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For Immediate Release: 4/18/14
Four Years After BP’s Deepwater Horizon Dumped 200 Million Gallons of Oil Into Gulf, 50-Plus Citizen Groups Call on EPA to Extend Oil Giant’s Suspension From Government Contracts
With the approach of the fourth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf, more than 50 conservation and public interest groups – the majority representing Gulf and Lake Michigan communities – today called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse its premature decision to reinstate BP as a federal contractor for oil exploration, drilling and production.
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For Immediate Release: 4/18/14
Secret, Outside Money Will Dominate NH Senate Contest Unless Candidates Adopt 2012 ‘People’s Pledge’
Democracy advocates today renewed their call for candidates in New Hampshire’s contest for the U.S. Senate to block outside money from the race by taking the “People’s Pledge.”
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For Immediate Release: 4/16/14
Bankruptcy-Inducing Bills From Out-of-Network Providers Plague Patients, Should Be Curbed, Public Citizen Report Shows
Congress and the states should take steps to protect patients from large, unexpected medical bills from out-of-network providers, Public Citizen said today.
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For Immediate Release: 4/16/14
Fourth Circuit: Injury to Corporate Reputation Not Enough to Justify Sealing Court Case
Holding that injury to corporate reputation doesn’t justify sealing a court case, an appellate court today in Company Doe v. Public Citizen handed a key victory to consumers. It also solidified the integrity of a federal database designed to warn consumers about faulty products and confirmed the importance of public access to courts, Public Citizen said today.
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For Immediate Release: 4/16/14
Public Citizen Experts Available to Discuss BP as Fourth Anniversary of Worst Environmental Disaster in U.S. History Approaches
Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the crucial calls for holding BP accountable and reforming the offshore drilling industry have gone largely unheeded.
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For Immediate Release: 4/15/14
IRS Plan to Revise Proposed Rules for Nonprofits Is Welcome News
A plan by the IRS to revise and re-propose new rules about nonprofit political activity is welcome news for the many organizations that encouraged the IRS to continue the rulemaking process and improve the original proposal, Public Citizen said today.
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For Immediate Release: 4/14/14
Federal Court Issues Decision in Conflict Minerals Case
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued a decision in a case brought by industry groups challenging a rule requiring certain companies that file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to publicly disclose whether their products rely on minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
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For Immediate Release: 4/10/14
TPP Foreign Policy Arguments Mimic False Claims Made for Past Pacts as Use of Perennial Trade Deal Sales-Pitch-of-Last-Resort Increases
New Report Debunks Notion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Bulwark Against China, Catalogues Outcomes of Similar Geopolitical Claims Made About Pacts Since NAFTA
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For Immediate Release: 4/10/14
When Wall Street Mega-Banks Control Commodities, Prices Rise, the Financial System Is Endangered, Public Citizen Report Shows
As the Federal Reserve Board revisits a critical policy concerning whether Wall Street mega-banks may own commodities, a new Public Citizen report concludes that for the sake of consumers and the financial system, regulators and lawmakers should establish a strong wall between banks and commerce.
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For Immediate Release: 4/9/14
As Partisan Hearings on IRS Scandal Continue, Nonprofits Stay Focused
As partisan maneuvering over the IRS targeting scandal continues in the U.S. House of Representatives, organizations are calling for real reforms to the way the IRS treats nonprofit political activity.
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