December 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.

‘Medicare for all’ advocates emboldened by ObamaCare lawsuit

12/30/2018
The Hill: ‘Medicare for all’ advocates emboldened by ObamaCare lawsuit by Nate Weixel - Eagan Kemp, a health-care expert with the advocacy group Public Citizen, also noted how uncontroversial Medicare is compared to ObamaCare.

Critics: CEII Rule a Trojan Horse for Coal, Nuke Bailouts

12/30/2018
RTO Insider: Critics: CEII Rule a Trojan Horse for Coal, Nuke Bailouts by Rich Heidorn - Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, said the rule would give DOE the “foundation” to seek coal and nuclear bailouts on national security grounds. “Right now, DOE lacks a process by which it can designate infrastructure on national security or national defense grounds,” Slocum said in an email. “This rule would provide that authority.”

Tweets fly while Donald Trump’s approval ratings continue southward

12/29/2018
Raw Story: Tweets fly while Donald Trump’s approval ratings continue southward by Staff - Public Citizen embedded tweet

Deep States Loves Free Trade, Hates Trump

12/29/2018
American Free Press: Deep States Loves Free Trade, Hates Trump by Staff - The article reported the results of a study by Public Citizen, which noted how the disastrous trade deal had caused a dramatic increase in illegal immigration and corporate welfare, along with a corresponding decrease in American manufacturing jobs

Democrats Prepare to Haul These Trump Officials Into Hearings

12/28/2018
Bloomberg Law: Democrats Prepare to Haul These Trump Officials Into Hearings by Chris Opfer, Jon Reid, Madison Alder and Dean Scott - “Assuming [Mulvaney] can still be brought up, he would be one of the most appropriate officials to testify” about the tip poll snafu, Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen, told Bloomberg Law.

Which ginkgo biloba memory booster supplements are mislabeled? Feds won’t say

12/26/2018
The Oregonian: Which ginkgo biloba memory booster supplements are mislabeled? Feds won’t say by Staff - “The market is flooded with bad actors,” said Dr. Michael Carome, who heads the health research group of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. There are so many products on the market, he said, regulators “just can’t keep up.”

Top Amazon boss privately advised US government on web portal worth billions to tech firm

12/26/2018
The Guardian: Top Amazon boss privately advised US government on web portal worth billions to tech firm by Stephanie Kirchgaessner - Lisa Gilbert, the vice-president of legislative affairs at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, said that while she did not believe that the engagement between Rung and Davie was a violation of the law, it was “unsavory” to think that former government officials used their inside knowledge of how the “ballgame” works for their corporate advantage.

ACLU Defends Chelsea Manning But Silent About FBI Raid Against Reported Clinton Whistleblower

12/25/2018
The Tennessee Star: ACLU Defends Chelsea Manning But Silent About FBI Raid Against Reported Clinton Whistleblower by Richard Pollock - Public Citizen, a liberal advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, however, did denounce the FBI raid on Cain’s residence.

Billionaire Class Enjoys 15X the Wage Growth of American Working Class

12/23/2018
Breitbart: Billionaire Class Enjoys 15X the Wage Growth of American Working Class by John Binder - Public Citizen graphic 

From Committee Chair to Boardroom

12/21/2018
Insider Higher Ed: From Committee Chair to Boardroom by Andrew Kreighbaum - “This is perfectly legal within our inadequate revolving-door policies, and it is in effect abuse of the revolving door,” said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, where he advocates on campaign finance and government ethics.

2019 Outlook: Four Things About Trump’s Push to Deregulate

12/21/2018
Bloomberg Government: 2019 Outlook: Four Things About Trump’s Push to Deregulate by Cheryl Bolen - Regulatory rollbacks so far—mostly delays of effective dates and late Obama-era rules—have been based on thin records and little evidence, so they’ve been struck down by the courts far more often than they’ve been upheld, said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen.

Exxon Attorney Drafted White House Comments Backing Top Trump Environmental Pick

12/21/2018
HuffPost: Exxon Attorney Drafted White House Comments Backing Top Trump Environmental Pick by Itai Vardi - “The emails expose the Trump administration eagerly using energy lobbyists to craft PR and provide answers to journalist’s queries,” said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program. “This is wildly inappropriate, and demonstrates the importance of aggressive congressional oversight of the administration’s penchant for taking marching orders from corporate lobbyists.”

Lobbyist Conviction Disclosure Bill Heads to President’s Desk

12/21/2018
Bloomberg Goverment: Lobbyist Conviction Disclosure Bill Heads to President’s Desk by Megan Wilson and Jorge Uquillas - “There’s so much to do to fix in the Lobbying Disclosure Act and this doesn’t do it,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for government watchdog group Public Citizen.

