April 2017 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.

Trump's gyrations on NAFTA cause a flurry of head-scratching

4/27/2017
Associated Press: Trump's gyrations on NAFTA cause a flurry of head-scratching by Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak - "Unquestionably, he's not delivered on his campaign promises," says Lori Wallach, a critic of NAFTA and other trade deals and director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Businesses Urge Justices to Limit Reach of State Courts

4/27/2017
Bloomberg BNA: Businesses Urge Justices to Limit Reach of State Courts by Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson - The fairness inquiry cut both ways in BNSF. Plaintiffs’ attorney Julie Murray of Public Citizen Litigation Group, Washington, said that it would be unfair not to allow the plaintiffs here to sue in Montana, where BNSF has substantial business activities.

With H-1B Under Threat, Alphabet Is the Only Big Tech Company to Ramp Up Immigration Lobbying

4/27/2017
Quartz: With H-1B Under Threat, Alphabet Is the Only Big Tech Company to Ramp Up Immigration Lobbying by Keith Collins, Dave Gershgorn and Alison Griswold - “A company could spend a great deal lobbying an issue in one quarter and we cannot know that,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen.

Under Trump, the Washington ‘swamp’ is as bogged down as ever

4/26/2017
The Washington Post: Under Trump, the Washington ‘swamp’ is as bogged down as ever by Sarah Posner - As a result, Holman says, even though Trump seemed to extend a ban on lobbying to five years, that extension doesn’t mean much. Rule-making is “what the executive branch does, they don’t pass legislation,” said Holman. “With that exception, anyone could leave Trump administration and immediately begin lobbying on rule-making.”

Jobs Still Going To Mexico As Trump’s 100th Day Approaches

4/26/2017
Huffington Post: Jobs Still Going To Mexico As Trump’s 100th Day Approaches by Arthur Delaney and Daniel Marans - “That letter described TPP,” said Lori Wallach, a leading trade deal skeptic and director of global trade watch at the left-leaning group Public Citizen. “It was quite telling. They’d take the pieces of TPP that Mexico, the U.S. and Canada had agreed to and enact them bit by bit through the NAFTA renegotiation.”

Pruitt Likely to Bow Out of Fundraising Gala Over Legal Concerns

4/26/2017
Bloomberg BNA: Pruitt Likely to Bow Out of Fundraising Gala Over Legal Concerns by Brian Dabbs - “This is a direct intermingling of official duties and title and political fundraising,” Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, told Bloomberg BNA. A violation is “a foregone conclusion for this event. They’ve already received funds and the flier has already gone out.”

How Wells Fargo spent millions on lobbying the feds

4/26/2017
The Hill: How Wells Fargo spent millions on lobbying the feds by Rachel Curley and Amanda Werner, Arbitration Campaign Manager with Americans for Financial Reform and Public Citizen. -

Senate bill would expand protections for air travelers, require study of airline overbooking

4/26/2017
The Washington Post: Senate bill would expand protections for air travelers, require study of airline overbooking by Lori Aratani - “The legislation introduced by Senators Hassan and Schatz is a timely and overdue step to reassert the rights and importance of the American consumer in the marketplace and in our democracy,” said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for the nonprofit group.

In Trump's First 100 Days, A Resistance Network Digs In

4/25/2017
NPR: In Trump's First 100 Days, A Resistance Network Digs In by Peter Overby - Public Citizen. Also a hub. Has taken action on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's violation of ethics rules, presidential adviser Carl Icahn's potential conflicts of interest. Sued Trump over executive order to undo existing regulations. Chronicles corporate influence with website corporatecabinet.org.

Desperate Families Driven to Black Market Insulin

4/25/2017
NBC News: Desperate Families Driven to Black Market Insulin by Ben Popken - But it can also be a "double-edged sword," said Dr. Michael Carome, Direction of Health Research for Public Citizen. On the one hand it gives leverage to insurers to say: If you want to get on the list of approved drugs, lower your prices. "The downside is that it can lead to the exclusion of drugs," he said, "particularly when the health insurer doesn't grant exceptions in cases where it's appropriate."

