June 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.

Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving Social Security, federal retirement system payments

6/30/2013
Chicago Tribune: Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving Social Security, federal retirement system payments - Craig Holman, an official with Public Citizen, a watchdog group, helped write the legislation to strip pensions from lawmakers convicted of abusing the public trust. "I suspect Congress never even considered something like disability payments," he said.

Wendy Davis for Governor?

6/30/2013
The Nation: Wendy Davis for Governor? - And her heavy lifting as a progressive legislator has won her a slew of awards like the one from the Texas Office of Public Citizen, which named her the state’s “Outstanding Public Servant.”

Hilary 2016: Clinton associates lobby for vulture capitalists, scandal plagued for profit colleges, and uranium polluters

6/30/2013
Daily Censored: Hilary 2016: Clinton associates lobby for vulture capitalists, scandal plagued for profit colleges, and uranium polluters - On January 1, 1995, the World Trade Organization was established under Clinton’s watch. Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch director, Lori Wallach, called it a “slow motion coup against democracy”

Big banks fight Glass-Steagall to end in Delaware as bills gain traction in D.C. (Video)

6/29/2013
Washington Examiner: Big banks fight Glass-Steagall to end in Delaware as bills gain traction in D.C. (Video) - Public Citizen, the Ralph Nader-founded group, released a 13-page pamphlet, "Safety Glass — Why It's Time to Restore the 1930s Law Separating Banking and Gambling," in calling for the return of Glass-Steagall.

Life and Health: Is Alli Truly an Ally for Obesity?

6/29/2013
Women Health Advices: Life and Health: Is Alli Truly an Ally for Obesity? - Not everyone is so positive about orlistat, including the consumer group known as Public Citizen. In April of 2006 they petitioned the FDA, citing studies that indicate a link between Xenical and the development of precancerous colon lesions in rats.

Residents hear pros, cons on ‘tar sand’ and oil transport

6/29/2013
Corsicana Daily Sun: Residents hear pros, cons on ‘tar sand’ and oil transport - Representatives from the Seaway pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners; Navarro County Office of Emergency Management; Tarrant Regional Water District; the Texas Railroad Commission; the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; and Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization, were on hand to offer information and field questions.

The Op-Ed: Time To Mind The Generic Safety Gap by Ed Silverman

6/28/2013
PharmaLive: The Op-Ed: Time To Mind The Generic Safety Gap by Ed Silverman - In a report issued this month (available here), Public Citizen found “434 generic drugs for which no brand-name product remains on the market.”

In shadow of landmark decisions, U.S. high court also rules for business

6/28/2013
Reuters: In shadow of landmark decisions, U.S. high court also rules for business - Scott Nelson, a lawyer with the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said he was wary of attributing too much to the chamber's winning record.

TPP: Secret Negotiations Underway To Control The Worlds Food Supply

6/28/2013
Pakalert Press: TPP: Secret Negotiations Underway To Control The Worlds Food Supply - Public Citizen, a non-governmental organization, points out that there are over $13 billion in pending corporate “investor-state” trade pact attacks on domestic environmental, public health and transportation policy.

Bring Back Glass-Steagall (H.R. 129)

6/28/2013
Kapture.house.gov: Bring Back Glass-Steagall (H.R. 129) - A recent report by Public Citizen, “Safety Glass,” documents widespread support among experts for a return to prudent and responsible banking practices.

New medications can aid weight loss -- but don't expect miracles

6/28/2013
My SA: New medications can aid weight loss -- but don't expect miracles - “It is magical and delusional thinking for anyone to believe that a drug will turn off hunger without hitting other targets where it will do harm, usually to the cardiovascular system,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, in a statement after the FDA approved Qsymia last year.

Hours-of-service changes go into effect July 1

6/28/2013
Land Line Magazine: Hours-of-service changes go into effect July 1 - Filing suit were the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Public Citizen, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and the Truck Safety Coalition.

A Damaging Decision on Generic Drugs

6/28/2013
The New York Times: A Damaging Decision on Generic Drugs - A report released Monday by Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group, listed 434 generic drugs for which no brand-name product remains on the market to initiate changes in the warning labels to flag newly discovered risks.

Trunews June 28, 2013

6/28/2013
TruNews: Trunews June 28, 2013 - Lori Wallach, founder and director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, discusses the pending Trans-Pacific-Partnership, a trade agreement which she has described as a “global-governance trojan horse.”

This Weekend on Ring of Fire Radio!

6/28/2013
Ring of Fire Radio: This Weekend on Ring of Fire Radio! - And Tyson Slocum from Public Citizen will dissect the president’s climate action plan that he laid out this week.

File-Sharers Have Right to Anonymous Speech, Court Hears

6/28/2013
Torrent Freak: File-Sharers Have Right to Anonymous Speech, Court Hears - In their efforts the Internet providers are now backed by advocacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen and Public Knowledge.

Plaintiffs tussle with Facebook over proposed settlement of ad-related lawsuit

6/28/2013
CNet: Plaintiffs tussle with Facebook over proposed settlement of ad-related lawsuit - Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, the nonprofit that's representing the parents with teens, said the bottom line is that the court can't approve a settlement that breaks other laws

Diplomatic Immunity . . . For a Dog?

6/27/2013
Opinio Juris: Diplomatic Immunity . . . For a Dog? - In a Public Citizen story last January, Liboiron said he had a calming influence on Milou, who often growled and snarled at his co-workers, and even at residence staff.

TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP - IF SOPA AND PIPA WERE BAD, WAIT TILL YOU READ ABOUT TPP!

6/27/2013
Red-jos blogspot.com: TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP - IF SOPA AND PIPA WERE BAD, WAIT TILL YOU READ ABOUT TPP! - Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a public interest organization, undertook an analysis of the leaked document on investment and explained that the international corporate tribunal would allow corporations to overturn national laws and regulations or demand enormous sums in compensation, with the tribunal “empowered to order payment of unlimited government Treasury funds to foreign investors over TPP claims.”

RxRights Launches Petition Opposing New Pharmacy Domain

6/27/2013
Reuters: RxRights Launches Petition Opposing New Pharmacy Domain - Public interest groups such as Public Citizen and Demand Progress also have spoken out against NABP’s application. Critics have pointed out that the NABP application for the pharmacy domain was paid by a number of big pharmaceutical companies.

Waging Peace , Ralph Nader Challenges Activists To Get to Work

6/27/2013
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs: Waging Peace , Ralph Nader Challenges Activists To Get to Work - Nader went on to found Public Citizen in 1971. Since then the NGO, which now has 100,000 members, has taken on air pollution, nursing home flaws, pharmaceutical companies, national security issues, the nuclear industry, the Iraq war, corporate strangleholds on democracy, and is now working to raise the minimum wage.

New York City Bill Progresses Workers’ Rights

6/27/2013
Ring of Fire Radio: New York City Bill Progresses Workers’ Rights - According to a study by Public Citizen, after paid sick leave legislation was passed in San Francisco, employment increased 3.5 percent between 2006 and 2010 and 70 percent of companies reported either “no impact or positive impact” on profits. It has also been shown that workers with paid sick leave tend to be healthier.

Analyses: High Court Continues “Pro-Business Tilt” with Three New Rulings

6/27/2013
Advocate Capital, Inc.: Analyses: High Court Continues “Pro-Business Tilt” with Three New Rulings - The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen cautioned that the ruling threatens patient safety at a time when nearly 80 percent of prescriptions in the US are filled with generic medicines.

6 Unbelievable Ways the Big Banks Are Scamming You

6/27/2013
Pakalert Press: 6 Unbelievable Ways the Big Banks Are Scamming You - How is that conflict of interest working out for us? A 2007 Public Citizen report revealed that arbitrators working for the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) had ruled against consumers 94 percent of the time.

New AMA Obesity Ruling Should Push Big Pharma To Find Acquisitions by Sharon di Stefano

6/27/2013
Seeking Alpha: New AMA Obesity Ruling Should Push Big Pharma To Find Acquisitions by Sharon di Stefano - …of almost $2 billion in 2012 but angered FDA watcher Public Citizen who demanded a drug recall after suggestions of thyroid a…

Public Citizen Endorses LaRouchePAC Campaign for Glass-Steagall

6/27/2013
LaRouchePAC: Public Citizen Endorses LaRouchePAC Campaign for Glass-Steagall - Public Citizen, the Ralph Nader-founded group, has published a thirteen-page pamphlet, "Safety Glass — Why It's Time to Restore the 1930s Law Separating Banking and Gambling," openly endorsing the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall.