Lawsuit Against OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rollback May Proceed, District Court Rules

12/21/2018
WorkersCompensation.com: Lawsuit Against OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rollback May Proceed, District Court Rules by Staff - The groups also sought a preliminary injunction against the deadline suspension because they wanted to “use OSHA's data to conduct research on occupational health and safety, analyze the most serious workplace threats, and push for stronger regulatory protections,” Public Citizen attorney Sean Sherman said in a July 25 press release.

The Battle Over NAFTA 2.0 Has Just Begun

12/21/2018
The Nation: The Battle Over NAFTA 2.0 Has Just Begun by Lori Wallach - Progressives must fight strategically to improve it—if they don’t, the consequences could be devastating.

Why the spotlight on generic drug prices is getting brighter

12/21/2018
Axios: Why the spotlight on generic drug prices is getting brighter by Caitlin Owens - “With generic drug market failures increasingly prevalent, consumers are suffering from price gouging and essential drug shortages," said Public Citizen President Robert Weissman in a statement of support for the Warren bill.

Doctors with bad records can often still practice on patients. Here’s what needs to happen to fix this.

12/20/2018
FDL Reporter: Doctors with bad records can often still practice on patients. Here’s what needs to happen to fix this. by John Fauber and Matt Wynn - “State legislatures have completely fallen down on the job,” said Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “There is not a state that can’t find cases, just from the newspapers. Why aren’t they having hearings and demanding information from the boards?

Pro-Trump groups have raised $55 million from 136 wealthy donors, report finds

12/20/2018
Washington Post: Pro-Trump groups have raised $55 million from 136 wealthy donors, report finds by Michelle Ye Hee Lee - Public Citizen concluded that Trump’s presidency thus far is a “sharp reversal” from his pledge to be independent of moneyed interests, and his campaign promise “rings ever hollower,” said Alan Zibel, research director of Public Citizen’s Corporate Presidency Project.

NY doc who stole patients' drugs gets another chance after 3 strikes

12/20/2018
Syracuse.com: NY doc who stole patients' drugs gets another chance after 3 strikes by James Mulder - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, an expert on doctor discipline at Public Citizen, a national consumer group, said in a Syracuse.com story published in April that New York was wrong to give Wessel a license.

A Fight for Transparency At New England's Powerful Energy Industry Group

12/20/2018
New England Public Radio: A Fight for Transparency At New England's Powerful Energy Industry Group by Annie Ropeik - That doesn't sit well with Tyson Slocum, a lobbyist with the group Public Citizen. "Under the current NEPOOL process, it is impossible for the public or for journalists to understand who originally came up with a market reform proposal," Slocum says.

Lawsuit against OSHA’s recordkeeping rollback may proceed, district court rules

12/20/2018
Safety + Health: Lawsuit against OSHA’s recordkeeping rollback may proceed, district court rules by Staff - The groups also sought a preliminary injunction against the deadline suspension because they wanted to “use OSHA’s data to conduct research on occupational health and safety, analyze the most serious workplace threats, and push for stronger regulatory protections,” Public Citizen attorney Sean Sherman said in a July 25 press release.

Public Citizen Pushes Back on Claims Dsuvia Could Benefit Soldiers

12/20/2018
FDA News: Public Citizen Pushes Back on Claims Dsuvia Could Benefit Soldiers by Staff - Public Citizen challenged the FDA’s approval of AcelRX’s powerful opioid Dsuvia (sufentanil sublingual tablet), arguing in a letter sent Tuesday to Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that the drug will not serve its intended purpose of treating wounded soldiers

Will Trump administration enforce Obama-era arbitration ban?

12/20/2018
Politico: Will Trump administration enforce Obama-era arbitration ban? by Michael Stratford - Adam Pulver, a litigation attorney with Public Citizen that sued the department over its handling of the regulation, told Morning Education the department absolutely should be enforcing the prohibition.

Advocacy groups call for FDA to take action on opioid crisis

12/19/2018
ABC Baltimore: Advocacy groups call for FDA to take action on opioid crisis by Mark Roper - “Public Citizen and other advocacy groups, including Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, several years ago petitioned the FDA to change the labeling for all opioid products to include instructions for maximum duration of use, and maximum dose,” said Dr. Michael Carmone of Public Citizen.

Calls mount for Trump’s newest energy regulator to recuse himself over conflicts of interest

12/19/2018
ThinkProgress: Calls mount for Trump’s newest energy regulator to recuse himself over conflicts of interest by Mark Hand - Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, said the recusal requests are a “no-brainer.” “He was the attorney of record who signed the filing at FERC. So, he has to recuse himself,” Slocum told ThinkProgress.