United Technologies Just Got More Lucrative Government Contracts After Offshoring Jobs To Mexico

4/25/2017
Huffington Post: United Technologies Just Got More Lucrative Government Contracts After Offshoring Jobs To Mexico by Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch Director - Public Citizen and Good Jobs Nation dug through two massive government databases to investigate whether UT was a fluke, or many of the nation’s major contractors are offshoring.

Liberal group warns of 'corporate takeover' of the White House

4/24/2017
The Hill: Liberal group warns of 'corporate takeover' of the White House by Tim Devaney - “It’s clear that there has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. The Trump administration is allowing “mega corporations to shape federal policy,” the group argues, pointing to more than a dozen Obama-era regulations the have been repealed through the Congressional Review Act.

The man who was supposed to be integral to Trump's economic policy appears to be losing influence

4/24/2017
Business Insider: The man who was supposed to be integral to Trump's economic policy appears to be losing influence by Allan Smith - Lori Wallach, head of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a group generally in favor of the trade reforms proposed by Trump, told Business Insider that Navarro is attempting to help implement the Trump trade agenda with a number of less protectionist members of the Cabinet seemingly in opposition.

100 Days Of President Trump’s Corporate Government

4/24/2017
Huffington Post: 100 Days Of President Trump’s Corporate Government by Robert Weissman - (With the Natural Resources Defense Council and Communications Workers of America, Public Citizen has sued President Trump and the administration to have this executive order overturned.)

Pick for rules czar would hand more power to Trump

4/23/2017
The Washington Post: Pick for rules czar would hand more power to Trump by Steven Mufson - “President Trump has proclaimed that his intent is to defang regulatory agencies and gut regulatory protections,” Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in a statement. “But the OIRA administrator has a duty to ensure implementation of the laws of the land, which require government agencies to issue new rules to advance their missions, not to give corporations a free hand to pollute and pilfer, poison and profiteer.”

Group sues Trump for repealing U.S. wildlife rule in rare legal challenge

4/21/2017
Reuters: Group sues Trump for repealing U.S. wildlife rule in rare legal challenge by Lisa Lambert - “Unfortunately I don’t think there’s an avenue for courts to overturn a CRA resolution,” said Alison Zieve who works in litigation for the liberal Public Citizen group.

Suits’ Location, Aggregation to Be Probed at High Court

4/21/2017
Bloomberg BNA: Suits’ Location, Aggregation to Be Probed at High Court by Martina Barash - Multistate class actions are also a target; Scott Nelson of Public Citizen in Washington told Bloomberg BNA when the court granted review.

Why Insta-famous celebs got a stern warning from the FTC

4/20/2017
New York Post: Why Insta-famous celebs got a stern warning from the FTC by Keith J. Kelly - Cosmetics and beauty companies appeared to be among the worst offenders, Public Citizen said in its complaint, but it also questioned fashion houses, footwear makers, alcoholic beverages and energy drinks.

FTC warns Instagram influencers about not disclosing brand relationships

4/20/2017
ABC News: FTC warns Instagram influencers about not disclosing brand relationships by Kelly McCarthy - In a Wednesday press release, the regulatory body announced that it had sent over 90 letters "reminding influencers and marketers" about the FTC's guidelines on influencer advertising in response to petitions launched by consumer rights advocacy groups like Public Citizen.

The U.S. Government Has a Message for Celebrities Who Get Paid to Instagram

4/20/2017
Cosmopolitan: The U.S. Government Has a Message for Celebrities Who Get Paid to Instagram by Peggy Truong - The FTC sent the letters after reviewing petitions filed by the nonprofit Public Citizen and other affiliated organizations who were concerned about influencer advertising on Instagram.

'Buy American' sounds good but has many moving parts

4/20/2017
The Associated Press: 'Buy American' sounds good but has many moving parts by Paul Wiseman - “These rules offshore our tax dollars rather than investing them to create jobs and innovation at home,” says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a critic of U.S. trade policy.

New SEC Alums Swarm ‘Revolving Door’ to Financial, Law Firms

4/19/2017
Bloomberg BNA: New SEC Alums Swarm ‘Revolving Door’ to Financial, Law Firms by Andrew Ramonas - “There are huge problems with the revolving door at the SEC,” Craig Holman, progressive advocacy group Public Citizen’s government affairs lobbyist, told Bloomberg BNA.

