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Organization calls for heat illness standard
8/1/2012

The Safety Blog: Organization calls for heat illness standard - The Public Citizen, a non-profit organization focused on promoting legislation that protects basic human needs, has sent a petition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calling for a mandatory standard to protect workers from injury and death resulting from extreme heat exposure.

Calling for an "AIDS free generation" but trading away our lives
7/31/2012

Citizen News Service: Calling for an "AIDS free generation" but trading away our lives - "Today US trade policy is threatening to undermine US AIDS policy," said Peter Maybarduk of Public Citizen, a prominent US consumer rights group.

Coal Slag Manufacturers Update MSDSs to Include Beryllium Exposure Information
7/31/2012

EHS Today: Coal Slag Manufacturers Update MSDSs to Include Beryllium Exposure Information - In response to Public Citizen’s January request to disclose information about workers’ exposure to beryllium, six major coal slag manufacturers are updating their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and providing workers with more information about this toxic metal.

The David Pakman Show - July 30, 2012
7/31/2012

The David Pakman Show - July 30, 2012 - Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, joins us to talk about the concerning development that Nestle is partnering with Newark, New Jersey on a health eating initiatives, and we discuss what kind of food awareness campaigns might be most useful.

On today's show: Monday, July 30, 2012
7/30/2012

The Ed Schultz Show: On today's show: Monday, July 30, 2012 - Craig Holman from Public Citizen joins the 3rd hour of Monday's show to talk to us about the DISCLOSE Act that would make political spending by corporations more transparent.

Amazon’s new worker education program: Good business or PR stunt?
7/30/2012

Yahoo! Finance: Amazon’s new worker education program: Good business or PR stunt? - Keith Wrightson, worker safety & health advocate at Public Citizen's Congress Watch, agrees. "It seems like they're in desperate need of repairing their reputation and this is how they have chosen to respond to public pressure and pressure from their workers," says Wrightson in the accompanying interview.

The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About
7/30/2012

Common Dreams: The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About - Join with the dozens of groups already on board from Public Citizen to Friends of the Earth at FairElectionsNow.org and reach out to friends and strangers who've never heard of this option.

Top defense oversight staffer received $1.6 million payout from Lockheed Martin
7/30/2012

The Center for Public Integrity: Top defense oversight staffer received $1.6 million payout from Lockheed Martin - Craig Holman, a lobbyist at the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen, had a different view. He told both POGO and the Center that “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. This poses a very serious conflict of interest.”

Many doctors treating state's prisoners have disciplinary records themselves
7/30/2012

The Times-Picayune: Many doctors treating state's prisoners have disciplinary records themselves - "Aside from being unethical, it is dangerous," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a physician and director of health research at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. "You're winding up having people who don't have any choice being where they are, getting taken care of by people with demonstrable previous records and problems with the way they practice medicine."

Reports: Morin donations might have violated law
7/30/2012

Marshall News Messenger: Reports: Morin donations might have violated law - “This legislation was developed and passed because of serious concerns about our judiciary being dependent on huge, large donors on their elections, and returning favors for favorable decisions,” Tom “Smitty” Smith, Texas director of the political watchdog group Public Citizen, told the Tribune.

Reporting on Patient Harm: Work Still to Be Done
7/30/2012

AMN Healthcare: Reporting on Patient Harm: Work Still to Be Done - Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of the Health Research Group for Public Citizen, is concerned about what he calls the lack of vigilance in detecting and reporting of adverse events by hospitals.

As far as weight-loss quick fixes go, consumers on their own
7/30/2012

USAToday: As far as weight-loss quick fixes go, consumers on their own - "This is largely, if not entirely, a complete fraud," said physician Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen. "There's no scientific evidence."

Med-mal payouts dropped to new low in 2011, study says
7/30/2012

Idaho Business Review: Med-mal payouts dropped to new low in 2011, study says - Medical malpractice payments in 2011 were at their lowest level on record, with injured patients receiving an average of only $327,600, according to a new study by consumer watchdog Public Citizen.

Chicago ‘emphatically disagrees’ with Citizens United ruling
7/30/2012

The Raw Story: Chicago ‘emphatically disagrees’ with Citizens United ruling - The resolutions are being pushed by a coalition of groups, which includes Common Cause, Illinois PIRG, MoveOn, Move to Amend and Public Citizen’s Democracy is for People Campaign.

Part of Romney's foreign itinerary: Raising money
7/30/2012

Part of Romney's foreign itinerary: Raising money - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a liberal group that criticizes big money in politics, says Romney "is obviously raising huge sums of money from across the country and apparently from across the world, but he is focusing very heavily on the Wall Street sector."

Doctors petition FDA to limit painkillers
7/30/2012

American News Report: Doctors petition FDA to limit painkillers - The lead petitioner is the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Negotiations for wide-ranging international trade treaty continue in secret
7/30/2012

NJToday: Negotiations for wide-ranging international trade treaty continue in secret - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a fair trade group that has leaked documents on its website, went further. “This isn’t just a bad trade agreement,” she said. “This is a ‘one-percenter’ power tool that could rip up our basic needs and rights.”

Safety groups claim 'abuse of discretion' in HOS suit
7/30/2012

TheTrucker.com: Safety groups claim 'abuse of discretion' in HOS suit - The coalition - which includes Public Citizen... - also claim that because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia had previously vacated the 34-hour restart provision, the FMCSA committed an abuse of discretion by failing to consider the option of revoking the restart when it issued the current rule.

Big business prefers GOPs’ super PACs to democrats’
7/30/2012

The Cutting Edge: Big business prefers GOPs’ super PACs to democrats’ - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, the nonprofit advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, disagrees. “Our elections should be run by individual Americans, not by artificial legal entities called corporations,” he said.

Romney not the only one hiding returns
7/30/2012

The Modesto Bee: Romney not the only one hiding returns - "Senior public officials, especially members of Congress and presidential candidates, should be required to disclose their tax returns so that the public can monitor potential conflicts of interest," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan watchdog group.


Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2012/07/27/2298746/romney-not-only-one-hiding-returns.html#storylink=cpy
Doctors petition FDA to change labeling of painkillers
7/30/2012

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Doctors petition FDA to change labeling of painkillers - Although many of the 37 who signed the petition are associated with the reform group known as Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, most are from other institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, several universities and the watchdog group Public Citizen.

More hospitals banning formula samples
7/30/2012

WTAM: More hospitals banning formula samples - Consumer advocacy groups, like Public Citizen, claim that supplying formula samples to parents does little more than create a revenue stream for pharmaceutical and food companies.

Chick-fil-A gay controversy continues to build
7/30/2012

Marketing Daily: Chick-fil-A gay controversy continues to build - Today, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Public Citizen jumped on the controversy to bolster its petition campaign, launched in March, urging PBS to end a four-year marketing agreement between the kids show "Martha Speaks" and Chick-fil-A.

As far as weight-loss quick fixes go, consumers on their own
7/30/2012

USA Today: As far as weight-loss quick fixes go, consumers on their own - "This is largely, if not entirely, a complete fraud," said physician Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen. "There's no scientific evidence."

NY lawmakers invest to pad campaign accounts
7/30/2012

Associated Press: NY lawmakers invest to pad campaign accounts - A federal law enacted this year makes members of Congress and their staff subject to insider trading laws after senators and their staff beat market returns by 6 percent and House members and staff beat the market by 12 percent, said Craig Holman of the government watchdog group Public Citizen.

Regulations wrapped in red tape
7/30/2012

Daily Record: Regulations wrapped in red tape - A report last month by the watchdog group Public Citizen found nearly 80% of 159 rules subject to congressionally mandated deadlines were overdue. "We expect to see a slowdown in rulemaking between now and the election," says Robert Weissman, the group's president.

Labeling genetically engineered foods: Whose side are you on?
7/30/2012

Beyond Chron: Labeling genetically engineered foods: Whose side are you on? - Maryann Marino is the Southern California regional director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) - which according to Public Citizen “…masquerade as grassroots citizens groups spontaneously manifesting citizen anger against so-called ‘lawsuit abuse.’

Most members of Congress keep their tax returns secret
7/25/2012

DavidDuke.com: Most members of Congress keep their tax returns secret - According to Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan watchdog group, senior public officials, especially members of Congress and presidential candidates, should be required to disclose their tax returns so that the public can monitor potential conflicts of interest.

Pharmaceutical treatment of obesity: The 21st century
7/25/2012

No Baloney: Pharmaceutical treatment of obesity: The 21st century - 2011: Public Citizen group petition the FDA to remove orlistat and Alli from the marketplace given concerns regarding risk of pancreatitis and liver damage, though research results suggest liver damage is rare and routine monitoring of liver function is a part of prescription protocols.

Here are a few facts about malpractice…does it square with what you believe and how you act
7/25/2012

Healthcare Benefits Network: Here are a few facts about malpractice…does it square with what you believe and how you act - Medical malpractice payments in 2011... Source: Public Citizen

'Our politicians are little more than money launderers in the trafficking of power and policy'
7/25/2012

Data Driven View Points: 'Our politicians are little more than money launderers in the trafficking of power and policy' - Longtime journalist and commentator Bill Moyers was the keynote speaker on October 20 at the 40th anniversary celebration of Public Citizen, the "countervailing force to corporate power" founded by Ralph Nader in 1971.