FDA withdraws proposed rule on generic drug labeling

12/19/2018
Advisory Board: FDA withdraws proposed rule on generic drug labeling by Staff - But the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen criticized FDA for withdrawing the proposed rule. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said the reasons FDA cited for scrapping the proposal are "fallacious."

Dennis Bonnen has spent half his life in the Texas House. Is he ready to run it?

12/19/2018
The Texas Tribune: Dennis Bonnen has spent half his life in the Texas House. Is he ready to run it? by Patrick Svitek - “If lawmakers are concerned about potential conflicts of interest, or if they want to assure the public that no such conflicts exist, then they should strengthen state ethics laws to provide more information to the public,” said Adrian Shelley, the director of Public Citizen Texas, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.

Trump’s ‘new NAFTA’ won’t stop job outsourcing

12/18/2018
People's World: Trump’s ‘new NAFTA’ won’t stop job outsourcing by Mark Gruenberg - Public Citizen’s Trade Watch and Labor’s Council for Latin American Advancement issued a joint analysis of the current NAFTA’s impact on Latino and Latina workers in both the U.S. and Mexico.

The Man Leading D.C.’s Foray Into Esports Is A Lobbyist For The Video Game Industry

12/18/2018
WAMU: The Man Leading D.C.’s Foray Into Esports Is A Lobbyist For The Video Game Industry by Patrick Madden - Craig Holman, legislative representative for the government watchdog Public Citizen, says the city should scrutinize Brown’s investment.

Hardliner Mick Mulvaney appointed White House Acting Chief of Staff

12/18/2018
Intrepid Report: Hardliner Mick Mulvaney appointed White House Acting Chief of Staff by Stephen Lendman - Last May, Public Citizen explained the following: “Eight of the 10 financial institutions that are the subjects of the most complaints in the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) public database contributed to . . . Mulvaney while he was in Congress”—along with 19 of the 30 companies with the most complaints against them, adding, “These institutions have been the subject of more than 520,000 complaints, accounting for more than half of all complaints submitted to the (CFPB) database.

Consumer groups allege Google misleads kids in FTC complaint

12/18/2018
AP: Consumer groups allege Google misleads kids in FTC complaint by Michael Liedtke - Twenty other groups, including Consumer Action, Public Citizen and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, joined in the latest complaint.

Legislation would address market failures and increase competition in the generic drug market by establishing new Office of Drug Manufacturing

12/18/2018
Pharmacy Choice: Legislation would address market failures and increase competition in the generic drug market by establishing new Office of Drug Manufacturing by Staff - "With generic drug market failures increasingly prevalent, consumers are suffering from price gouging and essential drug shortages. Senator Warren's Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act offers the remedy for this disease: public manufacture of generic drugs for which there is inadequate competition or supply, for sale at a fair and reasonable price. This common sense bill will address shortages, lower prices, aid consumers and advance public health. Public Citizen applauds Senator Warren for introducing the bill and strongly endorses it," said Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen.

A Workplace Safety Issue on the Horizon

12/18/2018
The National Law Review: A Workplace Safety Issue on the Horizon by Staff - A compounding matter is a lawsuit filed by Public Citizen against OSHA for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) access to the Form 300As electronically submitted to the agency in 2017. The case remains pending in federal court in Washington, D.C. If employers were required to submit Forms 300 and 301, groups like Public Citizen would likely also sue for FOIA access to those records.

Trump Foundation Will Close As Investigation Into Their Activities Continues

12/18/2018
NPR: Trump Foundation Will Close As Investigation Into Their Activities Continues by Ailsa Chang - Robert Weissman, president of the watchdog group Public Citizen, said the foundation's campaign activities foreshadowed Trump's approach to governing.

NIH Pressured to Keep CAR-T Therapy Affordable Before Granting License

12/17/2018
FDA News: NIH Pressured to Keep CAR-T Therapy Affordable Before Granting License by Staff - The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment, Social Security Works, Public Citizen and other consumer groups sent a letter to NIH last week expressing concern that ElevateBio might be tempted to set a high price for the FLT 3 targeting CAR-T therapy because its managers are current or former members and executives of MPM Capital, a healthcare investment firm.

Indictment of Sitting President May Be 'Only' Means to Ensure 'Equal Justice Under Law'

12/17/2018
The Brad Blog: Indictment of Sitting President May Be 'Only' Means to Ensure 'Equal Justice Under Law' by Ernest Canning - Longtime campaign finance and governmental ethics expert Craig Holman of Public Citizen echoed Tribe's scholarly view.

