October 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.

Cleared of Campaign Finance Violations, Bowser Takes Shot at Nonprofit That Accused Her

11/1/2018
Washington City Paper: Cleared of Campaign Finance Violations, Bowser Takes Shot at Nonprofit That Accused Her by Mitch Ryals - Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, fired back, calling Bowser's questioning of the organization's tax status a "Trump-like tactic." "We are disappointed that the mayor would sink as low as she has," Weissman's statement says. "We understand the mayor is in the middle of a campaign and that sharp elbows will be thrown. But the occupant of the White House, in our city, has debased and degraded political discourse with baseless attacks on his opponents, including threatening their nonprofit tax status. We expect better from our mayor."

D.C. officials dismiss campaign finance complaint against Bowser over rally

11/1/2018
Washington Post: D.C. officials dismiss campaign finance complaint against Bowser over rally by Fenit Nirappil - Public Citizen acknowledged that Silverman brought the rally to its attention, but said the group’s complaint wasn’t politically motivated. The group previously filed a complaint against the mayor for accepting excess contributions in her 2014 run.

A voter’s guide to election security

11/1/2018
Bristol Herald Courier: A voter’s guide to election security by Matt Vasilogambros - “Audits empower people to feel like their vote counted and feel engaged in the process,” said Aquene Freechild, co-director of nonprofit Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

Texas oil regulator seeking re-election shrugs off industry ties

11/1/2018
E&E News: Texas oil regulator seeking re-election shrugs off industry ties by Mike Lee - "We don't think the industry is regulated effectively in Texas," said Adrian Shelley, executive director of Public Citizen Texas. "These sort of apparent conflicts that are present and unaddressed would seem to contribute to that problem and to the general erosion of confidence in the agency."

A Pro-Democracy Movement, Right Here

11/1/2018
New York Times: A Pro-Democracy Movement, Right Here by David Leonhardt - The Times’s Nicholas Fandos has the details, including the restoration of key parts of the Voting Rights Act. “Only by winning foundational reforms to our process can we hope to move forward substantive reforms in other areas,” Lisa Gilbert of the advocacy group Public Citizen, which backs the proposal, told The Washington Post.

If Democrats win the House, Trump’s foreign policy may be in trouble

11/1/2018
Vox: If Democrats win the House, Trump’s foreign policy may be in trouble by Alex Ward - “Business is booming at the Trump International Hotel in DC, not because of the décor, but because corporations and foreign governments want to curry favor with the president,” Robert Weissman, Public Citizen’s president, said in a statement at the time.

Florida heat is already hard on outdoor workers. Climate change will raise health risks

10/31/2018
Bradenton Herald: Florida heat is already hard on outdoor workers. Climate change will raise health risks by Alex Harris - Unworkable, a report from Public Citizen and the Farmworker Association of Florida released Tuesday, spells out the risks to the state’s large population of outdoor workers, particularly construction and agricultural workers.

Accusers: State blew chance to stop predator pediatrician

10/31/2018
AP: Accusers: State blew chance to stop predator pediatrician by Michael Rubinkam - “Without consequences, we cannot really solve the problem. You don’t have enough deterrence out there,” Public Citizen health researcher Azza AbuDagga said.

The First Thing Democrats Will Do If They Win The House Is Pass Anti-Corruption And Voting Rights Reforms

10/31/2018
HuffPost: The First Thing Democrats Will Do If They Win The House Is Pass Anti-Corruption And Voting Rights Reforms by Paul Blumenthal - A coalition of 100 groups called the Declaration for American Democracy — including broad-based membership organizations like the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, Indivisible, Public Citizen and Common Cause — endorsed this democracy reform package as the first priority for a Democratic House on Tuesday. The coalition will organize its members to support the passage of this legislation if Democrats win control of the House.

Meet Phil Murphy's inside man: The guy with access to the governor

10/31/2018
NorthJersey.com: Meet Phil Murphy's inside man: The guy with access to the governor by Dustin Racioppi - But the partnership alone is "dancing right on that threshold of lobbying," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen who helped write New Jersey's pay-to-play law.

Job No. 1 for a Democratic House? A sweeping good-government bill, groups say.

10/31/2018
Washington Post: Job No. 1 for a Democratic House? A sweeping good-government bill, groups say. by Mike DeBonis - “Only by winning foundational reforms to our process can we hope to move forward substantive reforms in other areas that are so important to the American people, from protecting our environment to improving the lives of consumers and working families to lowering prescription drug prices and so much more,” said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen, who promised a “comprehensive inside-outside-D.C. campaign” following the election.

Climate change is taking a severe toll on Florida farmworkers, new study shows

10/31/2018
ThinkProgress: Climate change is taking a severe toll on Florida farmworkers, new study shows by E.A. Crunden - At that time, David Arkush, managing director for Public Citizen’s climate program, told ThinkProgress that efforts to protect outdoor workers have long been a point of concern for advocates, but that increasingly dire climate warnings have injected such efforts with a new sense of urgency.

Report: Increasing Number Of Hot Days Threatens Health Of Florida’s Outdoor Workers

10/31/2018
WLRN: Report: Increasing Number Of Hot Days Threatens Health Of Florida’s Outdoor Workers by Brendan Rivers - “For workers engaged in very heavy labor, it was dangerously hot at least 75 percent of the day time, this past May to September, in the top 10 Florida counties by number of agricultural and construction workers,” said David Arkush, managing director of Public Citizens’ Climate Program.

Global Warming Will Bake Florida's Outdoor Workers, Study Warns

10/31/2018
Miami New Times: Global Warming Will Bake Florida's Outdoor Workers, Study Warns by Jerry Iannelli - This state will see a bigger spike in "deadly heat" days than any other, and a new report from the groups Public Citizen and the Farmworker Association of Florida (FAOF) warns that "excessive heat stress" from climate change is going to have nightmarish consequences for farm workers, construction laborers, and virtually all others who work outside in the sun.

Climate change is making Florida’s heat dangerous for farmworkers: report

10/30/2018
88.5 WMNF: Climate change is making Florida’s heat dangerous for farmworkers: report by Sean Kinane - The report, called “Unworkable. Dangerous Heat Puts Florida Workers at Risk,” was released Tuesday by the Farmworker Association of Florida and the nonprofit government watchdog Public Citizen.

