February 2014 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.

Drug Warning: Why Everyone Is Afraid of New Painkiller Zohydro

2/28/2014
Investor Place: Drug Warning: Why Everyone Is Afraid of New Painkiller Zohydro by William White - “You can crush it and then you can snort it, dissolve it and inject it, or swallow crushed powder and then it’s no longer slow release, long-acting form and you get a quick high from that,” Dr. Michael Carome, Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, told NBC News. Also on: MSN money

The FDA’s New Proposed Generic Drug Rule

2/28/2014
American Constitution Society: The FDA’s New Proposed Generic Drug Rule by Joanne Doroshow - In response to a petition by Public Citizen, the FDA has now proposed such a rule change. Under this new proposed rule, a generic drug manufacturer would no longer be allowed to maintain a label it knows to be inaccurate or out-of-date.

Why is the Obama administration using taxpayer money to back a nuclear plant that's already being built?

2/28/2014
Investor Ideas: Why is the Obama administration using taxpayer money to back a nuclear plant that's already being built? by Steven Mufson - "No doubt, this is a bad deal for the American people who have been put on the hook for a project that is both embroiled in delays and cost overruns and to a company that has publicly stated that it does not need federal loans to complete the project," Allison Fisher, Outreach Director, Public Citizen's Energy Program said. "This is a classic case of throwing good money after bad – an unnecessary and unconscionable decision to make with taxpayer money." Also on: IT Business Net, Corporate Media News, Tutorial Finder, VideoBasedTutorials.com, AV Video, DMN Newswire

Governor's Club: Fund has transparency, but also questions about buying influence

2/28/2014
Detroit Free Press: Governor's Club: Fund has transparency, but also questions about buying influence by Paul Egan - “Not surprisingly, donors to these groups — which are labeled ‘527s’ after a section of the IRS code they are governed by — seek legislative favors from politicians,” the group Public Citizen said in a report that examined similar funds controlled by members of Congress. Also on: Fax, TMCnet

Did GM drag its feet in ignition-switch recalls?

2/28/2014
Consumer Affairs: Did GM drag its feet in ignition-switch recalls? by James Hood - Joan Claybrook, who headed NHTSA from 1977 through 1981 and was later president of Public Citizen, said NHTSA "ignored its duty to protect the public," according to The New York Times. “General Motors should be criminally prosecuted for covering up this safety defect, and NHTSA should replace the staff that failed to do its job.”

House Votes for Independent Study of New Regulations

2/28/2014
Government Executive: House Votes for Independent Study of New Regulations by Charles S Clark - The liberal-leaning Public Citizen and an allied group of advocates called the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards wrote to lawmakers saying the Foxx bill and other legislation the House passed during “Stop Government Abuse Week” would “undermine our nation’s ability to set health, safety and environmental standards as well as new financial protections. Given that we have experienced multiple health and safety disasters in communities and workplaces across the country in recent years, it is the wrong time to thwart the progress of necessary public protections.” 

Generic drugmakers ramp up campaign against FDA label proposal

2/28/2014
Reuters: Generic drugmakers ramp up campaign against FDA label proposal by Toni Clarke - "If generic manufacturers are not actively monitoring and proposing safety updates, no manufacturer is doing so at all," Allison Zieve, general counsel at consumer watchdog Public Citizen, said in testimony to be delivered to the House panel on Monday. "As generic market share increases, the brand-name manufacturer loses incentive to devote resources to post-approval safety monitoring." Also on: CNBC Online, Reuters India, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Health, Yahoo!

Federal Regulators Investigating Cardiac Risks for Products Approved for the Treatment of Low Testosterone in Men, Parker Waichman Notes

2/28/2014
PRWeb: Federal Regulators Investigating Cardiac Risks for Products Approved for the Treatment of Low Testosterone in Men, Parker Waichman Notes - Public Citizen indicated that its petition was based on mounting evidence pointing to cardiac risks indicated in studies since 2010, as well as a recent published analysis of 27 studies that went back at least two decades, the Reuters report indicated. The advocacy group also indicated that of 27 studies, the 14 that were not industry funded revealed what it described as a “highly significant” increased risk for cardiac injury. Also on North Fork Vue, Digital Journal, Benzinga, Street Insider, Tutorial Finder

Five dumb bills just passed by the House would screw the environment

2/28/2014
Grist: Five dumb bills just passed by the House would screw the environment by Ben Adler - “The legislation has no definition of what constitutes an indirect cost, or doesn’t, so there are no bounds,” says Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen. “Agencies would be on a goose chase because of that ambiguity.”

Study says securities class actions actually harm investors

2/28/2014
Legal Newsline: Study says securities class actions actually harm investors by John O’Brien - Public Citizen’s report, released as part of its “Chamber Watch” program, says securities lawsuits deter fraud, compensate investors, maintain investor confidence and succeed where the Securities and Exchange Commission fails because it does not have enough resources.

New Pain Rx Sparking Controversy

2/28/2014
Yahoo Health: New Pain Rx Sparking Controversy by Morgan Jones - Public Citizen reported that the FDA's own advisory committee voted 11 to 2 against the approval of Zohydro ER. The group urged the FDA to follow the advisory committee's recommendations and prevent the medication from reaching the market.

Keefe Bartels Is Currently Investigating Claims of Serious Injuries to Patients Taking Testosterone Therapy "Low T" Drugs for Treatment

2/27/2014
i-News Wire: Keefe Bartels Is Currently Investigating Claims of Serious Injuries to Patients Taking Testosterone Therapy "Low T" Drugs for Treatment - However, Public Citizen's says that the Federal Drug Administration should have already taken action years ago against these possibly dangerous Low T drugs. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TESTOSTERONE_RISKS_FDA_PETITION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Also on: Boston.com, Renewable Energy World, Cincinnati.com, Financial Content, StockNod

After government shutdown, dozens of lawmakers gave to charity

2/27/2014
Washington Post: After government shutdown, dozens of lawmakers gave to charity by Ed O’Keefe - “I have never seen or heard of this kind of mass refund,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog group. “This is the right thing for lawmakers to do, but they really were not doing it for the right reasons,” Holman said. “The real reason is they wanted to avoid looking callous to America after being unable to govern.” Also on: Kicking Tires

Michael Carome interviewed on Zohydro in an hour-long segment on the Diane Rehm show.

2/27/2014
Michael Carome interviewed on Zohydro in an hour-long segment on the Diane Rehm show. - Michael Carome interviewed on Zohydro in an hour-long segment on the Diane Rehm show.

Potent New Painkiller May Prove Lethal for Addicts, Critics Warn

2/27/2014
NBC News: Potent New Painkiller May Prove Lethal for Addicts, Critics Warn by Linda Carroll - Dr. Michael Carome, Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, says the FDA should have waited for a non-crushable version. “You can crush it and then you can snort it, dissolve it and inject it, or swallow crushed powder and then it’s no longer slow release, long-acting form and you get a quick high from that. For someone who is not used to taking opioids, it could be fatal." Also on: KALB-TV Online

9 Federal Laws That Companies Can Skirt By Using Forced Arbitration

2/27/2014
Consumerist: 9 Federal Laws That Companies Can Skirt By Using Forced Arbitration by Chris Morran - “As these provisions indicate, proper enforcement of consumer protection laws depends not only on state and federal enforcement but also on consumers’ ability to act on their own, which forced arbitration substantially impairs,” writes Public Citizen in its report. Also on:  New In Street, UFC Blog

Beware Of Tobacco Advertisements

2/27/2014
Culver City Observer: Beware Of Tobacco Advertisements by Neil Rubenstein - For those who have diabetes, if your doctor has written a prescription for canagliflozin you need to read Public Citizen's "Worst Pills, Best Pills News" in the Feb. 2014 issue. Public Citizen strongly recommends "do not use" because of the side effects.

Critics Oppose FDA Approval of Painkiller Zohydro

2/27/2014
Web MD News: Critics Oppose FDA Approval of Painkiller Zohydro by Rita Rubin - says Michael Carome, MD. He is director of the Public Citizen health research group, which is among the organizations asking the FDA to reverse its approval of Zohydro. “In general, the more lopsided the vote, the less likely FDA will go against the recommendation of its advisory committee, but it does on occasion happen,” Carome says. Also on: Medicine Net

Facing 140,000 Comments, Treasury Braces for IRS Hearing, Legal Fight

2/27/2014
Roll Call: Facing 140,000 Comments, Treasury Braces for IRS Hearing, Legal Fight by Eliza Newlin Carney - “We would not be happy if the rules as they were initially drafted were finalized,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch and manager of the Bright Lines Project. The project has brought together a team of experts to examine how the IRS may clarify its hazy rules regarding what tax-exempt groups may do politically.

Prescription costs to rise under new FDA rule?

2/26/2014
The Hill: Prescription costs to rise under new FDA rule? by Tim Devaney - But Allison Zieve, director of litigation at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, said the rule would encourage companies to take responsibility for the drugs they produce. "Generic manufacturers are fully capable of complying," Zieve said at the conference.

Groups Push FDA to Revoke Approval of Highly Potent Painkiller

2/26/2014
Health Day: Groups Push FDA to Revoke Approval of Highly Potent Painkiller by Mary Elizabeth Dallas - "Too many people have already become addicted to similar opioid medications and too many lives have been lost," Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, said in the Public Citizen news release.

