May 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.

Januvia, Vyetta, Other Diabetes Drugs Focus of Controversy

5/31/2013
NewsInferno: Januvia, Vyetta, Other Diabetes Drugs Focus of Controversy - In separate reviews, Dr. Butler and colleagues, Public Citizen, and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) each found many more cases of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer reported for the incretin drugs than for Avandia, another Type 2 diabetes drug, The Times said.

Attempt to overhaul Texas Railroad Commission fails, again

5/31/2013
WFAA-TV: Attempt to overhaul Texas Railroad Commission fails, again - In a 2010 report called "Drilling for Dollars," the watchdog group Public Citizen outlined that about half of all Railroad Commissioners' campaign funds came from the oil and gas industry. The report alleged "a soft corruption of commissioners whose political futures are dependent on the amount of cash they can amass."

Keystone backers hire lobbyists with ties to John Kerry

5/31/2013
Grist: Keystone backers hire lobbyists with ties to John Kerry - “The most effective, tried-and-true method to sway policy decision makers is to put their former staff, advisors and/or colleagues on your payroll,” Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, told POLITICO in an email.

Texas Landowners Say TransCanada is Digging Up Parts of Keystone Pipeline for Repairs

5/31/2013
Dallas Observer: Texas Landowners Say TransCanada is Digging Up Parts of Keystone Pipeline for Repairs - "Here this pipeline has been in the ground for months and now they're here again," Winnsboro landowner David Whitley told Public Citizen. "An independent TransCanada inspector has told me there are all these anomalies on land up and down the pipeline along this 60-mile stretch, including the one on my property they are digging up now."

Pro-Keystone lobbyists’ Kerry ties draw scrutiny

5/31/2013
Politico: Pro-Keystone lobbyists’ Kerry ties draw scrutiny - “The most effective, tried-and-true method to sway policy decision makers is to put their former staff, advisors and/or colleagues on your payroll,” Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, told POLITICO in an email.

Illinois Becomes the 14th State to Back Constitutional Amendment to Allow Limits on Election Spending

5/31/2013
eNews Park Forest: Illinois Becomes the 14th State to Back Constitutional Amendment to Allow Limits on Election Spending - Statement of Aquene Freechild, Senior Organizer, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign

Chevron $2.5 Million Contribution a Risk to Shareholder Value?

5/31/2013
Roll Call: Chevron $2.5 Million Contribution a Risk to Shareholder Value? - Public Citizen has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission regarding this contribution by a federal government contractor.

Florida lawmakers-turned-lobbyists fuel revolving door of politics

5/31/2013
Tampa Bay Times: Florida lawmakers-turned-lobbyists fuel revolving door of politics - "They are literally cashing in on their Rolodex," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the watchdog Public Citizen.

Corruption Currents: From Vatican Bank Image Redux to Adopting Rules

5/31/2013
The Wall Street Journal: Corruption Currents: From Vatican Bank Image Redux to Adopting Rules - Money Laundering: Public Citizen demanded answers as to why U.S. regulators wanted to quickly settle a probe of HSBC Holdings PLC despite investigating it for 10 years.

No New Trade Deals While Turkey Blockades Armenia, Occupies Cyprus

5/30/2013
Asbarez.com: No New Trade Deals While Turkey Blockades Armenia, Occupies Cyprus - Also offering testimony will be a broad range of corporate, labor, citizens, and trade associations, including U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, American Insurance Association, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Software Information Industry Association, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Public Citizen, U.S.

Documents show Obama officials in tension over British banks

5/30/2013
The New York Times: Documents show Obama officials in tension over British banks - "I would like to see Treasury support zealous prosecution, and instead I see them managing their image," said Bart Naylor, a policy advocate at Public Citizen, a nonprofit group critical of the government for not taking a harder line with HSBC.

First look: Ex-Fannie Mae CEO sleeps fine at night

5/30/2013
Politico: First look: Ex-Fannie Mae CEO sleeps fine at night - DOCUMENTS SHOW TENSION OVER PROSECUTING BANKS Treasury released the internal documents to Public Citizen through a Freedom of Information Act request. The group then shared the information with The Times.

SB 52, CA DISCLOSE Act Passes State Senate

5/30/2013
Yubanet.com: SB 52, CA DISCLOSE Act Passes State Senate - CA, Los Amigos, Progressives United, Public Citizen, Redwood Empire Business Association, Sierra Club CA, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, and the U.S. Green Building Council of California.

HSBC money-laundering investigation letters spark questions over rushed fine

5/30/2013
Zimbio: HSBC money-laundering investigation letters spark questions over rushed fine - Public Citizen group demands answers over why officials sought quick resolution to 'egregious' charges after 10-year probe.

Public Citizen, Demand Progress and RxRights.org Join Others Opposing U.S. Pharmacy Industry Group From Controlling “.Pharmacy” Domain Registration

5/30/2013
PRWeb: Public Citizen, Demand Progress and RxRights.org Join Others Opposing U.S. Pharmacy Industry Group From Controlling “.Pharmacy” Domain Registration - Consumer watchdog and activist groups, Public Citizen, Demand Progress, and RxRights.org have joined a chorus of others opposing a bid by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to control the registry of a proposed new Internet domain ending in “.Pharmacy” (dot pharmacy).

At Annual Shareholder Meeting, Public Citizen Criticizes Chevron for Its Political Spending

5/30/2013
Yubanet.com: At Annual Shareholder Meeting, Public Citizen Criticizes Chevron for Its Political Spending - Public Citizen and a coalition of activists held a protest outside Chevron's annual shareholder meeting today calling on the company to refrain from spending its money on elections.

Morning Scan: Sallie Mae's Split; Another Hole in Swiss Bank Secrecy; Money Laundering Miscellany

5/30/2013
American Banker: Morning Scan: Sallie Mae's Split; Another Hole in Swiss Bank Secrecy; Money Laundering Miscellany - Money Laundering Potpourri: Treasury Department documents FOIA'd by Public Citizen and shared with the Times "revealed some tension among authorities about how aggressively to pursue the cases" against HSBC and Standard Chartered.

Critics fret over doubling of campaign-cash cap

5/30/2013
Orlando Sentinel: Critics fret over doubling of campaign-cash cap - "Five hundred dollars is already a lot of money. Not a lot of Americans can hand over $500," said Craig Holman, who monitors campaign finance issues for Public Citizen, a Washington-based group. "And few will be able to [donate $1,000] except for the wealthy."

Pro Report, presented by POWERJOBS: Syria boasts of Russian missiles

5/30/2013
Politico: Pro Report, presented by POWERJOBS: Syria boasts of Russian missiles - KERRY ALLIES HEAD PRO-KEYSTONE EFFORTS “The most effective, tried-and-true method to sway policy decision-makers is to put their former staff, advisers and/or colleagues on your payroll,” Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, says in the story.

Flood law group to sponsor JanuviaCancerLawsuit.org

5/30/2013
PRWeb: Flood law group to sponsor JanuviaCancerLawsuit.org - According to a statement issued on March 22, 2013 by Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a new study conducted by Drs. Alexandra Butler and Peter Butler of the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and their colleagues at UCLA and the University of Florida provides evidence that patients who take Januvia, Byetta and Victoza are at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer than diabetics and non-diabetics who are not taking the medications.

For Obama’s ex-aides, it’s time to cash in on experience

5/30/2013
Washington Post: For Obama’s ex-aides, it’s time to cash in on experience - “Obama’s made a really bold step trying to rein in the revolving door and keep people from cashing in on their executive branch experience, but some people are pushing the envelope and are trying to find ways around that,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Wyndham Lawsuit Tests FTC Cybersecurity Authority

5/30/2013
The Wall Street Journal: Wyndham Lawsuit Tests FTC Cybersecurity Authority - A brief, filed in support of the Federal Trade Commission, by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, Inc. on Tuesday, said that FTC enforcement actions currently provide the most effective mechanism to redress unfair data security practices that result in breaches of corporate computer networks.

Public Citizen: At Annual Shareholder Meeting, Public Citizen... - May 29

5/30/2013
Common Dream: Public Citizen: At Annual Shareholder Meeting, Public Citizen... - May 29 - May 29 - Public Citizen and a coalition of activists held a protest outside Chevron's annual shareholder meeting today calling on the company to refrain from spending its money on elections.

Tension over bank cases

5/30/2013
The New York Times: Tension over bank cases - “I would like to see Treasury support zealous prosecution, and instead I see them managing their image,” said Bart Naylor, a policy advocate at Public Citizen, a nonprofit group critical of the government for not taking a harder line with HSBC.

A Lone Voice Raises Alarms on Lucrative Diabetes Drugs

5/30/2013
The New York Times: A Lone Voice Raises Alarms on Lucrative Diabetes Drugs - Public Citizen and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, two watchdog groups, have since separately found the same thing. Public Citizen has already asked the F.D.A. to remove Victoza from the market.

State Board of Medical Examiners Fails to Keep Disciplinary Notices Up-to-Date

5/30/2013
NJ Spotlight: State Board of Medical Examiners Fails to Keep Disciplinary Notices Up-to-Date - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, says that a lack of funding and staffing due to state budget cuts has been a major problem for many medical boards.

Immigrants contributed $115 billion to Medicare fund over decade

5/30/2013
Bloomberg: Immigrants contributed $115 billion to Medicare fund over decade - One-third of all immigrants didn't have health insurance in 2010, with even higher rates among non-citizen immigrants, said Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer watchdog organization.

