September 2018 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.

The good, the bad, and the ugly on NAFTA 2.0

10/1/2018
Common Dreams: The good, the bad, and the ugly on NAFTA 2.0 by Sujata Dey - Canada and Mexico caved on this. Our patents on biologic drugs will go up to 10 years. Right now, it is only five years. Remember: these are the most expensive drugs on the market and they are vital for arthritis, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis sufferers, amongst others. It will also make the prices impossible for a public drug system – pharma-care – to bear. Already, increasing biologic patents from 5 to 8 years were estimated to come at a price of $800 million a year. According to the U.S.-based group Public Citizen, for access to medicines, this is the U.S.’s worst free trade deal.

In rollback of mercury rule, Trump could revamp how government values human health

10/1/2018
Washington Post: In rollback of mercury rule, Trump could revamp how government values human health by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis - “EPA is refusing to be transparent about the true costs of climate change, particularly to vulnerable populations like children," said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen.

Corporations Are Striking Back On Ballot Initiatives

10/1/2018
HuffPost: Corporations Are Striking Back On Ballot Initiatives by Michael Hobbes - An analysis by Public Citizen, a progressive think tank, found after the 2016 election that well-funded, corporate-backed ballot initiatives won 62 percent of the time.

Corporations Are Striking Back On Ballot Initiatives

10/1/2018
HuffPost: Corporations Are Striking Back On Ballot Initiatives by Michael Hobbes - An analysis by Public Citizen, a progressive think tank, found after the 2016 election that well-funded, corporate-backed ballot initiatives won 62 percent of the time.

Rechazan licencia de tráfico de residuos radiactivos por la ciudad

10/1/2018
El Diario de El Paso: Rechazan licencia de tráfico de residuos radiactivos por la ciudad by Roberto Carrillo -

U.S. and Canada Reach Nafta Deal

9/30/2018
Wall Street Journal: U.S. and Canada Reach Nafta Deal by Jacob Schlesinger, Kim Mackrael and Vivian Salama - ... from the left-leaning Public Citizen and an influential leader in the ...

Tour visits El Paso to bring awareness of proposed nuclear dump in West Texas

9/30/2018
El Paso Times: Tour visits El Paso to bring awareness of proposed nuclear dump in West Texas by Rudy Gutierrez - The state-wide tour, put on by SEED Coalition, Public Citizen, Beyond Nuclear was joined in El Paso by Familias Unidas del Chamizal and cited the risk of accidents, leaks or terrorism if the waste is transported through densely populated centers.

A pocket guide to conservative think tanks

9/30/2018
Managed Care: A pocket guide to conservative think tanks by Richard Kirkner - On Public Citizen’s list of Koch-created groups, its vaguely worded mission says it exists to support goals of a free society.

Community members warn of risks in potential radioactive waste storage near Andrews

9/29/2018
NewsWest9: Community members warn of risks in potential radioactive waste storage near Andrews by Mariana Veloso - Local community members, Public Citizen, Sustainable Energy & Economic Development (SEED) Coalition and Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) held a press conference near railroad tracks to point out the risks of accidents, leaks or terrorist actions if the waste is transported through Midland.

Anti-Nuclear Waste Tour Kicks Off in Houston

9/29/2018
Declaration News: Anti-Nuclear Waste Tour Kicks Off in Houston by Greg Harman - Campaign mentioned

Wisconsin expands use of post-election audits

9/28/2018
statescoop: Wisconsin expands use of post-election audits by Benjamin Freed - The decision is evidence that the clock has not run out yet on states seeking to improve their ballot-security procedures before Election Day, said representatives of Verified Voting, which advocates for paper-based voting systems and Public Citizen, a consumers' rights group.

Legal limbo for Obama-era ‘borrower defense’ rules

9/28/2018
POLITCO: Legal limbo for Obama-era ‘borrower defense’ rules by Caitlin Emma - On the other side, the judge has allowed two for-profit college students — represented by Public Citizen and Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Lending — to intervene to defend the merits of the Obama-era rule.