Flood Law Group to Sponsor ByettaCancerLawsuit.org

6/26/2013
PR Web: Flood Law Group to Sponsor ByettaCancerLawsuit.org - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, issued a statement on March 22, 2013, urging the FDA to remove Byetta and other similar drugs from the market. In the statement Wolfe cited 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, which provides evidence that patients who take the diabetes medications Byetta, Januvia and Victoza have a greater chance of developing pancreatic cancer than those who are not taking the medications.

Tar Sands Safety Issues All Mucked Up

6/26/2013
The Progressive: Tar Sands Safety Issues All Mucked Up - During the meeting the organizations, "Public Citizen Texas" and "Stand With Landowners Against TransCanada" presented petitions demanding that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration conduct and investigation into the anomaly situation.

Coal Industry Concerned By Obama's Climate Change Plans

6/26/2013
Alabama Public Radio: Coal Industry Concerned By Obama's Climate Change Plans - The group Public Citizen criticized the president for not going far enough in developing specifics, but many others who are concerned about climate change welcome the president's words.

Four Years Ago Today, the House Passed a Landmark Climate Bill. Then It Died in the Senate.

6/26/2013
Daily Kos: Four Years Ago Today, the House Passed a Landmark Climate Bill. Then It Died in the Senate. - Sadly, I have little confidence in the Senate, where during the budget "vote-a-rama" significantly more senators voted to support Keystone than to support a carbon tax. Barbara Boxer plans to bring the climate legislation she and Bernie Sanders drafted in February (with the backing of CAP, the Sierra Club, 350.org, Public Citizen, and others) up in committee next month.

The huge trade deal you've probably never heard of

6/26/2013
NBC News: The huge trade deal you've probably never heard of - "This is why we are fighting this," said Lori Wallach, director of Global Trade Watch for Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer group. "We supported almost all the major trade agreements in the past, but this goes beyond free trade. It's become a Trojan Horse for all these other provisions of one-size-fits-all."

Coal Industry Concerned By Obama's Climate Change Plans

6/26/2013
Alabama Public Radio: Coal Industry Concerned By Obama's Climate Change Plans - The group Public Citizen criticized the president for not going far enough in developing specifics, but many others who are concerned about climate change welcome the president's words.

Obama climate change plan falls short

6/26/2013
San Francisco Chronicle: Obama climate change plan falls short - "This is the most important tool the administration has, and if the rules are written the way they should be, it will go a long way toward protecting consumers and our climate," said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program, in a statement.

Yahoo! Business and Finance: US trade with Colombia grows

6/26/2013
Australian Associated Press: Yahoo! Business and Finance: US trade with Colombia grows - Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a nonprofit consumer group based in Washington, said Colombia remained the deadliest country for union members, with 471 unionists receiving death threats since the trade agreement took effect and at least 20 unionists reported assassinated.

Report: Revive Glass-Steagall

6/26/2013
Bankrate.com: Report: Revive Glass-Steagall - Public Citizen, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group in Washington, D.C., has released a brief report in support of reinstating a modified version of a federal law that used to separate banking and Wall Street investment activities.

Critics: Obama’s Climate Plan a Day Late and a Penny Short (Lazare)

6/26/2013
Informed Comment: Critics: Obama’s Climate Plan a Day Late and a Penny Short (Lazare) - And Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen agreed, saying that though Obama's speech contained laudable elements there was too much that in the plan that would be "counterproductive."

U.S. Supreme Ct Ruling Highlights Problems With Generic Drug Warnings

6/26/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: U.S. Supreme Ct Ruling Highlights Problems With Generic Drug Warnings - In August 2011, the prominent consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA calling for the agency to amend the federal regulations that limit generic drug makers’ ability to update warning labels. The group indicated that the outdated regulations prevent consumers from learning about many known risks associated with generic drugs and has become a shield for pharmaceutical companies against product liability lawsuits.

Hugh Adami: Embassy lawyer raises diplomatic immunity for snappy golden

6/26/2013
Ottawa Citizen: Hugh Adami: Embassy lawyer raises diplomatic immunity for snappy golden - In a Public Citizen story last January, Liboiron said he had a calming influence on Milou, who often growled and snarled at his co-workers, and even at residence staff.

Obama’s Climate Plan: A Historic Turning Point or Too Reliant on Oil, Coal, Natural Gas?

6/26/2013
Democracy Now!: Obama’s Climate Plan: A Historic Turning Point or Too Reliant on Oil, Coal, Natural Gas? - We assess his speech with two guests holding differing views: Dan Lashof of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen.

Death of Meat Inspector Highlights Conditions at Nation's Slaughterhouses

6/26/2013
News Blaze: Death of Meat Inspector Highlights Conditions at Nation's Slaughterhouses - 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.

Green Groups Celebrate Obama Speech, But For What?

6/26/2013
Common Dreams: Green Groups Celebrate Obama Speech, But For What? - As Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in his remarks about the speech, climate change "poses a near-existential threat to humanity," and presidential rhetoric—especially vague rhetoric—is simply too little and too late.

API Spent $22 Million Lobbying for Keystone XL; State Dept Contractor ERM an API Member

6/26/2013
DeSmogBlog: API Spent $22 Million Lobbying for Keystone XL; State Dept Contractor ERM an API Member - "It’s clear that, devoid of factually-based energy and climate arguments, API needs to spend vast sums on lobbyists and campaign contributions to secure the access it needs to political power," Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program told DeSmog in an interview.

Pipe Work: “Shoddy”

6/26/2013
Fortworth Weekly: Pipe Work: “Shoddy” - Rita Beving, an activist with Public Citizen Texas, a public-interest advocacy group that frequently takes on environmental issues, said she had talked with landowners around Winnsboro and that she’s seen several properties where four or five sections of pipe are being replaced. “I’ve flown over the area south of there in a Cessna,” she said. “Dozens and dozens of pipe sections [are] being replaced.”

Flood Law Group to Sponsor ByettaCancerLawsuit.org

6/26/2013
PR Web: Flood Law Group to Sponsor ByettaCancerLawsuit.org - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, issued a statement on March 22, 2013, urging the FDA to remove Byetta and other similar drugs from the market.

Obama outlines renewable energy goals

6/26/2013
Earth Techling: Obama outlines renewable energy goals - This drew a rebuke from the progressive advocacy group Public Citizen, whose Tyler Slocum called the move a “taxpayer boondoggle waiting to happen.”

Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Ben Cohen Is Stamping His Balls Off to Get Money out of Politics

6/26/2013
The Village Voice: Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Ben Cohen Is Stamping His Balls Off to Get Money out of Politics - We're partnering more and more now with other organizations, like People for the American Way, and Common Cause, and Public Citizen, and Move to Amend, because they're working on these state resolutions, so we want to be going to be going to the states that are working on the resolutions.

Fracking Problems May Include Drinking Water Contamination Risk

6/26/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: Fracking Problems May Include Drinking Water Contamination Risk - In 2011, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen urged lawmakers to close legal loopholes which allowed energy companies to continue fracking.

Supreme Court blocks generic drug liability suits

6/25/2013
News Inferno: Supreme Court blocks generic drug liability suits - Allison Zieve, director of the litigation group at Public Citizen, another public-interest organization, said the court has gone down "a troubling path" on generic drugs.

Reformers Split On How To Fix Congress

6/25/2013
IVN: Reformers Split On How To Fix Congress - Groups like Move to Amend and Public Citizen have pushed for a new constitutional amendment as the first priority to solving government dysfunction.

Obama's Plan Lacks Urgency on Climate Crisis

6/25/2013
Common Dreams: Obama's Plan Lacks Urgency on Climate Crisis - And Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen agreed, saying that though Obama's speech contained laudable elements there was too much that in the plan that would be "counterproductive."

For Immediate Release

6/25/2013
Talk Radio News Service: For Immediate Release - Generic pill hazards go unreported: A report from Public Citizen claims that manufacturers of generic drugs are powerless to inform the Food and Drug Administration about safety risks.