Sorting through Trump's shift on releasing White House visitor logs

4/19/2017
Politifact: Sorting through Trump's shift on releasing White House visitor logs by Louis Jacobson - "The Trump administration policy is a complete reversal of the policy of the Obama administration," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the group Public Citizen.

How Billionaire Trump Adviser Evades Ethics Law While Shaping Policies That Make Money For His Wall Street Firm

4/19/2017
International Business Times: How Billionaire Trump Adviser Evades Ethics Law While Shaping Policies That Make Money For His Wall Street Firm by David Sirota, Lydia O’Neal and Josh Keefe - “We’ve never seen this type of abuse of the ethics laws,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, which has pressed for tougher conflict-of-interest rules. “Trump is bringing in these wealthy, conflicted CEOs who do not want to abide by the ethics rules and divest themselves from their financial interests. So he has just created out of thin air that they are informal advisers and are therefore immune from the ethics rules. But the fact is, these are consistent advisers — these aren’t people joining a federal advisory committee and offering occasional advice.

Trump’s pick for rules czar would hand more power to Trump

4/19/2017
The Washington Post: Trump’s pick for rules czar would hand more power to Trump by Steven Mufson - “President Trump has proclaimed that his intent is to defang regulatory agencies and gut regulatory protections,” Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in a statement. “But the OIRA administrator has a duty to ensure implementation of the laws of the land, which require government agencies to issue new rules to advance their missions, not to give corporations a free hand to pollute and pilfer, poison and profiteer.”

How President Trump’s ‘Buy American’ push may help, hurt

4/19/2017
Associated Press: How President Trump’s ‘Buy American’ push may help, hurt by Paul Wiseman - “These rules offshore our tax dollars rather than investing them to create jobs and innovation at home,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a critic of U.S. trade policy.

Sorry, Celebs, Using #Sp On Instagram Ads Isn’t Gonna Cut It

4/19/2017
Buzzfeed: Sorry, Celebs, Using #Sp On Instagram Ads Isn’t Gonna Cut It by Katie Notopoulos - The letters were sent in response to the advocacy group Public Citizen, which had sent a petition to the FTC about celebrities, athletes, and models doing ambiguously labeled Instagram #ads.

Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Initiative Is a Lie

4/19/2017
The Nation: Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Initiative Is a Lie by John Nichols - “The administration cannot have a policy of ‘Buy American, Hire American’ and simultaneously authorize American taxpayer funds to be offshored to buy goods made by workers in the 59 countries that currently receive Buy American waivers under our trade agreements,” explains Lori Wallach, the director Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch project.

Trump's 'one in, two out' regulatory policy backed by 14 states

4/18/2017
The Hill: Trump's 'one in, two out' regulatory policy backed by 14 states by Tim Devaney - Groups challenging the order include the National Resources Defense Council, Communications Workers of America and Public Citizen.

As the Rest of Us Pay Our Taxes, Demand That Wall Street Billionaires Pay Their Fair Share

4/18/2017
Nation Action Staff: As the Rest of Us Pay Our Taxes, Demand That Wall Street Billionaires Pay Their Fair Share by Nation Action Staff - According to a report by the Institute for Policy Studies, Public Citizen, and others, between 2008 and 2015 nine of the largest and most profitable US banks avoided paying about $80 billion in federal income taxes by using various loopholes their lobbyists helped put into the tax code.

Ivanka Trump’s Global Reach, Undeterred by a White House Job

4/18/2017
The New York Times: Ivanka Trump’s Global Reach, Undeterred by a White House Job by Danny Hakim and Rachel Abrams - Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, a left-leaning watchdog group, said that if Ms. Trump’s brand was trying to expand operations or import from other countries, there could be “meaningful interaction” with foreign governments. Foreign companies, too, might also try to cut special deals with the brand to curry favor with the Trump administration, Mr. Weissman added. “Then you get into the issue about improper influence,” he said.