Obama trade policies draw protest from AIDS activists, trade groups
7/25/2012

We Must Change: Obama trade policies draw protest from AIDS activists, trade groups - TPP Could Impede AIDS-Free Generation - According to nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen, leaked documents suggest that TPP would “radically expand pharmaceutical monopoly power, keeping treatment costs high, and threatening to impede the common goal of an AIDS-Free Generation.”

Bush tax cuts-deregulatory legislation
7/25/2012

SocioEcological Political Economics: Bush tax cuts-deregulatory legislation - by Katherine McFate of OMB Watch and Rick Claypool of Public Citizen

Mon July 23
7/25/2012

Stand Up! Blog: Mon July 23 - Then we went back to a discussion on the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, for that we went to Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Norton: No Thompson bundling, only ‘fundraising’
7/25/2012

Washington Times: Norton: No Thompson bundling, only ‘fundraising’ - To Craig Holman, legislative representative for the watchdog group Public Citizen who is considered a national authority in campaign-finance law, the Norton campaign statement sounds exactly like what a bundler does: Gather like-minded people at receptions who then donate lots of money to politicians.

Bombs vs. budgets with William Hartung & Mark Hays of Public Citizen on Citizens United
7/25/2012

KKFI: Bombs vs. budgets with William Hartung & Mark Hays of Public Citizen on Citizens United - Also, in the wake of the Kansas City, Missouri city council’s resoulution in support of KC Move To Amend’s call to overturn Citizens United, Mark Hays, campaign coordinator for Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign talks about  Resolutions Week, a push by Public Citizen and partner organizations to pass local and state resolutions nationwide.

The biggest pain point in Dodd-Frank
7/25/2012

Wall Street & Tech: The biggest pain point in Dodd-Frank - According to the non-profit organization Public Citizen, regulatory agencies have missed over 79 percent of deadlines required by the law.

Leading government reform advocates, campaign finance experts, working Californians urge “No on Prop 32”
7/25/2012

The California Majority Report: Leading government reform advocates, campaign finance experts, working Californians urge “No on Prop 32” - Prop 32 is opposed by the state’s leading government reform groups, including the League of Women Voters, California Common Cause, Public Citizen and the California Clean Money Campaign, along with more than 100 public safety, labor, education, health care, consumer, environmental, religious, and senior organizations.

Union to picket Obama fundraiser over Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
7/25/2012

In These Times: Union to picket Obama fundraiser over Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal - While the terms of the deal are being negotiated in secret, a recent analysis of leaked trade documents led Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch to declare that the deal would “extend the incentives for U.S. firms to offshore investment and jobs to lower-wage countries.”

TPP secrets: Obama covertly granting more power to multinational corporations
7/25/2012

Russia Today: TPP secrets: 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.

Occupational health news roundup
7/25/2012

ScienceBlogs: Occupational health news roundup - In These Times: Public Citizen, United Electrical Workers, and Farmworker Justice asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an emergency temporary standard for extreme heat.

Property rights advocates seek clarity on eminent domain use by private pipeline companies
7/25/2012

San Antonio Express-News: Property rights advocates seek clarity on eminent domain use by private pipeline companies - Among the property rights advocates who called for the hearing, Independent Texans, Public Citizen... there seemed to be a consensus that the Railroad Commission would not be the preferred entity to determine common carrier and eminent domain issues, especially since it has never denied a pipeline company a T4 permit in its history.

New lawsuit exposes rift in coal exports plan
7/25/2012

Earth First! Newswire: New lawsuit exposes rift in coal exports plan - Portland Rising Tide is continuing to promote direct action in response to coal exports, while the Citizens Trade Campaign and Public Citizen have already begun mobilizing against the TPP.

Financial insiders, celebrities, and Robin Hooders all endorse Wall Street tax
7/25/2012

CEPR: Financial insiders, celebrities, and Robin Hooders all endorse Wall Street tax - Co-hosts are: AFL-CIO, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Institute for Policy Studies, and Public Citizen. 

Austin voters could decide in November whether an independent board should run Austin Energy
7/25/2012

Statesman.com: Austin voters could decide in November whether an independent board should run Austin Energy - Tom "Smitty" Smith, the head of the Texas chapter ofthe watchdog group Public Citizen, said that before a controversial nuclear-investment deal fell apart a few years ago and caused a public outcry over accountability, San Antonio's board was far less responsive to the public than Austin's council.

Letter: Give Neugebauer credit
7/25/2012

Associated Press: Letter: Give Neugebauer credit - by Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen

US trade policies hindering access to HIV-AIDS treatment
7/25/2012

ABC Radio Australia: US trade policies hindering access to HIV-AIDS treatment Speaker: Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen

Lobbyists do cosmetic cleanup
7/25/2012

Colorado Springs Independent: Lobbyists do cosmetic cleanup - To make real change in this corrupt system, check with the people's watchdog group, Public Citizen.

Big business prefers GOP over Democratic super PACs
7/25/2012

iWatch News: Big business prefers GOP over Democratic super PACs - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, the nonprofit advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, disagrees. “Our elections should be run by individual Americans, not by artificial legal entities called corporations,” he said.

Pipeline opponents cite Michigan spill
7/25/2012

KERA News: Pipeline opponents cite Michigan spill - Public Citizen recently brought Michigan oil spill victim Michelle Barlond Smith to Austin to testify before the state Energy Resources committee.

Gray digs in for the long haul
7/23/2012

Washington Informer: Gray digs in for the long haul - Craig Holman is a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a national, nonprofit consumer-rights advocacy organization based in Northwest, which represents consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and elsewhere.

Breastfeeding advocates have a question for Mitt Romney
7/23/2012

West Penn Journal: Breastfeeding advocates have a question for Mitt Romney - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which is part of an initiative urging hospitals to stop giving away formula, argues that hospitals are simply serving as marketers for formula companies.

Why you won't be getting the new diet drugs any time soon
7/23/2012

NBC News Vitals: Why you won't be getting the new diet drugs any time soon - These precautions do not satisfy Dr. Sid Wolfe of Public Citizen, who has campaigned against Qsymia and Belviq.

Public Citizen: FDA reckless
7/23/2012

DM Law Firm: Public Citizen: FDA reckless - Despite a 20-2 FDA advisory committee panel vote this week to approve the diet drug Qnexa, Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, called the approval “reckless.”

Twitter appeals ruling in Occupy Wall Street lawsuit
7/23/2012

CNet: Twitter appeals ruling in Occupy Wall Street lawsuit - Since then, three consumer rights groups -- the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Citizen -- joined the social network, filing a "friend of the court" brief, which argues that allowing the government access to an individual's Twitter account information would chill free speech.

Pass the DISCLOSE Act! Why the Senate needs to unmask secret political donors
7/23/2012

AlterNet: Pass the DISCLOSE Act! Why the Senate needs to unmask secret political donors - by Kelly Ngo of Public Citizen

Some insights on trade politics according to Todd Tucker
7/23/2012

Co-operative News: Some insights on trade politics according to Todd Tucker - Todd Tucker, a writer and researcher on global governance issues, offers some insights on trade politics as he transitions from working at Public Citizen to doing research at Cambridge University.

Alcoa: Revision as of 21:18, 20 July 2012
7/23/2012

Source Watch: Alcoa: Revision as of 21:18, 20 July 2012 - The settlement resolved allegations filed in federal court by the EPA and its co-plaintiffs, Neighbors for Neighbors, Inc., Environmental Defense, and Public Citizen that the company had unlawfully operated the Sandow Station since it overhauled the Rockdale power plant without installing necessary pollution controls and without first obtaining proper permits required by the New Source Review program of the Clean Air Act.

Have we finally reached the end of the medical malpractice “crisis”?
7/23/2012

Searcy Law: Have we finally reached the end of the medical malpractice “crisis”? - According to a study by Public Citizen and statistics from the National Practitioner Data Bank, both the number and amount of medical malpractice payments in 2011 fell to a record level not seen since 1990.

Public Citizen official jets to Cambridge
7/23/2012

Politico: Public Citizen official jets to Cambridge - Todd Tucker, research director for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch project, is leaving the consumer advocacy lobby after eight years to become a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge.

The harder they come
7/23/2012

Thieves Blog: The harder they come - So Public Citizen helps you sign up to meet with your Congressfolk, face-to-face, to discuss campaign finance disclosure.

Existing pipeline near DFW may transport tar sands oil
7/23/2012

Easy Move Transports: Existing pipeline near DFW may transport tar sands oil - Tom Smith of Public Citizen says the chemicals and pressure typically used to move tar sands oil make this pipeline conversion dangerous, especially to major aquifers like the Trinity which supplies water to the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Five other states check for hepatitis
7/23/2012

The Boston Globe: Five other states check for hepatitis - The question of whether medical technicians should be licensed is a valid one, said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, ­director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group.

Troll news
7/23/2012

The 1709 Blog: Troll news: District Court Judge David Godbey described as Stone's "staggering chutzpah" and said that the court had rarely seen actions a more “textbook example” deserving of sanctions: Stone issued subpoenas on his own volition without court permission, even though the Court appointed EFF and Public Citizen to brief him on the relevant legal questions and even though Stone continued to argue that he was able to proceed, all the while obtaining subscriber information from ISPs and (apparently) sending threatening letters to subscribers directly.

Local firm involved in dispute over fat reduction
7/23/2012

Star-Telegram: Local firm involved in dispute over fat reduction - A Fort Worth company that sells "aesthetic medicine" equipment and systems to doctors and medical spas -- that's industry-speak for noninvasive cosmetic treatments -- is in the middle of an effort by Public Citizen to persuade the Food and Drug Administration to stop the sale of a device sometimes used in fat-reduction programs.


Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/07/22/4117550/local-firm-involved-in-dispute.html#storylink=cpy
Vivus’ obesity drug gains FDA approval
7/23/2012

eBioNews: Vivus’ obesity drug gains FDA approval - While critics such as Public Citizen, a Washington D.C. based advocacy group, have pegged the FDA’s approval of Qysmia as “reckless”, citing past diet drugs that were cleared and then taken off the market, investors responded enthusiastically to the news.

Protestors turn out against Michigan malpractice immunity bill
7/23/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Protestors turn out against Michigan malpractice immunity bill - The hearing came just days after the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen released a report that found payments for medical malpractice are on the decline, and such expenses are a much smaller part of healthcare costs in this country than advocates for tort reform portray.

LipoTron, Lipo-Ex weight loss machine marketed illegally: Report
7/23/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: LipoTron, Lipo-Ex weight loss machine marketed illegally: Report - Public Citizen, a prominent consumer advocacy group, sent a letter (PDF) to the FDA July 18, encouraging the agency to “[e]xpeditiously complete its criminal investigation of the distribution, sale, and promotion of the LipoTron device and take appropriate legal action against those individuals, companies, and user facilities that are found by the agency to have engaged in any illegal marketing or promotion of this device.”

What DC could teach Capitol Hill
7/23/2012

The Nation: What DC could teach Capitol Hill - It was backed by local organizations, including the volunteer-led DC Public Trust, and by Public Citizen... Aquene Freechild, a Senior Organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign, says the District’s referendum was spurred by both local corruption scandals and national politics.

Why you won't be getting the new diet drugs any time soon
7/20/2012

Vitals NBC News: Why you won't be getting the new diet drugs any time soon - These precautions do not satisfy Dr. Sid Wolfe of Public Citizen, who has campaigned against Qsymia and Belviq. “I would be very surprised if either of these drugs stays on the market very long,” Wolfe said in an interview.

Much More Than Just Following Your Doctor's Orders
7/20/2012

The Body: Much More Than Just Following Your Doctor's Orders - However, Michael Carome, of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said such information is best left to objective sources, such as the Food and Drug Administration.

GlaxoSmithKline: GUILTY in Largest Health Fraud Settlement in US History
7/20/2012

GlaxoSmithKline: GUILTY in Largest Health Fraud Settlement in US History - CARB Syndrome: According to a 2010 report by the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, just four companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, accounted for more than half of all financial penalties imposed against pharmaceutical companies over the past two decades.

Senate race will likely break spending records
7/20/2012

KFVE Hawaii: Senate race will likely break spending records - "Each and every Senate race this year is critical. The Democrats and Republicans are battling neck and neck for control of the Senate," said Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen.

Twitter appeals ruling in Occupy Wall Street lawsuit
7/20/2012

CNet: Twitter appeals ruling in Occupy Wall Street lawsuit - Since then, three consumer rights groups -- the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Citizen -- joined the social network, filing a "friend of the court" brief, which argues that allowing the government access to an individual's Twitter account information would chill free speech.

Sen. Ron Johnson joins Romney and co. voting against bringing American jobs home
7/20/2012

Wisconsin AFL-CIO: Sen. Ron Johnson joins Romney and co. voting against bringing American jobs home - According to Public Citizen, 64,246 people in Wisconsin are certified as having lost their job due to imports or offshoring under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

Conservatives surprise, calling for carbon tax
7/20/2012

One News Now: Conservatives surprise, calling for carbon tax - The meeting last week was hosted by the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and was the fifth such meeting of left-leaning and right-leaning organizations, including Conserve America (formerly known as Republicans for Environmental Protection), the Climate Crisis Coalition, Public Citizen, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/07/19/4119565/most-members-of-congress-keep.html#storylink=cpy
Then There's This: AE and the Lege
7/20/2012

Austin Chronicle: Then There's This: AE and the Lege - "It's an insular, self-perpetuating board that literally nominates candidates from within, and votes on their replacements without any input from City Council," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office.

Massachusetts Hospitals Ban Free Baby Formula Gift Bags 7 Years After Mitt Romney Said No
7/20/2012

Huffington Post: Massachusetts Hospitals Ban Free Baby Formula Gift Bags 7 Years After Mitt Romney Said No - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which is part of an initiative urging hospitals to stop giving away formula, argues that hospitals are simply serving as marketers for formula companies.

If D.C. Is Serious About a Carbon Tax, It Could Seriously Save the World
7/20/2012

If D.C. Is Serious About a Carbon Tax, It Could Seriously Save the World - The agenda listed representatives of groups such as Public Citizen, Taxpayers for Common Sense, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Brookings Institution and Resources for the Future.

Most members of Congress keep their tax returns secret
7/20/2012

McClatchy: Most members of Congress keep their tax returns secret - “Senior public officials, especially members of Congress and presidential candidates, should be required to disclose their tax returns so that the public can monitor potential conflicts of interest,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan watchdog group.


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/18/156632/most-members-of-congress-keep.html#storylink=cpy
All Mass. Maternity Wards Now ‘Bag-Free,’ No Baby Formula Gifts
7/20/2012

WBUR Boston: All Mass. Maternity Wards Now ‘Bag-Free,’ No Baby Formula Gifts - As a part of a national campaign, Public Citizen sent letters in April to more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide, urging them to stop the practice.

Will GOP block campaign disclosure law again?
7/18/2012

Care2: Will GOP block campaign disclosure law again? - Non-partisan groups like Public Citizen have ramped up pressure on lawmakers and are helping citizens find a voice to do the same.

Physician malpractice payments at record low
7/18/2012

Physicians Practice: Physician malpractice payments at record low - The report, conducted by nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen, found that the number of medical payments made on behalf of physicians in 2011, (slightly fewer than 10,000), and the inflation-adjusted value of such payments in 2011, ($3.2 billion), were at their lowest levels since 1991.

HCAN urges insurance commissioners to expand disclosure rules
7/18/2012

Health Care for America Now: HCAN urges insurance commissioners to expand disclosure rules - Also signing the CREW letter was... Public Citizen...

Senate Republicans fight to protect secret donors
7/18/2012

Mother Jones: Senate Republicans fight to protect secret donors - Cosponsored by 27 Democratic senators and supported by a dozen outside transparency groups, including Public Citizen... this latest version of DISCLOSE has been scaled back from one Republicans filibustered in 2010 and another Whitehouse introduced this spring.

Prop 37 – California’s right to know genetically engineered food act
7/18/2012

Family Fitness Food: Prop 37 – California’s right to know genetically engineered food act - According to CARightToKnow.org – the following groups have endorsed Prop 37: "Public Citizen..."

TPP secret deal for the rich?
7/18/2012

Wheeler's Corner NZ: TPP secret deal for the rich? - But on June 12, a document was leaked to the watchdog group, Public Citizen, revealing the current US position and the reason for the secrecy.

Could a U.S. carbon tax be on the rebound?
7/18/2012

The Energy Collective: Could a U.S. carbon tax be on the rebound? - The agenda listed representatives of groups such as Public Citizen...

Vivus weight-loss pill is second in month to win approval
7/18/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek: Vivus weight-loss pill is second in month to win approval - The potential complications make the FDA’s approval of both Qsymia and Belviq “reckless,” according to a statement today from Public Citizen, the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.

Global corporations gone wild. The Trans-Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement and why it must be stopped
7/18/2012

Compassion and Change: Global corporations gone wild. The Trans-Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement and why it must be stopped - The Nation, the Vancouver Sun, and Huffington Post have published a scant few articles, and the group Public Citizen has mounted a sorely needed campaign to get attention to TPP. 

FDA approves promising new diet drug
7/18/2012

CBS DC: FDA approves promising new diet drug - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, doesn’t agree with the FDA’s decision to approve Qsymia. “It’s either magical or delusional thinking to believe that a drug will turn off hunger without hitting other targets where it will do harm, which is usually the cardiovascular system,” Wolfe told USA Today

Senate GOP again block bill requiring disclosure of big donors to campaign ads
7/18/2012

Press TV: Senate GOP again block bill requiring disclosure of big donors to campaign ads - "It is a predictable response," Lisa Gilbert, Deputy Director at Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, told Raw Story. "It's a false claim. Only those who have something to hide think that disclosure harms free speech."

Voters group seeks city resolution against Citizens United decision
7/18/2012

Wichita Eagle: Voters group seeks city resolution against Citizens United decision - The local coalition opposing Citizens United includes representatives from groups such as... Public Citizen, the consumer group founded by Ralph Nader.


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2012/07/17/2411510/voters-group-seeks-city-resolution.html#storylink=cpy
NO on 32 web video release: “Crystal Ball” -- Prop 32 will be “miracle grow” for billionaires and super PACs
7/18/2012

The California Majority Report: No on 32 web video release: “Crystal Ball” - Prop 32 will be “miracle grow” for billionaires and super PACs - Prop 32 is opposed by the state’s leading government reform groups including... Public Citizen... along with nearly 100 public safety, labor, education, health care, consumer, environmental, religious, and senior organizations.

FDA approves weight-loss drug, with a new name - Qsymia
7/18/2012

Vitals on NBCNews.com: FDA approves weight-loss drug, with a new name - Qsymia - Public Citizen, a consumer group, has been campaigning against the drug, too.

New diet drug helps patients lose about 10% of their weight
7/18/2012

USA Today: New diet drug helps patients lose about 10% of their weight - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says it was "reckless" of the FDA to approve Qsymia.