DOL Looks To Nix Challenge To Injury Reporting Freeze

10/30/2018
Law 360: DOL Looks To Nix Challenge To Injury Reporting Freeze by Vin Gurrieri - Subscription required. 

https://www.law360.com/employment/articles/1096942/dol-looks-to-nix-challenge-to-injury-reporting-freeze

10/30/2018
Outsourcing-Pharma: https://www.law360.com/employment/articles/1096942/dol-looks-to-nix-challenge-to-injury-reporting-freeze by Melissa Fassbender - In a July 25 letter​, Public Citizen – with 64 doctors, bioethicists, and academics – requested that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) investigate the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota.

The Health 202: The Trump administration is planning its next move on drug prices

10/30/2018
Washington Post: The Health 202: The Trump administration is planning its next move on drug prices by Paige Winfield Cunningham - In a letter released Monday, Public Citizen also called for regulators to “impose severe sanctions for the serious ethical and regulatory lapses that have occurred in the ketamine clinical trials and other studies" at Minneapolis’s Hennepin County Medical Center. The letter from Public Citizen follows findings from federal inspectors, Sharon reports.

Democrats Put Ethics Reform at Top of Legislative Agenda, If They Win the Midterms

10/30/2018
TIME: Democrats Put Ethics Reform at Top of Legislative Agenda, If They Win the Midterms by Alana Abramson - Lisa Gilbert, the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Public Citizen, one of the organizations signing on with the campaign, and who is also working with House Democrats on the package, said she expects the advocacy to persist even if the bill doesn’t become law. Pushing the bill, she said, is only “one piece of the puzzle.”

Consumer Group Calls for HCMC Sanctions Over Ketamine Studies

10/29/2018
KSTP: Consumer Group Calls for HCMC Sanctions Over Ketamine Studies by Staff - Specifically, the group Public Citizen criticized Hennepin County Medical Center's review board, the Human Subjects Research Committee, which is in charge of protecting the people who were the subjects of the Ketamine studies. The Human Subjects Research Committee is the Institutional Review Board or IRB for HCMC.

Minneapolis Health System Accused of Ethics Lapses in Research

10/29/2018
Bloomberg Law: Minneapolis Health System Accused of Ethics Lapses in Research by Jeannie Baumann - Subcription required. 

Minneapolis hospital enrolled ER patients in ketamine studies without consent, FDA finds

10/29/2018
Becker's Hospital Review: Minneapolis hospital enrolled ER patients in ketamine studies without consent, FDA finds by Harrison Cook - "[The hospital put patients in danger] including by waiving the requirement for informed consent in situations where that is not allowed," Michael Carome, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group and the letter's organizer, told STAT.

FDA Inspection Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Informed Consent, IRB Rules

10/29/2018
Regulatory Focus: FDA Inspection Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Informed Consent, IRB Rules by Michael Mezher - “The medical center’s IRB appears to lack even a basic understanding of federal regulations for the protection of human subjects and is clearly incapable of fulfilling its obligation to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects,” Public Citizen writes in a follow-up letter to FDA and OHRP.

ER Patients Given Ketamine, Other Drugs in Clinical Trials Without Their Consent

10/29/2018
KQED Science: ER Patients Given Ketamine, Other Drugs in Clinical Trials Without Their Consent by Sharon Begley - The hospital committee that green-lighted the studies, called an institutional review board (IRB), “appears incapable of doing its job,” said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, who organized the letter. It acted unethically and placed patients in danger, he said, “including by waiving the requirement for informed consent in situations where that is not allowed.”

GM shakes up auto regs fight

10/26/2018
Axios: GM shakes up auto regs fight by Ben Geman - Public Citizen's Madeline Page said that while she has not seen details of the plan, she believes "This year automakers like GM and Ford have used electric vehicle announcements in order to distract from their (and their trade association’s) costly lobbying effort to rollback clean car standards."

Digital debate heating back up

10/26/2018
POLITICO: Digital debate heating back up by Aaron Lorenzo - They better do it if they win power in next month’s midterm elections, 56 left-leaning activist groups — including the National Organization for Women, the Communication Workers of America and Public Citizen — said in a letter to top Democrats, our Brian Faler reports

US Releases New Medicare Drug Plan To “Pay The Prices Other Countries Pay”

10/26/2018
Intellectual Property Watch: US Releases New Medicare Drug Plan To “Pay The Prices Other Countries Pay” by David Branigan - Public Citizen, a US consumer advocacy group, also released a statement today by Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines Program, which said: “The details of this plan count for everything. Yet, from initial reporting the plan may indeed represent positive steps. The goal of making medicine affordable for all may benefit from administration proposals to compare U.S. prices with those paid abroad, negotiating Medicare Part B medication prices and reducing physician incentives to administer more expensive treatments.”

District Line Daily: Explosive

10/25/2018
Washington City Paper: District Line Daily: Explosive by Mitch Ryals - Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a complaint against Bowser, alleging violations of campaign finance laws linked to her support of at-large candidate Dionne Reeder. Reeder is challenging Councilmember Elissa Silverman, and may have stepped into some campaign violations of her own.

Bowser Violated Campaign Contribution Laws in Supporting Dionne Reeder, Complaint Alleges

10/25/2018
Washington City Paper: Bowser Violated Campaign Contribution Laws in Supporting Dionne Reeder, Complaint Alleges by Mitch Ryals - A complaint filed Monday by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen alleges that Mayor Muriel Bowser violated city laws on campaign contributions in her get-out-the-vote rally.

Trump's Lawyer Is Pushing the Supreme Court to Hear a Case That Threatens the Free Web

10/25/2018
Gizmodo: Trump's Lawyer Is Pushing the Supreme Court to Hear a Case That Threatens the Free Web by Rhett Jones - Free speech advocacy groups like the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Public Citizen all supported Yelp’s arguments.

Should FDA Approve ‘Super Opioid’ That’s Stronger Than Fentanyl?

10/25/2018
healthline: Should FDA Approve ‘Super Opioid’ That’s Stronger Than Fentanyl? by Brian Krans - Its chair, Dr. Raeford Brown, wasn’t at the meeting. But, together with three members of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, Brown followed up with a letter to Gottlieb and others at the FDA.

FDA set to approve potent opioid for market despite adviser’s objections

10/25/2018
Washington Post: FDA set to approve potent opioid for market despite adviser’s objections by Lenny Bernstein - Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and the advocacy group Public Citizen, which co-signed Brown’s letter to Gottlieb, also oppose FDA approval of the drug, which the company AcelRx would market as Dsuvia.

PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Gillum’s claim about DeSantis’ $145,000 travel receipts

10/25/2018
Tampa Bay Times: PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Gillum’s claim about DeSantis’ $145,000 travel receipts by Miriam Valverde - DeSantis could voluntarily release records detailing his travels, but without itemized receipts there isn’t a way of knowing exactly how he spent taxpayers’ money, said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs at the government watchdog group Public Citizen.

