December 2013 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.

A Year We Will Never Forget

12/30/2013
ProHealth: A Year We Will Never Forget by Erica Verrillo - The secret attempt of CSFAC in January to shorten (and alter) the wording of the list of priorities led Jennie Spotila to contact Public Citizen, a watchdog non-profit that has litigated cases under FACA in the past. Public Citizen sent a letter of protest to the Acting General Counsel of HHS on February 14, 2013. The letter points out that the FACA violations deprived “Ms.

The Next Corporate-Friendly Trade Pact

12/29/2013
In These Times: The Next Corporate-Friendly Trade Pact by Cole Stangler - This is a joke,” says Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen. “We’ve had meetings with both of the lead negotiators, who talk about their desire to find creative ways to engage the public—to which we reply, well the first way to engage the public, creative or not, is to make the text public so people can actually see what’s being negotiated.”

Obama’s secret TPP trade deal faces rising protests

12/29/2013
Examiner.com: Obama’s secret TPP trade deal faces rising protests - Leaked documents from Public Citizen reveal evidence to suggest that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is nothing more than a corporate takeover of the US and 11 other governments under the guise of a trade deal.

NAFTA At 20: 1 Million Lost Jobs, 580% Increase In Trade Deficit

12/29/2013
Before It’s News: NAFTA At 20: 1 Million Lost Jobs, 580% Increase In Trade Deficit by Dave Johnson - Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch has issued a new report, NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Mass Displacement and Instability in Mexico, Record Income Inequality, Scores of Corporate Attacks on Environmental and Health Laws. The report compares the promises with which NAFTA was sold with the results we can measure 20 years later.

Editorial: With online retailing, it’s buyer beware

12/29/2013
The Recorder: Editorial: With online retailing, it’s buyer beware - “Companies like Kleargear.com that engage in abusive consumer practices need to be deterred,” said Scott Michelman, an attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which is filing the lawsuit on behalf of the Palmers.

A Federal Judge Forces Obama into Transparency (Executive Privilege Abuse)

12/29/2013
LiveLeak.com: A Federal Judge Forces Obama into Transparency (Executive Privilege Abuse) - Julie Murray, an attorney with Public Citizen and counsel for the Center for Effective Government in the suit, said in an interview that the case “is going to have important implications for public access to federal policy.” “It represents a rebuke of the government’s attempt to keep presidential policy directives secret, even when the directives—like this one—are publicly touted, have broad application to federal agencies, and are not classified,” she said.

Negative Reviews Can Cost You

12/27/2013
Signal News: Negative Reviews Can Cost You by Maranda Gibson - They attempted to contact the company to resolve the issue, but they never got any response. Public Citizen has filed suit against the online company on the Palmer’s behalf.

When the right to sue goes away

12/26/2013
The Courant: When the right to sue goes away by David Lazarus - "Very few consumers go to arbitration," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for the advocacy group Public Citizen. "Consumers prefer to have their day in court."

Congress acts, but meningitis patients' pain lingers in 2013

12/26/2013
Livingston Daily: Congress acts, but meningitis patients' pain lingers in 2013 by Wayne Peal - Critics said that leaving registration up to the compounding centers would do little to head off future outbreaks. “It makes what is now illegal legal,” Dr. Michael Carome of Public Citizen, a consumer-oriented think tank, told ABC News.

The Corporate “Free Speech” Racket

12/26/2013
Washington Monthly Magazine: The Corporate “Free Speech” Racket by Haley Sweetland Edwards - But again, that changed almost overnight. In 1975, the consumer group Public Citizen, then still controlled by Ralph Nader, sued the state of Virginia over a law restricting pharmacies from advertising the price of their drugs. In that now-famous case, known as Virginia Pharmacy, Public Citizen argued that since consumers could benefit from “hearing” that speech—they could get a better deal by comparing pharmacies’ prices—the government should not be allowed to limit such speech without a “compelling state interest.”

Utah couple sues online retailer behind $3,500 negative review fine

12/26/2013
The Raw Story: Utah couple sues online retailer behind $3,500 negative review fine by Arturo Garcia - “This case is really important because businesses should not be able to silence their customers,” the Associated Press quoted Michelman as saying.

Top 25 suppressed news stories of 2013

12/26/2013
Examiner.com: Top 25 suppressed news stories of 2013 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement, but leaked texts show it may allow foreign investors to use "investor-state" tribunals to extract extravagant extra damages for "expected future profits," according to the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

TDCJ pay raises spark ire

12/26/2013
Itemonline.com: TDCJ pay raises spark ire - “We used to have a system where executive salaries are set based on a civil service system that compares them with comparable salaries in government,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of the watchdog group Public Citizen of Texas. “That way, we’re not getting hornswoggled into big executive raises based on the private sector that may not be comparable.”

NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Worker

12/26/2013
Democratic Underground: NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Worker - We host a debate on the TPP between Bill Watson, a trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Coupled Fined $3,500 For Writing Negative Online Review Is Going To Court

12/24/2013
Digtriad.com: Coupled Fined $3,500 For Writing Negative Online Review Is Going To Court by Liz Crawford - Now, the Consumer Group "Public Citizen" is stepping up for the Palmers and has sued Kleargear and the debt collection company.

Voter registration could be curtailed under IRS rule

12/23/2013
USA today: Voter registration could be curtailed under IRS rule by Fredreka Schouten and Gregory Korte - Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen said the proposal "in concept ... is the right approach for the IRS and Treasury to take. That said, the rules themselves have a lot of problems we need to address. We wouldn't be happy with a final rule that looks like this," she said.

Radel investigation could last into 2014 election season

12/23/2013
Kitsap Sun: Radel investigation could last into 2014 election season by Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster Scripps (AP) - "Don't expect much from the congressional ethics committee," said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a D.C.-based government watchdog group. "It is members looking at themselves. That's why you can expect almost nothing in this case."

Congress puts Obama on bumpy road for fast-track trade deals

12/22/2013
Washington Times: Congress puts Obama on bumpy road for fast-track trade deals by Patrice Hill - Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen group, a leading member of the powerful progressive coalition of labor unions and environmentalists opposed to the legislation, has declared it dead on arrival, based on evidence that at least 25 House Republicans and 151 Democrats will vote against it in the 435-member House, where 218 votes are needed to pass.

Editorial: 2014 is a time for health-care transparency

12/21/2013
Seattle Times: Editorial: 2014 is a time for health-care transparency - Sounds like an improvement, but a Washington, D.C.,-based watchdog, Public Citizen Health Research Group quickly noted Glaxo will continue paying some physicians for “market research” and “advisory activities.”