Public Citizen: Answer To TX ACA Ruling Is Medicare For All

12/17/2018
InsideHealthPolicy: Public Citizen: Answer To TX ACA Ruling Is Medicare For All by Staff - Paywalled article. 

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY WANTS TO STOP CONGRESS MEMBERS FROM INSIDER TRADING BY BANNING THEM FROM OWNING STOCKS

12/17/2018
The Intercept: SEN. JEFF MERKLEY WANTS TO STOP CONGRESS MEMBERS FROM INSIDER TRADING BY BANNING THEM FROM OWNING STOCKS by David Dayen - While a 2017 Public Citizen report did show that the STOCK Act has reduced market trading activity among members of Congress, it still found between $104 million and $337 million in trades by U.S. senators in 2015, which was the last year studied.

Texas Ruling on ACA Underlines Why Medicare-for-All Is the Best Way Forward

12/17/2018
PublicNow: Texas Ruling on ACA Underlines Why Medicare-for-All Is the Best Way Forward by Staff - Great' to President Donald Trump means a loss of health care for 20 million Americans, elimination of mandatory pre-existing conditions protections and the removal of children and young adults from their parents' insurance.

Feds Find Memory Boosters Were Falsely Labeled But Refuse to Say Which Ones

12/17/2018
Pharmacy Choice: Feds Find Memory Boosters Were Falsely Labeled But Refuse to Say Which Ones by Staff - The market is flooded with bad actors, said Dr. Michael Carome, who heads the health research group of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. There are so many products on the market, he said, regulators just cant keep up.

Zinke's exit won't end scandal probes

12/17/2018
Politco: Zinke's exit won't end scandal probes by Ben Lefebvre and Zack Colman - Still, Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with watchdog organization Public Citizen, said that with Zinke out of the Trump administration, "there will be political pressure on [DOJ] to drop the case" from a White House already putting out a number of legal and ethical controversies.

Nurses seldom disciplined for sexual misconduct, study finds

12/17/2018
Becker's Hospital Review: Nurses seldom disciplined for sexual misconduct, study finds by Mackenzie Bean - "Our findings, along with other published evidence, suggest that many nurses in the U.S. who exploit their patients are not being held to account," lead study author Azza AbuDagga, PhD, health services researcher for Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a press release. "When just a few of the country's nurses are flagged for this exploitive behavior, something is clearly wrong."

D.C. Council Set To Vote On Bowser’s Controversial Appointee To Powerful Utility Commission

12/17/2018
DCist: D.C. Council Set To Vote On Bowser’s Controversial Appointee To Powerful Utility Commission by Natalie Delgadillo - “The PSC is a very important, powerful agency because it regulates the way that we transport and consume electricity and natural gas. And those policies go a long way toward determining the production of clean energy,” says Tyson Slocum, the director of the energy program at Public Citizen. Public Citizen lobbied against the Pepco-Exelon merger in 2016, but Slocum says he has no knowledge about or involvement in Gillis’s nomination. “I can’t speak to whether concerns about this person’s independence are warranted or not.

Federal Court’s “Disastrous” Affordable Care Act Ruling Only Bolsters Case for Medicare for All, Advocates Say

12/16/2018
Truthout: Federal Court’s “Disastrous” Affordable Care Act Ruling Only Bolsters Case for Medicare for All, Advocates Say by Julia Conley - Republicans should be careful what they wish for. If the Supreme Court ultimately strikes down the Affordable Care Act, it will speed the day when America finally moves to Medicare for All.

LIPA to vote on consumer protection rules for home solar businesses

12/16/2018
Newsday: LIPA to vote on consumer protection rules for home solar businesses by Mark Harrington and Thomas Maier - “Solar will continue to grow and be a big part of the energy mix,” said Tyson Slocum, energy program director of Public Citizen, a longtime advocacy group that has criticized top solar companies in the past. “But we need to make sure consumers are protected.”

Federal Court's 'Disastrous' Affordable Care Act Ruling Only Bolsters Case for Medicare for All, Advocates Say

12/15/2018
Common Dreams: Federal Court's 'Disastrous' Affordable Care Act Ruling Only Bolsters Case for Medicare for All, Advocates Say by Julia Conley - "Republicans should be careful what they wish for. If the Supreme Court ultimately strikes down the Affordable Care Act, it will speed the day when America finally moves to Medicare for All."

Calif. Medical Board Begins Tracking Docs' FDA Warning Letters

12/14/2018
MEDPAGE TODAY: Calif. Medical Board Begins Tracking Docs' FDA Warning Letters by John Fauber - Michael Carome, MD, who heads the watchdog group Public Citizen's healthcare division, applauded efforts to ensure that physicians named in the letters are brought to the attention of their state medical boards.

