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American democracy is in jeopardy, from the disastrous Citizens United ruling that flooded our politics with corporate cash to the immoral assault on voting rights and the corporate authoritarian in the White House. We work every day to defend against these threats and advance bold reforms.
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The U.S. government should work for the public, not corporations or industry. It should safeguard consumers, workers and the environment, and be funded well enough to do so. The budget process must not be obstructed by partisanship.
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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.
Prescription drugs are unaffordable and new drugs and devices often are approved without being proven safe and effective. Public Citizen challenges Big Pharma, device manufacturers and federal regulators to make drugs and medical devices safe, effective and accessible to all.
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.
Global Trade Watch’s mission is to ensure that in this era of globalization, a majority have the opportunity to enjoy economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect our lives. Global Trade Watch has led the fight against corporate-rigged “trade” agreements that provide special powers for Big Pharma to raise medicine prices, promote the outsourcing of jobs to low-wage countries and undermine the food safety and other safeguards on which our families rely. For decades, we have fought for progressive alternatives that benefit people and the planet.
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.
Litigation can remedy or deter wrongdoing, impact policy and meaningfully slow abuses of power. Whether suing on behalf of our members to ensure the honest functioning of government, or representing individual consumers seeking redress in court, our litigation draws on our expertise in administrative law, constitutional law, and government transparency.
April 29, 2020
On March 26, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a non-enforcement policy, allowing companies to use COVID-19 as a…
April 23, 2020
The Clean Water Act (CWA) regulates pollution added to navigable waters from point sources by requiring National Pollutant Discharge Elimination…
March 06, 2020
The City of Baltimore filed a lawsuit against major oil companies, alleging that the companies concealed the climate hazards associated…
January 06, 2020
In a lawsuit filed in state court against major oil companies, the County of Boulder alleged that the companies had…
December 31, 2019
The State of Rhode Island filed a lawsuit against major oil companies, alleging that the companies concealed the climate hazards…
October 25, 2019
In 2012, EPA adopted greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles covering model years 2017-2025, and NHTSA promulgated corresponding fuel economy…
October 23, 2019
Methylene chloride is a chemical used in paint and coating removal. Studies have shown that acute exposure to high concentrations…
September 27, 2019
Public Citizen and eight other organizations have sued the Secretary of Transportation, the Department of Transportation, and the National Highway…
February 04, 2019
Homeowners in a lower-income neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, sued corporations that were responsible for severe groundwater contamination by toxic chemicals,…
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