IRS Uproar Intensifies

2/26/2014
Roll Call: IRS Uproar Intensifies by Eliza Newlin Carney - But many of the very groups that oppose a delay, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Public Citizen, also oppose the IRS regulations as written. Said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan: “They are both over- and under-inclusive in ways that are particularly troubling.”

Critics Question FDA's Approval Of Zohydro

2/26/2014
NPR: Critics Question FDA's Approval Of Zohydro by Laura Sullivan - Contains an interview with Karilyn Gower of Public Citizen and Andrew Kolodny

Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction

2/26/2014
Huffington Post: Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction by Andrew Kolodny - Other co-signers include CASAColumbia, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, and dozens of community-based addiction-prevention organizations.

Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Sticky Leaks, Billion Dollar Spills, and Dirty Air

2/26/2014
PRWatch: Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Sticky Leaks, Billion Dollar Spills, and Dirty Air by David Saldana - Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, explains that shrinking domestic demand is the other market force driving tar sands producers' drive to the coast. "Gasoline and oil demand has plummeted in the U.S. We've taken two million barrels of oil off the market each day since 2008," Slocum says, because of less economic activity in the Great Recession, and by Americans' efforts to use less fuel and energy in response to high prices. Indeed, the Christian Science Monitor reports that U.S. demand for oil dropped in six of the past seven years.

Testosterone Lawsuits Move Forward, as Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Push for Stronger Heart Attack Warnings on Low Testosterone Drugs

2/26/2014
PRWeb: Testosterone Lawsuits Move Forward, as Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Push for Stronger Heart Attack Warnings on Low Testosterone Drugs - According to a CBS News report, Public Citizen has filed petition with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asserting that black box warnings, the most serious label warnings possible, are urgently needed to inform the public about the possible association between low testosterone therapies and heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular side effects. Also on: Benzinga, Digital Journal, Tutorial Finder, North Fork Vue

Robert Weissman speaks on a panel on the state of regulations organized by The Hill

2/26/2014
The Hill: Robert Weissman speaks on a panel on the state of regulations organized by The Hill - Robert Weissman speaks on a panel on the state of regulations organized by The Hill

How 'the next Citizens United' could bring more corruption but less gridlock

2/26/2014
The Cap Times: How 'the next Citizens United' could bring more corruption but less gridlock by Richard Hasen - Public Citizen has planned more than 100 events across the country in anticipation of a McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruling that further dismantles our campaign finance laws and strikes down a key federal campaign contribution limit.

House GOP whip aims at Obama regs

2/26/2014
The Hill: House GOP whip aims at Obama regs by Tim Devaney - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, countered McCarthy at Wednesday’s event by arguing there are not enough regulations to protect workers and the environment. He pointed to the proposed silica dust rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as an example of a regulation that has been delayed for longer that he would have liked.  “It's about 10 years too late,” Weissman said.

Ethics disclosure for Senate candidate Greg Brannon not filed

2/26/2014
WRAL: Ethics disclosure for Senate candidate Greg Brannon not filed by Mark Binker - "This is a very significant breach, especially when you're dealing with a U.S. Senate candidate," said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, a nonpartisan good-government watchdog based in Washington, D.C. "The public needs to know if there are any serious conflicts of interest."

WUSA/DC interviews

2/25/2014
Feb. 25: WUSA/DC interviews - Sid interviewed by WUSA/DC re testosterone petition. Mike Carome interviewed by WUSA/DC re FDA petition to keep dangerous opiod off the market.

How to find out if your doctor is in good standing. It takes some digging

2/25/2014
Washington Post: How to find out if your doctor is in good standing. It takes some digging by Christie Aschwanden - Unfortunately, there’s no foolproof way to vet your doctor, says physician Michael Carome, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization based in Washington. But there are some basic steps you can take to look into a doctor’s credentials and record.

Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Add a Black Box Warning to Low-T Drug Labeling

2/25/2014
Pharma Marketing Blog: Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Add a Black Box Warning to Low-T Drug Labeling by John Mack/Pharmaguy - “In the face of … accumulating evidence [see, for example, "Testosterone Therapy Tied to Heart Risks"], this statement is reckless and is a betrayal of the FDA’s role as an agency in the U.S. Public Health Service,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “It is quite clear that testosterone treatment increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks.”

Simmons Law Firm Reacts to Consumer Advocacy Group's Call for Testosterone Warning Labels

2/25/2014
PR Newswire: Simmons Law Firm Reacts to Consumer Advocacy Group's Call for Testosterone Warning Labels by Mark Motley - Consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, has called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide a "bold warning label" on testosterone drugs for men, in reaction to mounting evidence that testosterone can increase the risk of serious cardiovascular health issues.

Testosterone drugs should warn of cardiac risk, consumer group says

2/25/2014
Reuters: Testosterone drugs should warn of cardiac risk, consumer group says by Toni Clarke - Of the 27 studies, 14 that were not funded by the pharmaceutical industry showed a "highly significant" increased risk, Public Citizen said. Thirteen were funded by drug companies and those studies showed no increased cardiovascular risk.

The Hill organizes summit on regulations, but who’ll stick up for them?

2/25/2014
Washington Post: The Hill organizes summit on regulations, but who’ll stick up for them? by Erik Wemple - Robert Weissman: The president of Public Citizen, Weissman strives to ensure that his organization “serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital.” So he might just disagree with the above panelists on the propriety of government regulation. In sum, the panel has all the balance of an episode of Fox News’s “The Five..”

Group asks FDA for black box warning on testosterone products due to heart risks

2/25/2014
CBS News: Group asks FDA for black box warning on testosterone products due to heart risks by Michelle Castillo - “In the face of this accumulating evidence, this statement is reckless and is a betrayal of the FDA’s role as an agency in the U.S. Public Health Service,” Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said in a press release. “It is quite clear that testosterone treatment increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks.”

Grijalva Releases Letter to GAO Requesting Investigation of State Department Procedures to Finalize Environmental Impact Statements

2/25/2014
Congressman Grijalva’s Office: Grijalva Releases Letter to GAO Requesting Investigation of State Department Procedures to Finalize Environmental Impact Statements - Other speakers included Margrete Strand Rangnes of Public Citizen and Maura Cowley of the Energy Action Coalition. Video highlights of today’s press conference are available at http://bit.ly/Nv55Ou.

American cowboys fight for better wages, working conditions

2/25/2014
CNN Money: American cowboys fight for better wages, working conditions by Claire Zillman - Sheep herders, goat herders, and cattle hands earn a prevailing wage that varies state to state, but it is decidedly low everywhere, says Julie Murray, a staff attorney for Public Citizen Litigation Group who will argue the plaintiffs' case on Tuesday. In Colorado, for instance, the DOL has set the prevailing wage at $750 per month for goat and sheep herders; $875 per month for open range cattle hands. "[Goat and sheep herders] are working actively 80 hours a week," Murray says. "That comes out to be $2.34 an hour."

Austin Energy Updates Progress On 2020 Goals

2/25/2014
KEYE TV: Austin Energy Updates Progress On 2020 Goals by Fred Cantu - Tom Smith, longtime state director of Public Citizen says, "I'm an old man now and over the 30 years I've been doing this job the price of natural gas has gone through eleven cycles often breaking utilities backs with high prices and causing abrupt changes in the price of electricity."

Jonah Minkoff-Zern interview on the Thom Hartmann radio show

2/25/2014
Jonah Minkoff-Zern interview on the Thom Hartmann radio show - Jonah Minkoff-Zern's interview on the Thom Hartmann radio show on McCutcheon events.

Group wants heart attack warning on testosterone

2/25/2014
Associated Press: Group wants heart attack warning on testosterone by Matthew Perrone - But Public Citizen says studies published as early as 2010 should have prompted FDA action. "It is quite clear that testosterone treatment increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of Public Citizen's health group. Also on:  Washington Times, Time, Salon, CTV News, Yahoo!

The Progressive Movement Continues to Mature and Grow

2/25/2014
Huffington Post: The Progressive Movement Continues to Mature and Grow by Pearl Korn - Public Citizen in particular has been tireless and extremely effective in their efforts to get the word out on this bum deal. Stopping fast track of the TPP - which would have given the president authority to bypass Congress and its role to amend and debate the contents of the agreement -- is an absolute must

In a first, Agriculture Dept. plans to regulate food marketing in schools

2/25/2014
Washington Post: In a first, Agriculture Dept. plans to regulate food marketing in schools by Lyndsey Layton - Schools don’t earn much revenue from advertising, according to a 2012 study by Public Citizen. It found that less than 1 percent of schools that participated in commercial advertising earned more than $50,000 and that two-thirds of schools that had advertising received no income. Also on: Boston Globe

Prescription for Error? Pharmacy Robots

2/24/2014
NBC News, Washington: Prescription for Error? Pharmacy Robots by Tisha Thompson - Dr. Sidney Wolfe at the medical watchdog Public Citizen said there have been at least two well-respected medical studies that found robots do cut down on medication errors. But that's only if humans load them properly.Wolfe said, "A human being has to fill the machine with various kinds of medicine and they could make a mistake. And if they make a mistake, the machine dispenses what it's told to do."