Texas passes ethics bill, but many proposed reforms are left on the cutting room floor

5/29/2013
The Center for Public Integrity: Texas passes ethics bill, but many proposed reforms are left on the cutting room floor - The change will allow the commission to better manage its caseload and devote more resources to serious ethics complaints, said Tom Smith, Texas director for Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group.

With the Trans Pacific Partnership's fast track authority, who needs Congress?

5/29/2013
Huffington Post: With the Trans Pacific Partnership's fast track authority, who needs Congress? - According to "The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority" by Public Citizen's Lori Wallach, only five TPP chapters out of 29 are strictly devoted to 'trade' with the remainder focused on a broad array of public policy issues.

Railroad Commission gets a four-year reprieve

5/29/2013
Houston Chronicle: Railroad Commission gets a four-year reprieve - But Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen Texas, said the Public Utility Commission, the General Land Office and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are among agencies that could take on the Railroad Commission's role in regulating oil and gas drilling and production, coal and uranium mining, pipeline safety and other duties.

Michele Bachmann will not seek re-election in 2014

5/29/2013
Chicagoist: Michele Bachmann will not seek re-election in 2014 - Bachmann has maintained her innocence and denied any wrongdoing, but Craig Holman, a government ethics lobbyist with watchdog group Public Citizen, told Salon.com earlier this month she could be in some very hot water.

Consumer groups worry U.S.-EU trade pact will weaken health, privacy regulations

5/29/2013
Reuters: Consumer groups worry U.S.-EU trade pact will weaken health, privacy regulations - That worries consumer groups such as Public Citizen, which says the United States and the EU have different regulations because the concerns of the citizens in those countries are not the same.

Protests planned for today's Chevron shareholders' meeting in San Ramon

5/29/2013
Pleasanton Weekly: Protests planned for today's Chevron shareholders' meeting in San Ramon - Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, at a news briefing in Oakland Tuesday morning with groups inlcuding rainforest advocacy group Amazon Watch and consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said she stands in solidarity with activists.

Gotta cigarette? How the tobacco companies are gaining ground in promoting coffin nails for the world through the TPP

5/29/2013
Huffington Post: Gotta cigarette? How the tobacco companies are gaining ground in promoting coffin nails for the world through the TPP - Complicated as it sounds, ordinary folks can learn about the TPP from the groups that have organized to fight it, such as the Global Trade Watch of Public Citizen, and the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health.

Bonner's new job highlights loophole in ethics rules

5/29/2013
Montgomery Advertiser: Bonner's new job highlights loophole in ethics rules - “It’s a huge loophole,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, a nonpartisan government watchdog organization in Washington. “There is essentially no ethics rule when it comes to negotiations for future employment.”

Chevron Rejects Shareholder Demands to Explain Record Political Spending

5/29/2013
Inter Press Service: Chevron Rejects Shareholder Demands to Explain Record Political Spending - “Under a legislative prohibition known as ‘pay to play’, government contractors can’t make these types of contributions,” Kelly Ngo, a legislative assistant at Public Citizen, a consumer watch group, told IPS. “The law is pretty clear on this.”

HSBC money-laundering investigation letters spark questions over rushed fine

5/29/2013
Zimbio: HSBC money-laundering investigation letters spark questions over rushed fine - Public Citizen group demands answers over why officials sought quick resolution to 'egregious' charges after 10-year probe

Organize health care as if it was war

5/29/2013
Philly.com: Organize health care as if it was war - It appears several foundations, think tanks and patient advocacy groups proposed a plan to overcome the problems of drug development inherent in a competitive system. The plan's proponents include the Gates Foundation, Public Citizen, Doctors Without Borders and several other groups.

Transvaginal Mesh, Vaginal Mesh, Pelvic Mesh, complications lawsuit

5/29/2013
YourLawyer.com: Transvaginal Mesh, Vaginal Mesh, Pelvic Mesh, complications lawsuit - On August 25, 2011 the watchdog group, Public Citizen, founded by Ralph Nader, stated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should recall transvaginal mesh products due to safety concerns and painful side effects.

Ferrari seeks open road to U.S. drivers in EU trade talks

5/29/2013
Bloomberg News: Ferrari seeks open road to U.S. drivers in EU trade talks - Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer group, wants the text of the negotiations to be made public and it wants provisions dealing with copyrights and data protection left out of the text.

Congressional radicals anxious to stop disclosure of corporate money in elections

5/29/2013
National Memo: Congressional radicals anxious to stop disclosure of corporate money in elections - NO! These kleptocrats are the real radicals. It's time to stop them, not only by disclosing their thievery, but ultimately by outlawing it-- and returning elections to the people. To join the effort, contact Public Citizen at ://www.citizen.org">www.citizen.org.

Public Citizen to represent jailed ex-CAIR spokesman

5/28/2013
Politico: Public Citizen to represent jailed ex-CAIR spokesman - The Ralph Nader-founded Public Citizen isn't the first group one might expect to get into a legal battle over issues of terrorism and the prison system, but PCLG lawyer Michael Kirkpatrick said the issues in the cases are part of his group's core legal expertise.

Activist shareholders want Chevron CEO Watson fired

5/28/2013
Forbes: Activist shareholders want Chevron CEO Watson fired - Shoshana Wechsler, an activist affiliated with the non-profit Public Citizen, said shareholders don't want Chevron spending money to influence elections.

IRS needs clear standards for not-for-profit groups

5/28/2013
Columbia Daily Tribune: IRS needs clear standards for not-for-profit groups - For the past four years, we have worked with legal experts and not-for-profit leaders at the Bright Lines Project--now housed at Public Citizen-- to develop just such a proposal.

Bill considers splitting up energy oversight duties in Texas

5/28/2013
Houston Chronicle: Bill considers splitting up energy oversight duties in Texas - "There are a number of other agencies that could do what the Railroad Commission does, and perhaps do it better," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen Texas.

Lawmaker transparency bills got little traction

5/28/2013
The Texas Tribune: Lawmaker transparency bills got little traction - While lawmakers took some steps forward this session, "the Legislature still has miles to go to end the ethics abuses," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas director for the consumer watchdog Public Citizen.

Now, a Tennessee compounder is tied to serious infections

5/28/2013
Pharmalot: Now, a Tennessee compounder is tied to serious infections - "Sadly, news of the outbreak linked to a Tennessee pharmacy comes just after lawmakers in Tennessee chose to weaken the state pharmacy laws to encourage doctors to buy more products from in-state pharmacies," Sarah Sorscher, an attorney with Public Citizen, writes us.

Operation Green Jobs' unparalleled march

5/27/2013
The Examiner: Operation Green Jobs' unparalleled march - According to Jake Parent from Public Citizen who spoke at the gathering on May 24th in front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants you to believe that all they care about is how much profit giant corporations can make. It doesn't matter if they're making that profit overseas; it doesn't matter if they're making that profit from selling weapons. And it certainly doesn't matter if they're making that profit from selling oil."

Electricity pact ends state budget dispute

5/26/2013
El Paso Times: Electricity pact ends state budget dispute - Tom "Smitty" Smith of the watchdog group Public Citizen said prices in the deregulated part of the state have since moderated, but he said that's because natural gas, which fires many power plants, is cheap.  

This weekend on Ring of Fire Radio!

5/24/2013
Ring of Fire Radio: This weekend on Ring of Fire Radio! - And Lori Wallach from Public Citizen will tell us why the Trans Pacific Partnership is a bad deal for America.

2013 Annual Private Foundation National Conference-Day Two

5/24/2013
Nonprofit Law Blog: 2013 Annual Private Foundation National Conference-Day Two - BREAKING NEWS: Greg Colvin's Committee housed within Public Citizen drafted a proposal on clarifying IRS rules on political intervention. See Bright Lines Project (just published yesterday).

U.S. meat labels to detail animal's origin; Canada, Mexico raise concern

5/24/2013
Washington Post: U.S. meat labels to detail animal's origin; Canada, Mexico raise concern - "The big lesson for American consumers is that the WTO has invaded aspects of our lives that have nothing to do with trade," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's group on trade issues. "They have come to your dinner table. Depending on what the WTO does, either consumers will be provided with important information, or the U.S. may face trade sanctions."

Senators renew bipartisan regulatory reform bid

5/24/2013
Government Executive: Senators renew bipartisan regulatory reform bid - Previous versions of the bill were attacked by liberal-leaning nonprofits such as the Center for Effective Government (formerly the OMB Watch) and Public Citizen.

Nonprofits need better guidance on tax-exempt standards

5/23/2013
Washington Post: Nonprofits need better guidance on tax-exempt standards - For the past four years, we have worked with legal experts and nonprofit leaders at the Bright Lines Project (now housed at Public Citizen) to develop just such a proposal.

What’s wrong with Jamie Dimon is what’s wrong with America

5/22/2013
Campaign for America’s Future: What’s wrong with Jamie Dimon is what’s wrong with America - Gongloff quotes critics, like Public Citizen’s Bart Naylor who offer pointed and very valid criticism of Dimon and his board.

Too-Big-To-Jail dogs Obama’s Justice Department as government documents raise questions

5/22/2013
Huffington Post: Too-Big-To-Jail dogs Obama’s Justice Department as government documents raise questions - Treasury documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by Public Citizen, an advocacy group, appear to show that the agency made no attempt to conduct any such examination internally.