What a new generation of protesters can learn from veteran activists

4/18/2017
Sophia Dembling: What a new generation of protesters can learn from veteran activists by Sophia Dembling - Tom "Smitty" Smith, Texas director, Public Citizen. The first protest Tom Smith helped organize was in 1963, for civil rights, at his junior high school in Champaign, Ill. For the past 30 years, he's focused on pollution.

Trump’s billionaire adviser stands to gain from policies he helped shape

4/18/2017
Politico: Trump’s billionaire adviser stands to gain from policies he helped shape by Isaac Arnsdorf and Josh Dawsey - Robert Weissman, president of watchdog group Public Citizen, said it’s all but impossible for someone like Schwarzman to separate his roles as a corporate expert and as a top executive and major investor in Blackstone.

GOP lays out regulatory reform wish

4/17/2017
The Hill: GOP lays out regulatory reform wish - list by Tim Devaney- "We need something that is targeted at real small businesses, like mom-and-pop shops," said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate at the left-leaning Public Citizen.

Trump’s shockingly traditional approach to currency policy

4/17/2017
Politico: Trump’s shockingly traditional approach to currency policy by Danny Vinik - Lori Wallach, a trade expert at Public Citizen, has a simple answer: In the U.S.-China relationship, the United States has long subjugated currency issues for other issues, such as protections of intellectual property or market access. “It was a political decision,” said Wallach about Trump’s decision not to label China a manipulator, “and it was one that the president shockingly admitted was a foreign policy trade-off, one that he attacked past presidents for making with China.”

Nationwide Tax Day Marches Demand Donald Trump Release His Tax Returns

4/15/2017
The Huffington Post: Nationwide Tax Day Marches Demand Donald Trump Release His Tax Returns by Daniel Maran - The progressive organizations and labor unions sponsoring the march include Indivisible, Americans for Tax Fairness, MoveOn.org, Public Citizen, Demos, Credo, the Working Families Party, the National Women’s Law Center and the American Federation of Teachers.

Jamie Dimon Wants Everyone to Cut Trump Some Slack

4/14/2017
Vanity Fair: Jamie Dimon Wants Everyone to Cut Trump Some Slack by Bess Levin - “The only reason to keep secret the White House visitor logs is to hide from the American public the corporate influence-peddlers who are seeking favors and gifts from the White House,” Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, told Bloomberg. “More secrecy equals more cronyism, more insider dealing and more corruption.”

Transparency Groups Protest White House Visitor Log Reversal

4/14/2017
Time: Transparency Groups Protest White House Visitor Log Reversal by Zeke J. Miller - The signatories to the letter, which was drafted by the group American Oversight—founded last month by former Obama administration staffers and Democratic operatives,—include the American Civil Liberties Union, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Every Voice, Public Citizen, the Sunlight Foundation and United to Protect Democracy.

Banks and credit card companies really hate class-action lawsuits. Will Trump help to outlaw them?

4/14/2017
Los Angeles Times: Banks and credit card companies really hate class-action lawsuits. Will Trump help to outlaw them? by Michael Hiltzik - “We’re all preparing for a big fight,” says Amanda Werner, who has been keeping an eye on the CFPB rule making for the consumer groups Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform.

As Public Trust Dives, Trump White House Moves to Hide Visitor Logs

4/14/2017
The Hill: As Public Trust Dives, Trump White House Moves to Hide Visitor Logs by Amit Narang - Workers strongly support the rule but corporate special interests have fought it and prevented the DOL from updating the beryllium standard for more than 40 years, despite Public Citizen petitioning the agency to force a stronger and safer standard for workers since 2001.

Donald Trump Is Making the United States an Anti-Corruption Laughingstock

4/13/2017
Mother Jones: Donald Trump Is Making the United States an Anti-Corruption Laughingstock by Andy Kroll and Russ Choma - "It just sends a terrible message to countries that are trying to improve their governance," says Dan Dudis with the good-government organization Public Citizen. "It takes the pressure off them [knowing] they're not going to have the US State Department breathing down their neck to improve governance."

Flights issues in recent days from United and Delta, new legislation one solution?

4/13/2017
WSAV-3: Flights issues in recent days from United and Delta, new legislation one solution? by JoAnn Merrigan - “You can hardly find a person who has not been irritated by their airline provider at one time or another,” said Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen. “And I think this particular consumer abuse really struck a chord with folks across the country and the backlash is because of that.”

