February 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.

Withdrawn painkillers and responsive generic labeling

2/28/2012
Pharmalot: Withdrawn painkillers and responsive generic labeling - This occurred more than a year after the European Medicines Agency recommended that the drugs be withdrawn and a lawsuit filed against the FDA by Public Citizen.

Is the era of nuclear power coming to an end in the U.S.?

2/28/2012
AlterNet: Is the era of nuclear power coming to an end in the U.S.? - Vermont Yankee is the poster child for the country's aging nuclear plants, says Allison Fisher of Public Citizen's Climate and Energy Project.

Rise and rise of U.S. gasoline prices: Wall Street and Big Oil to blame?

2/28/2012
International Business Times: Rise and rise of U.S. gasoline prices: Wall Street and Big Oil to blame? - "Because Oil companies and financial traders (think Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) make money by speculating on oil trades, the cost of gas continues to rise along with their profits," Public Citizen, Washingtonbased nonprofit consumer advocacy organization says.

The price at the pump: It's all about speculators and profits

2/28/2012
Docudharma: The price at the pump: It's all about speculators and profits - "I do not support an outright ban of exports," said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. "And I don't want to see the government regulating retail prices. But I don't think that it is in our best interests to be exporting at the rate at which we are."

More groups file lawsuits challenging HoS rule

2/28/2012
Logistics Management: More groups file lawsuits challenging HoS rule - And neither was news late last week that the rule is now the subject of a similar lawsuit by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers on the grounds that the final HOS rule still fails to make needed improvements to protect the public from tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review.

The super-PAC that binds Gingrich and Lean Six Sigma

2/28/2012
Bloomberg: The super-PAC that binds Gingrich and Lean Six Sigma - It’s “kind of amazing,” says Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen in Washington, a group that advocates for more regulation of political donations. “I could easily see it catching on: ‘You tout my book, and I’ll provide you with a portion of my proceeds.’”

Beshear off to DC to wine & dine with new NAFTA lobbyists

2/28/2012
Republic Report: Beshear off to DC to wine & dine with new NAFTA lobbyists - The Trans-Pacific trade agreement is rumored to open up Vietnam and seven Pacific Rim countries as a low-cost alternative to Chinese labor. However, as Public Citizen points out, even members of Congress have not seen the details of the proposal.

Gas prices on the rise, speculators blamed

2/28/2012
NBC -2.com: Gas prices on the rise, speculators blamed - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization, notes domestic demand has plummeted, down 5.4 percent from a year ago, and the group blames Wall Street for the price hike at the pump.

SEC commissioner backs more disclosure on political spending

2/28/2012
The Nation: SEC commissioner backs more disclosure on political spending - Public Citizen has been urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to require publicly traded companies to disclose political donations, and today it picked up an important endorsement—from a current SEC commissioner.

Federal agency investigating sand-blasting hazards

2/28/2012
The Baltimore Sun: Federal agency investigating sand-blasting hazards - OSHA's statement pledging an investigation came after a public appeal last month from the nonprofit group Public Citizen, which contended that manufacturers of abrasives are violating federal rules requiring disclosure to workers of toxic chemicals in products they're working with.

Jack Abramoff comes to Utah on reform-oriented book tour

2/28/2012
Deseret News: Jack Abramoff comes to Utah on reform-oriented book tour - Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted in 2006 on charges of fraud, corruption and conspiracy, arrives to speak at Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, in Washington, Monday, Feb.

Bay Area company's obesity drugs fight for FDA approval

2/28/2012
Inside Bay Area: Bay Area company's obesity drugs fight for FDA approval - "If you are going to do more harm than good, that's not something the FDA should be a part of," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, calling proper diet and exercise the best ways to stay slim.

Romney donors deliver 9-to-1 over Santorum

2/28/2012
Bloomberg: Romney donors deliver 9-to-1 over Santorum - [Karmanos] was a fundraiser for the 2008 campaign, according to Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased advocacy group.

Romney and Obama super-PAC backers also spent big dollars on lobbying

2/28/2012
The Hill: Romney and Obama super-PAC backers also spent big dollars on lobbying - Craig Holman, legislative representative for Public Citizen, a goodgovernment advocacy group, said companies have long powered their lobbying strategy with campaign contributions.

Public Citizen leading campaign for constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United

2/28/2012
Nonprofit Quarterly: Public Citizen leading campaign for constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United - Public Citizen, the Naderfounded good government group, is pushing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value

2/28/2012
Los Angeles Times: At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, also expressed concern about the potential for cardiovascular side effects.  

Roemer may be last presidential candidate to recieve federal matching funds

2/28/2012
Business Report: Roemer may be last presidential candidate to recieve federal matching funds - "In the current political campaign environment, the presidential campaign finance system doesn't work at all and cannot work," says Craig Holman, who lobbies Capitol Hill on ethics and campaign finance issues for the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Safety groups and drivers go to court over new truck driver hours of service rule

2/28/2012
PR-USA.net: Safety groups and drivers go to court over new truck driver hours of service rule - The federal rule for truck driver hours of service (HOS) still fails to make needed improvements to protect the public from tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers who today filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule.

Safety groups challenge trucker work rules in court

2/28/2012
Journal of Commerce: Safety groups challenge trucker work rules in court - Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers filed a lawsuit seeking judicial review of the regulation.

An absurd double standard in the medical device industry

2/28/2012
InjuryBoard.com: An absurd double standard in the medical device industry - Public Citizen submitted testimony for the hearing on Feb. 16.

Casting himself as outsider, Santorum benefitted from D.C. 'revolving door'

2/28/2012
WYPR News: Casting himself as outsider, Santorum benefitted from D.C. 'revolving door' - "He clearly was at least what I could call a stealth lobbyist," says Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a watchdog group.