Ethics panel has track record of leniency
7/18/2012

The Hill: Ethics panel has track record of leniency - “I have no doubt the low rates of the Ethics Committee following the recommendations of OCE is the product of the Ethics Committee being exceedingly reluctant to pursue ethics investigations against their own colleagues,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the Public Citizen watchdog group.

Manipulation of California energy market gives consumers a jolt
7/18/2012

LA Times: Manipulation of California energy market gives consumers a jolt - These are trades that "don't create jobs or economic value," says Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at the public advocacy organization Public Citizen.

2011 medical malpractice payments experience a new low
7/18/2012

HealthExecNews: 2011 medical malpractice payments experience a new low - At least that’s what a new Public Citizen Report found.

Approval of new weight loss drug awaited from US regulators
7/18/2012

The Raw Story: Approval of new weight loss drug awaited from US regulators - "We have already stated our opposition to it we will certainly urge people not to use it," said Sidney Wolfe, director of health research at Public Citizen, a consumer group.

ACLU: Judge's decision on protest tweets is troubling
7/18/2012

Blodic.us: ACLU: Judge's decision on protest tweets is troubling - (The ACLU joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen on an amicus brief supporting Twitter's motion to quash the DA's subpoena.)

Senate Republicans block U.S. campaign donor disclosure measure
7/18/2012

Daily Herald: Senate Republicans block U.S. campaign donor disclosure measure - “Citizens are entitled to know the identities of the donors financing campaign expenditures to influence their votes, and the amounts they gave,” said the letter signed by leaders of the Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen and the League of Women Voters.

GOP leaders slam the door on carbon taxes
7/18/2012

The Hill: GOP leaders slam the door on carbon taxes - A draft of the agenda prepared for last week’s meeting included representatives and scholars with groups such as... Public Citizen...

US regulators to decide on new weight loss drug
7/18/2012

Medical Xpress: US regulators to decide on new weight loss drug - "We have already stated our opposition to it we will certainly urge people not to use it," said Sidney Wolfe, director of health research at Public Citizen, a consumer group.

Malpractice payments hit record low
7/18/2012

Fierce Healthcare: Malpractice payments hit record low - Malpractice payments hit a record low in 2011, according to a report from consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Malpractice payments hit record low in 2011
7/18/2012

Outpatient Surgery: Malpractice payments hit record low in 2011 - The report from Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit consumer advocacy organization, analyzed data from the federal government's National Practitioner Data Bank, finding that the number of malpractice payments on behalf of doctors (9,758) was the lowest on record since 1991, the first full year for which such data is available.

Debunking tort reform: New report shows medical malpractice payments at record lows
7/18/2012

The Legal Examiner: Debunking tort reform: New report shows medical malpractice payments at record lows - According to a new report by Public Citizen, medical malpractice payments in 2011 were at their lowest level on record by almost any measure. 

All sides agree a carbon tax could be included in expected tax code overhaul
7/17/2012

Environment & Energy Publishing: All sides agree a carbon tax could be included in expected tax code overhaul - Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for Public Citizen, said his organization would not back a deal on carbon tax that was not "consumer-centric."

Grapefruit Juice May Interact with Many Medications, Public Citizen Warns
7/17/2012

AboutLawsuits: Grapefruit Juice May Interact with Many Medications, Public Citizen Warns - Drinking grapefruit juice while taking certain medications may be a bad mix, according to a report by the prominent consumer group Public Citizen.

Conversations w/Great Minds Lori Wallach - The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threat
7/17/2012

Thom Hartmann: Conversations w/Great Minds Lori Wallach - The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threat - She is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies like NAFTA and the WTO - and currently is leading her organization's efforts to reveal the truth behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Part 1. Part 2.

Senate Republicans Fight to Protect Secret Donors
7/17/2012

Mother Jones: Senate Republicans Fight to Protect Secret Donors - Cosponsored by 27 Democratic senators and supported by a dozen outside transparency groups, including Public Citizen, Common Cause, and the League of Women Voters, this latest version of DISCLOSE has been scaled back from one Republicans filibustered in 2010 and another [Senator] Whitehouse introduced this spring.

Evan Stone Gets 'EFF'-ed Up in Porn Copyright Trolling Sanctions
7/17/2012

FindLaw U.S. Fifth Circuit: Evan Stone Gets 'EFF'-ed Up in Porn Copyright Trolling Sanctions - The district court appointed attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen Litigation Group (the attorneys ad litem) to represent the Does in responding to the motion, and ordered the ISPs to preserve certain records.

George Shultz endorses carbon tax – You were surprised?
7/16/2012

GlobalWarming.org: George Shultz endorses carbon tax – You were surprised? - Participants included such ‘progressive,’ pro-Kyoto organizations as Union of Concerned Scientists, Public Citizen, and Climate Action Network.

Hyundai lawsuit "Exhibit A" for ConsumerWatchdog.org's greed and grandstanding
7/16/2012

The California Majority Report: Hyundai lawsuit "Exhibit A" for ConsumerWatchdog.org's greed and grandstanding - That's why the proposed Honda settlement was challenged by 26 attorneys general, including then-California Attorney General Jerry Brown, and by consumer and legal reform groups, such as Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety, the Center for Class Action Fairness and California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama to sign secret treaty that will offshore U.S. jobs to slave-wage countries; Decimate corporate regulations
7/16/2012

The Oldspeak Journal: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama to sign secret treaty that will offshore U.S. jobs to slave-wage countries; Decimate corporate regulations - But on June 12, a document was leaked to the watchdog group, Public Citizen, revealing the current US position and the reason for the secrecy.

Obama and Romney both backing secret job-killing deal?
7/16/2012

Kansas City infoZone: Obama and Romney both backing secret job-killing deal? - Lori Wallach... director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, which put out a recent statement: "A text of the TPP’s investment chapter that leaked last month shows that it includes an expanded version of the rules in NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement] that incentivize investment and job offshoring by eliminating the risks of relocating to lower-wage countries and guaranteeing preferential treatment for relocated firms.

Conversations w/ great minds Lori Wallach – The Trans-Pacific Partnership threat P1
7/16/2012

VTN News: Conversations w/ great minds Lori Wallach – The Trans-Pacific Partnership threat P1 - Lori Wallach has been director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division for nearly 20 years. (video)

William Tucker: A carbon tax gains momentum
7/16/2012

Nuclear Townhall: William Tucker: A carbon tax gains momentum - Representatives of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen and the Brookings Institution were rumored to be present.

Evan Stone gets 'EFF'-ed up in porn copyright trolling sanctions
7/16/2012

FindLaw.com: Evan Stone gets 'EFF'-ed up in porn copyright trolling sanctions - The district court appointed attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen Litigation Group (the attorneys ad litem) to represent the [defendants].

Commentary — Government by the elites, for the elites
7/16/2012

Holland Sentinel: Commentary - Government by the elites, for the elites - Arrangements like that are why ordinary people feel the rules are written for - if not by - corporations, said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a citizens lobbying and advocacy group founded in 1971 and based in Washington, D.C.

America on fire sale for foreign corporations
7/16/2012

Thom Hartmann Program: America on fire sale for foreign corporations - That was all until last month - when a 52 page document on the TPP was leaked to the watchdog group Public Citizen - and the proverbial floodgates opened. (video)

OSHA declines to issue rule protecting workers from heat
7/16/2012

In These Times: OSHA declines to issue rule protecting workers from heat - “Some farm workers and construction workers work for hours on end and there are no accommodations for rest breaks. This is what commonly leads to heat deaths” says Dr. Sammy Almashat, a researcher with Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Energy industry gets the answers it wanted in CFTC's swap definition
7/16/2012

The Barrel: Energy industry gets the answers it wanted in CFTC's swap definition - Perhaps the biggest victory is a somewhat controversial interpretation of the agency's long-standing forward exclusion, which Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program, called a "big loophole." "This rule falls short with energy markets," Slocum said Tuesday.

Suffolk Closeup: one less weapon against Lyme disease
7/16/2012

Shelter Island Reporter: Suffolk closeup: one less weapon against Lyme disease - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group, scored the “extraordinarily reckless promotion of this vaccine” and spoke of “questions about the benefit-risk ratio.”

A conservative-progressive carbon tax plot?
7/16/2012

Reason.com: A conservative-progressive carbon tax plot? - A second panel reviewed the stands of various Progressive/Social Justice groups and included discussants... Tyson Slocum Director of Energy Program, Public Citizen...

JPMorgan investors wait to hear about the 'London Whale's' splash
7/16/2012

Market Day: JPMorgan investors wait to hear about the 'London Whale's' splash - These negative headlines are threatening to erode investor confidence in the financial services industry, said Bart Naylor, an expert in financial regulation at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

The GOP's redonkulous alternative to the Affordable Care Act
7/16/2012

Truthout: The GOP's redonkulous alternative to the Affordable Care Act - But per capita healthcare spending in the state, especially for Medicare, has outpaced the national average, as Public Citizen reported last year.

This week on Ring of Fire!
7/16/2012

Ring of Fire Radio: This week on Ring of Fire! - Lori Wallach from Public Citizen will be here to discuss the disastrous trade proposal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Energy industry gets the answers it wanted in CFTC’s swap definition
7/16/2012

Peak Oil: Energy industry gets the answers it wanted in CFTC’s swap definition - Perhaps the biggest victory is a somewhat controversial interpretation of the agency’s long-standing forward exclusion, which Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program, called a “big loophole.”