Nafta Isn’t Dead Yet, Despite Missed Deadline

9/28/2018
Wall Street Journal: Nafta Isn’t Dead Yet, Despite Missed Deadline by Jacob Schlesigner - ...head of the left-leaning Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and a close...

Trump Responsible for Lower Premiums?

9/28/2018
MEDPage Today: Trump Responsible for Lower Premiums? by Shannon Firth - Eagan Kemp, a healthcare policy advocate for Public Citizen, called Azar's comments "laughable." "From ending the individual mandate through the tax scam bill, to undermining ACA enrollment by refusing to support enrollment efforts, to allowing the sale of junk plans (both short-term plans and association health plans) without adequate state or federal oversight, this administration has shown nothing but disdain for the health of the American people," he wrote in an email.

Fort Worth is on proposed route if U.S. nuclear waste is sent to West Texas, activists warn

9/28/2018
Dallas Morning News: Fort Worth is on proposed route if U.S. nuclear waste is sent to West Texas, activists warn by Jeff Mosier - Campaign mentioned

“Borking,” explained: why a failed Supreme Court nomination in 1987 matters

9/27/2018
Vox: “Borking,” explained: why a failed Supreme Court nomination in 1987 matters by Jane Coaston - And she wasn’t alone. Alan B. Morrison, co-founder of the Public Citizen Litigation Group (which had sued Bork over his decision to fire Cox), submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying in part:

Corporate Health Care Fraud Prosecutions In The Trump Administration: It Ain't Over Til It's Over

9/26/2018
Forbes: Corporate Health Care Fraud Prosecutions In The Trump Administration: It Ain't Over Til It's Over by Robert Radick - Yet the fact remains that, according to the Public Citizen report, criminal penalties against pharmaceutical companies totaled only $23 million in 2017, whereas the corresponding figure was $294 million in 2016, the final year of the Obama administration.

Critics Demand Stop to 'Guinea Pig' Sepsis Clinical Trial

9/26/2018
HealthDay: Critics Demand Stop to 'Guinea Pig' Sepsis Clinical Trial by Staff - "The human subjects of the Clovers trial, as designed and currently conducted, are unwitting guinea pigs in a physiology experiment," Public Citizens' Dr. Michael Carome and Dr. Sidney Wolfe wrote in their letter.

Kristen Strader on KFC and Corporate Commercialism Run Amok

9/26/2018
Corporate Crime Reporter: Kristen Strader on KFC and Corporate Commercialism Run Amok by Staff - That’s according to Kristen Strader of Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert. “It’s essentially a KFC marketing stunt that provides KFC with the kind of attention that money can’t buy and disadvantages children and families,” Strader told Corporate Crime Reporter in an interview last week. “KFC is asking parents to name their child Harlan after the founder of KFC –  Colonel Harland David Sanders – in exchange for a chance of winning $11,000 toward their child’s education.”

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST NOMIKI KONST ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC ADVOCATE

9/26/2018
The Intercept: DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST NOMIKI KONST ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC ADVOCATE by Briahna Gray - The public advocate is there as a “check on the system,” said Konst, “and by definition, someone who is a check on the system should not be part of the system.” Konst pointed out that Green was a consumer advocate — he worked with Ralph Nader from 1970 to 1980 at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. “The role of the public advocate was designed to keep the issues of the public on the forefront” — all the time, not just during an election year, said Konst.

Trump Berates Canada and Threatens Car Tariffs as Nafta Talks Falter Video

9/26/2018
NY Times: Trump Berates Canada and Threatens Car Tariffs as Nafta Talks Falter Video by Alan Rappeport - “It seems like Canada has decided it’s too risky before the Oct. 1 Quebec elections to make any deal on Nafta, so the U.S. and Mexico deal will go forward and get signed, get stuck in the refrigerator,” said Lori Wallach, the director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “Canada and the U.S. will talk and at some point they will all get stirred up and served together in Congress in 2019.”