US Trade Deals Face Uncertain Future in Congress

12/20/2013
Voices of America: US Trade Deals Face Uncertain Future in Congress by Jim Randle - Critics of these trade negotiations include some U.S. labor, environmental and consumer organizations. Lori Wallach speaks for the advocacy group Public Citizen and says those differing rules protect the health and safety of consumers, the financial system, people who use prescription drugs, and others.

Dollarocracy: U.S. Congressmen Refuse to Address Keystone XL Southern Half Spill Concerns

12/20/2013
DeSmogBlog: Dollarocracy: U.S. Congressmen Refuse to Address Keystone XL Southern Half Spill Concerns by Steve Horn - What's the U.S. congressional response to the safety issues with the 485-mile southern half of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline raised by Public Citizen's Texas office? Mostly what Simon & Garfunkel called "The Sound of Silence" in their famous song.

Judge Chastises Obama Administration for Using “Secret Law” to Withhold Documents

12/20/2013
Allgov.com: Judge Chastises Obama Administration for Using “Secret Law” to Withhold Documents by Noel Brinkerhoff - Julie Murray, an attorney with Public Citizen and counsel for the Center for Effective Government, applauded the decision. “We are pleased to see that the court recognized the government’s position in this case for what it is: a remarkable and unlawful attempt to keep secret a broad federal policy,” she said in a prepared statement. “The court's decision is a resounding win for the principle of government openness and a reminder to the Obama administration that its commitment to transparency must come not just in words, but in deeds,” Murray added.

FDA, States Weigh Pharmacy Regulation in Wake of Meningitis Outbreak

12/20/2013
Medininenet.com: FDA, States Weigh Pharmacy Regulation in Wake of Meningitis Outbreak - Some critics have said the FDA has shirked its responsibilities. "There should be one uniform federal standard that is enforced by one agency -- the FDA," Michael Carome, deputy director of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen's Health Research Group, told the Times. "They have been lax in enforcing that standard."

Happy Birthday, Rolling Jubilee

12/20/2013
UTNE: Happy Birthday, Rolling Jubilee by Suzanne Lingred - Job loss is not the only problem with the TPP. On Democracy Now, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, Lori Wallach, said the TPP could limit the government’s ability to regulate food safety, finance, environmental standards, and policy surrounding energy and climate.

5 Problems With the Trans Pacific Partnership

12/20/2013
Huffington Post: 5 Problems With the Trans Pacific Partnership by Bob Burnett - Public Citizen reported that since 1994, "the [freed-trade agreement] deficit surge implies the loss of nearly one million American jobs." Public Citizen said wherever there were free-trade agreements US trade deficits increased and in the countries not covered by free-trade agreements our deficits decreased.

School advertising equals pocket change, not a gold mine

12/19/2013
Philadelphia Business Journal: School advertising equals pocket change, not a gold mine by Samantha Freda - On Dec. 3, Public Citizen President Robert Weissman testified before the Committee on Rules, further urging them to withdraw the bill. “We understand that the financial pressures Philadelphia schools currently face have prompted you to identify nontraditional sources of funding,” Weissman said. “However, our research has shown that it will raise insignificant amounts of revenue.”

Pharma displaying ‘pathological lack of corporate integrity’

12/19/2013
Pharmafile.com: Pharma displaying ‘pathological lack of corporate integrity’ by Ben Adams - The system that hands out financial penalties to drug companies for illegal activities is failing to deter companies from repeatedly breaking the law, argues a senior doctor. Writing in the BMJ Dr Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser to the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, says there is a ‘pathological lack of corporate integrity’ in many drug companies.

Does the A.A.P. Logo Belong on Formula Gift Bags?

12/19/2013
New York Times: Does the A.A.P. Logo Belong on Formula Gift Bags? by Kimberly Seals Allers - Among the nation’s 45 top-ranked hospitals, 67 percent have stopped distributing formula samples and formula company-sponsored discharge bags, according to a recent study published by Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

Science Provision Buried In House Farm Bill Could Gum Up Regulatory Work, Critics Say

12/19/2013
Huffington Post: Science Provision Buried In House Farm Bill Could Gum Up Regulatory Work, Critics Say by Kate Sheppard - Amit Narang, the regulatory policy advocate for the watchdog group Public Citizen, said the measure could leave the federal agencies open to lawsuits from outside groups that don't think that the agency has adequately considered alternatives. "The bill's language might sound like it's just trying to verify that the agencies are using the best available science, but the practical impact is very different," he said. "The bill would allow industry to challenge agencies based on these new criteria, and in turn make agencies have to delay regulations."

Couple sues company that tried to fine them for negative online review

12/19/2013
Daily Kos: Couple sues company that tried to fine them for negative online review by Christian Dem - Well, Public Citizen took the Palmers' case and gave KlearGear an ultimatum--remove the ding on the Palmers' credit and pay the Palmers $75,000 in compensation by December 16 or face a lawsuit. KlearGear didn't budge, so yesterday the Palmers sued KlearGear in a Utah federal court.

Congress Can And Should Protect Ed Snowden And Thank Him For Revealing Government Overreach

12/19/2013
Techdirt: Congress Can And Should Protect Ed Snowden And Thank Him For Revealing Government Overreach by Mike Masnick - However, Paul Levy, over at Public Citizen, has another suggestion, in which Congress could pass a bill of non-attainder to protect Snowden: “Whatever happens as a result of Judge Leon's decision this week and whatever comes of today's recommendations from the intelligence review panel, we cannot forget who it was who helped our country get to the stage of having this debate, not to speak of the personal price he has had to pay as a whistleblower -- turning to foreign dictatorships for refuge."

Lawsuit alleges Grandville retailer extorted money from Utah couple after negative review

12/18/2013
Mlive.com: Lawsuit alleges Grandville retailer extorted money from Utah couple after negative review by Garret Ellison - “A company may not retaliate against a customer for a critical review by demanding money under a penalty clause in contractual fine print or by wrecking the customer’s credit,” said Scott Michelman, the Palmers’ attorney.

Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments

12/18/2013
The Washington Free Beacon: Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments by CJ Ciaramella - Julie Murray, an attorney with Public Citizen and counsel for the Center for Effective Government in the suit, said in an interview that the case “is going to have important implications for public access to federal policy.” “It represents a rebuke of the government’s attempt to keep presidential policy directives secret, even when the directives—like this one—are publicly touted, have broad application to federal agencies, and are not classified,” she said.

