October 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.

Public Citizen seeks investigation

10/28/2011
Washington Post: Public Citizen seeks investigation - Activist group seeks investigation of NIH deaths The activist group Public Citizen asked the secretaries of defense and health and human services on Tuesday to investigate the deaths of two people who received platelet transfusions contaminated with bacteria at the National Institutes of Health’s research hospital this summer.

Former congress members campaigns still spending money

10/28/2011
The Hill: Former congress members campaigns still spending money - Former members' are campaigns alive, well and still spending money The spending of political contributions on legal fees and even consultants after a lawmaker has resigned in scandal might be “unpalatable to the public,” but it is generally legal, said Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Congress Watch at the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Hours of Service deadline pushed back a month

10/28/2011
Truckinginfo: Hours of Service deadline pushed back a month - HOS deadline pushed back a month The settlement agreement is between the Department of Transportation and a group of safety advocacy groups led by Public Citizen.

Self-Regulatory organizations

10/28/2011
Project on Government Oversight: Self-Regulatory organizations - POGO joins brief asking Supreme Court to holdaccountable We joined Public Citizen, Consumer Action, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in signing on to the brief, which was written and submitted by Public Citizen’s Litigation Group.

Stroke medication needs to be further reviewed

10/28/2011
FierceBiotech: Stroke medication needs to be further reviewed - 15 top blockbuster contenders The irascible pharma critics at Public Citizen want regulators to stick with proven winners in the strokeprevention field, urging the FDA to turn thumbs down on the treatment. Public Citizen has a much high safety bar than the agency, which may not have trouble ignoring them once again.

Obama 'bundlers' have ties to lobbying

10/28/2011
The New York Times: Obama 'bundlers' have ties to lobbying - Obama backers tied to lobbies raise millions “It’s a legitimate concern,” said Craig Holman, a registered lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan ethics group in Washington.

Austin Energy plans to increase rates

10/28/2011
The Statesman: Austin Energy plans to increase rates - Proposed electric increases target poor, could hamper conservation critics say The fee was also compared to a regressive tax on Tuesday by representatives from the Austin Tenants' Council, Texas Legal Services Center and Texas chapter of Public Citizen.

DEA offers anonymous drug take-back program

10/28/2011
Boomer Health and Style: DEA offers anonymous drug take-back program - Watchdog group Public Citizen has urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require a black box warning on proton pump inhibitors' packaging.

Stroke drug not as safe as it seems

10/28/2011
Cardiovascular Business: Stroke drug not as safe as it seems - Public Citizen slams rivaroxaban, ROCKETAF to FDA Despite receiving praise from the FDA’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drug Advisory Committee, the anticoagulant rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Bayer/Johnson & Johnson) is now getting scrutiny from Public Citizen.

Groups call attention to corporate money in elections

10/28/2011
Salem News: Groups call attention to corporate money in elections - As OWS grows, renewed effort to expose corporate takeover of elections launched Included in the effort are such advocacy organizations as Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Move to Amend, and The Center for Media and Democracy and media outlets as The Nation, Alternet, In These Times, and The Progressive.

Regulation hopes to help tired truckers

10/28/2011
Bloomberg: Regulation hopes to help tired truckers - Tired truckers versus efficiency is focus of regulation fight The government faces a deadline tomorrow to produce the final driver fatigue rule under a legal settlement with Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased consumer group, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Tort Reform does not better health care

10/28/2011
The Texas Tribune: Tort Reform does not better health care - No better care, thanks to Tort Reform These statistics are public and well known. They can be found at TDSHS’s website and in a report Public Citizen published earlier this year.

Nurses push for global financial transaction tax

10/28/2011
California Progress Report: Nurses push for global financial transaction tax - Nurses to Obama Push for global financial transaction tax now! Some major U.S. economists, and organizations including the AFLCIO, Oxfam, Institute for Policy Studies, and Public Citizen have long supported implementation of a tax on Wall Street stocks, bonds, currencies, default swaps, and other major financial transactions that are now largely untaxed.

Hours of Service rule may not meet deadline

10/28/2011
TheTrucker.com: Hours of Service rule may not meet deadline - Likelihood of HOS rule being on time becomes less and less An attorney for Public Citizen, one of the plaintiffs in the suit that resulted in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration promising to rewrite the rule as part of a settlement agreement, said Tuesday morning his organization had not been contacted about extending the deadline.

Death probe requested

10/28/2011
The Hill: Death probe requested - NIH death probe requested Public Citizen seeks an investigation into the deaths of two people who received platelet transfusions contaminated with bacteria at the National Institutes of Health's research hospital, The Washington Post reports.

Prominent Obama backers have lobbyist connections

10/28/2011
NPR: Prominent Obama backers have lobbyist connections - Prominent Obama fundraisers have ties to lobbyists Craig Holman a registered lobbyist for the nonpartisan ethics group Public Citizen, is quoted saying "the reality is that the president is still relying on wealthy special interests and embracing those people in his campaign."

Bachmann PAC donations breaking rules

10/28/2011
Minnesota Public Radio: Bachmann PAC donations breaking rules - Bachmann PAC donation may violate campaign finance rules "These things are really rogue entities," said Craig Holman who lobbies Congress for campaign finance reform for the government watchdog Public Citizen.

Regulating gift-giving in Washington

10/28/2011
The Washington Times: Regulating gift-giving in Washington - Trade groups oppose new rule “The existing gift rule for career employees has largely been ignored,” said Craig Holman, legislative representative at Public Citizen. “We’ve had a very inconsistent and chaotic enforcement of ethics when it comes to the executive branch."

Obama accused of accepting money tied to lobbyists

10/28/2011
Fox News: Obama accused of accepting money tied to lobbyists - With Lobbyist donors, Obama lets himself off with technicality The Times cites Naderite group Public Citizen to say that Obama has at least done something to staunch the flow of lobbyist money, even if it falls short and then observes that Republicans have no such restrictions.

