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Convention Party Irony
8/30/2012

Huffington Post: Convention Party Irony - As the nation witnesses the spectacle we call the party nominating conventions, the ironies are dripping more than the corporately funded ice sculpture bars in Tampa Bay. The most obvious irony, of course, is that more money is being spent on the conventions yet fewer people seem to care.

Critics Rip SEC for Hedge Fund Ad Rule
8/30/2012

Corporate Crime Reporter: Critics Rip SEC for Hedge Fund Ad Rule -  Public Citizen’s Bartlett Naylor said in the agency’s first rulemaking effort following the April 5th passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, “the SEC failed to propose concrete solutions that would prevent average investors from being duped by hedge funds managers and other issuers of private securities.”

Obama: "We Need to Seriously Consider" A Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United
8/30/2012

Mother Jones: Obama: "We Need to Seriously Consider" A Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United -  Jonah Minkoff-Zern, an organizer for group Public Citizen's "Democracy Is For People" campaign pushing for a Citizens United amendment, hailed Obama's statement. "We're incredibly excited at Public Citizen that Obama has called for an amendment. We see every day that we organize the passion that people across the political spectrum have for a constitutional amendment to prevent the voices of the many from being drowned out by the money-fueled megaphone of the few."

Obama Endorses Anti-Citizens United Amendment In Reddit Chat
8/30/2012

Huffington Post: Obama Endorses Anti-Citizens United Amendment In Reddit Chat - "We're thrilled whenever someone endorses the concept of overturning Citizens United," said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch. "It's meaningful that the president is taking note as he is forced to play the game under Citizens United."

Public Citizen has been the leading organization in the push for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United through its Democracy Is For People campaign. Gilbert said having the president's full-throated endorsement will help their efforts.

CSX and Microsoft Woo Republicans With Baseball, Trains
8/30/2012

Bloomberg News: CSX and Microsoft Woo Republicans With Baseball, Trains -  “This is the wining and dining that is so effective when it comes to special interests,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group that favors stricter limits on lobbying. “I would call it the reciprocity principle: You give and you’ll receive.”

BWCA land swap does, too, mean a loss of protection
8/30/2012

Minnesota Public Radio: BWCA land swap does, too, mean a loss of protection -  The bill does nothing, however, to stop multinational mining corporations from attempting to sue the United States for their "right" to profit in Minnesota. Under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), sulfide-mining corporations could attempt to sue for the value of minerals they are not allowed to mine in Minnesota, even if contamination of our waters would occur or had occurred. Under NAFTA, "the majority of the investor-to-state cases filed to date ... challenge environmental laws, regulations and government decisions at the national, state and local level," according to Public Citizen.

VP candidate Ryan’s actions help his investments
8/30/2012

Superior Telegram: VP candidate Ryan’s actions help his investments - Ryan’s support for subsidies that arguably abound to his own benefit draws a pointed response from Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

“Without a doubt this is a very serious conflict of interest,” Holman tells the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. “He’s making himself rich off his own budget proposals.”

Gray proposes limits on campaign donations to scuttle ‘pay-to-play’ politics
8/29/2012

The Washington Post: Gray proposes limits on campaign donations to scuttle ‘pay-to-play’ politics - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said in a statement that if approved, the District would have among the strongest campaign finance laws in the country.

NYCLU, ACLU File Brief Supporting Twitter’s Appeal to Protect User Privacy
8/29/2012

Noodls: NYCLU, ACLU File Brief Supporting Twitter’s Appeal to Protect User Privacy - The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union, together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Public Citizen Litigation Group, have filed a legal brief supporting Twitter's appeal of a court order that it turn over three-and-a-half months of information from an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator's Twitter account to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

At GOP Convention, Secrecy Rules at Invitation-Only Lobbying Party
8/29/2012

The Blog of Legal Times: At GOP Convention, Secrecy Rules at Invitation-Only Lobbying Party - Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, said this type of arrangement raises questions about whether lobbying rules are being broken. "This is just a blatant example of the very well-financed lobbyists being able to do unlimited influence peddling at the conventions…and doing it all behind closed doors," Holman said.

'Pickens Plan' has traveled rough road
8/29/2012

Politico: 'Pickens Plan' has traveled rough road - Another factor: The proposal rested on an assumption that simply producing more oil isn’t the answer, said Tyson Slocum, the director of Public Citizen’s energy program. “He’s disrupting the mantra of ‘drill here, drill now, pay less,’” Slocum said. “The general GOP talking point, what you’re hearing come from Romney, is if we just got liberals and environmentalists and the administration out of the way, consumers would be able to afford to fill up their cars and energy prices would be stable...Pickens’s rhetoric isn’t on message and is running counter to that.”


House ethics panel due to weigh in on Rob Andrews' use of campaign funds
8/29/2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer: House ethics panel due to weigh in on Rob Andrews' use of campaign funds - "Generally speaking, the Ethics Committee is not known for being particularly harsh on its members," said Lisa Gilbert, acting director of another outside watchdog group, Public Citizen's Congress Watch. "They're critiquing their peers so it's probably unsurprising that they're a little more lenient than some would expect."

Magnet therapy latest anti-depression tool
8/29/2012

Highlands Today: Magnet therapy latest anti-depression tool - In pre-approval studies, TMS worked about as well as antidepressants, which work about 50 percent of the time. In studies where it was compared to sham or fake therapy, it did slightly better but not that much better, suggesting the placebo effect for some patients. Consumer group Public Citizen said the FDA approved TMS with no proof it worked. The consumer group continues to cite the case as an example of why the FDA needs to strengthen its device-approval process.