Trump's Indictable Campaign Finance Felony and the 25th Amendment: 'BradCast' 12/14/2018

12/14/2018
Daily Kos: Trump's Indictable Campaign Finance Felony and the 25th Amendment: 'BradCast' 12/14/2018 by Staff - We're joined today by longtime campaign finance expert CRAIG HOLMAN of Public Citizen for a very sober, clear, point-by-point explanation of Trump's apparent crime in this matter and what can (or, at least should) be done about it.

Wood-heating proposal tests rule-busting claims

12/14/2018
E&E News: Wood-heating proposal tests rule-busting claims by Sean Reilly - The lopsided ratio "clearly violates" the standard Rao laid out in her April testimony, said Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen, the liberal-leaning group founded by Ralph Nader.

AARP backs Maryland in U.S. Supreme Court drug price law appeal

12/14/2018
Reuters: AARP backs Maryland in U.S. Supreme Court drug price law appeal by Nate Raymond - AARP, a lobbying organization for older Americans, and seven other advocacy groups including the National Health Law Program and Public Citizen filed an amicus brief on Thursday asking the justices to reverse an April decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’.

'Good First Step' as DeVos Forced to Cancel $150M in Student Loan Debt for Thousands Scammed by For-Profit Schools

12/14/2018
Common Dreams: 'Good First Step' as DeVos Forced to Cancel $150M in Student Loan Debt for Thousands Scammed by For-Profit Schools by Jake Johnson - Adam Pulver, an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group, concluded: "It should not have taken litigation to force the department to do its job to protect students."

This perfectly illustrates how low our craven, so-called public servants are willing to stoop for a buck

12/14/2018
Raw Story: This perfectly illustrates how low our craven, so-called public servants are willing to stoop for a buck by Staff - Carl Holman, who works on behalf of government reform and campaign finance laws for the group Public Citizen, told McClatchy, “This is an egregious abuse of the revolving door… Lynn Jenkins will immediately pull in hundreds of thousands from clients who want to tap in her network. This is exceedingly disconcerting.”

FDA lets generics makers keep their legal shield, handing embattled industry a win

12/14/2018
FiercePharma: FDA lets generics makers keep their legal shield, handing embattled industry a win by Eric Sagonowsky - While the trade group for generic drugs, the Association for Accessible Medicines, praised the move, others criticized the FDA for its turnabout. Public Citizen, for one, said it “fails to modernize” labeling and endangers patient safety. The withdrawal “represents a flagrant disregard for public health and common sense because it continues to immunize generic manufacturers from any liability if patients are injured or killed by a generic medication," said Sidney Wolfe, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group founder.

James Inhofe Under Fire Over Purchase of Raytheon Stock

12/13/2018
NY Times: James Inhofe Under Fire Over Purchase of Raytheon Stock by Catie Edmondson - “This is a very troubling matter that I’ve seen happening elsewhere,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist at Public Citizen, a good-government group. “Many of them are trading stocks in industries that they directly oversee, and Inhofe is a classic example of that.”

Consumer, Privacy, Civil Rights Groups Tell Congress That States Must Have Power To Safeguard Privacy

12/13/2018
PublicNow: Consumer, Privacy, Civil Rights Groups Tell Congress That States Must Have Power To Safeguard Privacy by Staff - The groups, which include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Color of Change, Consumer Federation of America, EPIC and Public Citizen, said that congressional lawmakers should not pass any legislation that would pre-empt states' freedom to address and adapt to current and emerging privacy threats, including threats to data security.

Is There Really a Need for Another Opioid?

12/13/2018
U.S. News & World Report: Is There Really a Need for Another Opioid? by Michael Schroeder - Brown joined Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, in penning a letter after that committee meeting urging the FDA to reject Redwood City, California-based AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' new drug application for Dsuvia.

Trump Moves to Gut the Clean Water Act

12/13/2018
The Nation: Trump Moves to Gut the Clean Water Act by Michelle Chen - The watchdog group Public Citizen noted that Trump’s proposal would be a boon to property developers like the “Golfer in Chief” himself, by deregulating the commercial exploitation of sensitive lands.

Judge won't toss challenge to OSHA's rollback of injury reporting rule

12/13/2018
Reuters: Judge won't toss challenge to OSHA's rollback of injury reporting rule by Daniel Wiessner - U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly on Wednesday said OSHA’s suspension in June 2017 of filing deadlines under the 2016 rule was not a mere act of “enforcement discretion” shielded from court review, and that a lawsuit by Public Citizen and two healthcare advocacy groups seeking to force OSHA to enforce the rule could move forward.