Trump Berates Canada and Threatens Car Tariffs as Nafta Talks Falter

9/26/2018
Las Vegas News: Trump Berates Canada and Threatens Car Tariffs as Nafta Talks Falter by Staff - “It seems like Canada has decided it’s too risky before the Oct. 1 Quebec elections to make any deal on Nafta, so the U.S. and Mexico deal will go forward and get signed, get stuck in the refrigerator,” said Lori Wallach, the director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “Canada and the U.S. will talk and at some point they will all get stirred up and served together in Congress in 2019.”

Dallas Council passes Climate Action Plan

9/26/2018
GreenSourceDFW: Dallas Council passes Climate Action Plan by Julie Ryan - Rita Beving of Public Citizen, the national consumer advocacy nonprofit, noted that five other Texas cities have signed on to protect climate, with the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.

Environmental Groups Warn Nuclear Waste May Travel Through San Antonio by Rail

9/26/2018
San Antonio Current: Environmental Groups Warn Nuclear Waste May Travel Through San Antonio by Rail by Sanford Nowlin - A coalition including SEED, Nuclear Information and Resource Services (NIRS), Public Citizen and others is taking a road show to Houston, Dallas and other Texas cities to build public opposition to the plan.

Anti-nuclear waste tour kicks off in Houston

9/25/2018
Texas Tribune: Anti-nuclear waste tour kicks off in Houston by Matt Zdun - The organizations involved — the Coalition of Community Organizations, Nuclear Information and Resource Services, Beyond Nuclear, the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition and Public Citizen — held a news conference by a railroad crossing in Houston, said Tom Smith, the special projects director of consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen.

Biggest spenders in U.S politics have given $55M to help Republicans keep majority

9/25/2018
Metro: Biggest spenders in U.S politics have given $55M to help Republicans keep majority by Michael Martin - Only $5 million was given to charity. An official with the government watchdog group Public Citizen called it "fiscal mismanagement at its worst."

Anti-nuclear waste tour to come through Midland

9/25/2018
Midland Reporter telegram/ Texas Tribune: Anti-nuclear waste tour to come through Midland by Matt Zdun - The organizations involved — the Coalition of Community Organizations, Nuclear Information and Resource Services, Beyond Nuclear, the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition and Public Citizen — held a news conference by a railroad crossing in Houston, said Tom Smith, the special projects director of consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen.

Trial by fire: critics demand that a huge sepsis study be stopped

9/24/2018
New York Times: Trial by fire: critics demand that a huge sepsis study be stopped by Roni Caryn Rabin -  In a letter to the federal Office for Human Research Protection, representatives of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group compared the study, called Clovers, to “an experiment that would be conducted on laboratory animals.”

CBF seeks ‘intervenor’ status in case to defend restrictions on predatory lending

9/24/2018
Baptist News Global: CBF seeks ‘intervenor’ status in case to defend restrictions on predatory lending by Aaron Weaver - CBF will be represented pro bono by the Public Citizen Litigation Group and the Equal Justice Center.

NEPOOL: FERC Can’t Change Press, Public Ban

9/23/2018
RTO Insider: NEPOOL: FERC Can’t Change Press, Public Ban by Rich Heidorn Jr. - Tyson Slocum, energy program director for Public Citizen, challenged NEPOOL’s contention that an “overwhelming majority” of NEPOOL participants voted to ban journalists.

ACLU, NAACP, and Dozens of Other Groups Call Out Tech Giants Over Forced Arbitration

9/21/2018
Gizmodo: ACLU, NAACP, and Dozens of Other Groups Call Out Tech Giants Over Forced Arbitration by Melanie Ehrenkranz - Public Citizen, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for the public interest and against corporate interests, was among the 47 groups that penned the letters on Friday. The nonprofit also created a letter that was delivered to Amazon in May urging the company to scrap its forced arbitration agreements. It was signed by thousands of activists.

All of a Sudden, Adding "Green" to a Policy Idea Makes it More Popular

9/21/2018
The Intercept_: All of a Sudden, Adding "Green" to a Policy Idea Makes it More Popular by Kate Aronoff - An analysis from Public Citizen found that climate change came up in just 4.3 percent of broadcast news segments about Florence.