FDA panel backs Merck’s insomnia drug

5/22/2013
MedPage Today: FDA panel backs Merck’s insomnia drug - The consumer safety advocacy group Public Citizen, which often is critical of novel therapeutics, noted during the public comment period that the 10-mg dose has only been studied in a low number of patients, a conclusion echoed by some panelists.

Merck’s insomnia drug moves a step closer to U.S. approval

5/22/2013
Reuters: Merck’s insomnia drug moves a step closer to U.S. approval - "Like its predecessors, suvorexant's marginal benefit in extending overnight sleep time by a few minutes is achieved at the expense of prolonged, next-day drowsiness, with potentially fatal consequences," said Dr. Sammy Almashat, a researcher with Public Citizen's Health Research Group who noted that suvorexant stays in the body longer than all but one other sleep drug.

Fast-tracking trade deals is the last thing workers need right now

5/22/2013
Teamster Nation: Fast-tracking trade deals is the last thing workers need right now - While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable rolled out a new coalition this week falsely touting the benefits of fast-track for regular Americans, Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, gave the real low down:

Senate panel approves tighter oversight of compounding pharmacies, but bill is under fire

5/22/2013
Washington Post: Senate panel approves tighter oversight of compounding pharmacies, but bill is under fire - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has opposed the creation of a separate category of FDA oversight for large-scale compounding pharmacies. It says it would be better to require the companies to follow the safety requirements that apply to commercial drug manufacturers.

FDA panel backs a new sleep drug

5/22/2013
LA Times: FDA panel backs a new sleep drug - Public Citizen, a watchdog group which frequently raises concerns about FDA decisions, had urged the panel not to recommend approval of suvorexant.

FDA panel backs low-dose rollout of Merck’s sleep drug suvorexant

5/22/2013
Fierce Biotech: FDA panel backs low-dose rollout of Merck’s sleep drug suvorexant - Those safety issues also drew flak from Public Citizen, which noted that the FDA has advised consumers against driving the day after they take Ambien. Suvorexant could be worse. "Suvorexant stays in the body six times longer than zolpidem (Ambien)," said the group, "with patients more often than not unaware of their diminished ability to drive and perform other mental tasks."

Clean Air Act law, reality collide

5/21/2013
The Center for Public Integrity: Clean Air Act law, reality collide - Less than one percent of the 7,533 upset reports filed by Texas companies in 2004 had ended in penalties or corrective plans, a 2005 study by the nonprofit Public Citizen found.

Jamie Dimon is now a JPMorgan cult leader, and that is very dangerous

5/21/2013
Huffington Post: Jamie Dimon is now a JPMorgan cult leader, and that is very dangerous - "JPMorgan should be a machine, not the expression of one man's individual genius," said Bart Naylor, financial policy advocate at the nonprofit group Public Citizen.

Public Citizen: The SUPPORT study was even worse than we thought

5/21/2013
Bioethics Forum: Public Citizen: The SUPPORT study was even worse than we thought - Letter written by Drs. Mike Carome and Sid Wolfe in response to criticisms

Elephant in the room? The problem of prescription drug abuse by Roy M. Arnold, MD

5/21/2013
City-County Observer: Elephant in the room? The problem of prescription drug abuse by Roy M. Arnold, MD - The organization has also petitioned the FDA to change the labeling on oxycodone and hydrocodone to be used only for severe pain and only for 90 days. This petition which is still under consideration by the FDA has been endorsed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and advocacy groups like Public Citizen.

What will tighter restrictions on trade in Iran do?

5/20/2013
Truthdig: What will tighter restrictions on trade in Iran do? - “This is a blunt instrument regardless of how many humanitarian products are allowed into the country,” Sammy Almashat, a health researcher at Washington, D.C., consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, says of the sanctions. “When you cripple the economy, it leads to mass unemployment, which we’ve already seen in the last year or two.”

Greens using ‘sue and settle’ to coerce EPA

5/20/2013
The Hill: Greens using ‘sue and settle’ to coerce EPA - “By advocating for ‘regulatory reform’ legislation, the Chamber wants to make it easier to legally challenge and overturn regulations they and their big business allies oppose,” said Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate at the D.C.-based Public Citizen.

Another compounding pharmacy recall issued, as proposed regulatory legislation criticized

5/20/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: Another compounding pharmacy recall issued, as proposed regulatory legislation criticized - The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen has indicated that the proposed legislation is nonsensical and a bad idea, indicating that it would create a class of drug manufacturers that would not have to meet current federal drug requirements.

Monday round-up

5/20/2013
SCOTUSblog: Monday round-up - Stephanie Green of Bloomberg News reports on the gala event held last week by Public Citizen, at which the group awarded retired Justice John Paul Stevens its Lifetime Achievement Award. (Allison included other coverage of this event in Friday’s round-up.)

How trade deals can kill anti-smoking, anti-pollution laws

5/20/2013
Teamster Nation: How trade deals can kill anti-smoking, anti-pollution laws - Though the TPP talks are secret, leaked documents indicate the deal would further strengthen corporations and investors vs. sovereign nations. According to Public Citizen…

A Financial Times Service: Recalls can hit directors, executives in the wallet

5/20/2013
Agenda – A Financial Times Service: A Financial Times Service: Recalls can hit directors, executives in the wallet - “There are a lot more recalls than there need to be,” complains Robert Weissman, the president of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. Weissman says no industry has had as many recalls as the U.S. auto industry, although auto recalls diminished by about 22% over the past two years, according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What happens when a billionaire faces Congressional confirmation?

5/20/2013
Marketplace: What happens when a billionaire faces Congressional confirmation? - “She and her family are so wealthy that they own investments and stocks that pretty much cover the entire economic field,” says Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen in Washington.

EEUU: Piden mejorar autos para evitar atropellados

5/19/2013
Associated Press: EEUU: Piden mejorar autos para evitar atropellados - "En cierta manera es una sentencia de muerte y sin razón alguna", comenta el expresidente de Public Citizen Joan Claybrook, quien antes dirigía la agencia federal a cargo del desarrollo de tales normas.

Time to shed light on disclosure bill

5/19/2013
Politico: Time to shed light on disclosure bill - Craig Holman of Public Citizen, with whom we almost never agree on speech laws, has called IFERA a “subjective standard” and a “serious problem.” On this, Wyden-Murkowski at least achieves consensus.

The palliative machine: Medical monopoly under the corporation-state

5/19/2013
Center for a Stateless Society: The palliative machine: Medical monopoly under the corporation-state - Public Citizen’s Congress Watch is cited with the information that the pharmaceuticals industry is the most profitable industry.

Dallas suburb solar panel fight exposes problems

5/19/2013
Associated Press: Dallas suburb solar panel fight exposes problems - That wording, said Kaiba White, a policy and outreach specialist for Washington-based advocacy group Public Citizen, allows a project to be halted by just one person. "Unfortunately, the law, as it stands now, is a little vague," White said.

Off track: Railroad commission name change, ethics proposal

5/19/2013
El Pasco Inc: Off track: Railroad commission name change, ethics proposal - Tom Smith, director of Public Citizen Texas, said this is the first time in 30 years he can remember an agency failing Sunset review twice. He suggested the issue is a reflection of the power of industry and said some provisions of the measure could be resurrected as amendments to other bills, but that the overall bill is dead.

More than meets the eye

5/18/2013
SteveLendmanBlog: More than meets the eye - On May 16, Public Citizen said the IRS controversy doesn't "diminish the need for fair and balanced disclosure of corporate political spending."

FightCopyrightTrolls favorite Techdirt posts of the week

5/18/2013
Techdirt: FightCopyrightTrolls favorite Techdirt posts of the week - This post features an amicus curiae brief filed by four respected advocate organizations: EFF, ACLU, Public Citizen and Public Knowledge. To date, this is one of the most comprehensive and beautiful briefs on the topic, a must read to anyone who follows the copyright trolling phenomenon.

Flower Mound man’s fight over solar panels prompts review of regulation

5/18/2013
The Dallas Morning News: Flower Mound man’s fight over solar panels prompts review of regulation - That language has proved to be a sticking point for some Texas homeowners trying to go solar, said Kaiba White, policy and outreach specialist for Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group with an office in Austin.

Global race to the bottom is getting much worse

5/18/2013
Institute for Policy Studies: Global race to the bottom is getting much worse - Alisa Simmons of Global Trade Watch is listed as one of the speakers at the event

ADHD is a fictitious disease

5/17/2013
Jay Parkinson MD Blog: ADHD is a fictitious disease - When I worked with Nader at his group, Public Citizen, in 2006, I wrote a petition to the FDA to ban human growth hormone on the newly approved disease, “short, normal” children because we identified about 10 reported cases of “short, normal” children who had died from complications of receiving human growth hormone.

Lawsuit’s hard knock life gets a break

5/17/2013
ThePopTort.com: Lawsuit’s hard knock life gets a break - Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group that has been circulating a petition asking Schwab to rescind the class-action ban, congratulated the company for its "responsible" decision.

F U, FTA: NY Co. is causing lead poisoning in kids and suing the Peruvian gov’t to pay for it

5/17/2013
We Party Patriots: F U, FTA: NY Co. is causing lead poisoning in kids and suing the Peruvian gov’t to pay for it - Lori Wallach, director of the Global Trade Watch division of Public Citizen, called the use of such agreements a “ quiet, slow-moving coup d’état” and suggested that investors and corporations are “using this regime to have another front at trying to limit the governance authority of nation states.”

