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For Immediate Release: 7/25/14
Citizens United-Enabled Spending Leaves States Defenseless, Public Citizen Report Finds
Outside groups are exerting outsized influence on the elections in states and local jurisdictions that had their campaign finance laws invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a new Public Citizen report finds.
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For Immediate Release: 7/22/14
Congress Should End Scandal of Secret Money in Federal Elections
A U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday highlights increasing congressional concern about the influence of secret donors over elections, Public Citizen said today. Lawmakers and regulators should pursue several proposed solutions.
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For Immediate Release: 7/22/14
Obama Administration Flooded with 26,000 Comments Opposing Proposal to Disguise Offshoring of U.S. Manufacturing by Rebranding Firms that Relocate Production as ‘Factoryless Goods’ Manufacturers
Broad Reclassification Plan Would Count iPhones Made in China as U.S. Exports; Data Tricks Would Artificially Inflate U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, Deflate Manufacturing Trade Deficits
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For Immediate Release: 7/16/14
‘Hide No Harm Act’ Tells Corporations That Society Won’t Permit Them to Prioritize Profit Over Safety
America desperately needs the Hide No Harm Act, which would hold corporations and corporate officers criminally accountable if they knowingly conceal serious dangers that lead to consumer or worker deaths or injuries.
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For Immediate Release: 7/16/14
New Legislation Would Allow Criminal Penalties Against Corporate Officers Who Hide Information on Dangerous Products
Sen. Blumenthal’s Bill Would Close Loophole That Lets General Motors Officials Avoid Jail Time in Recall Scandal
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For Immediate Release: 7/15/14
U.S. House Introduces Constitutional Amendment: Democracy for All Not Plutocracy for the .0001 Percent
Today U.S. Reps. Deutch (D-Fla.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced a companion bill to S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment that aims to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and other U.S. Supreme Court campaign finance decisions.
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For Immediate Release: 7/14/14
Citi Settlement Over Mortgage Fraud Reaffirms DOJ’s ‘Too Big to Jail’ Policy
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle civil mortgage fraud charges stemming from the bank’s role in the 2008 financial crisis. That crash caused more than $12 trillion in economic damage. Below are comments from Public Citizen experts.
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For Immediate Release: 7/10/14
28th Amendment Advances; Will Help Restore Democracy, Reverse Rise of Oligarchy
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on S.J. Res. 19 today will bring us one step closer to adopting the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and will give We the People – through Congress as well as state and local governments – the ability to regulate and limit campaign spending by Big Business and the super-rich.
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For Immediate Release: 7/10/14
Civil Society Organizations Oppose U.S.-EU ‘Trade’ Pact Proposals That Would Undermine Chemical Safety Protections
In a letter today, a broad array of major U.S. and European chemical safety, health, environmental, labor, consumer and other organizations expressed strong opposition to proposed rules for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that could chill or roll back robust chemical safety standards on both sides of the Atlantic.
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For Immediate Release: 7/10/14
Proposed U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Would Expose U.S. Laws to Extrajudicial Attacks by Chinese Corporations Operating Here, Incentivize More Offshoring of American Jobs
At a time of rapid growth in Chinese acquisition of U.S. firms, establishing the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) discussed during this week’s U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue is an especially terrible idea, said Public Citizen.
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