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Taylor Lincoln

Research Director

As director of research at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, Taylor Lincoln has authored or co-authored numerous reports on subjects concerning regulations, health care, worker safety and political spending, among other topics. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan.

Media Appearances:
Taylor has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and HuffPost, among other publications. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and other broadcast media outlets.


Warning: How Industry Rigged the Data to Attack Financial Transaction Taxes, Public Citizen (Oct. 10, 2019).

A Progressive Tax With Beneficial Effects, Public Citizen (Sept. 16, 2019).

A Key Cog in Charles Koch’s Master Plan: How the Purportedly Unbiased George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center Advances an Agenda to Deregulate America, Public Citizen (June 3, 2019).

Corporate Impunity, Public Citizen (July 25, 2018) (co-authored with Rick Claypool, Mike Tanglis and Alan Zibel).

Swamped (Revised Edition): More Than 60 Percent of the Members of Washington’s Lobbying Corps Have Plunged Into the Tax Debate, Public Citizen (Jan 30, 2018).

A Rising Swamp and a Sinking Feeling, Public Citizen (Jan. 19, 2018).

Swamped: More Than Half the Members of Washington’s Lobbying Corps Have Plunged Into the Tax Debate, Public Citizen (Dec. 1, 2017).

Feeding Frenzy in Trump’s Swamp, Public Citizen (Oct. 5, 2017).

Guilt by Omission, Public Citizen (June 28, 2017).

Trump’s Corporate Con Job, Public Citizen (June 15, 2017) (co-authored by Rick Claypool, Mike Tanglis and Alan Zibel).

Blinded by the Light, Public Citizen (June 15, 2017).

The Unruly Transition, Public Citizen (April 25, 2017).

The Medical Malpractice Scapegoat, Public Citizen (Feb. 28, 2017).

The Devil in the Details, Public Citizen (Feb. 17, 2017) (co-authored with Rick Claypool).

Five Unanswered Questions on Trump Transition Policies, Public Citizen (Nov. 23, 2016).

The People Shaping the Trump Administration, Public Citizen (Nov. 16, 2016).

The Company They Keep, Public Citizen (Sept. 15, 2016).

Doubling Down: Wall Street Is Smashing Records on Outside Contributions to Presidential Candidates Even Without Giving to Two of the Remaining Three Candidates, Public Citizen, (May 18, 2016).

Little Support From Above: Health Care Industry Leaders Neither Endorse Nor Suggest Proposals to Address the Epidemic of Patient Handling Injuries, Public Citizen (July 8, 2015).

Pay It Forward: Programs to Protect Health Care Workers Significantly Reduce Injuries and Quickly Recoup Investment Costs, Public Citizen (July 1, 2015).

Uplifting an Industry? State-Based Safe Patient Handling Laws Have Yielded Improvements But Are Not Adequately Protecting Health Care Workers, Public Citizen (June 24, 2015) (co-authored with Keith Wrightson).

Taking the Burden Off Their Backs: Technology and Sensible Systems Greatly Reduce Risk of Injuries to Caregivers While Improving Patient Safety, Public Citizen (June 16, 2015).

The Health Care Industry’s Castoffs: Nurses Injured at Work Often Find Themselves Out of Work and Suffering From Chronic Pain, Public Citizen (June 9, 2015).

Sleighted: Accounting Tricks Create False Impression That Small Businesses Are Getting Their Share of Federal Procurement Money, Public Citizen (May 6, 2015).

Solutions in Sight: Safety Initiatives Have Dramatically Reduced Harms During Childbirth But Are Unevenly Implemented, Public Citizen (March 12, 2015).

Super Connected (2014) Outside Electioneering Groups’ Ties to Candidates and Parties Discredit Foundational Premise of U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United Decision (Update on report published in October 2014), Public Citizen (Jan. 14, 2015) (co-authored with Andrew Perez).

Superconnected (2014): Growing Trend of Unregulated Electioneering Groups Serving Candidates and Parties Further Disproves Supreme Court’s Assumption That Such Groups Are ‘Independent’, Public Citizen (Oct. 14, 2014) (co-authored with Adam Crowther).

A Matter of Perspective: Added Costs From a Financial Transaction Tax Would Be Minuscule Compared to Fees Investors Already Pay, Public Citizen (March 12, 2014).

It’s an Outrage: Regulations Are Entirely to Blame for Unemployment and a Leading Cause of Death in the United States, According to Industry and Its Allies, Public Citizen (Nov. 14, 2013).

No Correlation: Continued Decrease in Medical Malpractice Payments Debunks Theory That Litigation Is to Blame for Soaring Medical Costs, Public Citizen (August 2013).

Health Care Workers Unprotected: Insufficient Inspections and Standards Leave Safety Risks Unaddressed, Public Citizen (July 17, 2013) (co-authored with Keith Wrightson).

A Road Map to ‘Single-Payer’: How States Can Escape the Clutches of the Private Health Insurance System, Public Citizen (July 10, 2013).

Super Connected: Outside Groups’ Devotion to Individual Candidates and Political Parties Disproves the Supreme Court’s Key Assumption in Citizens United That Unregulated Outside Spenders Would Be ‘Independent’, Public Citizen (March 2013).

Forgotten Lessons of Deregulation: Rolling Back Dodd-Frank’s Derivatives Rules Would Repeat a Mistake That Led to the Financial Crisis, Public Citizen (May 2012).

The Harms to Consumers From the Supreme Court’s Concepcion Decision Are Plainly Evident, Public Citizen (April 2012) (co-authored with Christine Hines and Negah Mouzoon).