Scene in D.C.: Justice Stevens, Phil Donahue at Citizen Awards

5/17/2013
Bloomberg: Scene in D.C.: Justice Stevens, Phil Donahue at Citizen Awards - At last night’s Public Citizen’s 2013 Gala, Stevens was the recipient of the Public Citizen Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ronald Reagan Building.

Federal government is letting us eat metal shards, pink slime

5/17/2013
Salon: Federal government is letting us eat metal shards, pink slime - Soon after HACCP was implemented, a study by the Government Accountability Project and Public Citizen found that 62 percent of inspectors surveyed allowed contamination like feces, vomit and metal shards in food under HACCP on a daily or weekly basis, which had never happened before.

Bad radioactive waste bill increases threats to Texas

5/17/2013
The Gilmer Mirror: Bad radioactive waste bill increases threats to Texas - SEED Coalition, Public Citizen, and the Lone Star Sierra Club oppose the bill, which is set to be heard on Monday, May 20th on the House floor.

Activistas protestan por negociaciones TPP

5/17/2013
AP: Peru: Activistas protestan por negociaciones TPP - Peter Maybarduck, Director de la ONG estadounidense Public Citizen, dijo que el TPP pretende dar más fuerza a las multinacionales en desmedro de los intereses de los ciudadanos. "Se trata de un nuevo tratado de libre comercio de unos 29 capítulos que afectarán muchos intereses ciudadanos, y estamos muy preocupados de que esta negociación busque fortalecer el poder de las corporaciones multinacionales en diversos sectores", dijo a la AP.

DeLauro, Markey, House Dems introduce bill to protect human subjects in clinical trials

5/17/2013
TMCnet.com: DeLauro, Markey, House Dems introduce bill to protect human subjects in clinical trials - Public Citizen mentioned as part of the coalition supporting the bill.

Some Tea Party groups probed by IRS had close GOP ties

5/17/2013
MSNBC: Some Tea Party groups probed by IRS had close GOP ties - “The IRS has not been enforcing the tax code,” Craig Holman, a lobbyist for good-government group Public Citizen told MSNBC. “They have been allowing groups to hide under the c4 tax status that are actually political front groups.”

The SUPPORT Study and the standard of care Critics of the study

5/17/2013
Bioethics Forum: The SUPPORT Study and the standard of care Critics of the study - namely OHRP and Public Citizen – use a different understanding of standard of care. They are focused on either what physicians, or in this case, institutions, typically do or what a particular physician or institution typically does, not the range of what physicians can or might do without risking legal liability or criticism from their peers.

White says SEC not now writing political spending rule

5/16/2013
Reuters: White says SEC not now writing political spending rule - Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, said in an emailed statement on Thursday she was "disappointed that the pace has not been more rapid at the SEC on the political spending rule" but that she remained hopeful that such rule would approved.

Stevens: Rationale for Bush v. Gore was “unacceptable”

5/16/2013
Salon: Stevens: Rationale for Bush v. Gore was “unacceptable” - That distinction, he told a gala event for the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen in Washington, “violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.” All votes should have been considered the same way, he explained.

SEC rejects calls to stop political disclosure work

5/16/2013
USA Today: SEC rejects calls to stop political disclosure work - Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen, a left-leaning group that backs the disclosure effort, said "tying the IRS' problems to the SEC rulemaking … is the height of political theater."

Charles Schwab Drops Class-Action Ban Clause From Contracts

5/16/2013
Consumerist: Charles Schwab Drops Class-Action Ban Clause From Contracts - But only three weeks after Public Citizen launched a petition asking Schwab to ditch the new fine print, the company has decided to once again recognize that it’s not always a good idea to screw your customer base over just because you can.

Schwab reverses ban on client class-action lawsuits

5/16/2013
Reuters: Schwab reverses ban on client class-action lawsuits - Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group that has been circulating a petition asking Schwab to rescind the class-action ban, congratulated the company for its "responsible" decision. It said many of its 19,000 supporters who signed the petition also are Schwab customers who spoke directly to the firm.

SEC pressed to abandon corporate political spending disclosures petition

5/16/2013
Washington Post: SEC pressed to abandon corporate political spending disclosures petition - “The IRS controversy is about partisanship, not disclosure,” Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, said in a statement. “Tying the IRS’s problems to the SEC rulemaking on corporate political spending is the height of political theater.”

Medical board moves to create disciplinary guidelines

5/16/2013
Wisconsin State Journal: Medical board moves to create disciplinary guidelines - Ohio, where the medical board has much more money and staff than in Wisconsin, ranked third among states and the District of Columbia in serious discipline against doctors in 2009 to 2011, according to a report last year by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Public Citizen and misinformed consent in neonatal intensive care

5/16/2013
Bioethics Forum: Public Citizen and misinformed consent in neonatal intensive care - Public Citizen, the so-called “citizen’s advocacy group,” continues to criticize the NIH-sponsored clinical trials of oxygen therapy for premature babies.

Energy regulator dodges ethics reform

5/15/2013
Fuel Fix: Energy regulator dodges ethics reform - Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen Texas, said this is the first time in 30 years he can remember an agency failing Sunset review twice.

Flood of admin. regulations will slow to trickle as deadline nears

5/15/2013
The Hill: Flood of admin. regulations will slow to trickle as deadline nears by Lydia Wheeler - “Agencies have their own timelines and they are often too long,” said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen. “Trying to point to any particular date as the date agencies are strategically trying to time their decision making around is a stretch.”

Medical Malpractice Payments Are Not Driving up Healthcare Costs: Study

5/15/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: Medical Malpractice Payments Are Not Driving up Healthcare Costs: Study - Another study that year by Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, found that even defensive medicine’s costs do little to increase the cost of health care. The researchers found that the impact of defensive medicine is minimal and only accounts for 0.13% of overall healthcare costs.

IRS Scandal Crushes Campaign Finance Reformer Dream

5/15/2013
BuzzFeed-Politics: IRS Scandal Crushes Campaign Finance Reformer Dream - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for public citizen, said he doubts the IRS wanted to deal with political 501(c)(4)s in the first place. After the scandal they definitely won’t.

Ill. Senate calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling

5/15/2013
Legal Newsline: Ill. Senate calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling - Public Citizen, along with Common Cause Illinois, consumer group Illinois PIRG, MoveOn and Move to Amend, is leading the state’s campaign to overturn Citizens United.

Organizaciones denuncian secretismo en negociación de TPP y alertan impactos

5/15/2013
Yahoo En Espanol: Organizaciones denuncian secretismo en negociación de TPP y alertan impactos - Según el representante de la organización Public Citizen, Peter Maybarduk, las negociaciones del TPP tocan una serie de intereses públicos muy sensibles.

Agency name change and ethics proposal derailed

5/15/2013
Chron.com: Agency name change and ethics proposal derailed - Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen Texas, said this is the first time in 30 years he can remember an agency failing Sunset review twice.

How Drug Companies Keep Medicine Out of Reach

5/15/2013
The Atlantic: How Drug Companies Keep Medicine Out of Reach - "If you're looking for sort of the intellectual driver for the idea, it's undoubtedly Jamie," said Robert Weissman, who now runs the storied advocacy group Public Citizen.

Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like Corporate Takeover

5/15/2013
Huffington Post: Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like Corporate Takeover - Even the just-signed Korea Free Trade agreement is already hurting our economy. It has increased the trade deficit, increased imports and decreased exports! A recently-released fact sheet from Public Citizen looks at the damage our economy is already experiencing from the Korea, Panama and Columbia agreements.

U.S. exports gain in first year of U.S.-Colombia trade pact

5/15/2013
Miami Herald: U.S. exports gain in first year of U.S.-Colombia trade pact - Death threats against unionists continue “unabated,’’ according to Public Citizen, and at least 20 labor union members were assassinated in 2012. The International Trade Union Confederation said there were 35 deaths.

It just keeps getting worse for Obama

5/15/2013
Macleans.ca: It just keeps getting worse for Obama - In the course of researching this story on OFA, I spoke with Public Citizen’s campaign finance lobbyist, Craig Holman, who said the IRS was afraid of going after groups who register as non-political groups but then use their unregulated donations to run political ads or support candidates:…

FDA Approves New Ambien Warning Labels

5/15/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: FDA Approves New Ambien Warning Labels - Last month, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen warned a shorter acting version of the sleep medication, sold under the brand name Intermezzo, may have the same safety risk as Ambien, affecting users the morning after taking the drug.

A treaty too many

5/15/2013
Network for Justice in Global Development: A treaty too many - In its attack on Canada’s “promise doctrine”, which sets the standards for granting drug patents, Eli Lilly claims that the denial of a patent is expropriation of its property rights granted by NAFTA, a claim that Public Citizen, a Washington-based non-profit, finds both worrisome and audacious.

‘Company Doe’ asks Fourth Circuit to keep records sealed

5/15/2013
The National Law Journal: ‘Company Doe’ asks Fourth Circuit to keep records sealed - Three consumer groups — Public Citizen, the Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union — have asked the Fourth Circuit to reverse the trial judge's sealing decision and the ruling that allowed the company to proceed under a pseudonym.

Bipartisan vote by Illinois Senate calls on Congress to overturn ‘Citizens United’

5/15/2013
The Rock RIver Times: Bipartisan vote by Illinois Senate calls on Congress to overturn ‘Citizens United’ - “The Illinois Senate vote comes just weeks after West Virginia and Maine became the 12th and 13th states to reject Citizens United,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign. “Momentum against the unpopular ruling is growing rapidly.”