Retailers Band Together to Fight Health Reform Law

2/23/2014
The Cutting Edge: Retailers Band Together to Fight Health Reform Law by Erin Quinn - The Retail Industry Leaders Association and the American Staffing Association are among those named in E-Flex’s reports to Congress, as are health insurer Aetna, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Association. “Some probably chip in a quarter million” while others give closer to $5,000, said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a public interest group.

Will Opioid Scrutiny Spur NSAID Overuse?

2/23/2014
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News: Will Opioid Scrutiny Spur NSAID Overuse? by Ben Guarino - Michael Carome, MD, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said it’s “hard to say” if the new FDA labeling will influence NSAID use. He cited the variety of pain relief options that could be used in lieu of opioids or NSAIDs. “Non-NSAIDs, like Tylenol, may be reasonable for some patients,” Dr. Carome said. “And frequently, these are underutilized.”

Drugmakers battle health warning rule for generics

2/23/2014
Detroit Free Press: Drugmakers battle health warning rule for generics by David G. Savage - A growing number of drugs are sold only as generics. That shift argues for changing the federal warning rules, said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, a nonprofit organization. “Many potential hazards are not discovered until years after drugs have been on the market,” he said. “The proposed rule would remedy this public health problem” by requiring generic makers to disclose new safety risks as they are known, he added.

Pritzker Bridges the Rift Between Business, Obama

2/23/2014
Bloomberg News: Pritzker Bridges the Rift Between Business, Obama by Brian Wingfield - Pritzker Bridges the Rift Between Business, Obama by Brian Wingfield - “She’s fairly tone deaf on what the Congress and the whole country think about Nafta,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch program. Wallach said the pact has caused American job losses and noted the U.S. trade gap with Mexico has dropped from a $1.4 billion surplus in 1994, when it took effect, to a $54 billion deficit last year.

Obama looks for headway on trade

2/23/2014
The Hill: Obama looks for headway on trade - “There is a sense that whether or not any real deal is finalized, there may be an announcement of one, if only to portray the talks as not unraveling despite growing opposition to the TPP in some of the countries involved,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Trading Up: Why a massive trade deal is the key to the Asia pivot - and to America's future

2/21/2014
Foreign Policy: Trading Up: Why a massive trade deal is the key to the Asia pivot - and to America's future by James Traub - For groups like Public Citizen, one of the most vocal opponents of the pact, the TPP's hidden agenda is advancing "corporate policy goals, rights and privileges." The domestic debate over the TPP is thus very largely a debate over the merits of the American economic model.

FDA Will Overhaul Approval Process for OTC Drugs

2/21/2014
Wall Street Cheat Sheet: FDA Will Overhaul Approval Process for OTC Drugs by Emily Coyle - Many of the ingredients that are currently in medications are now outdated, or “have never been evaluated for safety and efficacy,” as Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, founder of Public Citizen Health Research Group, points out.

How 'the next Citizens United' could bring more corruption - but less gridlock

2/21/2014
The Washington Post: How 'the next Citizens United' could bring more corruption - but less gridlock by Richard L. Hasen - Public Citizen has planned more than 100 events across the country in anticipation of a McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling that further dismantles our campaign finance laws and strikes down a key federal campaign contribution limit.  

Why is the Obama administration using taxpayer money to back a nuclear plant that's already being built?

2/21/2014
The Washington Post: Why is the Obama administration using taxpayer money to back a nuclear plant that's already being built? by Stephen Mufson - “No doubt, this is a bad deal for the American people who have been put on the hook for a project that is both embroiled in delays and cost overruns and to a company that has publicly stated that it does not need federal loans to complete the project,” Allison Fisher, Outreach Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program said. “This is a classic case of throwing good money after bad – an unnecessary and unconscionable decision to make with taxpayer money.”

Keith McCullough On Inflation and Growth, Ben Beachy Talks TPP

2/21/2014
Financial Survivor Network via Boom Bust RT: Keith McCullough On Inflation and Growth, Ben Beachy Talks TPP - The Trans Pacific Partnership is a far-reaching free trade agreement under negotiation between 12 Pacific Rim countries. Opponents have criticized the negotiations as “a corporate takeover” that will grant big business new authority over government laws when it comes to internet freedom, copyright, and environmental regulations, to just name a few. Erin speaks Ben Beachy of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch to talk about the Public Interest Committee of the TPP and what the problems are with these negotiations.

Springtime for SCOTUS: Controversy blooms

2/21/2014
Wisconsin Gazette: Springtime for SCOTUS: Controversy blooms by Lisa Neff - Robert Weissman, president of the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen, said thousands of activists could be mobilized the day the Court hands down a ruling in McCutcheon.  “People around the country are ready to rally in response to an adverse ruling and to demand a constitutional amendment to repair the damage done by decisions such as Citizens United and, potentially, McCutcheon.”

U.S. Backing First Nuclear Reactors in 30 Years

2/20/2014
Inter Press Service: U.S. Backing First Nuclear Reactors in 30 Years by Carey L. Biron - “The construction of the two new reactors … are 21 months behind schedule and 1.6 billion dollars over budget,” Allison Fisher, outreach director for the energy programme at Public Citizen, a watchdog group here, said Wednesday.

NPR Interview

2/20/2014
NPR Interview - Mike Carome interviewed by NPR on joint FDA letter to keep dangerous new opiod off the market.  

Why You Ought to Be Skeptical of NAFTA 2.0

2/20/2014
Inc. : Why You Ought to Be Skeptical of NAFTA 2.0 by Diana Ransom - "The TPP literally replicates and expands on the same model as NAFTA," says Lori Wallach, a trade expert at Public Citizen, a liberal-leaning advocacy group. Both agreements involve many of the same benefits and limitations, and differ only in certain categories like environmental standards, she adds. "Obama is only doubling down on the same rules that caused the problem and spreading it out."

Artist Stands Up to the NSA and Wins

2/20/2014
Daily Kos: Artist Stands Up to the NSA and Wins by David Harris Gershon - “Stand up for your rights,” Paul Levy, the Public Citizen attorney who took the case, said. “I think the message here is to stand up for your rights. Dan McCall did and he was vindicated and other people should do so as well.” McCall will now go back to doing what he loves by creating satire and parodies with art – turning this bane of bureaucrats into a hero of free expression.

Layton couple's credit restored after battle with online retailer

2/20/2014
The Davis Clipper: Layton couple's credit restored after battle with online retailer by Dan Metacalf Jr. - Public Citizen Litigation Group attorney Scott Michelman said the "non-disparagement" clause did not exist at the time of John's purchase, nor would it be legal had it been there 5 year ago. Michelman told the Clipper that even though the Palmers’ credit and good name have been restored, the fight with KlearGear is not over. “We’re very happy their credit has been restored,” said Michelman. “But it doesn’t right the wrong.”

How does the FDA 'approve' medical products?

2/20/2014
Medical News Today: How does the FDA 'approve' medical products? by David McNamee - "For example, in 2011 the medical device industry spent $33.3 million on lobbying, raising its total to $158.7 million since 2007. This lobbying campaign has been very successful and has generally drowned out calls for stronger medical device regulation from consumer advocates like Public Citizen."

20 years on, debating whether NAFTA is success story or damaging policy

2/20/2014
PBS Newshour: 20 years on, debating whether NAFTA is success story or damaging policy - LORI WALLACH, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch: Well, we really underpredicted what the damage would be.So there has been a large increase in trade. But a lot of it has been a flood of new NAFTA imports. NAFTA did include investor protections. Those incentivized offshoring of U.S. investments and jobs. So, while we have seen a flood of more trade, it’s 700 percent of that is actually the imports.

Generic Drug Makers’ Push Back Against Warning Requirements

2/20/2014
About Lawsuits: Generic Drug Makers’ Push Back Against Warning Requirements by Irvin Jackson - 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.

Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal

2/20/2014
Huffington Post: Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal by Ryan Grim and Zach Carter - The meeting grew testy, with Public Citizen's Lori Wallach, Democratic strategist Mike Lux and labor ally Robert Borosage voicing strong critiques of the trade policy. "When you go on a charm offensive, it's probably not helpful to tell the targets of your seduction a bunch of lies, that if they knew better, they'd agree with you, and any time they call you on your lies, they're being hostile," said one attendant.

Department of Energy Approves Nuclear Loan Guarantee, But Program Is Off To A Slow Start

2/20/2014
Huffington Post: Department of Energy Approves Nuclear Loan Guarantee, But Program Is Off To A Slow Start by Kate Sheppard - Allison Fisher, the outreach director for the energy program at Public Citizen, noted that the construction at the Vogtle plant is behind schedule and cost projections have increased. "This not only calls into question the decision to underwrite this risky project with taxpayer dollars, but proves that the same issues that plagued reactor construction more than three decades ago have not been resolved," said Fisher.

U.S. Backing First Nuclear Reactors in 30 Years

2/20/2014
Inter Press Service: U.S. Backing First Nuclear Reactors in 30 Years by Carey L. Biron - “The construction of the two new reactors … are 21 months behind schedule and 1.6 billion dollars over budget,” Allison Fisher, outreach director for the energy program at Public Citizen, a watchdog group here, said Wednesday.

Interview with KBOO

2/20/2014
Interview with KBOO - Jonah interviewed by KBOO/Portland OR, on McCutcheon events.  

