Public Citizen "extremely grateful" to BP for its corporate sponsorship

Public Citizen is pleased to announce that we have accepted a generous grant  of $10 million dollars from BP.

In a just released statement, Public Citizen President Robert Weissman said:

We are extremely grateful to accept this check for $10 million dollars from our partners at BP. Though a little less than a year ago we launched a national boycott of BP, brought a giant inflatable oil barrel and

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hundreds of protesters to their Washington, D.C. office, and have been relentlessly hounding them for years to clean up their act, we believe they are now good corporate citizens.

In addition, today, April 1, former BP CEO Tony Hayworth will join Public Citizen’s board of directors. Weissman went on to say,

Public Citizen is thrilled to have Tony join our board. We know that he will be warmly welcomed by our other Public Citizen board members.

By the way, did we mention … it’s APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!

Come on now, you know Public Citizen doesn’t accept corporate or government funding! We rely solely on donations from individuals, foundation grants and publication sales to keep us going. That enables us to remain fiercely independent.

We are YOUR lobbyists. For 40 years, we have been representing you in the halls of power, battling corporate interests and the attempted corporate takeover of government.

Take a moment to check out a few of our accomplishments. While you’re at it, feel free to support us so we can continue standing up to corporate power for another 40 years! Since it’s our 40th birthday this week, if you make a contribution of $40 or more, we will throw in a DVD of “The Story of Citizens United,” which exposes how the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission gave corporations the green light to take over our democracy by spending as much money as they want to influence elections.

Happy April 1!