Watchdog group says D.C. mayor’s rally may have violated campaign finance rules

10/24/2018
Washington Post: Watchdog group says D.C. mayor’s rally may have violated campaign finance rules by Fenit Nirappil - In its complaint, Public Citizen said the event appeared to be coordinated with Bonds and Reeder and therefore subject to a $1,000 limit for in-kind campaign contributions. The complaint cited no specific evidence of coordination, but urged campaign finance officials to investigate.

Bowser Violated Campaign Finance Laws By Holding Rally For Council Candidates, Group Says

10/24/2018
WAMU: Bowser Violated Campaign Finance Laws By Holding Rally For Council Candidates, Group Says by Martin Austermuhle - Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, said that while D.C. law allows a candidate to put on a voter registration or get-out-the-vote rally, it has to be organized independently of any other candidate for office.

TCPA Regulatory Update – FCC Seeks Comments on Several TCPA Provisions

10/24/2018
JDSUPRA: TCPA Regulatory Update – FCC Seeks Comments on Several TCPA Provisions by Staff - Public Citizen mentioned. 

28 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

10/24/2018
LAist: 28 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend by Christine N. Ziemba - This comedy show for a cause features sets by Bill Burr, Eliza Skinner, Felipe Esparza, Felicia Michaels, Alex Edelman, Caroline Rhea and Jimmy O. Yang. Proceeds benefit Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group that champions public (and not corporate) interests.

Unequal Justice: Why Trump Picked Kavanaugh

10/23/2018
Progressive: Unequal Justice: Why Trump Picked Kavanaugh by Bill Blum - One of the most thorough analyses was prepared by Public Citizen, the liberal-progressive non-profit founded by Ralph Nader. Appraising Kavanaugh’s opinions in split-decision cases (which best reveal a judge’s views), Public Citizen found: “In 18 of 22 cases involving consumer and regulatory issues or matters of administrative law, Kavanaugh sided with corporations against agencies, or with agencies against public-interest challengers.”

FDA Committee Chair Bucks Panel's Support Of Sufentanil Tablet

10/23/2018
InsideHealthPolicy: FDA Committee Chair Bucks Panel's Support Of Sufentanil Tablet by Staff - Paywalled article

What's next for pharma in the advancing battle over drug prices in TV ads?

10/23/2018
FiercePharma: What's next for pharma in the advancing battle over drug prices in TV ads? by Beth Snyder Bulik - The nonprofit Public Citizen, for instance, agreed that adding list prices would shine a spotlight on pharma “price gouging,” but said that information wouldn't help consumers work a better deal. After all, patients have "limited or no ability to choose an alternative product," partly because their insurers call the shots on drug coverage.

Defining discrimination

10/23/2018
POLITICO: Defining discrimination by Rebecca Rainey - “The administration is trying to essentially change the legal determination that transgender individuals are within the scope of the civil rights laws to begin with,” Amit Narang of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch told Morning Shift. “That will have systematic consequences for employees generally speaking if they identify as transgender.”

White House Pressured EPA on Changes to Methane Leak Rule

10/23/2018
E&E News: White House Pressured EPA on Changes to Methane Leak Rule by Maxine Joselow - Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen, said the documents show that the White House is bent on helping industry at the expense of public health and the environment.

Emails Show ‘Cozy’ Ties Between EPA’s Air Office And Its Chief’s Former Firm

10/23/2018
HuffPost: Emails Show ‘Cozy’ Ties Between EPA’s Air Office And Its Chief’s Former Firm by Itali Vardi - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the public interest group Public Citizen, agreed. “Those emails are very revealing of the extent of the close working relationship between the Hunton firm and Wehrum,” Holman told HuffPost. “Bill Wehrum has shown considerable disregard for conflicts of interest generally and Trump’s own unenforceable ethics rules in particular. He is supposed to recuse himself from matters affecting his former clients within the previous two years of appointment.”

As powerful new opioid nears FDA approval, critics ask if U.S. is stoking its drug crisis

10/22/2018
MarketWatch: As powerful new opioid nears FDA approval, critics ask if U.S. is stoking its drug crisis by Emma Court - Other voices speaking out against the drug include the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which co-signed a letter with Dr. Brown to FDA leaders, and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who recently called on the FDA to reject the medication.

Goldman Urges Do-Over by Trump Regulators in Easing Volcker Rule

10/22/2018
Bloomberg: Goldman Urges Do-Over by Trump Regulators in Easing Volcker Rule by Jesse Hamilton - Consumer groups also criticized regulators’ attempt to overhaul the Volcker Rule, but for much different reasons. “We believe the effort to dilute the Volcker Rule is dangerously misguided,” advocacy group Public Citizen wrote in a letter.

FDA considers new pill form of powerful opioid, despite warnings and history of unintended consequences

10/22/2018
Raymond News Network: FDA considers new pill form of powerful opioid, despite warnings and history of unintended consequences by Jonathan Raymond - In a statement sent by the group Public Citizen last week to FDA administrators who will ultimately decide Dsuvia’s fate, Brown made the case that allowing production of the drug in a smaller, more portable tablet form will likely have unintended consequences.

New Report Estimates Public Health Impact of Houston Traffic in 2040

10/22/2018
Houston Public Media: New Report Estimates Public Health Impact of Houston Traffic in 2040 by Elizabeth Trovall - “Clean combustion technologies still burn fossil fuel, but rely on technology-based solutions to reduce air pollution,” said Public Citizen Texas office Director Adrian Shelley in a written statement, “One example is a diesel particulate filter (DPF) which, under the right operating conditions, greatly reduces particulate matter pollution.”

State of Texas Political Show

10/21/2018
KTSM NBC: State of Texas Political Show by Staff - TV Interview

A HIGHLY ADDICTIVE NEW OPIOID, STRONGER THAN FENTANYL AND MORPHINE, IS POISED TO BE APPROVED BY THE FDA

10/20/2018
Newsweek: A HIGHLY ADDICTIVE NEW OPIOID, STRONGER THAN FENTANYL AND MORPHINE, IS POISED TO BE APPROVED BY THE FDA by Dory Jackson - Anaesthesiologist Raeford Brown of the University of Kentucky, who is also a committee chair, penned a letter Thursday opposing the FDA's approval. The letter was also signed by Sidney M. Wolfe, Meena M. Aladdin and Michael A. Carome of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

DeSantis won’t disclose details of taxpayer-funded travel while in Congress

10/20/2018
Naples Daily News: DeSantis won’t disclose details of taxpayer-funded travel while in Congress by Ana Ceballos - “It’s a voluntary choice he is making. He could certainly choose to tell us more to clear up how he spent his time and taxpayer money,” said Lisa Gilbert, the vice president of legislative affairs at Public Citizen, a nonprofit watchdog group.

