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Every day, big banks, big polluters and big tech companies are threatening our economy, our environment and our democracy – sacrificing Main Street Americans and our families on the altar of corporate profits. Public Citizen advocates for ordinary people by taking on corporate interests and their cronies in government.
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Health care in the U.S. leaves too many people out, costs too much and doesn’t meet acceptable standards of quality. Much of the care that we get is unaffordable, unnecessary or harmful. Public Citizen advocates Medicare for All, stronger oversight of dangerous doctors and safe clinical trials.
The climate crisis is the challenge of our time. We can fix it with solutions that will make us healthier and more economically secure. We must act quickly to make our economy run on renewable power — and ensure that disadvantaged families and displaced workers share equitably in the new economy. We also must fight the corrupting power of fossil fuel companies and ensure that energy regulators are effective and publicly accountable.
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October 26, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Rucho v. Common Cause (2019) shut the door to federal constitutional challenges to partisan…
May 16, 2022
When a candidate for federal office lends money to his own election campaign, federal law imposes a $250,000 limit on…
December 20, 2021
During the midst of a pandemic and a presidential election cycle, when prompt mail delivery matters more than ever, the…
March 31, 2021
Two ideological nonprofit groups challenged California’s requirement that 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations file their IRS Form 990 Schedule B with state…
March 17, 2021
Public Citizen, together with its principal campaign finance expert Craig Holman, the organization ProtectOurElections.org, and Kevin Zeese, filed a complaint…
December 10, 2020
Delaware’s constitution provides that all members of its three highest courts—the Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Court of Chancery—must be…
July 06, 2020
In the 2016 presidential election, a majority of voters in the state of Washington voted for Hillary Clinton. As a…
November 08, 2017
Public Citizen assisted in representing then-U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen in challenging the FEC’s failure to require organizations that spend…
August 29, 2017
This case involved a first amendment challenge to a Florida Bar rule that prohibits candidates in state judicial elections from…
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