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About our Congress Watch division

Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division champions consumer interests before the U.S. Congress and serves as a government watchdog. We engage in public education and advocacy, and are focused on the following:

- Strengthening health, safety and financial protections. Our work in this area covers consumer financial protection, patient safety, single-payer health care, consumer product safety, auto safety and worker safety.

- Ensuring access to the courts to hold corporations accountable for wrongdoing. Our work in this area covers forced arbitration, whistleblower protections, medical liability, preserving state consumer laws (pre-emption) and court secrecy.

- Strengthening our democracy by exposing and combating the harmful impact of money in politics. Our work in this area focuses on money in politics, government ethics, lobbying reform and open government. 

About our Energy Program

Public Citizen’s Energy Program works to combat climate change by promoting safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy. We fight to protect citizens from the dangers posed by nuclear power and champion market transparency and strong consumer protections to ensure that people are not plagued by market manipulation. We also provide energy activists around the country with resources they need to secure a reliable and sustainable energy future.

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About our Global Trade Watch

The mission of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch is to ensure that in this era of globalization, a majority have the opportunity to enjoy America's promises: economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect their lives.

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About our Health Research Group

Public Citizen’s Health Research Group promotes research-based, system-wide changes in health-care policy and drug safety. We work to have unsafe or ineffective drugs and medical devices banned or re-labeled, to reduce worker exposures to hazardous chemicals and generally to curb industry’s influence over regulators. We educate the public about dangerous drugs and drug interactions through our newsletters and WorstPills.org, and push medical boards to do a better job disciplining doctors. We are an ardent champion of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system.

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About our Litigation Group

Public Citizen Litigation Group is the arm of the organization that functions as a public interest law firm. Our attorneys litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state court systems.  We specialize in health and safety regulation, access to courts, consumer rights, open government, and the First Amendment, including Internet free speech. These efforts are pursued through litigation and through programs such as the Supreme Court Assistance Project (SCAP) and the Freedom of Information Clinic (FOIC).  We also provide legal advice and assistance to Public Citizen researchers and lobbyists, to congressional staffers, and to staff at other public interest organizations.

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