Why the Rush to Ration Carbon? Temperature Increases Are Slower and the Models Are Too Hot

6/25/2013
Reason com: Why the Rush to Ration Carbon? Temperature Increases Are Slower and the Models Are Too Hot - Perhaps the president is anxious to proceed because he thinks that Robert Weissman, the head of the activist group Public Citizen is right when, in a press release in response to the president's speech, he declares: Catastrophic climate change poses a near-existential threat to humanity. We need a national mobilization – and indeed a worldwide mobilization – to transform rapidly from our fossil fuel-reliant past and present to a clean energy future. We need a sense of urgency – indeed, emergency – massive investments, tough and specific standards and binding rules.

Working for change in the shadows

6/25/2013
OakPark.com: Working for change in the shadows - The coalition that worked for passage of SJR 27 included Move To Amend, Move On, Common Cause, Public Citizen, Illinois PIRG, and others. We are committed to this cause because until campaign finance issues are effectively resolved, every other political issue is over-powered by the influence of money.

Obama, Lacking Magic Wand, Sets New Renewable Energy Goals

6/25/2013
Earth Techling: Obama, Lacking Magic Wand, Sets New Renewable Energy Goals - This drew a rebuke from the progressive advocacy group Public Citizen, whose Tyler Slocum called the move a “taxpayer boondoggle waiting to happen.”

Supreme Court Blocks Generic Drug Liability Lawsuits

6/25/2013
News Inferno: Supreme Court Blocks Generic Drug Liability Lawsuits - Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, said that the Supreme Court’s decision minimizes patient safety, a significant issue given that the majority—80 percent—of all United States prescriptions are filled with generic drugs, according to Reuters. “Today’s court decision provides a disincentive for generic makers of drugs to monitor safety of their products and to make sure that they have a surveillance system in place to detect adverse events that pose a threat to patients,” Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said in an interview with Reuters.

Federal lawmakers urge FDA to change rules to allow design-flaw lawsuits against generic drugmakers

6/25/2013
Philly.com: Federal lawmakers urge FDA to change rules to allow design-flaw lawsuits against generic drugmakers - Allison Zieve of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen was the lead attorney who wrote the brief and she was dismayed by Monday's decision.

Generic Drugs Require Labeling Revisions

6/25/2013
RXRecall.com: Generic Drugs Require Labeling Revisions - Public Citizen has been urging the FDA to take action regarding generic drug regulations, they are expressing hope since Monday’s ruling. “If there’s any silver lining in Mensing and Bartlett, it’s that I hope it pushes the FDA forward” said Public Citizen.

The Big Fracking Deal About Oil Price Manipulation

6/25/2013
RT: The Big Fracking Deal About Oil Price Manipulation - Interview of Tyson Slocum.

Obama climate change plan falls short

6/25/2013
San Francisco Chronicle: Obama climate change plan falls short - "This is the most important tool the administration has, and if the rules are written the way they should be, it will go a long way toward protecting consumers and our climate," said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program, in a statement.

Local Beat 6/25/13

6/24/2013
Corsica Daily Sun: Local Beat 6/25/13 - Representatives of the companies, the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management, the Texas Railroad Commission, Exxon, Public Citizen and the Tarrant Regional Water District have been invited to attend the meeting.

TPP (Trans-Pacific Pact)–the 1% solution to democracy–government by corporate dictates

6/24/2013
Fire Dog Lake: TPP (Trans-Pacific Pact)–the 1% solution to democracy–government by corporate dictates - According to Lori Wallach at Public Citizen, these same foreign tribunals…”would be staffed by private sector lawyers who rotate between acting as “judges” and representative corporations, suing governments, posing major conflicts of interest.”

Supremes: Generic Drugmakers Cannot Be Sued Over Defects

6/24/2013
PharmaLive: Supremes: Generic Drugmakers Cannot Be Sued Over Defects - One watchdog group agreed. “Generic drug manufacturers’ inability under current regulations to update the labeling of their products poses a threat to the safety of prescription drugs, creating unnecessary risks to patients,” says Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen Health Research Group, in a statement.

Supreme Court Nixes State Suits Against Generics

6/24/2013
Medpage Today: Supreme Court Nixes State Suits Against Generics - "Generic-drug manufacturers' inability under current regulations to update the labeling of their products poses a threat to the safety of prescription drugs, creating unnecessary risks to patients," Michael Carome, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement.

Justices block generic drug liability lawsuits

6/24/2013
Reuters: Justices block generic drug liability lawsuits - Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen said the Supreme Court decision on Monday undermines patient safety at a time when about 80 percent of U.S. prescriptions are filled with generic medicines. "Today's court decision provides a disincentive for generic makers of drugs to monitor safety of their products and to make sure that they have a surveillance system in place to detect adverse events that pose a threat to patients," Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in an interview.

The Biggest Trade Agreement You’ve Never Heard Of

6/24/2013
The Century Foundation: The Biggest Trade Agreement You’ve Never Heard Of - The leaked documents were verified by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

The Senate Will Soon Have a Total of Three Carbon Tax Proposals. Why Not Band Behind One?

6/24/2013
Daily Kos: The Senate Will Soon Have a Total of Three Carbon Tax Proposals. Why Not Band Behind One? - The bill had 17 additional co-sponsors, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton, and it had the support of a wide array of environmental groups: Earth Day Network, Earthjustice, Environmental & Energy Study Institute, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, National Audubon Society, National Environmental Trust, Natural Resources Defense Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, and U.S. PIRG.

TODAY: Press Call on SCOTUS Bartlett Generic Drug Safety Decision

6/24/2013
PR Newswire: TODAY: Press Call on SCOTUS Bartlett Generic Drug Safety Decision - AAJ filed comments in support of Public Citizen's citizen petition asking the FDA to address the Mensing decision. Public Citizen also issued a new report today highlighting how many potential hazards are not discovered until years after drugs have been on the market and the risk this poses to patients.

SCOTUS makes it harder to sue drugmakers over ‘design defects’

6/24/2013
Politico: SCOTUS makes it harder to sue drugmakers over ‘design defects’ - Public Citizen published a report coinciding with the ruling Monday that identified 434 generic drugs for which no brand products are sold.

In 5-4 Ruling, Justices Say Generic Makers Are Not Liable for Design of Drugs

6/24/2013
The New York Times: In 5-4 Ruling, Justices Say Generic Makers Are Not Liable for Design of Drugs - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released a report Monday that found 11 instances over the last five years in which serious safety warnings were added to the labels of drugs for which there were no longer any brand-name versions on the market. This situation “poses a threat to the safety of prescription drugs, creating unnecessary risks to patients,” Dr. Michael Carome, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, said in a statement Monday.

Obama Finally—Finally!—Picks 2 Nominees for the Federal Election Commission

6/24/2013
Mother Jones: Obama Finally—Finally!—Picks 2 Nominees for the Federal Election Commission - Between 2003 and 2008, the commission deadlocked on about 1 percent of its enforcement actions, according to an analysis by Public Citizen (PDF); the numbers spiked to 16 percent and 11 percent in 2009 and 2010.

4 Recent Supreme Court Rulings Show Which Way the Wind Is Blowing: Corporations Are Getting Whatever They Want

6/24/2013
Alternet: 4 Recent Supreme Court Rulings Show Which Way the Wind Is Blowing: Corporations Are Getting Whatever They Want - “If you were prescribed the brand-name drug’s generic copy—which public policy has favored for three decadess—your suit against the generic manufacturer is kaput. Got that?” wrote Brian Wolfman, on Public Citizen’s Consumer Law and Policy blog. “Another loss for injured consumers' access to the courts.”

Obama Said to Seek National Standard for All Power Plants

6/24/2013
First Enercast Financial: Obama Said to Seek National Standard for All Power Plants - “It’s important for the government to stay neutral and not pick winners and losers,” Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, the oil-and-gas industry’s trade group in Washington, said today at an event sponsored by Public Citizen. “Whatever course he chooses, it will be built on significant decrease in greenhouse-gas emissions.”

FDA needs to allow generic drug manufacturers to post warning labels on prescription drugs, says Public Citizen

6/24/2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: FDA needs to allow generic drug manufacturers to post warning labels on prescription drugs, says Public Citizen - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy and human rights advocate organization based in Washington, says in a new report that needs to change.