Companies' ads in schools help raise cash
8/29/2012

Asbury Park Press: Companies' ads in schools help raise cash -  Consumer advocates say marketers want to get in front of kids to build customers for life. Children are especially vulnerable to persuasive advertising while they are still learning how to think critically, says Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based consumer-advocacy organization Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert.

Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions
8/29/2012

Public Integrity: Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions - It is “absolutely ridiculous” that corporations are able to make such donations, says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. He calls it “nothing but throwing money at the feet of congressional and White House leaders, presumably with the assumption of getting something in return.”

New Address: K Street S.
8/28/2012

Roll Call: New Address: K Street S. -  Good-government lobbyists will have a presence, and they're hoping to kill the party scene. Public Citizen's Craig Holman says he plans to identify parties that may be illegal under ethics rules and lobbying laws. Members of Congress, for example, are prohibited from attending parties in their honor at the conventions. "We'll alert our people on the ground and try to coordinate crashing of those parties," Holman says, referring to the convention as a "complete influence-peddling free-for-all."

As superbug spread, NIH failed in its duty to protect
8/28/2012

Washington Post: As superbug spread, NIH failed in its duty to protect -  We were dismayed by the National Institutes of Health’s flimsy attempt to defend its hospital’s failure to alert the public earlier about the 2011 outbreak of devastating, multidrug-resistant Klebsiella infections. An NIH spokeswoman noted that reporting such infections is not mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and played down such outbreaks as being “too common to be newsworthy.”

With OIRA's Sunstein departure imminent, experts put microscope to White House agency
8/28/2012

Environment and Energy Publishing: With OIRA's Sunstein departure imminent, experts put microscope to White House agency - Some groups believe the office shouldn't exist in its current form at all. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, served as the lone anti-OIRA voice on yesterday's panel, arguing that the office furthers a regulatory slant toward industry by giving special interests a "second bite at the apple."

Report: Dangerous docs not sanctioned
8/28/2012

KXAN: Report: Dangerous docs not sanctioned -  Fifty-eight percent of Texas doctors who have been sanctioned for serious offenses by health care entities, mainly hospitals, during the past two decades have never been disciplined by the state medical board, according to information from Public Citizen.

Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions
8/28/2012

The Center for Public Integrity: Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions -  It is “absolutely ridiculous” that corporations are able to make such donations, says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. He calls it “nothing but throwing money at the feet of congressional and White House leaders, presumably with the assumption of getting something in return.”

Environmental groups respond to ruling
8/28/2012

WaxahachieTX:  Environmental groups respond to ruling - “Pollution from power plants is killing Texans and our climate,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, the director of the Texas office of Public Citizen.  “This decision doesn’t mean that we don’t need to reduce power plant pollution and take action promptly.  In the end, failure to act will mean higher medical costs and continued reliance on out of state coal.”

OSHA Cites 2 NJ Companies in Heat Death
8/28/2012

Paint Square: OSHA Cites 2 NJ Companies in Heat Death -  “We are asking for rest breaks in proportion to the temperature outside as well as employers being required to provide workers with a certain amount of water every hour,” said Dr. Sammy Almashat, a researcher with Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “This does not require some sort of a technological breakthrough. It’s very easy and inexpensive.”

Area residents continue fight against big-money politics
8/28/2012

Star Local News: Area residents continue fight against big-money politics - "Money is not speech," Heller said, referencing the 1976 "Buckley v. Valeo" case that ruled campaign contributions is a constitutionally-protected form of free speech. "The more money, the more speech, and if we're a democracy, why should one person have more influence than another?"

Conventions 2012 Firm Nears Crunch Time
8/28/2012

Roll Call: Conventions 2012 Firm Nears Crunch Time -  "I really don't think branding is very much of a purpose for companies helping finance or participating in the conventions," said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen. "Almost every company I see has some interest pending before the federal government and they want something out of it."

Judge clears way for northeast Texas pipeline
8/28/2012

Real Clear Politics: Judge clears way for northeast Texas pipeline -  Messages left with TransCanada were not returned Wednesday night. However, landowner Julia Trigg Crawford planned to appeal the decision to a state district court in Paris, said Tom "Smitty" Smith, Texas director of the activist group Public Citizen that is part of the coalition fighting the pipeline project.

PTSD treatment faces hurdle
8/24/2012

Stars and Stripes: PTSD treatment faces hurdle - The watchdog group Public Citizen submitted a letter to the FDA supporting its proposed reclassification. It urged the FDA to require “rigorous, well-designed, controlled, double-blind clinical trials” for all CES devices.

Fayette coal plant is a dinosaur
8/24/2012

Statesman.com: Fayette coal plant is a dinosaur - The environmental community in Austin is extremely proud of the commitment the mayor and City Council have made to make Austin coal-free.

Ethics watchdogs plan to crash convention parties
8/24/2012

Charlotte Observer: Ethics watchdogs plan to crash convention parties - Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, will focus on violators of an ethics rule put in place in 2007 that prevents lobbying organizations from hosting an event honoring a lawmaker.