The SUPPORT Trial: Good intentions in medical research are not enough – especially when lives are at stake – you also need to avoid hurting patients and to use a design that will yield useful info

5/14/2013
Anthrax Vaccine blog: The SUPPORT Trial: Good intentions in medical research are not enough – especially when lives are at stake – you also need to avoid hurting patients and to use a design that will yield useful info - Thank Public Citizen and AHRP for calling attention to these serious lapses in medical research on critically ill, newborn humans.

ACA Files Amicus Brief to Protect Manufacturers in CPSC Database

5/14/2013
Paint.org: ACA Files Amicus Brief to Protect Manufacturers in CPSC Database - Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America, and Consumers Union argue that the district court’s use of this approach impermissibly prevented public access to court records. If their view is accepted, a manufacturer that files an action to enjoin the Commission from publishing false information would be forced to immediately place on the public record its identity and the same material that it sought to preclude the CPSC from posting on a government website.

Student loan debt horror stories, revealed

5/14/2013
US News: Student loan debt horror stories, revealed - The Bureau did the country a large service when it asked for this input in February. Thanks are also due Public Citizen, U.S. PIRG and Young Invincibles, among other groups, for their role in spreading the word and gathering a body of testimony that puts flesh and blood on a number of disturbing trends:

New Study: Tort reform has not reduced health care costs in Texas

5/14/2013
Bob Kraft's P.I.S.S.D. blog: New Study: Tort reform has not reduced health care costs in Texas - The researchers’ findings come after a report last fall in which the Ralph Nader-founded consumer group Public Citizen said it found Medicare spending in Texas rose much faster than the national average after tort reform.

Obama: Alleged IRS political targeting ‘outrageous’

5/14/2013
CNN.com: Obama: Alleged IRS political targeting ‘outrageous’ - Craig Holman, who monitors campaign spending for the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen, said the "vast majority" of 501(c)4) groups are legitimate. But the others are "primarily involved in elections" and helped funnel more than $1.2 billion in secretive campaign money into the 2012 elections, and the IRS needs to crack down on them, he said.

Legislature deadlocks on Texas Railroad Commission

5/14/2013
The Dallas Morning News: Legislature deadlocks on Texas Railroad Commission - The Railroad Commission, which oversees oilfield production and sets drilling rules, has long been seen in Austin as a steppingstone to higher office, said Tom Smith, director of Public Citizen, a watchdog group that campaigned for the changes.

Supreme Court limits towing firms

5/14/2013
LA Times: Supreme Court limits towing firms - "If the decision had gone the other way, a tow truck operator would have been able to tow a car and sell it against the wishes of the owner and leave the owner with no legal recourse," said Adina Rosenbaum, an attorney for the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which represented the New Hampshire man.

DOT: ‘Enforce the law? Who, us?’

5/14/2013
Chicago Tribune: DOT: ‘Enforce the law? Who, us?’ - Consumers Union and Public Citizen declined to take up the issue.

Korea Free Trade pact hurts economy

5/14/2013
The Fresno Bee (letters to the editor): Korea Free Trade pact hurts economy - You can access accurate information at Public Citizen Action Network.

Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership looks like corporate takeover

5/14/2013
Huffington Post: Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership looks like corporate takeover - A recently-released fact sheet from Public Citizen looks at the damage our economy is already experiencing from the Korea, Panama and Columbia agreements. The section on Korea tells the story: exports to Korea down 10%, trade deficit up 37%:

Guerrillas in the Boardroom: Shareholder activists are getting smarter

5/14/2013
The New Republic: Guerrillas in the Boardroom: Shareholder activists are getting smarter - “I was head of corporate affairs for the Teamsters, blasting out proposals,” said Bartlett Naylor, now with Public Citizen. “I realized that you can’t get anywhere with ‘Be nice to your employees.’ But when we filed a proposal about splitting the chair and the CEO, it was amazing how the corporate secretary would want to come down to the Teamster offices and see what our concerns were.”

No Reforms for Texas Railroad Commission This Session

5/14/2013
The Texas Tribune: No Reforms for Texas Railroad Commission This Session - "We think it's a major failure of this legislature to not fix the Railroad Commission," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas director of the environmental justice group Public Citizen.

SCOTUSblog: Tuesday round-up

5/14/2013
SCOTUSblog: SCOTUSblog: Tuesday round-up - Coverage of Dan’s City comes from Steven D. Schwinn of the Constitutional Law Prof Blog and Brian Wolfman of Public Citizen’s Consumer Law and Policy Blog.

EFF to appeals court: Stop the porn troll shakedown scheme

5/14/2013
IP Frontline: EFF to appeals court: Stop the porn troll shakedown scheme - Also joining EFF's amicus brief are the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of the Nation's Capital, Public Citizen, and Public Knowledge.

Leftist effort to squelch Citizens United passes Illinois Senate

5/14/2013
Illinois Review: Leftist effort to squelch Citizens United passes Illinois Senate - Tuesday, two Illinois Republican senators joined with a coalition called "The Illinois Campaign to Overturn Citizens United" led by Common Cause Illinois, Illinois PIRG, Public Citizen, MoveOn.Org, Move to Amend and a number of other Illinois groups urging Congress to commence amending the U.S. Constitution to limit corporate campaign donations.

IRS scrutiny not taboo, but appropriate

5/14/2013
Timesfreepress.com: IRS scrutiny not taboo, but appropriate - Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, said questioning tax exemption applicants to determine if they are primarily political is entirely proper and should be more widely pursued.

Waters attacked by sudden fit of reason

5/14/2013
Bankers Hub: Waters attacked by sudden fit of reason - References Bart Naylor quote in NY Times piece on Maxine Waters

Obama has ‘no patience for IRS’ targeting conservatives

5/13/2013
ABCNews.com: Obama has ‘no patience for IRS’ targeting conservatives - "It had seemed if anything, that the IRS was very inactive in this arena," Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, said today. "We raised alarm bells around that in the past."

Facebook users question $20 million settlement over ads

5/13/2013
NPR: Facebook users question $20 million settlement over ads - Attorney Scott Michelman is interviewed about the case.

What’s happening this week at the Texas legislature

5/13/2013
NPR StateImpact: What’s happening this week at the Texas legislature - Opponents of the bill, like the Sierra Club and Public Citizen, say the legislation takes out contested case hearings that allow regular citizens to voice their opposition to certain projects.

A Call to Action: Deadline to Submit Comments to the CFSAC is May 15th!

5/13/2013
ProHealth: A Call to Action: Deadline to Submit Comments to the CFSAC is May 15th! - Dr. Nancy Lee has said that the Committee will be discussing the High Priority recommendations list. You might recall that an earlier version of that list was trashed after Public Citizen pointed out that it had been created behind closed doors and without public input, and therefore was in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

JPMorgan Directors Oppose Splitting Dimon's Role as 'Disruptive'

5/13/2013
NewsFeed Researcher: JPMorgan Directors Oppose Splitting Dimon's Role as 'Disruptive' - For a concise statement of the core issues, I recommend this analysis by Bart Naylor of Public Citizen focusing on Exhibit 46 and explaining how JPMorgan Chase executives were gaming regulatory constraints to drive up their stock price (and presumably bonuses).

Compounding pharmacy legislation doesn’t go far enough

5/13/2013
The Washington Post (Letter to the Editor): Compounding pharmacy legislation doesn’t go far enough - A letter to the editor written by Sidney M. Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen.

The transparency agenda: It’s a murky business

5/13/2013
The Weekly Standard: The transparency agenda: It’s a murky business - Two weeks ago, officials at the SEC announced they were considering a new rule to require all publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending. Consideration for the rule came after an overwhelming petition drive from Soros-funded groups like Common Cause, Public Citizen, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Attorney General announces Kentucky’s participation in $500 million multistate settlement with Ranbaxy Laboratories

5/13/2013
Pharmacy Choice: Attorney General announces Kentucky’s participation in $500 million multistate settlement with Ranbaxy Laboratories - In 2012, General Conway's Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.

Texas lawmakers move to indirectly boost their own pensions

5/13/2013
The Dallas Morning News: Texas lawmakers move to indirectly boost their own pensions - Tom “Smitty” Smith of the ethics watchdog group Public Citizen denounced the move as “another stealthy raid.” Legislators should conduct a straight vote, he said.

Facebook users question $20 million settlement over ads

5/13/2013
NPR: Facebook users question $20 million settlement over ads - Scott Michelman interviewed on air.

JP Morgan cheated on stress test

5/13/2013
Global Economic Intersection: JP Morgan cheated on stress test - Bartlett Naylor, the financial policy reform advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, has made an accusation that the report and supporting exhibits show "a widespread miscarriage of bank management, bank supervision and integrity."

Intellectual Property Rights Gone Wild

5/12/2013
Slate: Intellectual Property Rights Gone Wild - Indeed, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has calculated that, in the United States alone, the pharmaceutical industry has paid out billions of dollars as a result of court judgments and financial settlements between pharmaceutical manufacturers and federal and state governments.

Scenes from the Democrat ruling class

5/12/2013
American Thinker: Scenes from the Democrat ruling class - Cites a section of The Phildelphia Inquirer article “Rendell, Goode Sr. start legal fund for Fattah’s son,” which mentions Public Citizen.