Safety groups challenge US HoS changes; FMCSA rep defends rule

2/28/2012
Truck News: Safety groups challenge US HoS changes; FMCSA rep defends rule - Selfdescribed safety groups including Public Citizen, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Truck Safety Coalition have announced they are suing the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over its new hoursofservice rules.

Safety groups go to court over new HOS rule

2/28/2012
Truckinginfo.com: Safety groups go to court over new HOS rule - The federal rule for truck driver hours of service still fails to make needed improvements regarding tired truck drivers and should be subjected to judicial review, according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, The Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers who filed a new lawsuit challenging the rule.

Breaking up is hard to do

2/28/2012
Daily KOS: Breaking up is hard to do - In a petition to the Federal Reserve and the Financial Stability Oversight Council, Public Citizen noted that the regulators have authority under the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to reform the bank into a set of smaller, simpler and safer institutions.

Groups challenge trucker fatigue rule

2/28/2012
UPI.com: Groups challenge trucker fatigue rule - The Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition and two truck drivers filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, seeking judicial review of the final hours of service rule issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Acta 2.0

2/28/2012
Uruknet.info: Acta 2.0 - Like ACTA, negotiations are secret behind closed doors. Transparency demands by prominent civil society organizations were ignored. They include Public Citizen, Global Exchange, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice and others.

1st step to a change in political $$

2/28/2012
Associated Press: 1st step to a change in political $$ - “There is pretty widespread enmity for the court’s decision,” said Mark Hays, coordinator for Public Citizen’s Democracy is for People campaign.

Senate may try House STOCK bill

2/28/2012
Politico: Senate may try House STOCK bill - Public Citizen, a watchdog group, delivered a petition to Reid and Speaker John Boehner (ROhio) on Monday with more than 46,000 supporting that effort.

Consumer groups urge US to defend meat origin labels

2/28/2012
Law360: Consumer groups urge US to defend meat origin labels - “Poll after poll shows that American consumers want to know where their food comes from,” said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, upon the release of its joint letter to President Obama with the Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen and Food & Water Watch.

Brick TeeVee's GOP war on everything!

2/28/2012
Kenny Side Show: Brick TeeVee's GOP war on everything! - Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Toxic metal hip implants 'could affect thousands more people than PIP breast scandal'

2/28/2012
Mail on Monday: Toxic metal hip implants 'could affect thousands more people than PIP breast scandal' - 'We will only find out about the safety of these devices after large numbers of people have already been exposed,' says Michael Carome, Deputy Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

Thousands call upon Congress to include 'political intelligence' provision in STOCK Act

2/28/2012
eNews Park Forest: Thousands call upon Congress to include 'political intelligence' provision in STOCK Act - Public Citizen delivered the petition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (DNev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (ROhio).

Campaign finance onus placed on agencies

2/28/2012
Roll Call: Campaign finance onus placed on agencies - "We think the SEC has complete authority to promulgate rules around disclosure of publicly traded companies," said Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Congress Watch at Public Citizen, which has helped organize a Corporate Reform Coalition to push for shareholder disclosure. "It's within their jurisdiction."

Media missed the mark, wide left: Commentary from Strong America Now founder Mike George

2/28/2012
PR-USA.net: Media missed the mark, wide left: Commentary from Strong America Now founder Mike George - A Bloomberg story quotes Craig Holman, a Washington lobbyist with Public Citizen, saying: "Newt Gingrich has become a de facto spokesperson for Lean Six Sigma, a business management concept pioneered by a Dallas entrepreneur Mike George who has spent more than $200,000 of his own money to promote the former speaker's candidacy."

Obama regulatory affairs chief wins plaudits for upgraded website

2/28/2012
Gnom.es National News Service: Obama regulatory affairs chief wins plaudits for upgraded website - “This is an improvement in terms of public access and transparency,” said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch project.

FDA panel votes in favor of Qnexa

2/28/2012
Everyday Health: FDA panel votes in favor of Qnexa - On the other side, Sidney Wolfe, MD, head of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, urged against an approval recommendation because of the cardiovascular issues. "Public health cannot tolerate another diet drug approved that has not been [inspected] for cardiovascular risk," he said.

Protect your investments from oil shocks

2/28/2012
Reuters: Protect your investments from oil shocks - "The only shortterm solution," says Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program, is to "rein in speculation."

Civil society groups slam corporate influence on TPP talk

2/28/2012
Scoop Independent News: Civil society groups slam corporate influence on TPP talk - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a prominent U.S. consumer organization, said: "Despite repeated polls showing that a majority of Americans oppose more of the same corporate power grabs disguised as "trade" agreements, negotiators are pushing for a TPP that would only benefit the 1 percent.

Safety groups challenge latest hours rule

2/28/2012
Successful Dealer: Safety groups challenge latest hours rule - Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition on Friday, Feb. 24, sued for judicial review of the final rule.

Corporate fraud cases in 2011 increased, FBI says

2/28/2012
Huffington Post: Corporate fraud cases in 2011 increased, FBI says - More than 2 million workers are exposed to potentially hazardous levels of silica dust, common in construction and sandblasting, according to Public Citizen, the watchdog group.

GU occupy teach-in addresses income inequality in America

2/28/2012
Vox Populi: GU occupy teach-in addresses income inequality in America - The first two guest speakers of the day, Sarah Anderson of the progressive think tank the Institute for Policy Studies and Bart Naylor, a financial policy advocate at the consumer interest lobby Public Citizen, responded most directly to the Wall Street Training Bootcamp across campus.

Levaquin settlement discussions being pursued in federal MDL

2/24/2012
About Lawsuits: Levaquin settlement discussions being pursued in federal MDL - 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.

Forest gets PADAC vote, but no gold stars for COPD drug

2/24/2012
Therapeutics Daily: Forest gets PADAC vote, but no gold stars for COPD drug - Since aclidinium, which Forest hopes to market as Tudorza Pressair, offers no unique benefit to balance out potential risks, panel member Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group of Public Citizen, voted against approval until a safety study is conducted.