Blood deaths need to be investigated

10/28/2011
ABCNews: Blood deaths need to be investigated - DocWhistleblower Tainted blood kills two Internal investigations by the NIH and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, both in Bethesda, Md., "are not adequate to remedy this serious problem," Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Cap on damages not dropping expenses

10/28/2011
Uprisingradio.org: Cap on damages not dropping expenses - New documentary Hot Coffee exposes corporate agenda on "Tort Reform" But earlier this month, the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen found health care spending has not dropped in Texas since the cap on damages was enacted in 2003.

Oil companies demanding funds from schools

10/28/2011
Public News Service: Oil companies demanding funds from schools - Texas school districts may owe oil companies millions Tom "Smitty" Smith, spokesman for Public Citizen of Texas, says the controversy comes at a pivotal time for Gov. Rick Perry, who announced Tuesday he would slash both the federal Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency if elected president.

Options for lodging patient complaints

10/28/2011
The Los Angeles Times: Options for lodging patient complaints - Health 411 Several options for lodging patient complaints First you should seek help for your pain, suggests Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.

Lobbying groups target super committee

10/28/2011
Mother Jones: Lobbying groups target super committee - Lobbying blitz barrages budgetcutting super committee In midSeptember, 14 different groups—such as the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and the Sunlight Foundation—urged the members of the supercommittee to disclose all meetings with and donations from lobbyists during their time on the supercommittee.

Maine's fight for fair elections

10/28/2011
Truthout: Maine's fight for fair elections - Keeping it clean Other political action committees were helping major donors use often untraceable money to sway elections large and small; the group Public Citizen found that, of 75 U.S. Congressional races where “partisan power changed hands, spending by outside groups favored the winning candidate in 60."

Drug shortage mystery

10/28/2011
Philly.com: Drug shortage mystery - Probing the mystery of drugsupply shortages That's a key question, according to consumer advocates such as Larry Sasich, a pharmacist who consults with Public Citizen's Health Research Group and who says control over an active ingredient, even temporarily, could allow a manufacturer of generic drugs to price "like a monopolist." But the answer is something no manufacturer willingly wants to disclose.

Idaho congressman puts wife on payroll

10/28/2011
The Spokesman-Review: Idaho congressman puts wife on payroll - Idaho Rep. Labrador puts wife on campaign payroll Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a watchdog group that focuses on campaign finance and consumer issues, said the practice long has been common, but said, “It still raises ethical concerns, because that means some of the campaign money is going directly into the family pockets."

Hours of Service rule deadline moved

10/28/2011
Land Line Magazine: Hours of Service rule deadline moved - Hours of service hangs in limbo, for now The next deadline facing the regulation is with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The case, which has led to the current revamping of the regs, was filed by Public Citizen, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and the Truck Safety Coalition against FMCSA.

Michigan judge rules against anonymous blogger

10/28/2011
The Bellingham Herald: Michigan judge rules against anonymous blogger - Michigan judge rules law school can publically name blogger That's because in allowing the Thomas M. Cooley Law School to publicly name a blogger, the court is setting precedent in Michigan that would make it easy for powerful organizations or people to retaliate against those who need protection for bringing to light bad practices, said Paul Levy, an attorney with Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

Progressives try to limit money in politics

10/27/2011
The Huffington Post: Progressives try to limit money in politics - Campaign finance reformers launch progressive effort to remove money from politics The group also seeks to match potential supporters with a number of advocacy groups, including Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Common Cause, PRWatch, Free Speech for People and Move to Amend.

Investigating bad blood

10/27/2011
The Wall Street Journal: Investigating bad blood - Public Citizen calls for investigation into patient deaths Public Citizen is calling for federal inspectors general to investigate the deaths of two patients who were transfused with contaminated blood this summer that came from the hospital now called Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Former insider seeks pipeline

10/25/2011
National Journal: Former insider seeks pipeline - "For the most part, this is business as usual," said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, "but that doesn't make it ethical."

Giving corporations citizenship

10/21/2011
Yankton Daily Press: Giving corporations citizenship - Writers block a hope for reversal The organization “Public Citizen,” founded by Ralph Nader, is promoting just such a plan and 10 states have introduced legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s action giving citizenship rights and privileges to corporations.

Tax holidays don't help create jobs

10/21/2011
The Hill: Tax holidays don't help create jobs - Goodgovernment groups weigh in on repatriation Common Cause, Public Citizen, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and a dozen other groups, like other skeptics, told senators in a Thursday letter that a previous tax holiday did not help create jobs and should not get a sequel.

Lawmakers fight to keep environmentally harming light bulbs

10/21/2011
Bloomberg: Lawmakers fight to keep environmentally harming light bulbs - Bulbs rally lawmakers in fight for state rights “This was not about light bulbs; this was about states’rights. It was about what the government should and shouldn’t tell us what to do,” said David Power, deputy director of thePublic Citizen office in Austin, Texas. The organization was among those opposed to the Texas law.

Bipartisan opposition against Citizens United

10/21/2011
Truthout: Bipartisan opposition against Citizens United - New Hampshire polls show both sides of the aisle agree on something One group that is currently focused on dealing with this issue is the Corporate Reform Coalition, organized by Public Citizen.

Fair Trade Deals to be signed by Obama

10/21/2011
The Hill: Fair Trade Deals to be signed by Obama - Adios to the trade deals Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, pointed out in an email on Thursday that there were several new voting firsts on trade among Democrats and Republicans.

Bill Moyers at 40th Anniversary Gala

10/21/2011
The Nation: Bill Moyers at 40th Anniversary Gala - Bill Boyers on 'Democratic Decency Defined Downwards' Bill Moyers delivered a stirring keynote on the capture of our political system by the ultrarich last night in Washington, at a gala honoring the fortieth anniversary of Ralph Nader’s advocacy group Public Citizen.

Department of Justice may change rules concerning Grand Jury Information

10/21/2011
Blog of Legal Times: Department of Justice may change rules concerning Grand Jury Information - DOJ pitches rule change addressing historical grand jury material Allison Zieve, director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which represented the plaintiffs in the request to unseal the Nixon grand jury testimony, argued secrecy no longer should apply to historically valuable records that are more than three decades old.