Left-right climate group quietly weighing proposals for carbon tax
7/16/2012

The Hill: Left-right climate group quietly weighing proposals for carbon tax - Representatives and scholars with groups including... Public Citizen... were slated to attend Wednesday's session, according to the draft of the agenda that Lewis posted.

Gary Null and Nancy Ashley – Bad to the bone: Fraud is the business plan
7/16/2012

Progressive Radio Network: Gary Null and Nancy Ashley – Bad to the bone: Fraud is the business plan - According to a 2010 report by Public Citizen, since 1991 – around the same time as the infamous Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) allowed drug companies to buy approval from the FDA — GSK has had to pay more in fines and settlements to the federal and state governments than any other pharmaceutical company: a total of $4.5 billion not counting this week’s $3 billion.

Conservative think tank AEI hosted secret meeting with liberal groups on carbon taxation
7/16/2012

Washington Examiner: Conservative think tank AEI hosted secret meeting with liberal groups on carbon taxation - Representatives from such liberal groups as... Public Citizen... joined centrist groups... and conservatives scholars...

Citizens United must be overturned
7/16/2012

The Online Pioneer: Citizens United must be overturned - In the 2010 California Senate election between Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer, over $10 million was spent on both sides to influence the election, and $5.4 million was spent on U.S. House of Representatives elections in the state, according to Public Citizen.

Gaming American democracy: How Republicans are now determined to buy political power
7/16/2012

Justia Verdict: Gaming American democracy: How Republicans are now determined to buy political power - As Bill Moyers commented (in a speech to Public Citizen), the High Court has, in essence, carpet-bombed all remaining restraints on a dysfunctional electoral process, much to the advantage of the Republicans.

TPP plus NAFTA plus SOPA=Big trouble
7/16/2012

Intrepid Report: TPP plus NAFTA plus SOPA=Big trouble - Of particular interest are Sam Seder’s and Liz Wahl’s RT.com interviews with Lori Wallach, who funded Global Trade Watch in 1995, a Public Citizen division that monitors destructive trade deals.

Vote set for quixotic bill that would reveal attack ad funders
7/16/2012

iWatch News: Vote set for quixotic bill that would reveal attack ad funders - “I would expect the Republicans are going to march in lockstep,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer rights group Public Citizen.

Jack Abramoff gets radio show
7/16/2012

The Times of Israel: Jack Abramoff gets radio show - Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted in 2006 on charges of fraud, corruption and conspiracy, speaks at Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, in Washington in February 2012.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dawn Paley, Lori Wallach, Janine Bandcroft July 16, 2012
7/16/2012

Pacific Free press: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dawn Paley, Lori Wallach, Janine Bandcroft July 16, 2012 - Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division and is co-author, with Ralph Nader and Michelle Sforza, of the books...

OSHA refuses to issue rule protecting workers from extreme heat
7/16/2012

All Gov: OSHA refuses to issue rule protecting workers from extreme heat - According to the consumer group, Public Citizen, 563 workers have died from heat-related injuries over the past 20 years.

Malpractice claims at record low, not driving health costs: Consumer group
7/16/2012

Insurance Journal: Malpractice claims at record low, not driving health costs: Consumer group - The consumer group Public Citizen says that medical malpractice payments in 2011 were at a record low and have fallen for eight straight years.

Copyright troll lawyer slammed by court of appeals
7/16/2012

Torrent Freak: Copyright troll lawyer slammed by court of appeals - On top of a fine and paying costs to the EFF and Public Citizen, he will have to inform all clients and judges he currently has cases with about this ruling against him.

Is TPP ("NAFTA on steroids") Obama's Bain Capital?
7/16/2012

America Blog: Is TPP ("NAFTA on steroids") Obama's Bain Capital? - More about the super-secret (and genuinely scary) Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") trade agreement, courtesy of Public Citizen.

FEC Gridlock No Help to Obama Campaign
7/12/2012

Roll Call: FEC Gridlock No Help to Obama Campaign - “Certainly, this outside money is going to be against Obama,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen. “I think, had he taken action and fixed the FEC, that would have at least [reduced the magnitude of the problem].”

The GOP's Redonkulous Alternative to Obamacare
7/12/2012

Huffington Post: The GOP's Redonkulous Alternative to Obamacare - by Taylor Lincoln, Research Director, Public Citizen's Congress Watch

GOP Health Care Plan Is Still a Dud
7/12/2012

Mother Jones: GOP Health Care Plan Is Still a Dud - Unfortunately for the GOP's would-be tort reformers, a new report out from the nonprofit consumer group Public Citizen shows that malpractice lawsuit payouts are now at an all-time historic low, having fallen steadily for the past eight years without any impact whatsoever on escalating health care costs.

San Diego says no to the TPP
7/12/2012

San Diego says no to the TPP - The coalition brought together union leaders, including the San Diego Imperial Counties Central Labor Council, with Occupy San Diego, Public Citizen, Global Trade Watch and several other organizations, including Anak Bayan (an anti-imperialist Filipino student group) and the International Socialist Organization.

OSHA Declines to Issue Rule Protecting Workers From Heat
7/12/2012

Unions.org: OSHA Declines to Issue Rule Protecting Workers From Heat - “Some farm workers and construction workers work for hours on end and there are no accommodations for rest breaks. This is what commonly leads to heat deaths” says Dr. Sammy Almashat, a researcher with Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Public Citizen: Medical Malpractice Payments Hit Record Low Last Year
7/12/2012

Consumer Affairs: Public Citizen: Medical Malpractice Payments Hit Record Low Last Year - Medical malpractice payments in 2011 were at their lowest level on record by almost any measure, discrediting the claim that these payments are to blame for the skyrocketing cost of health care, according to a new report from Public Citizen.

When Safety Becomes Voluntary: Workplace Self-Policing Program Under Scrutiny
7/12/2012

Common Dreams: When Safety Becomes Voluntary: Workplace Self-Policing Program Under Scrutiny - Keith Wrightson, a Worker Safety and Health Advocate with Public Citizen, told ITT, “VPP takes the OSHA inspector out of the picture.” When protection is “voluntary” on the part of bosses, employees have little reason to volunteer to report a workplace violation if it might get them fired.

LIBOR - We Don't Call Them Banksters for Nothing
7/12/2012

Thom Bartmann: LIBOR - We Don't Call Them Banksters for Nothing - Bartlett "Bart" Naylor, Financial Policy Advocate-Public Citizen joins Thom Hartmann.

Texas lawmakers consider privatizing state programs
7/12/2012

Amarillo Globe-News: Texas lawmakers consider privatizing state programs - “Privatization has a place in government,” Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen, an Austin-based watchdog group, told the lawmakers.

ACTA is back, completed with investment protections
7/11/2012

FFII: ACTA is back, completed with investment protections - Public Citizen has an excellent overview of the investment protections in the TPP (PDF)

Secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations draw lobbying interest and public ire
7/11/2012

First Street Research: Secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations draw lobbying interest and public ire - Among the groups with representation, according to newspaper accounts and the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, are... Public Citizen...

Can we list your group in our election guide?
7/11/2012

Greg Palast: Can we list your group in our election guide? - And we need your group to add its name as an ACTION RESOURCE (e.g. Public Citizen), or MEDIA RESOURCE (e.g. In These Times, ColorOfChange.org, KPFT Community Radio).

Mystery meat in America? WTO strikes down country-of-origin labeling in U.S. grocery stores
7/11/2012

Wild Alchemist: Mystery meat in America? WTO strikes down country-of-origin labeling in U.S. grocery stores - "Today's ruling makes very clear that these so-called 'trade' pacts have little to do with trade between countries, but rather impose outrageous limits on the most basic consumer safety policies on which we all rely," said Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, concerning the WTO ruling.

Fil-Ams join protests against secret US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
7/11/2012

Bulatlat: Fil-Ams join protests against secret US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) - Lori Wallach, the director of the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch explains in an article that the TPPA is a trade agreement that will undermine allied countries’ financial regulation, increase their drug prices, flood their economies with unsafe imported food and products and empower corporations to counter environmental and health safeguards before tribunals of corporate lawyers.

Can a financial transactions tax work in America? An FTT FAQ
7/11/2012

Truthout: Can a financial transactions tax work in America? An FTT FAQ - Public Citizen President Robert Weissman speaks at a National Nurses Union Rally about taxing Wall Street and the Financial Transactions Tax, November, 2011. (Photo: Bridgette Blair / Public Citizen)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: An extremist 1% global attack
7/11/2012

Counter Punch: A global attack by the one percent - A leaked TPP document, published at Public Citizen, has revealed what the 600 corporate advisers involved in the negotiations, including representatives from Verizon, FedEx, and Walmart, have been up to. Considering the contents of this document, it is no wonder why the public and even elected representatives have been kept in the dark.

What to do about the growing menace of adverse drug reactions
7/11/2012

Guardian: What to do about the growing menace of adverse drug reactions - I talked on the phone to Dr Sidney Wolfe, the co-founder with Ralph Nader of the Health Research Group of Public Citizen. Public Citizen successfully sued the FDA in 2008 to require that black box warning on the fluoroquinolones.

Obama's global health policy undercuts reform at home
7/11/2012

Huffington Post: Obama's global health policy undercuts reform at home - "It's disappointing and outrageous," says Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen's Access to Medicines Program, a consumer advocacy group, in reference to Rea's testimony.