Media missed the mark, wide left

2/24/2012
HalEisner.com: Media missed the mark, wide left - A Bloomberg story quotes Craig Holman, a Washington lobbyist with Public Citizen, saying: "Newt Gingrich has become a de facto spokesperson for Lean Six Sigma, a business management concept pioneered by a Dallas entrepreneur Mike George who has spent more than $200,000 of his own money to promote the former speaker's candidacy."

Why I broke up with Bank of America

2/24/2012
Dissident Voice: Why I broke up with Bank of America - Women Occupy is supporting the womenled campaigns of Public Citizen and Rainforest Action Network, to hold Bank of America accountable for the predatory economic policies that are destroying our families and communities.

Rise and rise of U.S. gasoline prics: Wall street and big oil to blame?

2/24/2012
International Business Times: Rise and rise of U.S. gasoline prics: Wall street and big oil to blame? - "Because Oil companies and financial traders (think Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) make money by speculating on oil trades, the cost of gas continues to rise along with their profits," Public Citizen, Washingtonbased nonprofit consumer advocacy organization says.

FDA advisors recommend new diet drug

2/24/2012
National Journal: FDA advisors recommend new diet drug - Public Citizen objected.

Interest group scolds Branstad over trade dinner

2/24/2012
Quad-City Times: Interest group scolds Branstad over trade dinner - “These D.C. corporate lobbyists want Gov. Branstad to trade ‘Buy America’ provisions and state sovereignty for a fancy $1,500aplate dinner at the Willard Hotel,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

FDA panel recommends approval of diet drug Qnexa

2/24/2012
ABC News: FDA panel recommends approval of diet drug Qnexa - "Public health cannot tolerate another diet drug approved that has not been accepted for cardiovascular risk especially in light of the suggested findings of Qnexa," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, an advocacy group.

Perdue travels to Washington

2/24/2012
News Observer: Perdue travels to Washington - The Washingtonbased Public Citizen group charges that the TransPacific Partnership agreement would hurt local jobs by establishing an uneven playing field and preferential rules for foreign companies operating in the United States, as well as incentives for American companies to outsource.

Dick Brown's hermit crabs

2/24/2012
The Austin Chronicle: Dick Brown's hermit crabs - Although they won't be, Brown and HURF should be grateful that Austinites are generally not mefirsters, and that most understand that we're all in this together – notwithstanding Public Citizen director Tom Smith's wry suggestion that we erect toll gates at the city limits for HURFers who think road fairies built the streets they consider their birthright.

Austin City council approves audit of Austin Energy's revenue requirements

2/24/2012
Community Impact Newspaper: Austin City council approves audit of Austin Energy's revenue requirements - Prior to Council's timetable discussion, several witnesses spoke in favor of Council taking a minimum of six months to examine the issue and enacting an interim increase by this summer, including Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and Tom "Smitty" Smith, Director of Public Citizen's Texas Office.

Landmark U.S. trade agreement with South Korea

2/24/2012
The Epoch Times: Landmark U.S. trade agreement with South Korea - Although KORUS FTA addresses various issues, the changes were “small and not the critics’ central concerns,” said Todd Tucker, research director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Indiana appeals court reverses order to identify online commenter

2/24/2012
IndyStar: Indiana appeals court reverses order to identify online commenter - The Washingtonbased Public Citizen advocacy organization, which joined in opposing disclosure, said the ruling means people who post comments on newspaper websites may have First Amendment rights to remain anonymous.

A call to rise up and occupy Bank of America

2/24/2012
Indybay.org: A call to rise up and occupy Bank of America - In the United States we are supporting collective efforts initiated by Occupy activists, particularly the womenled campaigns of Public Citizen and Rainforest Action Network, to hold Bank of America – the biggest of the big banks – accountable for the predatory economic policies that are destroying our families and communities.

FDA panel votes to approve scary diet drug

2/24/2012
Jezebel: FDA panel votes to approve scary diet drug - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said in a press release that Qnexa "causes increased heart rate and may lead to severe cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks and arrhythmias, as well as birth defects, kidney stones, decreased bone mineral density and memory impairment."

Ralph Nader to speak at Peru State March 26

2/24/2012
The Link: Ralph Nader to speak at Peru State March 26 - Working to empower the average American, Nader has formed numerous citizen groups, including the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Pension Rights Center, the National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest, and the student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) that operate in over 20 states.

Qnexa gains FDA panel backing: Facts on and side effects of the newest weight-loss drug

2/24/2012
International Business Times: Qnexa gains FDA panel backing: Facts on and side effects of the newest weight-loss drug - "Public health cannot tolerate another diet drug approved that has not been accepted for cardiovascular risk especially in light of the suggested findings of Qnexa," Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at advocacy group Public Citizen, told ABC News.

United States nuclear regulatory commission approves reactor construction in Georgia

2/24/2012
Daily Commercial News: United States nuclear regulatory commission approves reactor construction in Georgia - Allison Fisher, an energy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called the NRC’s action, less than a year after the Japan crisis, a step in the wrong direction.

Quick weight loss drug Qnexa raises concern

2/24/2012
CBN News: Quick weight loss drug Qnexa raises concern - Dr. Sidney Wolfe is currently the director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer and health advocacy lobbying group.

ACTA 2.0

2/24/2012
Indymedia.org: ACTA 2.0 - They include Public Citizen, Global Exchange, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice and others.

At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value

2/24/2012
Los Angeles Times: At Qnexa hearing, public commenters are split on the drug's value - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, also expressed concern about the potential for cardiovascular side effects.

Lobbyists in fight-or-flight mode after getting booted from advisory committees

2/24/2012
Project on Government Oversight: Lobbyists in fight-or-flight mode after getting booted from advisory committees - Public Citizen and other groups have raised concerns about the special access granted to hundreds of “official trade advisors” as part of the TPP negotiations.

