ever being made public.

Wednesday round-up
6/28/2012

SCOTUSBlog: Wednesday round-up - Trevor Burrus at Cato@Liberty, Walter Dellinger at Slate, and Steve Vladeck at PrawfsBlawg all comment on the per curiam opinion, while Brian Wolfman at Public Citizen’s Consumer Law & Policy Blog examines ways “to amend the Constitution to overrule Citizens United” – a topic that Sam Favate also discusses at the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

Stop the TPP
6/28/2012

The Nation: Stop the TPP - As Public Citizen's Executive Director Lori Wallach explains in the new issue of The Nation, the mechanism is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, whose negotiations have been conducted in extreme secrecy and whose essential function seems to be to act as a stealthy delivery mechanism for policies that could not survive public scrutiny.

Consumer group urges FDA to reject Arena diet drug
6/27/2012

Reuters: Consumer group urges FDA to reject Arena diet drug - Watchdog group Public Citizen urged U.S. regulators on Tuesday not to approve Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc's experimental diet pill lorcaserin, citing concerns it could increase patients' risk of heart valve damage.

Lawmakers urged to add safeguards for pipelines from Canada
6/27/2012

Austin Statesman: Lawmakers urged to add safeguards for pipelines from Canada - At a hearing of the Texas House's Energy Resources Committee, the nonprofit public advocacy organization Public Citizen led the charge for greater regulation for the piping of bituminous sands — a substance sometimes referred to as "tar sands" or "oil sands" that is made of clay, sand, water and heavy black viscous oil — from Alberta to refineries in Freeport, Houston and Port Arthur.

Congratulations, concerns top discussion of Texas energy production
6/27/2012

KVUE: Congratulations, concerns top discussion of Texas energy production - Consumer advocates including Public Citizen warned that bitumen is more difficult to transport and clean up than heavy crude, and that the 36-year-old Seaway pipeline in East Texas isn't strong enough.

The FTC's Privacy Cop Cracks Down
6/27/2012

Technology Review: The FTC's Privacy Cop Cracks Down - David Vladeck, a former law professor and longtime litigator with the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, became director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection in 2009.

SCOTUS Ruling to Fuel Movement to Amend Constitution
6/27/2012

Common Dreams: SCOTUS Ruling to Fuel Movement to Amend Constitution - Monday’s ruling “underscores the need for a constitutional amendment since there’s no prospect of this court undoing the damage it’s done,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, among several groups leading the 'move to amend' charge. “And if we take seriously how consequential is that damage, then we need an amendment to remedy it.”

Cities Selling Ad Space
6/27/2012

KTRH: Cities Selling Ad Space - Public Citizen's Elizabeth Ben-Ishai believes the issue goes even deeper than dollars and cents. "Its not an appropriate position for a public space to be in, and it really sells citizens short by suggesting to them that every inch of public space is up for sale," says Ben-Ishai.

Campaign finance decisions could mean start of super PACs in Vermont
6/27/2012

vermontbiz.com: Campaign finance decisions could mean start of super PACs in Vermont - Protesters rally against the Citizens United decision at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Rob Lehmert courtesy of Public Citizen.

Moneybomb: Why We Are Doing This
6/27/2012

Daily Kos: Moneybomb: Why We Are Doing This - Public Citizen calculated that in the 53 House competitive districts where Karl Rove and his allies outspent Democratic groups, the Republicans won 51.

New push to stop free infant formula at hospitals
6/26/2012

Miami Herald: New push to stop free infant formula at hospitals - The council was responding to repeated criticism of the gift bags, including one major onslaught in March when Public Citizen, a Washington consumer advocacy group, sent letters to 2,600 hospitals urging them to stop the formula gift bags.

Amend 'Citizens United' Out of Existence
6/26/2012

The Nation: Amend 'Citizens United' Out of Existence - “The court leaves us no choice but to continue to fight for stronger campaign finance laws to prevent corruption,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen. “We will do this at the congressional level, at administrative agencies and in the states, as well as work to overturn Citizens United by amending the US Constitution.”

Your Ad Here, on a Fire Truck? Broke Cities Sell Naming Rights
6/26/2012

CNBC: Your Ad Here, on a Fire Truck? Broke Cities Sell Naming Rights - The downturn seems to have prompted more public entities to sell advertising or auction off the naming rights of public places, said Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, the campaign coordinator for the Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert project, which works to curb the spread of commercialization.

How Wall Street Drives Gas Prices Upwards
6/26/2012

Ring of Fire Radio: How Wall Street Drives Gas Prices Upwards - Mike Papantonio discusses the role that speculators play in raising our gas prices, as well as what we can do about it, with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program.

Citizens United Ruling Destined to Remain for Some Time
6/26/2012

Firedoglake: Citizens United Ruling Destined to Remain for Some Time - “The Court is reaffirming their refusal to recognize reality,” said Rob Weissman of Public Citizen, in an interview shortly after the ruling was announced.

OSHA and NIOSH Tackle Fracking Hazards for Workers
6/26/2012

EHSToday: OSHA and NIOSH Tackle Fracking Hazards for Workers - Added Lisa Gilbert, acting director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, “Public Citizen is happy to see OSHA and NIOSH responding to our concerns and beginning to take appropriate steps to mitigate the hazards surrounding crystalline silica for fracking workers. The betterment of working conditions is an achievement that should be celebrated.”