After Florence, coal ash worries linger

9/21/2018
POLITICO: After Florence, coal ash worries linger by Kelsey Tamborrino - “I do support reasonable accommodation given the circumstances of the Chairman’s health,” Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program, said in a statement. “But going forward the public needs an explanation from the Commission under what authorities and circumstances the Chairman’s delegation to the Commission’s Secretary satisfies quorum and voting procedures.”

Climate Change Turned Florence Into a Monster Storm — But Corporate Media Avoided That Story

9/21/2018
Alternet: Climate Change Turned Florence Into a Monster Storm — But Corporate Media Avoided That Story by Jim Naureckas - “When outlets fail to connect these events to global warming, audiences are left uninformed about some of the most critical decisions we face,” David Arkush, who directs Public Citizen’s climate program, said in a statement. “We need a serious national discussion about the urgent, existential threat from climate change and how we are going to fix it — and it’s very difficult to have that conversation when media won’t talk about the topic.”

CBF seeks to defend restrictions on predatory lending

9/21/2018
Baptist Standard: CBF seeks to defend restrictions on predatory lending by Staff - CBF has asked the court to allow it to step into the shoes of a defendant and take the litigation steps necessary to defend the CFPB’s rule against the industry associations’ claims. The Public Citizen Litigation Group and the Equal Justice Center will represent CBF pro bono.

Partisan politics at independent agency draws bipartisan rebuke

9/21/2018
The Hill: Partisan politics at independent agency draws bipartisan rebuke by Timothy Cama - “I’ve never seen a chief of staff act like this,” said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at the left-leaning Public Citizen. “The independence of FERC is something that has always been a given. And Pugliese is acting like a political hack,” said Slocum, who’s been with Public Citizen since 2000.

Climate change turned Florence into a monster storm — but mainstream media avoided that story

9/21/2018
Salon: Climate change turned Florence into a monster storm — but mainstream media avoided that story by Jim Naureckas - But news audiences were rarely informed about the contribution of human-caused climate disruption to the devastating storm, according to a study of hurricane coverage by Public Citizen. Less than 8 percent of Florence stories in the 50 top-circulation U.S. newspapers from Sept. 9 through Sept. 16 mentioned climate change — and only 4 percent of segments on major TV outlets.

Too Hot for Work?

9/20/2018
The Nation: Too Hot for Work? by Michelle Chen - In the United States, heat-related death and illness poses one of the most immediate and widespread risks linked to global-warming trends. In July alone last year, according to Public Citizen, “An average of 1.1 million agriculture and construction workers labored in extreme conditions each day.”

Organizations Urge OSHA to Create Heat Protection Standard

9/20/2018
PaintMag: Organizations Urge OSHA to Create Heat Protection Standard by Staff - The petition, led by advocacy group Public Citizen, urges OSHA to create a standard that mandates establishment of a maximum heat threshold as well as the need for rest breaks, hydration and access to cool spaces (shaded or air-conditioned) that increase in times of extreme heat or significant exertion, among other requests.

Petition Backs National Heat Protection Standard

9/19/2018
OH&S: Petition Backs National Heat Protection Standard by Staff - "There is a silent epidemic of workplace heat illness in the U.S., and it's rapidly getting worse because of global warming," said David Arkush, managing director of Public Citizen's Climate Program. "It's critical that we protect vulnerable workers and stop greenhouse gas pollution."

The banking industry is spending big on red-state Democrats in 2018

9/19/2018
Vox: The banking industry is spending big on red-state Democrats in 2018 by Emily Stewart - “I don’t doubt that moderate Democrats, some of them at least, had motivations around policy goals and thought that components of the bank deregulation bill were good,” Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs at the advocacy group Public Citizen, told me. “But from our perspective, it’s an attack on Dodd-Frank, and that’s something that the banking industry has wanted since the bill passed.”

Consumer Confidential: Trump gets an F from judge for favoring ‘predatory’ for-profit colleges

9/19/2018
The Virginian-Pilot: Consumer Confidential: Trump gets an F from judge for favoring ‘predatory’ for-profit colleges by Staff - “The administration’s position was that it would be too burdensome for these companies to comply with a rule protecting students,” said Adam Pulver, an attorney with the advocacy group Public Citizen, which sued to force the Trump administration to follow the law.

