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For Immediate Release: 10/30/14
49 Organizations Call on Congress to Restore Whistleblower Rights for Intelligence Contractors
Congress should quickly restore whistleblower rights for government contractors who work in the intelligence community (IC), 49 ideologically diverse organizations and the Make It Safe Coalition told lawmakers in a letter today.
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For Immediate Release: 10/29/14
Report: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dominates Undisclosed Spending in Congressional Races
The Chamber Has Spent Almost as Much as the Next Two Dark Money Groups Combined, Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch Program Finds
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For Immediate Release: 10/22/14
Public Citizen Report: Medical Malpractice Payments Remain at Historic Low Despite Slight Uptick Last Year
Medical malpractice payments remained at a historic low despite rising slightly last year, according to Public Citizen’s annual analysis of data published by the federal government’s National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).
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For Immediate Release: 10/15/14
House Office of Congressional Ethics Working Well; Senate Ethics Enforcement a Failure, Public Citizen Report Shows
The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has dramatically improved the ethics process in the U.S. House of Representatives, while the ethics process in the U.S. Senate, which lacks such an office, has failed, a new Public Citizen report (PDF) shows.
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For Immediate Release: 10/14/14
Public Citizen Report: 42 Percent of Unregulated Groups Have Devoted All Their Resources to a Single Candidate in 2014 Elections
At least 57 outside groups that can accept unlimited contributions have devoted all of their resources to supporting a single congressional candidate this election cycle, according to a Public Citizen analysis released today.
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For Immediate Release: 10/13/14
Groups to Congress: Reform Ethics Process in Senate and House
Roundtable discussion in which a newly formed coalition called the Ethics Working Group will call for reforms in the congressional ethics process. Speakers will advocate the creation of a U.S. Senate ethics office, greater transparency of ethics investigations and timetables for public reports on the status of investigations.
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For Immediate Release: 10/7/14
FEC Shouldn’t Allow Any More Loopholes in How the Party Nominating Conventions Are Financed
Public Citizen today urged the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) not to allow national party committees to exceed contribution limits when raising private money to pay for the party nominating conventions.
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For Immediate Release: 10/7/14
Local Chambers Tell Supreme Court: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Does Not Represent Our Interests in BP Case
Eight local chambers of commerce have filed an amicus brief (PDF) at the U.S. Supreme Court, stating that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce does not represent their interests in the U.S. Chamber’s amicus filing in a Supreme Court case related to the BP oil disaster.
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For Immediate Release: 10/1/14
Civic Organizations Applaud Proposal to Strengthen Anti-Corruption Rules in Municipal Securities
A diverse coalition including consumer advocates, labor unions, investment organizations, and financial reform and campaign finance groups today endorsed an effort by Washington regulators to strengthen the rules to prevent Wall Street from corrupting the municipal securities sector. Municipal securities are the bonds issued by school districts, cities and states that are paid off with tax dollars and used to fund public projects.
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For Immediate Release: 10/1/14
Voters Overwhelmingly Want More Enforcement of Laws and Regulations, New Poll Shows
With near unanimity, voters believe there should be tougher enforcement of existing laws and rules, and they should be enforced fairly, without regard to the wealth or power of violators, a new poll released today by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards shows.
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