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.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Trump Caves to Wall Street as China Trade Dispute Nears Resolution; Does Anyone Believe Indonesian Loan Isn’t Coloring His Judgment?
Note: The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. and China are closer to resolving their trade dispute, and that a resolution would include U.S. help for the Chinese telecom company ZTE. “How to explain President Donald Trump’s pending sweetheart deal for ZTE – a repeat lawbreaker and alleged...
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Monday, May 21, 2018
Congress Should Overturn Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision Eroding Workers’ Rights
Note: Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that employers can enforce arbitration agreements that prohibit employees from bringing class or collective legal actions. Public Citizen had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case arguing that such...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Novartis Lawyer Out; Fallout From Michael Cohen Payments Raises Critical Questions
Note: The top lawyer for Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis stepped down today after last week’s revelations that Novartis made payments to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. The Novartis announcement follows AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson calling Cohen’s hiring by his...
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Friday, May 04, 2018
New Data Show Trump’s First Quarter 2018 China and Mexico Trade Deficits Largest on Record as All Eyes Focus on This Week’s Trade Discussions in China, Looming NAFTA Deadline
Record-high first-quarter trade deficits add to the urgency of the Trump administration succeeding in reworking the terms of U.S.-China trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Public Citizen said today. The 2018 first quarter goods trade deficit with China and with the world is...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
64 Groups Oppose CRA Resolution Repealing 2013 Auto Lending Guidance
Congress should not use Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions to target public protections that have been in place for years or decades, as this violates the clear intent of the law, 64 groups said in a letter (PDF) sent today to lawmakers. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on S.J...
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Trump’s U.S. Businesses Have Raked in More Than $15 Million in Profits Since His Run for Office
President Donald Trump’s U.S. businesses have raked in $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies during his run for office and presidency, with about 90 percent coming from his own campaign, according to a new report from Public Citizen. The report, “The Art of the (Self)...
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
On Reports That President Trump Is Open to Rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership
As news reports have emerged that at a meeting this morning President Trump told a gathering of farm-state Senators he was directing his advisers to look into rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, commented: “Given the central...
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Statement on Korea Trade Deal Revisions
As the administration announced revisions to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, commented: “Despite the touted 10,000 tariff cuts and promises of more exports, more jobs, our deficit almost doubled in the FTA’s first five years as U.S...
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Monday, March 26, 2018
Public Citizen Files 30 Ethics Complaints for Likely Violations of Trump’s Own Ethics Rules
Numerous executive branch agencies and offices – including the White House itself – may have violated President Donald Trump’s own ethics Executive Order #13770, according to Public Citizen, which has filed 30 ethics complaints against the agencies and White House today. A key provision of the...
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Environmental Safety Bureau Chief Took Political Contributions From Industry He Now Regulates
Many of the companies penalized by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) over the past five years have given political contributions to current BSEE Director Scott Angelle, and at least five of those companies have met with him since he took office in May 2017, according to...
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