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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Monday, November 30, 2020
Close the Big Tech Revolving Door, 32 Groups Tell Biden
Thirty-two groups sent a letter today to President-elect Joe Biden urging him to exclude Big Tech executives, lobbyists, lawyers and consultants from his administration. Tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft represent serious threats to privacy, democracy, innovation and...
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Monday, November 23, 2020
Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Received Up To $15 Billion in COVID-19 Direct Relief
The fossil fuel industry has received up to $15.2 billion in direct federal relief through federal COVID-19 recovery programs since bailouts began in March 2020, a new report by BailoutWatch, Public Citizen and Friends of the Earth has found. The report tallies the amount of money that has flowed...
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Nation’s Leading Health Experts Urge GSA Administrator to Immediately Begin Presidential Transition
Amid surging COVID-19 cases nationwide, over 140 former public health officials, public health and medical school deans, and public health and medical experts and researchers are sounding the alarm today in a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy. “Refusing to...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Public Citizen Delivers Robust Transition Agenda Demands to President-Elect Joe Bidenp
Public Citizen and its partners developed a series of transition memos to guide the next administration through the country’s most pressing challenges, critical needs, and key opportunities. These documents offer a blueprint for building a political system that serves the people, rather than...
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Monday, November 16, 2020
Moderna Vaccine Belongs to the People
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced “promising interim results” from phase III clinical trial data of the mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was co-developed by Moderna, Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Access to...
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
It’s Time To Re-Enter Reality And Formally Begin Biden’s Transition Process
Trump-appointed General Services Administration administrator, Emily W. Murphy is refusing to sign off on a key document needed to formally begin the transition process and to recognize Joe Biden as the winner of the election and president-elect. Murphy is the person tasked with officially...
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Monday, November 09, 2020
Disseminating Preliminary, Incomplete COVID-19 Vaccine Study Results by Press Release Represents Bad Science
Pfizer and BioNTech announced today that the initial interim analysis of data from the phase 3 study of the companies’ experimental COVID-19 vaccine shows that it is more than 90% effective. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, released the following statement: “The...
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Friday, October 23, 2020
FDA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization Would Rely on Seriously Deficient Vaccination Data
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently increased some requirements for granting an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 vaccine, but serious deficiencies remain, Sidney Wolfe, founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said in testimony Thursday before the agency’s...
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Public Citizen Statement on Purdue Pharma’s Guilty Plea
Today, Purdue Pharma, the maker of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, according to justice department officials. Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen, released the following...
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Friday, October 16, 2020
Report: Retail Industry Opposed Criminal Justice Reform in at Least 18 States
Despite the reform rhetoric and pledges many retailers made following protests against racism and police violence, a report released today by Public Citizen shows that retailers and retail industry groups have fought criminal justice reforms and advocated for harsher shoplifting sentences in at...
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