September 2011 media hits

Public Citizen is mentioned, or its experts quoted, every day in print and broadcast media around the world. Below are links to some of the recent stories in which we have appeared.

GOP against protecting workers

9/30/2011
The Huffington Post: GOP against protecting workers - In addition to blocking President Obama's health care law and slashing funding for job training, the budget plan presented by House Republicans for health and labor programs this week would scuttle several worker safety protections put forth by the Department of Labor.

Media take wrong angle with oil speculation

9/30/2011
Huffington Post: Media take wrong angle with oil speculation - After firebrand Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leaked confidential data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to the Wall Street Journal last month -- data that dramatically illustrated how speculators were dominating the oil futures market during the 2008 spike in oil prices -- other news outlets jumped on the story.

FDA may loosen conflict of interest policy

9/30/2011
NorthJersey.com: FDA may loosen conflict of interest policy - THE HEAD of the Food and Drug Administration recently indicated that the agency may consider loosening a conflict of interest policy that restricts scientists with industry financial ties from advising U.S. regulators.

Taxing the weathly

9/30/2011
St. Louis Beacon: Taxing the weathly - The effective investigator learns to distrust coincidence.

Super PACs gear up for 2012 election

9/30/2011
The Olympian: Super PACs gear up for 2012 election - Relaxed campaign spending rules unleashed a torrent of cash in the 2010 elections. In 2012, it could be a deluge.

Reopen malpractice database

9/30/2011
Kansas City Star: Reopen malpractice database - Six leading journalism organizations are calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to immediately restore public access to a federal database that contains statistical information on the malpractice and disciplinary histories of thousands of doctors nationwide.

Richard Nixon grand jury testimony to be unsealed

9/30/2011
Talking Points Memo: Richard Nixon grand jury testimony to be unsealed - A transcript of former President Richard Nixon's testimony on the Watergate scandal before a grand jury in 1975 is going to be unsealed thanks to a lawsuit filed by Public Citizen on behalf of an historian.

E.P.A. is Perry's favorite target

9/30/2011
The New York Times: E.P.A. is Perry's favorite target - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has built a political career running against Washington, and no agency more symbolizes what he considers the meddlesome and economy-choking evils of the federal government than the Environmental Protection Agency.

The 'Evil' Addict

9/30/2011
New York Times: The 'Evil' Addict - My column on making Naloxone available over-the-counter to reverse overdoses drew many plaudits and two main strands of criticism.

Doctors and pharamaceutical companies

9/30/2011
Chicago Tribune: Doctors and pharamaceutical companies - I read with interest the article on huge payments by pharmaceutical companies to doctors so that those doctors will educate colleagues about certain medicines.

Objectivity of doctors

9/30/2011
U.S. Daily Politics: Objectivity of doctors - We expect our doctors to "first do no harm" and to provide treatment based on what's in our best interest.

Climate Change's effect on Texas

9/30/2011
Salon: Climate Change's effect on Texas - George Bush Park burst into flames on Sept. 13, one month to the day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his candidacy for president of the United States.

Mica fights new trucking regulations

9/30/2011
Trucking Info: Mica fights new trucking regulations - Rep. John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, warned President Obama that he will challenge andy changes to the current hours of service rule.

Free trade won't help bourbon

9/27/2011
Bradenton: Free trade won't help bourbon - Distillers of bourbon -- Kentucky's trademark spirit -- are hopeful that a long-stymied free-trade agreement with South Korea will boost U.S. liquor exports.

New rules for trade association lobbyists

9/26/2011
The Non-Profit Quarterly : New rules for trade association lobbyists - As Politico puts it, “President Barack Obama isn’t finished with K Street.”

Weak EPA regulations in Texas

9/26/2011
Statesman: Weak EPA regulations in Texas - The wrapper of polite disagreement on some key issues came off at a series of weekend public policy panels at the University of Texas.