Super-Pac disclosure bills get late-session push
6/26/2012

Sentinel and Enterprise: Super-Pac disclosure bills get late-session push - According to the coalition, state lawmakers in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Mexico and Hawaii have already passed resolutions. The coalition includes groups like Common Cause Massachusetts, MassPIRG, MassVOTE, Public Citizen and Move to Amend.

Lobbyist Turned Hill Staffer Owned At Least $100,000 in Northrop Stock
6/26/2012

Project on Government Oversight: Lobbyist Turned Hill Staffer Owned At Least $100,000 in Northrop Stock - “It’s not uncommon for a senior K Street lobbyist to have a quarter of a million dollars tucked away in stock. But it is uncommon for someone who is a congressional staffer,” Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, told POGO. “This poses a very serious conflict of interest."

Biotech industry finds a friend in Jay Inslee
6/25/2012

The Seattle Times: Biotech industry finds a friend in Jay Inslee - "This legislation means that we're going to be facing severe monopoly pricing and price gouging on an increasing share of the pharmaceutical market for a long time to come," said Robert Weissman, president of the nonprofit group Public Citizen. "The fact that you've got a hometown company is no reason to put the screws to consumers and the government, which pays for this stuff."

FDA Is Asked To Remove Novo Nordisk Diabetes Drug From Market
6/25/2012

NASDAQ: FDA Is Asked To Remove Novo Nordisk Diabetes Drug From Market - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the director of Public Citizen's health research group, said a review of FDA's adverse events database showed 200 reports of acute pancreatitis associated with Victoza during a 17-month period that ended in September, and 26 reports of thyroid tumors among patients taking liraglutide.

Doctors Policing Doctors? State Needs A Real Medical Board
6/25/2012

Hartford Courant: Doctors Policing Doctors? State Needs A Real Medical Board - This is a heartening flurry of activity for a state medical board ranked in May by the Public Citizen Health Care Research Group as 47th worst in the nation (www.citizen.org/documents/2034.pdf).

D.C. DGS director briefs lobbyists behind closed doors
6/25/2012

Washington Times: D.C. DGS director briefs lobbyists behind closed doors - Campaign finance analyst Craig Holman, legislative representative of the watchdog group Public Citizen, said the two events send a clear message to the firm’s clients and the business community in general: “It is insider influence peddling, that’s what it is,” Mr. Holman said.

Dismantling the Presidential Public Financing System Piece by Piece (Starting With the Farm Bill)
6/25/2012

Dismantling the Presidential Public Financing System Piece by Piece (Starting With the Farm Bill) - by Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist, Public Citizen

By taking free trips, Connecticut lawmakers follow rising trend
6/25/2012

The Connecticut Mirror: By taking free trips, Connecticut lawmakers follow rising trend - But Craig Holman, an expert on Congress who works for Public Citizen, the 40-year-old government watchdog group, said the number of congressional trips has risen to pre-2007 levels.

Taxpayer Gravy Train Ending for Party Conventions
6/25/2012

US News and World Report: Taxpayer Gravy Train Ending for Party Conventions - "This is turning our political system over even more so to corporate interests," says Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a group committed to strengthening transparency in government.

Moody’s Downgrades Five American Banks: Should You Care?
6/25/2012

MyBankTracker: Moody’s Downgrades Five American Banks: Should You Care? - That will likely raise borrowing costs for corporations and other large institutional clients of these banks, but will it have any affect on consumers? Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy analyst for Public Citizen and the former chief of investigations for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, says no.

Public Funding Ban for Political Conventions Might Move Quickly
6/25/2012

Roll Call: Public Funding Ban for Political Conventions Might Move Quickly - Private contributions are expected to total about $37 million for this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and $50 million for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., according to an analysis by the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Citing ‘crisis’ for women, Crowley offers health plan
6/25/2012

Queens Chronicle: Citing ‘crisis’ for women, Crowley offers health plan - A 2007 Public Citizen’s Report revealed that only 4 percent of physicians in New York State are responsible for nearly half of all dollars paid for malpractice claims since 1991.

Voters Need to Know Who Is Trying to Influence Their Opinions
6/22/2012

US News and World Report: Voters Need to Know Who Is Trying to Influence Their Opinions - by Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

$16.4 million in bonuses a record at CPS
6/22/2012

San Antonio Express-News: $16.4 million in bonuses a record at CPS - “At a time when they're contemplating rate increases, it's never a good idea to be giving sizable bonuses to executive management,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, Texas director at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization.

‘Strong chance’ lawsuit against Crossroads GPS will prevail — after November
6/22/2012

Raw Story: ‘Strong chance’ lawsuit against Crossroads GPS will prevail — after November - Numerous advocacy groups, including CREW and Public Citizen, have blasted the use of 501c(4) organizations to hide political donors. (includes video of Robert Wiessman speaking in front of Crossroads GPS)

Senate rejects Sanders’ food labeling amendment
6/22/2012

VTDigger: Senate rejects Sanders’ food labeling amendment - Pro-consumer organizations backing the Sanders amendment included the Center for Food Safety; Union of Concerned Scientists; National Farmers Union; Environmental Working Group; American Public Health Association; National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition; Public Citizen; U.S. PIRG; New England Farmers Union; Environment America; National Cooperative Grocers Association; Friends of the Earth; the Sierra Club and others.

New study: Tort reform has not reduced health care costs in Texas
6/21/2012

Austin Statesman: New study: Tort reform has not reduced health care costs in Texas - The researchers' findings come after a report last fall in which the Ralph Nader-founded consumer group Public Citizen said it found Medicare spending in Texas rose much faster than the national average after tort reform.