Citigroup settles in case

10/21/2011
News & Observer: Citigroup settles in case - Citigroup reaches $285M settlement in case "It's not called Occupy Wall Street because it's a random geographical location," said Bartlett Naylor, who heads financial policy for advocacy group Public Citizen, which wants criminal charges filed against Wall Street executives.

Solyndra's last ditch effort

10/21/2011
Bloomberg: Solyndra's last ditch effort - Solyndra stiffed lobbyist, trying to sway lawmakers to the end “They were struggling to stay alive,” said Craig Holman, who tracks lobbying for Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington. “This is where lobbyists come into play."

Committee proposes changes to FDA review process

10/21/2011
BNA: Committee proposes changes to FDA review process - House Energy and Commerce offers bills to revise FDA device rules Michael Carome, deputy director of the health research group at Public Citizen, told Oct. 17 that a constant mantra of this Congress is that the best way to promote business is to remove regulation.

Cain buys own books to support campaign

10/21/2011
MobyLives: Cain buys own books to support campaign - No, THIS is Herman Cain! Then there’s the fact that it could constitute an illegal corporate contribution, says Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman in the Talking Points Memo report.

Drug used for stroke prevention raises questions

10/21/2011
Fox News: Drug used for stroke prevention raises questions - Group questions drug for stroke prevention The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said in a letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday that two proven drugs already exist to treat the condition.

Customers' right to sue

10/21/2011
Bellingham Herald: Customers' right to sue - Bill aims to restore consumers' right to sue "These forced arbitration clauses in contracts deny consumers their right to hold companies accountable when something is wrong," said Christine Hines, an attorney with the advocacy group Public Citizen. "They basically let companies off the hook."

Malpractice database closes after complaint

10/21/2011
Citizen Media Law Project: Malpractice database closes after complaint - Health reporters unite! How one doctor's complaint turned a public database private Earlier this year, however, Bavley read a report (.pdf) by Public Citizen that included data on undisciplined doctors who had multiple malpractice payouts.

Illinois puts bad doctor database back online

10/21/2011
BusinessWeek: Illinois puts bad doctor database back online - Doctor data back online in Illinois "We strongly favor transparency in the health care arena," said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, D.C. "Having this information publicly available is better for patients."

Occupy Wall Street movement gaining momentum

10/21/2011
Examiner: Occupy Wall Street movement gaining momentum - Occupy Wall Street signs prosecute Bernanke, impeach Obama and more Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, disagrees with Soltis in a piece he wrote in the same publication.

Intellectual Property and Free Trade Deals

10/21/2011
Intellectual Property and Free Trade Deals - American University Intellectual Property Brief Progressive lobbyist group Public Citizen asserts that “Korea FTA text would allow foreign investors to demand compensation from the U.S. government in foreign tribunals for ‘regulatory takings’ and other claims that would not be allowed under U.S. law."

Debate over product safety database

10/21/2011
Government Executive: Debate over product safety database - Lawsuit renews debate over product safety database Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for Public Citizen, said CPSC is required by law to implement the database and that many in industry "have objected from the very beginning."

Controversy surrounding the AT&T merger with T-Mobile

10/21/2011
San Diego Reader: Controversy surrounding the AT&T merger with T-Mobile - Chicano Federation, Urban League lobby for AT&T's TMobile takeover "This is taking influence peddling to a whole new level,” Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, told iWatch.

Canada pays way for GOP congressmen

10/21/2011
Politico: Canada pays way for GOP congressmen - “I don’t see any legal ethical issues with the trip, but as always, whoever sponsors the trip controls access to information,” said Tyler Slocum, director of the energy program for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group. “In this case, the sponsor of the trip is heavily in support of exploiting the tar sands, that’s the point of view the lawmakers are going to get."

Concerns raised about Xarelto

10/21/2011
Reuters: Concerns raised about Xarelto - Group questions Xarelto for stroke prevention Public Citizen said in a letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday that two proven drugs already exist to treat the condition.

Nurses push for global financial transaction tax

10/21/2011
Alternet: Nurses push for global financial transaction tax - Nurses to Obama Push for a global financial transaction tax now! Some major U.S. economists, and organizations including the AFLCIO, Oxfam, Institute for Policy Studies, and Public Citizen have long supported implementation of a tax on Wall Street stocks, bonds, currencies, default swaps, and other major financial transactions that are now largely untaxed.

A different view of the trade deals

10/21/2011
FAIR: A different view of the trade deals - Todd Tucker on trade deals Todd Tucker of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch will join us with a different view of the trade pacts.

Texas health professionals refute report

10/21/2011
The Southeast Texas Record: Texas health professionals refute report - Health professionals refute report that Texas tort reform is a failure On Oct. 12, the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released "A Failed Experiment," a report critical of the 2003 tort reforms in Texas.

Obama signs 3 trade deals

10/21/2011
The Associated Press: Obama signs 3 trade deals - Obama signs 3 trade deals, biggests since NAFTA Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a group that has strongly opposed past trade agreements, said Obama may have to get tougher on China if he is to defend Ohio and other states where workers hit by foreign trade don't agree with his promotion of free trade.

Liz Cheney working to destroy unions

10/21/2011
The Nation: Liz Cheney working to destroy unions - How Liz Cheney is funding the war on labor rights in Ohio They trade money back and forth, and according to Public Citizen’s Taylor Lincoln “The Partnership for America’s Future—whose principals include Mary Cheney, daughter of the former vice president—registered as a 527, just as American Crossroads initially did.

Weak new commodity speculation rule

10/21/2011
Firedoglake: Weak new commodity speculation rule - Sanders, Cantwell decry weak new commodity speculation rule Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen says in a statement that “these limits are simply too permissive to the big banks and allow them to hold positions that are too large.