I'm Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerry's co-founder and Head Stamper of the Stamp Stampede. AMA!

6/24/2013
Reddit: I'm Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerry's co-founder and Head Stamper of the Stamp Stampede. AMA! - Many different organizations including Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Move to Amend, and Common Cause are working to pass resolutions in support of the amendment at the state and municipal levels.

Updated regulations needed for generic drug labels

6/24/2013
The Hill: Updated regulations needed for generic drug labels - The study from the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen found that current regulations do not adequately allow for generic drug manufacturers to update their labels if new dangers are revealed once a drug is on the market.

Generic Drug Companies Get Even More Immunity From The Roberts Five

6/24/2013
ThinkProgress: Generic Drug Companies Get Even More Immunity From The Roberts Five - According to a Public Citizen report released Monday, much of the safety information about a drug emerges after FDA approval, once the drug enters the market. And it is often not the case that the FDA revisits approval.

Supreme Court Expands Immunity for Big Pharma

6/24/2013
American Association for Justice: Supreme Court Expands Immunity for Big Pharma - Members of Congress (Senator Leahy and Senator Landrieu) have sent letters to the Food and Drug Administration, calling on the agency to address generic drug accountability. Public Citizen also filed a citizen petition asking the FDA to address the Mensing decision.

Secret files reveal how pay-to-play works in N.J.

6/23/2013
The Star Ledger: Secret files reveal how pay-to-play works in N.J. - "This is exactly how pay-to-play works," said Craig Holman, who helped draft New Jersey’s pay-to-play law and who now lobbies in Washington for Public Citizen, an advocacy group. "The one side that isn’t so far being penalized are the public officials who received these contributions. If they knowingly and willfully accepted them, they must be prosecuted."

Birdsall showered Hudson pols with tens of thousands in contributions

6/23/2013
The Jersey Journal: Birdsall showered Hudson pols with tens of thousands in contributions - "This is exactly how pay-to-play works," Craig Holman, who helped draft New Jersey’s pay-to-play law and who now lobbies in Washington for Public Citizen, an advocacy group, told The Ledger.

Control over food is at stake with Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

6/23/2013
Op-Ed News: Control over food is at stake with Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - Public Citizen, a non-governmental organization, points out that there are over $13 billion in pending corporate "investor-state" trade pact attacks on domestic environmental, public health and transportation policy.

Death of Meat Inspector Highlights Conditions at Nation’s Slaughterhouses

6/22/2013
Dissident Voice: Death of Meat Inspector Highlights Conditions at Nation’s Slaughterhouses - 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.

Dear Editor - Safety Concerns Meeting About Pipelines

6/22/2013
Freestone Country Times: Dear Editor - Safety Concerns Meeting About Pipelines - Representatives have been invited to the meeting from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Railroad Commission, Tarrant Regional Water District, Exxon, Enterprise Products Partners, Public Citizen, and Navarro County’s Office of Emergency Management. We need to ensure that our officials do all they can to ensure the safety of our communities, our property and our water supplies.

Supreme Court's arbitration ruling puts consumers on notice

6/21/2013
Reuters: Supreme Court's arbitration ruling puts consumers on notice - The pro-consumer group Public Citizen called the decision a "stinging blow to consumers, employees and small businesses injured by corporate wrongdoing."

Public meeting on Seaway, Pegasus pipelines announced

6/21/2013
Corsicana Daily Sun: Public meeting on Seaway, Pegasus pipelines announced - Representatives of the companies, the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management, the Texas Railroad Commission, Exxon, Public Citizen and the Tarrant Regional Water District have been invited to attend the meeting.

Feds delay backup camera rule ... again

6/21/2013
ConsumerAffairs: Feds delay backup camera rule ... again - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said, “The administration is making a mockery of the will of Congress. The Transportation Department sent its draft final rule to the White House more than a year and a half ago, and then it just disappeared.

Another Israeli War Criminal of the Year Award

6/21/2013
Daily Censored: Another Israeli War Criminal of the Year Award - On January 1, 1995, the World Trade Organization was established. Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach called it a “slow motion coup against democracy.”

HHS OIG Issues Exclusion Advisory

6/21/2013
Policy and Medicine: HHS OIG Issues Exclusion Advisory - "Either state medical boards are receiving this disturbing information from hospitals but not acting upon it, or much less likely, they are not receiving the information at all," Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group and overseer of the study, said. "Something is broken and needs to be fixed."

Trucking Industry Fights New Safety Rules

6/21/2013
OpenSecrets.org: Trucking Industry Fights New Safety Rules - In February 2012, ATA filed a lawsuit to stop the new FMCSA rule implementation, while Public Citizen, along with Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two individual truck drivers, sued to make the rule stronger. Oral arguments were heard on March 15, and the court is expected to rule on both petitions this month.

Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow To Class Actions

6/21/2013
Forbes: Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow To Class Actions - AT&T T 0% put a stop to or curtailed more than 75 class actions within its first year, according to Public Citizen and several companies like Microsoft modified their agreements with consumers in response to the decision.

White House Delays Rule to Prevent Kids from Being Hurt, Killed in Back-Over Accidents

6/21/2013
Center for Effective Government: White House Delays Rule to Prevent Kids from Being Hurt, Killed in Back-Over Accidents - The coalition's co-chairs, Katherine McFate of the Center for Effective Government and Robert Weissman of Public Citizen, issued a statement opposing the decision to delay the rule.

Secret files reveal how pay-to-play works in N.J.

6/21/2013
The Star Ledger: Secret files reveal how pay-to-play works in N.J. - "This is exactly how pay-to-play works," said Craig Holman, who helped draft New Jersey’s pay-to-play law and who now lobbies in Washington for Public Citizen, an advocacy group. "The one side that isn’t so far being penalized are the public officials who received these contributions. If they knowingly and willfully accepted them, they must be prosecuted."

Supreme Court Arbitration Ruling Slices Away More Consumer Protections

6/21/2013
DailyFinance: Supreme Court Arbitration Ruling Slices Away More Consumer Protections - A few years ago, the advocacy group Public Citizen conducted a study of thousands of arbitration cases: Among those that ended with a decision by the arbitrator, the company won 95% of the time.

Another Israeli Criminal of the Year Award

6/21/2013
Los Angeles Indymedia: Another Israeli Criminal of the Year Award - Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach called it a "slow motion coup against democracy." It's a supranational trade authority. It established one size fits all rules. "Humans are either labor or consumers," said Wallach.

Does HELP Bill Go Far Enough?

6/21/2013
Pharmacy Practice News: Does HELP Bill Go Far Enough? - Not all stakeholders are so sanguine about this new regulatory landscape. In mid-May, Public Citizen blasted the proposed HELP legislation, calling it “a major step backward for U.S. drug safety.”

Free Markets, Free Trade Are Good… Except When The Rules Are Made In Secret by Sam Rolley

6/21/2013
Personal Liberty Digest: Free Markets, Free Trade Are Good… Except When The Rules Are Made In Secret by Sam Rolley - Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch lamented in an op-ed for The New York Times earlier in the month

House, Senate $10 billion apart on DOT funds - Rear-view camera rule delayed - FAA terminates some EAS service - What’s in today’s Federal Register? By Adam Snider

6/21/2013
Politico: House, Senate $10 billion apart on DOT funds - Rear-view camera rule delayed - FAA terminates some EAS service - What’s in today’s Federal Register? By Adam Snider - What’s in today’s Federal Register? - “The administration is making a mockery of the will of Congress. The Transportation Department sent its draft final rule to the White House more than a year and a half ago, and then it just disappeared,” Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in a statement.

US Companies Want to Save Corporate Tax Loopholes

6/20/2013
Zolmax News: US Companies Want to Save Corporate Tax Loopholes - This is according to the new study by the Public Citizen, a reform advocacy group.

An Open Letter to Alan Grayson plus News on Leaked TAFTA Language by Wendy Davis

6/20/2013
Fire Dog Lake: An Open Letter to Alan Grayson plus News on Leaked TAFTA Language by Wendy Davis - On June 9, Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch discussed her new book, The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority during an FDL Book Salon.