D.C. City Council Votes to Keep Paying Service Workers $3.89 an Hour

10/19/2018
Daily Beast: D.C. City Council Votes to Keep Paying Service Workers $3.89 an Hour by Tom Perriello - Mendelson accepted more than $30,000 from businesses and executives opposed to Initiative 77 for his reelection campaign this year, according to an analysis by consumer advocacy leader Public Citizen, which has shown over $230,000 in industry-related contributions to fair wage opponents during the last two election.

Critics fear that Trump's coal bailout could rise from the dead

10/19/2018
Washington Examiner: Critics fear that Trump's coal bailout could rise from the dead by John Siciliano - Tyson Slocum, energy director at Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, is convinced Trump is not giving up on the coal plan.

FDA Panel Chair Warns of 'Abuse, Death' if Opioid Is Approved

10/19/2018
MedPage Today: FDA Panel Chair Warns of 'Abuse, Death' if Opioid Is Approved by Ian Ingram - Paywalled article

White House Backed Big Oil Over EPA on Finding Methane Leaks

10/19/2018
Bloomberg: White House Backed Big Oil Over EPA on Finding Methane Leaks by Jennifer Dlouhy - The entire process was driven by an attempt to maximize corporate profits at the expense of public health and the environment, said Amit Narang, a regulatory policy expert with Public Citizen. “The further OIRA tried to force EPA to maximize net benefits, the more it forced a weakening of the rule, and the more emissions went up.”

The FDA Is About To Approve A New Addictive Opioid And These Scientists Are Alarmed

10/19/2018
Buzzfeed: The FDA Is About To Approve A New Addictive Opioid And These Scientists Are Alarmed by Dan Vergano - Still, Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen criticized the FDA for not including its full drug safety advisory panel to participate in the vote, given the agency’s history with opioid approvals and the ongoing overdose crisis.

Trump's financial ties to Saudis under scrutiny

10/19/2018
CNN: Trump's financial ties to Saudis under scrutiny by Brian Todd - TV interview

Trump Boasts of ‘Record’ Savings From Deregulation

10/18/2018
Bloomberg Government: Trump Boasts of ‘Record’ Savings From Deregulation by Cheryl Bolen - The $23 billion in savings to corporations is not an annual figure for fiscal 2018, but calculated over a “perpetual time horizon,” leaving the annual value at just $1.61 billion in savings this year, said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs at the public-interest group Public Citizen.

An FDA expert panel chairman defies his own panel for endorsing an opioid painkiller

10/18/2018
STAT: An FDA expert panel chairman defies his own panel for endorsing an opioid painkiller by Ed Silverman - Paywalled article

Air Force Head Used Ex-House Perk During Space Corps Fight

10/18/2018
Bloomberg Government: Air Force Head Used Ex-House Perk During Space Corps Fight by Roxana Tiron - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with the public interest advocacy organization Public Citizen, said the opportunity to “mingle” on the floor with former colleagues “seems like an inappropriate and extraordinarily unfair advantage.”

Student vets win too as court unchains Obama loan protection

10/18/2018
Stars and Stripes: Student vets win too as court unchains Obama loan protection by Tom Philpott - One attorney for student plaintiffs who helped unleash the Obama rules, Adam R. Pulver, said an Obama change resisted by for-profit schools bans them from requiring students to accept arbitration in settling all complaints.

Trump administration pushes EPA's science overhaul to 2020

10/18/2018
Washington Post: Trump administration pushes EPA's science overhaul to 2020 by Dino Grandoni - But Amit Narang, a regulatory policy expert at the left-leaning advocacy group Public Citizen, said that the move Wednesday indicated to him that the proposal was being put “on the back burner.”

Betsy DeVos loses major battle over Obama’s student loan protections

10/18/2018
Salon: Betsy DeVos loses major battle over Obama’s student loan protections by Matthew Rozsa - Moss' ruling is "an important step for borrowers and should be a signal for the department that its deregulatory agenda is both hurting borrowers and is not going to tolerated by the courts," Julie Murray, a staff attorney at Public Citizen, which challenged DeVos' delays in implementing the Obama consumer protections, told Politico. She later added, "The department as of noon today has a legal obligation to implement this rule and, to the extent they don’t abide by that legal obligation, that is something that we and other consumer advocates will be watching closely."

FDA Panel OKs Stronger Opioid Despite Concerns

10/18/2018
WedMD: FDA Panel OKs Stronger Opioid Despite Concerns by Pauline Anderson - The drug "does not offer any unique advantages over the numerous available FDA-approved opioid products for treating acute pain, and thus does not fill any unmet medical need," Aladdin says in a news release from Public Citizen. "However, it does pose unique risks of serious harm if it's misused or abused or if accidental exposure occurs."

Obama student loan rule to take effect

10/17/2018
Inside Higher Ed: Obama student loan rule to take effect by Andrew Kreighbaum - "Countless borrowers around the country have been counting on this rule to go into effect,” said Julie Murray, a lawyer at Public Citizen who helped argue a lawsuit brought against the department by several consumer groups and state attorneys general. “Today is a huge victory for them.”

Trump touts push to rescind government regulations

10/17/2018
Reuters: Trump touts push to rescind government regulations by David Shepardson - Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs at advocacy group Public Citizen, said none of the 14 regulations finalized by the administration “can be credibly described as significantly improving the public’s health and safety or saving lives.”

Trump Claims $1.6 Billion a Year Saved From Cutting Red Tape

10/17/2018
Bloomberg: Trump Claims $1.6 Billion a Year Saved From Cutting Red Tape by Alan Levin - Lisa Gilbert, vice president for legislative affairs at the advocacy group Public Citizen, said the administration has surrendered protections for workers and consumers.

Trump administration won’t brand China currency manipulator

10/17/2018
AP: Trump administration won’t brand China currency manipulator by Martin Crutsinger - “One of Trump’s most emphatic campaign promises was to declare China a currency manipulator on Day One,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “But Trump’s Treasury secretary has chosen to rely on criteria created by previous administrations to ensure no action is taken.”

Ex-CIA chief’s take on election security: Don’t panic, do stay paranoid

10/17/2018
Yahoo News: Ex-CIA chief’s take on election security: Don’t panic, do stay paranoid by Rob Pegoraro - “There’s better communication between the department of homeland security and state officials,” Aquene Freechild, co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People project and co-founder of the group Secure Our Vote, said in a briefing Monday afternoon.

