Public Citizen

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
ALEC Meets in Austin to Promote Corporate Agenda at the Expense of Public Interest
Starting today, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will hold its annual meeting at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Austin. Attendees at the Koch brothers-funded conference will plot ways for corporate interests to gain influence over state governments. The group has an outsized...
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook Blanket Washington With Campaign Contributions, Lobbyists
The “Big 4” tech companies – Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google – have spent nearly $350 million on lobbying and campaign contributions to influence lawmakers over the past eight years, according to a report issued today by Public Citizen. Lobbying and campaign contributions from these publicly...
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Coverage of Climate Denial by Conservative Think Tanks Has Increased
Media coverage of climate denial by five prominent industry-funded think tanks has risen over the past five years, with conservative media and even some mainstream media providing an uncritical platform for them, a new Public Citizen analysis shows. Public Citizen released the analysis as the...
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
With FTC Settlement, Expect Facebook to Violate Privacy Again and Again
Note: Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the details of its settlement with Facebook. Facebook repeatedly violated its privacy policy. In 2011, it entered into a consent decree in which it promised not to violate its privacy policy again. But it did – over and over again. At the end...
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Amazon’s Prime Day Endorsements Appear to Lack Required Disclosures
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should investigate Amazon’s apparent failure to ensure that paid Prime Day endorsers disclosed that they receive commissions on sales they generate, Public Citizen said today in a complaint to the agency. Leading up to and through Amazon Prime Day on July 15-16,...
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Monday, July 22, 2019
Iowa, North Dakota and Maryland Lead the Way on Curbing the Revolving Door Between Government and Industry
Three states in particular – Iowa, North Dakota and Maryland – have developed revolving door restrictions that effectively prevent former state officials from conducting any lobbying activity for a period of time after leaving public office – something the federal government should implement, a new...
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Facebook Can’t Be Trusted. Regulators Are Unprepared.
Facebook cannot be trusted to create a private, global currency and U.S. and global regulators are not prepared if it does, Public Citizen President Robert Weissman said today at the U.S. House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on Facebook’s Libra proposal. “The successful launch of a private...
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Thursday, July 11, 2019
Congress Must Do More to Address Conflicts of Interest After Insider Trading Scandal
Note: In January 2017, Public Citizen filed a complaint against U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) alleging congressional insider trading. The 116th Congress amended its ethics rules to prohibit members from sitting on the boards of public corporations and directed the U.S. House Ethics Committee to...
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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Public Citizen Agrees With Federal Watchdog, Conway Must Go
Note: The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) today recommended the dismissal of White House employee Kellyanne Conway for violating the Hatch Act. In 2017, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) concluded that Conway misused her position by using a television interview to urge the public to buy...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019
Anti-Dark Money Political Debate Continues in Montana This Week
Note: Today, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris is scheduled to hear a motion to dismiss Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. The lawsuit seeks to block the elimination of requirements that some politically active tax-exempt...
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