ICANN tries to overcome missteps - Hearings on tap for FCC oversight, mobile payments - Wireless surveillance findings pique Hill - Kimmelman headed for human rights firm
7/11/2012

Politico: ICANN tries to overcome missteps - Hearings on tap for FCC oversight, mobile payments - Wireless surveillance findings pique Hill - Kimmelman headed for human rights firm - Kimmelman's latest gig will add another notch to an impressive career that began roughly 30 years ago when he was a staff attorney for Public Citizen's Congress Watch.

"America the beautiful: A fire sale for foreign corporations" on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
7/11/2012

Truthout: America the beautiful: A fire sale for foreign corporations - But on June 12, a document was leaked to the watchdog group, Public Citizen, revealing the current US position and the reason for the secrecy.

Polarized Congress relying mostly on short-term fixes
7/11/2012

McClatchy: Polarized Congress relying mostly on short-term fixes - "I do not recall any time in recent history in which gridlock was so prevalent on Capitol Hill — and for no reason other than simple electoral politics,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, a nonpartisan watchdog group.

Obama's trade policy ensures Big Pharma profit at expense of world's poor: Report
7/11/2012

Common Dreams: Obama's trade policy ensures Big Pharma profit at expense of world's poor: Report - Compulsory licensing is a sovereign right to protect public health and other public interests," stated Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen's Access to Medicines Program.

GMO labeling measure receives prop number for November ballot
7/11/2012

Examiner: GMO labeling measure receives prop number for November ballot - Major endorsers include Public Citizen...

When safety becomes voluntary: Workplace self-policing program under scrutiny
7/11/2012

In These Times: When safety becomes voluntary: Workplace self-policing program under scrutiny - Keith Wrightson, a Worker Safety and Health Advocate with Public Citizen, told ITT, “VPP takes the OSHA inspector out of the picture.”

CA Right to Know GMO labeling measure is Prop. 37 on Nov. ballot
7/11/2012

Digital Journal: CA Right to Know GMO labeling measure is Prop. 37 on Nov. ballot - Major endorsers of the initiative include... Public Citizen...

The corporate takeover of America—A government of the elites, by the bureaucrats and for the corporations
7/11/2012

Huffington Post: The corporate takeover of America—A government of the elites, by the bureaucrats and for the corporations - “By definition, these are closed-door meetings that are part of long-term relationships between the state’s highest officials and for-profit corporations. There is exactly nothing like that for citizens. This is entrenched, institutionalized, specialized access to political power in exchange for very modest contributions.”—Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a citizens lobbying and advocacy group

Berkley faces ethics probe as she runs for Nev. Senate seat
7/11/2012

The Washington Times: Berkley faces ethics probe as she runs for Nev. Senate seat - “It is going to have some impact on the Senate race, hopefully not much,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen. “It does provide Berkley’s opponents with fodder to use in the election, and they already have.”

Coalition of local groups marches against TPP
7/11/2012

East County Magazine: Coalition of local groups marches against TPP - The Finance Chapter that was leaked to Public Citizen has found arbitration that will indeed move away from regular court systems, so this fear is not unfounded.

Resolution introduced in House to make congressional research reports available to the public
7/11/2012

PR Watch: Resolution introduced in House to make congressional research reports available to the public - Some of the organizations which have pushed for disclosure include... Public Citizen... and others.

Tacky ’yard sale’ of our public spaces
7/11/2012

Manteca Bulletin: Tacky ’yard sale’ of our public spaces - To learn more, go to Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert Project: www.CommercialAlert.org.

OSHA says no to heat stress standard
7/10/2012

ISHN: OSHA says no to heat stress standard - “OSHA lauded the campaign’s ‘success’ without presenting any evidence of how the voluntary, self-enforcing campaign has led to a decrease in injuries or deaths from heat exposure,” charged Public Citizen, a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

Polarized Congress relying mostly on short-term fixes
7/10/2012

Centre Hill Times: Polarized Congress relying mostly on short-term fixes - “I do not recall any time in recent history in which gridlock was so prevalent on Capitol Hill – and for no reason other than simple electoral politics,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, a nonpartisan watchdog group.


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Taxpayers Chipping in $36.5 Million for 2012 Political Conventions
7/10/2012

About: Taxpayers Chipping in $36.5 Million for 2012 Political Conventions - "If Coburn was actually at all serious about cleaning up the conventions, he would have offered an amendment to ban to corporate financing of the conventions, but no such luck," Craig  Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen, told U.S. News & World Report.

D.C. ballot initiative would ban corporate contributions to political campaigns
7/10/2012

The Raw Story: D.C. ballot initiative would ban corporate contributions to political campaigns - Those who support the ballot initiative — including the Sierra Club, Public Citizen and Jews United for Justice — said it would “rout out legalized corruption” in D.C.

California Becomes 6th State To Call For End To Citizens United
7/10/2012

Care2: California Becomes 6th State To Call For End To Citizens United - “California, the nation’s largest state, has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and return fair elections and constitutional rights to the people,” said Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign. “The voices of the 99% are growing stronger in demanding a government that is truly by and for the people. Together we will create a more democratic and more just nation.”

With ACTA Dead, TPP Shapes Up To Avoid The Same Fate
7/10/2012

WebProNews: With ACTA Dead, TPP Shapes Up To Avoid The Same Fate - A joint statement from EFF, Knowledge Ecology International, Public Knowledge and Public Citizen said that the still secret provision could actually “restrict fair use and other copyright exceptions and limitations crucial for the progress and access of culture, science, education and innovation.”

Public leaders try to keep illnesses private
7/10/2012

Detriot Free Press: Public leaders try to keep illnesses private - Craig Holman, an ethics expert at Public Citizen, a watchdog group in Washington, said there was no need for Kirk to use a fake name. He said that once a person becomes a public official, much about their lives becomes of public interest, including their health.

The Day Women’s Lives Were Saved
7/10/2012

Albuquerque Journal: The Day Women’s Lives Were Saved - 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.

GlaxoSmithKline: From Pharmaceutical Powerhouse to Sophisticated Criminal Enterprise
7/10/2012

Hartford Courant: GlaxoSmithKline: From Pharmaceutical Powerhouse to Sophisticated Criminal Enterprise - “Despite the seemingly large sums, the fines imposed on pharmaceutical companies for dangerous and illegal conduct pale in comparison to the profits generated from such activity,” said Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen.

JPMorgan Probe Shows FERC Priority Policing Energy
7/10/2012

Bloomberg: JPMorgan Probe Shows FERC Priority Policing Energy - Consumer groups “have zero confidence in FERC’s ability to police these markets,” Tyson Slocum, director of the Energy Program for Public Citizen, a Washington-based watchdog group, said in a phone interview. “They have become sidetracked” with issues including adding renewable energy to the power grid, he said.

Officials go to great lengths to hide illnesses
7/9/2012

The Telegraph: Officials go to great lengths to hide illnesses - Craig Holman, an ethics expert at Public Citizen, a watchdog group in Washington, said there was no need for Kirk to use a fake name. He said that once a person becomes a public official, much about their lives becomes of public interest, including their health.

U.S. governors' bash in Williamsburg mostly closed to public
7/9/2012

The Virginia Pilot: U.S. governors' bash in Williamsburg mostly closed to public - Arrangements like that are why ordinary people feel the rules are written for — if not by — corporations, said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a citizens lobbying and advocacy group founded in 1971 and based in Washington, D.C.

Berkley could learn fate of ethics probe Monday
7/9/2012

Los Vegas Sun: Berkley could learn fate of ethics probe Monday - “This is precisely the type of ethics allegation that merits a full investigation,” said Craig Holman, executive director of Public Citizen, a non-profit government watchdog group in Washington, DC. “When public officials are using their official position in order to provide personal financial benefit to themselves or their family, that is one of the most serious ethics violations that befalls Congress.”

Mystery meat in America? WTO strikes down country-of-origin labeling in U.S. grocery stores
7/9/2012

NaturalNews: Mystery meat in America? WTO strikes down country-of-origin labeling in U.S. grocery stores - "Today's ruling makes very clear that these so-called 'trade' pacts have little to do with trade between countries, but rather impose outrageous limits on the most basic consumer safety policies on which we all rely," said Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, concerning the WTO ruling.

Consumer bureau plans to makeover mortgage market
7/9/2012

Consumer bureau plans to makeover mortgage market - “It was an important step, although an imperfect one,” said Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy analyst for the consumer group Public Citizen, who said he hoped that the database would make it easier for consumers to learn from others’ experiences.

Pharma overtakes arms industry to top the league of misbehaviour
7/9/2012

The Guardian: Pharma overtakes arms industry to top the league of misbehaviour - Sidney Wolfe, a doctor and director of consumer organisation Public Citizen's health research group, goes further: "Until more meaningful penalties and the prospect of jail time for company heads who are responsible for such activity become commonplace, companies will continue defrauding the government and putting patients' lives in danger."

Lobbyists play key role in Feinstein re-election campaign
7/9/2012

ABC News10: Lobbyists play key role in Feinstein re-election campaign - Regardless, congressional watchdog groups such as Public Citizen consider contributions from lobbyists "particularly problematic," says Craig Holman, who monitors ethics issues for the organization.

The Fight – and Rhetoric – Heats Up in Quest for an OSHA Heat Stress Standard
7/9/2012

EHSToday: The Fight – and Rhetoric – Heats Up in Quest for an OSHA Heat Stress Standard - Public Citizen is calling the agency’s action “particularly shortsighted, given the searing temperatures we are seeing in the summer and the number of workers who are dying from heat.”