This Will Be Fun: $3,500 Fine For Bad Online Review Is Going To Court

12/18/2013
Consumerist: This Will Be Fun: $3,500 Fine For Bad Online Review Is Going To Court by Kate Cox - Public Citizen announced today that they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the couple in federal court in Utah.

Online retailer sued by couple it fined $3,500 over disparaging review

12/18/2013
ABA Journal: Online retailer sued by couple it fined $3,500 over disparaging review by Mark Hansen - "Companies like KlearGear.com that engage in abusive consumer practices need to be deterred," said Scott Michelman, a lawyer for Public Citizen, which is representing the Palmers.

Layton couple sue KlearGear for $3,500 negative-review charge

12/18/2013
The Salt Lake Tribune: Layton couple sue KlearGear for $3,500 negative-review charge by Matthew Piper - "One of the important things about this case is to send a message to bad actors like KlearGear that they can’t stick outlandish terms in the fine print and expect to be able to enforce them," said Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen who is co-counsel with Utah attorney Lester A. Perry of Hoole & King.

Couple Fined $3,500 For Negative Review Fights Back With Lawsuit

12/18/2013
ABC: Couple Fined $3,500 For Negative Review Fights Back With Lawsuit by Susanna Kim - After the Palmers took their story to a local television station, the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen volunteered to represent the couple, sending a letter last month to KlearGear.com, threatening to file a lawsuit against the e-commerce site unless it fixed the situation with a deadline of Dec. 16.

Retailer That Fined Couple $3,500 for Negative Review Hit With Lawsuit

12/18/2013
U.S. News: Retailer That Fined Couple $3,500 for Negative Review Hit With Lawsuit by Steven Nelson - Public Citizen attorney Scott Michelman, who is representing the couple, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Utah after KlearGear.com representatives ignored a settlement offer.

Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments

12/18/2013
Free Republic: Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments - Julie Murray, an attorney with Public Citizen and counsel for the Center for Effective Government in the suit, said in an interview that the case “is going to have important implications for public access to federal policy. It represents a rebuke of the government’s attempt to keep presidential policy directives secret, even when the directives—like this one—are publicly touted, have broad application to federal agencies, and are not classified,” she said.

Layton couple getting national attention over flap with online retailer

12/18/2013
The Davis Clipper: Layton couple getting national attention over flap with online retailer by Dan Metcalf, Jr. - According to Scott Michelman, the Public Citizen attorney who is representing the Palmers, the "non-disparagement" clause did not exist at the time of John's purchase, nor would it be legal had it been there 5 year ago." It was a sham," Michelman told The Clipper. "That clause wouldn't hold up in court even if it did exist in 2008."Michelman added, "Ruining a customer's credit in retaliation for a valid opinion is not an acceptable practice."

Online Retailer Faces Lawsuit After Fining Couple $3,500 For Negative Review, Then Dinging Their Credit Score

12/18/2013
Business Insider: Online Retailer Faces Lawsuit After Fining Couple $3,500 For Negative Review, Then Dinging Their Credit Score by Hayley Peterson - "Companies like KlearGear.com that engage in abusive consumer practices need to be deterred," said Scott Michelman, an attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which is filing the lawsuit on behalf of the Palmers.

A Company Is Sued Over Its 'No Bad Reviews' Clause

12/18/2013
Bloomberg Businessweek: A Company Is Sued Over Its 'No Bad Reviews' Clause by Joshua Brustein - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, is suing the company on behalf of customers John Palmer and Jennifer Kulas, a married couple living in Utah, claiming that KlearGear violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Public Citizen is asking for compensation and punitive damages.

Lawsuit filed after company's bad review

12/18/2013
WoodTV: Lawsuit filed after company's bad review by Koco McAboy - "The debt has marred his credit report for more than a year, causing denials of credit delays in loans and most recently, the Palmers to suffer through three cold weeks without heat their home," said Michelman.

Side Effects May Include Death: The Story Of The Biggest Advance In Birth Control Since The Pill

12/18/2013
HuffingtonPost: Side Effects May Include Death: The Story Of The Biggest Advance In Birth Control Since The Pill by Sabrina Siddiqui - "There's always a tug between the FDA and the manufacturer as to what the label is," Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a public health advocacy organization, told The Huffington Post. As a result, Wolfe said, "these battles are tilted even further against public health and safety."

Austin Energy can have independent board without referendum, AG says

12/18/2013
Energy Central: Austin Energy can have independent board without referendum, AG says by Marty Toohney - "The current system is preferable, but if the council wants to move to a board the best strategy is to have the entire City Council as the board," with the city manager removed from the equation, said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the head of Public Citizen, an environmental and consumer-advocacy group.

U.S.-EU Trade Pact Accelerates Economic and Political Integration

12/18/2013
Prison Planet: U.S.-EU Trade Pact Accelerates Economic and Political Integration by Joe Wolverton, II - “U.S. and EU negotiators are clear that their purpose in negotiating [TTIP] is to remove ‘regulatory barriers’ to trade,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “Big Business is clear about what this means; giant corporations hope to use [TTIP] as a way to roll back or stall a vast swath of consumer and environmental regulatory protections in the United States and Europe – involving everything from food safety to privacy, consumer finance to chemical safety.”

K Street mints money from regs surge

12/18/2013
The Hill: K Street mints money from regs surge by Megan Wilson - “Regulatory lobbying is skyrocketing,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist at the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. “Reportable lobbying at agencies has gone up in recent years, and that’s only a small part of the lobbying that goes on.”

South Portland Votes to Keep Tar Sands Oil Away, Southern Keystone Leg Ready

12/17/2013
Sustainable Business: South Portland Votes to Keep Tar Sands Oil Away, Southern Keystone Leg Ready - "What appears to be problematic construction and corner-cutting raises questions not only about the chances of a spill, but also about the quality of TransCanda's in-house inspection system, as well as the ability of the federal government to oversee the process," warns Public Citizen.

FEC closes Crossroads GPS probe

12/17/2013
Politico: FEC closes Crossroads GPS probe by Byron Tau - The initial complaint was filed against Crossroads GPS in 2010 by the watchdog groups Public Citizen and Protect Our Elections. Watchdog groups like Public Citizen say that some nonprofits are abusing their tax-exempt status — all to dump anonymous cash into political campaigns.

Forced Arbitration Is Terrible For Consumers And Right-Wing Media Love It

12/16/2013
Media Matters for America: Forced Arbitration Is Terrible For Consumers And Right-Wing Media Love It by Meagan Hatcher-Mays - According to consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, "[f]orced arbitration creates a systemic bias in favor of businesses while offering few, if any, meaningful deterrents against negligence or even foul play."