New England energy industry group pressured to hold public meetings

9/19/2018
Providence Business News: New England energy industry group pressured to hold public meetings by Scott Blake - Public Citizen, a liberal think tank and consumer advocacy group in Washington, D.C., described New England Power Pool, or NEPOOL, as the nation’s most secretive of regional energy industry organizations.

Foreign lobbying overhaul loses steam in Congress

9/18/2018
Politico: Foreign lobbying overhaul loses steam in Congress by Marianne Levine and Theodoric Meyer -  “Democrats were confused at first when Mike Johnson initially offered his legislation,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the good-government group Public Citizen, which supports toughening the law. “They didn’t understand what it was and why the Republicans would be pushing it. I got a call from Mike Johnson’s staff asking me to lobby Democrats to get some Democrats on board.”

Devos Under Fire for Obstacles to Student Debt Relief

9/18/2018
Courthouse News: Devos Under Fire for Obstacles to Student Debt Relief by Britain Eakin - Adam Pulver with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, who along with the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School had sued on behalf of the defrauded students, called Monday’s ruling a “victory.”

Trump gets an F from judge for favoring 'predatory' for-profit colleges

9/18/2018
LA Times: Trump gets an F from judge for favoring 'predatory' for-profit colleges by David Lazarus - “The administration’s position was that it would be too burdensome for these companies to comply with a rule protecting students,” said Adam Pulver, an attorney with the advocacy group Public Citizen, which sued to force the Trump administration to follow the law.

Court Weighs Next Steps in Borrower Defense Lawsuit

9/17/2018
Inside Higher Ed: Court Weighs Next Steps in Borrower Defense Lawsuit by Andrew Kreighbaum - But Adam Pulver, an attorney with Public Citizen, argued that federal law requires that the 2016 rule now go into effect. And he said continued delay of the rule means continued harm for borrowers.

City attorney sues blogger for libel. Is it ‘a threat designed to silence?’

9/17/2018
Miami Herald: City attorney sues blogger for libel. Is it ‘a threat designed to silence?’ by Sarah Blaskey - “Vericker is a nasty blogger and certainly some things he said could hurt Powell’s reputation,“ Paul Levy, an attorney at Public Citizen who specializes in online free speech issues, said after reviewing the complaint. But that doesn’t mean he’ll win the suit.

Safety would take a back seat if Senate passes bill on driverless cars, critics say

9/15/2018
Salon: Safety would take a back seat if Senate passes bill on driverless cars, critics say by Myron Levin - “Consumer groups really are being vastly outnumbered by the industry, said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen. “They are outgunning us in Congress.” “I want to see self-driving cars on the streets,” Holman added. “It’s just I don’t want corporations to be in charge of regulating” them.

Pentagon Refuses to Disclose Identity of Foreign Country Contacted About Trump's Military Parade

9/14/2018
The Intercept_: Pentagon Refuses to Disclose Identity of Foreign Country Contacted About Trump's Military Parade by David Dayen - Public Citizen requested communications between the Defense Department, the White House, and the National Park Service about the planning of the parade last September. After a protracted process, some of which remains under active litigation, the Pentagon responded with 76 pages of emails. Most of them reference the unnamed foreign government.

After Years of Obstruction, Congress Passes Electronic Filing Requirement for Senate Candidates

9/14/2018
Sludge: After Years of Obstruction, Congress Passes Electronic Filing Requirement for Senate Candidates by Donald Shaw - “For years, Mitch McConnell has blocked every effort to bring the Senate into the era of digitized campaign finance reporting, which not only slowed down disclosure of Senate campaign finance filings for months at a time, but also was costly to taxpayers,” Craig Holman of government watchdog Public Citizen said in a statement to Sludge. “The Secretary of the Senate had to compile all the paper reports and the FEC had to convert them into a digital database for online posting.