U.S. gas exports force drivers into bidding war with Mexico at pump

2/24/2012
Huffington Post: U.S. gas exports force drivers into bidding war with Mexico at pump - "I do not support an outright ban of exports," said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Does AIPAC want war?

2/21/2012
OpEdNews: Does AIPAC want war? - Robert Naiman is Senior Policy Analyst at Just Foreign Policy. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Ben & Jerry’s launches campaign against Citizen’s United

2/21/2012
Triple Pundit: Ben & Jerry’s launches campaign against Citizen’s United - Organizations that signed the letter include People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Common Cause, MoveOn.org, Free Speech For People, Move to Amend and African American Ministers In Action.

Petition to break up Bank of America pushes forward

2/21/2012
The Nation: Petition to break up Bank of America pushes forward - Last month, we noted that Public Citizen filed an official petition with the Federal Reserve to break up Bank of America, using powers granted under the DoddFrank financial reform bill.

Stock picks from Fed officials

2/21/2012
KSAT: Stock picks from Fed officials - Fed employees, like all employees at other government agencies, are restricted from owning shares of companies that they regulate, said Craig Holman government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Green business, corporate social responsibility, ethical finance, and sustainable economies

2/21/2012
The Green Spotlight: Green business, corporate social responsibility, ethical finance, and sustainable economies - Confronting the corporate corruption of government: ... Public Citizen...

Right now, at least, the Dallas ISD isn't making much of anything by way of ad revenue

2/21/2012
Dallas Observer: Right now, at least, the Dallas ISD isn't making much of anything by way of ad revenue - We never did find out how much money DISD actually makes off the deal, but courtesy a Public Citizen report issued last week, we now know: not much, not much at all

Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating NuvaRing lawsuit claims

2/21/2012
PR Web: Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating NuvaRing lawsuit claims - In February 2007, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ban oral birth control pills that contain desogestrel, citing studies which indicated they could double the risk of blood clots compared to second generation oral contraceptives.

Texas schools look to advertising to fill budget gaps

2/21/2012
Education News: Texas schools look to advertising to fill budget gaps - A report from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, examined the advertising programs in the country’s 25 largest school districts, including Houston, Dallas and CypressFairbanks in Texas.

Boschowitz warming piece flawed

2/21/2012
The Free Press: Boschowitz warming piece flawed - A prominent government watchdog, Craig Holman of Public Citizen, wrote last year that, “(Boschwitz’s) primary objective in setting up (t)his lobbying consulting firm is to avoid disclosure and to avoid lobbying ethics rules … which raises “serious questions.”

Panel protects Chevron in Ecuador case

2/21/2012
Industry Week: Panel protects Chevron in Ecuador case - Washingtonbased group Public Citizen, which campaigns to limit the power of corporations, said the tribunal's decision effectively "ordered the Ecuadoran government to interfere in the operations of Ecuador's independent court system on behalf of the oil giant."

Food labels may soon have less information

2/21/2012
ABC News: Food labels may soon have less information - "Country of origin labeling is one of the most popular consumer policies, not only here in the United States, but around the world," said Todd Tucker with Public Citizen.

Will Chevron case take down trade pact 'investor-state' enforcement system

2/21/2012
Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources: Will Chevron case take down trade pact 'investor-state' enforcement system - An unprecedented ruling today, in which an investorstate international arbitral tribunal initiated by Chevron ordered the Ecuadorian government to interfere in the operations of Ecuador’s independent court system on behalf of the oil giant, provides a chilling glimpse of how corporations are trying to use international investor tribunals to evade justice, said Public Citizen.

Texans wary of oil pipeline plans

2/21/2012
UPI.com: Texans wary of oil pipeline plans - "These are pipelines of poison that are carrying products that are twenty times more acidic," Tom Smith, an advocate with Public Citizen, told Texas public radio KERA.

Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat

2/21/2012
WPTV: Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat - Todd Tucker with the Global Trade Watch with Public Citizen says, "We're raising the alarm bell for consumers."

Chevron says 'back on offense' v. Ecuadoreans after rulings

2/21/2012
Thomson Reuters: Chevron says 'back on offense' v. Ecuadoreans after rulings - Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch told me that Ecuador should not comply with the panel's most recent order.

Getting his conservative message delivered and heard

2/21/2012
The New York Times: Getting his conservative message delivered and heard - A couple of them were arms of big national organizations, like Consumers Union and Public Citizen.

U.S. to review diet treatment once rejected

2/21/2012
New York Times: U.S. to review diet treatment once rejected - “Everyone wants a quick fix,” said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, director of health research at Public Citizen. “But it’s also dangerous.”

14,479 letters supporting the Volcker Rule

2/21/2012
Washington Post: 14,479 letters supporting the Volcker Rule - This public support for Volcker is the outgrowth of a letterwriting campaign by Americans for Financial Reform, Public Citizen, and other advocacy groups that have lobbied to defend and strengthen DoddFrank.

The 99 percent dumps BofA

2/21/2012
SocialistWorker.org: The 99 percent dumps BofA - Earlier this month, the watchdog group Public Citizen submitted a petition to the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve, calling for Bank of America to be broken up.

Texas schools look to advertising to fill budget gaps

2/21/2012
CBS News: Texas schools look to advertising to fill budget gaps - A report from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, examined the advertising programs in the country’s 25 largest school districts, including Houston, Dallas and CypressFairbanks in Texas.

Public financing: A 'scarlet letter' for presidential candidates

2/21/2012
Bloomberg Businessweek: Public financing: A 'scarlet letter' for presidential candidates - “Our current system is broken,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen. “It does not justify getting rid of the public financing program; it calls for fixing the public financing system.”