"Anonymous online reviews may not be so anonymous"

5/12/2013
The Indiana Law Blog: "Anonymous online reviews may not be so anonymous" - On Wednesday, the Public Citizen Litigation Group filed an appeal for the online review site Yelp, asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to review a trial-court order compelling Yelp to reveal the identity of seven anonymous reviewers who complained about a Washington carpet-cleaning service that subsequently sued them for libel and defamation.

Battle Over Anonymous Reviewers Wages on in Virginia

5/12/2013
Slaw (online magazine): Battle Over Anonymous Reviewers Wages on in Virginia - The case in Hadeed isn't over though yet. The Public Citizen Litigation Group, a party to the trial decision as pro hac vice, has filed an appeal last week, urging the court to adopt the Dendrite-Cahill test.

Rendell, Goode Sr. start legal fund for Fattah's son

5/12/2013
American Thinker: Rendell, Goode Sr. start legal fund for Fattah's son - Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that advocates for more transparency in Washington, said the Fattah Jr. fund could be a magnet for "businesses and special interest groups who have a lot of money and who are looking at ways to throw more money at the feet of the congressman by any means possible."

Coup d’Etat to Trade Seen in Billionaire Toxic Lead Fight

5/11/2013
Bloomberg: Coup d’Etat to Trade Seen in Billionaire Toxic Lead Fight - “It’s like a quiet, slow-moving coup d’état,” said Lori Wallach, director of the Global Trade Watch division of Public Citizen, a nonprofit that opposes many aspects of trade pacts. Investors and corporations are “using this regime to have another front at trying to limit the governance authority of nation states.”

The Mellowing of Maxine Waters

5/11/2013
The New York Times: The Mellowing of Maxine Waters - Bartlett Naylor, a policy advocate at Public Citizen, a consumer rights group, called the derivatives letter “troubling,” adding that Ms. Waters “needn’t add her voice to the cacophony from antireform Wall Street apologists.”

Investigation Sought Over IRS Scrutiny of Anti-Tax Groups

5/11/2013
Bloomberg: Investigation Sought Over IRS Scrutiny of Anti-Tax Groups - “This deliberate targeting and harassment of Tea Party groups reaches a new low in illegal activity and overreach,” Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, said in an e-mailed statement. Such criticism could make the IRS more reluctant to take action against the nonprofits, said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, a Washington-based advocacy group that supports stronger campaign finance laws.

Negative Feedback: Worth Suing Over?

5/11/2013
Vendio eCommerce Blog: Negative Feedback: Worth Suing Over? - Ironically, Public Citizen didn’t just take his word for it and after doing a little further digging, discovered that Med Express has filed this same type of lawsuit before. They also discovered that based on the volume level of sales by Med Express, the company probably wouldn’t lose that much money over a loss of Top Rated Seller status anyway.

Safety advocates urge Congress to regulate the size of trucks

5/11/2013
News Tribute.com: Safety advocates urge Congress to regulate the size of trucks - "Every year more than 4,000 people are slaughtered on our nation's highways while corporate trucking and shipping interests continue to push Congress for heavier trucks," said Claybrook, the retired head of Public Citizen and former administration of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "Heavy trucks are deadly, dangerous and destructive. Families are paying with their lives and with their wallets."

Bush Versus Obama: Who’s Worse?

5/10/2013
GlobalResearch: Bush Versus Obama: Who’s Worse? - Bundling is controversial because it permits campaigns to skirt individual contribution limits of $2,500 in federal elections. Bundlers pool donations from fundraising networks and as a result “play an enormous role in determining the success of political campaigns,” according to Public Citizen. The group has tracked bundlers on a website www.whitehouseforsale.org in the belief that they are “apt to receive preferential treatment if their candidate wins.”

Large Corporations Seek U.S.–European 'Free Trade Agreement' to Further Global Dominance (also appears on Dandelionsalad)

5/10/2013
Alternet: Large Corporations Seek U.S.–European 'Free Trade Agreement' to Further Global Dominance (also appears on Dandelionsalad) - Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch observed: “This whole negotiation is about eliminating ‘trade irritants’ but in the US consumer movement we envy and admire and seek to emulate the European food safety standards, while industry is seeking to kill them.”

Yelp Fights Back Against Carpet Cleaning Service That Sued Anonymous Critics For Defamation

5/10/2013
Techdirt: Yelp Fights Back Against Carpet Cleaning Service That Sued Anonymous Critics For Defamation - Public Citizen has now filed a brief on behalf of Yelp with the appeals court, arguing both that the Virginia court had no jurisdiction over Yelp, a California company, and that Yelp was correct to ignore the order since the First Amendment (which protects anonymous speech) requires much more proof before an anonymous speaker can be revealed.

Tell lawmakers what you want, by Marilyn Britton

5/10/2013
New Hampshire Sentinel Source: Tell lawmakers what you want, by Marilyn Britton - This past week jaw-dropping news came out from two well known organizations (Public Citizen and People for the American Way) titled “Democracy silenced in New Hampshire.”

Patients Should Wait to take Bystolic Until 2015, Group Warns

5/10/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: Patients Should Wait to take Bystolic Until 2015, Group Warns - In the latest edition of Public Citizen’s Worst Pills, Best Pills newsletter (subscription required), the consumer advocacy group urges patients to explore other means of lowering blood pressure, including changes to diet, exercise and decreased salt and alcohol intake, instead of taking Bystolic. Public Citizen warns that consumers should wait until at least 2015 before using the drug.

Why the TransPacific Partnership Is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal

5/10/2013
Truthout: Why the TransPacific Partnership Is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal - In March, Citizens Trade Campaign organized a letter to Congress signed by 400 U.S. organizations outlining expectations for public involvement and calling for an end to Fast Track. It was signed by, among others, the Sierra Club, Doctors Without Borders, Public Citizen, the National Family Farm Coalition, and state trade justice groups including my organization, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

UNDERREPORTED: Korean FTA Has Already Resulted in 10% Decline in Exports, 37% Trade Deficit Increase

5/10/2013
Wepartypatriots.com: UNDERREPORTED: Korean FTA Has Already Resulted in 10% Decline in Exports, 37% Trade Deficit Increase - Overall, the U.S. trade deficit with Korea has grown by 37 percent since the FTA was put into motion. Here are other disheartening facts according to Public Citizen:…

Senate moves closer to law to prevent more pharmacy outbreaks

5/10/2013
Vitals on NBCNEWS.com: Senate moves closer to law to prevent more pharmacy outbreaks - The consumer group Public Citizen opposes the new legislation, saying the FDA has all the authority it ever needed to stop rogue compounding pharmacies, but has failed to act.

State pharmacy regulators back bill on drug compounding

5/10/2013
Mylocalhealthguide.com (Seattle): State pharmacy regulators back bill on drug compounding - The legislation is not without its critics, including Public Citizen. The consumer organization has argued strenuously that the proposed law would enable drug compounders to produce drugs but under lesser quality standards required of conventional drug manufacturers.

The Bill Press Show(radio): Friday, May 10, 2013

5/10/2013
The Bill Press Show (radio): The Bill Press Show(radio): Friday, May 10, 2013 - Public Citizen Congress Watch Division Director, Lisa Gilbert, was a guest.

Bextra’s Safety Questioned

5/10/2013
Marioguide.com: Bextra’s Safety Questioned - Recent meetings of the FDA were preceded by a petition from a leading consumer group, Public Citizen, asking that the drug be taken off the market. Both the FDA and Public Citizen raised concerns about the safety of Bextra, one of the so-called Cox-2 inhibitors.

The Politics of Risk

5/10/2013
K Street Café (blog): The Politics of Risk - Public Citizen, one of the loudest critics of Citizens United, said the court’s ruling “invites giant corporations to open up their treasuries to buy election outcomes.” In other words, greater political spending would give companies an unfair advantage.

I.R.S. Apologizes to Tea Party Groups Over Audits of Applications for Tax

5/10/2013
New York Times: I.R.S. Apologizes to Tea Party Groups Over Audits of Applications for Tax - Exemption (also appears on The Conservative Speaker and Women’s Philanthropy)Organizations that had been pressing for more aggressive enforcement of tax-exemption laws reacted with alarm. Lisa Gilbert, the director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, said the I.R.S. should not be targeting any particular political ideology. But, she said, questioning applicants for tax exemption to determine whether they were primarily political was entirely proper and should be more widely pursued.

Congressional insider trading revisited (but don’t tell anyone) | Commentary

5/9/2013
Roll Call: Congressional insider trading revisited (but don’t tell anyone) | Commentary - Op-ed by Craig Holman.

Congress Moves To Weaken Dodd-Frank Reforms That Officials Want Strengthened

5/9/2013
ThinkProgress: Congress Moves To Weaken Dodd-Frank Reforms That Officials Want Strengthened - “These proposals threaten to create large oversight-free zones that could allow risky behaviors to flourish,” advocacy group Public Citizen wrote of such legislation in 2012.

The problem with corporate governance at JPMorgan Chase

5/9/2013
New York Times: The problem with corporate governance at JPMorgan Chase - Links to blog post by Bart Naylor.

Why the TransPacific Partnership is a scary big (trade) deal

5/9/2013
TruthOut: Why the TransPacific Partnership is a scary big (trade) deal - In March, Citizens Trade Campaign organized a letter to Congress signed by 400 U.S. organizations outlining expectations for public involvement and calling for an end to Fast Track. It was signed by, among others, the Sierra Club, Doctors Without Borders, Public Citizen, the National Family Farm Coalition, and state trade justice groups including my organization, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

Anonymous online reviews may not be so anonymous

5/9/2013
The Indiana Law Blog: Anonymous online reviews may not be so anonymous - On Wednesday, the Public Citizen Litigation Group filed an appeal for the online review site Yelp, asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to review a trial-court order compelling Yelp to reveal the identity of seven anonymous reviewers who complained about a Washington carpet-cleaning service that subsequently sued them for libel and defamation.