Supreme Court Deals Another Blow To Consumers, Lets Companies Use Forced Arbitration To Skirt The Law

6/20/2013
Consumerist: Supreme Court Deals Another Blow To Consumers, Lets Companies Use Forced Arbitration To Skirt The Law - Scott Nelson, attorney for advocacy group Public Citizen, says that today’s ruling “will allow companies to get off scot-free in many cases where their actions have inflicted small – or even not-so-small – amounts of damages on large numbers of people…. Today’s result, in which a well-established five-Justice majority on the Court carries the project of placing arbitration ahead of people’s rights one step further, underscores the need for Congress to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act.”nbsp;

Supreme Court: Provision In AIDS Law Violates Free Speech

6/20/2013
NPR: Supreme Court: Provision In AIDS Law Violates Free Speech - "Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that those clauses are enforceable, there appears to be no way for the claims to go forward, and the merchants will have no chance to obtain compensation for the millions of dollars in damages that they say American Express inflicted on them as a group," said Scott Nelson of Public Citizen.

Truckers roll toward fatigue rule compliance date

6/20/2013
ISHN: Truckers roll toward fatigue rule compliance date - A coalition of safety groups including Public Citizen, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Truck Safety Coalition have also filed a suit, saying the rule doesn’t go far enough.

Regulator in New York Sets Tough Bank Fine

6/20/2013
The New York Times: Regulator in New York Sets Tough Bank Fine - “I don’t think Lawsky is running ahead of Washington. He is simply running, while Washington sits,” said Bart Naylor, a policy advocate at Public Citizen, a nonprofit group critical of the federal government for not taking a harder line with Wall Street.

Incretins and Pancreatic Damage

6/20/2013
Health Central: Incretins and Pancreatic Damage - That hasn’t stopped the watchdog organization, Public Citizen, from suggesting banning the incretins. Public Citizen obtained reports of pancreatic cancer reported to the FDA, and found “a total of 292 reports of pancreatic tumors between January 1, 2010, and June 30, 2012, for these three incretin drugs [Byetta, Victoza and Januvia], but only one report for glipizide, an older diabetes drug not in this family.”

More Obama Administration Secrecy: Rep. Grayson Can’t Discuss Classified Trans-Pacific Partnership Draft

6/19/2013
Naked Capitalism: More Obama Administration Secrecy: Rep. Grayson Can’t Discuss Classified Trans-Pacific Partnership Draft - They are already unworkable under existing trade agreements. As Public Citizen noted…

Opponents Question Proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

6/19/2013
Inter Press Service: Opponents Question Proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal - “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, a public interest watchdog group based in Washington, said Tuesday.

U.S. News and World Report: Ark. AG seeks to uphold verdict against J&J

6/18/2013
AP: U.S. News and World Report: Ark. AG seeks to uphold verdict against J&J - The AARP, the group Public Citizen and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Donald Kennedy also filed briefs with the court defending the ruling.

Consumer Alert: Secret trade agreements threaten food safety, subvert democracy

6/18/2013
Natural News: Consumer Alert: Secret trade agreements threaten food safety, subvert democracy - No wonder then that, according to leaked drafts obtained by groups like the CTC, Public Citizen and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), the TPP contains proposals designed to give transnational corporations "special rights" that go far beyond those possessed by domestic businesses and American citizens, says http://www.citizenstrade.org Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of the CTC.

State's doctor discipline process hampered by delays

6/17/2013
CT Post: State's doctor discipline process hampered by delays - Over the last decade, Connecticut has consistently ranked in the bottom fifth of states in the rate of serious disciplinary actions taken against physicians, according to the watchdog group Public Citizen.

U.S. for first time in 50+ years a net gasoline exporter

6/17/2013
Kansas City Star: U.S. for first time in 50+ years a net gasoline exporter - But exporting gasoline and other petroleum products does rankle some people, who say the exports tighten supplies and cause higher prices at the pump. Public Citizen, a consumer group, believes they already account for as much as an extra 12 cents in the cost of a gallon of gas...“There’s no question that exports are playing a role,” said Tyson Slocum, director of energy programs for Public Citizen.

Facebook: Sponsored Stories Settlement Gives Users 'Windfall'

6/17/2013
MediaPost: Facebook: Sponsored Stories Settlement Gives Users 'Windfall' - The deal's terms drew objections from some advocates, including the watchdog Public Citizen. That organization says Facebook shouldn't be permitted to use children's names in ads, even if they can opt out, without more proof that their parents have consented.

Corporate America Loves Jason Furman

6/17/2013
Independent Media Center: Corporate America Loves Jason Furman - Lori Wallach directs Public Citizen's global trade watch. Furman's nomination is "jarring," she said. He's "a liability, given his anti-worker writings and statements about Wal-Mart, fair trade, and other middle class issues."

Perry Vetoes Modest, Mincing Reform of Texas' Political Aspirant "Springboard" (Aka the Railroad Commission)

6/17/2013
Dallas Observer: Perry Vetoes Modest, Mincing Reform of Texas' Political Aspirant "Springboard" (Aka the Railroad Commission) - "This portion of the legislation could have been used as a model for how to adequately reform the Railroad Commission," said Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen. "But instead the governor shot it down."

Nightly Business Report/PBS

6/17/2013
Nightly Business Report/PBS: Nightly Business Report/PBS - Scott Nelson will be on discussing today’s SCOTUS decision in FTC v. Actavis.

Texas Railroad Commission Chair Mulls Political Future

6/17/2013
The Texas Tribune: Texas Railroad Commission Chair Mulls Political Future - Smitherman is “one of the smartest regulators I’ve run into in the 30 years I have been doing this business,” said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, an environmental and consumer advocacy group.

U.S. Court Decision to Speed Introduction of Generic Drugs

6/17/2013
Inter Press Service: U.S. Court Decision to Speed Introduction of Generic Drugs - “The incentives to engage in research and development are already out there without these kinds of agreements,” Scott Nelson, an attorney with Public Citizen, a public interest watchdog, told IPS.

Suit filed for Pancreatic Cancer By Use of Byetta, Januvia and Janumet

6/17/2013
PR Newswire: Suit filed for Pancreatic Cancer By Use of Byetta, Januvia and Janumet - The notice also came from the German Medical Association and a petition by Public Citizen, a non-profit health group in Washington.

Wall Street-Washington links must be disclosed

6/15/2013
Star Tribune: Wall Street-Washington links must be disclosed - Estimates of the industry’s annual revenue range from $100 million to $400 million, said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, an advocacy organization.

Regulator Charts His Political Future, With Eyes to the Right

6/15/2013
The New York Times: Regulator Charts His Political Future, With Eyes to the Right - He and his two fellow railroad commissioners have won praise from both green groups and oil companies for efforts to modernize the agency. Mr. Smitherman is “one of the smartest regulators I’ve run into in the 30 years I have been doing this business,” said Tom Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, an environmental and consumer advocacy group.

Explosive Leak: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Pushes Corporate Sovereignty Over Environmental Laws

6/15/2013
Crooks and Liars: Explosive Leak: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Pushes Corporate Sovereignty Over Environmental Laws - The Obama administration has shrouded the negotiation in secrecy, but the document,published by the consumer group Public Citizen, sheds a light on the process — and the view isn’t pretty.

Perry wields veto pen like sword and scalpel

6/15/2013
Houston Chronicle: Perry wields veto pen like sword and scalpel - Full story available for digital subscribers.  

NIH Censoring Expert to Prevent Criticism of Ethically Questionable NIH-Funded Study on Premature Infant

6/15/2013
AllVoices: NIH Censoring Expert to Prevent Criticism of Ethically Questionable NIH-Funded Study on Premature Infant - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) should not censor one of its experts just because he might criticize ethical lapses in an increasingly high-profile study carried out on premature babies, Public Citizen wrote today in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Legislation proposed for limo safety after tragic No. Calif. fires

6/15/2013
The Fresno Bee: Legislation proposed for limo safety after tragic No. Calif. fires - Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under President Jimmy Carter, said the value of a fire extinguisher "depends on whether or not it can deal with the kind of fire that occurs. Electrical fires are pretty hard to control. They're pretty quick."

A Call for Election Reform, Beginning with New York

6/15/2013
Huffington Post: A Call for Election Reform, Beginning with New York - He's right. It's why national organizations like the NAACP, Public Campaign, Sierra Club, CWA, MoveOn, CREDO, Public Citizen, and scores of other organizations have engaged in the fight.