New consumer bureau opens database of credit card complaints
6/21/2012

Government Executive - New consumer bureau opens database of credit card complaints - Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, said in a statement, “Industry concerns about reputational risks should be ignored. Disclosure has long proven a reliable disinfectant of market abuse.”

President Correa, Please Protect Julian Assange From My Government
6/21/2012

OpEdNews: President Correa, Please Protect Julian Assange From My Government - by Robert Naiman from Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Merck’s Marketing of Drug With ‘Madagascar 3’ Draws Complaint
6/21/2012

Bloomberg News: Merck’s Marketing of Drug With ‘Madagascar 3’ Draws Complaint - The interest groups who signed on to the FTC complaint include Washington D.C.-based Public Citizen and the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California.

Health news roundup: pharmaceutical fees, designer drugs get attention in compromise FDA bill; tweaked by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
6/21/2012

The Oregonian: Health news roundup: pharmaceutical fees, designer drugs get attention in compromise FDA bill; tweaked by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley - But the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, founded by Ralph Nader, contends the compromise bill means an overall weakening of drug and medical device safety.

'The People Need Robin Hood': Nurses Union Leads Nationwide Campaign to Force Wall Street to Pay Its Fair Share
6/20/2012

AlterNet: 'The People Need Robin Hood': Nurses Union Leads Nationwide Campaign to Force Wall Street to Pay Its Fair Share - Dozens of other organizations have signed onto the campaign, from the climate change group 350.org to Public Citizen to the Progressive Democrats of America.

Fatal Side Effects of Prescription Drugs on the Rise
6/20/2012

JDSUPRA: Fatal Side Effects of Prescription Drugs on the Rise - The advocacy group Public Citizen suggests only using drugs that have been on the market for more than seven years, unless there is no alternative.

CREW: Obama shares responsibility for campaign finance mess
6/20/2012

The Raw Story: CREW: Obama shares responsibility for campaign finance mess - Three Republican commissioners who refuse to enforce campaign finance laws have rendered the six-member commission useless, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Obama Invites Mexico To Join Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks
6/20/2012

Huffington Post: Obama Invites Mexico To Join Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks - "Because Mexico already has zero-tariff trade agreements with various TPP countries, including the U.S., adding Mexico just highlights that this is not really about trade, but about deregulation and new corporate rights and it provides no basis for U.S. officials to claim expanded U.S. exports," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Follow the Dark Money
6/19/2012

Mother Jones: Follow the Dark Money - But the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision—freeing corporations and unions to spend unlimited outside money on elections—jolted the public, prompting hundreds of protests and inspiring a nationwide grassroots campaign to, as the group Public Citizen puts it, "reclaim our democracy."

Obama and Romney Share Bed With a Monster
6/19/2012

California Progress Report: Obama and Romney Share Bed With a Monster - Last week, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch ripped the cloak of secrecy that surrounds the TPP when it got hold of a document that detailed the secret court and leaked it.

CPS dedicates solar complex
6/19/2012

San Antonio Express-News: CPS dedicates solar complex - It's ahead by 4 megawatts,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of the Austin office of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

HOS Court Battle Starts Next Month
6/19/2012

TruckingInfo: HOS Court Battle Starts Next Month - The safety advocacy groups, including Public Citizen and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, charge that the rule falls short by not cutting the daily driving limit from 11 to 10 hours.

Sheldon Adelson, Other Super PAC Donors Have Corporate Bribery Issues
6/19/2012

Huffington Post: Sheldon Adelson, Other Super PAC Donors Have Corporate Bribery Issues - "You've got a whole business community that wants to exercise whatever it takes to maximize their profits," said Craig Holman, Public Citizen's government affairs director. "These are the types of people who want to weaken oversight that would govern fair business practices."

Consumer Groups: Facebook for Preteens Should Be Safe Playground
6/19/2012

Broadcasting and Cable: Consumer Groups: Facebook for Preteens Should Be Safe Playground - Also signing on to the letter were the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Media Justice, Center for Science in the Public Interest, ChangeLab Solutions/Public Health Law & Policy, Children Now, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Privacy Times, Public Citizen, and World Privacy Forum.

Kansas City, MO City Council joins chorus opposing Citizens United ruling
6/19/2012

News-Leader: Kansas City, MO City Council joins chorus opposing Citizens United ruling - Those groups include Public Citizen, which was founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader in 1971, and Move To Amend, which is pushing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution in response to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling.

JP Morgan's mess-up: A 25 billion dollar public service lobbying investment
6/18/2012

AlterNet: JP Morgan's mess-up: A 25 billion dollar public service lobbying investment - By Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen

Ed Show today
6/18/2012

Rick's Blog: Ed Show today - Guests include... Mark Hays, Campaign Coordinator for Public Citizen’s Democracy is for People Campaign.

Exclusive: Northrop Grumman awards lobbyist $500k bonus weeks before becoming low-paid congressional staffer shaping military policy
6/18/2012

Republic Report: Exclusive: Northrop Grumman awards lobbyist $500k bonus weeks before becoming low-paid congressional staffer shaping military policy - These lobbyists, as Public Citizen’s Craig Holman, an expert on lobbying, has explained, seem happy to accept low-paid public service salaries, perhaps because they can expect extremely high pay once they return to K Street.

“I’m not a real doctor – but I play one on drug ads”
6/18/2012

The Ethical Nag: “I’m not a real doctor – but I play one on drug ads” - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at the Washington-based non-profit advocacy watchdog Public Citizen, worries that patients seeing any type of celebrity drug endorsements may ask their doctors for a drug because the celebrity appeal outweighs side effects or risks.