Interview on the Bill Press Show

2/20/2014
Interview on the Bill Press Show - Lori interviewed on the Bill Press Show/syndicated radio andFree Speech TV, on the TPP.   

Does the White House Really Think People Are That Stupid?

2/19/2014
Daily Kos: Does the White House Really Think People Are That Stupid? by Jonathon Tasini - That assertion drew scorn from critics. “I don’t think that expanding on the Nafta model and extending it to nine more nations was what the unions, environmental groups or Democratic Party activists had in mind when Obama said he would renegotiate Nafta,” said Lori Wallach, a trade expert at Public Citizen, a liberal advocacy group.[emphasis added]

Group contends Etowah County gag order affects 100 people, petitions for it to be

2/19/2014
Al.com: Group contends Etowah County gag order affects 100 people, petitions for it to be by William Thornton - The petition argues that the gag orders represent "a prior restraint impermissible under the First Amendment" of the U.S. Constitution. The petition also says the order was issued "without giving Campbell an opportunity to be heard and without evidence of a need for such an injunction," stated a news release from Public Citizen.

Thin-Skinned Spies

2/19/2014
New York Times: Thin-Skinned Spies by Juliet Lapidos - This story has a happy ending: Mr. McCall contacted the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which sued on his behalf. And yesterday the agencies ate crow, abandoning their protests. The N.S.A. acknowledged that the law “does not prohibit the creation or sale of items intended to parody N.S.A.” and that the “designs were intended as parody.”

Retailers band together to fight health reform law

2/19/2014
Center for Public Integrity: Retailers band together to fight health reform law by Erin Quinn - The Retail Industry Leaders Association and the American Staffing Association are among those named in E-Flex’s reports to Congress, as are health insurer Aetna, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Association. “Some probably chip in a quarter million” while others give closer to $5,000, said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a public interest group. Also on: Huffington Post

Big-Money Politics Groups Get Clarity From IRS They Hate

2/19/2014
Bloomberg: Big-Money Politics Groups Get Clarity From IRS They Hate by Richard Rubin - Colvin, chairman of the Bright Lines Project at Public Citizen, a consumer group that says it works to counter corporate interests, said the IRS should find a better way to separate partisan from nonpartisan activities. The rules, he said, were “designed to stimulate the nonprofit sector to rise up and explain how important nonpartisan civic engagement actually is to them.” Also on: Bloomberg Business Week

NSA settles lawsuit over satirical merchandise

2/19/2014
USA Today/St. Cloud, Minnesota, Times: NSA settles lawsuit over satirical merchandise by Kevin Allenspach - McCall also will receive $500 to cover his court costs in filing the suit, with the help of Public Citizen, a government watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C. The agreement stipulates that McCall drop his suit and the NSA and DHS admit no liability to him.

NSA, DHS Admit It's Legal to Mock Them

2/19/2014
US News: NSA, DHS Admit It's Legal to Mock Them by Steven Nelson - “You would expect that at a government agency there would be a grown-up looking on to make sure stupid letters like these weren’t going out,” says Public Citizen Litigation Group attorney Paul Levy, who represented McCall. “Obviously in this case there was no grown-up.”

Credit Restored for Consumer Fined for Negative Online Review

2/19/2014
KUTV: Credit Restored for Consumer Fined for Negative Online Review by Matt Gephardt - After our original story aired, Washington, D.C. based Public Citizen, a litigation group, sued Kleargear.com on behalf of Jen and her husband. Also named in the suit is the debt collector, Fidelity Information Corporation. According to Public Citizen, the collection agency has done an independent review of the case and reported to the credit agencies that the debt was erroneous.

Obama folds on aid order secrecy

2/19/2014
Politico: Obama folds on aid order secrecy by Josh Gerstein - Government lawyers had 60 days to appeal her ruling. That deadline came and went Tuesday without any appeal being filed. "My understanding is the administration is preparing to release the document," said Julie Murray of Public Citizen Litigation Group, which filed suit for the memo on behalf of the Center for Effective Government.

Parody T-shirts that use NSA’s name and logo aren’t illegal

2/19/2014
Washington Post: Parody T-shirts that use NSA’s name and logo aren’t illegal by Eugene Volokh - I wrote about this incident last fall, and now the National Security Agency has folded (as has the Department of Homeland Security with regard to a similar controversy), thanks to the work of Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen, who represented the designers. Also on: Free Republic

It's OK to parody the NSA

2/18/2014
Ars Technica: It's OK to parody the NSA by Joe Mullin - "It’s bad enough that these agencies have us under constant surveillance; forbidding citizens from criticizing them is beyond the pale," said Public Citizen's Paul Levy, who filed the suit on McCall's behalf. Now, NSA has admitted: McCall is right.

Pritzker Bridges Business-Obama Rift to Promote Trade

2/18/2014
Bloomberg: Pritzker Bridges Business-Obama Rift to Promote Trade by Brian Wingfield - “She’s fairly tone-deaf on what the Congress and the whole country think about Nafta,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch program. Wallach said the pact has caused American job losses and noted the U.S. trade gap with Mexico has dropped from a $1.4 billion surplus in 1994, when it took effect, to a $54 billion deficit last year.

NSA, DHS drop parody complaint

2/18/2014
The Hill: NSA, DHS drop parody complaint by Julian Hattem - “This is an important win,” said Paul Levy, a Public Citizen lawyer involved in the case, in a statement on Tuesday. “Citizens shouldn’t have to worry whether criticizing government agencies will get them in trouble or not. This settlement proves the First Amendment is there to protect citizens’ rights to free speech.”

Politics to Shadow Obama's Trade Talks in Mexico

2/18/2014
International New York Times: Politics to Shadow Obama's Trade Talks in Mexico by Peter Baker and Elisabeth Malkin - “I don’t think that expanding on the Nafta model and extending it to nine more nations was what the unions, environmental groups or Democratic Party activists had in mind when Obama said he would renegotiate Nafta,” said Lori Wallach, a trade expert at Public Citizen, a liberal advocacy group.

Debt Collection Company Actually Admits It Did the Wrong Thing After Bad Online Review

2/18/2014
Consumerist: Debt Collection Company Actually Admits It Did the Wrong Thing After Bad Online Review by Beth Quirk - Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against KlearGear back in December on behalf of the couple, and now the collection agency involved has agreed that the so-called “debt” wasn’t actually a real debt.

NSA, Homeland Security withdraw their complaints against company's parodies

2/18/2014
The Washington Post: NSA, Homeland Security withdraw their complaints against company's parodies by Al Kamen - McCall contacted Public Citizen and sued, saying the parodies of NSA listening and DHS stupidity are protected under the First Amendment. He demanded that the agencies back off. “NSA and DHS both recognized that they’d messed up and they’ve done the right thing and recognized the use of their name and seal are protected for purposes of commentary,” or, in this case, parody, said Public Citizen lawyer Paul Levy.

U.S. to boost network of advisors on trade negotiations

2/18/2014
Reuters: U.S. to boost network of advisors on trade negotiations by Reuters News - "The public has zero access to negotiating texts - even though corporations and the countries with whom the U.S. is negotiating do - and is therefore handcuffed in making meaningful suggestions," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which is part of a campaign against the TPP.

St Lucia attorney takes on Facebook

2/18/2014
Caribbean News Now: St Lucia attorney takes on Facebook - The nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen will contend in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that the settlement violates the laws of seven states, including California and New York, by failing to require Facebook to receive explicit permission from parents before using the personal information of teenage users in advertising.

Drug Firms Fight Generics Warning

2/18/2014
Valley News: Drug Firms Fight Generics Warning by G. Savage - A growing number of drugs are sold only as generics. That shift argues for changing the federal warning rules, said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, a nonprofit organization. “Many potential hazards are not discovered until years after drugs have been on the market,” he said. “The proposed rule would remedy this public health problem” by requiring generic makers to disclose new safety risks as they are known, he added.

Congressman calls for ethics probe of his advocacy for defense contractor

2/17/2014
Army Times: Congressman calls for ethics probe of his advocacy for defense contractor by Donovan Slack - Craig Holman, the senior legislative director for Washington-based Public Citizen who urged last week that the OCE investigate Petri, said Petri’s request for the probe is unusual but not unprecedented.  “It seems like a wise strategy, especially for the public image of it all,” Holman said in an interview. “But the one other time that I know it’s happened, it did backfire.” Also on: Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times, fdl Reporter, Leaf Chronicle, and Manitowoc Hub

Interview with KKFI

2/17/2014
Interview with KKFI - Aquene interviewed by KKFI/Kansas City on McCutcheon events.  

Petri Responds to Oshkosh Corp. Questions

2/17/2014
Milwaukee Magazine: Petri Responds to Oshkosh Corp. Questions by Matt Hrodey - Gannett Wisconsin Media reported last week that an independent group, Public Citizen, was raising questions over Petri's ownership of hundreds of thousands of dollars in Oshkosh Corp. stock at the time he was lobbying for the company to either retain a lucrative contract or dodge spending cuts.

EXCLUSIVE: DHS official Marrone used private eye to find dirt on Rendell to undercut Pa. race

2/17/2014
Washington Times: EXCLUSIVE: DHS official Marrone used private eye to find dirt on Rendell to undercut Pa. race by Kelly Riddell and Jim McElhatton - “These emails pretty clearly show he was a willing participant,” said Craig Holman, legislative director at the watchdog group Public Citizen. He also pointed out that prosecutors nonetheless concluded that Mr. Marrone shouldn’t be charged with crimes. “There may not be anything illegal about using a private investigator to spy on a political figure, but it smacks of Nixonian-style dirty politics.”