Regulatory front

4/12/2017
Bioworld: Regulatory front - Few of the top biopharma companies are willing to commit to the annual single-digit percentage U.S. price increase cap Allergan plc's CEO pledged last year, according to a new Public Citizen survey.

Big Pharma Funds “Independent” Advocacy Groups Attacking Drug-Price Reduction Bill

4/11/2017
The Intercept: Big Pharma Funds “Independent” Advocacy Groups Attacking Drug-Price Reduction Bill by Lee Fang - “I found this ad particularly strange,” Peter Maybarduk, the director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program said, given the group’s ostensible devotion to tax reduction. “The problem with high drug prices is one of monopoly power. We do have government bureaucrats involved; they’re giving monopolies to the companies through patents and other exclusivities.”

Trump Is Paying Back Corporations by Wiping Out Regulations

4/11/2017
Roll Call: Opinion: Trump Is Paying Back Corporations by Wiping Out Regulations by Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen - The GOP’s corporate donors want to kill these and other protections, and they spent more than $1 billion to get their way in Congress, a recent Public Citizen report showed.

Drug companies nix pleas to hold the line on prices

4/11/2017
Consumer Affairs: Drug companies nix pleas to hold the line on prices by James R. Hood - “Asking for a limit of single-digit increases is a really modest request that still enables corporations to reap substantial and excessive profits,” said Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines Program. “By and large, Big Pharma won’t commit even to that. Our survey results highlight how the pharmaceutical industry will not self-regulate and our elected officials need to step in with reforms that protect consumers.”

Trump’s Secret Weapon Against Obama’s Legacy

4/10/2017
Politico: Trump’s Secret Weapon Against Obama’s Legacy by Michael Grunwald - A January report by Public Citizen found that industries and associations pushing CRA bills spent more than $800 million lobbying Congress last year, plus more than $500 million on donations to members of Congress, three quarters of that for Republicans.

Critics worry faster FDA drug reviews could compromise safety

4/10/2017
Boston Globe: Critics worry faster FDA drug reviews could compromise safety by Robert Weisman - “We’re concerned that the FDA has swung too far toward speedy approvals and away from making sure drugs are safe and effective,” said Michael Carome, who directs the health research group at the advocacy organization Public Citizen.

Trump Has Already Spent Almost Double Obama’s Annual Travel Budget

4/10/2017
Slate: Trump Has Already Spent Almost Double Obama’s Annual Travel Budget by Daniel Politi - In contrast, President Obama’s travel was estimated to have cost taxpayers somewhere between $85 million and $96 million, according to Public Citizen, a progressive advocacy group. Taking the highest estimate into account, that would translate into $12 million per year.

How Trump Could Make It Easier for Corporations to Screw You Over

4/10/2017
Vice: How Trump Could Make It Easier for Corporations to Screw You Over by Aaron Kase - "In the Obama administration, we thought we would get assistance from federal agencies under a number of statutes, and did," says Scott Nelson, an attorney with Public Citizen, a group that represents plaintiffs in litigation related to arbitration clauses. "Those promptly got challenged in court, and now we're waiting to see whether the new administration will pull the rug from under those things by rescinding rules or taking a dive in litigation."

Trump jobs demands puts automakers into bind

4/10/2017
Associated Press: Trump jobs demands puts automakers into bind by Tom Krisher - "Do those agencies feel constrained from enforcing the law because the president has just associated himself with that company or investment?" Weissman asked. "It's just on its face inappropriate."

Twitter 'Alt Account' Lawsuit Exposes Trump Team's Effort to Stomp Out Dissent

4/7/2017
Common Dreams: Twitter 'Alt Account' Lawsuit Exposes Trump Team's Effort to Stomp Out Dissent by Andrea Germanos - Twitter might have a strong case that the summons was improper, said Paul Alan Levy, staff attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group who specializes in online privacy and free speech issues.