US trade agreement leak reveals 'radical new powers' for multinational corporations
6/18/2012

The Socialist Democrat: US trade agreement leak reveals 'radical new powers' for multinational corporations - The TPP negotiations have gone on for two years between the Obama administration and several Pacific nations under conditions of 'extreme secrecy' without press, public or policymaker oversight, says Public Citizen who posted the leaked document on their website today.

Texas city officials say ‘serial requestors’ must be deterred, activists worry about government transparency
6/18/2012

State Politics: Texas city officials say ‘serial requestors’ must be deterred, activists worry about government transparency - The exemption does not cover activists like Tom "Smitty" Smith, state director of Public Citizen, the national consumer advocacy organization founded by activist Ralph Nader.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Larger than NAFTA?
6/18/2012

Salon: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Larger than NAFTA? - The Obama administration has shrouded the negotiation in secrecy, but the document, published by a coalition including the consumer group Public Citizen, sheds a light on the process — and the view isn’t pretty.

How can labor combat Obama's secret 'NAFTA of the Pacific'?
6/18/2012

Labor Notes: How can labor combat Obama's secret 'NAFTA of the Pacific'? - Labor Notes: Text of the proposal that leaked this week, released by the consumer group Public Citizen, indicate the free trade proposal will continue strong rights for investors and weak protections for labor, the environment, and local democracy.

Trans-Pacific Partnership – Leaked trade document reveals corporations favored over public interest
6/18/2012

OB Rag: Trans-Pacific Partnership – Leaked trade document reveals corporations favored over public interest - A leak this week of one of the most controversial chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reveals that extreme provisions have been agreed to by U.S. officials, providing a stark warning about the dangers of “trade” negotiations occurring under conditions of extreme secrecy without press, public or policymaker oversight, Public Citizen said.

Buffett attracts investments by Republicans bashing his tax rule
6/18/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek: Buffett attracts investments by Republicans bashing his tax rule - “These financial disclosure reports are critical information for the press and the public to determine whether or not conflicts of interest are present,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen in Washington.

Arena profile: Lisa Gilbert
6/18/2012

Politico: Arena profile: Lisa Gilbert - Lisa Gilbert works in Washington as the Deputy Director of Congress Watch for Public Citizen.

What we need to know: Trans-Pacific Partnership
6/18/2012

Docudharma: What we need to know: Trans-Pacific Partnership - The trade document (pdf), which has been a more closely guarded secret than Dick Cheney's location, was leaked by Public Citizen a long-time critic of the administration's trade objectives.

Gordon Campbell on the leaks about the Trans Pacific Partnership
6/18/2012

Bilaterals.org: Gordon Campbell on the leaks about the Trans Pacific Partnership - The leaked document on the US Public Citizen website confirm the worst fears about the Trans Pacific Partnership talks.

Trans-Pacific Partnership documents show trade treaty could grow much larger than NAFTA
6/18/2012

Firedoglake: Trans-Pacific Partnership documents show trade treaty could grow much larger than NAFTA - Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach has an analysis of that leaked document from the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it’s really even worse than anticipated.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: A plan for ‘corporate global governance’
6/18/2012

Democratic Underground: Trans-Pacific Partnership: A plan for ‘corporate global governance’ - "This isn’t just a bad trade agreement. This is a 1-percenter power tool that could rip up our basic needs and rights,” Wallach says.

Brown daughters send Father's Day greeting--Crossroads, RNC hit Obama speech--ACU PAC to back Hatch--McConnell speech preview--What Jim Messina learned in Hollywood--Grimm owes Patton Boggs $321K
6/18/2012

Politico: Brown daughters send Father's Day greeting--Crossroads, RNC hit Obama speech--ACU PAC to back Hatch--McConnell speech preview--What Jim Messina learned in Hollywood--Grimm owes Patton Boggs $321K - ‘We’re seeing daily things get worse,’ said Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.

Chapter 12 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement leaked
6/18/2012

Infosecurity: Chapter 12 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement leaked - The document reveals, says a Public Citizen analysis, “that negotiators already have agreed to many radical terms granting expansive new rights and privileges for foreign investors and their private corporate enforcement through extra-judicial “investor-state” tribunals.”

Lawmakers disclose their mortgage debts
6/18/2012

Newsday: Lawmakers disclose their mortgage debts - The law, enacted this year, included the rule as a check on favorable treatment of lawmakers by banks and financial institutions, said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen.

FDA: Advocate Health Care conducted drug study without patients' consent
6/18/2012

Chicago Tribune: FDA: Advocate Health Care conducted drug study without patients' consent - Dr. Michael Carome, a former associate director for regulatory affairs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Human Research Protections, said the decision to go ahead with the study without obtaining patient consent was mind-boggling.

Thom Hartmann: Obama trade document leaked...
6/18/2012

Democratic Underground: Thom Hartmann: Obama trade document leaked... - Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch joins Thom Hartmann.

Secret Obama trade agreement would allow foreign corporations to avoid US laws
6/18/2012

Press TV: Secret Obama trade agreement would allow foreign corporations to avoid US laws - This revelation came in the form of a leaked document posted online by Citizens Trade Campaign. The material came from negotiations to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact and its authenticity verified by Public Citizen.

