January 2012 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.

The value in splitting Bank of America

1/31/2012
TD Waterhouse: The value in splitting Bank of America - Even now, a group of academics, economists and consumer advocates led by the public-interest group Public Citizen is endorsing the breakup scenario as a way to protect against another national financial meltdown.

Ron Paul has no right to sue over YouTube video

1/31/2012
PR Week: Ron Paul has no right to sue over YouTube video by Virgil Dickson - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has a submitted an amicus brief in the Northern District of California, arguing that presidential candidate Ron Paul does not have the right to sue over an unfavorable YouTube video.

Public Citizen chides FDA for failing to recall Stryker Stent

1/31/2012
FDA News: Public Citizen chides FDA for failing to recall Stryker Stent - Michael Carome, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and author of a petition to recall the Stryker Corporation’s Wingspan stent, boldly criticized the FDA for not recalling the medical device due to evidence of increased possibility of stroke in certain patients when the Wingspan stent was used.

Everyone hates Citizens United ruling

1/31/2012
My Direct Democracy: Everyone hates Citizens United ruling - Organizations like Public Citizen and Common Cause are already organizing events to build support for an amendment-drive.

Public Citizen moves to dismiss county's lawsuit against occupy Chattanooga

1/31/2012
Topix: Public Citizen moves to dismiss county's lawsuit against occupy Chattanooga - A county government cannot sue its citizens to get a court ruling that its own law is constitutional and force the individuals to pay the county's litigation costs, Public Citizen told a federal court.

Canadian oil company still has Texas aim for pipeline

1/31/2012
News-Journal.com: Canadian oil company still has Texas aim for pipeline by Tim Eaton Austin - Trevor Lowell, environmental program coordinator at the Texas office for the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, said he helped strategize opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline this past summer.

Occupy Chattanooga seeks dismissal of Hamilton County lawsuit

1/31/2012
Times Free Press: Occupy Chattanooga seeks dismissal of Hamilton County lawsuit by Ansley Haman - Occupy and its attorneys, including D.C.-based Public Citizen Litigation Group, said federal court is not the appropriate place for an advisory opinion about whether a local law is valid.

Weekly financial biz recap: Citigroup’s CEO in Davos, MS and GS salivate over Facebook IPO

1/31/2012
Yahoo Finance: Weekly financial biz recap: Citigroup’s CEO in Davos, MS and GS salivate over Facebook IPO - A group of consumer advocates, academics and economists, led by consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, plan to file a petition with the federal government and other regulators today.

Free speech v super PAC

1/31/2012
The Voice of Russia: Free speech v super PAC by Andrew Hiller - We are joined to discuss the pacs and their influence by Gene Policinski, the Senior Vice-President and Executive Director at the First Amendment Center, and Craig Holman, who is the Government Affairs Lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Philanthropy is the enemy of justice

1/31/2012
The Peninsula: Philanthropy is the enemy of justice - And according to the American NGO Public Citizen, “made the astounding claim that there is no evidence that heavy metals, like lead, pose a threat to human health or the environment”.

Citizens United ruling poisoning elections, democracy

1/31/2012
Newbury Port News: Citizens United ruling poisoning elections, democracy by Deborah Massa - In a recent update from the watchdog group Public Citizen, I found that, so far, $27.5 million has been spent by Super PACs to influence the 2012 presidential election.

Clauses calling for arbitration likely to linger

1/31/2012
Lansing State Journal: Clauses calling for arbitration likely to linger - Groups such as Public Citizen argue people must waive their legal rights because arbitration clauses are presented in contracts on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

Slaughter and Walz say stop obstructing the STOCK Act

1/31/2012
Interactive Intellegence: Slaughter and Walz say stop obstructing the STOCK Act - The STOCK Act has a broad base of support from organizations dedicated to government reform including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG.

Improve patient safety to improve healthcare quality

1/31/2012
KevinMD: Improve patient safety to improve healthcare quality by Pearl Korn - For many years Public Citizen has issued annual reports honing in on the failures of the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) in the states’ Health Departments to protect the public by taking minimal action — if any — against doctors who have been sanctioned by their hospitals — a failed agency model that is reactive instead of proactive.

Activists call for break up of Bank of America

1/31/2012
Global Glass Onion: Activists call for break up of Bank of America - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, is calling for the breakup of Bank of America

Mandatory arbitration leaving credit customers at a disadvantage

1/31/2012
Herald Net: Mandatory arbitration leaving credit customers at a disadvantage - Groups such as Public Citizen argue that people must waive their legal rights because arbitration clauses are presented in contracts on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

Time to break up zombie Bank of America?

1/31/2012
Alternet: Time to break up zombie Bank of America? by Sarah Jaffe - That's what Public Citizen is arguing in a new petition to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Financial Stability Oversight Council, calling for the regulators to step in and break up the nation's second-largest bank before it collapses and kicks off another financial meltdown.

Throw the bums out and ban them from lobbying

1/31/2012
Huffington Post: Throw the bums out and ban them from lobbying by Jane White - As I pointed out in my book, America, Welcome to the Poorhouse, Public Citizen research shows that between 1998 and 2004 some 42 percent of former House members and 50 percent of former senators who were available to do so became registered lobbyists.

Court should not allow U.S. rep. Ron Paul to unmask videographer who bashed opponent Huntsman in video

1/31/2012
Targeted News Service: Court should not allow U.S. rep. Ron Paul to unmask videographer who bashed opponent Huntsman in video - The presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) should not be able to unmask an anonymous videographer who backed the candidate and bashed a challenger in an online video, Public Citizen said in an amicus brief filed today with a federal district court in San Francisco.

Senate committees push boundaries on social media

1/31/2012
Statesman.com: Senate committees push boundaries on social media by Mike Ward - "It's part of an online renewal of the governing process," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, Texas director of Public Citizen, a government watchdog group.

Porn studio's lawyer fined for contempt in piracy case

1/31/2012
Thomson Reuters News and Insight: Porn studio's lawyer fined for contempt in piracy case - As soon as they got into the case, EFF and Public Citizen asked U.S. District Judge David Godbey to block Stone from asking Internet service providers to identify the anonymous downloaders, asserting that his modus operandi is to force quick settlements with downloaders who don't want to be exposed as porn consumers.

Ron Paul seeks to unmask YouTube user who uploaded offensive Huntsman ad

1/31/2012
The Raw Story: Ron Paul seeks to unmask YouTube user who uploaded offensive Huntsman ad by Eric W. Dolan - The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Citizen and the American Civil Liberties Union have told a federal district court that the presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) should not be able to unmask an anonymous YouTube user who uploaded an offensive video attacking Jon Huntsman.

Medford rep. signs on to amendment challenging Citizens United decision

1/31/2012
Medford Transcript: Medford rep. signs on to amendment challenging Citizens United decision - “The groundswell of national grassroots activity in support of a constitutional amendment we’re seeing is tremendous,” said Mark Hays, campaign coordinator for Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign.

New wrinkles for Botox

1/31/2012
Philly.com: New wrinkles for Botox by Anna Nguyen - In 2008, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy nonprofit, petitioned the FDA for a stronger warning on botulinum toxins that would emphasize the risk of diffusion from the injection site and the need for patients to seek immediate medical care for swallowing or breathing difficulties.

The power to break up the big banks

1/31/2012
Truthout: The power to break up the big banks by Micah Hauptman - On Wednesday, Public Citizen filed a petition with financial regulators, calling on them to break up the bank and reform it.

Car being hawked as a character in 'The Middle'

1/31/2012
Road Runner: Car being hawked as a character in 'The Middle' - Public Citizen president Robert Weissman, who has long protested the encroachment of unmarked ads within entertainment programming, called the episode "astounding," and he wasn't being complimentary.

Public finance means government control

1/31/2012
Road Runner: Public finance means government control - Public Citizen President Robert Weissman's Jan. 17 letter protests Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and calls instead for "public financing for public elections."

Defense verdict in Levaquin lawsuit over ruptured achilles tendons

1/31/2012
About Lawsuits: Defense verdict in Levaquin lawsuit over ruptured achilles tendons - However, consumer advocates called for stronger Levaquin tendon rupture warnings to be added at least two years earlier, with Public Citizen filing a petition with the FDA in 2006, insisting that consumers and the medical community be provided with clearer warnings about the risk of tendon damage.

Chamber's lobbying spend fell sharply in 2011

1/31/2012
Reuters: Chamber's lobbying spend fell sharply in 2011 by David Ingram - The large swings in reported spending may be explained by the intricacies of U.S. lobbying law, said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for consumer group Public Citizen.

'Wrong' speech is also free speech: Citizens United at 2

1/31/2012
Anchorage Daily Planet: 'Wrong' speech is also free speech: Citizens United at 2 - Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Public Citizen's Robert Weissman, for example, write that the decision "poisoned our political process" and ask whether the "merits or the money" will now "tip the balance when an issue comes before Congress."

Lawmakers rally against Citizens United

1/31/2012
The Harvard Post: Lawmakers rally against Citizens United by Kimberly A. Hooper - According to Public Citizen, a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that represents consumer interests in Congress, outside groups spent at least $300 million on attack ads and other campaigning in the 2010 elections following the Citizens United decision.

D.C. lobbyist aids Rep. McKeon's wife

1/31/2012
Salon: D.C. lobbyist aids Rep. McKeon's wife - Craig Holman, a lobbying expert with Public Citizen, says that the donation to McKeon is part of a larger pattern of influence peddling in Washington: “The objective is to throw as much money as possible at the feet of the lawmaker; that includes at the feet of his family as well.”

Obama campaign refunding money donated by federal lobbyists

1/31/2012
Open Secrets: Obama campaign refunding money donated by federal lobbyists by Michael Beckel - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer advocate group Public Citizen, said it was not unreasonable for the Obama campaign to keep the contributions from donors who became lobbyists after they wrote their checks.