Panel protects Chevron in Ecuador case

2/21/2012
Energy Daily: Panel protects Chevron in Ecuador case - Washingtonbased group Public Citizen, which campaigns to limit the power of corporations, said the tribunal's decision effectively "ordered the Ecuadoran government to interfere in the operations of Ecuador's independent court system on behalf of the oil giant."

FMSCA defends cross-border program in court

2/21/2012
Overdrive Online: FMSCA defends cross-border program in court - On Feb. 15, FMCSA filed separate reply briefs to the OwnerOperator Independent Drivers Association and to the Teamsters, Public Citizen and Sierra Club in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gingrich name-drops business idea touted by super-PAC supporter

2/21/2012
Business Week: Gingrich name-drops business idea touted by super-PAC supporter - "This goes beyond the concern about coordination, and smack dab into the concern of having a mutually profitable business relationship between a superPAC and a presidential candidate,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen in Washington, a group that advocates for tighter regulation of political donations.

Chorus calling for OMB to finish silica rule review grows louder

2/21/2012
ISHN: Chorus calling for OMB to finish silica rule review grows louder - Public Citizen is the latest organization to criticize the White House Office of Budget and Management (OMB) for failing to complete its review of OSHA's proposed silica rule in a timely manner.

Comments flood in on Volcker rule

2/17/2012
Wall Street Journal: Comments flood in on Volcker rule - Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform used email lists and social media such as Twitter and Facebook to recruit members and others to submit comments on the Volcker Rule.

When being safe is unsafe

2/17/2012
The Durango Herald: When being safe is unsafe - In 2007, Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization filed a petition to the FDA to ban thirdgeneration contraceptives containing Desogestrel.

Dems make another push on DISCLOSE Act

2/17/2012
Care2: Dems make another push on DISCLOSE Act - The nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen came out in strong support of the measure and offered this statement:

Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say

2/17/2012
The Tennessean: Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say - The 38 copetitioners to the NRC include Beyond Nuclear, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Citizens Action Coalition, Citizen Power, Citizens Awareness Network, Citizens Within a 10Mile Radius, Citizens Environmental Coalition, Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes, Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff, Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone, Council on Intelligent Energy and Conservation Policy, Missourians for Safe Energy, NC WARN, Northwest Environmental Advocates, Not On Our Fault Line, People’s Alliance for Clean Energy, Promoting Health and Sustainable Energy, Public Citizen E

Consumer groups push for Bumbo recall

2/17/2012
The Morning Call: Consumer groups push for Bumbo recall - U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Kids in Danger, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Public Citizen said in the letter that warning labels added to the product after a voluntary recall in 2007 are insufficient to prevent injuries.

Seeking money, Texas schools turn to advertisements

2/17/2012
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Seeking money, Texas schools turn to advertisements - A report from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, examined the advertising programs in the country's 25 largest school districts, including Houston, Dallas and CypressFairbanks in Texas.

Gingrich name-drops business idea touted by Super-PAC supporter

2/17/2012
Bloomberg: Gingrich name-drops business idea touted by Super-PAC supporter - “This goes beyond the concern about coordination, and smack dab into the concern of having a mutually profitable business relationship between a superPAC and a presidential candidate,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen in Washington, a group that advocates for tighter regulation of political donations. “There’s Gingrich out there selling Mike George’s book while Mike George helps to promote Gingrich’s candidacy. That’s kind of amazing.”

States want review of how states police doctors

2/17/2012
St. Louis Today: States want review of how states police doctors - In the letter, the senators cited a study by watchdog group Public Citizen, which noted that state medical boards did not take action against 220 physicians deemed threats to health and safety by health care entities, even though 167 of the doctors had their admitting privileges revoked by hospitals.

Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat

2/17/2012
WPTV: Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat - Todd Tucker with the Global Trade Watch with Public Citizen says, "We're raising the alarm bell for consumers."

Astronomic compensation remains norm on Wall Street

2/17/2012
Eurasia Review and Analysis: Astronomic compensation remains norm on Wall Street - My colleagues and I at Public Citizen documented Wall Street’s grip on this issue in a report called “Just Not Us,” which showed that opponents of DoddFrank spent $242 million, deploying 712 lobbyists, to get the rule to apply to anyone but them.

Report says medical device industry uses lobbying, campaign cash to exact permissive regulations

2/17/2012
Politico: Report says medical device industry uses lobbying, campaign cash to exact permissive regulations - The medical device industry, through heavy investment in lobbying efforts and political campaign contributions, has helped win numerous friends and concessions in the federal government — and potentially weaken rules designed to ensure product safety, nonpartisan public interest group Public Citizen asserts in a new report out today.

Risky Business

2/17/2012
EGPNews.com: Risky Business - My colleagues and I at Public Citizen documented Wall Street’s grip on this issue in a report called “Just Not Us,” which showed that opponents of DoddFrank spent $242 million, deploying 712 lobbyists, to get the rule to apply to anyone but them.

Ron Paul camp presses claim to unmask attack ad creator

2/17/2012
The Daily Examiner: Ron Paul camp presses claim to unmask attack ad creator - Public Citizen and the other groups argue that the Paul campaign shouldn't be able to draw on trademark law which allows entities to prevent the commercial use of their names to suppress political ads.

Minnesota medical board comes under scrutiny

2/17/2012
Renal & Urology News: Minnesota medical board comes under scrutiny - According to the watchdog group Public Citizen, this low rate of disciplinary action consistently places Minnesota near the bottom of their annual report ranking state medical boards.

At Public Citizen, Jack Abramoff calls for end of the revolving door

2/17/2012
Project on Government Oversight: At Public Citizen, Jack Abramoff calls for end of the revolving door - “[Those who said no] were so incredibly complimented, from then on, anything I asked was absolutely granted,” Abramoff said at the Washington, DC headquarters of Public Citizen on February 6. “That was almost a bribe itself.”