White House Points to One Shining Area of Success: Deregulation

4/6/2017
Bloomberg BNA: White House Points to One Shining Area of Success: Deregulation by Cheryl Bolen - Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen, called the CRA resolutions “payback” for the corporate class that elected Republicans to Congress and the resolutions are designed to roll back measures that have overwhelming public support. “We hope the press will cover the CRA’s usage because [the resolutions are] the only legislation of consequence the president has signed, it’s a fundamental betrayal of Trump’s promises to protect working families and it’s an escalation of the corrupt insider-dealing Trump campaigned against,” Gilbert said.

Want to see Mar-a-Lago? Forget the press pass, bring money

4/6/2017
CBC News: Want to see Mar-a-Lago? Forget the press pass, bring money by Lyndsay Duncombe - "Every time he goes to these Trump properties it's an advertisement for these properties, and his refusal to divest himself of his business interests means that every time he does these things it's a conflict of interest" said Wiessman."For someone who is obsessed with his brand, he is absolutely aware of what he's doing."

Trump Administration Delays Life-Saving Safety Regulation

4/6/2017
The Huffington Post: Trump Administration Delays Life-Saving Safety Regulation by Dave Jamieson - “We’re kind of flabbergasted—this rule has been debated and researched for about 40 years. Further delaying this is really unconscionable,” said Emily Gardner, the worker safety advocate at left-leaning Public Citizen. “We’re seeing challenges to every single worker safety standard that’s come out of the Obama administration.”

Twitter Refuses U.S. Order to Reveal the Identity Behind Anti-Trump Account

4/6/2017
Reuters: Twitter Refuses U.S. Order to Reveal the Identity Behind Anti-Trump Account - It was not immediately clear how the anonymous account fit into those laws and regulations and Twitter might have a strong case that the summons was improper, said Paul Alan Levy, staff attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group who specializes in online privacy and free speech issues. “I don’t think there is any way for the government to come out of this looking good,” Levy said.

Trump’s Biggest Legislative Success Story

4/6/2017
Bloomberg Businessweek: Trump’s Biggest Legislative Success Story by Paul Barrett - Condemning the CRA roll-backs, Public Citizen, a liberal Washington nonprofit, estimated that corporate interests had originally spent a total of $1 billion opposing the now-canceled regulations.

Will Trump Revive COOL and Make American Meat Great Again?

4/6/2017
Civil Eats: Will Trump Revive COOL and Make American Meat Great Again? by Elizabeth Grossman - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, described COOL as a “basic consumer right-to-know issue.” In that sense, she sees it as similar to GMO labeling and “a real organic standard.” “We should be able to know what we’re choosing; we’re the eaters.” But the global marketplace, said Wallach, is now dominated by corporations “that don’t want consumers to have the information to make those choices.”

Congressional clock running out on repealing Obama’s late rules

4/6/2017
The Norwich Bulletin: Congressional clock running out on repealing Obama’s late rules by Ari Natter Bloomberg - “CRA resolutions are payback to the corporate class that elected Republicans to Congress and are designed to roll back measures that have overwhelming public support,” Lisa Gilbert, the Washington-based group’s vice president of legislative affairs, said in a statement.

Scott Gottlieb: Conflicts surround Trump’s FDA pick

4/5/2017
CNN: Scott Gottlieb: Conflicts surround Trump’s FDA pick by Sandee LaMotte - "He currently is serving or has recently served on the boards of major pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest," said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen, a consumer rights watchdog group. "And he has even more relationships that go back years."

The Senate Should Grill Trump's FDA Pick on Antibiotics

4/5/2017
Mother Jones: The Senate Should Grill Trump's FDA Pick on Antibiotics by Tom Philpott - When President Donald Trump tapped Scott Gottlieb to lead the Food and Drug Administration, the pharmaceutical industry breathed a "sigh of relief," reported Reuters and the Financial Times. That's because he is "entangled in an unprecedented web of Big Pharma ties," as the watchdog group Public Citizen put it.

At 93, Henry Kissinger is still doing deals and courting controversy in China

4/5/2017
Quartz: At 93, Henry Kissinger is still doing deals and courting controversy in China by Heather Timmons and Ilaria Maria Sala - Kissinger is “representing China’s interests and trying to influence American foreign policy,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan group that advocates for citizens’ rights in Congress. “That crosses the threshold for FARA,” he said, referring to the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

White House Tallies $10 Billion Saved by Repeal of Regulations

4/5/2017
Bloomberg: White House Tallies $10 Billion Saved by Repeal of Regulations by Ari Natter - About two dozen measures with CRA’s targeting them remain, but because the law can only be used on rules issued in the final six months of the previous administration, Congress only has only a few more weeks to use the procedure, Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen said in an interview.