Court finds copyright trolling lawyer Evan Stone in contempt; orders him to pay attorneys' fees

1/27/2012
Tech Dirty: Court finds copyright trolling lawyer Evan Stone in contempt; orders him to pay attorneys' fees by Mike Masnick - One of his cases came before a judge who recognized how sketchy these lawsuits were, and told Stone that he couldn't subpoena for the Does' identities just yet, and in the meantime, he asked Public Citizen and EFF to represent the interests of the still anonymous users.

Advocacy group calls for Bank of America breakup

1/27/2012
Charlotte Observer: Advocacy group calls for Bank of America breakup - Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition with federal regulators Wednesday urging the government to break Bank of America Corp. into smaller companies, saying the Charlotte bank poses a "grave threat" to the financial system.

President calls on Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor to pass Walz bipartisan STOCK Act

1/27/2012
Financial Tech Spotlight: President calls on Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor to pass Walz bipartisan STOCK Act - The STOCK Act has a broad base of support from organizations dedicated to government reform including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG.

GOP hates Citizen's United, too

1/27/2012
Daily Kos: GOP hates Citizen's United, too - Organizations like Public Citizen and Common Cause are already organizing events to build support for an amendment-drive.

The power to break up the big banks

1/27/2012
Huffington Post: The power to break up the big banks by Micah Hauptman - Take Bank of America, for example. In its current form, it is a "grave threat" by any reasonable definition of that phrase. On Wednesday, Public Citizen filed a petition with financial regulators, calling on them to break up the bank and reform it.

Enforce Dodd-Frank: Break up Bank of America

1/27/2012
The Nation: Enforce Dodd-Frank: Break up Bank of America by George Zornick - To that end, Public Citizen filed a petition this week to the Federal Reserve and FSOC to break up Bank of America—a bank that’s clearly too big to fail, since it holds assets equal to one-seventh of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Medicare nominee gets lifetime payout

1/27/2012
The Washington Times: Medicare nominee gets lifetime payout by Jim McElhatton - Craig Holman, legislative representative at Public Citizen, a watchdog group, said that although ethics provisions may not apply in Ms. Tavenner's case because she quit working for the company more than two years ago, she still would be required to comply with federal conflict-of-interest rules.

Medicare nominee gets lifetime payout

1/27/2012
Free Republic: Medicare nominee gets lifetime payout - Craig Holman, legislative representative at Public Citizen, a watchdog group, said that although ethics provisions may not apply in Ms. Tavenner’s case because she quit working for the company more than two years ago, she still would be required to comply with federal conflict-of-interest rules.

Days after SOTU are full of lobbyist feedback

1/27/2012
Roll Call: Days after SOTU are full of lobbyist feedback by Kate Ackley - Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, said some of her biggest concerns came over Obama’s rhetoric around regulations.

Un-do influence: Fear the facepalm!

1/27/2012
P.O.G.O: Un-do influence: Fear the facepalm! by Joe Newman - You see, the consumer advocate, Public Citizen's Dr. Sidney Wolfe, had previously spoken out about the dangers of the pills, which have been linked to fatal blood clots in some users.

Consumers with complaints unlikely to have a day in court

1/27/2012
Fredericksburg.com: Consumers with complaints unlikely to have a day in court - Groups such as Public Citizen argue that people must waive their legal rights because arbitration clauses are presented in contracts on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

Bank of America back up plea reaches the Fed

1/27/2012
The Street: Bank of America back up plea reaches the Fed - Public Citizen argues Bank of America is "too complex to manage or regulate properly," and that "potential liabilities and market risks" such as pending litigation against the bank and its exposure to Europe, "could severely destabilize it."

End too big to fail, break up Bank of America

1/27/2012
Public News Service: End too big to fail, break up Bank of America - A petition from consumer group Public Citizen says Bank of America is so big and frail that regulators should dismantle it before problems at the huge bank provoke a crisis.

Public Citizen applauds Obama administration

1/27/2012
New Design World Press Center: Public Citizen applauds Obama administration - Public Citizen commends the Obama administration for taking the necessary step of appealing today the harmful World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against U.S. consumer and dolphin protection measures.

Public Citizen advocacy group calls for break-up of Bank of America

1/27/2012
Credit Newsline: Public Citizen advocacy group calls for break-up of Bank of America - Advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition on Wednesday urging government agencies to break up Bank of America Corp. into smaller, more manageable companies.

California lawmakers and activists call for the end of corporate political spending

1/27/2012
NewDesignWorld Press: California lawmakers and activists call for the end of corporate political spending by Annita Perez - “California is poised to take a powerful step in passing a resolution calling for an amendment to overturn Citizens United,” said Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

Can we have a democratic election?

1/27/2012
The New York Review: Can we have a democratic election? by Elizabeth Drew - At least a dozen versions of this proposal are floating about, some offered by groups active in political reform such as Common Cause and Public Citizen, and also by individuals—all of whom should know better than to go down this quite dangerous road.

FDA should not approve drug that is likely to cause life-threatening lung toxicity

1/27/2012
NewDesignWorld Press: FDA should not approve drug that is likely to cause life-threatening lung toxicity by Annita Perez - A proposed new drug to treat acute agitation in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disease should not be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because the drug has been shown to cause significant, life-threatening lung toxicity and fails to provide any significant benefits in comparison to currently available, FDA-approved alternative drugs, Public Citizen said in a letter sent today to the agency.

Why progressives should oppose a constitutional amendment to end corporate "personhood

1/27/2012
Huffington Post: Why progressives should oppose a constitutional amendment to end corporate "personhood by Kent Greenfield - It is worth reminding current critics of Citizens United that the Virginia pharmacy case was brought by Public Citizen, the consumer rights group co-founded by Ralph Nader.

Change campaign financing laws

1/27/2012
myCentralJersey.com: Change campaign financing laws - You can also check out the websites of organizations such as Move To Amend, Common Cause, Public Citizen, Veterans For Peace and Rootstriker.

Ener1 enters bankruptcy

1/27/2012
The Daily Docket: Ener1 enters bankruptcy - Activist group Public Citizen wants Bank of America to break up, DealBook reports.

Obama claiming credit for fossil-fuel gains angers industry

1/27/2012
MoneyNews.com: Obama claiming credit for fossil-fuel gains angers industry - Today he is highlighting fossil fuel gains to blunt charges that his policies are contributing to higher energy costs, according to Tyson Slocum, energy program director for Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group, said in an interview.

Stress testing Tim Geithner

1/27/2012
Campaign for America's Future: Stress testing Tim Geithner - Many experts are dubious and Wednesday the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen decided to test the theory in the most direct way possible.

Who owns the freshman class? - FEC reform petition lags

1/27/2012
Politico: Who owns the freshman class? - FEC reform petition lags by Anna Palmer - Sloan says that regardless of the petition’s outcome, CREW, along with other petition sponsors — Americans for Campaign Reform, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, Public Campaign, Public Citizen, United Republic and U.S. PIRG — will continue pressing the Obama administration to reform the FEC.

Comcast pays politicians to pressure FCC on NBC-Universal merger then hires FCC commissioner

1/27/2012
Zimbio: Comcast pays politicians to pressure FCC on NBC-Universal merger then hires FCC commissioner - “Putting pressure on an appointed group of commissioners like the FCC isn’t actually that different from pressuring Congress. ‘As a matter of fact, it can be harder for the public to trace,’ [Craig Holman of Public Citizen] said.

Garballey joins effort to overturn court ruling

1/27/2012
The Arlington Advocate: Garballey joins effort to overturn court ruling - “The groundswell of national grassroots activity in support of a constitutional amendment we’re seeing is tremendous,” said Mark Hays, campaign coordinator for Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

Group wants Fed to break up Bank of America

1/26/2012
ABC News: Group wants Fed to break up Bank of America by Lyanne Melendez - On Wednesday, the consumer advocacy group "Public Citizen" filed a petition asking Geithner and Ben Bernanke to consider dismantling Bank America.

Obama stance on fossil fuel angers industry

1/26/2012
Bloomberg: Obama stance on fossil fuel angers industry by Jim Efstathiou Jr. & Aaron Clark - Today [Obama] is highlighting fossil fuel gains to blunt charges that his policies are contributing to higher energy costs, according to Tyson Slocum, energy program director for Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group, said in an interview.

Consumer group to feds: Break up Bank of America

1/26/2012
CBS News: Consumer group to feds: Break up Bank of America by Alain Sherter - Public Citizen said in a letter on Wednesday to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that BofA is too large and interconnected with other financial institutions to manage properly, or even to regulate.

Arbitration system hurts public

1/26/2012
Recordnet.com: Arbitration system hurts public by Michelle Singletary - Groups such as Public Citizen argue that people must waive their legal rights, because arbitration clauses are presented in contracts on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

Public Citizen calls for breakup of Bank of America

1/26/2012
The Consumerist: Public Citizen calls for breakup of Bank of America - Bank of America poses "a grave threat to U.S. financial stability," according to watchdog group Public Citizen, which has called for the bank to be broken up.

Group calls for U.S. to break up Bank of America

1/26/2012
Reuters: Group calls for U.S. to break up Bank of America by Rick Rothacker - The group, led by consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, plans to file a petition with the Federal Reserve Board and other regulators on Wednesday asking them to carve the bank into simpler, safer pieces.

Consumer group to regulators: Break up Bank of America

1/26/2012
The Hill: Consumer group to regulators: Break up Bank of America by Peter Schroeder - The group, Public Citizen, sent a petition to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, asking them to use new powers granted by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law to take Bank of America apart for the good of the nation.

Public Citizen: Bank of America poses a grave threat to U.S. financial stability, should be broken up

1/26/2012
YubaNet.com: Public Citizen: Bank of America poses a grave threat to U.S. financial stability, should be broken up - Bank of America, the second-largest bank holding company in the U.S., should be broken up and reformed, Public Citizen said in a petition sent today to the Federal Reserve and the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Financial stability oversight council should investigate whether Bank of America needs to be broken up

1/26/2012
Banking Law Prof Blog: Financial stability oversight council should investigate whether Bank of America needs to be broken up - Today, Public Citizen filed a petition and a number of economists and law professors signed a letter asking the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to use Section 121 of the Dodd-Frank Act to investigate and possibly to break up Bank of America (BofA). The issue is "Too Big to Fail."