BLUMENTHAL, HARRIS, MERKLEY & KLOBUCHAR INTRODUCE BILL TO END PREDATORY PRICE GOUGING ON LIFESAVING DRUGS

12/13/2018
Pharmacy Choice: BLUMENTHAL, HARRIS, MERKLEY & KLOBUCHAR INTRODUCE BILL TO END PREDATORY PRICE GOUGING ON LIFESAVING DRUGS by Staff - "Big Pharma has made repeated price spiking central to its business model; drug companies' steep price increases every year, or six months, for their monopoly-protected products cause prices to skyrocket over a matter of years. Consumers are left with the unacceptable choice: pay extortionate prices, or go without. That's why Public Citizen is so pleased to support Senator Blumenthal's vital CURE High Drug Prices bill," said Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen.

FDA Scraps Controversial Generic Drug Labeling Rule, Weighs Next Steps

12/13/2018
InsideHealthPolicy: FDA Scraps Controversial Generic Drug Labeling Rule, Weighs Next Steps by Staff - Public Citizen says FDA’s reasoning is ‘fallacious’

FDA Scraps Controversial Generic Drug Labeling Rule, Weighs Next Steps

12/13/2018
InsideHealthPolicy: FDA Scraps Controversial Generic Drug Labeling Rule, Weighs Next Steps by Staff - Public Citizen says FDA’s reasoning is ‘fallacious’

Top Lobbyists 2018

12/13/2018
The Hill: Top Lobbyists 2018 by Staff - Craig Holman and Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen

HISD trustees opt against seeking partnership bids, risking sanctions in 2019

12/13/2018
Houston Chronicle: HISD trustees opt against seeking partnership bids, risking sanctions in 2019 by Jacob Carpenter - “Rather than bringing on the corporate partners that are coming for these boards, we ought to be ensuring that instructors, people with real educational experience, drive the vision,” said Houston resident Stephanie Thomas, drawing applause from the crowd.

Vietnamese face deportation

12/13/2018
Politico: Vietnamese face deportation by Rebecca Rainey - Public Citizen's Health Research Group, the American Public Health Association, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists filed the suit, which argues that a June announcement from OSHA stating it would no longer accept certain forms required under the Obama-era rule altered it without proper public notice-and-comment.

Are higher bills in store in Texas to keep up with record demand for electricity?

12/12/2018
Texas Tribune: Are higher bills in store in Texas to keep up with record demand for electricity? by Kiah Collier - A different set of calculations provided by the Texas Public Policy Foundation — the conservative, fossil fuel-funded think tank that is fighting the proposal alongside liberal watchdog groups like Public Citizen — show the average family of four would pay $233 more for electricity per year. The foundation also points out that there would be indirect costs as businesses facing higher power prices pass their cost down to consumers.

Senate Narrowly Votes to Reject IRS Donor Disclosure Rule

12/12/2018
Roll Call: Senate Narrowly Votes to Reject IRS Donor Disclosure Rule by Doug Sword - The measure still needs House approval, which Tester has acknowledged is unlikely to come this Congress. The House has 60 legislative days to repeal new rules under the CRA, so, depending on how long this lame-duck session goes, a Democrat-controlled House could potentially be able to vote on the issue early next year, though that is unlikely, said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen.

Court denies motion to dismiss lawsuit over OSHA record-keeping rule delay

12/12/2018
Business Insurance: Court denies motion to dismiss lawsuit over OSHA record-keeping rule delay by Gloria Gonzalez - In January, Public Citizen Health Research Group, the American Public Health Association and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists sued the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA after submitting Freedom of Information Act requests for the summary records submitted under the rule that were denied by the agency.

Blurred Vision: Bias in taxpayer-funded research

12/11/2018
Fox4 Beaumont: Blurred Vision: Bias in taxpayer-funded research by Staff - That’s where the whole project went off the rails, according to Dr. Michael Carome at the watchdog Public Citizen.

This top FTC official is so conflicted, he has to leave the room if Facebook gets mentioned

12/11/2018
LA Times: This top FTC official is so conflicted, he has to leave the room if Facebook gets mentioned by David Lazarus - “It’s insane — I have never seen a list this extreme,” said Remington Gregg, the Public Citizen lawyer who pried a full disclosure of Smith’s corporate ties from the White House.

Trump administration announces plan to roll back rules on stream, wetland protection

12/11/2018
San Francisco Chronicle: Trump administration announces plan to roll back rules on stream, wetland protection by Peter Fimrite - Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights advocacy group in Washington, D.C., said the rollback will mostly benefit President Trump and other owners of golf courses.