U.K. regulator eyes currency market manipulation

6/14/2013
CNN Money: U.K. regulator eyes currency market manipulation - "In aggregate it hurts, but no single individual is made destitute by it," said Bart Naylor, a financial reform expert at the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Perry vetoes 24 bills, makes few changes to budget

6/14/2013
San Francisco Chronicle: Perry vetoes 24 bills, makes few changes to budget - Tom "Smitty" Smith, Texas director for the watchdog organization Public Citizen, said he was shocked by the veto of the proposed ethics law changes, which he noted passed with broad, bipartisan support.

Public Citizen's Wolfe Still Needling FDA

6/14/2013
MedpageToday: Public Citizen's Wolfe Still Needling FDA - In his more than 40 years at Public Citizen, Wolfe has gone on to be a "thorn in the side of organized medicine," as some have called him.

Finding Congressional Solutions to the IRS Scandal | Commentary

6/14/2013
Roll Call: Finding Congressional Solutions to the IRS Scandal | Commentary - The Bright Lines Project, now housed at Public Citizen, has been working with tax and nonprofit leaders for more than four years developing such rules.

Gov. Rick Perry’s vetoes of ethics bills, investigation funding draw loud protests

6/14/2013
The Dallas Morning News: Gov. Rick Perry’s vetoes of ethics bills, investigation funding draw loud protests - “We are in a dark era for ethics in Texas,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

U.S. Moving Toward Controversial New Role in Global Energy Market

6/14/2013
Inter Press Service: U.S. Moving Toward Controversial New Role in Global Energy Market - Her statement corroborates analysis, such as that of Public Citizen‘s Energy Program, a non-profit public advocacy group, which concluded that “because oil prices are priced globally, the domestic oil boom can’t – and won’t – provide relief for consumers”.

Money in Politics This Week: Governor Cuomo Introduces Public Financing Bill

6/14/2013
Brennan Center for Justice: Money in Politics This Week: Governor Cuomo Introduces Public Financing Bill - As Lisa Gilbert, director of the Congress Watch Division at Public Citizen, explains: “Corporate political transparency is necessary for the efficient functioning of our capital markets and as a risk management tool for shareholders, corporate management and directors.”

Automakers push back against consumer protections

6/14/2013
The New York Times: Automakers push back against consumer protections - “I think this is a very worrisome issue,” said Christine Hines, the consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

Type 2 Diabetes Medication Risks Examined in Journal Review

6/14/2013
News Inferno: Type 2 Diabetes Medication Risks Examined in Journal Review - 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.

House Passes Bill That Could Lead to Another Financial Crash—But Reformers Claim Victory

6/13/2013
Mother Jones: House Passes Bill That Could Lead to Another Financial Crash—But Reformers Claim Victory - But Reformers Claim Victory-"In our defeatist, Eeyore sort of way, we won today," says Bart Naylor, a financial policy advocate at the consumer group Public Citizen.

Regulatory nominee warned about ‘burdensome’ rules

6/13/2013
Politico: Regulatory nominee warned about ‘burdensome’ rules - Consumer group Public Citizen on Wednesday attacked OIRA for “routinely” missing deadlines and said its average review time is now more than double what it was under President George W. Bush.

Coming tomorrow: Lloyd Blankfein live - First look: CEOs not so bullish - Buffett’s rising - Markets hit rough waters - Immigration reform moves ahead

6/12/2013
Politico: Coming tomorrow: Lloyd Blankfein live - First look: CEOs not so bullish - Buffett’s rising - Markets hit rough waters - Immigration reform moves ahead - SWAPS VOTE PREVIEW – Public Citizen’s Bartlett Naylor: “[I]t is likely that junior Democrats in the House will join the majority of Republicans in supporting HR 1256 … This bill allows American banks to escape important public protections built into the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, by booking their high-risk swap transactions abroad. Proponents claim the bill helps Wall Street’s competitiveness in the global arena, but in truth, the bill exposes American taxpayers to high-risk gambles and actually exports jobs.

Public Power Risk Management Act up for House vote

6/12/2013
Power Engineering: Public Power Risk Management Act up for House vote - The bill is supported by groups including the Consumer Federation of America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Commodity Markets Oversight Coalition (including Public Citizen), and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).

House, with Dem support, passes Dodd-Frank change

6/12/2013
Politico: House, with Dem support, passes Dodd-Frank change - “American taxpayers may breathe a little more freely now that Maxine Waters rallied a sizable majority of Democrats to oppose this obviously reckless misdirection in Wall Street-authored legislation,” said Public Citizen financial policy advocate Bartlett Naylor.

Regulatory czar nominee pledges to speed up review process

6/12/2013
1500 AM Federal News Radio: Regulatory czar nominee pledges to speed up review process - Public Citizen, a nonprofit good-government group that reviewed data on OIRA wait times, argues that the delays contribute to an "anti-regulatory influence."

It’s Time for the SEC to Regulate Political Spending By Public Companies

6/12/2013
Yahoo Finance: It’s Time for the SEC to Regulate Political Spending By Public Companies - Now that the dust has begun to settle from the IRS scandal and lawmakers are considering solutions such as clear bright lines to guide the IRS in granting 501(c), nonprofit status, (as recommended by Public Citizen’s Bright Lines Project), it is important also to focus on the underlying issue that caused so many new nonprofits to spring up in the first place: the secrecy that 501(c)4 status provides for those who want to play in politics.

Diabetes Drugs Under Scrutiny As FDA Considers Another Study

6/12/2013
PharmaLive: Diabetes Drugs Under Scrutiny As FDA Considers Another Study - And unless the FDA were to follow the suggestion of the Public Citizen advocacy group and ban the GLP-1 medicines (see this), the drugmakers will continue to rack up sales.

Democratic freshmen oppose fast-track trade powers for Obama

6/11/2013
The Hill: Democratic freshmen oppose fast-track trade powers for Obama - “This letter reveals that even for a Democratic president, the new Democratic House members do not want to give away their constitutional trade authority and thus lose control over whether agreements meet the public interest,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said in a statement.

TransCanada Whistleblower Warns Of Shoddy Pipeline Practices

6/11/2013
Huffington Post: TransCanada Whistleblower Warns Of Shoddy Pipeline Practices - The advocacy group Public Citizen Texas posted a video highlighting what it says are dents, faulty welds and other anomalies that have been unearthed in recent weeks.

Is the White House delaying too many health and safety rules?

6/11/2013
The Washington Post: Is the White House delaying too many health and safety rules? - That argument got another push on Tuesday in a new report (pdf) from the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, a collection of health, labor, and consumer groups... "Powerful industries that would be inconvenienced by new safeguards have often been able to stop them in their tracks in the rule-making process,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen and a co-chair of the coalition that wrote the report.

The Big Momentum Against Citizens United Rolls On: Delaware Is 15th State to Call for Its Reversal

6/11/2013
TruthOut Buzzflash: The Big Momentum Against Citizens United Rolls On: Delaware Is 15th State to Call for Its Reversal - In 2012, Common Cause Delaware and Public Citizen helped pass a bill requiring reporting of independent political expenditures in excess of $10,000 in Delaware.

Pipeline Whistleblower Reveals Dangerous "Culture of Noncompliance"

6/11/2013
Common Dreams: Pipeline Whistleblower Reveals Dangerous "Culture of Noncompliance" - Quoting Huffington Post: The advocacy group Public Citizen Texas posted a video highlighting what it says are dents, faulty welds and other anomalies that have been unearthed in recent weeks.

Bright Lines Project A Nonpartisan Solution to IRS Targeting:

6/11/2013
IVN: Bright Lines Project A Nonpartisan Solution to IRS Targeting: - The calls for clarity in the law have coalesced in the form of the Bright Lines Project headed by Public Citizen.

Freshman Senators and Republicans Add Support for Electronic Filing

6/11/2013
Roll Call: Freshman Senators and Republicans Add Support for Electronic Filing - The groups sending the letter include: Americans for Campaign Reform, Campaign Finance Institute, the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Demos, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation, and U.S. PIRG.