Financial business: JP Morgan disses Morgan Stanley and Goldman, Citigroup’s cost cutting

1/26/2012
Yahoo! Finance U.S.: Financial business: JP Morgan disses Morgan Stanley and Goldman, Citigroup’s cost cutting - A group of consumer advocates, academics and economists, led by consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, plan to file a petition with the federal government and other regulators today.

Judge blasts "unlawful invasions of privacy" by "rogue" P2P attorney

1/26/2012
Ars Technica: Judge blasts "unlawful invasions of privacy" by "rogue" P2P attorney by Nate Anderson - Stone was hit with $10,000 in sanctions after lawyers from Public Citizen and the EFF brought the matter to the judge's attention. But there was a problem: Stone didn't pay.

Medicare nominee gets lifetime payout

1/26/2012
The Washington Times: Medicare nominee gets lifetime payout by Jim McElhatton - Craig Holman, legislative representative at Public Citizen, a watchdog group, said that although ethics provisions may not apply in Ms. Tavenner’s case because she quit working for the company more than two years ago, she still would be required to comply with federal conflict-of-interest rules.

Public Citizen group calls for breakup of Bank of America

1/26/2012
Charlotte Observer: Public Citizen group calls for breakup of Bank of America - Advocacy group Public Citizen is filing a petition today urging the government to break Bank of America Corp. into smaller companies, saying the Charlotte bank poses a "grave threat" to the financial system.

Consumer group: End too big to fail, break up Bank of America

1/26/2012
Public News Service: Consumer group: End too big to fail, break up Bank of America - A petition from consumer group Public Citizen says Bank of America is so big and frail that regulators should dismantle it before problems at the huge bank provoke a crisis.

Texas adds mega-wattage to U.S. solar surge

1/26/2012
Your Valley Voice: Texas adds mega-wattage to U.S. solar surge - Tom "Smitty" Smith at the Texas office of Public Citizen predicts other cities will soon be following San Antonio's lead.

Activist group calls for Bank of America breakup

1/26/2012
San Francisco Business Times: Activist group calls for Bank of America breakup by Mark Calvey - Public Citizen, a consumer activist group, is calling on the government to break up Bank of America.  The group argues that Bank of America is too big to be governed or regulated.

President Obama: 'Make or break' for middle class; Huge crowds at Newt Gingrich event; The man behind the super PAC; Friends perform avalanche rescue; Examining Obama's promises; The work of a sex surrogate

1/26/2012
CNN.com: President Obama: 'Make or break' for middle class; Huge crowds at Newt Gingrich event; The man behind the super PAC; Friends perform avalanche rescue; Examining Obama's promises; The work of a sex surrogate - [Bopp's] opponent on stage was Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a group that lobbies against corporate influence.

Advocate group looking to break up BofA... (BAC)

1/26/2012
StreetInsider.com: Advocate group looking to break up BofA... (BAC) - According to Reuters, a Public Citizen-led group plans to file a petition with the Federal Reserve to cut the bank into smaller divisions.

Vermonters united

1/26/2012
The American Prospect: Vermonters united by Sarah Harris - The gathering was part of a series of events around the nation put on by groups like Public Citizen, Move to Amend, USPIRG, and others that are opposed to Citizens United. But the Montpelier rally had its own, well, flavor.

Days after SOTU are full of lobbyist feedback

1/26/2012
Roll Call: Days after SOTU are full of lobbyist feedback by Kate Ackley - Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, said some of her biggest concerns came over Obama's rhetoric around regulations.

Opposition grows as Citizens United turns two

1/26/2012
http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=5258: Opposition grows as Citizens United turns two by Kara Scharwath - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a watchdog group that was involved in organizing the events told the Washington Post, “We’re already at a point where the public overwhelmingly opposes the decision. The goal is to build a grass-roots movement that will eventually be able to shape the debate.”

Public Citizen petitions federal regulators to break up Bank of America

1/26/2012
Firedoglake: Public Citizen petitions federal regulators to break up Bank of America by David Dayen - Today, Public Citizen will send a formal petition to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Financial Stability Oversight Council, asking them to “recognize that the Bank of America Corporation (“Bank of America” or “the bank”) poses a ‘grave threat’ to the stability of the United States financial system and to mitigate that threat, as provided by section 121 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Groups want hours of service case dismissed

1/26/2012
eTrucuker: Groups want hours of service case dismissed by Jill Dunn - They were given until Jan. 23, when the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Teamsters union, Public Citizen, Truck Safety Coalition and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration filed a joint motion requesting voluntary dismissal of the case.

Local pushback on corporate political spending

1/24/2012
YourArlington.com: Local pushback on corporate political spending - Organization whose names are on the release are Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Common Cause Massachusetts, Corporate Accountability International, Free Speech for People, Greater Boston Coffee Party, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Nurses Association, Mass VOTE and Public Citizen.

Maryland lawmakers seek campaign finance amendment

1/24/2012
Patch.com: Maryland lawmakers seek campaign finance amendment by Bailey Henneberg - “That kind of money drowns out the voices of ordinary people,” said Mark Hays, a campaign coordinator for Public Citizen.

Mandate transparency on the anniversary

1/24/2012
Truthout: Mandate transparency on the anniversary - by Lisa Gilbert,  Deputy Director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch

Supreme Court backs binding arbitration agreements

1/24/2012
Washington Post: Supreme Court backs binding arbitration agreements by Michelle Singletary - Groups such as Public Citizen argue that people must waive their legal rights because arbitration clauses are presented in contracts on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

Law.com: Small-business owners wary of Citizens United's impact

1/24/2012
Law.com: Law.com: Small-business owners wary of Citizens United's impact by Catherine Dunn - ... a number of groups have been calling for an amendment that readdresses the issue. They include Move to Amend, Public Citizen, and Common Cause, among others.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell plans to commercialize the commute, sell roads' naming rights

1/24/2012
Huffington Post: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell plans to commercialize the commute, sell roads' naming rights by Matt Sledge - Elizabeth Ben Ishai, who charts the expanding influence of corporations in the public sphere as part of her work with the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said the governor was setting up a false choice between raising taxes and selling naming rights.

Groups try new attack on Citizens United decision

1/24/2012
The Seattle Times: Groups try new attack on Citizens United decision - "We're already at a point where the public overwhelmingly opposes the decision," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a group helping to spearhead efforts. "The goal is to build a grass-roots movement that will eventually be able to shape the debate."

San Francisco Chronicle

1/24/2012
San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco Chronicle by Joe Garofoli - In South Carolina, super PACs spent $6.9 million, while the campaigns of five major candidates spent a total of $5.4 million, according to the nonprofit Public Citizen.

A setback for credit-card users?

1/24/2012
SmartMoney.com: A setback for credit-card users? - In California, for instance, credit card users won just 4% of cases that went to arbitration while card issuers won 94% from 2003 to early 2007, according to the latest report on the topic by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

Disclosures urged on abrasive beryllium

1/24/2012
PaintSquare: Disclosures urged on abrasive beryllium - Federal safety authorities have failed to enforce a law requiring manufacturers of coal-slag abrasive to disclose levels of beryllium in their product, consumer advocate Public Citizen contends.

On Citizens United anniversary, Constitutional amendment movement grows

1/24/2012
Firedoglake: On Citizens United anniversary, Constitutional amendment movement grows by David Dayen - Another intriguing group agitating for a Constitutional amendment that has sprung up in recent days is United 4 the People, a coalition of over 50 progressive organizations, including People for the American Way, Public Citizen, Common Cause and more.

Occupy's latest target: Citizens United

1/24/2012
Mother Jones: Occupy's latest target: Citizens United by Andy Kroll - The campaign to roll back Citizens United and end corporate personhood is slowly gaining traction around the country. The aims of the organizations involved—Public Citizen, Move to Amend, People for the American Way, and others—range from demanding a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood to giving Congress more power to regulate money in politics.

Activists Occupy the Courts, as South Carolina's GOP primary field is narrowed

1/24/2012
Uprising: Activists Occupy the Courts, as South Carolina's GOP primary field is narrowed - Los Angeles area action: WHO: Coalition members and supporters from organizations including Move to Amend, Common Cause, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, and MoveOn.org.

FDA should not approve drug that is likely to cause life-threatening lung toxicity

1/24/2012
Therapeutics Daily: FDA should not approve drug that is likely to cause life-threatening lung toxicity - A proposed new drug to treat acute agitation in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disease should not be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because the drug has been shown to cause significant, life-threatening lung toxicity and fails to provide any significant benefits in comparison to currently available, FDA-approved alternative drugs, Public Citizen said in a letter sent today to the agency.

Citizens United v. we the people

1/24/2012
Huffington Post: Citizens United v. we the people - With a "Super PAC" frenzy inundating the 2012 presidential campaign, feeding the public's widespread revulsion at what the Court has wrought, the time to act is upon us, as Public Citizen's Robert Weissman told the Washington Post:"We're already at a point where the public overwhelmingly opposes the decision... "

Occupy protester helps answer key question of ‘What do they want?’

1/24/2012
Washington Post: Occupy protester helps answer key question of ‘What do they want?’ by Robert McCartney - [Brian Eister]'s also working as an unpaid intern at the nonprofit group Public Citizen on a campaign to repeal “corporate personhood,” or the right of corporations to be treated as individuals under the law.

Citizens urge President Obama to sign executive order requiring government contractors to disclose political spending

1/24/2012
Humanitarian News: Citizens urge President Obama to sign executive order requiring government contractors to disclose political spending - Public Citizen and MoveOn.org today submitted to the White House petitions with more than 100,000 signatures urging the president to sign an executive order mandating full transparency of political spending by government contractors.

Public Citizen to OSHA: Enforce labeling law for toxic coal byproduct

1/24/2012
EHS Today: Public Citizen to OSHA: Enforce labeling law for toxic coal byproduct by Sandy Smith - According to Public Citizen, workers using coal slag abrasive are exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium, which has been linked to cases of cancer.