Senator pressures OMB on delayed safety regulations

5/9/2013
Government Executive: Senator pressures OMB on delayed safety regulations - Blumenthal’s move cheered Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen, who called it “much needed and long overdue. Getting these rules out to the public and structural changes in terms of OIRA meeting their deadlines and transparency around their decision-making should be top priorities for the new head.”

Safety advocates urge Congress to regulate the size of trucks

5/9/2013
News Tribute.com: Safety advocates urge Congress to regulate the size of trucks - "Every year more than 4,000 people are slaughtered on our nation's highways while corporate trucking and shipping interests continue to push Congress for heavier trucks," said Claybrook, the retired head of Public Citizen and former administration of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

State pharmacy regulators back senate bill on drug compounding

5/9/2013
Pewstates.org: State pharmacy regulators back senate bill on drug compounding - The legislation is not without its critics, including Public Citizen. The consumer organization has argued strenuously that the proposed law would enable drug compounders to produce drugs but under lesser quality standards required of conventional drug manufacturers.

Coup d’etat to trade seen in billionaire toxic lead fight

5/9/2013
Bloomberg: Coup d’etat to trade seen in billionaire toxic lead fight - “It’s like a quiet, slow-moving coup d’état,” said Lori Wallach, director of the Global Trade Watch division of Public Citizen, a nonprofit that opposes many aspects of trade pacts. Investors and corporations are “using this regime to have another front at trying to limit the governance authority of nation states.”

Why the TransPacific Partnership is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal

5/8/2013
Truthout: Why the TransPacific Partnership is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal - In March, Citizens Trade Campaign organized a letter to Congress signed by 400 U.S. organizations outlining expectations for public involvement and calling for an end to Fast Track. It was signed by, among others, the Sierra Club, Doctors Without Borders, Public Citizen, the National Family Farm Coalition, and state trade justice groups including my organization, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

Dodd-Frank derivatives bills move through committee

5/8/2013
Politico: Dodd-Frank derivatives bills move through committee - Reaction quote from Bart Naylor, Public Citizen's Financial Policy Advocate.

Big Pharma CEOs rake in $1.57 billion in pay

5/8/2013
Daily Kos: Big Pharma CEOs rake in $1.57 billion in pay - From 2003 to 2012, financial penalties paid by drug manufacturers to settle allegations of illegal marketing, price-gouging of government programs and other violations rose by more than 500 percent, according to a report issued by Public Citizen in September 2012.

Yelp fights against outing anonymous reviewers in lawsuit by carpet cleaner

5/8/2013
Consumerist: Yelp fights against outing anonymous reviewers in lawsuit by carpet cleaner - Yesterday, the folks at Public Citizen filed an appellate brief [PDF] on behalf of Yelp with the Virginia Supreme Court.

Senate plan could make Illinois ‘bullseye’ for nuclear waste

5/8/2013
Midwest Energy News: Senate plan could make Illinois ‘bullseye’ for nuclear waste - In a statement about the draft bill, the national watchdog group Public Citizen stated it “does little to correct the fundamental flaws in our country’s approach to nuclear waste management…

Transcript: Another move to help big money

5/8/2013
Monadnock Ledger: Transcript: Another move to help big money - This past week jaw-dropping news came out from two well-known organizations (Public Citizen and People for the American Way) titled “Democracy silenced in New Hampshire.”

Group claims study put local babies at risk

5/8/2013
Fox 5 San Diego: Group claims study put local babies at risk - Parents were not informed of health risks in a federal study on the impact of high and low oxygen levels on premature babies at 23 hospitals around the U.S., including two in San Diego, the advocacy group Public Citizen charged Wednesday.

Fannie and Freddie in good hands with Mel Watt

5/8/2013
Indybay.org: Fannie and Freddie in good hands with Mel Watt - In January 2013, Public Citizen headlined "Bank of America Settlement Needs Another Look," saying: It should be investigated to assure proper oversight. It questioned DeMarko's $3.5 billion FHFA settlement. He claimed it's "in the best interest of taxpayers."

Preemie researchers were purposely given wrong data, group says

5/8/2013
La Mesa Patch: Preemie researchers were purposely given wrong data, group says - Public Citizen went beyond its original assertions in April that parents at 22 hospitals weren’t given complete information in asking for their consent.

How you’re unknowingly embarrassing yourself online (and how to stop)

5/8/2013
Lifehacker: How you’re unknowingly embarrassing yourself online (and how to stop) - If you're a whistleblower, or there's some public angle to your situation, Derek says organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Public Citizen, or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) may be able to help.

The federal government needs to act on backup cameras

5/8/2013
The Legal Examiner: The federal government needs to act on backup cameras - As was pointed out by Joan Claybrook, former NHTSA administrator and chair emeritus of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, "After all, you must remember, they (carmakers) were against seat belts, they were against airbags, they were against rollover protection technology and other safety measures."

Nonpartisan org gearing up for partisan elections

5/7/2013
Washington Free Beacon: Nonpartisan org gearing up for partisan elections - “That’s a major deficit in the disclosure,” Public Citizen’s Craig Holman told the Free Beacon last month.  

Big business paid US government $36bn to avoid jail: Report

5/7/2013
Islamic News Daily : Big business paid US government $36bn to avoid jail: Report - “The Rakoff ruling was a scream of frustration and outrage,” said Rob Weissman, executive director of Public Citizen. “There is no accountability whatsoever for the worst financial crisis in 70 years.”

Lives versus profits (by Joseph Stiglitz!)

5/7/2013
Social Europe Journal: Lives versus profits (by Joseph Stiglitz!) - Indeed, Public Citizen, a US consumer advocacy group, has calculated that, in the US alone, the pharmaceutical industry has paid out billions of dollars as a result of court judgments and financial settlements between pharmaceutical manufacturers and federal and state governments.

Why is Obama so happy South Korea bought 1,000 American cars?

5/7/2013
Washington Business Journal: Why is Obama so happy South Korea bought 1,000 American cars? - This 50 percent increase represents fewer than 1,000 additional U.S. automobiles sold in South Korea since the trade deal was enacted, according to Public Citizen.

Baxter’s Alzheimer’s drug fails in study

5/7/2013
InvestorPlace: Baxter’s Alzheimer’s drug fails in study - Last year, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen sued the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) alleging that high doses of the Alzheimer’s drug Aricept could cause fatal side effects.

Louisa pain clinic owner convicted of theft

5/7/2013
Floyd County Times: Louisa pain clinic owner convicted of theft - In 2012, General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.  

Johnson re-introduces bill to protect legal rights of consumers

5/7/2013
Hankjohnson.house.gov: Johnson re-introduces bill to protect legal rights of consumers - Public Citizen listed as coalition partner supporting AFA.  

New drug industry records track sales of unsafe blood products in foreign markets

5/6/2013
USC Annenberg Reporting on Health: New drug industry records track sales of unsafe blood products in foreign markets - ''These are the most incriminating internal pharmaceutical industry documents I have ever seen,'' said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, who as director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group has been investigating the industry's practices for three decades.

Pradaxa warning label updated by Boehringer Ingelheim

5/6/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: Pradaxa warning label updated by Boehringer Ingelheim - Earlier this year the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen warned consumers not to use Pradaxa during the first seven years it is on the market, and to stick with warfarin until the risk profile of Pradaxa and its new competitor drugs Xarelto and Eliquis are better understood.

Ambien problems send thousands to hospital each year: Study

5/6/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: Ambien problems send thousands to hospital each year: Study - Last month, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen warned a shorter acting version of the sleep medication, sold under the brand name Intermezzo, may have the same safety risk as Ambien, affecting users the morning after taking the drug.

There are no more corporate criminals

5/6/2013
Policy Shop: There are no more corporate criminals - In the end, says panelist and president of Public Citizen Robert Weissman, “the approach is failing. Almost all of the pharmaceutical cases involve repeat players,” he says about companies that violated laws, paid fines and then violated the laws again without really changing the way they do business.

Limo driver, survivor views differ on fatal fire

5/6/2013
AP: Limo driver, survivor views differ on fatal fire - "I think the oversight is pretty lousy, because the modifications are so individualistic, and there are not that many companies out there that do this. Mostly, they are mom-and-pop operations," said Claybrook, a former administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who previously led consumer group Public Citizen.

Leveled Texas fertilizer plant long targeted by thieves

5/4/2013
Bloomberg: Leveled Texas fertilizer plant long targeted by thieves - The reports of break-ins underscore the need for greater government oversight, said Tom Smith, the head of the Texas office of Public Citizen, a Washington-based nonprofit group that advocates for more regulation of hazardous industries.

How two secretive global trade deals will further enrich the American elite

5/3/2013
Economy and Society: How two secretive global trade deals will further enrich the American elite - Public Citizen has posted information on the TPP based on leaked documents.

House will take up bill to rein in the SEC’s regulatory power

5/3/2013
The Hill: House will take up bill to rein in the SEC’s regulatory power - "There's no real need for this harmful legislation," said Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate at the nonprofit group Public Citizen.