Trade deal could weaken regs

12/16/2013
The Hill: Trade deal could weaken regs by Ben Goad - In areas where regulations are disparate between the U.S. and Europe, negotiators are likely to consider harmonized policies in an effort to ease trade barriers, Public Citizen President Robert Weissman said.

Mandatory pre-dispute arbitration: why you should care

12/16/2013
Taking Charge: Mandatory pre-dispute arbitration: why you should care by Fred Williams - "We believe there's a mountain of evidence that forced arbitration is unfair," said Christine Hines of Public Citizen. No one's calling for a rule against arbitration, she noted, just the "forced" part. Some corporations are even moving that way, with opt-out language in their previously mandatory arbitration clauses. "Arbitration," she said, "will still exist."

“Putting their workers at risk while profiting from taxpayer dollars” – Senate committee report spotlights federal contractors’ labor violations

12/16/2013
Scienceblog: “Putting their workers at risk while profiting from taxpayer dollars” – Senate committee report spotlights federal contractors’ labor violations by Elizabeth Grossman - Last year the organization Public Citizen also released a report on this ongoing problem – and revealed that a subcontractor hired by NASA that was found responsible for work-related fatalities at an Xcel Energy facility in Colorado and during work on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Calling for Stronger Oversight in the workplace.

Keystone Pipeline In Photos: Public Citizen Report Questions Keystone Pipeline Safety

12/13/2013
International Business Times: Keystone Pipeline In Photos: Public Citizen Report Questions Keystone Pipeline Safety by David Kashi - As energy firm TransCanada Corp. (USA) (NYSE:TRP) approaches completion of the southern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is raising questions about the “integrity of the pipeline.”

FDA Panelist Had Serious Conflict, Group Charges

12/13/2013
MedPage Today: FDA Panelist Had Serious Conflict, Group Charges by David Pittman - Allowing Cisneros to participate was an “absurd idea,” Sidney Wolfe, MD, founder of and now senior adviser to Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, told MedPage Today. It crossed the line and created too much of a conflict for her to be able to make a rational yet unbiased recommendation, he argued.

TransCanada Begins Injecting Oil Into Southern Leg of Keystone XL Despite Reported Anomalies

12/12/2013
Truthout: TransCanada Begins Injecting Oil Into Southern Leg of Keystone XL Despite Reported Anomalies by Candice Bernd - Tom Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, told Truthout that PHSMA declined to confirm to Public Citizen whether or not the agency was investigating the pipeline’s construction beyond the two warning letters the agency sent in September. “They used bureaucratic language in such a way that it wasn’t clear how much they ever did [follow up on the warning letters],” he said.  

Obama’s Corporate Agenda Delayed as TPP Misses Deadline

12/12/2013
CommonDreams: Obama’s Corporate Agenda Delayed as TPP Misses Deadline by Sarah Lazare - “At this meeting, the negotiators’ political imperative to ‘make a deal’ — any deal — resulted in a raft of dangerous decisions that would severely threaten consumers’ access to affordable medicines, undermine Internet freedom and empower corporations to attack our domestic laws,” said Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

CFPB Report Confirms That Banks & Credit Card Companies Are Taking Away Your Right To Sue

12/12/2013
Consumerist: CFPB Report Confirms That Banks & Credit Card Companies Are Taking Away Your Right To Sue by Chris Morran - “The federal law that governs arbitration has been interpreted to the point where it has warped all sense of fairness or justice, and has given corporations a get-out-of-jail free card,” said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen.

Trans Pacific Trade Deal Delayed

12/12/2013
Voices of America: Trans Pacific Trade Deal Delayed by Jim Randle - But some of those regulations protect consumers, the financial system, the environment, patients, workers, and others from harm, according to Lori Wallach of the advocacy group Public Citizen.”They label the fundamental environmental, health, safety standards on which our families rely as ‘non-tariff trade barrier,”’ she said.

Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition: Expresses growing opposition to Trans Pacific Partnership

12/11/2013
WisPolitics: Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition: Expresses growing opposition to Trans Pacific Partnership by David Newby - “Thankfully the much vaunted 2013 deadline for sealing a deal on TPP has been missed, but at this meeting U.S. negotiators bullied many countries into agreeing to damaging medicine patent and pricing rules demanded by large pharmaceutical firms that will drastically raise medicine prices. There is now an altogether new desperation to lock in a deal because the TPP is in a race against time: as more details emerge weekly about the damage TPP could do to workers, consumers and the environment, grassroots and lawmaker opposition in many countries is growing.

Credit Unions Are Not The Mom-And-Pop Lenders They Pretend To Be

12/11/2013
Business Insider: Credit Unions Are Not The Mom-And-Pop Lenders They Pretend To Be by Daniel Wagner - “This is a person who is an advocate for the credit union industry, and he is now in charge of monitoring the credit union industry,” says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, which advocates for transparency in elections and government. “It will be difficult for Metsger to question the industry’s perspective because he appears to share it in most respects.”

The Volcker Rule Is Tough. It’s Complicated. Will It Be Effective?

12/11/2013
Bloomberg Businessweek: The Volcker Rule Is Tough. It’s Complicated. Will It Be Effective? by Peter Coy - “Philosophically, what we would like to see is the return to Glass-Steagall,” Bartlett Naylor, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, told Bloomberg News. “When it came to Dodd-Frank, the closest we got was this.”

Public Citizen Wants Keystone XL Pipeline Shut Down

12/11/2013
KTBB: Public Citizen Wants Keystone XL Pipeline Shut Down - Tom Smith with Public Citizen says it’s not too late to stop the flow. He says federal regulators have found a number of problems with the pipeline’s construction, like concerns about coating that prevents corrosion. He wants Congress to step in. Smith says, “Yeah, there’s oil in it, but there’ve been lots of times when the pipelines have been stopped, tested to make sure they’re adequate for additional commercial operations you’re allowed.”

From Top Cop to the Corporate Boardroom: Ex-Police Chiefs Spin Through Revolving Doors Into the Private Sector

12/11/2013
Truthout: From Top Cop to the Corporate Boardroom: Ex-Police Chiefs Spin Through Revolving Doors Into the Private Sector by Darwin BondGraham - Craig Holman of Public Citizen calls this “classic revolving-door abuse.” Holman, formerly a policy analyst with the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law who now drafts federal legislation to address government corruption, says revolving-door structures like this pose serious problems.