Hundreds protest unlimited corporate money in elections

1/24/2012
News10.net: Hundreds protest unlimited corporate money in elections - "If you want to live in a true democracy, we can't have a country where money controls our politicians. People should control politicians," said Jonah Minkoff-Zern of Public Citizen.

Borrowing more money could blunt electric rate increase, but is it a good idea?

1/24/2012
Statesman.com: Borrowing more money could blunt electric rate increase, but is it a good idea? by Marty Toohey - But Tom "Smitty" Smith, head of the Texas chapter of the watchdog group Public Citizen, said Austin Energy's tendency distorted an important concept: so-called generational equity.

On 2nd anniversary of Citizens United: Why the right, left and center should support getting money out of politics

1/24/2012
Huffington Post: On 2nd anniversary of Citizens United: Why the right, left and center should support getting money out of politics by Miles Mogulescu - A number of old line good government groups like Common Cause, Public Citizen, and People for the American Way, as well as a number of new groups like United Republic, Move to Amend, and Free Speech for People have initiated mass citizens' movements to get money out of politics.

Activists launch "Vermonters say corporations are not people" campaign

1/24/2012
VTDigger: Activists launch "Vermonters say corporations are not people" campaign - Added Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign, “A powerful and inspiring movement to reclaim our democracy is rising, and Vermont is leading the way..."

The nation: Dump 'Citizens United'

1/24/2012
NPR: The nation: Dump 'Citizens United' - Because passing an amendment is such a long haul, groups working toward that end, Public Citizen, the Center for Media and Democracy, Move to Amend, Common Cause, People for the American Way and others would be smart to agree on language that is simple, clear and appealing.

Two years later, no united effort to destroy Citizens United

1/24/2012
New York Magazine: Two years later, no united effort to destroy Citizens United by Kevin Charles Redmon - Dozens of nonprofits — from the Thoreau-inspired Rootstrikers to the stalwart Public Citizen — each armed with a Naderlike crusader–Harvard academic, have unleashed their own petitions and days of action.

The war on political free speech

1/24/2012
Wall Street Journal: The war on political free speech by Bradley A. Smith - There are organizations that spend on politics but don't disclose their donors: traditional nonprofits such as the NAACP, the NRA and Public Citizen. These groups have never had to disclose their donors—and the Supreme Court, over 50 years ago, upheld their right to keep supporters anonymous.

Election season round-up: Corporate politicking

1/24/2012
Triple Pundit: Election season round-up: Election season round-up: Corporate politicking by Kara Scharwath - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a watchdog group that was involved in organizing the events told the Washington Post, “We’re already at a point where the public overwhelmingly opposes the decision. The goal is to build a grass-roots movement that will eventually be able to shape the debate.”

We the people

1/24/2012
Huffington Post: We the people by Bernie Sanders & Robert Weissman - If you are concerned about the collapse of the middle class, you should be concerned about how American campaigns are financed. - by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Robert Weissman

State tries to get tough on lawbreaking medical practitioners

1/24/2012
SunSentinel.com: State tries to get tough on lawbreaking medical practitioners by Bob LaMendola & Alexia Campbell - The consumer group Public Citizen for years ranked Florida among five or six states with the fewest serious penalties against doctors.

Time to fix the arbitration system?

1/24/2012
Fox Business: Time to fix the arbitration system? by Peter Andrew - The article went on to quote a Public Citizen report from 2007 that revealed that 94 percent of all arbitration hearings for credit card company MBNA ruled against the customer.

US appeals WTO ruling on dolphin-safe tuna label

1/24/2012
Thomson Reuters News & Insight: US appeals WTO ruling on dolphin-safe tuna label - U.S. consumer rights group Public Citizen commended the Obama administration for appealing the ruling.  It said the labels allow consumers to "vote with their dollars" for dolphin-safe methods.

Groups lobbying for a shoutout in the SOTU

1/24/2012
Roll Call: Groups lobbying for a shoutout in the SOTU by Kate Ackley - “It is a big stage, but in terms of nuanced messages, it’s not always the most appropriate vehicle,” said Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen. That means there’s a lot of room for explaining and mobilizing interest. 

Business leaders demand SEC regulate corporate political spending

1/24/2012
AlterNet: Business leaders demand SEC regulate corporate political spending - by Lisa Gilbert, Deputy Director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch

Sizing up Obama's Keystone pipeline denial

1/24/2012
National Journal: Sizing up Obama's Keystone pipeline denial - "We already have a Keystone pipeline that supplies the US with plenty of oil, which we refine at Midwestern refineries or store the crude at Cushing, Ok..." -Tyson Slocum

Fresno says end corporate rule - Legalize democracy!

1/24/2012
Bay Area Indymedia: Fresno says end corporate rule - Legalize democracy! by Mike Rhodes - The National action, taking place in over 100 cities across America, has been called by the Move to Amend campaign and is supported by other national organizations like Public Citizen, Common Cause, People for the American Way, Democracy for America and others.

After recent revelations, hospitals must finally become safety-first environments

1/24/2012
Huffington Post: After recent revelations, hospitals must finally become safety-first environments by Pearl Korn - For many years Public Citizen has issued annual reports honing in on the failures of the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) in the states' Health Departments to protect the public by taking minimal action - if any - against doctors who have been sanctioned by their hospitals - a failed agency model that is reactive instead of proactive.

Does broker watchdog need a shorter leash?

1/24/2012
SmartMoney.com: Does broker watchdog need a shorter leash? by Sarah Morgan - And while the SEC oversees Finra, the public doesn’t directly elect SEC commissioners, and “each of those degrees of removal from the politically accountable actor weakens the incentive to follow the law,” says Scott Michelman, a staff attorney for Public Citizen.

The hard truth about Citizens United

1/24/2012
Salon.com: The hard truth about Citizens United by Steven Rosenfeld - “There’s a lot of movement at the White House,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen. “I just had a meeting at the White House counsel’s office, trying to encourage them to move forward with the executive order."

Whopper highway? Virginia considers selling road-naming rights

1/24/2012
Los Angeles Times: Whopper highway? Virginia considers selling road-naming rights - Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, campaign coordinator for Commercial Alert, a project of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said the proposal would turn the state into a marketer working on behalf of corporate interests.

A call to amend the Constitution and reverse Citizens United

1/24/2012
OpEdNews: A call to amend the Constitution and reverse Citizens United by Dave Lefcourt - This morning I attended a rally called, "Take Back Democracy, End Corporate Rule" in Annapolis, Maryland.  It was sponsored by "Public Citizen" and a number of other state, local and county groups.

Effort to overturn Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gains steam

1/24/2012
Gazette.net: Effort to overturn Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gains steam - “Citizens United was a real blow to our democracy,” said Mark Hays, campaign coordinator for clean-government advocacy group Public Citizen’s Democracy is for People Campaign.

Special interests against the Keystone XL pipeline: A selection

1/19/2012
Reason Magazine: Special interests against the Keystone XL pipeline: A selection by Ronald Bailey - Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program: "Fortunately, the president has taken a stand against the oil industry and its paid campaign of lies about jobs and energy security..."

GOP lawmakers decry Obama's pipeline rejection

1/19/2012
MSN Money: GOP lawmakers decry Obama's pipeline rejection - "When Congressional Republicans forced a 60-day decision on the Keystone XL's presidential permit, they took the option of a thorough review away from President Obama and the U.S. State Department," Trevor Lovell, environmental program coordinator for Texas' Public Citizen, said in a statement.

Press release National Day of Action, Saturday, January 21, 2012: The second anniversary of Citizens United

1/19/2012
Nevada City Advocate: Press release National Day of Action, Saturday, January 21, 2012: The second anniversary of Citizens United - National groups working on this issue include Public Citizen, People for the American Way, and Move to Amend.

GOP lawmakers decry Obama's pipeline rejection

1/19/2012
Austin American-Statesman: GOP lawmakers decry Obama's pipeline rejection - "When Congressional Republicans forced a 60-day decision on the Keystone XL's presidential permit, they took the option of a thorough review away from President Obama and the U.S. State Department," Trevor Lovell, environmental program coordinator for Texas' Public Citizen, said in a statement.

New York City Council to vote on ending corporate personhood – Fight corporate ownership of elections: Sign the petition!

1/19/2012
No Lies Radio: New York City Council to vote on ending corporate personhood – Fight corporate ownership of elections: Sign the petition! by Eric W. Dolan - “Across the country are standing up to reclaim our democracy – and are expecting elected officials to heed the call for constitutional reform that makes clear that democracy is for people, not for corporations,” Jonah Minkoff-Zern, the senior organizer of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign, said in a statement.

Rules of the game: Some say nixing contribution limits will level playing field

1/19/2012
Roll Call: Rules of the game: Some say nixing contribution limits will level playing field by Eliza Newlin Carney - "I believe that the American people are outraged by what they properly perceive to be the corporate capture of Washington," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which has helped stage the protests.

Citizen Vox blog post: Is Citizens United toast? If we have something to say about it, yes!

1/19/2012
United4thepeople.org: Citizen Vox blog post: Is Citizens United toast? If we have something to say about it, yes! - This post was authored by Mark Hays, the Campaign Coordinator for Public Citizen’s Democracy is for People campaign.

Obama gets jump start on general election, releases new ad in swing state

1/19/2012
BuzzFeed: Obama gets jump start on general election, releases new ad in swing state by Zeke Miller - Common Cause, Democracy 21, League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, and U.S. PIRG issued a statement praising president Obama “for the unprecedented steps he has taken during the first hundred days of his administration to strengthen ethics, lobbying and transparency rules for the Executive Branch.”

Effect of Citizens United felt two years later

1/19/2012
American Enterprise Institute: Effect of Citizens United felt two years later by Norman J. Ornstein - Activists rally for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on Friday, January 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.  Public Citizen president Robert Weissman speaks to the crowd.

Obama rejects Canada-Texas Keystone oil pipeline - for now

1/19/2012
abc13.com: Obama rejects Canada-Texas Keystone oil pipeline - for now - The Texas chapter of the group Public Citizen says the Obama administration had to reject the pipeline after Congress imposed a 60-day deadline, not enough time to conduct an informed review.