Are opioids only for patients with “severe pain”?
8/24/2012

amednews.com: Are opioids only for patients with “severe pain”? - The petition, filed by the New York-based Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Washington-based Public Citizen, asks the FDA to change the label for instant-release and extended-release opioids by:

Bill Lueders column: Paul Ryan's investments raise questions
8/24/2012

Green Bay Press Gazette: Bill Lueders column: Paul Ryan's investments raise questions - Ryan’s support for subsidies that arguably abound to his own benefit draws a pointed response from Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

Paul Ryan reaps financial benefits from his policies
8/16/2012

Isthmus: Paul Ryan reaps financial benefits from his policies  - "Without a doubt this is a very serious conflict of interest," Holman says. "He’s making himself rich off his own budget proposals."

Congressional panel was set to probe McCotter case
8/16/2012

The Detroit News: Congressional panel was set to probe McCotter case - "Congressional ethics rules are clear that taxpayer-paid office resources can't be used for campaigning," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a watchdog group. "Staffers may conduct campaign work as long as it's off the clock."

Microsoft joins trend of prohibiting class action suits
8/16/2012

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


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/08/15/2231886/microsoft-joins-trend-of-prohibiting.html#storylink=cpy
Ethics watchdogs planning to crash convention parties
8/16/2012

U.S. News: Ethics watchdogs planning to crash convention parties - On August 1, Sunlight, Public Citizen, and six other accountability groups sent a letter to lawmakers asking them not to participate in any lobbyist-funded parties.

Report: Gift taxes apply to some Super PAC-linked groups
8/16/2012

Roll Call: Report: Gift taxes apply to some Super PAC-linked groups - "One of the things that is most interesting is that if the donors choose to contest it then they'll no longer be anonymous, which is interesting considering that the whole benefit to giving [to] these organizations is that you'll remain anonymous," said Lisa Gilbert of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Ryan corrected Hill reports during VP search
8/16/2012

Daily Record: Ryan corrected Hill reports during VP search - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, said "the amount and timing of this new disclosure suggests that Ryan had not sought to be fully transparent about his income and investments until he felt compelled to do so."

Ryan's actions help his investments
8/16/2012

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen: Ryan's actions help his investments - Ryan’s support for subsidies that arguably abound to his own benefit draws a pointed response from Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. “Without a doubt this is a very serious conflict of interest,” Holman tells the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. “He’s making himself rich off his own budget proposals.”

Council: Follow the props and the money
8/16/2012

The Austin Chronicle: Council: Follow the props and the money -  Public Citizen's Tom "Smitty" Smith (and others) countered that the experience with San Antonio's CPS Energy's independent board has been mostly negative – less transparency, less public input – so council members appear to be cooling even to the notion of putting it to a public vote.

Update: Stryker calls FDA's Wingspan restriction a win
8/15/2012

MassDevice: Update: Stryker calls FDA's Wingspan restriction a win - Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen had asked the federal government to recall Wingspan entirely over concerns that it may lead to heightened risk of stroke and death.

The President's super-regulators: What's next for OIRA?
8/15/2012

Sunlight Foundation: The President's super-regulators: What's next for OIRA? - The panel of experts includes... Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen.

Public Citizen asks for transparency
8/15/2012

Columbia news, views and reviews: Public Citizen asks for transparency - “In response to a letter from Public Citizen and other groups fighting dark money, President Barack Obama has disclosed the names of 638 bundlers* backing his campaign.

Concentrate on this
8/15/2012

Bank Lawyer's Blog: Concentrate on this - For now, regulators and lawmakers are more focused on keeping money flowing into home loans and are unlikely to force change, according to Bart Naylor, who works on financial policy at Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group.

Reporters notebook: More shade in Congress than a Texas oak
8/15/2012

Digital Media News: Reporters notebook: More shade in Congress than a Texas oak - The federal-state double dip is “hard to justify,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, of the Texas office of Public Citizen, a consumer rights group.

Report: Corporate dollars fuel rulings against injured, discriminated against
8/15/2012

RNN: Report: Corporate dollars fuel rulings against injured, discriminated against - Image: A group protests corporate influence on elections during a 2006 protest in Washington. (Source: Public Citizen/Flickr)

Court to FDA: Stop stalling on antibiotics in animal feed
8/15/2012

Food Poisoning Bulletin: Court to FDA: Stop stalling on antibiotics in animal feed - In 2011,... Public Citizen... filed suit against the FDA to end the use of antibiotics in animal feed.

NCBC news: Public Citizen initiative & state breastfeeding coalition webinar
8/15/2012

Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance: NCBC news: Public Citizen initiative & state breastfeeding coalition webinar - Public Citizen: Public Citizen has taken the AAP resolution to divest from formula marketing in the office/clinic and run with it.

NCBC news: Public Citizen initiative & state breastfeeding coalition
8/15/2012

How To Breastfeeding: NCBC news: Public Citizen initiative & state breastfeeding coalition - A fact sheet is also included, addressing questions about the relationship between formula samples and decrease in breastfeeding rates,etc.

Statin Drugs by Dr Mercola
8/15/2012

Lake Como Heart Institute: Statin Drugs by Dr Mercola - Excerpts from Public Citizen’s Health Research Group’s Petition to Require a Box Warning on All HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors (“Statins”):...

Update: FDA limits use of Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent
8/15/2012

NASDAQ: Update: FDA limits use of Stryker Wingspan Brain Stent - The advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA last December seeking removal of the Wingspan device from the market. The FDA rejected that petition Wednesday.