Top Democrats To Headline March For Release Of Trump’s Tax Returns

4/5/2017
The Huffington Post: Top Democrats To Headline March For Release Of Trump’s Tax Returns by Daniel Marans - A broad of array of liberal groups and labor unions are convening for the Tax March, including MoveOn.org, Public Citizen, Demos, Credo, the Working Families Party, the National Women’s Law Center and the American Federation of Teachers.

Trump Vows Extreme Deregulation of Industry, Infrastructure

4/5/2017
Bloomberg BNA: Trump Vows Extreme Deregulation of Industry, Infrastructure by Cheryl Bolen - “This is another one of Trump’s “Goldilocks” claims on regulations that no one should fall for,” said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen.

Opponents of FDA Nominee Scott Gottlieb Invoke Opioid Crisis

4/5/2017
NBC News: Opponents of FDA Nominee Scott Gottlieb Invoke Opioid Crisis by Maggie Fox - "Trump's nominee to be the next FDA commissioner, Dr. Gottlieb, is entangled in an unprecedented web of close financial and business ties to the pharmaceutical industry and was no doubt chosen because he is well-suited to carry out the president's reckless, ill-informed vision for deregulating the FDA's review and approval process for prescription medications, including opioids," Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, told reporters on a conference call.

Dallas County hears about terrorist risks, radiation fears from opponents of proposed Texas nuclear dump site

4/4/2017
Dallas News: Dallas County hears about terrorist risks, radiation fears from opponents of proposed Texas nuclear dump site by Jeff Mosier - Tom "Smitty" Smith, outgoing director of Public Citizen's Texas office, pointed out that trains carrying radioactive waste could be terrorist targets.

Clean Up on Aisle Trump

4/4/2017
Mother Jones: Clean Up on Aisle Trump by Andy Kroll - To his critics, McGahn was on a one-man crusade to destroy the FEC from within. An analysis by the good-government organization Public Citizen found that the number of deadlocked enforcement votes spiked after his arrival, from an average of 1 or 2 percent in the early and mid-2000s to 15 percent in 2011.

Trump Signs Web Privacy Rollback That Democrats Say Is Anti-Consumer

4/4/2017
Bloomberg: Trump Signs Web Privacy Rollback That Democrats Say Is Anti-Consumer by Todd Shields - The method, rarely tried before the Trump administration, has been used to kill seven regulations through March 31, according to the group Public Citizen.

The wolves of Wall Street are out. What do they want? The CFPB.

4/4/2017
The Hill: The wolves of Wall Street are out. What do they want? The CFPB. by Craig Holman - Cordray is safe for the time being as the case is on appeal to the full court, with Public Citizen in support of Cordray and the agency as amici.

FDA Nominee Gottlieb’s Many Industry Entanglements Will Be A Focus Of Wednesday Hearing

4/4/2017
Huffington Post: FDA Nominee Gottlieb’s Many Industry Entanglements Will Be A Focus Of Wednesday Hearing by Niv Sultan - "The major problem is that he has deeply-rooted ties to big pharma that span more than a decade,” said Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Did the U.S. Just Pull Out of a Global Anti-Corruption Group?

4/2/2017
The New Yorker: Did the U.S. Just Pull Out of a Global Anti-Corruption Group? by Adam Davidson - For the past several years, the Department of the Interior has convened a group of U.S. stakeholders that models the international board’s inclusiveness, with activists from Global Witness, Public Citizen, and Oxfam America, as well as academics, government representatives, and executives from Chevron, Shell, and the American Petroleum Institute.

GOP Congress rolls back rules on hunting, broadband privacy

4/2/2017
Associated Press: GOP Congress rolls back rules on hunting, broadband privacy by Kevin Freking - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, said the regulatory repeals Congress pushed through will actually damage the economy more than it helps.