D.C. Council to hold first hearing on repealing Initiative 77, the tipped wage hike

9/14/2018
Washington Post: D.C. Council to hold first hearing on repealing Initiative 77, the tipped wage hike by Fenit Nirappil - Mendelson accepted more than $30,000 from businesses and executives opposed to Initiative 77 for his reelection campaign this year, according to a new analysis by Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group. More than half of that money appeared to come from a March fundraiser held by the restaurant association. It was part of $230,000 in contributions to the mayor and lawmakers during the last two election cycles that were made by restaurant owners and others opposed to Initiative 77, according to Public Citizen.

Officials push strategic power of gas exports

9/14/2018
E&E News: Officials push strategic power of gas exports by Jenny Mandel - The U.S. should use its natural gas resources as a political weapon against Russia, Republican lawmakers and administration officials agreed during a Senate hearing yesterday, as Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Moscow to discuss "challenges to the bilateral relationship."

Federal court ponders next steps in DeVos for-profit suit

9/14/2018
AP: Federal court ponders next steps in DeVos for-profit suit by Maria Danilova - Attorney Adam Pulver with Public Citizen, an advocacy group, said defrauded students are facing “continuing everyday harm” and asked the court that the delayed regulation be enforced immediately.

Betsy DeVos wants another chance to delay rule meant to protect defrauded student-loan borrowers

9/14/2018
LA Times: Betsy DeVos wants another chance to delay rule meant to protect defrauded student-loan borrowers by Staff - Adam Pulver, an attorney with advocacy group Public Citizen, said defrauded students are facing “continuing everyday harm” and asked the court that the delayed regulation be enforced immediately.

Judge strikes down DeVos attempt to weaken rule for scammed student loan borrowers

9/13/2018
Market Watch: Judge strikes down DeVos attempt to weaken rule for scammed student loan borrowers by Jillian Berman - A district court judge ruled Wednesday evening that the multiple attempts by the Department to delay the regulation, known as the borrower defense rule, don’t have basis in law. The decision came as part of litigation brought on behalf of borrowers by Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization and Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Student Lending.

Who has the leverage at the NAFTA table? It’s not just Trump

9/13/2018
Bloomberg: Who has the leverage at the NAFTA table? It’s not just Trump by Andrew Mayeda - Canada may have calculated that Trump wouldn’t be able to withdraw from Nafta, in part because of the support the pact has in the business community and Congress. But the Canadians underestimated Trump’s willingness to leave Nafta, said Lori Wallach, Global Trade Watch director at Public Citizen.

'Crushing Defeat' for DeVos as Federal Judge Rules She Illegally Delayed Relief for Students Defrauded by For-Profit Colleges

9/13/2018
Common Dreams: 'Crushing Defeat' for DeVos as Federal Judge Rules She Illegally Delayed Relief for Students Defrauded by For-Profit Colleges by Jessica Corbett - "This is a major victory for student borrowers and for anyone who cares about having a government that operates under the rule of law, instead of as a pawn of the for-profit college industry," said Toby Merrill, director of Project on Predatory Student Lending, which partnered with Public Citizen and the states attorneys general to file suit on behalf of two former students at the for-profit New England Institute of Art (NEIA) in Brookline, Massachusetts.

With Florence Looming, Trump Claims Democrats Made Up Puerto Rico Death Toll

9/13/2018
Second Nexus: With Florence Looming, Trump Claims Democrats Made Up Puerto Rico Death Toll by Carlo Versano - David Arkush, managing director of Public Citizen's Climate Program, told Cheddar that he was "losing my ability to be shocked" by what the president says, though Trump's comments ー casting doubt on the deaths of thousands of Americans as millions more are in the path of another massive storm ー are particularly unnerving this time around.

As Council considers Initiative 77 veto, activists call foul

9/13/2018
Current Newspapers: As Council considers Initiative 77 veto, activists call foul by Carlo Massimo - “The fact that the will of roughly 160 restaurant owners and corporations is being prioritized over that of the 44,000 D.C. voters who approved the measure makes one thing crystal clear,” said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs at Public Citizen. Overall, these entities donated $236,013 ahead of the Initiative.