Corportations buy off Rick Perry

9/25/2011
McClatchy: Corportations buy off Rick Perry - In 2008, Larry Soward, one of three commissioners on Texas' environmental regulatory agency, cast the lone dissenting vote against licensing a controversial low-level nuclear disposal site in far West Texas.

TRAIN Act non-supporters

9/23/2011
The Hill: TRAIN Act non-supporters - The House Energy and Commerce Committee's GOP leadership inaccurately claimed Thursday that a number of green groups support legislation to delay – perhaps indefinitely – a pair of Environmental Protection Agency power plant pollution regulations.

Wall Street Vampires

9/23/2011
Huffington Post: Wall Street Vampires - Vampires. Thieves of the night. As sunlight is said to be deadly to them, these mythical creatures venture out to drain the blood from their innocent victims only when it is dark outside.

The truth about trade agreements

9/22/2011
The Plain Dealer: The truth about trade agreements - The day before President Barack Obama announced a $447 billion proposal to boost the economy and create jobs, Portman joined a group of GOP Senators Sept. 7, 2011, at a Capitol Hill news conference to suggest that Obama could create jobs quickly by sending pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress, where all three would likely pass with bipartisan support. 

Bribing polititians to get contracts

9/22/2011
Roll Call: Bribing polititians to get contracts - The debt ceiling compromise, in which a super committee of 12 Members of Congress will determine the fate of the federal budget, has elevated pay-to-play politics in government contracting to new heights.

The battle against the industrial North

9/21/2011
OEN: The battle against the industrial North - A tutor at our local polytech has asked me to do a 90 minute class in November on the antiglobalization movement.

Slow progress for trade agreements

9/21/2011
ICTSD: Slow progress for trade agreements - The eighth round of talks for the proposed nine-country Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement showed movement in several areas, according to reports, with negotiators now ready to address “sensitive areas.”

Public Interest Law

9/21/2011
Forbes: Public Interest Law - In 1914, the NAACP decided that it needed to expand its efforts to achieve racial equality, so it filed its first friend-of-the-court brief. With this modest step, the era of public interest law began.

Farm worker safety

9/21/2011
The Nation: Farm worker safety - This summer in California, as legions of migrants culled America's bounty from sun-scorched fields, Governor Jerry Brown put the right to unionize even further out of their reach.

Federal Trade Agreements will cut jobs

9/21/2011
AFL-CIO: Federal Trade Agreements will cut jobs - Congress will soon consider three so-called free trade agreements (FTAs) between the United States and Korea, Colombia and Panama.

BCRA's failure to blame

9/21/2011
Campaign and Elections: BCRA's failure to blame - It is time to recognize that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), otherwise known as McCain-Feingold, was a failure.

Corruption in Texas?

9/21/2011
The Washington Post : Corruption in Texas? - Who is really leveling “cronyism” charges at Perry? - The Republican Governors Association in the Perry Years.”

Blocking AT&T's monopoly ambitions

9/21/2011
BGR: Blocking AT&T's monopoly ambitions - The Department of Justice recently filed a lawsuit against AT&T in an effort to block its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA, but that has not stopped 100 lawmakers from signing a letter pushing the government to settle the suit and approve the merger.

Tylenol shortages in some areas

9/21/2011
Wall Street Journal: Tylenol shortages in some areas - A staple of the American medicine cabinet may be hard to come by this fall because of a slew of recalls -- but that's all the more reason to take a closer look at the cold and flu medications you stock at home.

WTO rules against 'Dolphin Safe' labeling

9/21/2011
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: WTO rules against 'Dolphin Safe' labeling - A WTO panel on Thursday found fault with the United States’ “dolphin safe” labelling practice for tuna products, ruling that the label meant to inform consumers on the use of dolphin-friendly fishing practices was unnecessarily trade restrictive.

TEAM hopes to stop counterfeiting

9/21/2011
SecuringPharma: TEAM hopes to stop counterfeiting - The US government has launched a new strategic initiative called Trade Enhancing Access to Medicines (TEAM), which includes plans to work with Asia-Pacific trade partners on strengthening anti-counterfeiting measures.

