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Taylor Lincoln

Director of Research, Congress Watch

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.

Lincoln has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, among other publications and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and other broadcast media outlets. He has a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.


Rick Claypool, Mike Tanglis, Taylor Lincoln and Alan Zibel, Corporate Impunity, Public Citizen (July 25, 2018)

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

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

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

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

Taylor Lincoln, Guilt by Omission, Public Citizen (June 28, 2017)

Rick Claypool, Mike Tanglis, Taylor Lincoln and Alan Zibel, Trump’s Corporate Con Job, Public Citizen (June 15, 2017)

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

Taylor Lincoln, The Unruly Transition, Public Citizen (April 25, 2017)

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

Rick Claypool and Taylor Lincoln, The Devil in the Details, Public Citizen (Feb. 17, 2017)

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

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

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

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

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

Keith Wrightson and Taylor Lincoln, 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)

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

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

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

Taylor Lincoln and Andrew Perez, 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)

Taylor Lincoln and Adam Crowther, 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)

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

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

Keith Wrightson and Taylor Lincoln, Health Care Workers Unprotected: Insufficient Inspections and Standards Leave Safety Risks Unaddressed, Public Citizen (July 17, 2013)

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

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

Taylor Lincoln, 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)

Christine Hines, Negah Mouzoon and Taylor Lincoln, The Harms to Consumers From the Supreme Court’s Concepcion Decision Are Plainly Evident, Public Citizen (April 2012)

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

John Coates, Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, and Taylor Lincoln, Research Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, Fulfilling Kennedy’s Promise: Why the SEC Should Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity (September 2011)

Negah Mouzoon and Taylor Lincoln, Regulation: The Unsung Hero in American Innovation, Public Citizen (September 2011)

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

Taylor Lincoln and Negah Mouzoon, Cranes & Derricks: The Prolonged Creation of a Key Public Safety Rule, Public Citizen (April 2011)

David Arkush and Taylor Lincoln, Defensive Medicine: The Doctored Crisis, Public Citizen (March 2011)

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.)

Taylor Lincoln and Craig Holman, Fading Disclosure: Increasing Number of Electioneering Groups Keep Donors’ Identities Secret, Public Citizen (Sept. 15, 2010)

Zachary Gima, Taylor Lincoln and David Arkush, Forced Arbitration: Unfair and Everywhere, Public Citizen (Sept. 14, 2009)

Taylor Lincoln and David Arkush, The Arbitration (Debate) Trap: How Opponents of Corporate Accountability Distort the Debate on Arbitration, Public Citizen (July 2008)

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

Peter Gosselar, Barry Boughton and Taylor Lincoln, 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)

Conor Kenny, Taylor Lincoln, Chuck Collins and Lee Farris, 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)

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

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

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

Conor Kenny, Taylor Lincoln and Craig Aaron, 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)


Taylor Lincoln, Reality Check: The Forgotten Lessons of Deregulation and Unsung Successes of Sensible Safeguards (Public Citizen: 2013)


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)