Trump Administration Claims $1.6 Billion in Regulation Savings

10/17/2018
Newsmax: Trump Administration Claims $1.6 Billion in Regulation Savings by Staff - Lisa Gilbert, vice president for legislative affairs at the advocacy group Public Citizen, said the administration has surrendered protections for workers and consumers. “Under the Trump administration, regulators are focused only on boosting corporate profits, not saving lives or protecting the public by holding corporate wrongdoers accountable,” Gilbert said in a press release.

Judge greenlights Obama-era rule for scammed students, despite delays by Trump administration

10/16/2018
MarketWatch: Judge greenlights Obama-era rule for scammed students, despite delays by Trump administration by Jillian Berman - “Today’s news is a huge victory for borrowers,” said Julie Murray, a staff attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group who is representing former for-profit college students who say they have been misled by their schools. “We’ve been waiting for more than a year for this rule to take effect.”

Federal judge denies delay in Obama-era law helping students defrauded by for-profit colleges

10/16/2018
NBC: Federal judge denies delay in Obama-era law helping students defrauded by for-profit colleges by Farnoush Amiri - "It has been a long road both for our clients and for student loan borrowers around the country," said Julie Murray, attorney for Public Citizen, one of the groups representing defrauded students in the lawsuit.

Students defrauded by colleges score win in court decision

10/16/2018
AP: Students defrauded by colleges score win in court decision by Maria Danilova - “The rule is finally in effect. No more excuses. No more delays,” said Julie Murray, an attorney with Public Citizen, who is representing the defrauded students in their suit against DeVos.

Tens of thousands of defrauded students could now have their loans cancelled

10/16/2018
CNBC: Tens of thousands of defrauded students could now have their loans cancelled by Annie Nova - “Today’s decision is a huge win for defrauded borrowers around the country,” said Julie Murray, an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group. “The rule is finally in effect. No more excuses. No more delays.”

Judge unblocks Obama rule on student debt relief after delays by DeVos

10/16/2018
CNN: Judge unblocks Obama rule on student debt relief after delays by DeVos by Katie Lobosco - "Today's decision is a huge win for defrauded borrowers around the country," said Julie Murray, a Public Citizen attorney who represents two students involved in the litigation.

How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries

10/16/2018
AJC: How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries by Staff - Even though the Obama White House publicly discouraged efforts to undo the ban, it ultimately signed off on the deal. Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program, called it a "pathetic compromise."

Trump triggers fight over drugs with proposal to require price disclosures in ads

10/16/2018
Washington Examiner: Trump triggers fight over drugs with proposal to require price disclosures in ads by Robert King -  “Even with this information, consumers, and to a large extent patients, have limited or no ability to choose an alternative product," said Peter Maybarduk, director of the advocacy group Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines Program, in a statement. "This is due to the monopolies our government provides to prescription corporations, in the form of patents and other exclusivities, with virtually no conditions or restraints on abuse.”

CMS Proposes Requiring WAC Prices to be Included in Pharma TV Ads

10/16/2018
RF: CMS Proposes Requiring WAC Prices to be Included in Pharma TV Ads by Zachary Brennan - Nonprofit Public Citizen said: “Requiring such disclosure would help spotlight pharma’s price gouging, but industry executives are beyond shame. Even with this information, consumers, and to a large extent patients, have limited or no ability to choose an alternative product.”

How Washington unleashed fossil-fuel exports and sold out on climate

10/16/2018
The Eagle: How Washington unleashed fossil-fuel exports and sold out on climate by Jie Jenny Zou - Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, called it a “pathetic compromise” driven by the administration’s pro-export agenda.

New opioid is 500X more powerful than morphine and it could be on the market soon

10/16/2018
WSB-TV: New opioid is 500X more powerful than morphine and it could be on the market soon by Justin Gray - “It's 5 to 10 times more potent than fentanyl and it actually goes underneath your tongue,” said Public Citizen's Meena Aladdin.

U.S. to require drug companies to include prices in their ads

10/15/2018
NBC: U.S. to require drug companies to include prices in their ads by Maggie Fox - Other consumer groups were also not impressed with Azar's announcement. Public Citizen called it a "sideshow". "Requiring such disclosure would help spotlight pharma’s price gouging, but industry executives are beyond shame. Even with this information, consumers, and to a large extent patients, have limited or no ability to choose an alternative product," the group's Peter Maybarduk said in a statement.

As Blue Wave Crests, Health Insurers Brace For 'Medicare For All' Push

10/14/2018
Forbes: As Blue Wave Crests, Health Insurers Brace For 'Medicare For All' Push by Bruce Japsen - “The lobbying push, including television ads and other scare tactics that the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries will use to protect their ability to keep profiting from our fragmented health care system, will dwarf their attacks on health reform efforts of the past,” Eagan Kemp, health care policy advocate for Public Citizen said last week in a statement accompanying a report on the healthcare industry’s lobbying clout.

Robert Weissman on CBC News Network

10/13/2018
CBC News Network: Robert Weissman on CBC News Network by Staff - TV Interview

CVS-Aetna got the green light. Brace yourselves, stakeholders say

10/12/2018
FierceHealthIT: CVS-Aetna got the green light. Brace yourselves, stakeholders say by Rose Meltzer - But Robert Weissman, president of the of the left-leaning group Public Citizen, said it creates a "corporate goliath." "More concentrated corporate power is not going to fix the mess of out-of-control medicine prices and a dysfunctional health care system," he said in an emailed statement. "The CVS-Aetna lockup, like other health sector mergers, may shift the relative balance of power between competing industry factions, but it is not likely to make medicines more affordable or improve healthcare provisions."

CFPB On Right Track With 'Sandbox,' Trade Groups Say

10/12/2018
Law 360: CFPB On Right Track With 'Sandbox,' Trade Groups Say by Jon Hill - Paywalled

The Heat: UN Climate Report

10/12/2018
CGTN America: The Heat: UN Climate Report by Anand Naidoo - Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program

A new dawn of White House ethics

10/12/2018
The Hill: A new dawn of White House ethics by Lisa Gilbert and Jennifer Ahearn - Op-ed

DeVos will not seek further delay of Obama for-profits rule

10/12/2018
AP: DeVos will not seek further delay of Obama for-profits rule by Maria Danilova - Adam Pulver, an attorney with Public Citizen, one of the groups representing defrauded students in the lawsuit, hailed the decision. “It’s clear that the department has now recognized that there is no legitimate basis to delay this rule,” Pulver said. “We are glad they are not pursuing another unlawful delay.”