Will recess appointment handcuff consumer cop?

1/19/2012
Politifact: Will recess appointment handcuff consumer cop? by Stephen Koff - "So I think they are wrong as a matter of the statute," said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch program and an attorney widely regarded as an authority on this language. "But even if it wasn’t, it would be unconstitutional."

The influence industry: Activist groups want to undo ruling that led to ‘super PAC’ frenzy

1/19/2012
Washington Post: The influence industry: Activist groups want to undo ruling that led to ‘super PAC’ frenzy by Dan Eggen - "We’re already at a point where the public overwhelmingly opposes the decision,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a watchdog group helping to spearhead the efforts.

John Sununu: Lobby Shop employee and Boston Globe columnist

1/19/2012
Media Matters for America: John Sununu: Lobby Shop employee and Boston Globe columnist by Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, told Media Matters that it is "in the public's interest to know" about Sununu's ties to the lobbying industry and that someone in his position "should disclose that." - Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, told Media Matters that it is "in the public's interest to know" about Sununu's ties to the lobbying industry and that someone in his position "should disclose that."

Bill would require shadowy political groups to list donors

1/19/2012
KTAR.com: Bill would require shadowy political groups to list donors - Similar bills addressing the Citizens United ruling have been introduced in California, Massachusetts, Maryland and Vermont, according to the government watchdog group Public Citizen.

Corporate personhood cannot withstand organized persons

1/19/2012
Truthout: Corporate personhood cannot withstand organized persons by David Swanson - Public Citizen at Democracyisforpeople.org proposes language that tries to block corporations from setting up front groups while at the same time permitting election spending by any corporation not "created for business purposes."

GOP lawmakers decry Obama's pipeline rejection

1/19/2012
CBS News: GOP lawmakers decry Obama's pipeline rejection - "When Congressional Republicans forced a 60-day decision on the Keystone XL's presidential permit, they took the option of a thorough review away from President Obama and the U.S. State Department," Trevor Lovell, environmental program coordinator for Texas' Public Citizen, said in a statement.

Protesters Occupy U.S. Capitol

1/19/2012
National Journal: Protesters Occupy U.S. Capitol - “There are different approaches here, because Occupy is a decentralized movement,” explained Travis McArthur, 26, of Washington. He described himself as employed by Public Citizen, and he handed out an “Occupy Congress Legislative Guide” that listed various pieces of legislation along with information on why they should be supported or opposed.

The super-PACs are taking over elections

1/19/2012
Glenwood Springs Post Independent: The super-PACs are taking over elections - A movement in this direction has been started by Public Citizen, and been joined by several other civil liberties organizations.

Red Cross fined $9.6M for sloppy recordkeeping

1/19/2012
6abc.com: Red Cross fined $9.6M for sloppy recordkeeping by David Henry - The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen isn't buying it.  "For the same kinds of violations that the Red Cross have been repeatedly caught at they have been caught once again," Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen said.

Statehouse rally renews call for Vermont support for constitutional amendment

1/19/2012
VTDigger.org: Statehouse rally renews call for Vermont support for constitutional amendment by Eli Sherman - Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, released a report Wednesday highlighting expenditures made by corporations since the Supreme Court’s decision in 2010.

Members of Congress travel far on private groups' dime

1/19/2012
Roll Call: Members of Congress travel far on private groups' dime by Amanda Becker - "It's really quite a pity, too," said Public Citizen's Craig Holman, who worked with Congress on the reform effort.

Consumer group asks state whether 220 doctors were disciplined

1/19/2012
Detroit Free Press: Consumer group asks state whether 220 doctors were disciplined - Michigan is one of 13 states that failed to report any actions against doctors to the National Practitioner Data Bank, said Public Citizen's Health Research Group, in a letter to the state on Wednesday.

Win! U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal jurisdiction over consumer telemarketing claims

1/19/2012
LexisNexis News: Win! U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal jurisdiction over consumer telemarketing claims - Public Citizen represented Marcus Mims, the successful plaintiff in the case.

Watchdog group asks 33 state medical boards to identify physicians with problems

1/19/2012
Becker's Hospital Review: Watchdog group asks 33 state medical boards to identify physicians with problems by Jaimie Oh - Public Citizen, a watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., has sent letters to 33 state medical boards, urging them to investigate physicians who were disciplined by hospitals for varying reasons but not by the boards themselves, according to an Idaho Statesman

Venue for Obama's convention speech draws criticism

1/19/2012
MSNBC: Venue for Obama's convention speech draws criticism - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a group that lobbies against corporate influence, added: "Speaking at a stadium named for one of the financial firms that plunged our country into deep recession, we can only hope that Barack Obama will counter the optics by laying out a meaningful plan to control the Wall Street giants."

Pipeline plan denied, but GOP undaunted

1/19/2012
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Pipeline plan denied, but GOP undaunted - Tyson Slocum, energy program director for Public Citizen, said in a statement the pipeline “would only serve the interest of Big Oil.”

Clipboard: Fine of American Red Cross latest in a decade of penalties

1/19/2012
White Coat Notes: Clipboard: Fine of American Red Cross latest in a decade of penalties - [Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group Sidney] Wolfe said the FDA should ask the federal court that approved the consent decree to hold Red Cross officials in contempt.

Guest viewpoint: Don't let gas drillers steal our water

1/19/2012
PressConnects.com: Guest viewpoint: Don't let gas drillers steal our water - John Earl of Public Citizen said, "Water is a basic human right, like air, and it should be provided for the public good," not for the profits of private enterprise.

Energy industry reacts to Obama Keystone decision

1/19/2012
AOL Energy: Energy industry reacts to Obama Keystone decision by Margaret Ryan - "This pipeline would enable producers to bypass the Midwestern refineries and move oil to refineries on the Gulf," said Tyson Slocum of  Public Citizen.

Rally set Saturday calling for end to Citizens United decision

1/19/2012
Daily Herald: Rally set Saturday calling for end to Citizens United decision - Participating are Occupy Elgin, Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice, Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Move to Amend, Common Cause, and Free Speech for People, and 40-plus nonprofit organizations.

Occupiers head for corporations on January 21

1/19/2012
The Bradenton Times: Occupiers head for corporations on January 21 - An organization called Public Citizen is asking for activists everywhere to come out to denounce corporate impostors, posing as "people" with the same constitutional rights as the rest of us.

Lawmakers blast Obama Keystone pipeline rejection

1/19/2012
WTAW: Lawmakers blast Obama Keystone pipeline rejection by Chace Murphy - The Texas chapter of the group Public Citizen says the Obama administration had to reject the pipeline after Congress imposed a 60-day deadline, not enough time to conduct an informed review.

Green community cheers Keystone XL rejection

1/19/2012
Tree Hugger: Green community cheers Keystone XL rejection by Mat McDermott - Public Citizen said: "President Obama’s decision to send this proposal back to the drawing board acknowledges the unacceptable risks posed to citizens living near the pipeline’s path..."

Auto electronic faults may be ‘untraceable,’ U.S. panel says

1/19/2012
Bloomberg Businessweek: Auto electronic faults may be ‘untraceable,’ U.S. panel says - Automotive safety advocates including Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies Inc., and Joan Claybrook, a former NHTSA administrator and former president of the advocacy group Public Citizen, have said the fact that NHTSA didn’t find an electronic cause for the Toyota reports didn’t exonerate the automaker because there was no way to record what may have happened.

U.S. Supreme Court signals continuing preference for arbitration

1/19/2012
Dolan Media Company: U.S. Supreme Court signals continuing preference for arbitration - Scott L. Nelson, an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, D.C. who argued the case on behalf of the consumers, agreed.

Politicians, groups react harshly to Keystone news

1/19/2012
FuelFix: Politicians, groups react harshly to Keystone news - "The president has taken a stand against the oil industry and its paid campaign of lies about jobs and energy security..." - Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen's Energy Program director

Rally against Citizens United at the Sacramento capitol

1/17/2012
Occupy Sacramento: Rally against Citizens United at the Sacramento capitol - The rally is part of the national Days of Action being organized by Public Citizen and over 40 other sponsoring organizations, including Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Greenpeace, 350.org, People For the American Way, Move to Amend and California Church IMPACT.

The ‘Recess’ appointments: A crisis of convenience

1/17/2012
National Review Online: The ‘Recess’ appointments: A crisis of convenience by Ammon Simon - As even David Arkush of the left-leaning, anti-corporate organization Public Citizen has argued, Obama could have made his appointments after using his Article II, Section III power to adjourn both houses of Congress.

Legal group from Washington, D.C. to aid Occupy Chattanooga

1/17/2012
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Legal group from Washington, D.C. to aid Occupy Chattanooga by Ansley Haman - Scott Michelman, a staff attorney for Public Citizen Litigation Group, said the American Civil Liberties Union contacted his organization about representing Occupy Chattanooga.

Cancer, AIDS, and vaccinations

1/17/2012
Next Level Nutrition: Cancer, AIDS, and vaccinations by Benedict D. LaRosa - When Ralph Nader's group, Public Citizen, sued Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney in January 1991 on behalf of all servicement subjected to experimental vaccines, it based its case, in part, on Dr. Snead's research.

Chamber boosts campaign focus while urging Congress not to

1/17/2012
Roll Call: Chamber boosts campaign focus while urging Congress not to by Janie Lorber - Chamber crtitics, including Public Citizen, ChamberWatch and other liberal groups, held a conference call on the eve of Donohue's address to berate the organization for advancing the interests of a few powerful corporations instead of what the Occupy Wall Street movement has dubbed "the 99 percent."

Supreme Court's arbitration ruling a big rip-off for consumers

1/17/2012
The Detroit News: Supreme Court's arbitration ruling a big rip-off for consumers - A 2007 Public Citizen study found consumers lost arbitration hearings before card-issuer MBNA 94 percent of the time.

Happy anniversary, Citizens United!