Investor, Gingrich promote each other

2/16/2012
The Journal Gazette: Investor, Gingrich promote each other - “This goes beyond the concern about coordination, and smack dab into the concern of having a mutually profitable business relationship between a superPAC and a presidential candidate,” said Craig Holman...

2 local congressional members coauthor bill to require disclosure of corporate campaign contributions

2/16/2012
East County Magazine: 2 local congressional members coauthor bill to require disclosure of corporate campaign contributions - The bill is supported by organizations dedicated to government reform including Common Cause, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen.

New: Cicilline pushing for more campaign finance disclosure

2/16/2012
GoLocalProv: New: Cicilline pushing for more campaign finance disclosure - The bill is supported by organizations dedicated to government reform including Common Cause, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen.

At Public Citizen, Jack Abramoff calls for end of the revolving door

2/16/2012
Zimbio: At Public Citizen, Jack Abramoff calls for end of the revolving door - “[Those who said no] were so incredibly complimented, from then on, anything I asked was absolutely granted,” Abramoff said at the Washington, DC headquarters of Public Citizen on February 6.

Medical device industry wants to speed up FDA approval amid safety concerns

2/16/2012
Huffington Post: Medical device industry wants to speed up FDA approval amid safety concerns - But groups like Public Citizen want the FDA to reject that request and are demanding more stringent oversight for medical devices, citing statistics that show the average number of highrisk recalls in 2011 is more than double that of recent years.

Fifty activist groups call for congressional hearings on Citizens United

2/16/2012
Truthout: Fifty activist groups call for congressional hearings on Citizens United - Signatories to the letters include People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Common Cause, MoveOn.org, Free Speech For People, Move to Amend and African American Ministers In Action.

Industry opponents slam Volcker rule as Volcker defends it

2/16/2012
AdvisorOne: Industry opponents slam Volcker rule as Volcker defends it - Backing up Volcker were a number of Democrat senators as well as a coalition group comprising Americans for Financial Reform, Public Citizen, and Occupy the SEC, a subgroup associated with New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement.

800,000 Americans tell Senate: Stop the Keystone XL pipeline

2/16/2012
Environment News Service: 800,000 Americans tell Senate: Stop the Keystone XL pipeline - Participating groups included: ... Public Citizen...

Corporate cash pushing for weaker medical device oversight

2/16/2012
Care2: Corporate cash pushing for weaker medical device oversight - A new report by the watchdog group Public Citizen exposes the massive lobbying efforts by the medical device industry designed to weaken already lax oversight and hasten review of highrisk products.

Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say

2/16/2012
The Tennesseean: Nuclear plants need bigger evacuation zones, advocates say - The 38 copetitioners to the NRC include... Public Citizen...

Renewable green nuclear energy: Here, now

2/16/2012
American Thinker: Renewable green nuclear energy: Here, now - Allison Fisher of Public Citizen calls nuclear power "a failed and dangerous technology," making no mention of the success of the Oak Ridge National Laboratories' MSRE or the Los Alamos Green Freedom technology on the Public Citizen's website.

Senators want review of how states police doctors

2/16/2012
Morningstar: Senators want review of how states police doctors - In the letter, the senators cited a study by watchdog group Public Citizen, which noted that state medical boards did not take action against 220 physicians deemed threats to health and safety by health care entities...

Settlement of class-action debt-relief suit criticized

2/16/2012
TampaBay.com: Settlement of class-action debt-relief suit criticized - The proposed settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa is now drawing criticism from the attorneys general of five states, including Florida, and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Fed OKs Capital One $9 billion purchase of ING Direct

2/16/2012
The Tennesseean: Fed OKs Capital One $9 billion purchase of ING Direct - The Fed needs to cut the large banks down to size, not create another one,” said Bartlett Naylor, a policy adviser with the Public Citizen consumer watchdog group.

Buying Newt: Gingrich speeches reference top super PAC donor’s business efficiency scheme

2/16/2012
ThinkProgress: Buying Newt: Gingrich speeches reference top super PAC donor’s business efficiency scheme - “This goes beyond the concern about coordination, and smack dab into the concern of having a mutually profitable business relationship between a superPAC and a presidential candidate,” said Craig Holman...

Here we go again: ATA hauls HOS back into court

2/16/2012
Land Line Magazine: Here we go again: ATA hauls HOS back into court - Despite displeasure by at least some of the plaintiffs in the most recent lawsuit involving HOS, a joint motion to dismiss was filed on Jan. 23 by Public Citizen, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway Safety, Truck Safety Coalition and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Is OMB-caused delay in OSHA’s silica rules resulting in deaths, cases of silicosis?

2/16/2012
EHS Today: Is OMB-caused delay in OSHA’s silica rules resulting in deaths, cases of silicosis? - Public Citizen is calling for action on the proposal, claiming that 2 million workers are exposed to potentially hazardous levels of silica dust, mostly in the construction and sandblasting industries.

Comments flood in on Volcker Rule

2/16/2012
WSJ Blogs: Comments flood in on Volcker Rule - Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform used email lists and social media such as Twitter and Facebook to recruit members and others to submit comments on the Volcker Rule.

14,479 letters supporting the Volcker rule

2/16/2012
Washington Post: 14,479 letters supporting the Volcker rule - This public support for Volcker is the outgrowth of a letterwriting campaign by Americans for Financial Reform, Public Citizen, and other advocacy groups that have lobbied to defend and strengthen DoddFrank.

Petitioners take campaign against Citizens United to Congress

2/16/2012
Wisconsin Gazette: Petitioners take campaign against Citizens United to Congress - The list of groups that endorsed the letter follows: ... 
Public Citizen...

Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat

2/16/2012
Abc2news.com: Potential changes to food labels could leave you with mystery meat - Todd Tucker with the Global Trade Watch with Public Citizen says, "We're raising the alarm bell for consumers."