Saudi disappearance puts spotlight on Trump's business ties

10/12/2018
CNN: Saudi disappearance puts spotlight on Trump's business ties by Erica Orden - "Having a President with global business ties means we've got ongoing worries that policy is going to be affected by his business interests," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group that has tracked potential conflicts of interest involving Trump and members of his administration. "We know that historically the Saudis have spent huge money on Trump properties and we know that since he became a candidate and was elected they have targeted discretionary spending at his hotels."

Corporate Crime Expert Brandon Garrett to Duke Law School

10/11/2018
Corporate Crime Reporter: Corporate Crime Expert Brandon Garrett to Duke Law School by Staff - Earlier this year, Public Citizen released a report titled Corporate Impunity which tracks how during President Donald Trump’s first year in office enforcement against corporate crime and wrongdoing declined dramatically, with total penalties for such violations plummeting from the final year of the Obama administration.

Gag Clause Bills Signed into Law, Improves Healthcare Transparency

10/11/2018
Patient EngagementHIT: Gag Clause Bills Signed into Law, Improves Healthcare Transparency by Sara Health - “While these gag clause prohibitions will provide modest relief to some patients, for most they will have no impact whatsoever,” said Steven Knievel, Access to Medicines Advocate for Public Citizen. “They do absolutely nothing to address the underlying problem of prescription corporations charging exorbitant, unfair rates that put medicines out of reach of patients.”

35 State Attorneys General Request the FCC to Implement New Rules to Combat Illegal Spam Robocalls

10/11/2018
Inside ARM: 35 State Attorneys General Request the FCC to Implement New Rules to Combat Illegal Spam Robocalls by Puja Amin - A group of consumer advocates, including Consumer Union, NCLC, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, NACA, and Public Citizen, submitted both a comment and reply.

D.C. mayor’s endorsement unleashes flood of money to Silverman challenger

10/11/2018
Washington Post: D.C. mayor’s endorsement unleashes flood of money to Silverman challenger by Fenit Nirappil - Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy group that wants to reduce the sway of special interests in government, criticized the mayor’s involvement in the race. “Both Elissa Silverman, and Dionne Reeder prior to the mayor’s endorsement, relied on individual D.C, residents to support their campaigns,” said Aquene Freechild, who co-directs the group’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

Congress bans 'gag order' that stopped pharmacists from telling you how to save money

10/11/2018
Metro.us: Congress bans 'gag order' that stopped pharmacists from telling you how to save money by Michael Martin - "As a country, we’re spending about $450 billion on prescription drugs annually," said Steven Knievel of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. The sporadic savings provided by paying cash for drugs "is far short of what needs to happen to actually deliver the relief people need," he said.

Paul Burns: Gov. Scott cannot sidestep his ethical conflict

10/11/2018
Bennington Banner: Paul Burns: Gov. Scott cannot sidestep his ethical conflict by Paul Burns - Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen, added at the same time that Scott's plan "simply doesn't cut it."

No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices

10/10/2018
Kaiser Health News: No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices by Susan Jaffe - Yet some critics say eliminating gag orders doesn’t address the causes of high drug prices. “As a country, we’re spending about $450 billion on prescription drugs annually,” said Steven Knievel, who works on drug price issues for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. The modest savings gained by paying the cash price “is far short of what needs to happen to actually deliver the relief people need.”

Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists

10/10/2018
US News & World Report: Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists by Staff - "As a country, we're spending about $450 billion on prescription drugs annually," Steven Knievel, who works on drug price issues for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, told NBC News.

Trump’s Patron-in-Chief

10/10/2018
ProPublica: Trump’s Patron-in-Chief by Justin Elliott - “I would put Adelson at the very top of the list of both access and influence in the Trump administration,” said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen. “I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I’ve been studying money in politics for 40 years.”

NAFTA negotiations: Charting a new course

10/10/2018
RT: NAFTA negotiations: Charting a new course by Staff - NAFTA is being renegotiated, but is this all for the best? We speak with Public Citizen’s own Lori Wallach to find out what the future holds.

In New Slap at China, U.S. Expands Power to Block Foreign Investments

10/10/2018
NY Times: In New Slap at China, U.S. Expands Power to Block Foreign Investments by Alan Rappeport - According to data from Public Citizen, a liberal advocacy group and think tank, 56 percent of Chinese investments in the United States last year were in industries that Beijing defines as “strategic,” such as aviation, biotechnology and new-energy vehicles — up from 25 percent in 2016.

Kavanaugh is on the Court – Now It’s Time for the People to Speak

10/10/2018
The Charleston Chronicle: Kavanaugh is on the Court – Now It’s Time for the People to Speak by Staff - Public Citizen did an analysis of Judge Kavanaugh’s opinions on the U.S. Court of Appeals in cases where the court was divided.

How casino magnate Sheldon Adelson became the only American Donald Trump answers to

10/10/2018
Salon: How casino magnate Sheldon Adelson became the only American Donald Trump answers to by Justin Elliott - “I would put Adelson at the very top of the list of both access and influence in the Trump administration,” said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen. “I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I’ve been studying money in politics for 40 years.”

Trump signs his first drug pricing bill — but whiffs on the details

10/10/2018
STAT: Trump signs his first drug pricing bill — but whiffs on the details by Nicholad Florko - Public Citizen, which has been critical of Trump’s drug pricing plan, was quick to point this out in a Wednesday press release. "The approach from the Trump administration and Congress so far has been like repairing a leaky faucet above while gallons of water spill from a pipe bursting below,” the consumer group wrote.

Get ready for a Rx drug-supplement war

10/10/2018
POLITCO: Get ready for a Rx drug-supplement war by Sarah Karlin-Smith - Public Citizen is urging FDA and the FTC to investigate a Florida medical center for promoting an illegal and toxic drug for the treatment of cancer.

OF COURSE TRUMP ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN TO GIVE HIS BUDDY A $25 BILLION CASINO LICENSE

10/10/2018
Vanity Fair: OF COURSE TRUMP ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN TO GIVE HIS BUDDY A $25 BILLION CASINO LICENSE by Bess Levin - “I would put Adelson at the very top of the list of both access and influence in the Trump administration,” Public Citizen’s Craig Holman told ProPublica. “I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I’ve been studying money in politics for 40 years.”

OF COURSE TRUMP ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN TO GIVE HIS BUDDY A $25 BILLION CASINO LICENSE

10/10/2018
Vanity Fair: OF COURSE TRUMP ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN TO GIVE HIS BUDDY A $25 BILLION CASINO LICENSE by Bess Levin - “I would put Adelson at the very top of the list of both access and influence in the Trump administration,” Public Citizen’s Craig Holman told ProPublica. “I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I’ve been studying money in politics for 40 years.”

