Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman is the president of Public Citizen. Weissman was formerly director of Essential Action, editor of Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks corporate actions worldwide, and a public interest attorney at the Center for Study of Responsive Law. He was a leader in organizing the 2000 IMF and World Bank protests in D.C. and helped make HIV drugs available to the developing world.

 

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Tough Guy Sessions: Shameful and Stupid on Street Crime, Soft on Corporate Crime
Tough Guy Attorney General Jeff Session has announced that federal prosecutors will charge low-level drug offenders and others with the most serious crimes possible, despite overwhelming evidence and a bipartisan agreement that this approach is racially discriminatory and counterproductive. "The...
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Monday, April 24, 2017
President Trump’s Corporate Government
We’re 100 days into Corporate Government. While giant corporations have for decades and on a bipartisan basis exerted far too much influence over government decision-making, we’ve never seen anything like the Trump administration. The key officials in the federal government, starting with the...
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Monday, February 20, 2017
The For-Profit Presidency, Month One
One month into the Trump administration, and it’s clear that there has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government A day-by-day review of the administration’s first month shows that virtually every day there has been a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and/or...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Existential Threat of Trump’s Corporate Cabinet
We’re facing the prospect of a government literally of the Exxons, by the Goldman Sachses and for the Kochs. President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet and top nominees draw more deeply from an extremist faction of the corporate class than any in memory, and likely in history. We are witnessing the...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
What Populism? Trump's America Is Party Time for the Corporate Elite
“Trump has converted the GOP into a populist working-class party,” Trump advisor and far-right economist Stephen Moore told Republican members of Congress at a caucus meeting. Well, advisor Moore, meet the Trump transition team. "We are witnessing not a populist, working class revolution, but the...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
EpiPen Maker's Latest Offer: Still Not Good Enough
Not good enough. Mylan's public relations people should tell the company that drip, drip, drip responses to the EpiPen rip-off will only further enrage the public. It's not enough to blame insurance companies, it's not enough to offer coupons, and it's not enough to offer an overpriced generic...
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
So How Many VW Executives Are Going to Jail Exactly?
Note: Volkswagen has reportedly agreed to pay roughly $15 billion in compensation to car owners and civil penalties to settle its U.S. emissions scandal case. The terms of the settlement were announced Tuesday. In 2015, the automaker admitted that 11 million of its vehicles worldwide had software...
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Americans Agree: It’s Corporate Power That’s In Our Way
There is widespread recognition among politicians and pundits that Americans are sharply divided by party on virtually all of the big questions facing our country. Everyone knows this is just the way things are, and it’s why we have gridlock in Congress. But here’s one thing: That story is not true...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The Anti-Democracy, Pro-Corporate Contortions of the US Senate
Following elaborate legislative contortions and gimmicks designed to hand multinational corporations their top priority, today the U.S. Senate paved the way for Fast Track legislation that aims to advance the corporate wish list known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as well other trade...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
End Big Money’s Chokehold on Democracy. Amend the Constitution.
The American political system is facing an existential crisis. Do we aim to be a democracy – meaning a system of rule by the people – or do Americans stand down and permit a very narrow elite class to operate a functioning oligarchy? Our Constitution begins with the powerful words “We the People”...
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