1/17/2012
The Onassis Network: Happy anniversary, Citizens United! - Activists working with Public Citizen are involved in more than 150 actions across the country, from Minnesota to Texas and California to North Carolina.

Election watchdogs assail Obama on FEC appointments

1/17/2012
ABC News: Election watchdogs assail Obama on FEC appointments by Devin Dwyer - “If we can encourage Obama to offer nominations to replace the expired commissioners, it is going to turn into a fight then between the White House and Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Senate,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen.

It's not your eyes…the fine print is getting really, really small

1/17/2012
Wall Street Journal: It's not your eyes…the fine print is getting really, really small by Missy Sullivan - Consumer-protection lobbyist group Public Citizen says that in seven major businesses—including banks, credit-card companies, computer manufacturers and brokerages—at least 75% of companies now include such provisions in their fine print.

#OWS: ‘Occupy the Courts’

1/17/2012
rbro2: #OWS: ‘Occupy the Courts’ - The Occupy Wall Street announcement also includes a link to Occupy the Corporations, which we find hosted on the Public Citizen website.

CREW leads petition drive to push President Obama to fix the Federal Election Commission

1/17/2012
Business Wire: CREW leads petition drive to push President Obama to fix the Federal Election Commission - Joining CREW in the petition drive are Americans for Campaign Reform, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, Public Campaign, Public Citizen, United Republic and U.S. PIRG

'Super PACs' and more: politics, money and language

1/17/2012
Voice of America: 'Super PACs' and more: politics, money and language - Some people think the solution is to have public financing of campaigns. Jonah Minkoff-Zern represents the group Public Citizen.

Did Mary Schapiro engage in a fraud?

1/17/2012
No Quarter USA: Did Mary Schapiro engage in a fraud? by Larry Doyle - “We’re concerned about the court’s overextension of immunity” to private organizations, said Scott Michelman, a staff attorney at the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which, together with Consumer Action, The Project On Government Oversight and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, also is urging the Supreme Court to take the case.

The back story of the unsealing of Nixon’s grand jury testimony

1/17/2012
Justia Verdict: The back story of the unsealing of Nixon’s grand jury testimony by John Dean - At the time that Public Citizen filed the petition requesting that the court unseal this material, I wrote a broad overview about the case.

Roadblock to free trade

1/17/2012
Los Angeles Times: Roadblock to free trade - But now, the Teamsters union and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen have asked a federal judge in Washington to shut down the program because transportation officials failed to comply with national regulations that require environmental impact tests before starting any pilot program.

The energy independence implications of the auto bailout

1/17/2012
Solar Power: The energy independence implications of the auto bailout - Witnesses: Ms. Joan Claybrook, President, Public Citizen; Mr. Reuben Munger, Chairman and Co-founder, Bright Automotive; Dr. Peter Morici, Professor of International …

Move to amend

1/17/2012
Salem Weekly: Move to amend - “They decided what the questions should be even though it wasn’t the original question in the case,” states Rob Weissman of Public Citizen on Democracy Now.

4 scary terms of service you'll probably click anyway

1/17/2012
Business Insider: 4 scary terms of service you'll probably click anyway - "States like California and Washington held that class-action bans within forced arbitration clauses are unconscionable, which means that they're harmful to consumers, deny people legal rights and let companies off the hook," explains Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

The debate over damage caps, access to care, and the cost of medical malpractice claims

1/17/2012
Medical Malpractice Insurance: The debate over damage caps, access to care, and the cost of medical malpractice claims by Michael Matray - On the other side of the ideological divide, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released its own report, which argues the Texas cap on non-economic damages has not reduced medical costs or curbed the ordering of expensive diagnostic tests that are the hallmark of what its opponents call “defensive medicine.”

New consumer chief Cordray dialing up bank CEOs

1/17/2012
International Business Times: New consumer chief Cordray dialing up bank CEOs - Cordray has also spoken with leaders of consumer groups such as the Consumer Federation of America and Public Citizen and trade groups like the American Bankers Association and the Consumer Bankers Association.

American Red Cross cited by FDA on blood-safety rules

1/17/2012
Bloomberg Businessweek: American Red Cross cited by FDA on blood-safety rules - The Washington-based consumer group Public Citizen this month urged the agency to levy sanctions.

American Red Cross cited by FDA for blood-safety rule violations

1/17/2012
The Unhived Mind: American Red Cross cited by FDA for blood-safety rule violations - The Washington-based consumer group Public Citizen this month urged the agency to levy sanctions.

Retailers, banks kumbaya? - Pro-Ron Paul super PAC makes big buy in S.C. - Occupy goes Washington - Monument Policy hires Ellis

1/17/2012
Politico: Retailers, banks kumbaya? - Pro-Ron Paul super PAC makes big buy in S.C. - Occupy goes Washington - Monument Policy hires Ellis by Anna Palmer - Our own Abby D. Phillip reports that a senior White House official confirmed that the Obama administration is likely to respond to a petition about campaign finance led by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in conjunction with Americans for Campaign Reform, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, Public Campaign, Public Citizen, United Republic and U.S. PIRG.

Time to occupy the corporations

1/17/2012
Care2: Time to occupy the corporations by Jessica Pieklo - On Saturday, January 21, activists across the country working with Public Citizen will “Occupy the Corporations” in a series of demonstrations planned throughout the country, designed to expose the fraud that is corporate personhood.

What's ahead for natural gas?

1/17/2012
National Journal: What's ahead for natural gas? - Bottom line: increased focus on natural gas displaces renewables from the market.

CFPB Chief Cordray calls on bank CEOs for support

1/17/2012
Reuters: CFPB Chief Cordray calls on bank CEOs for support - Cordray has also spoken with leaders of consumer groups such as the Consumer Federation of America and Public Citizen and trade groups like the American Bankers Association and the Consumer Bankers Association.

OP-ED: Corporate personhood cannot withstand organized persons

1/17/2012
Huntington News: OP-ED: Corporate personhood cannot withstand organized persons by David Swanson - Public Citizen at Democracyisforpeople.org proposes language that tries to block corporations from setting up front groups while at the same time permitting election spending by any corporation not "created for business purposes."

U.S. gov. demands all Twitter users details who used occupy hashtag

1/17/2012
IT Gawker: U.S. gov. demands all Twitter users details who used occupy hashtag - The two users were helped by Public Citizen and the American Civil Liberties Union in opposing the subpoena.

FDA Yaz panel had ties to industry

1/17/2012
Everyday Health: FDA Yaz panel had ties to industry by Emily Walker - "We think the reasoning that the FDA used to disqualify him from being a voting member was not logical and would lead to excluding anyone who had formed a scientific opinion about whether a particular drug should be or should not be approved for marketing, given the risk/benefit profile," Michael Carome, MD, of Public Citizen, told MedPage Today

Two years later: Showdown with Citizens United

1/17/2012
The Nation: Two years later: Showdown with Citizens United by Katrina vanden Heuvel - It's a long haul and groups working towards that end - including Public Citizen, the Center for Media and Democracy, Move to Amend, Common Cause, People for the American Way, and others - would be smart to agree on exactly what the amendment's language is and make it simple, clear, and appealing.

Beyond Buffett, “Patriotic” one percenters say, “Tax me”

1/17/2012
Nonprofit Quarterly: Beyond Buffett, “Patriotic” one percenters say, “Tax me” by Ruth McCambridge - A group called Patriotic Millionaires joined with representatives of U.S. Chamber Watch, Public Citizen, and the National Wildlife Federation to issue a “prebuttal” to U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue, who delivered the annual State of American Business speech on Thursday.

As anniversary of Citizens United looms, Public Citizen highlights urgent need for a Constitutional amendment

1/17/2012
e-News Park Forest: As anniversary of Citizens United looms, Public Citizen highlights urgent need for a Constitutional amendment by Gary Kopycinski - Activists working with Public Citizen are involved in more than 150 actions across the country, from Minnesota to Texas and California to North Carolina.

Rally against corporate influence

1/17/2012
The Davis Enterprise: Rally against corporate influence - So, please join Public Citizen and Common Cause in our rally against corporate money in government and support a state resolution standing against the Supreme Court ruling that unleashed corporate money in our elections.

Occupy movement turns attention to Congress

1/17/2012
Roll Call: Occupy movement turns attention to Congress by Ambreen Ali - “The Occupy movement is really breathing life into the drive for a Constitutional amendment,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, which is promoting a Jan. 21 event to “Occupy the Corporations.”

Advocates again press Obama to name FEC appointees

1/17/2012
Roll Call: Advocates again press Obama to name FEC appointees by Eliza Newlin Carney - In addition to the League of Women Voters, the leading groups behind the petition are the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and Americans for Campaign Reform.

Super PACs promote attack ads and special interests

1/17/2012
U.S. News & World Report: Super PACs promote attack ads and special interests - By Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

CPS names two firms in mega-solar project

1/17/2012
My San Antonio: CPS names two firms in mega-solar project by Tracy Idell Hamilton - Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen praised the environmental aspects of the project  

Attack of the fine print

1/17/2012
Smart Money Magazine: Attack of the fine print by Missy Sullivan - Consumer-protection lobbyist group Public Citizen says that at least 75 percent of companies across seven major industries -- including banks, credit card companies, computer manufacturers and brokerages -- now include mandatory binding-arbitration provisions.

Massive solar project coming to San Antonio

1/17/2012
StateImpact Texas: Massive solar project coming to San Antonio by Terrence Henry - Laylan Copelin of the Austin American-Statesman took a stab at the question, talking to Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy nonprofit group.

Environmental organizations alert teachers to problematic NEED infobook

1/17/2012
Bradenton Harold: Environmental organizations alert teachers to problematic NEED infobook - National environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action, and Greenpeace, along with regional energy advocacy organization Citizen Power, are sending a letter to teacher organizations throughout the United States to alert teachers to be careful when considering using the resources of the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED).

Crony capitalism at the FDA

1/17/2012
Down on the Pharm: Crony capitalism at the FDA - Sidney Wolfe, MD, of Public Citizen consumer advocism group had opposed that class of birth control pills due to risk of thromboembolism.