FDA gives Stryker Corp's Stent System new restrictions
8/15/2012

Medical Daily: FDA gives Stryker Corp's Stent System new restrictions - Advocacy groups such as Public Citizen, disapproved the decision made by the FDA to continue use of the stent system, despite its new indications for labeling.

Malpractice costs continue to drop
8/15/2012

Clinical Psychiatry News: Malpractice costs continue to drop - In 2011, the total cost of medical malpractice payments made on behalf of physicians dropped for the 8th year in a row, according to a report from Public Citizen.

Ryan’s actions help his investments
8/15/2012

Wisconsin Watchdog: Ryan’s actions help his investments - Ryan’s support for subsidies that arguably abound to his own benefit draws a pointed response from Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

Watson revives effort for independent Austin Energy board
8/15/2012

Statesman.com: Watson revives effort for independent Austin Energy board - Tom "Smitty" Smith, head of the Texas chapter of watchdog group Public Citizen, had urged the council not to change Austin Energy's management structure but said Tuesday that Watson's approach can work because the council will not have to rush a proposal to the ballot.

Safety, transparency critical to cheaper health care
8/15/2012

Times Leader: Safety, transparency critical to cheaper health care - Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen recently found that malpractice lawsuits and payments to victims both hit an all-time low in 2011, falling for the eighth consecutive year.

PSC candidate rips opponent for criticizing others
8/15/2012

Associated Press: PSC candidate rips opponent for criticizing others - Craig Holman, a campaign finance expert for a Washington group called Public Citizen, agrees with Crabtree's opinion but doubts that any prosecutor would take the case.

Medical device regulatory process scrutinized
8/15/2012

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Medical device regulatory process scrutinized - Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen contends that the FDA's backtracking on the stent and its approval of some other medical devices, including transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat major depression, are just further evidence that the agency's medical device approval process is flawed.

Bypassing Capitol security just takes cash, not a gun permit
8/15/2012

Chron.com: Bypassing Capitol security just takes cash, not a gun permit - Public Citizen's Tom "Smitty" Smith, who did not get a concealed handgun permit, likes the new rule. "I don't think people ought to be carrying guns in the Capitol," Smith said.

Only in California
8/15/2012

Victorville Daily Press: Only in California - Who supports Prop 37? The usual suspects, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Rep. George Miller, and, of course, unions, including... Public Citizen...

Courtroom showdown with landowner challenges TransCanada’s right to eminent domain in condemnation proceedings
8/15/2012

The Paramus Post - Courtroom showdown with landowner challenges TransCanada’s right to eminent domain in condemnation proceedings - “The answers we need may not lie ultimately in this Judge’s decision, the answer may lie an appeals court. The final outcome will also be laid at the foot of the Texas legislature to do something about this kind of abuse, “ noted Tom ‘Smitty’ Smith, executive director of Public Citizen.

Magnet therapy for major depression
8/14/2012

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Magnet therapy for major depression - Consumer group Public Citizen said the FDA approved TMS with no proof it worked. The consumer group continues to cite the case as an example of why the FDA needs to strengthen its device approval process.

Paul Ryan: Standing up to green energy but sitting down with Big Oil
8/14/2012

Forbes: Paul Ryan: Standing up to green energy but sitting down with Big Oil - Of note, this report was authored last year by groups as diverse as Friends of the Earth, Heartland Institute, Public Citizen and Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Capitol visitors can skip security more easily
8/14/2012

Associated Press: Capitol visitors can skip security more easily - "I don't think people ought to be carrying guns in the Capitol. Since I was never going to carry a gun, getting a concealed handgun license so that I'd get a fast pass through the Capitol seemed to me to be a fraud on the state," Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen, a group that advocates renewable energy sources, told the Express News.

Do you take any of these 11 dangerous cholesterol drugs?
8/14/2012

Lew Rockwell: Do you take any of these 11 dangerous cholesterol drugs? - Excerpts from Public Citizen's Health Research Group's Petition to Require a Box Warning on All HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors ("Statins"):...

Hospitals remain no safe haven
8/14/2012

The Times-Tribune: Hospitals remain no safe haven - Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen recently found that malpractice lawsuits and payments to victims both hit an all-time low in 2011, falling for the eighth consecutive year.

Consumer product safety worth celebrating
8/14/2012

The Hill: Consumer product safety worth celebrating - by Rachel Weintraub of Consumer Federation of America and Robert Weissman of Public Citizen

Efforts under way to make Nixon's White House tapes accessible
8/14/2012

California Watch: Efforts under way to make Nixon's White House tapes accessible - A college professor and the advocacy group Public Citizen filed suit in 1992 to force open certain Watergate-related tapes that were previously not accessible, and a settlement wasn't reached until four years later.

Responsible opioid prescribing - your support needed
8/14/2012

Managed Care Matters: Responsible opioid prescribing - your support needed - You can read the petition here; and here's a press release about the petition that was issued by Public Citizen:...

What does Wall Street want in return for switching allegiance to Romney and the GOP?
8/14/2012

Down With Tyranny: What does Wall Street want in return for switching allegiance to Romney and the GOP? - “Many of the biggest corporations are angry at the Obama administration and the Democrats for their new regulatory policies,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the Washington-based advocacy group Public Citizen, which supported those new laws.