Obama covertly granting more power to multinational corporations
6/18/2012

Current TV: Obama covertly granting more power to multinational corporations - In a leak published this week by the advocacy website Public Citizen, though, it’s made clear that the Obama administration has every intention of backpedaling on previous promises that could largely impact regulations that will directly affect the safety and financial security of millions of Americans and international citizens.

White House answers FEC petition
6/18/2012

Politico: White House answers FEC petition - Among the petition sponsors are reform and election law groups... Public Citizen...

Washington Journal for Saturday, June 16
6/18/2012

C-SPAN: Washington Journal for Saturday, June 16 - Craig Holman, Public Citizen, Government Affairs Lobbyist: Topic: Super PACs and PACs are a powerful voice in an election year.

Explosive leak: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement pushes corporate sovereignty over environmental laws
6/18/2012

Crooks and Liars: Explosive leak: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement pushes corporate sovereignty over environmental laws - "... The Obama administration has shrouded the negotiation in secrecy, but the document, published by the consumer group Public Citizen, sheds a light on the process - and the view isn't pretty..."

Inspections, compliance, enforcement, and criminal investigations
6/18/2012

Chicago Tribune: Inspections, compliance, enforcement, and criminal investigations - "The importance of getting informed consent is even more heightened in that situation," said Carome, now deputy director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization.

The Electoral College needs fixing and Rhode Island legislators are about to vote to make it happen.
6/18/2012

The Providence American: The Electoral College needs fixing and Rhode Island legislators are about to vote to make it happen. - The National Popular Vote bill is endorsed by... Public Citizen...

It’s official: Obama presidency now a dictatorship...
6/18/2012

Investor Village: It’s official: Obama presidency now a dictatorship... - “The leaked document shows that in all of the major respects, this is exactly the same template that was used in NAFTA and other agreements that President Obama campaigned against," Todd Tucker, the research director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division, told Slate.

Are colonoscopies safe in Las Vegas? Some think so
6/18/2012

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Are colonoscopies safe in Las Vegas? Some think so - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said skipping or delaying the procedure out of fear of infection creates its own community-health crisis.

What's at stake?
6/18/2012

Daily Kos: What's at stake? - I seek the convergence of the Coffee and the Tea parties along with Occupy, Public Citizen, Move to Amend and other political activist associations to bring about a constitutional amendment that insures honesty and accountability in campaigns for federal office.

Another snarl in Dodd-Frank
6/18/2012

The Deal: Another snarl in Dodd-Frank - Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, argues there's no reason compliance should be difficult.

White House responds to petition on replacing FEC commissioners
6/18/2012

The Hill: White House responds to petition on replacing FEC commissioners - Democracy 21, the Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen, Americans for Campaign Reform, League of Women Voters of the U.S., Common Cause, Public Campaign, United Republic and U.S. PIRG also organized the petition.

Breaking '08 pledge, leaked trade doc shows Obama wants to help corporations avoid regulations
6/18/2012

Pacific Free Press: Breaking '08 pledge, leaked trade doc shows Obama wants to help corporations avoid regulations - We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a fair trade group that posted the leaked documents on its website.

Wisconsin's alien seed: There can be no joy in the fact that money rules.
6/18/2012

IPS: Wisconsin's alien seed: There can be no joy in the fact that money rules. - To join it, go to Public Citizen's grassroots rebellion: www.democracyisforpeople.org.

Citizens United Targeted By Local Activists In 'Resolutions Week' Push
6/15/2012

Huffington Post: Citizens United Targeted By Local Activists In 'Resolutions Week' Push - It's all part of a campaign by Public Citizen (and its Democracy Is For People project), Move to Amend, multiple other reform groups and several elected officials.

Losing faith on campaign finance
6/15/2012

Politico: Losing faith on campaign finance - “We’re seeing daily things get worse,” said Public Citizen President Robert Weissman. “And his failure of action will result in things growing even more worse.”

One signature at a time: Local groups aim to overturn Citizens United ruling
6/15/2012

The Register: One signature at a time: Local groups aim to overturn Citizens United ruling - Other groups in the statewide coalition are Free Speech for People, Common Cause, MassVOTE and Public Citizen.

Corporate Power and International Trade
6/14/2012

Huffington Post: Corporate Power and International Trade - A leaked document posted at Public Citizen last night offers a stark reminder of the rising power transnational corporations enjoy in the domestic settings of nation-states where they do business.

JP Morgan Chase's CEO will be on Capitol Hill to explain $2 billion loss!
6/14/2012

NBC 33: JP Morgan Chase's CEO will be on Capitol Hill to explain $2 billion loss! - "Congress should be asking him how and why this happened. They should be pushing for a strong Volcker Rule and they should push back against portfolio hedging which is dangerous and which this was," said Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen.

How California's GM food referendum may change what America eats
6/14/2012

The Guardian: How California's GM food referendum may change what America eats - The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen says that CALA aims "to incite public scorn for the civil justice system, juries and judges, and to pave the way for enactment of laws immunizing corporations from liability for actions that harm consumers."

Republicans want to keep hiding government contractors money
6/13/2012

Left Edge North: Republicans want to keep hiding government contractors money - by Rick Claypool of Public Citizen

Assault on class actions continues to thrive
6/13/2012

Forbes: Assault on class actions continues to thrive - According to a recent report published Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader, the 5-4 decision has derailed – or severely impeded – more than 75 class actions during its first year on the books that would have otherwise “gone forward.”

Political donations via text wins FEC approval
6/13/2012

The Raw Story: Political donations via text wins FEC approval - They were joined by an assortment of advocacy groups, including... Public Citizen...