Light bulbs vs. states' rights

10/19/2011
Bloomberg: Light bulbs vs. states' rights - Bulbs rally lawmakers in fight for state rights “This was not about light bulbs; this was about states’ rights. It was about what the government should and shouldn’t tell us what to do,” said David Power, deputy director of the Public Citizen office in Austin, Texas.

Congressional trip raises ethics questions

10/19/2011
Roll Call: Congressional trip raises ethics questions - Africa trip blurs lines on travel propriety “There appear to be a number of 501(c)(3)s that are clearly so closely directed by lobbying entities that they are nothing but a wing of the lobbying group. The travel restrictions were clearly intended to prohibit lobbying entities from providing these kind of perks, so this is a very serious loophole when it comes to the travel restrictions,” said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen, who was not speaking specifically about the trip to Africa.

Herman Cain's book deal

10/19/2011
The Washington Post: Herman Cain's book deal - Cain's book purchases spur questions The problem, as Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen told Talking Points Memo, is that “any presidential candidate that pays his or her own company for goods and services is going to be viewed by the public as using the campaign for personal profit.”

Occupy Wall Street needs a leader

10/19/2011
The Huffington Post: Occupy Wall Street needs a leader - Occupy Wall Street A bottom up revolution in need of leadership to define its mission Leading on this issue is Public Citizen, with its staff working on the ground across the country organizing in municipalities and states, pushing initiatives to reign in the outofcontrol influence of money in campaigns.

Supreme Court against consumer's rights

10/18/2011
The Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court against consumer's rights - Bill aims to restore consumers' right to sue "These forced arbitration clauses in contracts deny consumers their right to hold companies accountable when something is wrong," said Christine Hines, an attorney with the advocacy group Public Citizen. "They basically let companies off the hook."

Justin Feldman speaks on child labor

10/18/2011
Harvest Public Media: Justin Feldman speaks on child labor - In a move the Wall Street Journal called “a political minefield,” the revision to the Fair Labor Standards Act would bar children under 16 from cultivating tobacco and operating power-driven equipment.

Fighting corporate personhood on the ground

10/18/2011
Huffington Post: Fighting corporate personhood on the ground - Occupy Wall Street A Bottom Up Revolution in Need of Leadership to Define Its Mission Leading on this issue is Public Citizen, with its staff working on the ground across the country organizing in municipalities and states, pushing initiatives to reign in the outofcontrol influence of money in campaigns.

The Texas battle over tort reform

10/14/2011
Kaiser Health News: The Texas battle over tort reform - Texas Texas Gov. Rick Perry takes the media hot seat today as news outlets examine his state's uninsured rate, the success of Texas' malpractice award limits and the GOP hopeful's claims about rival Mitt Romney's health plan.  

Exposing product placement

10/14/2011
The Oscar-nominated Super Size Me filmmaker follows up his 2008 documentary Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? with another light-hearted exposé. Pom Wonderful Presents: Exposing product placement - DIY Interview Morgan Spurlock The Greatest Movie Ever Sold looks at product placement and advertising, with Spurlock actually funding the entire project with company sponsorship.  

Korean trade deficit will widen

10/14/2011
AP Auto: Korean trade deficit will widen - Many manufacturers and agribusinesses support a new trade deal with South Korea, one reason President Barack Obama and his counterpart from that nation are heading to suburban Detroit on Friday to tour a General Motors plant where cars are being built with South Korean parts.  

Craig Holman a top grassroots activist

10/13/2011
The Hill: Craig Holman a top grassroots activist - Holman’s persistent advocacy paid off with the approval of a number of disclosure and ethics reforms in Congress.

Rick Perry wrong again

10/13/2011
American Statesman: Rick Perry wrong again - A national report released Wednesday says the 2003 Texas law that limited damage awards in malpractice suits has caused health care spending to rise and has not significantly increased the number of doctors in Texas.

Doctors and insurance companies benefit most

10/13/2011
Fierce Healthcare: Doctors and insurance companies benefit most - Tort reform a 'failed experiment,' increases Medicare spending Called "a failed experiment," according to the report, Texas in 2003 set a $250,000 cap on the amount of damages that injured patients could recover from negligent doctors. Since the state implemented tort reform, Texas hasn't contained spending as intended, but instead saw increases in Medicare spending, according to a Public Citizen press release.  

Obama sides with wealthy elites

10/13/2011
The Cap Times: Obama sides with wealthy elites - President Barack Obama is preparing to mangle his jobs message by signing freetrade agreements that are opposed by unions, Democrats and the “99 Percenters” who recognize that the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama approach to trade policy has harmed the interests of working people in the United States and abroad.

Iron overload drug not safe

10/13/2011
The Pharm Letter: Iron overload drug not safe - The US Food and Drug Administration should not approve an experimental drug proposed to treat patients who develop iron overload following multiple transfusions for anemia because data presented by the drug’s manufacturer, ApoPharma (a unit of Canadian generics firm Apotex), failed to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective in the intended patient population, said consumer advocacy group Public Citizen in a letter sent to the agency.

Truth about medical malpractice

10/13/2011
Becker's Hospital Review: Truth about medical malpractice - Report Suggests Malpractice Caps May Not Reduce Healthcare Costs A recent report by advocacy group Public Citizen suggests that medical malpractice liability caps may not reduce healthcare costs and may decrease access to healthcare services, according to a news release by the group.

True cause of medical cost explosion

10/13/2011
Health Leaders Media : True cause of medical cost explosion - Medical liability caps enacted in Texas in 2003 have not reduced rising medical costs in the Lone Star State, and expose as false claims that malpractice expenses are a key driver for medical inflation, according to a study from Public Citizen.

Perry disputes Texas study

10/13/2011
The Hill: Perry disputes Texas study - Supporters of Texas' medical malpractice laws — including Gov. Rick Perry — are pushing back against a report that says the laws have made healthcare worse in the state.  

U.S. trade deficits will increase

10/13/2011
CNN: U.S. trade deficits will increase - Congress passed trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama on Wednesday, delivering them to President Obama in time for the South Korean president's Thursday visit to Capitol Hill.  