Texas members of Congress dip once, twice, three times at the public trough
8/14/2012

Texas Watchdog: Texas members of Congress dip once, twice, three times at the public trough - The federal-state double dip is “hard to justify,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, of the Texas office of Public Citizen, a consumer rights group.

On the Shelby Commission subpeona 'fishing expedition'
8/14/2012

Humphrey on the Hill: On the Shelby Commission subpeona 'fishing expedition' - Memphis attorney Lucian Pera and Washington attorney Paul Alan Levy, a member of the Public Citizen Litigation Group, asked in a letter to the Baker Donelson law firm that it withdraw the subpoena request.

AIDS Sufferers Seen Hurt in Pacific Trade Pact Limits
8/9/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek: AIDS Sufferers Seen Hurt in Pacific Trade Pact Limits - Protecting the patents of drug makers including Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and GlaxoSmithKline Plc as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has drawn criticism from groups such as Doctors Without Borders and Public Citizen.

Wells Fargo’s Home-Loan Hegemony Spurs Stability Risk: Mortgages
8/9/2012

Bloomberg: Wells Fargo’s Home-Loan Hegemony Spurs Stability Risk: Mortgages - For now, regulators and lawmakers are more focused on keeping money flowing into home loans and are unlikely to force change, according to Bart Naylor, who works on financial policy at Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group.

Goldman Sachs Leads Split With Obama, as GE Jilts Him Too
8/9/2012

Yahoo! Finance: Goldman Sachs Leads Split With Obama, as GE Jilts Him Too - "Many of the biggest corporations are angry at the Obama administration and the Democrats for their new regulatory policies," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the Washington- based advocacy group Public Citizen, which supported those new laws.

FDA restricts use of Stryker brain stent
8/9/2012

Associated Press: FDA restricts use of Stryker brain stent - The agency's announcement comes after Public Citizen, a public safety advocacy group, called on the agency to take the device off the market entirely.

Update: California DISCLOSE Act AB 1648 to be voted on as early as August 6, 2012
8/8/2012

Green Chamber of Commerce: Update: California DISCLOSE Act AB 1648 to be voted on as early as August 6, 2012  - New endorsements: There are two new major endorsements for AB1648 to announce: Public Citizen, the national reform leaders and the Courage Campaign, the powerful online progressive organizing network with more than 750,000 grassroots and netroots activists.

Louisiana prisoners also deserve good doctors: An Editorial
8/8/2012

Greater New Orleans: Louisiana prisoners also deserve good doctors: An Editorial - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a physician and director of health research at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called Louisiana's situation "unethical" and "dangerous."

California Medical Board disciplinary cases on the rise
8/8/2012

Scholars Pride: California Medical Board disciplinary cases on the rise - According to the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, the state ranks 43rd among states in taking serious disciplinary action against doctors such as California medical license suspensions.

Financial algorithmic trading
8/8/2012

The Intel Hub: Financial algorithmic trading - Look to advocacy organization, Public Citizen for their take on the problem in, Rogue Algorithmic Trades Intensify Urgency for Financial Speculation Tax.

A call for an ‘independent labor movement’
8/8/2012

The Stand: A call for an ‘independent labor movement’ - A Trade Immigrant Workers, and Trafficking Panel was kicked off by Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, who warned delegates about the “mother of all trade agreements,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trans-Pacific Partnership leading U.S. toward dangerous cliff
8/8/2012

Economy in Crisis: Trans-Pacific Partnership leading U.S. toward dangerous cliff - by Brooke Harper of Public Citizen

6 kinds of pills Big Pharma tries to get you hooked on for life part II
8/8/2012

Insomniac Anonymous: 6 kinds of pills Big Pharma tries to get you hooked on for life part II - Long-term use of PPIs increases the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures, the FDA warns and the drugs can cause potentially lethal C. difficile-caused diarrhea and community-acquired pneumonia says national health advocacy group, Public Citizen.

Obama advisor accepted $100,000 from firm tied to Iran
8/8/2012

The New American: Obama advisor accepted $100,000 from firm tied to Iran - “Anytime you start talking about $100,000, red flags should have gone up right away,” contended Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at the Washington advocacy group Public Citizen. “He’d have to think about why is someone giving him that kind of money for a speech.”

With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory"
8/8/2012

Ars Technica: With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory" - "I can't say it's impossible that there are some constitutional issues here, but I'm struggling to figure out what they would be," said Paul Alan Levy, an attorney at Public Citizen who specializes in online free speech cases.

NRC freezes all nuclear reactor construction & operating licenses in U.S.
8/8/2012

PR Newswire: NRC freezes all nuclear reactor construction & operating licenses in U.S. - Public Citizen, Inc.  (intervenor in South Texas COL proceeding; admitted as intervenor in now-closed Comanche Peak COL proceeding; potential intervenor in South Texas license renewal proceeding);

Judge orders Oracle, Google to disclose paid bloggers and journalists
8/8/2012

Tech Radar: Judge orders Oracle, Google to disclose paid bloggers and journalists - "I can't say it's impossible that there are some constitutional issues here, but I'm struggling to figure out what they would be," said Paul Alan Levy, an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

White House defends paid speeches by Plouffe amid new questions
8/8/2012

Bloomberg: White House defends paid speeches by Plouffe amid new questions - “Anytime you start talking about $100,000, red flags should have gone up right away,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, an advocacy group in Washington. “He’d have to think about why is someone giving him that kind of money for a speech.”