Edarbi Should Not Be Used to Lower Blood Pressure, Group Warns
7/9/2012

AboutLawsuits.com: Edarbi Should Not Be Used to Lower Blood Pressure, Group Warns - The prominent consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is warning that the blood pressure medication Edarbi should not be used, as there is no evidence of cardiovascular health benefits with the medication and people may be better off exercising and limiting their use of salt.

California Legislature Approves Resolution Opposing Citizens United Ruling
7/9/2012

Common Dreams: California Legislature Approves Resolution Opposing Citizens United Ruling - Robert Weissman, president of the advocacy group Public Citizen which is helping to spearhead the grassroots opposition against Citizens United across the country, described the importance of amending the constitution.

Congress Keeps Free Mail While Pushing U.S. Postal Cuts
7/9/2012

Bloomberg: Congress Keeps Free Mail While Pushing U.S. Postal Cuts - “Franked mail tends to be praising of the member of Congress, perhaps even the political party that they work for,” Holman said. “This is campaign material. Very, very rarely have I seen franked mail that’s just information to constituents about what Congress is doing.”

Banks file living wills
7/6/2012

Bankrate: Banks file living wills - Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., urged regulators to reject any plan they find to be inadequate.

Citizens United: California Becomes Sixth State To Call For Amendment Against Ruling
7/6/2012

Huffington Post: Citizens United: California Becomes Sixth State To Call For Amendment Against Ruling - The moment Citizens United was first decided in 2010, Mary Zhu, a retired physician from Davis, Calif., joined other local activists to make phone calls, write letters and sign petitions against the ruling under the organizing umbrella of the non-profit Public Citizen.

Activists to Appeal U.S. Court’s Bhopal Verdict
7/6/2012

Common Dreams: Activists to Appeal U.S. Court’s Bhopal Verdict - “Keenan’s ruling continues a longstanding pattern. He should have recused himself from this case long ago. By making rulings that are bound to be reversed over and over, he’s denying justice to the people of Bhopal by delaying it,” Aquene Freechild of Public Citizen, and former coordinator of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal-US Campaign, told IPS.

The Supreme Court decision consumer advocates love to hate
7/6/2012

Thompson Reuters: The Supreme Court decision consumer advocates love to hate- Separately, a petition by the group Public Citizen that seeks a revision in agency guidelines to allow generics to change their labeling is pending before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

St. Vrain Valley Voices: Disguised attack on democracy
7/6/2012

TimesCall: St. Vrain Valley Voices: Disguised attack on democracy - According to Public Citizen, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chair of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, has been denied access even to the U.S. proposals to the TPP negotiations.

Banks Release Weak Living Wills
7/6/2012

The Nation: Banks Release Weak Living Wills - “After sucking trillions of dollars from taxpayers in bailouts and subsidies as well as wrecking the world economy, America’s largest banks should offer more in their living wills than excerpts from their shareholder reports and self-promoting bromides about their safety,” said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division in a statement.

Consumer Bureau aims to overhaul mortgage rules
7/6/2012

Boston Globe: Consumer Bureau aims to overhaul mortgage rules - "It was an important step, although an imperfect one," said Bartlett Naylor, an analyst for the consumer group Public Citizen, who said he hoped that the database would make it easier for consumers to learn from others’ experiences.

TPP Opening The Back Door For SOPA?
7/5/2012

Staple News: TPP Opening The Back Door For SOPA? - Some of the organization's documents have leaked and it seems that Internet freedom is something the TPP has on its radar. Lori Wallach, director for Public Citizen Global Trade Watch, joins us with more.

Last Chance for DC Citizens to Ban Corporate Donations, Fight Sleaze
7/5/2012

AlterNet: Last Chance for DC Citizens to Ban Corporate Donations, Fight Sleaze - A remarkable, under-the-radar, grass-roots campaign led by the DC Committee for the Public Trust, joined by Public Citizen, the DC for Democracy progressive group and countless volunteers, is close to gathering the 23,000-plus signatures they’ll need to ensure they’ll get a slot on the ballot for Initiative 70 in November.

Big Banks’ ‘Living Wills’ Aiming for Bankruptcy Not Bailouts
7/5/2012

Bloomberg: Big Banks’ ‘Living Wills’ Aiming for Bankruptcy Not Bailouts - “These banks owe American taxpayers more information than these excerpts from their shareholder reports and the saccharine reassurance that they’re safe,” Bartlett Naylor, who works on financial policy at the Washington-based advocacy group Public Citizen, said in an interview.

Twitter Ordered To Turn Over Protester's Info
7/5/2012

MediaPost: Twitter Ordered To Turn Over Protester's Info - But, as civil rights advocates point out, that logic begs the question of why the police need court assistance now. "If he made it public, why do the police need a subpoena to get it?" asks Public Citizen lawyer Paul Levy.

The TPP Isn't Really A Trade Agreement. It's An International Corporate Coup.
7/5/2012

Crooks and Liars: The TPP Isn't Really A Trade Agreement. It's An International Corporate Coup. - I say, we need to blow the damned thing up -- and Public Citizen is trying to do just that.

America's Petro-Terrorists
7/5/2012

Miami New Times: America's Petro-Terrorists - "That was the breaking point of the economy," says Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C. government watchdog group. "That's when businesses said they could no longer fuel their trucks, and that fuel costs were overwhelming their payroll."

Occupy, Internet Freedom Groups Join Protests Against ‘NAFTA of the Pacific’
7/5/2012

In These Times: Occupy, Internet Freedom Groups Join Protests Against ‘NAFTA of the Pacific’ - While, as Lori Wallach of Public Citizen notes, even the World Trade Organization releases draft negotiating texts, in 2010 TPP countries pledged not to go public with these until four years after any deal was signed.

Charles Carreon Tries To Intimidate Parodist With Bizarre List Of Demands Plus DMCA Takedown Threat
7/5/2012

Techdirt: Charles Carreon Tries To Intimidate Parodist With Bizarre List Of Demands Plus DMCA Takedown Threat - After another phone call in which the lawyer, Paul Levy, warned Register.com that it faced breach of contract charges, it made the info private again.

Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement (TPP)
7/3/2012

NTL Conservative Blog: Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement (TPP) - Public Citizen and our partners envision a very different Asia-Pacific region partnership--one that advances pharmaceutical access and innovation simultaneously.

America: A fire sale to foreign corporations
7/3/2012

Seniors for a Democratic Society: America: A fire sale to foreign corporations - But on June 12th a document was leaked to the watchdog group, Public Citizen, revealing the current US position and the reason for the secrecy.

Facebook settlement funds groups critics say are allies
7/3/2012

COSNW: Facebook settlement funds groups critics say are allies - At a fairness hearing for the plan in 2010 Public Citizen attorney Philip Friedman said “one could sort of question how arm’s length it actually was.”

Global corporate coup
7/3/2012

SusieMadrak.com: Global corporate coup - I say, we need to blow the damned thing up — and Public Citizen is trying to do just that: "Have you heard about the small U.S. government agency engaged in years of closed-door negotiations that could undermine the Obama administration’s declared goals of creating jobs, reregulating the financial sector and lowering healthcare costs?..."

GlaxoSmithKline settles largest drug fraud case ever
7/3/2012

Politico: GlaxoSmithKline settles largest drug fraud case ever - “Until more meaningful penalties and the prospect of jail time for company heads who are responsible for such activity become commonplace, companies will continue defrauding the government and putting patients’ lives in danger,” said Public Citizen’s Sidney Wolfe in a statement.

How big of a problem has over-regulation been under President Obama?
7/3/2012

Opposing Views: How big of a problem has over-regulation been under President Obama? - A new Public Citizen report, “Public Safeguards Past Due: Missed Deadlines Leave Public Unprotected,” analyzes rules subject to congressionally mandated deadlines from 12 public health and safety and consumer protection agencies.

Former allies turn on Carreon, sue to halt his threats
7/3/2012

ArsTechnica: Former allies turn on Carreon, sue to halt his threats - "We have litigated these domain name cases for some time," Paul Levy told Ars on Monday. Levy is Satirical Charles' pro bono counsel and a well-known attorney with the advocacy group Public Citizen, founded by Ralph Nader. He has also sided with Carreon on past cases.

NY judge compels Twitter to reveal user's data
7/3/2012

ArsTechnica: NY judge compels Twitter to reveal user's data - Previously, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Citizen together filed an amicus brief.

Oatmeal v. FunnyJunk, Part VIII: Charles Carreon gets sued, Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen joins the fray
7/3/2012

Popehat: Oatmeal v. FunnyJunk, Part VIII: Charles Carreon gets sued, Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen joins the fray - Somebody put him together with Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen, whose pro bono efforts on behalf of bloggers and website owners I have praised before.

Power outages around Washington preceded by power plays
7/3/2012

Huffington Post: Power outages around Washington preceded by power plays - Utilities that distribute electricity have slashed jobs and thereby possibly slowed response time after storms, argued Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Breaking '08 pledge, Trans Pacific Partnership doc shows Obama wants to help corporations avoid regulations
7/3/2012

OpEd News: Breaking '08 pledge, Trans Pacific Partnership 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.

The gas-price conspirators
7/3/2012

Seattle Weekly: The gas-price conspirators - "That was the breaking point of the economy," says Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C., government watchdog group.

GlaxoSmithKline settles drug-marketing case for $3 billion
7/3/2012

Orlando Sentinel: GlaxoSmithKline settles drug-marketing case for $3 billion - Public Citizen's Health Research Group issued a statement in which its director, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, called for more aggressive enforcement by federal regulators.