Advocacy Groups, Doctors Question Rising Prices of Rare Disease Treatments

10/10/2018
Muscular Dystrophy News Today: Advocacy Groups, Doctors Question Rising Prices of Rare Disease Treatments by Larry Luxner - Sidney Wolfe, MD, founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, added: “The pharmaceutical industry directly funds the regulating arm of the FDA, and paid more than $800 million in user fees in 2017. The FDA’s independence is too important to expose to the influence and money of the industry.”

Groups urge “Trump-proof” presidency

10/10/2018
NJ Today: Groups urge “Trump-proof” presidency by Staff - President Donald Trump has exposed serious shortcomings in executive branch ethics laws that threaten our democracy and must be addressed, according to a report issued today by Public Citizen and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

Advocacy Groups, Doctors Question Rising Prices of Rare Disease Treatments

10/9/2018
ALS News Today: Advocacy Groups, Doctors Question Rising Prices of Rare Disease Treatments by Larry Luxner - Sidney Wolfe, MD, founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, added: “The pharmaceutical industry directly funds the regulating arm of the FDA, and paid more than $800 million in user fees in 2017. The FDA’s independence is too important to expose to the influence and money of the industry.”

New York, other states 'bending over backwards' to let unfit docs keep medical licenses

10/9/2018
Syracuse.com: New York, other states 'bending over backwards' to let unfit docs keep medical licenses by James Mulder - Public Citizen ranked New York 24th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in its last report in 2012. Wyoming, ranked 1, had the highest rate of serious disciplinary actions against doctors, while South Carolina, ranked 51, had the lowest rate.

Watchdog: Issues with IRS processing of improper political activity complaints

10/9/2018
The Hill: Watchdog: Issues with IRS processing of improper political activity complaints by Naomi Jagoda - "Without objective standards, nonprofits willing to flout the rules will get a free pass, while the vast majority of nonprofits that want to follow the law will be left in the dark as to what is and isn’t permissible," said Emily Peterson-Cassin, coordinator of Public Citizen's Bright Lines Project. "We have needed better, clearer rules in this space for decades. Today’s report confirms that the time to act is now."

A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That.

10/9/2018
Common Dreams: A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That. by Dana Brown - Furthermore, the extension of patent protections on biologics may drive up prices on those medications both at home and abroad by restricting the market for biosimilars (essentially, generics for biologics), according to Peter Maybarduk, the Director of Public Citizen's Access to Medicines Program.

Trump set to sign bills lifting pharmacist 'gag orders' on drug prices

10/9/2018
NBC: Trump set to sign bills lifting pharmacist 'gag orders' on drug prices by Susan Jaffe - Yet some critics say eliminating gag orders doesn't address the causes of high drug prices. "As a country, we're spending about $450 billion on prescription drugs annually," said Steven Knievel, who works on drug price issues for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. The modest savings gained by paying the cash price "is far short of what needs to happen to actually deliver the relief people need."

Critics Say Sepsis Experiment, Clover, Should be Immediately Terminated

10/9/2018
Legal Reader: Critics Say Sepsis Experiment, Clover, Should be Immediately Terminated by Sara Teller - In a letter sent to the federal Office for Human Research Protection, representatives of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, compared the trial to “an experiment that would be conducted on laboratory animals.”  Dr. Michael Carome and Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe wrote, “The human subjects of the Clovers trial, as designed and currently conducted, are unwitting guinea pigs in a physiology experiment.”

Donald Trump: King of Global Trade?

10/9/2018
The Globalist: Donald Trump: King of Global Trade? by Ira Straus - For as much as they paid lip service to protecting U.S. workers, the effect of the policies they pursued – and the outcome of their dealings with China – was the opposite. Just ask Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, the AFL-CIO and the anti-trade U.S. NGOs, like Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Trade Watch.

The U.S. Chamber and the Secret Money Black Box

10/8/2018
Daily Kos: The U.S. Chamber and the Secret Money Black Box by Chamber Watch - Public Citizen has found that in 2014, the Chamber reported 1,536 donations of $5,000 or greater, with the top 74 donors giving contributions of $500,000 and up, providing 57 percent of all its contributions for that year.

Global warming increases heat stress risk for outdoor workers

10/8/2018
UPI: Global warming increases heat stress risk for outdoor workers by Brook Hays - That's why several advocacy groups, including Public Citizen and the United Farm Workers, have petitioned the federal government to establish stronger -- and specific -- heat stress-related protections for outdoor workers.

Kavanaugh’s on the Court precisely because he’s ‘a close-minded partisan zealot’

10/8/2018
Chicago Times: Kavanaugh’s on the Court precisely because he’s ‘a close-minded partisan zealot’ by Jesse Jackson - Public Citizen did an analysis of Judge Kavanaugh’s opinions on the U.S. Court of Appeals in cases where the court was divided. They found that nearly 9 of 10 times, Kavanaugh ruled against the public interest and for the corporate interest

Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 promises to deepen economic and environmental crises

10/7/2018
Salon: Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 promises to deepen economic and environmental crises by Benjamin Dangl - “Americans have suffered under NAFTA’s corporate-rigged rules for decades,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said in a statement.

NEPOOL Can’t ‘Have it Both Ways’ on Press Ban

10/7/2018
RTO Insider: NEPOOL Can’t ‘Have it Both Ways’ on Press Ban by Rich Heidorn Jr. - Public Citizen filed comments Oct. 3 challenging NEPOOL’s claim that its members “voted overwhelmingly against having press reporters as NEPOOL members” at the June 26 Participants Committee meeting.

Trump Fast-Tracks Big, Dangerous Alaska Pipeline Project

10/7/2018
The National Meno: Trump Fast-Tracks Big, Dangerous Alaska Pipeline Project by Sarah Okeson - Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen told senators in September that exporting natural gas to China will fuel its manufacturing industry at the expense of the United States.

Energy board rushes giant Alaska project

10/6/2018
Salon: Energy board rushes giant Alaska project by Sarah Okeson - Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen told senators in September that exporting natural gas to China will fuel their country’s manufacturing industry at the expense of the U.S.

Welcome to Jobs Day

10/5/2018
POLITICO: Welcome to Jobs Day by Ben White - A handful of civil rights and consumer groups, including the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Public Citizen, and Americans for Financial Reform in a letter out Friday morning are “asking Mick Mulvaney to remove Eric Blankenstein, a recent political appointee, from any role in enforcing laws against discrimination in lending.