Cybersecurity, Privacy Issues Spurred Lobbying Even Before NSA Programs Revealed

6/11/2013
OpenSecrets Blog: Cybersecurity, Privacy Issues Spurred Lobbying Even Before NSA Programs Revealed - In April, a collection privacy and children's advocacy groups, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Consumer Federal of America, Public Citizen and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, pushed back.

Experts recommend fewer restrictions on Avandia

6/10/2013
Consumer Affairs: Experts recommend fewer restrictions on Avandia - Among those urging the panel to ban the drug completely was Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen.

Public Citizen’s Health Group Changes Leadership, But Wolfe Remains On Prowl

6/10/2013
Elsevier Business Intelligence: Public Citizen’s Health Group Changes Leadership, But Wolfe Remains On Prowl - Wolfe steps down to become senior advisor but remains a vocal critic of the pharmaceutical industry and FDA, as his appearance at the Avandia advisory committee meeting demonstrated.

Today on Your Call: What is in the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

6/10/2013
KALW 91.7 FM: Today on Your Call: What is in the Trans-Pacific Partnership? - Guest: Ben Beachy, research director with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Brown-Vitter bill struggling for support in Congress

6/10/2013
Politico: Brown-Vitter bill struggling for support in Congress - “It’s difficult to see a path for substantive legislation this year short of another catastrophe,” said Bart Naylor, Public Citizen’s financial policy advocate. “We tend to only pass substantive legislation when the world pays a huge price during a financial crisis. Unfortunately, that’s the cost of reform.”

Pacific Trade Agreement

6/9/2013
The New York Times: Pacific Trade Agreement - Response to Lori Wallach’s and Ben Beachy’s June 3rd Op-Ed “Obama’s Covert Trade Deal” in The New York Times.

The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority – Book Salon Preview

6/9/2013
Fire Dog Lake: The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority – Book Salon Preview - Lori Wallach is the director and founder of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (GTW) and coauthor of “Whose Trade Organization? A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO” (The New Press, 2004).

D.C. Week: FDA Panel Talks Avandia Safety

6/8/2013
Medpage Today: D.C. Week: FDA Panel Talks Avandia Safety - Public Citizen Health Chief Steps Back: Sid Wolfe, MD, who for more than 4 decades has battled the FDA, the pharmaceutical industry, and organized medicine as the leader of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, announced Monday he is stepping down and handing over leadership to his deputy.

In Wake Of Indictment, D.C. Activists Renew Call For Campaign Finance Reforms

6/8/2013
WAMU 88.5: In Wake Of Indictment, D.C. Activists Renew Call For Campaign Finance Reforms - In a statement, Public Citizen said that with this week's announcement that former D.C. Council member Michael Brown would admit to having taken $55,000 from federal agents posing as D.C. businessmen seeking preferential access to city contracts, the rest of the council would have to move on various bills that would reform how elected officials collect money and how they report it.

Keystone XL isn’t even built yet and already it’s faulty

6/7/2013
Grist: Keystone XL isn’t even built yet and already it’s faulty - Public Citizen Texas produced the following video about the unexpected and unsettling bout of pipeline repair.

Heat is on for energy-efficient Internet

6/7/2013
San Francisco Chronicle: Heat is on for energy-efficient Internet - "Generally, the U.S. Chamber has opposed almost every piece of environmental regulation," said Jake Parent, coordinator of Public Citizen's U.S. Chamber Watch project. "It has lobbied for the (Environmental Protection Agency) to be abolished, and it has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for dirty energy policies."

Prolia Side Effects Increase Risk of Low-Trauma Fractures: Public Citizen

6/7/2013
AboutLawsuits.com: Prolia Side Effects Increase Risk of Low-Trauma Fractures: Public Citizen - In the latest edition of Public Citizen’s Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter (subscription required), the group indicates that there have been concerns over the potential side effects of Prolia since 2009, a year before it became the first drug ever approved by the FDA for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Arena Reports on Launch of BELVIQ (lorcaserin HCl) CIV for Chronic Weight Management in Adults; Glaxo's Avandia Wins FDA Victory

6/7/2013
Pharmacy Choice: Arena Reports on Launch of BELVIQ (lorcaserin HCl) CIV for Chronic Weight Management in Adults; Glaxo's Avandia Wins FDA Victory - Testifying before the panel, Sidney Wolfe of the health advocacy group Public Citizen said a variety of population and other studies showed "unequivocal evidence that [Avandia] had a number of toxicities."

Consumer Groups, Shareholders Call for Google to Leave US Chamber of Commerce, Disclose Political Spending

6/7/2013
TruthOut: Consumer Groups, Shareholders Call for Google to Leave US Chamber of Commerce, Disclose Political Spending - But Public Citizen said the company's continued membership in the Chamber runs the risk that "Google will be perceived as privately endorsing controversial policies and positions which it publicly claims to oppose."

Getting money out of politics with Ben & Jerry's StampMobile

6/7/2013
Mother Nature Network: Getting money out of politics with Ben & Jerry's StampMobile - Supporting the campaign are Greenpeace, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, the NAACP and others, 140 groups in all.

Trumbull ranks high in wages lost to imports

6/7/2013
Tribune Chronicle: Trumbull ranks high in wages lost to imports - Brown's office compiled the report using data from Public Citizen Trade Adjustment Assistance, Policy Matters Ohio and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

For Immediate Release

6/7/2013
Talk Radio News Service: For Immediate Release - Lobbyists overwhelm tax debate: Legislation aimed at closing tax loopholes and bringing fairness to the tax code are fall prey to lobbying efforts that are overwhelmingly lopsided in favor of industry interests, Public Citizen said in a report.

Two new diet drugs can boost weight loss by 5% to 10%

6/7/2013
USA Today: Two new diet drugs can boost weight loss by 5% to 10% - Still, there are concerns about the side effects and risks of both drugs. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says, "We strongly oppose both of them. They both have serious dangers."

Diabetes oral drugs can cause hypoglycemia

6/7/2013
Examiner.com: Diabetes oral drugs can cause hypoglycemia - Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe M.D., the editor of Public Citizen’s Worst Pills, Best Pills warns that there can be dangerous interactions for people with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes who use oral diabetes medications.

Glaxo's Avandia wins FDA victory

6/7/2013
MorningStar: Glaxo's Avandia wins FDA victory - Testifying before the panel, Sidney Wolfe of the health advocacy group Public Citizen said a variety of population and other studies showed "unequivocal evidence that [Avandia] had a number of toxicities."

U.S. Patient Protection Agency Drops Plan to Sanction Leaders of Infant Stud

6/6/2013
ScienceMag: U.S. Patient Protection Agency Drops Plan to Sanction Leaders of Infant Stud - The controversy came to public light in early April, after the nonprofit group Public Citizen alerted reporters to a 7 March letter from OHRP to UAB.

NIH Backs Consent Process in Preemie SUPPORT Trial

6/6/2013
MedPageToday: NIH Backs Consent Process in Preemie SUPPORT Trial - Debate about whether parents were adequately informed about the risks of the two interventions in the trial did not flare up, however, until April, when Public Citizen, a Washington-based watchdog group, called on HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius to apologize for the handling of the informed consent process for the trial and to stop similar trials involving infants.

Our Turn: We must curb the power of big money in elections

6/6/2013
Concord Monitor: Our Turn: We must curb the power of big money in elections - OP-ED: (State Sen. David Pierce is a Democrat from Etna. Robert Weissman is president of Public Citizen.)

Law Firm of Page Bradley to Represent Victims of Allegedly Defective Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

6/6/2013
PRWeb: Law Firm of Page Bradley to Represent Victims of Allegedly Defective Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants - The use of unsafe medical devices can cause patients pain and lead to additional surgeries and medical treatment that would have otherwise been unnecessary, according to Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer rights advocacy group.

Action Line: Car owner wins case over towing company

6/6/2013
TulsaWorld: Action Line: Car owner wins case over towing company - The U.S. Supreme Court sided with a New Hampshire car owner in a case against a towing company that towed and traded his car without his permission, Public Citizen attorney Adina H. Rosenbaum said in an emailed statement on the case. Rosenbaum was Supreme Court co-counsel for plaintiff Robert Pelkey.