Obama's efforts decrease transparency

9/21/2011
The Nonprofit Quarterly: Obama's efforts decrease transparency - The organizations that pay attention to money in politics (such as the Center for Responsive Politics, which publishes the Open Secrets Blog) have taken note of a new report by the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI).

Officials asked to reopen databases

9/21/2011
The Kansas City Star: Officials asked to reopen databases - In a letter to key members of Congress and to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, six prominent journalism organizations are asking that a database containing statistical information on doctors’ malpractice histories be made public again.

Law suits filed on file-sharers

9/21/2011
Ars Technica: Law suits filed on file-sharers - In September 2010, West Coast Productions—maker of such films as Teen Anal Nightmare 2 and Juicy White Anal Booty 4—paired up with West Virginia lawyer Ken Ford to file a set of mass lawsuits against online file-sharers.

Free trade agreement in Panama

9/21/2011
Guatemala News: Free trade agreement in Panama - Panama is the sink where the dirtiest money is laundered, writes Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens.

Weight-loss drugs attempting to get approval

9/21/2011
All Voices: Weight-loss drugs attempting to get approval - Manufactures of pills face tough challenges when attempting to receive FDA approval and at times they get rejected but this does not keep them from trying.

California not disciplining doctors

9/21/2011
Clinical Advisor: California not disciplining doctors - The watchdog group Public Citizen has alerted California Gov. Jerry Brown that the state's medical board has failed to take action against more than 700 health care providers who were disciplined for wrongdoing between September 1990 and the end of 2009.

HHS takes down malpractice website

9/21/2011
Consumer Affairs: HHS takes down malpractice website - For more than 15 years, researchers, reports and policymakers have been able to access an online database that anonymously tracks physicians’ records of malpractice, medical errors and medical discipline.

Illinois power plant becoming cleaner

9/21/2011
Journal Courier: Illinois power plant becoming cleaner - The first phase in determining whether a multi-billion project moves forward in Morgan County is up for federal review.

Teamsters suing over Mexican trucks

9/21/2011
Truth About Trade: Teamsters suing over Mexican trucks - The Teamsters and activist group Public Citizen are suing the Obama Administration to stop the agreement between the US and Mexico on cross-border trucking access under NAFTA.

Regulation protects people

9/21/2011
Safety.BLR: Regulation protects people - Five health and safety regulations that were largely opposed by industry have saved thousands of lives and prevented tens of thousands of injuries, according to an analysis by Washington-based Public Citizen.  

Lawmakers triple their side income since 2006

9/21/2011
Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers triple their side income since 2006 - The national economy is struggling to keep its head above water. On Capitol Hill, it's a different story.

Regulations could spur growth

9/21/2011
Politico: Regulations could spur growth - Federal regulations may not be so bad after all.

Cigarette label suit

9/21/2011
The Associated Press: Cigarette label suit - Several public health groups are weighing in on a lawsuit over graphic cigarette warning labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker, saying the federal government has a strong interest in more effectively informing people about the effects of tobacco and current warnings aren't sufficient.

AT&T brided politicians

9/21/2011
Bloomberg News: AT&T brided politicians - Representative Pete Olson and 99 fellow House Republicans signed a letter yesterday urging the Obama administration to resolve a government lawsuit and let AT&T Inc. (T) buy T-Mobile USA Inc.

GATS needs updating

9/20/2011
iPolitics : GATS needs updating - There have been revolutionary changes in the trade of financial services since the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) came into force in 1995.

Regulations create jobs

9/20/2011
Politico : Regulations create jobs - Challenging a flood of firsthand business testimonials about the burden of federal red tape, new research by environmental and consumer groups suggests some regulations might even lay the groundwork for a lasting economic recovery.