Congress kills jobs

10/13/2011
The Huffington Post : Congress kills jobs - With 9 percent unemployment and Americans desperate for job creation, it is unconscionable that President Obama and House Republicans just shoved through a trio of NAFTAstyle jobkilling trade agreements that even the government's own studies show will increase the U.S. trade deficit

Disguising treaties that exploit workers

10/13/2011
Firedoglake: Disguising treaties that exploit workers - Columbia Trade Deal Would Have Failed as a Treaty As Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach explained yesterday, the three trade agreements passed Congress in a whirlwind of activity last night, because a present for the President of South Korea’s visit to Washington today is more important than a considered debate about the role of neoliberal trade agreements and what they have traditionally done to US exports.  

Study finds Texas tort reform ineffective

10/12/2011
The Hill: Study finds Texas tort reform ineffective - The advocacy group Public Citizen charged Wednesday that limits on medical malpractice suits have made the healthcare system worse in Texas.

New trade deals come with controversy

10/12/2011
Ozarks First: New trade deals come with controversy - Trade Agreements could add $45 million to Missouri economy But the agreements don't come without controversy. While not denouncing the deal with Colombia last week, McCaskill did question whether or not concern over Human Rights violations in Colombia would hamper that trade agreement in Congress. The progressive advocacy group Public Citizen reports that in the last three years, 150 union activists have been murdered in Colombia.

Lobbyists in Washington

10/12/2011
In These Times: Lobbyists in Washington - According to “Fading Disclosure,” a September 2010 report by Public Citizen’s Taylor Lincoln and Craig Holman, Citizens United expanded an existing disregard for elections law and campaign finance disclosure. Public Citizen found that during the 2006 midterm election cycle, nearly 100 percent of electioneering groups reported the sources of their funding, as required by law.

Pelosi's late disclosure

10/12/2011
Washington Times: Pelosi's late disclosure - Pelosi's disclosure belated husband's land deal “She should take every effort to disclose anything that could pose a potential conflict of interest before she takes any formal action,” said Craig Holman, legislative representative for Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased consumeradvocacy group.

Biophosphate may do more harm than good

10/12/2011
InjuryBoard: Biophosphate may do more harm than good - FDA takes on testimony on Biophosphate use for Osteopenia The experts who testified are members of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and highlighted studies that show a “consistent and very strong association” between bisphosphonate use and stress fractures as well as osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Increased imports, not exports

10/12/2011
NPR: Increased imports, not exports - Congress approved with bipartisan support Wednesday muchdelayed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The Obama administration and supporters in Congress have labeled these agreements jobs bills, though there are questions about how many jobs will really be created.  

FDIC backs controversal rule

10/12/2011
Associated Press: FDIC backs controversal rule - FDIC backs ban on banks trading for own profit The draft rule "draws too few bright lines to make clear what banks can and cannot do," said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at the liberal group Public Citizen. "The regulators are proposing that they will detect the difference between various trades by fishing through complex data provided by the banks after the fact. This is an invitation for evasion."

Bad doctors database taken down

10/12/2011
Nonprofit Quarterly: Bad doctors database taken down - Senator Grassley stands up for nonprofits and journalists against HHS decision to remove database In this case, Public Citizen, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and a number of other nonprofits had complained that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services had removed the National Practitioner Data Bank from its website.

FDA baised towards rare diseases

10/12/2011
FierceBiotech: FDA baised towards rare diseases - Over the last few years there's been a big interest in rare diseases.

Supreme Court hears CompuCredit case

10/12/2011
ABA Journal: Supreme Court hears CompuCredit case - Justices Mull the Issues Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared firmly on the side of consumers when the U.S. Supreme Court considered Tuesday whether a federal law gives consumers the right to sue credit repair companies despite signing contracts requiring arbitration.

Free trade deals welcomed by farmers, not by activists

10/12/2011
Fresno Bee: Free trade deals welcomed by farmers, not by activists - California farmers welcome freetrade deal "We're looking to have at least twothirds of the House Democrats to vote against all three bills," said Beatriz Lopez, senior field organizer for Public Citizen.

Largest deal since NAFTA

10/12/2011
National Journal: Largest deal since NAFTA - After months of political fights, the pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea all were approved in both the House and the Senate on Wednesday evening.

Ribble's roofing connections

10/12/2011
Green Bay Press Gazette: Ribble's roofing connections - Editorial Ribble's expertise should not be discounted Ribble's involvement brought a sharp rebuke from a spokesman from Public Citizen, a Washington D.C.based nonprofit and government watchdog group, who said Ribble lacked objectivity because of his connections to the roofing industry.

Texas gold standard in question

10/12/2011
Pop Tort: Texas gold standard in question - The national consumer group Public Citizen has a dynamite new study out today called "A Failed Experiment; Health Care in Texas Has Worsened in Key Respects Since State Instituted Liability Caps in 2003."

Veracity of lawyers' advertising

10/12/2011
Key Holding: Veracity of lawyers' advertising - BNA Florida Rules That Ban ‘Manipulative’ Ads, Mandate ‘Useful’ Content, Are Struck Down Declares several Florida lawyer advertising rules unconstitutional, either on their face or as applied; upholds two rules against facial vagueness challenge.  

Fighting for corporate disclosure

10/12/2011
Roll Call: Fighting for corporate disclosure - “Companies seeking political advantage actually might not be doing their shareholders any favors,” said Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Congress Watch at Public Citizen, which is spearheading a strangebedfellows coalition that includes some 75 government watchdog, labor and environmental groups, along with several prominent academics and corporate accountability advocates.

Prostate medications linked to prostate cancer

10/12/2011
Aboutlawsuits.com: Prostate medications linked to prostate cancer - Prostate cancer risk from Avodart, Proscar lead to warning against use The prominent consumer watchdog group Public Citizen is warning men not to use Avodart, Proscar or similar drugs for the treatment of enlarged prostate, due to the potential increased risk of prostate cancer.