A Failed Experiment: Health Care in Texas Has Worsened in Key Respects Since State Instituted Liability Caps in 2003, Public Citizen (October 2011)

Fulfilling Kennedy’s Promise: Why the SEC Should Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity, (September 2011) (co-authored with John Coates).

Regulation: The Unsung Hero in American Innovation, Public Citizen (September 2011) (co-authored with Negah Mouzoon).

Industry Repeats Itself: The Financial Reform Fight, Public Citizen (July 2011).

Cranes & Derricks: The Prolonged Creation of a Key Public Safety Rule, Public Citizen (April 2011) (co-authored with Negah Mouzoon).

Defensive Medicine: The Doctored Crisis, Public Citizen (March 2011) (co-authored with David Arkush).

12 Months After: The Effects of Citizens United on Elections and the Integrity of the Legislative Process, Public Citizen (January 2011) (co-authored with Craig Holman and others; Lincoln’s primary contribution was on portions discussing disclosure).

Fading Disclosure: Increasing Number of Electioneering Groups Keep Donors’ Identities Secret, Public Citizen (Sept. 15, 2010)  (co-authored with Craig Holman).

Forced Arbitration: Unfair and Everywhere, Public Citizen (Sept. 14, 2009) (co-authored with Zachary Gima and David Arkush).

The Arbitration (Debate) Trap: How Opponents of Corporate Accountability Distort the Debate on Arbitration, Public Citizen (July 2008) (co-authored with David Arkush).

Hazardous Waits: CPSC Lets Crucial Time Pass Before Warning Public About Dangerous Products, Public Citizen (January 2008)

A Self-Inflicted ‘Crisis’: New York’s Medical Malpractice Insurance Troubles Caused by Flawed State Rate Setting and Raid on Rainy Day Fund, Public Citizen (November 2007) (co-authored with Peter Gosselar and Barry Boughton).

Spending Millions to Save Billions: The Campaign of the Super Wealthy to Kill the Estate Tax, Public Citizen and United for a Fair Economy (April 2006). (co-authored with Conor Kenny, Chuck Collins and Lee Farris).

Brad White, Congressional Revolving Doors, Public Citizen (July 2005) (Lincoln supervised the project, including data collection for it.)

Tabled Labels: Consumers Eat Blind While Congress Feasts on Campaign Cash, Public Citizen (September 2005). (co-authored with Patricia Lovera, Tony Corbo, Taylor Lincoln and Frank Clemente).

Taylor Lincoln, The New Stealth PACs: Tracking 501(c) Non-Profit Groups Active in Elections, Public Citizen (September 2004)

EPA’s Smoke Screen: How Congress Was Given False Information While Campaign Contributions and Political Connections Gutted a Key Clean Air Rule, Public Citizen (October 2003) (co-authored with Craig Aaron and Conor Kenny).


Reality Check: The Forgotten Lessons of Deregulation and Unsung Successes of Sensible Safeguards (Public Citizen: 2013). (Book is a compilation of reports by Lincoln and others; edited by Lincoln).


Taylor Lincoln, Trump Plan Would Save Lives by Making It Too Expensive to Drive, Citizen Vox (Aug. 13, 2018).

Taylor Lincoln, The True Cost of Arming our Teachers, Salon (March 11, 2018).

Taylor Lincoln, A Smorgasbord for the Swamp creatures: GOP Tax Plan Is a Gift for Lobbyists, Salon (Dec. 11, 2017).

Taylor Lincoln and Alan Zibel, There Is a Feeding Frenzy Going Down in Trump’s Swamp, Salon (Oct, 13, 2017).

Taylor Lincoln and Lisa Gilbert, The Not So Transparent Trump Transition, The Hill (Dec. 20, 2016).

Taylor Lincoln, An Idea So Old, It’s New Again, Huffington Post (Oct. 14, 2015).

Taylor Lincoln, It’s Time for Providers to Adopt Cost-Effective Nurse Injury Prevention Solutions, Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter (July 30, 2015).

Taylor Lincoln, Basic Safety Programs Dramatically Cut Tragedies in Childbirth, Huffington Post (March 18, 2015).

Andrew Perez and Taylor Lincoln, Meet the New HSBC …, Huffington Post (January 30, 2015).

Taylor Lincoln and Andrew Perez, Super PACs: Just Helping Out a Friend, Huffington Post (Jan. 20, 2015).

Taylor Lincoln, Citizens United: The Campaign Finance Wrecking Ball, Huffington Post (Oct. 14, 2014).

Taylor Lincoln, Adam Crowther and Lisa Gilbert, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Huffington Post (April 3, 2014).

Taylor Lincoln, Regulations Cost More Than We Ever Knew, Huffington Post (Nov. 14, 2013).

Taylor Lincoln, The Hidden Health Care Problem, Huffington Post (July 17, 2013).

Taylor Lincoln, Study Shows Super PACs Made Mockery of Campaign Law, The Hill (blog) (March 5, 2013).

Taylor Lincoln, Supreme Court’s Theory of ‘Independent’ Outside Money Is No Longer Operative, Huffington Post (Nov. 1, 2012).

Taylor Lincoln, A Conversation With Mitt Romney, Huffington Post (Sept. 6, 2012).

Taylor Lincoln, The GOP’s Redonkulous Alternative to Obamacare, Huffington Post (July 11, 2012).

Micah Hauptman and Taylor Lincoln, A Danger Lurking in the Shadows, Huffington Post (May 23, 2012).

Taylor Lincoln, Don’t Get Fooled Again, Huffington Post (May 18, 2012).

John Coates and Taylor Lincoln, Fulfilling the Promise of Citizens United, The Washington Post (Sept. 6, 2011).

Taylor Lincoln, IRS Needs to Draw The Line on 501(c) Electioneering, Roll Call (April 26, 2007).