AIDS sufferers seen hurt in Pacific Trade Pact limits
8/8/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek: AIDS sufferers seen hurt in Pacific Trade Pact limits - Protecting the patents of drug makers including Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY) and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has drawn criticism from groups such as Doctors Without Borders and Public Citizen.

Reform groups to members: Avoid lobbyist parties at conventions
8/8/2012

Roll Call: Reform groups to members: Avoid lobbyist parties at conventions - Public Citizen... today sent letters urging all House Members to stay away from parties, despite guidance from the House Ethics Committee.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: An extremist 1% global attack
8/8/2012

Portland Occupier: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: An extremist 1% global attack - 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 cooking up.

Watchdog criticizes Doheny's investment plan
8/8/2012

PostStar.com: Watchdog criticizes Doheny's investment plan - “This would be roundly condemned on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, as it should be,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, the consumer interest organization Ralph Nader founded in 1971.

Activist says ND regulators need donation curbs
8/8/2012

Associated Press: Activist says ND regulators need donation curbs - Democratic candidate Brad Crabtree says incumbent commissioners Brian Kalk and Kevin Cramer have taken money from coal and wind power companies in North Dakota. Craig Holman is a lobbyist for a Washington group called Public Citizen.

Maryland workplace injuries cost hundreds of millions, report says
8/8/2012

Huffington Post - Maryland workplace injuries cost hundreds of millions, report says - Construction injuries and fatalities cost the state of Maryland more than $700 million between 2008 and 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

Public Citizen warns that Trans-Pacific Partnership set to undermine food safety
8/7/2012

Examiner: Public Citizen warns that Trans-Pacific Partnership set to undermine food safety - In an interview with Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, on the KPFK public radio show Connect the Dots, she convincingly tells a disturbing story of how a secret trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), endorsed by President Obama, if enacted will undermine food safety in the United States.

Coloradoans likely to vote in November on Citizens United ruling
8/7/2012

The Raw Story: Coloradoans likely to vote in November on Citizens United ruling - Public Citizen, Common Cause and U.S. PIRG announced Monday that more than 100,000 signatures had been collected for a Colorado ballot measure calling for the controversial Citizens United ruling to be overturned.

The Citizens are Pretty Damn United
8/7/2012

DigBoston: The Citizens are Pretty Damn United - Green, who worked closely with a coalition of organizations including Common Cause, Corporate Accountability International, Free Speech for People, Public Citizen and MASSPIRG to build support for the resolution, emphasized the bipartisan agreement behind its passage.

Markey, House democrats introduce bill to protect human subjects in clinical trials
8/7/2012

Centerwatch: Markey, House democrats introduce bill to protect human subjects in clinical trials - The legislation is supported by the Patient, Consumer and Public Health Coalition and Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare, whose members include: ... Public Citizen ...

Japan’s free-trade nemesis built on part-time farmers’ empire
8/6/2012

Bloomberg: Japan’s free-trade nemesis built on part-time farmers’ empire - Like many countries negotiating the TPP, the U.S. also faces some domestic opposition, including from Washington, D.C.- based Public Citizen advocacy group that says the accord will mean job cuts, not job creation.

N.D. Dem PSC candidate says bribery law flouted
8/6/2012

Associated Press: N.D. Dem PSC candidate says bribery law flouted - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C., watchdog group, said it would be difficult to depict campaign contributions that were months apart as attempted bribes.

Activist says ND public service commissioners shouldn't take money from regulated industries
8/6/2012

Times-Post: Activist says ND public service commissioners shouldn't take money from regulated industries - Craig Holman is a lobbyist for a Washington group called Public Citizen. He says Public Service Commission candidates could just avoid taking money from businesses they regulate. Holman says they could seek contributions instead from companies that don't have dealings with the PSC.

Dan Burton takes detour around ethics
8/6/2012

Indy Star: Dan Burton takes detour around ethics - To Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen, the ethics committee has "turned the rules on their head" by allowing this end run. To be sure, the committee has built a reputation for extending such leniency to both parties.

Watchdog criticizes Doheny's investment plan
8/6/2012

Post Star: Watchdog criticizes Doheny's investment plan - “This would be roundly condemned on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, as it should be,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, the consumer interest organization Ralph Nader founded in 1971.

Federal insider trading ban delayed
8/6/2012

Newsday: Federal insider trading ban delayed - But Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) won passage of a version that extended online disclosure to employees, said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the government watchdog group Public Citizen. The law allows the Office of Government Ethics to exclude employees or classes of workers from the online disclosure, but no one is sure what the office will do, Holman said.

Markey, House Dems introduce bill to protect human subjects in clinical trials
8/6/2012

Ed Markey: Markey, House Dems introduce bill to protect human subjects in clinical trials - The legislation is supported by the Patient, Consumer and Public Health Coalition and Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare, whose members include: ... Public Citizen...

Gonsalves: Financing college is risky business
8/6/2012

Cape Cod Times: Gonsalves: Financing college is risky business - A report issued last week by Public Citizen ("Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Courthouse Doors Shut for Aggrieved Private Student Loan Borrowers") found that not only is the college loan business rife with predatory lending, but many borrowers also are finding out they can't access civil or bankruptcy courts for relief, thanks to Bush-era bankruptcy law reform.

Doctors, hospitals concerned about hefty malpractice awards
8/6/2012

Baltimore Sun: Doctors, hospitals concerned about hefty malpractice awards - A 2004 report by Public Citizen found no evidence that doctors leave a state because of malpractice costs.