Greedy Texas physicains

10/12/2011
StarTelegram: Greedy Texas physicains - A new study maintains that Texas limits on damages in medical malpractice cases enacted in 2003 have failed to deliver promised benefits.

FDA expedites approval for rare disease treatments

10/12/2011
Wall Street Journal: FDA expedites approval for rare disease treatments - Many 'orphan drugs' get expedited review by FDA "There are all kinds of other benefits already written into law," said Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen Health Research Group. "Why should the standard of approval be different if you have a rare disease than for nonrare diseases?"

Money more important than workers' lives

10/12/2011
Center for American Progress Action Fund: Money more important than workers' lives - The House majority just released a draft budget bill that significantly ups the ante in what has become an unmitigated attack on working Americans.  

Actual definition of balanced budget

10/12/2011
Huffington Post: Actual definition of balanced budget - "Balance the budget!" It's the endlessly repeated narrative heard in Washington.

Trade agreements pushed through Congress

10/12/2011
Free Speech Radio News: Trade agreements pushed through Congress - House and Senate lawmakers are voting today on free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.

Grassley supports malpractice transparency

10/12/2011
Non-Profit Quarterly: Grassley supports malpractice transparency - You have to hand it to Senator Charles Grassley (RIA).  

FTA may divide House Democrats

10/12/2011
The Hill: FTA may divide House Democrats - Trade deal votes to divide Democrats Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and a fierce critic of the FTAs, said the wildcard Wednesday wouldn’t be Democrats, but freshman Republicans, many of whom campaigned against trade agreements that subject the U.S. to international trade rules.

Corporations benefit at expense of workers

10/12/2011
Daily Planet : Corporations benefit at expense of workers - This week, the House of Representatives will consider three pending U.S. free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

Substancially equivalent medical devices

10/12/2011
ThePopTort: Substancially equivalent medical devices - Immunity that the Good Wife never saw coming But the main plot dealt was something equally timely, and kudos to them for tackling it i.e., the FDA’s highly controversial 510(k) process, which allows manufacturers to put certain medical devices on the market if they submit evidence that the device is “substantially equivalent” to a device already on the market (See Public Citizen’s study on this.)

'Right to sue' meaning questioned in Supreme Court

10/12/2011
Washington Post: 'Right to sue' meaning questioned in Supreme Court - Supreme Court considers whether 'right to sue' means only right to arbitration Scott L. Nelson, an attorney for Public Citizen who is representing cardholder Wanda Greenwood, agreed that Congress made its intentions clear.

Volcker Rule proposed

10/11/2011
The New York Times: Volcker Rule proposed - Regulators to set forth Volcker Rule People on both sides of the issue have found things to like and dislike. “There are some encouraging signs in the draft,” Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, a proconsumer group, said in an interview. But, he added, “it doesn’t completely eliminate some of the mischief we saw” in the runup to the financial crisis.

Trade deals head to Congress

10/11/2011
Truth-out: Trade deals head to Congress - US jobs in danger as NAFTAstyle deal heads to Congress Last Tuesday, Public Citizen kicked off a National Callin Day urging citizens to tell their Representatives to "stop the jobkilling trade deals."

Trade deals go to Congress

10/11/2011
The Huffington Post: Trade deals go to Congress - Obama pushes huge free trade deals to Wednesday vote Critics, such as Public Citizen's Todd Tucker, believe that the investor provisions in these free trade deals are even worse, and the bailouts for foreign companies could reach the billions.

Telecom merger's political operation

10/11/2011
The Minnesota Independent: Telecom merger's political operation - Massive political operation accompanied Comcast/NBCUniversal merger “There’s always an element of risk and gambling involved when it comes to influence peddling on Capitol Hill, what lobbyists and special interest groups and corporations do is make the odds the best they can in their favor,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen. ”It’s all designed to buy influence and it usually does work. But not always.”

Pelosi's conflict of interest

10/11/2011
The Washington Times: Pelosi's conflict of interest - Pelosi's disclosure belated in husband's land deal “She should take every effort to disclose anything that could pose a potential conflict of interest before she takes any formal action,” said Craig Holman, legislative representative for Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased consumeradvocacy group.

Protecting misleading promises

10/10/2011
The Florida Times-Union: Protecting misleading promises - Harrell & Harrell wins federal lawsuit over 'Don't settle for less than you deserve' slogan Jacksonville attorney Bill Harrell's law firm won't have to settle for less after U.S. District Judge Marcia Howard overturned The Florida Bar's ruling that his wellknown advertising slogan is manipulative.

Solid reasons behind the protests

10/9/2011
Journal Star: Solid reasons behind the protests - Wall Street had to know this was coming. You can’t do all that stuff with credit derivatives, operate in blackbox secrecy and bestow huge bonuses on wellheeled individuals while the rest of us simply try to hang onto our retirement accounts and not expect some flack.  

Rep Ribble against protecting workers

10/9/2011
Fdlreporter: Rep Ribble against protecting workers - Since taking his seat as a new member of Congress, Rep. Reid Ribble has made it clear that part of his mission would be to eliminate federal regulations he believes are stunting economic growth.

Spurlock's new movie featuring Robert Weissman

10/9/2011
The Herald: Spurlock's new movie featuring Robert Weissman - When it comes to suffering in the line of duty, Morgan Spurlock’s tenacity knows no bounds.

Playing nice together

10/8/2011
Culturemap Houston: Playing nice together - From federal beach projects to loan guarantees for a South Texas nuclear site, the United States can cut some $380 billion out of its budget and help clean up the environment at the same time, a coalition of environmentalists and conservatives argue.  

Politicians as lobbyists

10/8/2011
The Hill: Politicians as lobbyists - The nation's largest labor federation joined with K Street to oppose the Obama administration's guidance to ban lobbyists from serving on federal advisory committees.

