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, April 20, 2012
The Unlearned Lessons of the BP Gulf Disaster
The BP disaster reminded the American people about some essential truths relating to corporate behavior, the need for regulatory controls over corporations, the need for effective sanctions.
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Monday, April 09, 2012
Corporate Greed or Healthy Babies?
Fact Number One: Exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months is best for infants and new mothers. Fact Number Two: Hospital giveaways of infant formula samples to new mothers reduce the amount and length of breastfeeding.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The (Larry) Summers of Our Discontent
"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (lesser developed countries)?" Do those sound like the words of a man who should be running the world's leading economic development institution?
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Eric Cantor’s Wall Street Insider Trading Loophole
Sometimes, public outrage bubbles up, and forces Congress to take action to advance the public interest. The Big Business interests who normally count on the legislative process operating according to plan lose control. And that’s when they really set to work. And it’s when the public interest advocates and the public itself are tested: With momentum on our side, do we have the attention span and organizational might to defeat aroused corporate interests?
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Pity Poor Newt (And Us)
Pity poor Newt Gingrich. Alright, I admit it’s hard to muster much pity for Gingrich. Still, he now stands as not the first, but the most recent, prominent victim of the Supreme Court’s abysmal decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
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Friday, June 17, 2011
Excessive Oil Speculation: Wall Street's Tax on Us
Where are the anti-tax activists when you need them? They should be protesting outside of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, denouncing the agency for failing to take action. And they should be applauding a new legislative proposal by Senator Bernie Sanders. Right now, Wall Street speculators are imposing an enormous tax on consumers, and the overall economy. Where are the anti-tax activists? There's no question that illegal, collusive activity is far too frequent in energy markets. But the much bigger problem is legal speculation.
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Monday, May 09, 2011
The US Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland
It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S.
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Friday, April 29, 2011
Corporate America's War on Political Transparency
Companies that bid for government contracts should disclose their campaign spending, in order to diminish the likelihood that contracts are a payoff for political expenditures. The Obama administration has indicated that it plans to impose such a rule, through an executive order. Ideally, the rule would prohibit contractors and lobbyists from campaign spending, but a disclosure standard is a very positive if modest step. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the trade association for big business, however, takes a somewhat different view.
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Saturday, February 26, 2011
On Wisconsin and America
We are now having a major dispute about what kind of society America should be. Right now, the flashpoint in this controversy is Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of people are demonstrating every day in an effort to block Governor Scott Walker's plan to all but end collective bargaining rights for public employees.
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Friday, January 21, 2011
One Year Later, Movement Is Growing to Overturn 'Citizens United'
The theory and practice of the U.S. Supreme Court’s dreadful decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission are incompatible with a well-functioning democracy.
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