Good Government Groups Urge ‘Systematic Reform’ of House Rules

9/12/2018
RollCall: Good Government Groups Urge ‘Systematic Reform’ of House Rules by Lindsey McPerson - Groups that signed the letter include the Sunlight Foundation, Government Accountability Project, Campaign Legal Center, The OpenGov Foundation and Public Citizen, among others.

Betsy DeVos Loses Student Loan Lawsuit Brought by 19 States

9/12/2018
Bloomberg: Betsy DeVos Loses Student Loan Lawsuit Brought by 19 States by Andrew Harris - His decision also covered claims by two student-borrowers in a lawsuit filed on their behalf by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. The states’ suit was later consolidated with it.

Wheeler's private calendar reveals recused client contacts

9/12/2018
E&E News: Wheeler's private calendar reveals recused client contacts by Corbin Hiar - Taking meetings like the one with Growth Energy "undermines the very purpose of the ethics pledge," said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the good government group Public Citizen.

New group launches effort to defend Mueller probe

9/12/2018
NBC News: New group launches effort to defend Mueller probe by Staff - Its advisory board includes Ned Price, a former spokesman for the National Security Council; Max Bergmann, who leads the Center for American Progress’ Moscow Project; Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center; Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight); Public Citizen vice president of legislative affairs Lisa Gilbert; and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president Vanita Gupta.

Change isn’t just making it difficult for farm-workers. It’s putting their lives in danger

9/12/2018
Huff Post: Change isn’t just making it difficult for farm-workers. It’s putting their lives in danger by Yvette Cbrera - Under the standard, the state conducted 50 times more inspections resulting in a citation or violation for unsafe heat exposure practices than the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration did nationwide between 2013 and 2017, according to research by the nonprofit consumer group Public Citizen. “This alarming disparity clearly shows why a specific, enforceable heat standard is urgently needed on a federal level,” Public Citizen wrote in a petition filed in July calling on OSHA to create a national standard for heat stress.

Thanks to Obama bailouts and Trump tax cuts, five largest US banks have raked in $583 billion since 2008 crash

9/11/2018
Common Dreams: Thanks to Obama bailouts and Trump tax cuts, five largest US banks have raked in $583 billion since 2008 crash by Jake Johnson - The 2008 financial meltdown inflicted devastating financial and psychological damage upon millions of ordinary Americans, but a new report released by Public Citizen on Tuesday shows the Wall Street banks that caused the crash with their reckless speculation and outright fraud have done phenomenally well in the ten years since the crisis.

A Texas waste storage plan is back. So is the opposition

9/11/2018
E&E News: A Texas waste storage plan is back. So is the opposition by Edward Klump - Before the call ended, Tom "Smitty" Smith, an environmental activist in Texas who works on special projects for Public Citizen and is married to Hadden, unloaded on the NRC.

FTC’s Smith’s Equifax Recusal Raises Conflict Concerns

9/11/2018
Bloomberg Law: FTC’s Smith’s Equifax Recusal Raises Conflict Concerns by Evan Weinberger - “If you cannot engage in the single biggest investigation that the agency will likely engage in, why are you in that job?” Remington Gregg, the counsel for Public Citizen’s Civil Justice and Consumer Rights division, said in a Sept. 10 phone interview.

A guide to the financial crisis — 10 years later

9/10/2018
Washington Post: A guide to the financial crisis — 10 years later by Renae Merle - “Ten years after the crisis, the cause — venal pay incentives — remain unaddressed by Washington,” said Bart Naylor, a financial-policy advocate for the nonprofit consumer group Public Citizen.

Groups ask for injunction to bar electronic record-keeping rollback

9/10/2018
Business Insurance: Groups ask for injunction to bar electronic record-keeping rollback by Gloria Gonzalez - “OSHA’s partial suspension of the rule without undertaking notice-and-comment procedures and without a reasoned explanation violates the procedural and substantive requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act,” Public Citizen Health Research Group, the American Public Health Association and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists said in their filing to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday.