Petri asks for ethics probe of his actions

2/17/2014
USA Today: Petri asks for ethics probe of his actions by Donovan Slack - That report prompted non-partisan watchdog group Public Citizen last week to urge the independent Office of Congressional Ethics to review the case, saying Petri had an "obvious conflict of interest." Also on:  Manitowoc Hub

Facebook Inc (FB) Faces Continued Scrutiny

2/17/2014
ETF Daily News: Facebook Inc (FB) Faces Continued Scrutiny by Diana Primavera - On Thursday, February 13, 2014, Public Citizen issued a press release to announce the brief filing and stated “Consumer, children’s safety, digital privacy groups and parents are urging a federal appeals court to toss out a settlement agreement that permits Facebook to use kids’ pictures in ads without the consent of their parents – which is illegal in seven states.” Also on: Before it’s News, My TV Jacksonville, Minnesota Public Radio News, and  Paid Content

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri violates public trust with defense contractor investments: Our View

2/17/2014
Manitowoc Hub: U.S. Rep. Tom Petri violates public trust with defense contractor investments: Our View - The Washington-based nonprofit watchdog Public Citizen called for an investigation of what it called an “obvious conflict of interest.”

Generic drug makers fight rule on health risk warnings

2/16/2014
Los Angeles Times: Generic drug makers fight rule on health risk warnings by David G. Savage - A growing number of drugs are sold only as generics. That shift argues for changing the federal warning rules, said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a nonprofit organization. "Many potential hazards are not discovered until years after drugs have been on the market," he said. "The proposed rule would remedy this public health problem" by requiring generic makers to disclose new safety risks as they are known, he added.

John Nichols: Ron Kind should exit fast track

2/16/2014
The Cap Times: John Nichols: Ron Kind should exit fast track by John Nichols - If Congress approves fast track, the White House will negotiate a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal behind closed doors and without meaningful congressional scrutiny. The result, says Public Citizen Global Trade Watch’s Lori Wallach, will be “NAFTA on steroids.”

Scott Michelman interviewed on Consumer Talk, KGO Radio/SF on the Facebook settlement.

2/15/2014
Scott Michelman interviewed on Consumer Talk, KGO Radio/SF on the Facebook settlement. - Scott Michelman interviewed on Consumer Talk, KGO Radio/SF on the Facebook settlement.

Bad Medicine? Many ND doctors who misuse alcohol, drugs are allowed to continue practicing

2/15/2014
InForum: Bad Medicine? Many ND doctors who misuse alcohol, drugs are allowed to continue practicing by Sherri Richards - “It’s a bit like playing roulette,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group in Washington, D.C. “With the best of intentions of a rehab program, such a person is more likely to go back to drugs or alcohol than someone without a problem. The question is: Is there going to be a patient around when that happens?”

Suits against Tylenol maker seek to highlight dangers

2/15/2014
FindLaw: Suits against Tylenol maker seek to highlight dangers by Melissa Dribben - "It doesn't make any sense," said Sidney Wolfe, senior advisor of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group, who served on an FDA drug safety group that urged for stronger warnings and lower doses. "Why bother having advisory committees who spend hundreds of hours researching these issues and then not do one of the most important things we recommend?"

EDITORIAL: Petri ‘conflict’ should be formally investigated

2/15/2014
FDL Reporter: EDITORIAL: Petri ‘conflict’ should be formally investigated by Gannett Wisconsin Media - Public Citizen, a nonpartisan watchdog organization, believes the Office of Congressional Ethics should investigate Petri. It conducts preliminary reviews and refers cases — if warranted — to the House Ethics Committee for potential sanctions.

Johnson County neurosurgeon's medical license suspended after patient's death 7 years ago

2/15/2014
FindLaw: Johnson County neurosurgeon's medical license suspended after patient's death 7 years ago by Alan Bavley - Discipline against doctors often is slowed because medical licensing boards frequently lack the kind of legal firepower that a well-paid doctor can afford, said physician Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization.

Did Dallas City Council Just Put the City's Water Supply at Risk for $1,600?

2/14/2014
Dallas Observer: Did Dallas City Council Just Put the City's Water Supply at Risk for $1,600? by Amy Silverstein - Environmentalists say that the crude oil coming from Canada's tar sands is rougher and heavier than typical crude, and more difficult to clean up in the event of a spill."It's not the same animal as South America crude," says Rita Beving, a local organizer for Public Citizen, a non-profit group that has been fighting the Seaway project.

Why hasn't the Boxer-Sanders climate bill gotten more attention?

2/14/2014
Democratic Underground: Why hasn't the Boxer-Sanders climate bill gotten more attention? - “Pricing carbon is an important tool to address climate change, and this legislation ensures that working families aren’t penalized by dedicating 3/5 of revenues to a per-capita family refund. This will protect families at the same time we seek to protect the climate,” said Slocum, Public Citizen’s energy program director.

Corruption: Made in the USA

2/14/2014
City Watch: Corruption: Made in the USA by Jim Conn - One of Congress’ worst offenses has been the permission it granted banks and credit card companies to shield themselves from complaints by cardholders. By accepting a credit card, users agree to settle all disputes through an arbitrator selected and paid for by the company. A report from Public Citizen in 2007 said that such arbitration found in favor of the company 97 percent of the time.

Facebook social ads settlement under fire from children's advocates

2/13/2014
LA Times: Facebook social ads settlement under fire from children's advocates by Jessica Guynn - “With this settlement Facebook hopes to continue getting advertiser ‘likes’ by selling off its hottest commodity: the personal information of teenagers,” said Hudson Kingston, legal counsel for the Center for Digital Democracy which has joined with Public Citizen. “This leaves teens open to all sorts of privacy violations when they show up in endorsements they never agreed to, and this reckless attitude toward their privacy in order to boost ad revenue shows who Facebook considers its real friends to be.”

Facebook faces new legal challenge from groups opposed to ads using minors' photos

2/13/2014
San Jose Mercury News: Facebook faces new legal challenge from groups opposed to ads using minors' photos by Brandon Bailey - The settlement was approved last year by a federal judge, but attorney Scott Michelman of the watchdog group Public Citizen said the terms violate child-protection laws of at least seven states, including California, because the agreement doesn't require Facebook to get parents' consent before using minors' names or photos in so-called "social" ads.

Advocacy group files appeal against Facebook privacy settlement

2/13/2014
CNET: Advocacy group files appeal against Facebook privacy settlement by Richard Nieva - On Thursday, nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen filed a legal brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of San Francisco, asking that the settlement be overturned. As part of the original settlement, Facebook was told to change the language of its terms of service to say that, for people under 18, the act of signing up for Facebook represents parental consent. But that solution, the critics said, doesn't require those parents to give explicit consent.

Facebook faces opposition to privacy settlement

2/13/2014
Associated Press: Facebook faces opposition to privacy settlement - Public Citizen and supporting groups such as the Center for Digital Democracy argue that the settlement should have not been approved in the first place because using minors' images in ads without parental consent violates the law in seven states.

Groups Turn on Facebook Privacy Case Deal

2/13/2014
Yahoo News, originally published by Agence France Press: Groups Turn on Facebook Privacy Case Deal - The practice is specifically banned by laws in California and six other US states, according to Public Citizen attorney Scott Michelman. "The capture and republication of teen postings by Facebook is a pernicious assault on their rights to decide where their messages should go," said Robert Fellmeth, director of the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which is representing another challenger to the settlement. Also on: Digital Journal, News Daily, Taiyangbao, The Raw Story,

Parents resume privacy fight vs. Facebook over use of children’s images in ads

2/13/2014
Washington Post: Parents resume privacy fight vs. Facebook over use of children’s images in ads by Cecilia Kang - “The settlement now says that in order to use Facebook you have to agree that Facebook can do this,” said Scott Michelman, an attorney for Public Citizen, one of a handful of public interest groups involved in the new lawsuit. “In a way, this is worse than before the settlement, because Facebook doesn’t have to change its practice and now has legal language in place to protect itself from further lawsuits.”

Facebook teen privacy settlement could cause more harm, advocates say

2/13/2014
Market Watch: Facebook teen privacy settlement could cause more harm, advocates say by Ben Pimentel - But the settlement was rejected by several advocacy groups, including Public Citizen, the Children’s Advocacy Institute and the Center for Digital Democracy. One group, the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, which had initially agreed to the deal and was supposed to receive $290,000 in settlement funds, withdrew from the deal and joined those calling for the agreement to be thrown out.