Group recommends Cymbalta not be used due to risks, minimal benefits
6/13/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Group recommends Cymbalta not be used due to risks, minimal benefits - In the June 2012 issue of the group’s Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter, Public Citizen classified Cymbalta as a “Do Not Use” medication.

Obama trade document leaked, revealing new corporate powers and broken campaign promises
6/13/2012

Huffington Post: Obama trade document leaked, revealing new corporate powers and broken campaign promises - The leaked document has been posted on the website of Public Citizen, a long-time critic of the administration's trade objectives.

Text donations to campaigns gets approval from FEC
6/13/2012

The Hill: Text donations to campaigns gets approval from FEC - The other nine organizations include... Public Citizen...

For the record: Democrats move to close generic labelling loophole
6/13/2012

Canadian Medical Association Journal: For the record: Democrats move to close generic labelling loophole - Consumer groups have lined up behind the legislation by the dozens, including the nonprofit advocacy group, Public Citizen, which wrote in a letter to Leahy in his role as chair of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, that “under current law, a generic drug manufacturer is not authorized to revise product labeling when it becomes aware of inadequacies in the labeling..."

Hill staffer bolts for Twitter - Romney targets Abramoff with mailer? - Lobbyists, Hill staff face massive disconnect - Is lobbying bad for business?
6/13/2012

Politico: Hill staffer bolts for Twitter - Romney targets Abramoff with mailer? - Lobbyists, Hill staff face massive disconnect - Is lobbying bad for business? - The consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen, which has already been lobbying Congress to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to provide more disclosure requirements, is leading the effort.

California voters to decide on GMO labeling in November
6/13/2012

Digital Journal: California voters to decide on GMO labeling in November - Major endorsers of the initiative include... Public Citizen...

Guest MINDSETTER™ David Cicilline: Washington is rigged against the middle class
6/13/2012

GoLocalProv: Guest MINDSETTER™ David Cicilline: Washington is rigged against the middle class - This legislation is supported by Common Cause, Public Citizen, and many other reform advocates and it would fundamentally change, in a positive way, our campaign finance laws.

Blumenthal angered by defense contractor bonus
6/13/2012

Associated Press: Blumenthal angered by defense contractor bonus - But Craig Holman, an expert on the lobbying industry for Public Citizen -- a watchdog group -- said the "big numbers of Mr. MacKenzie's compensation look extremely suspicious. That's quite a bonus."

Congress skirting rewritten '07 rules
6/13/2012

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Congress skirting rewritten '07 rules - "That's just a huge, gaping loophole that the Ethics Committee is allowing," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen.

What is gov’t doing about oil companies?
6/13/2012

Simcoe.com: What is gov’t doing about oil companies? - According to Public Citizen, a “dramatic increase in the control of just the top five companies makes it easier for oil companies to manipulate gasoline supplies by intentionally withholding supplies in order to drive up prices.”

Corporate fraud cases in 2011 increased, FBI says
6/13/2012

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

A female surgical nightmare
6/13/2012

In These Times: A female surgical nightmare - Daniel Elliott, a urologic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who co-signed a petition by Public Citizen calling on the FDA to take POP mesh off the market, wrote in a public letter last August...

Using Congress to undermine laws
6/12/2012

Washington Post: Using Congress to undermine laws -  In his June 7 column, “Hauling in the REINS,” George F. Will praised the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act as a way to “claw back” responsibilities from the executive branch that rightfully belong to Congress. Mr. Will seemed to have forgotten that agencies can only create regulations to implement laws established by Congress and approved by the president.

Don’t 30 million workers deserve 1968 wages?
6/12/2012

The Register Citizen: Don’t 30 million workers deserve 1968 wages? - Together with Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, I was pleased to be with Rep. Jackson at a news conference to explain this long-overdue necessity for millions of hard-pressed, working Americans of all political persuasions.

University of Iowa fundraising 
tactics questioned
6/12/2012

Newton Daily News: University of Iowa fundraising 
tactics questioned - But doctors associated with Public Citizen, a national advocacy group with 80,000 members, say the fundraising practice is distasteful. Dr. Sidney Wolfe said the hospitals are targeting patients who may feel compelled to give because of the doctor-patient relationship.

Assault on class actions continues to thrive
6/12/2012

Forbes.com: Assault on class actions continues to thrive  According to a recent report published Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader, the 5-4 decision has derailed – or severely impeded – more than 75 class actions during its first year on the books that would have otherwise “gone forward.”

Minimum wage bill pushes Federal increase to $10 an hour, ties pay to inflation
6/12/2012

Huffington Post: Minimum wage bill pushes Federal increase to $10 an hour, ties pay to inflation - Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), consumer advocate Ralph Nader and the president of Public Citizen Robert Weissman announce the introduction of the Catching Up To 1968 Act of 2012.

Northrop Grumman's revolving door with Congress
6/12/2012

The Nation: Northrop Grumman's revolving door with Congress - These lobbyists, as Public Citizen’s Craig Holman, an expert on lobbying, has explained, seem happy to accept low-paid public service salaries, perhaps because they can expect extremely high pay once they return to K Street.