Increase in corruption reporting

9/19/2011
MSNBC: Increase in corruption reporting - Employees are increasingly willing these days to blow the whistle when they see fraud, corruption and general unlawful behavior at their employers.

Help for those whose jobs moved overseas

9/19/2011
The Hill : Help for those whose jobs moved overseas - President Obama’s push for renewed assistance for workers who lose their jobs due to trade isn’t diminishing organized labor’s opposition to the three trade deals he wants Congress to approve.

AT&T seeks to destroy US jobs

9/19/2011
The Daily Feed: AT&T seeks to destroy US jobs -  Last month, Rep. Heath Shuler, Democrat of North Carolina, urged President Obama to ignore the Justice Department lawsuit aiming to block AT&T's takeover of T-Mobile, arguing, as consumer advocacy group Public Citizen explained, "that the deal was needed as a boost to the economy."

Lobbying activity surrounds super committee

9/19/2011
AMERICAblog: Lobbying activity surrounds super committee - This pretty much speaks for itself. Note the role of the WTO as an anti-environmental-regulation entity.

'Dolphin-Safe' tuna label ruled illegal

9/19/2011
The Daily Green: 'Dolphin-Safe' tuna label ruled illegal - The effort to stop the slaughter of dolphins in tuna nets has been a successful consumer-led movement, but it's in jeopardy, according to press reports.

Washington Whistleblower Assembly this Monday and Tuesday!

9/16/2011
Daily Whistleblower News: Washington Whistleblower Assembly this Monday and Tuesday! - The 2011 Whistleblower assembly takes place next week on September 19 and 20. The theme this year is "Whistleblowers Protecting the Public."

Expanding the ban on gifts from lobbyists

9/16/2011
The Hill: Expanding the ban on gifts from lobbyists - A new regulation proposed this week by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) would prohibit all federal government employees from accepting any gifts from lobbyists.

EPA requirements won't put Texas in the dark

9/15/2011
Chron.com: EPA requirements won't put Texas in the dark - A top EPA official today rebuffed concerns that some Texas power plants could shut down because providers do not have enough time to prepare for new requirements to reduce toxic emissions that cross state lines.

Corporate Spending Disclosure

9/15/2011
WNYC.org: Corporate Spending Disclosure - This week, Michele Bachmann charged that “crony capitalism” can explain Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s support of a mandate for the HPV vaccine in Texas, a policy that was later overturned by the Texas legislature.

Texas power plants' deadline corrected

9/15/2011
MySA: Texas power plants' deadline corrected - A top Environmental Protection Agency official on Thursday rebuffed concerns that some Texas power plants could shut down because they might not have enough time to prepare for a new federal limit on toxic emissions that cross state lines.

Speculation drives up oil prices

9/15/2011
Thinkprogress.org: Speculation drives up oil prices - Last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leaked confidential data about oil speculation to a number of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal.  

Panama the best place to launder money

9/14/2011
The Epoch Times: Panama the best place to launder money - “Panama is the sink where the dirtiest money is laundered,” writes Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens.

Sen. Patty Murray under fire

9/9/2011
Fox News: Sen. Patty Murray under fire - Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who was picked by Majority Leader Harry Reid to co-chair the deficit-reduction supercommittee, is taking criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

Advisory panels calls for tougher regulations

9/9/2011
Wall Street Journal: Advisory panels calls for tougher regulations - A federal advisory panel Thursday called for more clinical studies and tougher regulation of certain surgical mesh products used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, an often painful condition that affects thousands of women.

Surgical mesh manufacturers agree to meet panel

9/9/2011
Bloomberg: Surgical mesh manufacturers agree to meet panel - Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and rival makers of transvaginal meshes told Food and Drug Administration advisers they agreed on the need for more safety studies of the implants as well as labeling changes to warn of potential risks.

Disclosure of campaign contributions

9/7/2011
Talking Points Memo: Disclosure of campaign contributions - With the 2012 political money machine now in full post-Labor Day gear, watchdog groups are trying to turn up the pressure on businesses and unions to disclose every dollar they spend on behalf of candidates, even though that kind of transparency isn't required by law.