WTO trade reform deal to slice through red tape

12/11/2013
TMC News: WTO trade reform deal to slice through red tape - Lori Wallach, the head of the Global Trade Watch programme at Washington-based Public Citizen, said it was too early to tell whether the agreement would measurably boost trade. “If you think of the countries that have a large volume of trade, a lot of them already have omputerized, streamlined customs,” she said.

Canada drops resistance to U.S. intellectual property demands in Trans-Pacific Partnership

12/11/2013
Rabble.ca: Canada drops resistance to U.S. intellectual property demands in Trans-Pacific Partnership by Stuart Trew - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, explains today that at the Singapore meeting, “the negotiators’ political imperative to ‘make a deal’ – any deal – resulted in a raft of dangerous decisions that would severely threaten consumers’ access to affordable medicines, undermine Internet freedom and empower corporations to attack our domestic laws.”

TransCanada Begins Injecting Oil Into Keystone XL Southern Half; Exact Start Date A Mystery

12/10/2013
Desmogblog: TransCanada Begins Injecting Oil Into Keystone XL Southern Half; Exact Start Date A Mystery by Steve Horn - The Keystone XL line fill comes just weeks after Public Citizen released an investigation revealing potentially dangerous anomalies such as dents, faulty welding and exterior damage that the group suggests could lead to pipeline ruptures, tears and spills.

Get excited for V-Day: Volcker Rule day!

12/10/2013
Marketplace: Get excited for V-Day: Volcker Rule day! by Nancy Marsharll-Genze - “There would be an independent, outside public accounting firm to make sure that everything is legitimate and correct,” Micah Hauptman, an attorney and Volcker Rule specialist at Public Citizen, says of that scenario.

US ban on high-risk bank trades approved

12/10/2013
Associated Press: US ban on high-risk bank trades approved by Marcy Gordon - "This is definitely a step forward," said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at the liberal group Public Citizen. Still, he said, "It's really up to (federal) supervisors to enforce it, and that's a matter of choice."

Newton’s Law and the Volcker rule

12/10/2013
Bankrate: Newton’s Law and the Volcker rule by Mark Hamrick - “The strongest protection for consumers, taxpayers and the financial system will come with the passage of the complete separation of commercial and investment banking through the 21st century Glass-Steagall Act,” said Bart Naylor, with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.

Reaction to the New Volcker Rule: Not Enough, and Too Much

12/10/2013
LexisNexis Legal Room: Reaction to the New Volcker Rule: Not Enough, and Too Much by Steve Meyerowitz - In a statement, the group “Public Citizen” first bemoaned “months of unnecessary delay,” and then commended the agencies for completing the rule. Public Citizen then lowered the boom: It said that although there were “many positive aspects of the final rule,” there “still could be too many opportunities for banks to disguise as permitted activity what should be deemed prohibited propriety trading.”

No Pacific Rim Accord by End-of-Year Target, Trade Negotiators Say

12/10/2013
The New York Times: No Pacific Rim Accord by End-of-Year Target, Trade Negotiators Say by Annie Lowrey - Nevertheless, the documents gave new fuel to the trade deal’s opponents. “The negotiators’ political imperative to make a deal — any deal — resulted in a raft of dangerous decisions that would severely threaten consumers’ access to affordable medicines, undermine Internet freedom and empower corporations to attack our domestic laws,” said Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

WTO Deal Seen Aiding Boeing to UPS With Speedier Rules

12/10/2013
Bloomberg: WTO Deal Seen Aiding Boeing to UPS With Speedier Rules by Brian Wingfield - Lori Wallach, head of the Global Trade Watch program at Washington-based Public Citizen, said it’s too early to tell whether the agreement will measurably boost trade.“If you think of the countries that have a large volume of trade, a lot of them already have computerized, streamlined customs,” she said in a phone interview.

Lawyer Suing Bank of China Brings ‘Private CIA’ to Boies

12/10/2013
Bloomberg: Lawyer Suing Bank of China Brings ‘Private CIA’ to Boies by Patrick Lee - Wolosky exemplifies a version of “revolving door networking,” law-firm-style, says Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a public interest advocacy group. Wolosky says he has no current plans to return to government but hasn’t ruled it out, either.

U.S. “Bullying” TPP Negotiators Amid Failure to Agree

12/10/2013
Inter Press Service: U.S. “Bullying” TPP Negotiators Amid Failure to Agree by Carey Biron - “This leak guts the sense of inevitability about TPP that the negotiators have been so relentlessly building,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a consumer watchdog group, said Monday. “It shows, thankfully, how far from agreement the countries are and it puts people in all of the involved countries on notice about just how dangerous this deal would be for them.”

D-Day for ‘Volcker Rule’

12/10/2013
The Hill: D-Day for ‘Volcker Rule’ by Peter Schroeder - “They sue over everything,” said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen. “This actually goes to one of the major sources of profit for the big three or four banks ... what’s the downside from not doing it?”

Glass-Steagall Fans Plan New Assault If Volcker Rule Deemed Weak

12/9/2013
Bloomberg: Glass-Steagall Fans Plan New Assault If Volcker Rule Deemed Weak by Phil Mattingly and Cheyenne Hopkins - “Philosophically, what we would like to see is the return to Glass-Steagall,” said Bartlett Naylor, a lobbyist for Public Citizen. “When it came to Dodd-Frank, the closest we got was this.”

Activists say U.S. is trying to railroad secret talks at Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting

12/8/2013
The Raw Story: Activists say U.S. is trying to railroad secret talks at Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting by Agence France-Presse - “Nearly all of the politically sensitive issues that have arisen in the secretive, closed-door TPP talks are still unresolved,” advocacy group Public Citizen said in a statement.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry backs official despite ties to fined payday lender

12/8/2013
El Paso Times: Texas Gov. Rick Perry backs official despite ties to fined payday lender by Marty Schladen - "It's a perfect case of crony capitalism that governs our state today," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, state director of Public Citizen. Smith and other critics say they exploit the poor at their weakest moments and keep them in debt. "There's an old metaphor, 'The poor pay more,' " Smith said.

WTO agrees to pursue $1 trillion trade pact

12/7/2013
Market Watch: WTO agrees to pursue $1 trillion trade pact by Wallace Witkowski - “It appears that the biggest ‘breakthrough’ was simply that yet another WTO ministerial meeting didn't melt down altogether,” Lori Wallach, a trade expert at Public Citizen, told The Wall Street Journal.