Facebook Sponsored Stories Deal Attacked by Parents, Advocacy Groups

2/13/2014
Site Pro News: Facebook Sponsored Stories Deal Attacked by Parents, Advocacy Groups by Jennifer Cowan - Margaret Becker of Brooklyn, N.Y., one of the parents Public Citizen represents, is fighting the settlement for the sake of her teenaged daughter. “I’m fighting this settlement because Facebook shouldn’t be permitted to use my teenage daughter’s image for profit without my consent,” she said in a press release. “The Internet compromises children’s privacy in many ways that we parents must grapple with. But this settlement lets Facebook make my daughter a shill and leaves me powerless to stop it.” Also On: Before it’s News

Facebook Deal on Privacy Is Under Attack

2/13/2014
New York Times: Facebook Deal on Privacy Is Under Attack by Vindu Goel - But on Thursday, the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen will try to step up the pressure on Facebook to change its practices. In a legal brief to be filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the group will contend that the settlement violates the laws of seven states, including California and New York, by failing to require Facebook to receive explicit permission from parents before using the personal information of teenage users in advertising. Also On: Bits, Idaho Statesman, gigalaw

UPDATE 1-FDA panel votes against approval of Medicines Co's blood clot preventer

2/12/2014
Reuters: UPDATE 1-FDA panel votes against approval of Medicines Co's blood clot preventer by Esha Day - Public Citizen alleged that many patients on the trial received clopidogrel - usually given before cardiac stent procedures to prevent clot formation - after the procedure, likely resulting in a larger number of clots and heart attacks. Also On: Yahoo News, Yahoo Canada News, The Courant, Daily Press, 93 Rock On, WIXX, KWSN, 929 WLMI, KFGO News, KTCO 93.9, KDAL 610-AM, 957 The Bridge, My KDWZ, 100.7 MIX-FM, WIFC, x95.9, 

A List of the Republican "Democrats" Who Fight For Obama's Secret Trade Deals, And For Wall Street

2/12/2014
Op-ed News: A List of the Republican "Democrats" Who Fight For Obama's Secret Trade Deals, And For Wall Street by Eric Zuesse - Public Citizen bannered "Controversial Trade Pact Text Leaked," and reported that, "U.S. negotiators are alone in seeking to expand this extra-judicial enforcement system." None of the other member-states wanted the extreme subordination of national sovereignty to international corporations that Obama was pushing for on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other Republican interest-groups.

Nominee’s lack of policy experience seen as asset after Binz collapse

2/12/2014
E & E Daily: Nominee’s lack of policy experience seen as asset after Binz collapse by Hannah Northey - Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at the watchdog group Public Citizen, said Bay’s enforcement experience would serve the commission well. “Some have said, ‘We don’t know where he stands on energy policy,’ but that reflects a misunderstanding of FERC,” Slocum said. “FERC is not DOE, it’s not an energy-policy-setting agency per se, it essentially operates like five judges presiding over evidence in a complex rate proceeding.”

Silica protections 'badly outdated,' liberal groups say

2/12/2014
The Hill: Silica protections 'badly outdated,' liberal groups say by Tim Deveaney - In comments filed with OSHA, Public Citizen, a liberal advocacy group, said the current silica rules are "badly outdated." "We believe it is crucial that OSHA adopt the most protective standard with respect to silica exposure," wrote Keith Wrightson, worker safety and health advocate at Public Citizen.

Nuclear Waste Storage on Texas Lawmakers' Agenda

2/12/2014
Texas Tribune: Nuclear Waste Storage on Texas Lawmakers' Agenda by Jim Malewitz - “It's idiotic to even consider disposing of high-level radioactive waste in Texas. Other states have rejected having high-level radioactive waste dumped on them,” Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, said in a statement. “It's all risk and very little reward for Texans.”

Radnor Veterinary Hospital fighting negative Yelps

2/12/2014
Mainline Media news: Radnor Veterinary Hospital fighting negative Yelps by Linda Stein - However, the law does not necessarily protect anonymous reviewers from defamation suits brought over the negative comments that they post, according to John Paul Levy, a lawyer with Public Citizen. That advocacy organization has litigated the issue in several states, he said, including a landmark New Jersey case where 10 years ago a judge protected the anonymity of two people, finding that being anonymous is an authorial choice protected by the First Amendment

The Activist Awards – OpEd

2/12/2014
Eurasia Review: The Activist Awards – OpEd by Ralph Nader - 6. Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe founded with me the Health Research Group of Public Citizen. Do you want to see what a small group of half a dozen people can accomplish in getting rid of hundreds of prescription and over the counter drugs “that don’t work?” Or do you want to learn how Dr. Wolfe has kept the Food and Drug Administration’s feet to the fire and held many doctors accountable to professional standards?

FDA Should Reject Drug for Preventing Blood Clots, Public Citizen Tells Advisory Committee

2/12/2014
Noodls: FDA Should Reject Drug for Preventing Blood Clots, Public Citizen Tells Advisory Committee - Testifying today before the FDA's Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee, Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, strongly urged the committee to reject cangrelor, which is made by The Medicines Company, because the clinical trials conducted to test the medication were poorly and unethically administered.

Ethics watchdog urges investigation of Rep. Tom Petri

2/11/2014
USA Today: Ethics watchdog urges investigation of Rep. Tom Petri by Donovan Slack - Craig Holman, senior legislative director for Washington-based nonprofit Public Citizen, said the Office of Congressional Ethics should investigate the Wisconsin Republican's advocacy on behalf of a defense contractor in which he owns a considerable amount of stock. Also on: Daily Advertiser, Californian, Leaf Chronicle and others

Facebook Users Urge Court To Nix Sponsored Stories Settlement

2/11/2014
Media Post: Facebook Users Urge Court To Nix Sponsored Stories Settlement by Wendy Davis - The users who filed an appeal this week weren't the only ones who opposed the deal. Organizations like Public Citizen and The Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego's Center for Public Interest Law, also asked Seeborg to scuttle the deal.

2013 Trade Data Show Why Fast Tracking a TPP NAFTA Expansion Is a Very Bad Idea

2/11/2014
Huffington Post: 2013 Trade Data Show Why Fast Tracking a TPP NAFTA Expansion Is a Very Bad Idea by Lori Wallach, director of our Trade Watch here at Public Citizen - Just like today for TPP, in the past Congress and the public were sold on glorious projections of trade agreements' benefits. But the actual data show the projections were at best wrong and perhaps simply cooked. The White House and the corporate lobby are trying to sell Congress the TPP and Fast Track with the same old promises about export growth and job creation, but the 2013 data show empirically that expanding the old trade model will only result in larger trade deficits, more job loss and downward pressure on U.S. wages.

Campaign finance groups want 'dark money' rules to stay

2/10/2014
The Hill: Campaign finance groups want 'dark money' rules to stay by Bernia Becker - “The delay will also continue the uncertainty that non-profit organizations on both sides of the aisle feel concerning the vague rules that currently exist,” wrote the groups, which include Democracy 21, Common Cause and Public Citizen.

The Last Major Fault Line in the Democratic Party

2/10/2014
The National Journal: The Last Major Fault Line in the Democratic Party by Alex Seitz-Wald - If that wasn’t enough, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid came out the day after President Obama’s State of the Union address to say that he, too, opposes fast-track authority, and he even suggested that he might not allow a floor vote in the upper chamber. “Reid sent a very clear message, but he only comes into play if the House passes it, and that is, at best, extremely uncertain,” said Public Citizen trade expert Lori Wallach.

Big business pays U.S. Chamber's bills -- does it also call the shots?

2/10/2014
Business Journals: Big business pays U.S. Chamber's bills -- does it also call the shots? by Kent Hoover - Public Citizen contends its analysis of U.S. Chamber of Commerce donors confirms the perception that big businesses call the shots at Washington's largest lobbying organization. Also on: Business First, Birmingham Business Journal, Los Angeles Business, and more

Single-payer health care system is needed to insure all Americans

2/10/2014
Daily Sundial: Single-payer health care system is needed to insure all Americans by Steven Maiken - Acting president of consumer group Public Citizen, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, made an important point on The Bill Moyers Journal. The journal shows that the United States wastes $400 billion each year on administrative costs because of the private insurance industry. The problem is Obamacare is still leaving them in the drivers seat.

Nuclear regulators OK 1st new plant since '78

2/9/2014
CBS News: Nuclear regulators OK 1st new plant since '78 by Associated Press - Allison Fisher, an energy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, called the NRC's action — less than a year after the Japan crisis — a step in the wrong direction. "It is inexplicable that we've chosen this moment in history to expand the use of a failed and dangerous technology," she said. Also on: WCTV, USA Today, NBC News, and more

Smart grid wins...new projects, awards, and developments

2/9/2014
Smart Grid News: Smart grid wins...new projects, awards, and developments - CenterPoint Energy, Silver Spring Networks and Public Citizen have each been honored with a CLEAR Award by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative. The awards recognize one utility, one non-utility and one non-profit respectively, who serve as role models for the development and implementation of consumer education programs.

Obama Calls for “Opportunity for All”: 8 Policies to Make It Happen

2/9/2014
Dowser: Obama Calls for “Opportunity for All”: 8 Policies to Make It Happen by Sara Van Gelder - And, just like with NAFTA, jobs and wages could take a big hit from the TPP. According to the Economic Policy Institute, NAFTA resulted in a net loss of 1 million jobs from 1994 to 2006. And, according to a recent report by Public Citizen, workers without college degrees (who make up 63 percent of the work force) saw a loss of about 12 percent of their earnings as a result of NAFTA, even when the savings from cheaper imported goods are factored in.

Andrews' reasons for leaving fail to sway watchdogs

2/9/2014
Philly.com: Andrews' reasons for leaving fail to sway watchdogs by Jonathon Tamari - Ethics watchdog groups questioned his explanation. "The fact that he resigned in the middle of his term suggests rather strongly that the House ethics committee was about to come out with a very unfavorable report and probably issue some penalties," said Craig Holman of the consumer group Public Citizen.