Kyl brings experience as a senator, baggage as a lobbyist to new job

9/10/2018
Cronkite News: Kyl brings experience as a senator, baggage as a lobbyist to new job by Brendan Campbell - “Someone who 10 days ago was working on behalf of massive corporate clients from Walmart to Raytheon suddenly being in the Senate to represent constituents again, I think it brings us all to a place of pause,” said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen.

Group Asks Court to Require OSHA to Electronically Accept OSHA 300 Logs and 301 Forms

9/9/2018
Lexology: Group Asks Court to Require OSHA to Electronically Accept OSHA 300 Logs and 301 Forms by Jackson Lewis - In response to OSHA’s announcement in May this year that the agency would not require the electronic submission of 300 Logs or 301 Forms for employers with establishments of 250 or more employees, Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging OSHA’s suspension of the requirement to electronically submit the 300 Log or 301 Forms.

Consumer Bureau Highlights that it has taken enforcement actions under mulvaney

9/7/2018
Charles Clark: Consumer Bureau Highlights that it has taken enforcement actions under mulvaney by Charles Clark - o Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, noted that the report included only two enforcement actions, compared with six in the report released under previous CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

Pre-Labor Day Report Slams OSHA Rollbacks

9/6/2018
EHS Daily Advisor: Pre-Labor Day Report Slams OSHA Rollbacks by William C. Schillaci - In a pre-Labor Day report, the advocacy group Public Citizen accuses President Donald Trump of having broken his campaign promise that “the American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” “The administration has scuttled or weakened several standards that help the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protect workers,” states Public Citizen in Workers Left Behind Under Trump’s OSHA.

Kavanaugh confirmation hearings to focus on 6 hot-button issues

9/5/2018
National Public Radio: Kavanaugh confirmation hearings to focus on 6 hot-button issues by Nina Totenberg - Statistics compiled by the liberal group Public Citizen suggest both sides are right in their predilections: in split decisions, Kavanaugh sided with business 18 times on regulatory issues, and four times against business. On environmental protection, he sided 11 times with business, and twice with environmental groups. And on workers' rights, 15 times with business and twice with workers.

Democrats aim to derail Kavanaugh with eye to abortion, Mueller

9/4/2018
Stamford Advocate: Democrats aim to derail Kavanaugh with eye to abortion, Mueller by Greg Stohr - According to an analysis by the consumer-rights group Public Citizen, Kavanaugh was involved in 101 business-related decisions that divided a three-judge panel 2-1. The group found that Kavanaugh sided with business interests 87 percent of the time.

Key moments from Kavanaugh's past confirmation hearings could shape fight ahead

9/3/2018
CNN: Key moments from Kavanaugh's past confirmation hearings could shape fight ahead by Ariane de Vogue - A lawsuit to overturn it was filed by Public Citizen, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians and a number of others. Why did you favor an increase in the secrecy of presidential records?"

Trump Sends Labor Day Attacking the Leader of America's Largest Labor Union

9/3/2018
Vanity Fair: Trump Sends Labor Day Attacking the Leader of America's Largest Labor Union by Emma Stefansky - “The amount of time and energy they put into rolling back this vital worker health and safety protections could have easily been put into implementing existing protections and enacting new rules that are needed,” said Shanna Devine, an advocate for Public Citizen. “This Labor Day, it’s clear where the administration’s interests lie.”

Trump rolls back worker safety rules

9/3/2018
POLITICO: Trump rolls back worker safety rules by Ian Kullgren - “History itself has demonstrated that the industry can’t be trusted to self-regulate,” said Shanna Devine, a worker health and safety advocate for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “That resulted in the same regulation the Trump administration is now trying to roll back.”

National group pushes to protect heat-exposed workers

9/2/2018
The Gainsville Sun: National group pushes to protect heat-exposed workers by Daniel Smithson - David Arkush, managing director of national nonprofit Public Citizen, which focuses on consumer rights and protections, along with leaders from United Farm Workers Foundation, Farm Workers Association of Florida, former OSHA directors and many other labor rights groups, are petitioning OSHA for a federal standard that would protect outdoor and indoor U.S. workers from occupational exposure to excessive heat.