Fed's Fisher wants to split Bank of America, JP Morgan, others

2/16/2012
Benzinga: Fed's Fisher wants to split Bank of America, JP Morgan, others - A recent push by Public Citizen to break up the banks was promptly ignored, pointing to the Fed's complacency with the big five.

NRC petitioned to incorporate lessons of Fukushima

2/16/2012
Clean Energy: NRC petitioned to incorporate lessons of Fukushima - The initial copetitioners are: ... Public Citizen Energy Program (national)...

Consumer groups push for Bumbo recall - Updated!

2/16/2012
Allentown Morning Call: Consumer groups push for Bumbo recall - Updated! - U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Kids in Danger, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and Public Citizen said in the letter that warning labels added to the product after a voluntary recall in 2007 are insufficient to prevent injuries.

Jackson's staff sends handfull of campaign-related emails from congressional addresses

2/16/2012
WBEZ: Jackson's staff sends handfull of campaign-related emails from congressional addresses - Neither does Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the group Public Citizen, who said in his experience the House Franking Commission has been more lax when it comes to websites and email than with traditional mail.

Then there's this: Consumer alert

2/16/2012
The Austin Chronicle: Then there's this: Consumer alert - At a Feb. 9 hearing on the rate case, Public Citizen's Tom "Smitty" Smith, who himself lives in the city of West Lake Hills, offered a suggestion for those suburban residents who are banging the taxationwithoutrepresentation drum.

ATA requests hours review

2/16/2012
eTrucker: ATA requests hours review - Last week, a Washington, D.C. appellate court dismissed a suit that had sought changes in existing HOS rules from the defendant FMCSA and the plaintiffs – the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Teamsters union, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition.

Applause to Van Hollen for reintroducing DISCLOSE Act; GOP leadership should stop blocking transparency

2/14/2012
New Design World: Applause to Van Hollen for reintroducing DISCLOSE Act; GOP leadership should stop blocking transparency - Public Citizen heartily applauds Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s (DMd.) effort to lift the veil of secrecy that cloaks who is buying our elections.

After 6 years, Slaughter's effort to end insider trading in Congress passes House by vote of 417-2

2/14/2012
Financial Technology: After 6 years, Slaughter's effort to end insider trading in Congress passes House by vote of 417-2 - It is supported by good government groups Common Cause, CREW, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and US PIRG.

Gas-price rise on horizon, experts say

2/14/2012
SFGate: Gas-price rise on horizon, experts say - "I don't see it resulting in sharp (price) increases," said Tyson Slocum, head of the energy program at the Public Citizen watchdog group.

US arms deal with Bahrain as crackdown continues

2/14/2012
Foreign Policy Journal: US arms deal with Bahrain as crackdown continues - Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Ralph Nader: On health care, figures again show Europe puts U.S. to shame

2/14/2012
Madison.com: Ralph Nader: On health care, figures again show Europe puts U.S. to shame - by Ralph Nader, longtime activist and founder of Public Citizen.

U.S. Rep. Andrews' travels under scrutiny again

2/14/2012
Philly.com: U.S. Rep. Andrews' travels under scrutiny again - "It's highly suspicious that he would refuse to release records," said Craig Holman, an ethics expert and lobbyist with the nonpartisan group Public Citizen.

Hoosiers now have the right to work for less

2/14/2012
Socialist WebZine: Hoosiers now have the right to work for less - "It's highly suspicious that he would refuse to release records," said Craig Holman, an ethics expert and lobbyist with the nonpartisan group Public Citizen.

Chevron enters arbitration

2/14/2012
AFP: Chevron enters arbitration - A statement by the groups Rainforest Action Network, Public Citizen and Amazon Watch said a panel of experts would meet this weekend in Washington.

Watering down the STOCK Act

2/14/2012
Facing South: Watering down the STOCK Act - "The Republican leadership’s weakening of legislation banning congressional insider trading reflects its commitment to the hedge funds and Wall Street interests who lobbied against transparency of their trading activities that are based on insider knowledge gleaned in the halls of Congress," said Craig Holman...

Insider trading bill clears House

2/14/2012
Boston Herald: Insider trading bill clears House - "What a sorry — but telling — display," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group

Freezing in the dark

2/14/2012
Oil & Gas Journal: Freezing in the dark - In early January, consumer advocate Public Citizen issued a claim that there is no need for additional drilling for oil and gas in the US because—gasp!—last year the US became a net exporter of petroleum products.

Cordray’s contribution might raise concern

2/14/2012
Associated Press: Cordray’s contribution might raise concern - To Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a nonpartisan ethics watchdog, the donation isn’t a big deal.

U.S. approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades

2/14/2012
Associated Press: U.S. approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades - Allison Fisher, an energy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called the NRC's action less than a year after the Japan crisis a step in the wrong direction.

House GOP gaming ethics reform

2/14/2012
Care2: House GOP gaming ethics reform - Craig Holman of Public Citizen offered this take on the bill that came out of the House.

Motive of Congress suspect after passing insider trading bills

2/14/2012
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Motive of Congress suspect after passing insider trading bills - The disclosure provisions are good news to Common Cause, Public Citizen and other groups.

NRC approves two new nuclear reactors in Georgia

2/14/2012
Digital Journal: NRC approves two new nuclear reactors in Georgia - Public Citizen’s Allison Fisher noted the approval is a step in “the wrong direction,” and cited the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan as an example.

Trucking, rail groups call 'truce' over big trucks

2/14/2012
Journal of Commerce Online: Trucking, rail groups call 'truce' over big trucks - The AAR and rail suppliers, safety advocates, state police, Public Citizen, the Teamsters union and AAA responded with a political blitzkrieg.