Update: California DISCLOSE Act AB 1648 to be voted on as early as August 6, 2012
8/6/2012

Green Chamber of Commerce: Update: California DISCLOSE Act AB 1648 to be voted on as early as August 6, 2012 - Public Citizen, the national reform leaders and the Courage Campaign, the powerful online progressive organizing network with more than 750,000 grassroots and netroots activists.

Labeling genetically engineered foods: Whose side are you on?
8/6/2012

Nation of Change: 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.’

N.Y. senators release tax returns
8/6/2012

Star Gazette: N.Y. senators release tax returns - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, said the McClatchy survey shows “how infrequent and uncommon it is for members of Congress to release their tax returns. There hasn’t been generally been an expectation that they do so.”

Rosiglitazone Stays, but Only for Some
8/6/2012

Norwich Medical Writers: Rosiglitazone Stays, but Only for Some - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which had previously called for rosiglitazone’s removal from the market, slammed the FDA decision.

For-profit schools need better oversight and more empowered students
8/6/2012

The Hill: For-profit schools need better oversight and more empowered students - by Christine Hines of Public Citizen

This Week on Ring of Fire!
8/6/2012

Ring of Fire Radio: This Week on Ring of Fire! - Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program will tell us why the US Chamber of Commerce is pushing fracking...And Craig Holman from Public Citizen will talk to us about the DISCLOSE Act that would make political spending by corporations more transparent.

Cass Sunstein's resignation encourages advocates for health and safety
8/6/2012

Huffington Post: Cass Sunstein's resignation encourages advocates for health and safety - "With Cass Sunstein's departure, the Administration should take this opportunity to shift gears from their focus on 'lookback' reviews to more aggressively pursuing a forward looking agenda of modernizing regulatory standards that are unacceptably out of date in areas such as food, consumer product, and workplace safety, just to name a few," Public Citizen regulatory advocate Amit Narang said in a statement.

Critics: Opioid REMS Misses Mark on Patient Education
8/2/2012

MedPage Today: Critics: Opioid REMS Misses Mark on Patient Education - Last week, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) teamed up with Public Citizen to file a citizen's petition with the FDA, asking the agency for several changes to the drugs' labels.

Keep It to Yourself: Rosetta Stoned
8/2/2012

Popdose: Keep It to Yourself: Rosetta Stoned - Amici briefs have also been submitted in support of Google by eBay and Yahoo, who were joined by digital rights advocacy groups Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Dark Money Groups Gone Wild
8/2/2012

Mother Jones: Dark Money Groups Gone Wild - "The FEC is now thoroughly broken, and when it comes to enforcement of the campaign finance law, we don't have any," says Craig Holman, a lobbyist with the ethics group Public Citizen.

What the Parts Act before Congress means to you
8/2/2012

Consumer News: What the Parts Act before Congress means to you - HR 3889 is sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America, Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety, the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, and Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports.

NRF and NCCR Join Coalition Legal Brief Opposing New Federal Trucking Regulations
8/2/2012

Work Truck Magazine: NRF and NCCR Join Coalition Legal Brief Opposing New Federal Trucking Regulations - The joint brief also supports another FMCSA decision that preserved the 14-hour driving window and 11-hour on-time driving requirement. This aspect of the regulation is being challenged in court by Public Citizen.

Sidney M Wolfe M D pdf
8/1/2012

Owners Guide PDF: Sidney M Wolfe M D pdf - Slide presentation by Dr. Sidney Wolfe and Dr. Sherri Shubin: 'FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management and Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting on Isotretinoin (Accutane)'

Actos recall is overdue: Reasons for an Actos recall in the U.S
8/1/2012

Michael J. Evans: Actos recall is overdue: Reasons for an Actos recall in the U.S - At the time, the Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group had called on the FDA to recall Rezulin, but the FDA was inactive, and the drug company was fighting all recall efforts.

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact more draconian than NAFTA
8/1/2012

Systemic Disorder: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact more draconian than NAFTA - The U.S. watchdog group Public Citizen issued an analysis of the leaked TPP investor chapter earlier this summer.

'Yes on 37' now endorsed by California Democratic Party
8/1/2012

National Journal: 'Yes on 37' now endorsed by California Democratic Party - These leaders include a broad range of consumer, farm, environmental, and health advocates, including: ... Public Citizen...

Secretive trade agreement leads to renewed debate over Internet freedoms
8/1/2012

Article 3: Secretive trade agreement leads to renewed debate over Internet freedoms - According to Lori Wallach from the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, NAFTA and WTO set the trend for using trade agreements as a backdoor to push through other types of legislation.

Calling for an "AIDS free generation" but trading away our lives
8/1/2012

Citizen-News.org: 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.

60 percent of prison doctors have been disciplined
8/1/2012

Associated Press: 60 percent of prison doctors have been disciplined - "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.”

Aurora, Phase 2: Dr. Lynne Fenton, the Batman killer, the drugs and the drug money
8/1/2012

Natural News: Aurora, Phase 2: Dr. Lynne Fenton, the Batman killer, the drugs and the drug money - Breggin comments that akathisia “may also contribute to the drug’s tendency to cause self-destructive or violent tendencies … Akathisia can become the equivalent of biochemical torture and could possibly tip someone over the edge into self-destructive or violent behavior … The June 1990 Health Newsletter, produced by the Public Citizen Research Group, reports, ‘Akathisia, or symptoms of restlessness, constant pacing, and purposeless movements of the feet and legs, may occur in 10-25 percent of patients on Prozac.’”