‘Mr. Monopoly’ Photobombs Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Judiciary Hearing

12/11/2018
Gateway Pundit: ‘Mr. Monopoly’ Photobombs Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Judiciary Hearing by Jim Hoft - Amanda Werner of Americans for Financial Reform and Public Citizen blew up the internet on Wednesday by slipping on a black top hat and a bushy white mustache and sitting two rows behind Equifax disgraced ex-CEO Richard Smith during his Senate Banking Committee testimony on Wednesday.

The military pushed it for the battlefield. The FDA went along. Is the newest opioid any better?

12/11/2018
STAT: The military pushed it for the battlefield. The FDA went along. Is the newest opioid any better? by Ed Silverman - Diversion of the intravenous version already occurs and a tiny tablet could more easily disappear, noted Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen Health Research Group.

Education Department Changes to TEACH Program

12/11/2018
Inside Higher Ed: Education Department Changes to TEACH Program by Andrew Kreighbaum - On Monday, the progressive watchdog group Public Citizen released a report finding failings in the management and oversight of the program by the Education Department

EPA Proposes Gutting Obama-Era Rule Protecting 117 Million Americans’ Water

12/11/2018
HuffPost: EPA Proposes Gutting Obama-Era Rule Protecting 117 Million Americans’ Water by Chris D'Angelo and Alexander Kaufman - “In January, investigating this move should be high up on the oversight agenda of the new U.S. House of Representatives,” Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, said in a statement. “The Congress should investigate the internal debate that surely occurred within the EPA, because it is highly unlikely that career staff believe this move to be scientifically or legally defensible.”

Trump administration held back report revealing bank charged high fees to students

12/11/2018
Politico: Trump administration held back report revealing bank charged high fees to students by Kimberly Hefling - Still, the nonprofit Public Citizen said in a report released Monday that the announced change “offers only a limited — and temporary — fix.” Noting that 63 percent of all program grants have converted to federal loans, the group said the department needs to do more. For example, the report said the department since 2008 has “unlawfully” required that grant recipients complete an annual certification form that never underwent a required Paperwork Reduction Act process.

‘Monopoly’ Man Protester Trolls Google CEO at US Congressional Testimony

12/11/2018
Sputnik: ‘Monopoly’ Man Protester Trolls Google CEO at US Congressional Testimony by Staff - The advocacy group and progressive think tank Public Citizen noted that Google spent "more money lobbying politicians in 2017 than any other company."

‘Autopilot’ government spending nearly doubled over last 20 years. But should Congress pump the brakes?

12/11/2018
Federal News Radio: ‘Autopilot’ government spending nearly doubled over last 20 years. But should Congress pump the brakes? by Jory Heckman - “The automatic nature of such appropriations makes it important that Congress monitor them andperiodically undertake a more formal review, appropriately through the committee hearing andinvestigative process,” Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, told lawmakers.

Education Department to fix problems in popular grant program for teachers

12/10/2018
Washington Post: Education Department to fix problems in popular grant program for teachers by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel - “The changes to the certification process are an important step, but it’s really important they aren’t perceived as a full fix to the program’s problems,” said Julie Murray, an attorney at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

Lynn Jenkins is setting up her lobbying firm while she's still in Congress

12/10/2018
Washington Examiner: Lynn Jenkins is setting up her lobbying firm while she's still in Congress by Philip Wegmann - “This is an egregious abuse of the revolving door,” Craig Holman of Public Citizen told McClatchy, “I suspect she’s being coached as to how to dance around the law, but it certainly violates the spirit of the revolving door law itself.”

Trial Lawyers Find Unusual Allies In Fight Against Arbitration: Conservative State Treasurers

12/10/2018
Forbes: Trial Lawyers Find Unusual Allies In Fight Against Arbitration: Conservative State Treasurers by Daniel Fisher - News of SFOF’s Nov. 13 letter opposing arbitration was immediately promoted on the website of Secure Our Savings, a coalition of left-leaning and trial lawyer-backed organizations opposed to arbitration, including the American Association for Justice, the Center for Economic Justice, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and Public Citizen.

Exclusive: Ed Department To Erase Debts Of Teachers, Fix Troubled Grant Program

12/9/2018
NPR: Exclusive: Ed Department To Erase Debts Of Teachers, Fix Troubled Grant Program by Chris Arnold and Cory Turner - Julie Murray agrees. An attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group, Murray has been fighting the department to release documents related to the TEACH Grant program.

Oh Good, the FTC’s Top Consumer Protection Guy Has 120 Corporate Conflicts of Interest

12/7/2018
Gizmodo: Oh Good, the FTC’s Top Consumer Protection Guy Has 120 Corporate Conflicts of Interest by Catie Keck - Remington A. Gregg, counsel for civil justice and consumer rights at Public Citizen, said in a statement Thursday that he had “never seen a list of conflicts so vast across so many industries.”