Obama asks trade nominees to tackle slumping U.S. exports

5/3/2013
Bloomberg: Obama asks trade nominees to tackle slumping U.S. exports - Froman “has been instrumental in pushing President Barack Obama’s trade policies backward to the corporate agenda,” Lori Wallach, director of the Global Trade Watch for Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group, said in a statement.

Obama’s pick for housing agency head faces big headaches

5/3/2013
CNN Money: Obama’s pick for housing agency head faces big headaches - "This position is far more than just a regulator," said Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy expert with the advocacy group Public Citizen. "Anyone with a mortgage intersects with Fannie and Freddie and therein with what Mel Watt will be responsible for at the FHFA."

U.S.-EU Free Trade Zone: It’s necessary to compete in a global economy

5/3/2013
Policymic: U.S.-EU Free Trade Zone: It’s necessary to compete in a global economy - The Public Citizen's Access to Medicines campaign presented the White House with a letter from 47 nonprofits group objecting to the intellectual property standards of the proposed agreement with Europe.

Mel Watt likely to bring consumer advocacy focus to FHFA

5/3/2013
Charlotte Observer: Mel Watt likely to bring consumer advocacy focus to FHFA - “Mel Watt will bring a bias of consumer advocacy that is currently missing,” said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for consumer group Public Citizen.

Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s lawyer denounce FBI’s adding of exiled activist to terrorists list

5/3/2013
Democracy Now!: Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s lawyer denounce FBI’s adding of exiled activist to terrorists list - Amy Goodman cites Public Citizen’s statement on nomination of Froman and Pritzker.

“This could be a career ender for Michele Bachmann”

5/2/2013
Salon: “This could be a career ender for Michele Bachmann” - “This is very serious,” said Craig Holman, a government ethics lobbyist at liberal-leaning watchdog group Public Citizen. “It’s not Watergate, or at least not yet, but these are a series of allegations that are each serious on their own, and when you put them all together, this could be a career ender for Michele Bachmann.”

COOL supporters urge USDA to move on final rule

5/2/2013
Agri-Pulse.com: COOL supporters urge USDA to move on final rule - The other groups involved in the teleconference were Food & Water Watch, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association.

Will the Federal Election Commission ever work again?

5/2/2013
Bloomberg Businessweek: Will the Federal Election Commission ever work again? - Outside groups “are well aware” that the FEC will not examine their spending, says Craig Holman, who lobbies on campaign finance issues for Public Citizen, a group that advocates transparency in government. “The election was swamped with undisclosed money by increasingly brazen nonprofit organizations.”

Watchdogs ask court to reject “sponsored stories” settlement

5/2/2013
Media Post: Watchdogs ask court to reject “sponsored stories” settlement - Facebook's proposed $20 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit about “sponsored stories” would result in continued violations of laws protecting children's privacy, the advocacy group Public Citizen says in new court papers.

Ethicists demand external, independent investigation of Dan Markingson’s death

5/2/2013
The Ethical Nag: Ethicists demand external, independent investigation of Dan Markingson’s death - Dr. Michael Carome of Public Citizen and a former official in the federal Office of Human Research Protection writes: “It is imperative that an external, independent investigation be conducted into the disturbing circumstances that led to the suicide of Dan Markingson.”

States urge SEC to halt forced investor arbitrations

5/2/2013
Reuters: States urge SEC to halt forced investor arbitrations - On Thursday, 16 consumer and investor groups wrote a similar letter to the SEC. They include the Public Citizen and Consumer Federation of America, as well as AARP, which lobbies on behalf of older Americans.

Obama picks nominees for Commerce Dept. and Trade Representative

5/2/2013
New York Times: Obama picks nominees for Commerce Dept. and Trade Representative - Labor groups generally have had good if occasionally testy relations with Mr. Froman, but a liberal group, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, assailed his “corporate agenda.” Business groups issued statements praising him and Ms. Pritzker.

Obama selects Pritzker for Commerce secretary

5/2/2013
USA Today: Obama selects Pritzker for Commerce secretary - "Folks on Main Street have cause for concern, unlike Froman's former Wall Street colleagues," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Business groups, lawmakers express support for Pritzker, Froman nominations

5/2/2013
The Hill: Business groups, lawmakers express support for Pritzker, Froman nominations - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said Froman "has been instrumental in pushing Obama’s trade policies backward to the corporate agenda that Froman also championed during the Clinton administration."

State making progress with Medicaid fraud

5/2/2013
My Fox Tampa Bay Officials: State making progress with Medicaid fraud - But consumer groups like Public Citizen say Florida still lags the nation in combatting fraud specifically committed by the drug industry. "Florida is near the bottom of the list," said Public Citizen analyst Sammy Almashat. "It's clear that Florida is not doing what these other states have done."

Secret “Free Trade” negotiations will gut regulations, further enrich multinationals and big financial firms

5/1/2013
Naked Capitalism: Secret “Free Trade” negotiations will gut regulations, further enrich multinationals and big financial firms - Perez appealed with the help of the ACLU and Public Citizen, and late last year, a three-judge appellate panel in Virginia lifted the injunction.

Here comes corporate nationhood

5/1/2013
Talk Nation Radio: Here comes corporate nationhood - Half hour radio show interviews Lacey Kohlmoos, Senior Field Organizer, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Fox News reporting dives into past of Phila. abortion doctor

5/1/2013
Fox News: Fox News reporting dives into past of Phila. abortion doctor - Brief clip from interview with Dr. Sidney Wolfe.

As Maine goes… a bipartisan call to overturn ‘Citizens United’

5/1/2013
The Nation: As Maine goes… a bipartisan call to overturn ‘Citizens United’ - The approach has excited national groups such as Public Citizen’s Democracy Is for People Campaign, Move to Amend and Free Speech for People.

For Law Day, honoring those fighting forced arbitration

5/1/2013
ThePopTort.com: For Law Day, honoring those fighting forced arbitration - Meanwhile, Public Citizen has begun a petition drive aimed specifically at Charles Schwab, asking people to “Stand up to Chuck” and "to remove from its terms for investors the forced arbitration clause and the ban on joining together in class actions.

Want to Brawl With the Bank? Expect to Lose

5/1/2013
Fox Business: Want to Brawl With the Bank? Expect to Lose - Consumers should try to avoid arbitration clauses and arbitration if they can, says Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. "It's increasingly hard for consumers to avoid arbitration clauses in consumer contracts, but if they can, they should," Hines says.

Richard Pollock: Senate should take stand on constitutional amendment

5/1/2013
The Conway Daily: Richard Pollock: Senate should take stand on constitutional amendment - The poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center on behalf of People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Free Speech For People, and the New Hampshire Coalition for Open Democracy, found that 69 percent of the state feels that such an amendment should be in place — including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

Former Eastern Kentucky pain clinic owner pleads guilty to defrauding Medicaid

5/1/2013
Pharmacy Choice: Former Eastern Kentucky pain clinic owner pleads guilty to defrauding Medicaid - In 2012, General Conway's Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.

Maine joins growing movement to overturn Citizens United

5/1/2013
Common Dreams: Maine joins growing movement to overturn Citizens United - As Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Senior Organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign, noted following the announcement out of Maine, "Momentum to free elections from corporate influence is growing."

Obama names new FHFA director

5/1/2013
The Nation: Obama names new FHFA director - Most progressive activists, however, are still backing his nomination. “I don’t think we’ll be counted as his loudest cheerleader, but you can’t fall off the floor with where are now. DeMarco is a problem. I think Mel Watt is a solution,” said Bart Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen.

El pais mas peligroso para ser sindicalista (The most dangerous country in which to be a unionist)

5/1/2013
BBC Mundo (Spanish language): El pais mas peligroso para ser sindicalista (The most dangerous country in which to be a unionist) - Lori Wallach, la directora del Observatorio de Comercio global de la ONG estadounidense Public Citizen, no tiene ninguna duda: 'Colombia es el país más mortífero para los sindicalistas', afirmó en un artículo publicado hace un par de semanas en el HufftingtonPost. (Lori Wallach, the director of Global Trade Watch at the American NGO Public Citizen, has no doubt: “Columbia is the most deadly country for unionists,” she said in an article published a couple weeks ago in Huffington Post.)

Arbitration: Strategies for fighting it

5/1/2013
Bankrate.com: Arbitration: Strategies for fighting it - Given all those restrictions, consumers should try to avoid arbitration clauses and arbitration if they can, says Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.

Coalition working on ballot measure to limit prescription drug abuse

5/1/2013
Los Angeles Times: Coalition working on ballot measure to limit prescription drug abuse - About two dozen state and national advocacy groups — including the Consumer Attorneys of California, California Nurses Assn., the Center for Public Interest Law, and Public Citizen — have been organizing privately since December and plan to unveil the campaign at the state Capitol on Thursday.

Regulations Not at Fault in Texas Explosion, Officials Say

5/1/2013
Bloomberg: Regulations Not at Fault in Texas Explosion, Officials Say - Texas environmental groups, including Public Citizen Texas and Texas Campaign for the Environment, said in an April 24 statement that state lawmakers should pass tougher regulation and step up enforcement, including more inspections and disclosure of toxic threats.

Liberal, environmental groups hit Zuckerberg over pro-Keystone ads

5/1/2013
Fox News.com: Liberal, environmental groups hit Zuckerberg over pro-Keystone ads - The group Public Citizen argues that such support is “surprising,” pointing to a 2010 Greenpeace blog post in which Zuckerman tells Facebook followers that new offices in Oregon will go from coal to hydro power, adding “were moving in the right direction here.”