All Eyes Turn to Senate as White House Picks DOE’s McNamee for FERC

10/5/2018
The Foster Report: All Eyes Turn to Senate as White House Picks DOE’s McNamee for FERC by Staff - It shows a lack of basic understanding about modern energy markets, and it’s not some long-ago writing that his views may have changed since then, said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen. McNamee is “absolutely unqualified to serve at FERC” and Public Citizen will ask the Senate to oppose the nomination, Slocum said.

Trump administration is cooking the books to attack regulation

10/5/2018
The Hill: Trump administration is cooking the books to attack regulation by Alan Zibel - Op-ed

On #MeToo anniversary, White House still hasn’t approved Obama-era guidelines on sexual harassment at work

10/5/2018
Fast Company: On #MeToo anniversary, White House still hasn’t approved Obama-era guidelines on sexual harassment at work by Marcus Baram - “It’s really strange to have it sitting there in limbo for so long,” Amit Narang, the regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen, a good government group, tells Fast Company.

How much every DC lawmaker was paid by the restaurant industry before voting to repeal Initiative 77

10/5/2018
ThinkProgress: How much every DC lawmaker was paid by the restaurant industry before voting to repeal Initiative 77 by Jeremy Slevin and Zahra Mion - An analysis of campaign finance disclosures from the past two election cycles by ThinkProgress and the watchdog group Public Citizen finds that the D.C.

CORPORATE FRONT GROUPS LOBBY TO CONFIRM BRETT KAVANAUGH. ON THE SUPREME COURT, HE COULD GIVE THEM VASTLY EXPANDED POWER.

10/4/2018
The Intercept: CORPORATE FRONT GROUPS LOBBY TO CONFIRM BRETT KAVANAUGH. ON THE SUPREME COURT, HE COULD GIVE THEM VASTLY EXPANDED POWER. by Lee Fang - Similarly, the progressive consumer rights group Public Citizen analyzed Kavanaugh’s decisions and found that the judge sided with big business in 76 percent of cases brought before him in the D.C. circuit.

Bernie Sanders's bank-busting plan sets marker for 2020

10/4/2018
Washington Post: Bernie Sanders's bank-busting plan sets marker for 2020 by Tory Newmeyer - The bill has drawn support from the AFL-CIO and Public Citizen. But the question for those in the industry and beyond will be how many of Sanders’s colleagues endorse the proposal.

Missed Deadline Stalls DeVos Agenda

10/4/2018
Inside Higher Ed: Missed Deadline Stalls DeVos Agenda by Andrew Kreighbau, - "Betsy DeVos’ proposed rule would gut protections for borrowers and leave taxpayers footing the bill for predatory schools’ risky conduct,” Julie Murray, a lawyer with Public Citizen, said in a written statement. “It’s high time for the secretary to stop making excuses and put the Obama-era rule in place, as it should have been for more than a year now.”

Trump’s truth and consequences for workers

10/4/2018
Teutopolis Press: Trump’s truth and consequences for workers by Bill Knight - “Trump has betrayed America’s workforce, sacrificing lives at the altar of industry profits,” said Shanna Devine, author of Public Citizen’s report and the worker health and safety advocate in Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.

Facebook Kids' App, Others Violate Privacy Law, FTC Told

10/4/2018
Law 360: Facebook Kids' App, Others Violate Privacy Law, FTC Told by Ariana Grande - Paywalled story

Koch-Backed SEC Commissioner Claims Corporate Law is in the Public Interest

10/4/2018
Sludge: Koch-Backed SEC Commissioner Claims Corporate Law is in the Public Interest by Alex Kotch - “There is nothing wrong with representing corporations, but to insist that corporate lawyers are fulfilling a public service is laughable since their objective is to protect corporations from liability, find clever ways for them to get out of complying with enforcement laws, and generally provide Wall Street with an hospitable regulatory environment that will reap their clients large profits,” said Remington A. Gregg, Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights at Public Citizen.

Liberal group says Trump's NAFTA replacement includes 'important progress' on ISDS, other improvements

10/3/2018
Washington Examiner: Liberal group says Trump's NAFTA replacement includes 'important progress' on ISDS, other improvements by Sean Higgins - "The revised deal could reduce NAFTA’s ongoing job outsourcing, downward pressure on our wages and environmental damage if more is done to ensure the new labor standards are subject to swift and certain enforcement, and some other key improvements are made," Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch program said in an analysis released Wednesday.

How liberals are making two Republican mega-donors even richer

10/3/2018
The Guardian: How liberals are making two Republican mega-donors even richer by Natalie Jones - Should liberal or environmentally minded consumers boycott such brands? “Individual decisions not to buy products on moral grounds may be good moral decisions, but they’re not likely to impact corporate behavior in any way at all,” said Robert Weissman, the president of the corporate watchdog group Public Citizen. “Boycotts can be very effective but are extremely difficult to organize and sustain.”

A surgeon so bad it was criminal

10/2/2018
Pro Publica: A surgeon so bad it was criminal by Laura Beil - According to a report by Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, about half the hospitals in the country had never reported a doctor to the databank by 2009. A more recent analysis didn’t find much change, said Dr. Sid Wolfe, a founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

How NAFTA 2.0 Will Shake Up Business as Usual

10/2/2018
AP: How NAFTA 2.0 Will Shake Up Business as Usual by Paul Wiseman - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and a sharp critic of NAFTA, praised the new agreement for reining in what she called NAFTA’s “outrageous” tribunal system that had allowed big companies to launch “attacks on environmental and health policies.”

Robert Weissman on Emoluments Ruling Against President Trump

10/2/2018
C-SPAN: Robert Weissman on Emoluments Ruling Against President Trump by Staff - Robert Weissman talked about a federal judge’s ruling that congressional Democrats could sue President Trump for violating the foreign emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.

'Trump-Proofing the Presidency': New Report Details How to Stymie the Next Deeply Unethical Person Elected to the White House

10/2/2018
Common Dreams: 'Trump-Proofing the Presidency': New Report Details How to Stymie the Next Deeply Unethical Person Elected to the White House by Jessica Corbett - Both groups have chronicled and challenged Trump's conflicts and violations throughout his presidency. Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen, noted that "no president has pushed the ethical boundaries like Trump."

What Does Trump’s "New NAFTA" Trade Deal Signal for Workers, Corporate Power & the Environment?

10/2/2018
DemocracyNow!: What Does Trump’s "New NAFTA" Trade Deal Signal for Workers, Corporate Power & the Environment? by Staff - We speak with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and author of “The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority.”