Little time left to overhaul how Congress reacts to sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers

12/7/2018
LA Times: Little time left to overhaul how Congress reacts to sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers by Sarah Wire - “It’s two words: Mitch McConnell,” said Remington Gregg, counsel for the government advocacy group Public Citizen. “There’s really no one who is willing to say on the Republican side: ‘Look, Mitch, we’ve got to pass this.’ They are more than willing to let him play the villain.”

Lynn Jenkins sets up lobbying business — but she’s still a Kansas congresswoman

12/7/2018
Kansas City Star: Lynn Jenkins sets up lobbying business — but she’s still a Kansas congresswoman by Bryan Lowry - “This is an egregious abuse of the revolving door,” said Craig Holman, the lobbyist for Public Citizen, a group which advocates for stricter ethics rules.”

Michael Hiltzik: Those drug prices Big Pharma cut to appease Trump? Drugmakers are raising them again

12/6/2018
LA Times: Michael Hiltzik: Those drug prices Big Pharma cut to appease Trump? Drugmakers are raising them again by Michael Hiltzik - o Drug industry critics pointed this out at the time. "Pfizer's alleged concession to Trump is a sham," said Peter Maybarduk, director of the Access to Medicines Program at the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Senate Confirms Kathy Kraninger As CFPB Director

12/6/2018
NPR: Senate Confirms Kathy Kraninger As CFPB Director by Emily Sullivan - o Dozens of consumer and civil rights organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the NAACP and Public Citizen, signed a letter to the banking committee this summer, decrying her nomination. As director, she would "continue in the line of the dangerous leadership" and "prioritize the interests of industry over consumers and the rule of law," they wrote.

The FTC’s top consumer protection official can’t go after Facebook — or 100 other companies

12/6/2018
The Verge: The FTC’s top consumer protection official can’t go after Facebook — or 100 other companies by Makena Kelly - The Federal Trade Commission’s top consumer protection official is prohibited from handling the cases involving 120 different companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Uber, according to financial disclosure documents published by Public Citizen today.

NASA getting serious about STEM?

12/5/2018
Politico: NASA getting serious about STEM? by Jacqueline Klimas and Bryan Bender - A petition organized by the advocacy group Public Citizen is urging NASA not to sell naming rights to missions or spacecraft, or permit astronauts to accept endorsements. Doing so would “dishonor and degrade the space agency today and long into the future” and could also risk corporate sponsors influencing NASA’s missions and shaping its goals.

The White House has hosted a predators’ ball of corruption

12/5/2018
The Nation: The White House has hosted a predators’ ball of corruption by Katrina vanden Heuvel - As Robert Weissman, president of the consumer-advocacy group Public Citizen, notes: “Throw a dart at a listing of agencies and wherever it lands, you’ll be certain to hit on a case of egregious conflict of interest.”

D.C. Council approves sweeping changes to campaign finance, bans ‘pay to play’

12/4/2018
Washington Post: D.C. Council approves sweeping changes to campaign finance, bans ‘pay to play’ by Peter Jamison - Aquene Freechild of the advocacy group Public Citizen said Allen’s amendments did not significantly weaken the bill. “This is a sweeping reform, and it’s going to be very powerful if it passes as written.” She said.

District Line Daily: Browser’s Second Chance-ellor

12/3/2018
Washington City Paper: District Line Daily: Browser’s Second Chance-ellor by Mitch Ryals - "It’s not that we don’t know how to address the pay-to-play problem,” writes Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, in support of the Council’s bill to ban certain government contractors from donating to campaigns. “The solution is right at our fingertips.”

Watchdog groups, GOP question Baker serving as prosecutor, Dem party

12/3/2018
Kansas City: Watchdog groups, GOP question Baker serving as prosecutor, Dem party by Hunter Woodall - “It’s considered sort of a standard norm that when you get into an enforcement capacity within the government, you should not simultaneously be representing a party,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, which advocates for greater ethics and transparency in government.

5th Circ. Overturns Arbitration Ruling In One Tech Suit

12/3/2018
Law360: 5th Circ. Overturns Arbitration Ruling In One Tech Suit by Mike Curley - "We are pleased that the court recognized the inherent unfairness involved when a defendant waits to see whether a judge will buy its arguments before deciding to seek arbitration," Adam Pulver of Public Citizen Litigation Group told Law360 in an email Thursday. "The Fifth Circuit's decision is consistent with previous decisions of the Fifth Circuit and other courts of appeals, which have repeatedly rejected similar attempts at gamesmanship in the timing of motions to compel arbitration. Ms. Forby looks forward to addressing the merits of her case in district court."