NIH Chief Rejects Ethics Critique Of Preemie Study

6/6/2013
NPR: NIH Chief Rejects Ethics Critique Of Preemie Study - Currently, there is no appeal from the Office's rulings. Dr. Michael Carome of Public Citizen, an advocacy group that first complained about the SUPPORT study, says the OHRP letter is "an important step toward addressing a highly unethical trial.

To Ease Or Not To Ease: FDA Panel Votes To Loosen Avandia Restrictions

6/6/2013
Pharmalive: To Ease Or Not To Ease: FDA Panel Votes To Loosen Avandia Restrictions - “The concern is that by lifting the restrictions, more people will get this drug and nothing that happened at the meeting today does anything to make the drug any safer,” says Sid Wolfe, who heads Public Citizen Health Research Group and who testified at the meeting. “I think it’s an unfortunate outcome. The FDA has been given a green flag, so to speak, and this could be to the detriment of some people.”

ANCA: No new trade deals while Turkey blockades Armenia, occupies Cyprus

6/5/2013
The Armenian Weekly: ANCA: 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 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, American Insurance Association, Securites Industry and Financial Markets Association, Software Information Industry Association, Electronic Privacy Infomration Center, Public Citizen, U.S.

Keystone XL Pipe: Southern half of pipeline riddled with leak-prone faults

6/5/2013
Policy Mic: Keystone XL Pipe: Southern half of pipeline riddled with leak-prone faults - Public Citizen's Texas office explained, " Dozens of anomalies, including dents and welds, reportedly have been identified along a 60-mile strech of the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, north of the Sabine River in Texas."

Corporations are colonizing us with trade deals- and Wall Street wants in

6/5/2013
Huffington Post: Corporations are colonizing us with trade deals- and Wall Street wants in - WTO Stands For "We're Taking Over": Public Citizen, which has been doing excellent work on this issue, reports on three U.S. laws which were nullified by the World Trade Organization (WTO): country-of-origin labels on meat, dolphin-safe labels on tuna, and the ban on sweet-flavored cigarettes designed to get kids addicted to the tobacco companies' carcinogenic products.

Rep. Gutierrez pays Chicago lobbyist with tax dollars

6/5/2013
USA Today: Rep. Gutierrez pays Chicago lobbyist with tax dollars - Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, said, "While not technically illegal, it is at the very least unsavory for a former staffer to be simultaneously on the payroll of a member and representing clients in his district who are requesting and gaining earmarks from the congressman. The conflict of interest is apparent."

Safety commission weighs petitions for total bed-rail ban, seeks input

6/5/2013
McKnight's Long-Term Care News: Safety commission weighs petitions for total bed-rail ban, seeks input - One petition came from the nonprofit lobbying group Public Citizen.

FEC General Counsel to rejoin Covington

6/5/2013
The Blog of LegalTimes: FEC General Counsel to rejoin Covington - In an April 29 letter to President Barack Obama, reform groups including Public Citizen, Common Cause and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the FEC "has repeatedly refused to properly enforce or interpret the campaign finance laws."

Wolfe resigns as director of Public Citizen Health

6/4/2013
ModernPhysician.com: Wolfe resigns as director of Public Citizen Health - Dr. Sidney Wolfe is stepping down as director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group, which he founded with consumer activist Ralph Nader in 1971.

Obama's covert Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements: 'a very, very big deal'

6/4/2013
FOIFYI: Obama's covert Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements: 'a very, very big deal' - In a scathing New York Times op-ed published June 2, two members of the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch criticized Obama for his latest secrecy scandal regarding draft agreements of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade agreement that threatens to override U.S. laws by rewriting large sections of non-trade policies in 24 of its 29 chapters.

Tax regulators get earful of opinions about scarcity power pricing proposal

6/4/2013
SNL: Tax regulators get earful of opinions about scarcity power pricing proposal - Coming from a customer perspective, the Sierra Club and Public Citizen in their comments questioned whether the Interim Solution B+ proposal is even necessary, noting that generation investment is occurring in Texas.

Dodd-Frank act: After 3 years, a long to-do list

6/4/2013
USA Today: Dodd-Frank act: After 3 years, a long to-do list - The handful of watchdog groups that reported similar lobbying included Public Citizen and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the records show.

Obama's covert Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements: 'a very, very big deal'

6/4/2013
FOIFYI: Obama's covert Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements: 'a very, very big deal' - In a scathing New York Times op-ed published June 2, two members of the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch criticized Obama for his latest secrecy scandal regarding draft agreements of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade agreement that threatens to override U.S. laws by rewriting large sections of non-trade policies in 24 of its 29 chapters.

The horrific cost of the US-Colombia trade agreement

6/3/2013
TruthOut: The horrific cost of the US-Colombia trade agreement - "It was a cover," argues Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "The Labor Action Plan was used as an ameliorative to try and overcome the outrage in Congress over the United States associating itself with a government responsible for the single highest rates of unionist assassinations. That's what the Labor Action Plan was about."

A stacked deck on trade

6/3/2013
Demos: A stacked deck on trade - Unless you're one of "600 trade 'advisors,' dominated by representatives of big businesses, who enjoy privileged access to draft texts and negotiators" the deal is secret and we know its terms only through select leaks, according to Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy of Global Trade Watch.

Stop crimes against democracy: End campaign finance corruption now

6/3/2013
Huffington Post: Stop crimes against democracy: End campaign finance corruption now - The coalition was made up of many organizations--many with heavy clout nationally-- including Common Cause, Organizing for Action- New York (perhaps this is a new direction for teh president's former campaign organization?), The League of Women Voters, moveon.org, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, The Sierra Club, United Federation of Teachers, the Communication Workers of America, Public Citizen, Citizen Action of New York and the Working Families Party.

Dirty Details: Dents, faulty welds found along Keystone XL southern half in Texas

6/3/2013
DeSmog Blog: Dirty Details: Dents, faulty welds found along Keystone XL southern half in Texas - That's the latest from a press release and YouTube video recently disseminated by the good government group, Public Citizen.

The right to evade regulation

6/3/2013
The New Republic: The right to evade regulation - The state of Virginia had banned pharmacists from advertising prices; attorneys for Ralph Nader's organization, Public Citizen, brought suit against that restriction, saying it interfered with consumers' ability to get better deals.

House committee to consider bills ending public financing of presidential elections

6/3/2013
Roll Call: House committee to consider bills ending public financing of presidential elections - The Campaign Legal Center, Americans for Campaign Reform, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG sent a letter to the committee today urging them to oppose the legislation.

Byetta, Januvia recall should be considered

6/3/2013
YouHaveALawyer.com: Byetta, Januvia recall should be considered - In March, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen explained why it believes a recall for Byetta, Januvia, Janumet, and Victoza is justified.

Unwanted hotel charges: Wyndham claims FTC overreach in data breach lawsuit

6/2/2013
The Star Ledger: Unwanted hotel charges: Wyndham claims FTC overreach in data breach lawsuit - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for example, filed a brief support to Wyndham's arguments, while Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog, has rallied to the side of the FTC.

Obama's covert trade deal

6/2/2013
The New York Times: Obama's covert trade deal - Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where Ben Beachy is the research director.

What TransCanada's CEO is not saying about the Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline

6/1/2013
ThinkProgress: What TransCanada's CEO is not saying about the Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline - Public Citizen reports that in just one 60-mile stretch north of the Sabine River in Texas, landowners have observed TransCanada and its vendor Michaels digging up buried sections of the pipeline, reportedly to address "dozens of anomolies, including dents and welds."

A day in the Legislature

6/1/2013
Hays Free Press: A day in the Legislature - The woman was with Public Citizen. Her handout said, "Vote no on Smith's HB 1714 To Keep Our Communities Safe."

Pugnacious builder of the business lobby

6/1/2013
The New York Times: Pugnacious builder of the business lobby - "The Donohue chamber is in full-time attack mode," said Robert Weissman, who runs the liberal advocacy group Public Citizen. "From their point of view they've been very aggressive in advancing the interests of their constituents. From our point of view, they have very aggresively expanded the corporate grip over policy making in Washington, D.C."

Investors square off with Chevron CEO at shareowner meeting

6/1/2013
SocialFunds: Investors square off with Chevron CEO at shareowner meeting - Public Citizen responded to the contribution by requesting that the Federal Election Commission investigate the legality of such a contribution by a federal contractor.