Charles Carreon tries to intimidate parodist with bizarre list of demands plus DMCA takedown threat
7/3/2012

TechDirt: Charles Carreon tries to intimidate parodist with bizarre list of demands plus DMCA takedown threat - However, Carreon continued to threaten the blogger, leading to a rather bizarre exchange between Carreon and Levy, which relates to some history that Carreon has had with Levy's organization, Public Citizen, and a case we wrote about last year, involving a website run by Carreon and his wife.

'Public' tweets are subject to D.A.'s subpoena, judge says
7/3/2012

Law.com: 'Public' tweets are subject to D.A.'s subpoena, judge says - The amicus brief—filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, New York Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen—added that disclosure of an individual's location when saying something, how long it takes to say something or what tools they choose to use for communication "are private, intimate details about individuals' communications and communication habits.

A glut of obesity drugs?
7/3/2012

Scientific American: A glut of obesity drugs? - As Public Citizen’s Sidney Wolfe noted, “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.”

Facebook allies accused of profiting from suits against it
7/3/2012

Forbes: Facebook allies accused of profiting from suits against it - At a fairness hearing for the plan in 2010 Public Citizen attorney Philip Friedman said “one could sort of question how arm’s length it actually was.”

When corporations are answerable only to themselves
7/3/2012

CounterPunch.org: When corporations are answerable only to themselves - Public Citizen’s analysis of TPP can be found here and the leaked document here.

Judge: Twitter must release account data of arrested user
7/3/2012

CNET News: Judge: Twitter must release account data of arrested user - Civil rights groups ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Citizen had argued in a friend-of-the-court brief that because Twitter knows the IP addresses of users, the court would be enabling prosecutors to bypass the need for a search warrant as typically required when seeking location information if a subpoena was granted.

Still suffering from oil spill, fishermen fear extinction
7/3/2012

The Louisiana Weekly: Still suffering from oil spill, fishermen fear extinction - “The BP disaster taught us many things. Namely, that giant corporations cannot be trusted to behave responsibly absent strong public oversight,” said Robert Weissman in a statement.

Judge rules Twitter must turn over protester's tweets, even without a warrant
7/3/2012

The Village Voice Blogs: Judge rules Twitter must turn over protester's tweets, even without a warrant - "Most of these government requests take place in secret, but it's clear these cases are taking place every day across the country," said, Aden Fine, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union who filed an amicus brief in the case, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen.

Americans United for Change
7/3/2012

Capital Research Center: Americans United for Change - Their partners included... Public Citizen...

Texas city officials say ‘serial requestors’ must be deterred, activists worry about government transparency
7/3/2012

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

Leahy: On the Freedom of Information Act
7/3/2012

VTDigger: Leahy: On the Freedom of Information Act - I thank Sens. Harkin and Enzi and the many open government and consumer groups — including OpenTheGovernment.org and Public Citizen — that worked with me to enact this FOIA provision.

Can new FDA-approved diet pill help obesity in black America?
7/3/2012

BET: Can new FDA-approved diet pill help obesity in black America? - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, told USA Today, "Its benefits are really small, and practically everyone on the advisory committee agreed that there wasn't enough evidence to rule out clinically significant heart valve disease."

Voluntary enforcement of workplace safety isn’t enough
7/3/2012

Facility Safety Management: Voluntary enforcement of workplace safety isn’t enough - Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C. – based national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization says, ‘lawmakers in today’s U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee hearing are misguided if they think that voluntary enforcement of workplace safety is enough to keep employees safe from harm.’

WTO upholds ruling against U.S. Country-of-Origin labeling
7/3/2012

Salt Lake Tribune: WTO upholds ruling against U.S. Country-of-Origin labeling - Public Citizen, a Washington-based lobby, said the appellate report, which comes on the heels of rulings against U.S. "dolphin-safe" tuna labels and a U.S. ban on clove cigarettes, will only intensify public opposition to trade agreements.

WTO rules against U.S. country-of-origin label
7/3/2012

Washington Post: WTO rules against U.S. country-of-origin label - The ruling, says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, will essentially make it impossible for the United States to continue an effective, mandatory COOL label that “complies with all the constraints the WTO has set.”

WTO doesn’t want you to know where your meat was born
7/3/2012

Grist: WTO doesn’t want you to know where your meat was born - Such changes would make it harder for Americans to know where their meat comes from, and harder for health officials to track down the origins of food-borne bacteria, says Public Citizen.

Week of protests against massive new free trade agreement
7/3/2012

USLEAP: Week of protests against massive new free trade agreement - Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch has labeled the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations as “NAFTA on Steroids,” in a recent article in The Nation by Lori Wallach who warns that the TPP could be the last trade agreement ever negotiated because it would allow other countries to join.

U.S. Supreme Court allows Cleveland homeowner to sue title insurer
7/3/2012

Cleveland.com: U.S. Supreme Court allows Cleveland homeowner to sue title insurer - A brief filed by Public Citizen, AARP, the Center for Responsible Lending and other consumer groups said that many laws let plaintiffs seek damages without showing financial harm, including copyright laws, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and laws that restrict telemarketers.

A pill to burn away pounds: The FDA says yes to the first new weight loss drug in 13 years
7/3/2012

Forbes: A pill to burn away pounds: The FDA says yes to the first new weight loss drug in 13 years - As  soon as news hit that the FDA was giving lorcaserin a thumbs up, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen launched a campaign of protest, raising issues about valve damage.

How a lone grad student scooped the government and what it means for your online privacy
7/3/2012

Pro Publica: How a lone grad student scooped the government and what it means for your online privacy - Vladeck's appointment, in 2009, was welcomed by consumer-rights activists because of the nearly three decades he worked as a crusading lawyer for Public Citizen, which was founded by Ralph Nader; Vladeck has advocated long and hard for better government regulation.

President Obama: Corporate globalizer
7/3/2012

Nation of Change: 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.

Medicare for all: A single solution to the health care fracas
7/3/2012

Nation of Change: Medicare for all: A single solution to the health care fracas - by Robert Weissman of Public Citizen

Lorcaserin: the latest weight-loss pill - My bariatric life
7/3/2012

Health Central: Lorcaserin: the latest weight-loss pill - The consumer group, Public Citizen, has expressed concerns about lorcaserin, noting that the benefits of the drug are minimal in that not much weight is lost. The consumer group also points out that that there is not enough evidence to rule out clinically meaningful heart valve disease.

WTO rules on U.S. policy of country-of-origin labels on meat
7/3/2012

Daily Record: WTO rules on U.S. policy of country-of-origin labels on meat - While the opinion says such labeling regulations are possible, it then "goes on for 200 pages saying it can't be done," says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a consumer group.

Craig Holman: Pay-to-play corruption thrives in the shadows
7/3/2012

Associated Press: Craig Holman: Pay-to-play corruption thrives in the shadows - by Craig Holman of Public Citizen

Nancy Worcester and Marianne H. Whatley: Hormone study offers important lessons
7/3/2012

Associated Press: Nancy Worcester and Marianne H. Whatley: Hormone study offers important lessons - 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.

FMCSA hours of service regulations subject to more litigation
7/3/2012

NewsBlaze: FMCSA hours of service regulations subject to more litigation - July 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, and other safety groups have sued the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) again for their regulations governing truck driver's hours of service (HOS).

The high court's most political ruling
7/3/2012

UPI.com: The high court's most political ruling - "The Supreme Court continues to deny reality when it comes to assessing the impact of independent spending on elections," Public Citizen President Robert Weissman said in a statement. "The court is not going to overturn Citizens United, at least in the near term. It thus falls on the people to overturn the court, through a constitutional amendment."

WTO not so COOL: Rules against popular U.S. meat labeling law
7/3/2012

PR Watch: WTO not so COOL: Rules against popular U.S. meat labeling law - Lori Wallach, director of Global Trade Watch at the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, commented: "The American public is desperately waiting for President Barack Obama to show some negotiating savvy, and to start fulfilling his campaign pledges and reconsider the so-called 'trade' model that his administration is pushing with the TPP."

Congress OKs plan to combat drug shortages
7/3/2012

American Medical News: Congress OKs plan to combat drug shortages - One of the final bill’s more vocal critics, advocacy group Public Citizen, said some of its provisions actually would weaken drug and medical device safety.

Myths distract us from immigrants' contributions
7/3/2012

Syracuse.com: Myths distract us from immigrants' contributions - According to a report by Public Citizen, at least 1.5 million Mexican farmers have been displaced as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), established between the United States, Mexico and Canada in 1994.

Activists take on ‘NAFTA on steroids’
7/3/2012

Bilaterals: Activists take on ‘NAFTA on steroids’ - Trade negotiators will meet in San Diego, July 2-10, but just as in Dallas last month, they’ll face a strong turnout by activists from CWA, the Sierra Club, Citizens Trade Campaign, Public Citizen and others who oppose the deal because of the lack of transparency, accountability and public access to the proposals being discussed.

Google privacy scandal reveals weakness in US watchdog system
7/3/2012

Tech Eye: Google privacy scandal reveals weakness in US watchdog system - But Wired points out that the FTC officials hired by the Obama administration are privacy hawks who worked previously for consumer-rights groups like Public Citizen and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Trans Pacific Partnership: Corporate escape from accountability
7/3/2012

Infowars.com: Trans Pacific Partnership: Corporate escape from accountability - Public Citizen’s analysis of TPP can be found here: http://www.citizen.org/documents/Leaked-TPP-Investment-Analysis.pdf and the leaked document here: http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/tppinvestment.pdf

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