‘Free trade’ threatens Maine New Balance jobs, helps banks block regulation

2/9/2014
Bangor Daily News: ‘Free trade’ threatens Maine New Balance jobs, helps banks block regulation by John Buell - Public Citizen reports: “Since NAFTA was enacted, bankers have gotten much more aggressive in their attempts to block regulation through trade deals. For example, the Korea FTA, passed by Congress in October [2011], included [harsher prohibitions] on financial sector regulations than NAFTA. On top of that, the [World Trade Organization restricts] policies on capital controls, bans on risky financial services, size limits on banks and ‘firewalls’ between banking and investment services.”

FDA Panel Urges Ban of Pain Drug

2/9/2014
MedicineNet.com: FDA Panel Urges Ban of Pain Drug by Todd Zwillich - The FDA considered the issue of propoxyphene after the watchdog group Public Citizen petitioned to have the drug removed. The agency initially did not respond, and the group sued the government to do a review.

NuvaRing® Lawsuit Update: $100 Million Settlement Reached in Multidistrict Litigation

2/9/2014
PRWeb: NuvaRing® Lawsuit Update: $100 Million Settlement Reached in Multidistrict Litigation - In 2007, the consumer watch organization, Public Citizen, petitioned the FDA to remove all third generation contraceptives, which would include NuvaRing®, from the market. However, in January 2013, the FDA denied Public Citizen’s request to remove third generation contraceptives from the market.

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri advocates for defense contractor in which he owns stock

2/9/2014
HTR News: U.S. Rep. Tom Petri advocates for defense contractor in which he owns stock by Donovan Slack - “In an ideal world I would require not just a blind trust, I would (go) even further,” said Craig Holman, an advocate with Public Citizen. “That is requiring that members of Congress divest themselves of any stock, other than mutual funds ... so their fortunes would go up and down with the economy and not with any particular company.”

Lawmaker holds stock in defense contractor he champions

2/8/2014
USA Today: Lawmaker holds stock in defense contractor he champions by Donovan Slack - "In an ideal world I would require not just a blind trust, I would (go)even further," said Craig Holman, an advocate with Public Citizen. "That is requiring that members of Congress divest themselves of any stock, other than mutual funds ... so their fortunes would go up and down with the economy and not with any particular company."

Resignation means end to House ethics probe of Rob Andrews

2/7/2014
North Jersey: Resignation means end to House ethics probe of Rob Andrews by Michael Phillips - Critics, however, still want answers to allegations that Andrews used campaign money for personal trips to Scotland and Los Angeles in violation of House ethics rules in 2011. He later reimbursed his campaign for some of the charges. "Once Congressman Andrews leaves the House, that shuts down any investigation by Congress," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, a good-government advocacy group."  

Proposed port permit brings questions from community, national activists

2/7/2014
Victoria Advocate: Proposed port permit brings questions from community, national activists by Sarah Sneath - Hillary Corgey, the healthy ports organizer and researcher for Public Citizen Texas, said there has been a push for export coal terminals along the Gulf Coast from companies that have failed to introduce the facilities in the Pacific Northwest. In 2013, three coal terminals were abandoned because of falling coal prices. "We don't want the Gulf Coast to be a dumping ground for businesses that fail in the Pacific Northwest," Corgey said.  

Ron Kirk takes new role as pitch man for nuclear power

2/7/2014
Dallas News: Ron Kirk takes new role as pitch man for nuclear power by Todd J Gillman - Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, said Kirk faces an uphill fight promoting expansion of an industry hampered by its own economic shortcomings. “It’s going to be playing a declining role,” he said, adding that new construction is prohibitively expensive. And Congress streamlined the permitting process a decade ago, so regulation can’t be blamed, he said.  

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against FEC Seeks to Shed Light on Karl Rove's "Dark Money"; Donors

2/7/2014
Truthout: Federal Lawsuit Filed Against FEC Seeks to Shed Light on Karl Rove's "Dark Money"; Donors by Ernest A Canning and Brad Friedman - Two of the plaintiffs in the case are the non-partisan, non-profit group, Public Citizen and its Legislative Representative, Holman. The complaint alleges: "One of Public Citizens' primary missions is...to combat corruption in the political system through election reform." Its members include voters who "reside in states and electoral districts where Crossroads GPS has engaged in spending to affect federal elections." The concealment of donor identity impairs those members' "informed exercise of the vote."

Representative Sarbanes Announces Broad Coalition of Support for Government By the People Act

2/6/2014
eNews Park Forest: Representative Sarbanes Announces Broad Coalition of Support for Government By the People Act - Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist, Public Citizen:  “At no time in history has a strong congressional public financing program been so sorely needed – and so warmly welcomed by the American public. Americans are demanding far more accountability from Congress. The only real means to achieve this accountability is to replace money from mega corporations and the wealthy with public funds and small donations from average Americans. This is precisely what the Government By the People Act offers.” Also On: Public News Service, The Center for Public Integrity

Majority of Donations to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Given by Just 64 Entities

2/6/2014
eNews Park Forest: Majority of Donations to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Given by Just 64 Entities - “The U.S. Chamber is one of the largest conduits of dark money in the country, but it refuses to disclose its donors,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where U.S. Chamber Watch is housed. “The American people deserve to know more about who’s influencing this powerful force in our politics. By looking at the size of the Chamber’s and ILR’s donations, we can learn a little more about what kinds of businesses they represent – seemingly, very large ones.”

Ethics Committee announces probe of House GOP leader

2/6/2014
USA Today: Ethics Committee announces probe of House GOP leader by Paul Singer - An investigation like this is uncommon, said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with the Congress Watch program of the consumer advocate group Public Citizen. "If the case has been passed up to the Ethics Committee, then it is a serious matter," Holman said. "The OCE will begin to pursue any complaint and then will dismiss most cases. ... But once it actually goes to the Ethics Committee and they begin their investigation then this is pretty serious." Also On: WBIR-TV, KSDK-TV, Az Central  

Why is Ralph Nader cozying up to a bunch of hedge funds?

2/6/2014
Washington Post: Why is Ralph Nader cozying up to a bunch of hedge funds? by Lydia Depillis - Unity of the left and the right against the corporate state: That's what Nader sees as the path forward on a number of issues, from trade (where tea partiers have joined with groups like Nader's own Public Citizen against two major agreements) to organizing against military intervention. It's even the subject of his forthcoming book, "Unstoppable." And he's willing to cooperate with mighty interests in order to achieve his goals.

Adidas, Woolworths, Kraft, Issa, FDA: Intellectual Property (1)

2/6/2014
Bloomberg News: Adidas, Woolworths, Kraft, Issa, FDA: Intellectual Property (1) by Victoria Slind - Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer group, sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration criticizing the government agency for withholding on its website information from the resumes of members of its advisory committee. The FDA has claimed the omissions are made to protect trade secret or commercial or financial information that is confidential, according to the Feb. 4 letter.  

Bill seeks to limit big-money influence in congressional elections

2/6/2014
The Greenwire People: Bill seeks to limit big-money influence in congressional elections - : Bill seeks to limit big-money influence in congressional elections by Jennifer Yachnin (subscription only, regarding H.R. 20 “Government By the People Act” "At no time in history has a strong congressional public financing program been so sorely needed -- and so warmly welcomed by the American public," said Public Citizen's government affairs lobbyist Craig Holman. "Americans are demanding far more accountability from Congress.

Remember the IRS Tea-Party Scandal? Get Ready for Round Two

2/5/2014
National Journal: Remember the IRS Tea-Party Scandal? Get Ready for Round Two by James Oliphant - "Quite frankly, the president stopped pushing it," says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen. Despite all the talk about the president's "pen and phone," the White House hasn't shown any interest in reviving that order. And it hasn't done anything to embrace the IRS proposal—although given that many Republicans view Obama as engaged in a conspiracy to destroy the conservative grassroots network, that might be a good thing, Holman says. Also On: Government Executive.  

7 Investigates: Keystone Concern

2/5/2014
KLTV: 7 Investigates: Keystone Concern by Cody Lillich - "This isn't your granddaddy's crude," said Tom 'Smitty' Smith, with Public Citizen Texas. "It's far more toxic, far more corrosive and far more abrasive than crude and the first responders and others just aren't prepared." Also On: KTRE  

District 13 candidates away for fundraisers

2/5/2014
The Tampa Tribune: District 13 candidates away for fundraisers by Kate Bradshaw - “It’s hard not to accept money from lobbyists,” said Viveca Novak, editorial and communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics. “Lobbyists are among the most engaged in the political process because they have the most at stake.” Still, getting a lobbyist’s donation is a different from being one, some say. “It’s an interesting defense for a lobbyist to try to claim, ‘You’re as dirty as I am because you’re raising money from lobbyists,’ ” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, a D.C. nonprofit.

Obama: Not a Word About AIDS

2/5/2014
The Harvard Crimson: Obama: Not a Word About AIDS by Kirin Gupta and India Perez-Urbano - The deal has environmental activists, internet privacy protectors, and labor groups up in arms, but it has yet to draw attention commensurate with the devastating effects it would have on access to medicines. According to the community watchdog group Public Citizen, the TPP will “expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and trade away access to medicines.”

