Rick Claypool is a research director for Public Citizen’s President’s office, where he focuses on corporate crime and wrongdoing and the ways corporate power distorts democracy. Rick produces reports on a range of topics including federal enforcement against corporations, deregulation, and conflicts of interest. Rick has dug into records at the federal, state, county and city levels, and has presented research findings to national and international audiences. Rick oversaw online advocacy for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division from 2009-2016. He served as an AmeriCorps VISTA worker for Just Harvest in Pittsburgh and worked as a staff writer at the Toledo City Paper in Toledo, Ohio. Rick has a master’s degree in popular culture studies from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in English with a philosophy minor from Saint Vincent College.
Rick has been quoted in a wide range of publications, including the Associated Press, USA Today, McClatchy, The Wall Street Journal, Kaiser Health News on NPR, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bloomberg News, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Politico, The Intercept, STAT News, the Texas Tribune, the San Francisco Business Times and Motherboard.