Medical device use expands through adaptation, innovation

12/7/2013
Latin Times: Medical device use expands through adaptation, innovation - "Many products developed from popular off-label uses of other established devices end up before the FDA. About 90 percent of new FDA-cleared devices get approved simply because they perform similarly to products already for sale. The standards for clearing these devices are much lower than for drugs," said Dr. Michael Carome, the medical research director at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

WTO Seals Deal for First Time in 18 Years to Ease Trade

12/6/2013
Bloomberg Buisnessweek: WTO Seals Deal for First Time in 18 Years to Ease Trade by Neil Chatterjee, Brian Wingfield and Daniel Pruzin - Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer-advocacy organization, was skeptical of the effectiveness of an accord, saying the draft includes watered-down provisions that simply let the WTO save face after years of stalled talks. “Reviewing the actual text of the agreement, it appears that the biggest ‘breakthrough’ was simply that yet another WTO Ministerial meeting did not melt down altogether,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch program, said in a statement.

Reform of big banks reaches a milestone

12/6/2013
Washington Examiner: Reform of big banks reaches a milestone by Joseph Lawler - Bart Naylor, a financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, told the Washington Examiner that the “trajectory” of the rule-making has been encouraging. “It’s possible that the tide has turned and that regulators have finally grown spines,” he said.

As America ages, government seeks to improve safety for older drivers

12/6/2013
McClatchy Washington Bureau: As America ages, government seeks to improve safety for older drivers by Lars Thorvaldsen - “Everyone knows that older people don’t see as well at night. But how much do they not see as well?” said Joan Claybrook, former president of the advocacy group Public Citizen and head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during the Carter administration.  

Fueled by outside groups, spending on 2013 elections set record for New Jersey

12/6/2013
North Jersey: Fueled by outside groups, spending on 2013 elections set record for New Jersey by John Reitmeyer & Melissa Hayes - The Citizens United decision has led to record-setting spending across the country and at the federal level as well, said Craig Holman, who lobbies for the Washington-based watchdog group Public Citizen.

FTC Explores Risks Of Native Deception, Need For Labeling

12/5/2013
MediaPost: FTC Explores Risks Of Native Deception, Need For Labeling by Wendy David - “Consumers also need to understand when publishers are -- and are not -- exercising their independent judgment,” the watchdog group Public Citizen said in a statement issued on Wednesday. “Native ads often mislead consumers into thinking independent judgment is being exercised, when in fact, placement has been purchased.”

Argument analysis: Justices mull theories of contracts to resolve airline preemption dispute

12/5/2013
SCOTUSblog: Argument analysis: Justices mull theories of contracts to resolve airline preemption dispute by Ronald Mann - During her turn at the lectern, Rosenbaum repeatedly emphasized that all she was asking for was “the benefit of the bargain” Northwest made with her client, a position she described as “very similar to the one the United States” advocated.

Yaz, Yasmin Blood-Clot Allegation Attorney: Resource4thePeople Encouraged by Continued Progress of Consolidated Federal Lawsuits

12/5/2013
StreetInsider: Yaz, Yasmin Blood-Clot Allegation Attorney: Resource4thePeople Encouraged by Continued Progress of Consolidated Federal Lawsuits - “The advocacy group Public Citizen, meanwhile, has placed drugs containing drospirenone — including Yaz, Yasmin, Gianvi and Zarah — on its ‘do not use’ list because they ‘can cause increased blood levels of potassium and (are) no more effective than other oral contraceptives in preventing pregnancy.’

Commercial Advertising in Schools: Dumb, dumb, dumb

12/5/2013
Adland TV: Commercial Advertising in Schools: Dumb, dumb, dumb - “Commercial advertising undermines the fundamental mission of schools to empower children to think independently and develop problem solving skills,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Investor advocates push to see trove of arbitration records

12/5/2013
Reuters: Investor advocates push to see trove of arbitration records by Suzanne Barlyn - The litigation arm of Public Citizen, a consumer rights group in Washington, filed a brief on PIABA's behalf in a federal appeals court last week to overturn a U.S. district court's earlier decision to keep the records a secret. Now PIABA is turning to Public Citizen because of its expertise in litigating FOIA requests, said PIABA's Doss.

Brooklyn rabbi’s case to be ruled on by U.S. Supreme Court

12/5/2013
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn rabbi’s case to be ruled on by U.S. Supreme Court by Charisma Miller - Arguing for Northwest, Paul Clement asserted during oral arguments Tuesday that even in the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, the ADA’s preemption provision applies. For Ginsberg’s attorney, Adina Rosenbaum of Public Citizen Litigation Group, the issue was whether or not the implied covenant was “reasonable expectation of the parties.”

Homeowner defends against KB Home suit that seeks to shut down his website

12/5/2013
Consumer Affairs: Homeowner defends against KB Home suit that seeks to shut down his website by James Hood - “Andy Smith has used KB Home’s name to identify a website about how badly this developer is abusing its customers and to try to persuade the developer to buy back the lemons that it sold,” said Paul Alan Levy, an attorney with Public Citizen who is representing Smith. “The price of public spirited free speech should not be having to defend against frivolous trademark claims.”

Project Censored

12/5/2013
Tuscon Weekly: Project Censored by Joe Rodriguez - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement, but leaked texts show it may allow foreign investors to use "investor-state" tribunals to extract extravagant extra damages for "expected future profits," according to the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

NSA Faces New Round Of Surveillance Lawsuits Ranging From Paranoid Conspiracies To Legitimate Claims

12/5/2013
International Business Times: NSA Faces New Round Of Surveillance Lawsuits Ranging From Paranoid Conspiracies To Legitimate Claims by Connor Adam Sheets - Zazzle again did so, according to Paul Alan Levy, an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which is representing McCall pro bono. “He just seeks a declaration of his legal rights, establishing that the NSA was engaged in overreaching here,” Levy told IBTimes, adding later that, “We say that the statutes aren’t violated, but if the statutes are violated, then the statutes are unconstitutional as applied.”

Political Corporate Contributions Won’t Be Aired in Daylight

12/5/2013
The Daily Beast: Political Corporate Contributions Won’t Be Aired in Daylight by Adam Winkler - "We're incredibly disappointed by this, and we need an explanation for why they removed the most widely supported regulation in their docket," said Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen's Congress Watch.

Native Advertising: The Pros and Cons

12/5/2013
Women’s Wear Daily: Native Advertising: The Pros and Cons by Alexandra Steigrad - “Why do people prefer the word sponsored to advertisement? The whole point is to avoid the disclosure that ought to be made,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, who complained that there is a “softness” to the phrasing “sponsored by,” as it doesn’t indicate an advertiser created the content.

