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For Immediate Release: 8/13/14
Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for Agreement by Candidates to Curb Avalanche of Outside Spending
A new poll commissioned by Public Citizen shows strong bipartisan support among voters for an agreement more candidates are entering to curb the influence of outside spending in their campaigns.
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For Immediate Release: 7/31/14
Attacking Lobbyist Corruption at its Core: Campaign Money
Bennet Legislation Would Set Limits on Campaign Fundraising by Lobbyists
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For Immediate Release: 7/31/14
Public Citizen Commends Obama for Executive Order Restoring the Legal Rights of Employees of Federal Contractors
Statement of Christine Hines, Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel, Public Citizen
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For Immediate Release: 7/30/14
Medicare Anniversary Events Demonstrate the Need to Expand Medicare For Every American
Medicare-For-All Would Ensure Universal Coverage and Address Health Disparities
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For Immediate Release: 7/30/14
We Need Fewer Pointless Hearings, More Solutions
After 12 hearings on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting scandal and more than a year since news broke of the IRS’ use of inappropriate criteria to select groups applying for nonprofit status for extra scrutiny, the U.S. House Committee on Government Oversight finally held a hearing to ensure such a thing never happens again. Unfortunately, they ignored one of the most important solutions: an IRS rulemaking that is already underway.
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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: 7/15/14
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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