Democrat dirty laundry: Pelosi skirts illegality with campaign fundraising pitch

2/14/2012
LexisNexis: Democrat dirty laundry: Pelosi skirts illegality with campaign fundraising pitch - Craig Holman, an advocate for campaign finance reform at Public Citizen, said Pelosi's statement approached the ethical boundary but probably did not cross it.

Starbucks card – Nice gift except for the legal consequences

2/14/2012
FairfaxNews.com: Starbucks card – Nice gift except for the legal consequences - Public Citizen doesn’t think so either and the consumer organization has presented Starbucks with a little gift — a petition bearing the signatures of 15,000 coffeeguzzling consumers...

Gillibrand statement on House passage of STOCK Act

2/14/2012
TCMnet.com: Gillibrand statement on House passage of STOCK Act - The STOCK Act is supported by at least seven government reform groups including: Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation and U.S. PIRG.

Compounding pharmacy charged with misbranding

2/14/2012
Pharmalot: Compounding pharmacy charged with misbranding - A former consultant for Public Citizen, for instance, referred to them as a "shadow drug industry... with little or no regulatory oversight."

Illinois urged to investigate doctors with tainted records

2/14/2012
Chicago Tribune: Illinois urged to investigate doctors with tainted records - "It is rare for hospitals and managed care organizations to take any actions against doctors," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which has been pushing state medical boards to discipline substandard doctors.

Is it time to completely overhaul our electrical energy grid in the US?

2/14/2012
Ezine Articles: Is it time to completely overhaul our electrical energy grid in the US? - I've read think tank reports for RAND, Hudson Group, Academy of Sciences, and even Public Citizen, so in other words this crosses all political lines, and it's no secret.

Pelosi may have broken ethics rules

2/14/2012
Newsmax: Pelosi may have broken ethics rules - Pelosi’s statement probably falls just short of an ethics violation, Craig Holman, an advocate for campaign finance reform at Public Citizen, told The Hill.

Ecuadoreans blast 'secret' Hague tribunal

2/14/2012
Courthouse News: Ecuadoreans blast 'secret' Hague tribunal - During a telephone press conference, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach blasted the tribunal as a "kangaroo court" comprised of handsomely paid trade lawyers instead of judges.

CPS is rewriting the menu on high-dollar dinners, booze

2/14/2012
Associated Press: CPS is rewriting the menu on high-dollar dinners, booze - CPS is rewriting the menu on high-dollar dinners, booze.

NRC approves first new U.S. nuclear reactors in 30 years... Fatal flaws in Fukushima design not fixed

2/14/2012
The Big Picture: NRC approves first new U.S. nuclear reactors in 30 years... Fatal flaws in Fukushima design not fixed - “The U.S. is approving new reactors before the full suite of lessons from Japan has been learned and before new safety regulations that were recommended by a task force established after the meltdown crisis at Fukushima have been implemented,” said Allison Fisher, Outreach Director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program.

Rep. Bachus investigated for insider trading

2/14/2012
NPR: Rep. Bachus investigated for insider trading - Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, is just thrilled an investigation is taking place.

House leaders no longer can stand in the way of much-needed legislation

2/14/2012
New Design World: House leaders no longer can stand in the way of much-needed legislation - The U.S. House of Representatives should adopt legislation similar to the version that the Senate passed last week that would prevent congressional insider trading, Public Citizen said in a letter sent today to Congress.

Astronomic compensation still the norm on Wall Street

2/14/2012
The Indypendent: Astronomic compensation still the norm on Wall Street - My colleagues and I at Public Citizen documented Wall Street's grip on this issue in a report called "Just Not Us," which showed that opponents of DoddFrank spent $242 million, deploying 712 lobbyists, to get the rule to apply to anyone but them.

Bachus says he will be exonerated in ethics probe

2/14/2012
Market Watch: Bachus says he will be exonerated in ethics probe - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, said lawmakers rejected a provision that could have ensured that the type of stock trading allegedly conducted by some lawmakers never happened again.

Letter from Washington: 41 senators ask for flood vote

2/14/2012
Out Of The Storm News: Letter from Washington: 41 senators ask for flood vote - This past week, I met with Heartland’s coalition partners Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and Public Citizen to discuss the Green Scissors’ agenda for 2012.

Indian Point flack stoked about new nukes in Georgia

2/14/2012
Gothamist: Indian Point flack stoked about new nukes in Georgia - And Allison Fisher, an energy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called the Georgia plant a step in the wrong direction. "It is inexplicable that we’ve chosen this moment in history to expand the use of a failed and dangerous technology," Fisher told the Washington Post.

Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion approved 4-1

2/14/2012
Global Association of Risk Professionals: Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion approved 4-1 - "The U.S. is approving new reactors before the full suite of lessons from Japan has been learned and before new safety regulations that were recommended by a task force established after the meltdown crisis at Fukushima have been implemented," said Allison Fisher, Outreach Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program.

CREW petition on FEC passes signature threshhold

2/14/2012
Politico: CREW petition on FEC passes signature threshhold - Five other ethics and election watchdogs are affiliated with the effort: Democracy 21, Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen, Americans for Campaign Reform, League of Women Voters of the U.S., Common Cause, Public Campaign, United Republic, MapLight, and a late edition of CREDO Action Network.

Has your doctor been disciplined by the state medical board? Here's how to find out

2/14/2012
Plain Dealer: Has your doctor been disciplined by the state medical board? Here's how to find out - The nonprofit consumer group Public Citizen has ranked Ohio's board as one of the top 10 in the country when it comes to disciplining doctors.

Public Citizen applauds Obama’s call for amendment to overturn Citizens United

2/14/2012
New Design World: Public Citizen applauds Obama’s call for amendment to overturn Citizens United - Public Citizen supports a range of measures – including public financing of elections, disclosure, requirements for shareholder approval of corporate election spending and prohibitions on election spending by lobbyists and government contractors...

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

2/2/2012
Salon.com: 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.”