As Online Ads Look More Like News Articles, F.T.C. Warns Against Deception

12/4/2013
The New York Times: As Online Ads Look More Like News Articles, F.T.C. Warns Against Deception by Edward Wyatt - It became clear throughout the day that advertisers and marketers were loath to label an “advertisement” as an ad. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, said “the word ‘advertisement’ tells people what is being done to them.” “The whole point of the word ‘sponsored’ is to avoid calling it what it is,” he said.

Delta tells Supreme Court it can boot passengers from its frequent flier program at will

12/4/2013
Consumer Affairs: Delta tells Supreme Court it can boot passengers from its frequent flier program at will by James Hood - A Public Citizen lawyer argued Ginsberg's case before the high court today. “The Airline Deregulation Act does not give airlines free rein to breach the obligation to perform their contracts in good faith.” said attorney Adina Rosenbaum prior to today's hearing.

New 501(c)(4) Qualification Requirements Get Mixed Reviews

12/4/2013
Associations Now: New 501(c)(4) Qualification Requirements Get Mixed Reviews by Rob Scott - Public Citizen, a nonprofit that advocates for more openness in government, welcomed the new rules. “What this will do is establish a clearer regime,” Lisa Gilbert, director of the group’s Congress Watch program, told Politico.

More Friends and Foes for BP in Contracting Fight

12/4/2013
National Journal: More Friends and Foes for BP in Contracting Fight by Ben Geman - The advocacy group Public Citizen will likely file an amicus brief in defense of the Environmental Protection Agency against BP's lawsuit to overturn the suspension imposed in 2012.

How Should Retailers Handle Bad Web Reviews? Not Like KlearGear

12/4/2013
StorefrontBacktalk: How Should Retailers Handle Bad Web Reviews? Not Like KlearGear by Christine Blank - In an interesting turn of events, the Palmers are now fighting back, with the help of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. The group is demanding that KlearGear pay the Palmers $75,000 for “filing a false report to credit agencies”.

As Compounding Law Passes, Split Views Persist

12/4/2013
Pharmacy Practice News: As Compounding Law Passes, Split Views Persist by Ben Guarino - Even if compounders register with the FDA, the law does not hold outsourcing facilities to the same standards as other manufacturers, according to Michael Carome, MD, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “It creates a double standard and an uneven playing field,” he said.

MN frequent flier lawsuit lands in Supreme Court

12/4/2013
Kare11: MN frequent flier lawsuit lands in Supreme Court by Allen Costantini - "The question that was before the Supreme Court is whether someone can even bring this type of claim," said Adina Rosenbaum, Ginsberg's attorney through the group Public Citizen. "

Local government, agencies ring up sizable lobbying tabs in D.C.

12/4/2013
The Californian: Local government, agencies ring up sizable lobbying tabs in D.C. by Raju Chebium - Craig Holman, a lobbying-reform advocate at Public Citizen, wants local and state governments to stop hiring Washington lobbyists. “Governmental agencies are known to help each other,” he said. “This is special-interest lobbying going on. I find it very unbecoming of a governmental agency to do that.”

Card issuers soften mandatory arbitration rules

12/4/2013
Creditcards.com: Card issuers soften mandatory arbitration rules by Fred Williams - When it comes to arbitration, "what makes it fair is for the consumer to have a choice after the dispute arises," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen.

Willowbrook homeowner now has lawyer to help in legal fight against KB Home

12/4/2013
WFLA: Willowbrook homeowner now has lawyer to help in legal fight against KB Home by Shannon Behnken - Smith has refused to take down the site and now, lawyer Paul Levy, of Washington D.C.-based Public Citizen has agreed to represent Smith.

Supreme Court takes up suit by Rabbi over frequent-flier miles

12/3/2013
Sacramento Bee: Supreme Court takes up suit by Rabbi over frequent-flier miles by David Savage - An attorney for consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, which agreed to represent the rabbi, argued that Ginsberg was a loyal flier and that the airline should be required to honor the deal it made with him. Courts should be able to "give effect to the bargain that the parties entered into based on their reasonable expectations," said Adina Rosenbaum, a Washington lawyer.

SEC political spending snub upsets Democrats

12/3/2013
Politico: SEC political spending snub upsets Democrats by Zachary Warmbrodt - “They are de-prioritizing the disclosure demands of investors,” Public Citizen Congress Watch Director Lisa Gilbert said Monday. “We hope they realize that those types of rules are critical for democracy and the rights of investors in the marketplace.”

Selling ads on school buildings wins early backing

12/3/2013
Philly.com: Selling ads on school buildings wins early backing by Troy Graham & Susan Snyder - Robert Weissman, president of the Washington-based watchdog group Public Citizen, said children already are "surrounded by near-constant advertising."

The End of Dark Money?

12/3/2013
The Nation: The End of Dark Money? by Zoe Carpenter - “What this [rule] is attempting to do is to say, ‘if you see this type of activity it’s political, or it’s not,’ ” said Public Citizen’s Lisa Gilbert. However, the IRS’s proposal doesn’t lay out a new benchmark for how much of a nonprofit’s activities can be political.

Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership Betrayal

12/3/2013
The Sleuth Journal: Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership Betrayal by James Hall - “The claims that this deal will somehow be an economic cure-all and generate significant growth are simply not supported by any reliable evidence,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen‘s Global Trade Watch.

Chamber war on 'vast regulatory state'

12/3/2013
The Hill: Chamber war on 'vast regulatory state' by Ben Goad - The Chamber’s initiative is just the latest in a series of attempts to thwart important public safeguards, said Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen. The group is part of a coalition of watchdog and advocacy organizations pressing for stronger health and safety protections.

"Just the Reality:" Pipeline Safety Official Admits He’d Avoid Buying A Home Near Pipelines Like Keystone XL

12/3/2013
DeSmogBlog.com: "Just the Reality:" Pipeline Safety Official Admits He’d Avoid Buying A Home Near Pipelines Like Keystone XL by Julie Dermansky - TransCanada's Keystone 1 pipeline had 14 leaks in its first two years of operation and the southern route of Keystone XL has suffered a rash of anomalies caused by construction code violations documented in a report by the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Supreme Court hears case of frequent flier dropped from perks program before merger

12/3/2013
The Washington Post: Supreme Court hears case of frequent flier dropped from perks program before merger by Robert Barnes - Rosenbaum said that was another reason to conclude that Ginsberg’s claim was not barred by the federal law governing airlines’ rates, practices and services. “Reportedly, more miles are earned now on the ground than on flight,” Rosenbaum said.