Fulfilling the promise of 'Citizens United'

9/7/2011
Washington Post: Fulfilling the promise of 'Citizens United' - The Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizens United decision to permit corporations to spend unlimited sums to influence federal elections was premised on a pair of yet-unfulfilled promises Corporations would disclose their expenditures, and shareholders would be able to police such spending.

New child labor proposals

9/7/2011
Iowa Independent: New child labor proposals - In its first such move since 1970, the U.S. Department of Labor is taking aim at risky exposures for minors, and the proposed rules could spell changes for family farming operations.

Republicans oppose U.S. Consumer Bureau nomination

9/7/2011
Bloomberg: Republicans oppose U.S. Consumer Bureau nomination - Senate Republicans hearing testimony from President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said they wouldn’t confirm anyone to run the agency without changes to its structure.

Republicans attack EPA regulations

9/7/2011
San Francisco Chronicle: Republicans attack EPA regulations - The Republican prescription for job growth, shared by tonight's presidential debaters and Republicans in Congress, is to dismantle regulations proposed by the Obama administration, especially the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming these are a key culprit in widespread unemployment.

Dozens of companies pay CEO more than IRS

9/6/2011
In These Times: Dozens of companies pay CEO more than IRS - America's CEOs are truly in a league of their own when it comes to pay and power.

NAFTA of the Pacific

9/6/2011
Huffington Post: NAFTA of the Pacific - This Labor Day, the Pacific Rim will wash into the Midwest's flagship city, and activists will confront the tides of global commerce with a demand for global economic justice.

Teamsters fight Mexican-truck plan

9/6/2011
Wall Street Journal: Teamsters fight Mexican-truck plan - The Teamsters union filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block the government's plan to allow Mexican trucks back into the U.S., in a sign of the growing rift between unions and the administration over trade.

Obama's executive order gets push

9/2/2011
Politico: Obama's executive order gets push - Public interest groups are growing increasingly frustrated with the Obama administration’s indecision regarding a draft executive order that, as conceived, would force government contractors to reveal new details about their politicking.

Groups Turn the Heat Up on OSHA

9/2/2011
EHS Today: Groups Turn the Heat Up on OSHA - Saying that OSHA has dragged its feet on enacting a standard to protect workers from heat exposure, thereby allowing hundreds of workers to die of heat-related illness and thousands to be seriously injured, Public Citizen and other groups have sent OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels a 50-page petition requesting such a standard.

Solar power firm ceases operations

9/2/2011
Los Angeles Times: Solar power firm ceases operations - The California solar panel manufacturer that received a high-profile $535-million Energy Department loan guarantee said it was ceasing operations, laying of 1,100 workers and preparing to file for bankruptcy protection.

Oil speculation debate

9/2/2011
Continental Capital Investment Ltd: Oil speculation debate - Commodities traders, unlike big buyers and sellers of stocks, have never had to disclose their holdings publicly. But that hidebound system is coming under attack.

FDA questions breast implants safety

9/2/2011
CBSNews: FDA questions breast implants safety - A panel of expert advisors to the FDA has been asked to solve a mystery What happened to thousands of women who enrolled in studies designed to evaluate rare complications that might arise years after they received silicone gel breast implants?

Trucking Regulations

9/2/2011
Bloomberg: Trucking Regulations - President Barack Obama’s inclusion of two proposed rules on truckers’ driving hours on a list of the seven most expensive pending U.S. regulations makes them so politically sensitive they may not survive, according to an industry group.

Governor Rick Perry's campaign funds

9/2/2011
Washington Post: Governor Rick Perry's campaign funds - Just before Labor Day weekend, two San Antonio multi-millionaires will co-chair a $25,000-a-couple country club fundraiser for Republican Gov. Rick Perry, an event meant to persuade business leaders beyond Texas to help their friend win the White House.