Ads infiltrate TV shows

10/7/2011
NPR: Ads infiltrate TV shows - Skipping the ads on TV? Get ready for shows that are the ads You know regular product placement, right? Top Chef and its plugs for frozen meals and Gladware, cars being namechecked by action stars speeding away in them, and — of course — the carbonationoff currently taking place between American Idol (COKE! COKE! COKE!) and The X Factor (PEPSI! PEPSI! PEPSI!). But as Elizabeth Blair reports on Wednesday's Morning Edition, you haven't seen anything yet.

Worker-Safety hearing sparks debate

10/7/2011
The Hill: Worker-Safety hearing sparks debate - Workersafety hearing sparks debate of House HHS spending bill Wednesday's House hearing on workersafety regulations sparked sharp debate over Republicans' recently released FY 2012 spending bill for the departments of Health, Labor and Education.

Imported seafood dirty

10/7/2011
Huliq : Imported seafood dirty - Chances are good that the last time you enjoyed that juicy shrimp or salmon, you were also ingesting contaminants like banned drugs and dangerous bacteria along with it.

Doctor malpractice records need to be seen

10/7/2011
The New York Times : Doctor malpractice records need to be seen - Senator Charles E. Grassley on Friday joined with dozens of academic researchers, consumer groups and journalism organizations who have protested an Obama administration decision to pull off the Web a database of doctor malpractice and disciplinary cases.

Free Trade Agreements cause riffs

10/7/2011
The Journal Gazette: Free Trade Agreements cause riffs - Trade pacts light fire for partisan bickering Foreign trade is the next showdown on Capitol Hill – only this time President Obama and Republicans are on the same side.

Worker safety reforms pass through slowly

10/7/2011
The Charlestown Gazette: Worker safety reforms pass through slowly - Worker safety reforms crawl along at Obama OSHA It was baffling earlier this week to listen in to a House subcommittee hearing as Republican lawmakers repeated over and over their mantra that workplace safety regulations kill jobs.

Obama sits back on Occupy Wall Street protests

10/7/2011
In These Times: Obama sits back on Occupy Wall Street protests - As Occupy Wall St. Protest Grows, Obama Sits on Sidelines With CEOs As with the Wisconsin publcemployees rebellion earlier this year, President Obama has an opportunity to reinforce his projobs message with the widespread energy generated by the Occupy Wall Street movement that is now spreading across the nation.

Occupy Wall Street spreads

10/7/2011
Flagler Live: Occupy Wall Street spreads - Occupy Wall Street protests spreading to Florida Jacksonville, Gainsville and Ocala Frustrated by Wall Street bailouts and inspired by seemingly spontaneous demonstrations in New York City, protesters plan to take to the streets in Florida this week.

Trade agreements may cause harm

10/7/2011
mlive.com: Trade agreements may cause harm - Pending free trade agreements House, Rep. Dave Camp expects jobs and increase to GDP The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, RMidland, approved three pending trade agreements Wednesday with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

The Fed needs to do its part

10/7/2011
The Hill: The Fed needs to do its part - Our economy is like a sick patient, languishing in the hospital. The patient is sick in part because of doctor (Federal Reserve) failure.

Texas gets leeway in EPA revisions

10/7/2011
The Associated Press: Texas gets leeway in EPA revisions - EPA roles back air rule; Texas gets most leeway The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed easing new pollution restrictions that angered several states and infuriated GOP presidential contender Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

U.S. trade policy drives AIDS medicines cost

10/7/2011
Huffington Post: U.S. trade policy drives AIDS medicines cost - New trade deal would benefit Big Pharma at AIDS programs' expense In 2003, with the AIDS pandemic developing into one of the most severe humanitarian crises in modern history, President George W. Bush pledged billions of dollars in relief funding for citizens of the world's poorest countries.

White House submits trade pacts

10/7/2011
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: White House submits trade pacts - After long delay, US FTAs with Korea, Colombia, Panama submitted to Congress The push to pass the US free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea is quickly gaining momentum, with the White House submitting the pacts to Congress on 3 October after years of backandforth political wrangling.

Cash spent on pushing through trade deals

10/7/2011
The Hill: Cash spent on pushing through trade deals - Trade deals were cash cow for K street A multimilliondollar stimulus package for K Street is coming to a close.The expected passage of the trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea marks the end point of a long campaign that saw the respective governments spend freely on lobbyists, lawyers and public relations to help push the deals to the finish line.

Cell Phone Emissions

10/7/2011
BNA: Cell Phone Emissions - U.S. Supreme Court declines to consider cellphone emissions preemption case Key Development The Supreme Court denies review of a closelywatched preemption case on cell phone safety. Potential Impact A new area of tort and classaction litigation based on an alleged link between wireless emissions and cancer remains a nonstarter for now under the doctrine of federal preemption.

EPA revisions may keep Luminant plants open

10/7/2011
Star Telegram: EPA revisions may keep Luminant plants open - Dallasbased Luminant, the largest electric power generator in Texas, is reconsidering its decision to idle two coalfired power plants after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed revisions Thursday that would ease the requirements of a new rule designed to curb air pollution.

Occupied

10/7/2011
LA Times: Occupied - Is Occupy Wall Street a tea party for Democrats? As protests aimed at shaming Wall Street continued near New York's financial heart, they raised a tantalizing prospect for beleaguered liberals Their side may, unexpectedly, be witnessing the redefinition of a coming election year that was supposed to be all about an "enthusiasm gap" for Democrats against chargedup Republicans.

Dems propose bill for nursing home residents

10/7/2011
River Towns: Dems propose bill for nursing home residents - Dems offer bill to provide nursing home residents with legal protection; Senate hopefuls pledge 'no new taxes'; Applefest this weekend Wisconsin Democrats say nursing home residents need legal protection – and they’re offering a new bill to provide it.

Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

10/7/2011
Huffington Post: Keystone XL tar sands pipeline - Hillary Clinton Keystone XL crony lobbyists problem Hillary Clinton and the State Department have the final word on whether to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, unless President Obama intervenes.