Watchdogs to Obama: Fix the FEC

1/17/2012
The Washington Times: Watchdogs to Obama: Fix the FEC by Susan Crabtree - Craig Holman of Public Citizen, one of the groups promoting the petition, said members of the coalition had a very amicable meeting with the White House counsel’s office last week but left without making any real progress.

Ethics, disclosure and the FDA: Yaz, Yazmin just the beginning

1/17/2012
MedCity: Ethics, disclosure and the FDA: Yaz, Yazmin just the beginning by Merrill Goozner - Before the meeting, the FDA ruled that the safety committee’s usual consumer representative, Dr. Sidney Wolfe from Public Citizen, a long-time thorn in industry’s side, couldn’t participate because his newsletter, ’Worst Pills, Best Pills,’ had already called forbanning the drugs.

Roadblock to free trade

1/12/2012
The Modesto Bee: Roadblock to free trade - But now, the Teamsters union and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen have asked a federal judge in Washington to shut down the program because transportation officials failed to comply with national regulations that require environmental impact tests before starting any pilot program.

A conflicted FDA panel, Bayer & birth control pills

1/12/2012
Pharmalot: A conflicted FDA panel, Bayer & birth control pills - Ironically, the FDA did yank Sid Wolfe of Public Citizen Health Research Group from its Risk Management Advisory Committee - one of two advisory panels that were convened last month to review the Bayer pills - over an alleged ‘intellectual conflict of interest.’

Wall Street's Washington infiltration continues with new Chief of Staff Jacob Lew

1/12/2012
Free Republic: Wall Street's Washington infiltration continues with new Chief of Staff Jacob Lew - "It is chilling that during the most intense time for the soul of American banking that Obama would choose a Volcker Rule-related hedge fund manager as one of his chief advisers," Bart Naylor, an analyst at Public Citizen, which has lobbied on financial reform, told The Huffington Post.

Supreme Court backs credit card binding arbitration

1/12/2012
NASDAQ: Supreme Court backs credit card binding arbitration - A 2007 study by Public Citizen, a consumer rights organization, found that consumers lost 94 percent of the cases filed by MBNA (now owned by Bank of America) and arbitrated by one of the largest of the nation's arbitration firms.

Mitt Romney's $12 million mystery super-PAC man

1/12/2012
Mother Jones: Mitt Romney's $12 million mystery super-PAC man by Andy Kroll - "It was a deliberate effort to weaken the rules, and it worked," says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Will Obama issue an order exposing big corporate political spenders in Citizens United era?

1/12/2012
Current TV: Will Obama issue an order exposing big corporate political spenders in Citizens United era? - “There’s a lot of movement at the White House,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Hearing planned for CC3

1/12/2012
SoMdNews.com: Hearing planned for CC3 - The contention was among several submitted by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Beyond Nuclear, Public Citizen Energy Program and Southern Maryland Citizens’ Alliance for Renewable Energy Solutions.

Supreme Court backs arbitration

1/12/2012
Bankrate.com: Supreme Court backs arbitration by Janna Herron - She noted a study by Public Citizen that found consumers lost 94 percent of the 34,000 California cases decided by a major arbitration firm from 2003 to 2007.

2nd Mexican carrier granted authority to participate in cross-border program

1/12/2012
TheTrucker.com: 2nd Mexican carrier granted authority to participate in cross-border program by Lyndon Finney - In related news, two separate lawsuits to stop the cross-border program — one by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and one by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club — have been combined into one lawsuit, OOIDA stated on its website.

Consumer group seeks Red Cross fine

1/12/2012
6abc: Consumer group seeks Red Cross fine - The consumer group Public Citizen has asked the Food and Drug Administration to fine the American Red Cross $10 Million for violations at the Philadelphia blood center.

Videos capture D.C. city bus crashes, near crashes

1/12/2012
CNN: Videos capture D.C. city bus crashes, near crashes by Brian Todd - "It is pretty egregious, and it's clearly the inattention of the driver that's at issue here," said Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of the safety watchdog group Public Citizen, when CNN showed her the video of a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bus running a red light and nearly colliding with another vehicle.  

Is Jack Lew's bank background bad news for financial reform?

1/11/2012
The Huffington Post: Is Jack Lew's bank background bad news for financial reform? by Ben Hallman - "It is chilling that during the most intense time for the soul of American banking that Obama would choose a Volcker Rule-related hedge fund manager as one of his chief advisers," said Bart Naylor, an analyst at Public Citizen, which has also lobbied on financial reform.

FDA panelists had ties to Bayer

1/11/2012
The Wall Street Journal: FDA panelists had ties to Bayer by Thomas M. Burton - While the FDA allowed the three to vote, the agency removed the voting rights of another panel member, public-interest doctor Sidney M. Wolfe, because he had publicly criticized the drugs' safety in newsletters published by his Public Citizen Health Research Group.

Bankers' opposition to Volcker rule is no surprise

1/11/2012
Los Angeles Times: Bankers' opposition to Volcker rule is no surprise by Michael Hiltzik - Krawiec found that entities whose views might be expected to function as a "counterweight" to the industry's, such as the AFL-CIO and Public Citizen, got 18 meetings with regulatory rule makers from the end of July 2010 to the end of June 2011; JPMorgan Chase alone had 17.

Will Obama issue an order exposing big corporate political spenders in Citizens United era?

1/11/2012
AlterNet: Will Obama issue an order exposing big corporate political spenders in Citizens United era? by Steven Rosenfeld - “There’s a lot of movement at the White House,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen. “I just had a meeting at the White House counsel’s office, trying to encourage them to move forward with the executive order. They have the perfect window of opportunity to get the executive order done.”

Tuna, meat labeling disputes highlight WTO control

1/11/2012
The Washington Post: Tuna, meat labeling disputes highlight WTO control - The problem with that approach, says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, is that because of WTO rules, the U.S. government had to make a small but significant change to the way it determines whether a foreign entity has the proper safety procedures in place to export meat to America.

Corporate personhood undermines democracy

1/11/2012
The Huffington Post: Corporate personhood undermines democracy by Stephen Levin - We don't yet know who will be running for offices high and low in the 2012 elections, but we do know a lot about what the election itself will look like. In a word, ugly.

How Michael Moore can help bring real political change to America

1/11/2012
The Huffington Post: How Michael Moore can help bring real political change to America by Pearl Korn - And, as expected, Public Citizen is playing a major role, increasing its staff to help take on this issue.

This video is as absurd as corporate personhood

1/11/2012
The Nation: This video is as absurd as corporate personhood by Laura Flanders - The next day, January 21, Occupy the Corporations with Public Citizen and others target Bank of America.

Election 2012: 'Swift-boat on steroids'

1/11/2012
The Progressive: Election 2012: 'Swift-boat on steroids' by Ruth Conniff - January 21: Protests targeting Bank of America with posters reading "I am a Person" by Occupy the Corporations, organized by Public Citizen.

States attempt to instill 'work ethic' by rolling back child labor protections

1/11/2012
The Nation: States attempt to instill 'work ethic' by rolling back child labor protections by Michelle Chen - “It seems that conservative politicians are trying to take us back to the nineteenth century—a time when children went to work instead of school and toiled under dangerous conditions for little pay,” said Justin Feldman of Public Citizen. Though some regulated work experience may be considered educational, he added, patterns of abuse and injury show that “children need more protection from these hazards, not less.”

Former lobbyist promoted at White House

1/11/2012
National Journal: Former lobbyist promoted at White House - The small number of waivers and the Obama administration's record of avoiding conflicts of interest kept watchdogs from crying foul on Muñoz, said Craig Holman, Public Citizen's government affairs lobbyist.

Legal and historical precedent are on Obama's side

1/9/2012
U.S. News & World Report: Legal and historical precedent are on Obama's side by David Arkush - Yes, President Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is constitutional.

Surgical mesh gets closer look

1/9/2012
Wall Street Journal: Surgical mesh gets closer look by Jennifer Corbett Dooren - The consumer group Public Citizen has called for existing pelvic-organ-prolapse mesh products to be recalled.

Heck traveling to Israel with other U.S. lawmakers

1/9/2012
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Heck traveling to Israel with other U.S. lawmakers by Steve Tetreault - Government watchdogs such as Public Citizen have raised eyebrows at lawmakers accepting privately funded travel from nonprofits closely associated with lobbying groups.

Group wants FDA to recall brain stent

1/9/2012
Newsday: Group wants FDA to recall brain stent by Delthia Ricks - The petition was submitted late last month by Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a Washington, D.C.-based medical watchdog organization that has long challenged the safety of numerous FDA-approved medical devices and...

Building an online reputation can be tricky

1/9/2012
The National Law Journal: Building an online reputation can be tricky - "You can't fault a lawyer or other professional for caring about their reputation and trying to maintain it," said Paul Alan Levy, a lawyer and founder of the Internet Free Speech project at Public Citizen in Washington.

Obama's consumer bureau appointment raises political, legal stakes

1/9/2012
Government Executive: Obama's consumer bureau appointment raises political, legal stakes by Charles S. Clark - David Arkush, director of Public Citizen's Congress watch division, argued Cordray's appointment is legal.

U.S. court ruling on corporate campaign spending draws concern

1/9/2012
Lincoln Tribune: U.S. court ruling on corporate campaign spending draws concern - Jonah Minkoff-Zern represents Public Citizen, a non-profit organization that favors public campaign financing instead of allowing outside contributions.

Another wrinkle in Obama’s recess appointments

1/9/2012
Wall Street Journal: Another wrinkle in Obama’s recess appointments by Joe Palazzolo - David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, wrote Obama in

Saturday reads around the internets - It pays to do your homework

1/9/2012
The Economic Populist: Saturday reads around the internets - It pays to do your homework by Robert Oak - Public Citizen is warning the financial sector is trying to use NAFTA to kill any financial reforms.