Washington's revolving door spins on despite reforms

2/5/2014
The Morning Call: Washington's revolving door spins on despite reforms by Colby Itkowitz - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, helped craft the 2007 law. Originally the House restrictions were written the same as the Senate's, but enough House lawmakers nearing retirement — with their eye on a seven-figure post-Congress paycheck — threatened to kill the bill if the revolving-door language wasn't softened, Holman said. Also On: Telegram  

Campaign finance reform and term limits

2/5/2014
PostIndependent: Campaign finance reform and term limits by Hal Sundin - Unless the current dominance of Big Money over our Congress is reversed, our government “of the people, by the people, for the people” will be in serious danger of perishing from the Earth. Two nationwide organizations — Public Campaign and Public Citizen — have taken up the cause of campaign finance reform. Several States have enacted legislation establishing public funding of state elections, with outstanding public acceptance.

Jury Finds Contractor, Consumer Defamed Each Other On Yelp

2/5/2014
The Daily Online Examiner: Jury Finds Contractor, Consumer Defamed Each Other On Yelp by Wendy Davis - Perez appealed, with the help of Public Citizen's Paul Alan Levy and the ACLU. In late December of 2012, a three-judge appellate panel in Virginia agreed with Perez and lifted the injunction. The one-page order said that the original injunction was "not justified." Also on: New York Magazine, Grub Street

Currency Market Unsettled by Trader Exits on Lawsky Probe

2/5/2014
Bloomberg News: Currency Market Unsettled by Trader Exits on Lawsky Probe by Ambereen Choudhury - “You have a law enforcer with zeal who no doubt has numerous weapons, and he’s prepared to deploy them on behalf of the law and on behalf of consumers,” said Bartlett Naylor, a lobbyist for Washington-based consumer group Public Citizen. “The record shows that’s missing in so many other places including the federal level.” Also on: Value Walk

EPA Gets Fresh Backing in BP Suspension Battle

2/5/2014
National Journal: EPA Gets Fresh Backing in BP Suspension Battle by Ben Gamen - "Public Citizen believes that EPA's suspension decision reflects an appropriate exercise of EPA's express statutory and regulatory authority and will have the effect of protecting the public by preventing expenditures of government funds to benefit an enterprise whose history demonstrates that its corporate practices create ongoing threats to the environment, to U.S. workers, and to the public at large," states the amicus brief filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Senate panel approves Tsunis' Norway nomination, amid dissent

2/4/2014
Long Island Newsday: Senate panel approves Tsunis' Norway nomination, amid dissent by Tom Brune - Tsunis is a strong case in point, said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, which seeks to limit money in politics.Until 2009, Tsunis had been a lifelong Republican -- he gave McCain's presidential campaign $50,000 in 2008. But in 2009, Tsunis switched parties and in 2012 raised $988,550 for President Barack Obama.

As Keystone Decision Looms, Buried Report Cites TransCanada’s ‘Inadequate’ Pipeline Inspections

2/4/2014
Climate Progress: As Keystone Decision Looms, Buried Report Cites TransCanada’s ‘Inadequate’ Pipeline Inspections - Oil began flowing through the southern leg of the pipeline in January and TransCanada CEO Russ Girling called it “the safest oil pipeline built in America to date.” As of November, TransCanada had already fixed 125 sags and dents in the southern leg of the pipeline, according to a report by non-profit consumer rights group Public Citizen. Also on: Before it’s News

Tea Party teams with union leaders to fight Obama’s trade plan

2/4/2014
The Hill: Tea Party teams with union leaders to fight Obama’s trade plan by Alexander Bolton - Phillips said he has talked with the AFL-CIO about putting together a strategy for defeating the trade bill as well as with liberal groups such as Public Citizen. He said he has met with representatives of another union that wants to keep the conversation secret.

Fast Track to Income Inequality

2/4/2014
Campaign for America’s Future: Fast Track to Income Inequality by Lori Wallach (Lori Wallach works as director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch) - : Fast Track to Income Inequality by Lori Wallach (Lori Wallach works as director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch) - Meanwhile, last week’s letter was signed by a veritable who’s who of the organizations that worked their tails off to elect Obama and/or who provide his policy initiatives the support to pass: from MoveOn and CREDO to the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union; American Federation of State,

Group faults FDA resume secrecy

2/4/2014
Politico: Group faults FDA resume secrecy by Josh Gerstein - In a letter sent Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Public Citizen complains that when FDA posts resumes of members of advisory committees, the agency very frequently deletes information from those documents before posting them.

Harry Reid Knows Opposing Fast Track Is Smart Policy and Smart Politics

2/3/2014
The Nation: Harry Reid Knows Opposing Fast Track Is Smart Policy and Smart Politics by John Nichols - The debate about how the United States establishes and enforces so-called free-trade agreements is often portrayed as a fight over the future of industrial workers and the cities where they reside. This is appropriate enough, as there is now a broad sense that Public Citizen Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach is right when she says that race-to-the-bottom arrangements like NAFTA “contribute to income inequality as more middle-class jobs are lost.”

Over-the-counter confusion can prove deadly

2/3/2014
Greenwich Time: Over-the-counter confusion can prove deadly by Rochelle Sharpe - Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, D.C., worries that some patients are substituting over-the-counter pills for needed medical exams. His group, as well as an FDA medical advisory panel, opposed the FDA's decision last year to let Oxytrol for Women get sold over-the-counter to treat overactive bladder.

Liberally yours: Did Harry Reid give the TPP a knockout punch?

2/3/2014
The Daily Caller: Liberally yours: Did Harry Reid give the TPP a knockout punch? by Thom Hartmann - This has been a disaster for the American working people — and it has impoverished our nation because, as Adam Smith pointed out, the wealth of nations is in large part what they manufacture. Public Citizen’s Trade Watch estimates that NAFTA alone has led to a net loss of around one million jobs here in the US – many of them the kind of good manufacturing jobs that helped Americans rise into the middle class throughout the twentieth century. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be even worse.

Openness a must for Pacific trade pact: Thomas Elias

2/3/2014
The Sun: Openness a must for Pacific trade pact: Thomas Elias by Thomas D. Elias - That’s a loss of sovereignty, one that would be widened under suspected provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The text of the agreement has not yet been released, but consumer advocate Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen group claims it would incentivize the offshoring of jobs, roll back banking reforms, expose Americans to unsafe food and other products, further threats to Internet freedom and attack environmental safeguards. Also on: Daily Breeze, Press-Telegram

Texas Is Considering Accepting High-Level Radioactive Waste, and Environmentalists Are Pissed

2/3/2014
Dallas Observer Blogs: Texas Is Considering Accepting High-Level Radioactive Waste, and Environmentalists Are Pissed by Eric Nicholson - "Every other state in the nation that's looked at this has rejected high-level radioactive waste just too dangerous and the risk of site failure is too grave," Public Citizen's Tom "Smitty" Smith tells Unfair Park this morning. A certain amount of NIMBYism is understandable when it comes to storing humongous quantities of spent nuclear fuel, which will remain dangerously radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years.

Here's how a bad Yelp review could land you in court

2/3/2014
Yahoo Finance: Here's how a bad Yelp review could land you in court by Mandi Woodruff - Perez was let off the hook for damages, but the next person to wind up in court for defaming a business in an online review may not be so lucky. "The fact that she had to go find a lawyer to defend herself and go all the way to trial is obviously a concern," said Paul Alan Levy, an attorney for the First Amendment advocacy group Public Citizen. "If you don't have a pro bono lawyer like she did, it can be quite taxing financially."

Globalists Panic; New Details on ‘One World’ Trade Deal

2/1/2014
American Free Press: Globalists Panic; New Details on ‘One World’ Trade Deal by Ronald L. Ray - Public Citizen, a D.C.-based watchdog outfit, has been rallying against the TPP, as has the Ohio-based protectionist group Economy in Crisis and other outlets. According to a Public Citizen news release, more than 9,000 of its activists have written to Congress and urged them to vote ‘no’ on fast-track authority for Obama.

Mary Schapiro Leaving Promontory Financial Hmmm…

2/1/2014
Phil’s Stock World: Mary Schapiro Leaving Promontory Financial Hmmm… by Larry Doyle - Phil’s Stock World“There’s so much money to spin through the revolving door that it’s almost irresistible,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen whose report “A Matter of Trust” laid the groundwork for Mr. Obama’s executive order. “After appearing to have taken advantage of this, it now appears that Mary is resisting that very powerful temptation, and I applaud her for that.”

Reid Derails Fast Track

2/1/2014
Boston Indymedia: Reid Derails Fast Track by Stephen Lendman - Public Citizen's Lori Wallach heads its Global Trade Watch division. It monitors destructive trade deals like TPP. On January 28, she said virtually "no House Democratic support for Fast Track" exists. "Public opposition (has) congressional phones ring(ing) off the hook." "Opposition has been growing to the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Implementing this NAFTA-on-steroids deal" assures greater than ever income inequality.

State Department Finally Releases List of ‘Special Government Employees’

2/1/2014
State Department Finally Releases List of ‘Special Government Employees’ - Truthdig“There is a very high potential for actual conflicts of interest in this case, and there is certainly every appearance of conflicts of interest,” said Craig Holman of the ethics watchdog Public Citizen.