Free Trade Agreements move forward

10/7/2011
Inter Press Service: Free Trade Agreements move forward - Longstalled trade accords move forward In a major victory for U.S.based multinational corporations, President Barack Obama has submitted controversial and long pending "freetrade" agreements (FTAs) between the U.S. and South Korea, Colombia, and Panama for rapid approval by Congress.

Dirty seafood reaching U.S. dinner tables

10/7/2011
MSNBC: Dirty seafood reaching U.S. dinner tables - Tainted seafood reaching American tables, experts say Filthy seafood infected with bacteria or tainted with drugs and antibiotics banned in the U.S. is finding its way onto the plates of Americans, according to state and federal officials, consumer advocates, academics and food safety experts.

America relies too heavily on the Fed

10/7/2011
The Hill: America relies too heavily on the Fed - A patient in need Our economy is like a sick patient, languishing in the hospital. The patient is sick in part because of doctor (Federal Reserve) failure. And yet, we continue to depend on the doctor to treat the patient.

Green Scissors Report helps find bipartisan common ground

10/7/2011
Lared Sun: Green Scissors Report helps find bipartisan common ground - Left and right find common ground in cutting wasteful giveaways that harm the environment in Texas Ending a third of a trillion dollars in environmentally harmful subsidies could go a long way toward solving our nation’s budget challenges, help the environment, and help businesses and taxpayers throughout Texas, an unusual rightleft coalition said today.

Website shows how tax money is spent

10/7/2011
Chron: Website shows how tax money is spent - Web tool shows where your taxes go What are you paying for garbage pickup? How about for having a fire department on call to douse your house if it goes up in flames?

Eric Cantor staffer creates Super PAC

10/7/2011
Huffington Post: Eric Cantor staffer creates Super PAC - Eric Cantor staffer creating leadership super PAC The deputy chief of staff to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (RVa.) is leaving the congressman's office to start a leadership super PAC designed to help retain and expand the Republican majority in the House and enhance Cantor's standing within his caucus.

The war on regulations

10/5/2011
CounterPunch: The war on regulations - Masters of the big lie Masters of the repeated lying sound byte, the craven Congressional Republicans are feasting on the health and safety of the American people with gleeful greed while making the corporate and trade association media swoon.

Regulatory reform bill

10/5/2011
Government Executive: Regulatory reform bill - Bipartisian regulatory reform bill draws administration's silence Agencies would be required to be more transparent and subject their costversusbenefit judgments to greater scrutiny by business under legislation to revamp federal rulemaking recently introduced by Sen. Rob Portman, ROhio, and Rep. Lamar Smith, RTexas.

Cutting environmentally harmful subsidies in Texas

10/5/2011
The Cypress Times: Cutting environmentally harmful subsidies in Texas - Left and right find common ground in cutting wasteful giveaways that harm the environment in Texas Ending a third of a trillion dollars in environmentally harmful subsidies could go a long way toward solving our nation’s budget challenges, help the environment, and help businesses and taxpayers throughout Texas, an unusual rightleft coalition said today.

Protests spring up in Florida

10/5/2011
Sunshine State News: Protests spring up in Florida - 'Occupy Wall Street' heads for Florida as the AntiTea Party Frustrated by Wall Street bailouts and inspired by seemingly spontaneous demonstrations in New York City, protesters plan to take to the streets in Florida this week.

Patty Murray's conflict of interest

10/5/2011
Bloomberg: Patty Murray's conflict of interest - Senate 'workhouse' Murray must save majority while cutting debt Among the 12 members of the congressional deficit-cutting super-committee, there are committee chairmen, Sunday news show regulars, anti-tax purists, and Patty Murray.

Rules on attorney ads too vague

10/5/2011
The Am Law Daily: Rules on attorney ads too vague - Judge finds certain Flordia bar rules on attorney ads too vague A federal judge in Jacksonville has determined that Florida Bar rules governing law firm advertising violate the First Amendment rights of lawyers, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review.

Advertising rules for lawyers may change

10/5/2011
WCTV: Advertising rules for lawyers may change - 'Don't settle for less than you deserve' has been the slogan of Harrell & Harrell for nearly a decade.But a decision by the Florida Bar threatened to change that.

The vanishing center

10/4/2011
The Columbus Dispatch: The vanishing center - Dispatch Analysis Congress, heal thyself Many can recall times in the U.S. history when partisan rancor was more intense than now, but most agree that current divisions must end.

Supreme Court to enter 2012 presidential campaign

10/4/2011
Associated Press: Supreme Court to enter 2012 presidential campaign - Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term The nine justices of the Supreme Court, who serve without seeking election, soon will have to decide whether to insert themselves into the center of the presidential campaign next year.

Koch brothers funding Christie

10/4/2011
Bloomberg: Koch brothers funding Christie - Christie comes clean on trips as N.J. Governor seeks donations New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bid to raise money nationwide for Republicans as he considers a presidential run is forcing him to divulge details on outofstate trips that he had previously kept secret.

Supercommittee secretly favors corporations

10/4/2011
Politico: Supercommittee secretly favors corporations - Lobbyists in on 'super' secrets Want the inside scoop on the supercommittee? Ask a lobbyist.

Hidden money pouring in

10/4/2011
Kansas City Star: Hidden money pouring in - Super PACs set sights on 2012 U.S. Senate race in Missouri Relaxed spending rules unleashed a torrent of campaign cash in the 2010 elections.

Auto workers support trade deal

10/4/2011
Politico: Auto workers support trade deal - UAW holds nose, backs free trade The United Auto Workers surprised its fellow labor giants last year when it broke ranks and endorsed a freetrade deal with South Korea, but the union hasn't backed up its announcement with its usual lobbying fervor, suggesting that the move is more of a thank you to the Obama administration for the auto bailout than deep support for the proposal.

Secretly bribing the supercommittee

10/4/2011
Dayton Daily News: Secretly bribing the supercommittee - Portman, select committee face unprescedented pressure By being appointed to a 12member special committee tasked with cutting the federal deficit, Sen. Rob Portman has become the political equivalent of one of the most popular guys in school.