Air Alliance Houston
8/1/2012

Supergreen Me: Air Alliance Houston - As a unified effort working with such groups such as... Public Citizen... we are capable of developing and providing comprehensive public policy review and opinions on air quality issues.

Long weight: an anti-obesity drug to stay?
8/1/2012

Roundtable Review: Long weight: an anti-obesity drug to stay? - In light of these preceding failures, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, urged the FDA to deny Arena Pharmaceutical’s application for Lorcaserin’s approval this June.

The most important trade agreement that we know nothing about
8/1/2012

Slate: The most important trade agreement that we know nothing about - Does getting an “F” on openness lead to an “F” on productivity? That depends on how you assess the productivity of allowing civil-society groups like Public Citizen... to address the negotiators and attempt to ask questions and offer meaningful input based upon a 16-month-old leaked text that may no longer reflect what the negotiators are actually negotiating, as they did on July 2.

Retail groups challenge trucking rule
8/1/2012

Supermarket News: Retail groups challenge trucking rule - NGA also said it supports maintenance of the 14-hour driving windows and the 11-hour daily driving requirement, which is being challenged by Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy organization.

Drug company uses movie promotion to target your kids
8/1/2012

The Ethical Nag: Drug company uses movie promotion to target your kids - The advocacy groups included... Public Citizen...

California is continuing to demand its Right to Know.
8/1/2012

CT NOFA: California is continuing to demand its Right to Know. - The bill has also been endorsed by... Public Citizen...

It's not all about 'Abuse' - Let's tell it like it is - It's 'Addiction' and pharma and the FDA is responsible for it
8/1/2012

Salem News: It's not all about 'Abuse' - Let's tell it like it is - It's 'Addiction' and pharma and the FDA is responsible for it - Many of the signers of the petition are connected with PROP, as well as the New York City Health Commissioner, the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, universities and Sidney Wolfe, M.D. watchdog group "Public Citizen". Dr. Wolfe has long been a nemesis of the FDA calling the agency out on dangerous drugs approved by the agency.

Coal slag manufacturers update MSDSs to include beryllium exposure information
8/1/2012

EHS Today: Coal slag manufacturers update MSDSs to include beryllium exposure information - Six major coal slag manufacturers have taken steps to protect their workers and provide more information about beryllium exposure by updating their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), according to Public Citizen.

Nader rejects McMahon Independent bid
8/1/2012

CT Post: Nader rejects McMahon Independent bid - Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader listens during a news conference July 2, 2012 at Public Citizen in Washington, DC.

US poultry groups challenge trucking rule
8/1/2012

WorldPoultry.net: US poultry groups challenge trucking rule - The coalition group also opposed a challenge lodged by Public Citizen and defended the FMCSA’s decision to maintain the 14-hour driving window and the 11-hour daily driving provision.

The new police surveillance state
8/1/2012

CounterPunch: The new police surveillance state - The ACLU, the EEF and Public Citizen have joined Twitter in fighting the order.

Health bulletin board: Harness Race Rally raises money for hearing program
8/1/2012

Acron Beacon Journal Online: Health bulletin board: Harness Race Rally raises money for hearing program - Medical malpractice payments last year were at the lowest level on record, according to a new report by the national nonprofit patient advocacy group Public Citizen.

Shipper/transportation provider coalition files brief in case against trucking hours of service rule
8/1/2012

BusinessWire: Shipper/transportation provider coalition files brief in case against trucking hours of service rule - The coalition group also opposed a challenge lodged by Public Citizen and defended the FMCSA’s decision to maintain the 14-hour driving window and the 11-hour daily driving provision.

NRF and NCCR join legal fight against new US trucking regulations
8/1/2012

TruckNews: NRF and NCCR join legal fight against new US trucking regulations - The joint brief also supports another FMCSA decision that preserved the 14-hour driving window and 11-hour on-time driving requirement. This aspect of the regulation is being challenged in court by Public Citizen.

Lobbyist-linked group footed bill for Rep. Burton’s Bahrain trip
8/1/2012

ProPublica: Lobbyist-linked group footed bill for Rep. Burton’s Bahrain trip - “The ethics committees have turned the rules on their head by allowing a lobbying entity or even lobbyists to set up a non-profit and just pay for travel junkets through non-profits,” says Craig Holman of Public Citizen, who helped draft the post-Abramoff rules.

Poultry groups join in challenging trucking hours of service final rule
8/1/2012

U.S. Poultry and Egg Association: Poultry groups join in challenging trucking hours of service final rule - The coalition group also opposed a challenge lodged by Public Citizen and defended the FMCSA’s decision to maintain the 14-hour driving window and the 11-hour daily driving provision.

Poultry groups join in challenging trucking hours rule
8/1/2012

USAgNet: Poultry groups join in challenging trucking hours rule - The coalition group also opposed a challenge lodged by Public Citizen and defended the FMCSA’s decision to maintain the 14-hour driving window and the 11-hour daily driving provision.

Today's Show
8/1/2012

The Ed Schultz Show: Today's Show - Mark Hays from Public Citizen joins the 3rd hour of Tuesday's show to disucss his organization’s efforts to pass state-wide Constitutional Amendments to overturn Citizens’ United.

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