Top court reluctant to expand frequent flier suits

12/3/2013
CNBC: Top court reluctant to expand frequent flier suits by Pete Williams - Arguing for Rabbi Ginsberg, Adina Rosenbaum of Public Citizen said holding airlines to the implied terms of their contracts is consistent with the goals of the federal deregulation law. "The competitive market depends on the ability of both passengers and airlines to enforce their agreements.”

Supreme Court takes on frequent flier program rights

12/3/2013
Politico: Supreme Court takes on frequent flier program rights by Josh Gerstein - The suit "has to do with membership in a frequent flyer program rather than...having to specifically with access to flights," Ginsberg's attorney, Adina Rosenbaum of Public Citizen Litigation Group, said in response to a question from Justice Samuel Alito.

Local governments ring up sizable lobbying tabs in DC

12/3/2013
The Californian: Local governments ring up sizable lobbying tabs in DC by Raju Chebium and Jeff Mitchell - Craig Holman, a lobbying-reform advocate at Public Citizen, wants local and state governments to stop hiring Washington lobbyists. “Governmental agencies are known to help each other,” he said. “This is special-interest lobbying going on. I find it very unbecoming of a governmental agency to do that.”  

Regulations Don't Kill Jobs, They Save Lives

12/3/2013
The Huffington Post: Regulations Don't Kill Jobs, They Save Lives by Sean McElwee - Taylor Lincoln, Public Citizen, says the anti-regulatory impulse is tied to the economy. When the economy is strong, businesses quickly adapt to regulation, but in hard times, regulation appears as a scapegoat for the weak economy.

Justices hear case of frequent flier, airline break up

12/3/2013
USA Today: Justices hear case of frequent flier, airline break up by Bart Jansen - His lawyer, Adina Rosenbaum from the consumer group Public Citizen, told the justices that loyalty programs go beyond lower airfares and enhanced services because they can be exchanged for credit-card purchases and tickets to Broadway shows. She argued that airlines should be forced to act in good faith, even when those "implied covenants" aren't spelled out in the contracts.

Chris Collins’ Iranthmetic

12/3/2013
Artvoice: Chris Collins’ Iranthmetic by Alan Bedenko - Dr. Craig Holman with the government watchdog group Public Citizen said the trips are designed to influence and lobby members of Congress. “These types of travel junkets have long been one of the favorite means for special interests and lobbyists to use to try to influence members of Congress and peddle their wares on Capitol Hill,” Dr. Holman said.

Right-wing garbage debunked: No, regulation doesn’t kill jobs

12/2/2013
Salon: Right-wing garbage debunked: No, regulation doesn’t kill jobs by Sean McElwee - One new study, which examines this particular argument, finds it absurd on its face. Taylor Lincoln, who authored the report for Public Citizen, tells the goal was to “point out hypocrisy and contradictions and the chasms between rhetoric and reality."

SEC puts corporate political disclosure on back burner

12/2/2013
USA Today: SEC puts corporate political disclosure on back burner by Fredrecka Schouten - "We are pretty appalled by this and demand an explanation," said Lisa Gilbert of liberal-leaning Public Citizen, part of the Corporate Reform Coalition, a group of more than 80 organizations and state officials working on political disclosure. "We will continue to apply as much pressure as we can."

SEC backs off corporate giving regs

12/2/2013
The Hill: SEC backs off corporate giving regs by Ben Goad - “There’s no accountability for political spending for the folks that actually own the companies — the shareholders,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. “This is sort of a slap in the face to investors that have been demanding this.

How Filibuster Reform Could Help Obama Crack Down on Banks

12/2/2013
MotherJones: How Filibuster Reform Could Help Obama Crack Down on Banks by Erika Eichelberger - That means Fed regulations will likely be tougher on Wall Street than if the Senate were forced to pick central bank board members who also pleased Republicans, argues Bart Naylor, a financial-policy advocate at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Citizens Warned About Eminent Domain & Tar Sand Pipelines

12/2/2013
Freestone Country Times: Citizens Warned About Eminent Domain & Tar Sand Pipelines by Mary McDonald - Tom “Smitty” Smith, the Texas Director of Public Citizen, a group dedicated to making government work for the people, showed a slide presentation on the Canadian Tar Sands which he says, when spilled, creates a toxic carcinogens known to cause cancer, and destroys property.

Corporate 'Dark Money' To Get Free Pass After SEC Drops Disclosure Proposal

12/2/2013
Huffington Post: Corporate 'Dark Money' To Get Free Pass After SEC Drops Disclosure Proposal by Paul Blumenthal - Groups led by the liberal consumer watchdog Public Citizen had pushed for the rule in response to the rise of undisclosed campaign spending by nonprofit groups, sometimes known as "dark money," since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision…. "We're incredibly disappointed by this, and we need an explanation for why they removed the most widely supported regulation in their docket," said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch.

Obama nominee would lead CFTC at pivotal time

12/1/2013
The Hill: Obama nominee would lead CFTC at pivotal time by Ben Goad and Megan R. Wilson - On the other side, “a rag tag band” of watchdog groups and reform advocates will press the CFTC’s leadership for strict enforcement of the laws, said Bart Naylor, a financial policy analyst for Public Citizen.

Device use expands through adaptation, innovation

12/1/2013
Star Tribune: Device use expands through adaptation, innovation by Jim Spencer - “The standards for clearing these devices are much lower than for drugs,” said Dr. Michael Carome, the medical research director at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

KlearGear fines couple $3,500 for negative review

12/1/2013
Digital Trends: KlearGear fines couple $3,500 for negative review by David Nield - Consumer rights group Public Citizen has now taken up the couple’s case, demanding a $75,000 fee from KlearGear for filing a false report to credit agencies. “No one would have expected this from doing perfectly normal, everyday and perfectly legal things,” Public Citizen attorney Scott Michelman told ABCNews.

Couple Fined $3,500 By KlearGear For Bad Review Fights Back

12/1/2013
Media Post: Couple Fined $3,500 By KlearGear For Bad Review Fights Back by Wendy Davis - This week, advocacy group Public Citizen took up the Palmers' case. The group is demanding that KlearGear pay the Palmers $75,000 for allegedly filing a false report to credit agencies. Public Citizen says the report constitutes defamation, intentional interference with economic relations and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

AdCom chair bows out of meeting under fire

12/1/2013
Medical Marketing & Media: AdCom chair bows out of meeting under fire by James G. Dickinson - Under pressure from Public Citizen and FDA, Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee chair Lynn Drake withdrew her acceptance of an invitation to provide a presentation to industry on winning a favorable panel endorsement.