Pacific Rim ruling threatens El Salvador’s national sovereignty
6/12/2012

Upside Down World: Pacific Rim ruling threatens El Salvador’s national sovereignty - As Public Citizen and the Sierra Club have noted: “That poor countries have been pushed to offshore their very judicial systems—through trade pacts’ investor-state enforcement systems and through investment laws like El Salvador’s—shows that the world needs a fundamental rethink of the way we regulate foreign investment.” Public Citizen and the Sierra Club 

Legal battle over Twitter subpoena heats up
6/12/2012

SRN News: Legal battle over Twitter subpoena heats up - The filing from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen, Inc. supports Twitter's position that the individual, Occupy protestor Malcolm Harris and not Twitter itself, is the owner of the tweets and thus the proper target for any subpoena.

Friends and family plan: Super PACs often personal campaign fundraising affairs
6/11/2012

Washington Post: Friends and family plan: Super PACs often personal campaign fundraising affairs - “They are essentially undermining the whole rationale behind contribution limits,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the Public Citizen watchdog group. “These are the exact same people who work with the campaign or are close to the campaign setting up a second, unlimited funding source.”

U of I sharing patient details with fundraiser
6/11/2012

Des Miones Register: U of I sharing patient details with fundraiser - “If people actually knew this sort of thing was going on, there would be a significant number of them disturbed by it,” said Dr. Michael Carome of Public Citizen, a national advocacy group with 80,000 members. “The fundamental practice is exploitative ... and in my view there is no way to make this work in a way that would be ethical.”

Use The People's Veto to End Citizens United
6/11/2012

NationofChange: Use The People's Veto to End Citizens United - Across the country the momentum is building, spurred by organizations such as Free Speech for People, Move to Amend, Public Citizen, People for the American Way, and Occupy groups.

Bill Lockyer: SEC should require full disclosure of corporate political spending
6/11/2012

Contra Costa Times: Bill Lockyer: SEC should require full disclosure of corporate political spending - Public Citizen's website provides a convenient way to submit a comment. (Go to www.citizen.org/action/ and click on "Tell the SEC to Require Corporations to Disclose Political Spending.")

Education: Traveling on Whose Dime?
6/11/2012

Roll Call: Education: Traveling on Whose Dime? - “It’s the single largest problem we now have with the Congressional travel rules, and it was not how it was supposed to be,” said Public Citizen’s Craig Holman, who worked with a coalition of government watchdog groups to help draft the travel rules enacted in 2007.

Not Everybody Against Public Finance For Conventions
6/11/2012

Politico: Not Everybody Against Public Finance For Conventions - It might come as a surprise, but the good government group Public Citizen came out against a proposal by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that would ban public financing of political party conventions, arguing that it would make presidential nominees and party heads more dependent on corporate money.

Providence council approves resolution to overturn Citizens United campaign finance decision
6/11/2012

The Republic: Providence council approves resolution to overturn Citizens United campaign finance decision - It was introduced by Majority Leader Seth Yurdin at the urging of Public Citizen and Common Cause Rhode Island.

Microsoft ending consumers' ability to file class-action suits
6/11/2012

LA Times: Microsoft ending consumers' ability to file class-action suits - "It's disappointing that Microsoft would do this, but it's not surprising," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for the advocacy group Public Citizen. "This is the trend among companies, and it's been getting worse and worse."

FDA Warns of Problems from Benzocaine Products for Teething Pain
6/11/2012

AboutLawsuits: FDA Warns of Problems from Benzocaine Products for Teething Pain - However, the prominent consumer watchdog Public Citizen has recommended that these products not be used at all, as there are alternative treatments for teething pain available, such as teething rings or massaging a child’s gums with a finger.

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
6/8/2012

Texas Observer: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow - “It’s an integrated play,” says Tom “Smitty” Smith, a long-time solar advocate and director of Public Citizen-Texas. “If you did not require the local jobs, the solar panels and all the components would be manufactured in China and the benefits would be as remote as building a coal plant and buying the coal in Wyoming.”

Rep. Jackson Jr: Raising Minimum Wage to $20 Would ‘By Far Surpass’ What It Was Designed For
6/8/2012

CNS News: Rep. Jackson Jr: Raising Minimum Wage to $20 Would ‘By Far Surpass’ What It Was Designed For - At a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, Jackson was joined by fellow Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, and Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, to introduce the “Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012.”

Austin City Council approves electric rate hike
6/8/2012

Austin Statesman: Austin City Council approves electric rate hike - Tom "Smitty" Smith, head of the Texas chapter of watchdog group Public Citizen, had been highly critical of Austin Energy's proposal but, after council members Bill Spelman, Sheryl Cole and Chris Riley modified it — primarily by tempering the increase and setting aside more money for low-income customers — kept his criticism brief. "The package before you is better than it was when it was initially filed," Smith said, "but it's far from perfect."

Microsoft to prohibit class-action suits
6/8/2012

Financial Review: Microsoft to prohibit class-action suits - “It’s disappointing that Microsoft would do this, but it’s not surprising,” said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for the advocacy group Public Citizen. “This is the trend among companies, and it’s been getting worse and worse.”

Small business procurement report needs adjustment, group says
6/8/2012

Federal Times: Small business procurement report needs adjustment, group says - During fiscal 2010, the federal  government spent more than $540 billion on goods and services, which means small businesses should have been awardedat least $124 billion worth of federal prime contracts, the group — which includes the Project on Government Oversight, Minority Business Round Table, Public Citizen and more than a dozen chambers of commerce  — said in a June 7 letter to SBA Administrator Karen Mills, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joseph Jordan.

Don’t 30 million workers deserve 1968 wages?
6/7/2012

Counterpunch: Don’t 30 million workers deserve 1968 wages? - Together with Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, I was pleased to be with Rep. Jackson at a news conference to explain this long-overdue necessity for millions of hard-pressed, working Americans of all political persuasions.