Occupy New Hampshire protester takes Romney to task for declaring "corporations are people"

1/9/2012
Democracy Now: Occupy New Hampshire protester takes Romney to task for declaring "corporations are people" - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Their view: Steve Pearce: A jackal in eagle's clothing

1/9/2012
Las Cruces Sun-News: Their view: Steve Pearce: A jackal in eagle's clothing - By contrast, Public Citizen rates him at 8 percent.

Volcker Rule: Canada's financial industry hints at challenge to U.S. bank reform under NAFTA

1/9/2012
Huffington Post Canada: Volcker Rule: Canada's financial industry hints at challenge to U.S. bank reform under NAFTA by Daniel Tencer - "The Investment Industry of Canada perfectly illustrates how 'trade' agreements can reach inside nations' borders and interfere with public interest regulations that have nothing to do with the flow of goods between countries," writes Travis McArthur at Public Citizen.

Battle over generic drugs leaves doctors, drug companies at odds

1/9/2012
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Battle over generic drugs leaves doctors, drug companies at odds - They also are safer than new brands because their ingredients have stood the test of time, noted Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

The T's naming rights deal

1/9/2012
Common Wealth: The T's naming rights deal by Colman M Herman & Bruce Mohl - Commercial Alert, an offshoot of the Washington-based consumer protection organization Public Citizen, recently sent a letter to Richard Davey, the Massachusetts secretary of transportation, urging him to block the naming rights project.

Defying GOP and eying re-election, Obama makes bold recess pick of Cordray for consumer bureau

1/9/2012
Truthout: Defying GOP and eying re-election, Obama makes bold recess pick of Cordray for consumer bureau by Amy Goodman & Juan González - "The reason this has been held up had nothing to do with the qualifications of Richard Cordray...and everything to do with Republicans’ insistence on trying to destroy the agency. And that insistence traces directly to the contributions and political influence of Wall Street," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which supports Obama’s appointment.

California investment firm wants Johnson & Johnson to take accountability for Levaquin-related injuries

1/9/2012
The Star-Ledger: California investment firm wants Johnson & Johnson to take accountability for Levaquin-related injuries by Susan Todd - Then in 2008, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to have a so-called black box warning included on the packaging of antibiotics like Levaquin.

Labor department to review OSHA’s voluntary workplace safety program

1/9/2012
In These Times: Labor department to review OSHA’s voluntary workplace safety program by Mike Elk - “The program was popular with some Democrats because it allowed them to say they were achieving workplace safety goals while not overburdening bussiness with regulations,” says Public Citizen's Workers Safety and Health Advocate Justin Feldman.

Mitt Romney says Barack Obama didn't expand U.S. trade deals

1/9/2012
Politifact: Mitt Romney says Barack Obama didn't expand U.S. trade deals by Louis Jacobson - Public Citizen, a group that opposed all three agreements, produced a detailed comparison of what Obama promised and what the trade agreement with South Korea contains.

East Bay Assemblyman Wieckowski announces campaign finance resolution

1/9/2012
Inside Bay Area: East Bay Assemblyman Wieckowski announces campaign finance resolution by Rob Dennis - The resolution is part of a national effort led by groups such as Public Citizen, Common Cause, People for the American Way and Free Speech for People, the legislators said.

Citizens United backlash grows from Cali. to NYC urging Congress to overturn corporate personhood

1/9/2012
Truthout: Citizens United backlash grows from Cali. to NYC urging Congress to overturn corporate personhood by Amy Goodman & Juan González - Well, under the election rules, they’re not allowed to coordinate with the candidates.

Watchdog group wants Idaho medical board to check on docs

1/9/2012
Idaho Statesman: Watchdog group wants Idaho medical board to check on docs - The group Public Citizen sent a letter in March 2011 to the Idaho Board of Medicine asking it to look deeper into the National Practitioner Data Bank — a kind of "permanent record" for disciplinary actions — to identify the 26 doctors.

Wieckowski joins coalition against Citizens United ruling

1/9/2012
Fremont Bulletin: Wieckowski joins coalition against Citizens United ruling - The resolution, jointly authored by Assembly member Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, and Assistant Majority Floor Leader Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, is part of a national effort led by non-partisan, public interest organizations, such as Public Citizen, Common Cause, People for the American Way, Free Speech for People, and elected officials around the country.

Obama under strong pressure to break precedent on recess appointments

1/9/2012
The Hill: Obama under strong pressure to break precedent on recess appointments by Alexander Bolton - "...Today was certainly not the president’s only chance to make a recess appointment,” said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, who has pressed Obama to challenge the recent tradition of recent appointments.

California introduces resolution to overturn Citizens United

1/9/2012
Care2: California introduces resolution to overturn Citizens United by Jessica Pieklo - Public Citizen, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization worked with Weickowski to develop the resolution calling for the constitutional amendment and is organizing efforts to urge California legislators to pass the measure.

Obama to appoint former Ohio AG to new consumer post without Senate approval

1/9/2012
Springfield News Sun: Obama to appoint former Ohio AG to new consumer post without Senate approval by Jack Torry & Jessica Wehrman - Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, a group that has pushed for Cordray’s nomination, cited language in the Constitution that allows Obama to force Congress to recess in order to nominate Cordray, but said such a move is unprecedented.

Licensing board to hold hearing, accept public comment on Calvert Cliffs new neactor application

1/9/2012
Bay Net: Licensing board to hold hearing, accept public comment on Calvert Cliffs new neactor application - The Nuclear Information and Resource Services, Beyond Nuclear, Public Citizen Energy Program and Southern Maryland Citizens Alliance for Renewable Energy Solutions have jointly filed a legal challenge opposing the application.

Cordray recess appointment opens CFPB to lawsuits

1/9/2012
National Journal: Cordray recess appointment opens CFPB to lawsuits - Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen's financial-policy advocate, said Obama had "appropriately exercised his constitutional authority," but that he was expecting legal challenges from opponents of the decision.

When a recess isn't a recess: Barack Obama and Article II

1/9/2012
The New American: When a recess isn't a recess: Barack Obama and Article II - In Peter Schroeder’s recent article in The Hill, he reports that David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, posits two constitutional pretexts allowing the President to place someone in office whose nomination has already been blocked by the Senate.

Obama appoints Cordray to head watchdog agency

1/9/2012
NPR: Obama appoints Cordray to head watchdog agency by Tamara Keith - Robert Weissman, president of the consumer group Public Citizen, says that was a risk worth taking.

Waterkeeper attorneys join consumer group, Food & Water Watch

1/9/2012
Chesapeake Bay Journal: Waterkeeper attorneys join consumer group, Food & Water Watch by Rona Kobell - Food and Water Watch spun off from the group Public Citizen six years ago; in that time, the 80-employee group has fought to accurately label food, expose problems with the bottled-water industry and keep growth hormones out of milk.

Obama recess appoints consumer bureau chief

1/9/2012
CNN Money: Obama recess appoints consumer bureau chief by Jennifer Liberto - Consumer advocacy groups ranging from Public Citizen to the Consumer Federation of America praised Obama's move.

Is intelligence compromised by working with FDA on safety issues?

1/9/2012
Salem-News: Is intelligence compromised by working with FDA on safety issues? by Marianne Skolek - While Dr. Wolfe ran the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, the DC nonprofit founded by Ralph Nader, he waged war on dozens of drugs he felt were unsafe and was directly responsible for having 16 drugs removed from the market and out of the hands of the American consumer.

Lawmakers face budget strife, election challenges

1/9/2012
The Sacramento Bee: Lawmakers face budget strife, election challenges - Hawaii passed a similar resolution last year and other states are considering similar action, according to Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group backing the resolution.

Obama recess appoints consumer bureau chief

1/4/2012
CNN: Obama recess appoints consumer bureau chief by Jennifer Liberto - Consumer advocacy groups ranging from Public Citizen to the Consumer Federation of America praised Obama's move.

Pity poor Newt Gingrich

1/4/2012
The Huffington Post: Pity poor Newt Gingrich by Robert Weissman - Public Citizen and allies, including Move to Amend, People for the American Way, Free Speech for People and Common Cause, are working with activists around the country to organize protests and events to build a movement for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision and restore our democracy.

Wall Street's bad romance with Romney

1/4/2012
The Nation: Wall Street's bad romance with Romney by Ben Adler - “If you put money in Perry’s purse, he’ll create policies you need,” says Tom Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office.

FDA orders post-market testing of surgical mesh amid safety concerns

1/4/2012
The Wall Street Journal: FDA orders post-market testing of surgical mesh amid safety concerns - The consumer group Public Citizen has called for existing pelvic-organ-prolapse mesh products to be recalled.  

Abramoff as ethics guru latest chapter in political second acts

1/4/2012
Bloomberg: Abramoff as ethics guru latest chapter in political second acts by Julie Bykowicz - Craig Holman, who pushes for lobbying overhaul as a lobbyist for Public Citizen in Washington, said he, too, has asked Abramoff to speak at a lunch -- though he won’t pay him.

Calif. lawmakers return to face budget challenges

1/4/2012
RealClearPolitics: Calif. lawmakers return to face budget challenges by Don Thompson - Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group supporting the resolution, said Hawaii passed a similar measure last year and that other states are considering joining in.

East Bay Assemblyman Wieckowski announces campaign finance resolution

1/4/2012
Contra Costa Times: East Bay Assemblyman Wieckowski announces campaign finance resolution by Rob Dennis - The resolution is part of a national effort led by groups such as Public Citizen, Common Cause, People for the American Way and Free Speech for People, the legislators said.

Obama under strong pressure to break precedent on recess appointments

1/4/2012
The Hill: Obama under strong pressure to break precedent on recess appointments by Alexander Bolton - “There are a number of legal paths the administration can take to make a recess appointment, including making one during a recess of less than three days. Today was certainly not the president’s only chance to make a recess appointment,” said David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, who has pressed Obama to challenge the recent tradition of recent appointments.

New York City Council votes against corporate personhood, Citizens United

1/4/2012
Truthout: New York City Council votes against corporate personhood, Citizens United by Yana Kunichoff - We "are expecting elected officials to heed the call for constitutional reform that makes clear that democracy is for people, not for corporations," said Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer of Public Citizen's Democracy is for People Campaign.