More primary care doctors giving mental health care
6/7/2012

Greenville Online: More primary care doctors giving mental health care - Reimbursements are making it tougher to see a psychiatrist or psychologist and some people would rather see a family doctor for a pill rather than get psychotherapy, said Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the consumer group Public Citizen.

DNC chair: Giffords expected to attend DNC
6/6/2012

WSOC-TV: DNC chair: Giffords expected to attend DNC - “So little is actually decided at our conventions. The candidates are nominated in the primaries. So little is done, yet so much money is spent,” said Craig Holman, the Government Affairs Director for the group Public Citizen.

Ethics Commission Changes Recommended
6/6/2012

KUT Austin: Ethics Commission Changes Recommended - The government watchdog group Public Citizen says reviewers dropped the ball when they didn’t require candidates to disclose their personal finances online.

Court Scolds FDA Over Ag Antibiotic Use
6/6/2012

Wired: Court Scolds FDA Over Ag Antibiotic Use - A little more than a year ago, a coalition of nonprofit advocacy groups — the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen and Union of Concerned Scientists — sued the FDA over its non-action on sub-therapeutic or growth-promoter antibiotic use.

Congressional Insider Trading: Where Things Stand Now
6/5/2012

Minyanville: Congressional Insider Trading: Where Things Stand Now - As Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen, explained, the Securities and Exchange Act did not apply to members of Congress.

Most new mothers plan to breastfeed their baby for at least three months... so why do just a third succeed?
6/5/2012

Mail Online: Most new mothers plan to breastfeed their baby for at least three months... so why do just a third succeed? - Giving formula to new parents discourages some new mothers from breastfeeding, the groups said in a letter sent by the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Wayne County vendors give big to Robert Ficano
6/5/2012

The Detroit News: Wayne County vendors give big to Robert Ficano - That's a tell-tale indication of a "pay-to-play" culture, said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based group that encourages campaign finance reform.

Plan places big burden on the wrong shoulders
6/5/2012

Austin Statesman: Plan places big burden on the wrong shoulders - Over the past 17 years, Austin has avoided an electric rate increase. Everyone agrees we need to make some changes, but there has been great debate about how much to increase rates and who should pay the most.

Medical boards get more tools to investigate physicians
6/5/2012

American Medicine News: Medical boards get more tools to investigate physicians - But despite some gains, most medical boards are failing to fulfill their obligations to protect patients, said Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Advertising in schools becoming more common
6/5/2012

USA Today: Advertising in schools becoming more common - Kids are especially vulnerable to persuasive advertising while they are still learning how to think critically, says Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, a spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based consumer-advocacy organization Public Citizen's Commercial Alert.

The transparently secretive Chamber of Commerce
6/4/2012

Firedoglake: The transparently secretive Chamber of Commerce -  Well, the Big Business guys are transparent about one thing: They can’t stand the idea of the public holding them to account for their attempts to buy elections and influence policy, or even that they be prevented from corrupting the government contracting process through campaign spending.

Uygur out at MSNBC
6/4/2012

FAIR: Uygur out at MSNBC -  Many of these mergers, as Public Citizen and Free Press have reported, have been allowed by regulators because of Comcast’s considerable political muscle.

FDA asked to ban use of pesticide for head lice
6/4/2012

Armenian Medical Network: FDA asked to ban use of pesticide for head lice -  Sidney Wolfe, MD, of the consumer and health advocacy group Public Citizen, said his organization first called for a halt of pharmaceutical lindane use 37 years ago.

Battle over Twitter subpoena heats up
6/4/2012

Arab Times: Battle over Twitter subpoena heats up - The filing from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen, Inc supports Twitter’s position that the individual, Occupy protestor Malcolm Harris and not Twitter itself, is the owner of the tweets and thus the proper target for any subpoena.

The consumer advocate (med tech not included)
6/4/2012

Star Tribune: The consumer advocate (med tech not included) - Klobuchar-inserted provisions in the so-called FDA reform bill that just passed the Senate carry out two specific favors for the makers of these products, who stormed on Washington in support of their demands last fall in the form of 225 registered lobbyists, half of whom had previously held positions in the government, and whose largest trade associations, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and AdvaMed, have raised funds for Klobuchar, according to a report published in February by the consumer-advocacy group Public Citizen.

Legal battle over Twitter subpoena heats up
6/4/2012

Reuters: Legal battle over Twitter subpoena heats up - The filing from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen, Inc supports Twitter's position that the individual, Occupy protestor Malcolm Harris and not Twitter itself, is the owner of the tweets and thus the proper target for any subpoena.

The transparently secretive Chamber of Commerce
6/4/2012

Common Dreams: The transparently secretive Chamber of Commerce - by Robert Weissman of Public Citizen

More Minnesotans driven to choose high-deductible health insurance
6/4/2012

Star Tribune: More Minnesotans driven to choose high-deductible health insurance - "You're gambling with the important issue of your health," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of health research at the universal care advocacy group Public Citizen.

House OKs Rep. Murphy's drug bill
6/1/2012

Observer-Reporter: House OKs Rep. Murphy's drug bill - "We have long opposed the introduction of user fees," said Mike Carome, deputy director of house research at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Car Dealers Seek Break From Handing Out Insurance Guide
6/1/2012

Bloomberg News: Car Dealers Seek Break From Handing Out Insurance Guide - Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of the advocacy group Public Citizen, said that consumers don’t request the booklet because they don’t know it exists.

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