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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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Democracy First, Senator Warren's New Plan
Note: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released a campaign finance reform plan that would require disclosure from presidential campaign bundlers and outside finance committees, lower contribution limits and elevate small-donor financing. A commitment to ensuring a fair and representative...
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Monday, October 14, 2019
Biden’s Loud Democracy Platform Speaks Volumes
Note: Today, former Vice President Joe Biden announced that if elected, he would introduce comprehensive democracy reforms including legislation requiring small-donor public financing, the establishment of a Commission on Federal Ethics (CFE) – a single government agency empowered to oversee and...
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Monday, October 07, 2019
Andrew Smith Must Recuse Himself From Revisions to FTC’s Online Children’s Privacy Protections
Andrew Smith, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection, should recuse himself from any discussions about or decisions regarding revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), six groups said in a letter sent to the agency today. “It will be...
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Friday, October 04, 2019
A Year After Deal Announced, NAFTA Deficit Up 10% as Trump Sidelines Reform with Refusal to Cut USMCA Pharma Terms that Lock in High Drug Prices
As President Donald Trump continues to sideline congressional consideration of a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by refusing to eliminate terms that would lock in high U.S. drug prices, the August 2019 goods trade data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this morning shows that...
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Thursday, October 03, 2019
Publicly Committing an Impeachable Offense Makes Abuse of Power Worse
Note: While speaking with reporters at the White House, President Donald Trump today urged China to investigate his political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. President Trump is under the misimpression that if he keeps committing impeachable offenses, he can somehow...
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Lack of Prosecution, Soft Punishments Lead to Repeated Corporate Law Breaking
Corporations keep breaking the law, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) keeps refusing to prosecute them. The DOJ’s chronic refusal to bring criminal prosecutions against big banks, big pharma and other big businesses that violate the law has led to a failure to deter repeat offenders, a new...
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Casual Corruption Under Trump Continues
The main story in the released rough transcript of the conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is of course that Trump repeatedly solicited assistance in digging up dirt on a political rival – an outrageous abuse of power and violation of his oath of...
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Monday, September 23, 2019
Facebook’s Libra, Corporate Political Spending Disclosure and Executive Compensation Among Likely Topics When All Five SEC Commissioners Testify This Week
On Tuesday , all five commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will appear before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. Oversight of the SEC is critical because the agency’s mission is to protect American investors. Based on the topics the committee has explored...
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Monday, September 16, 2019
Financial Transactions Tax Would Cost Most People Little, Be Paid by the Wealthy, Discourage High-Frequency Trading
Most middle- and low-income families would pay little or nothing if Congress were to levy a 0.1% tax on stock market trades, according to a report Public Citizen released today. Instead, the proposed tax would raise $777 billion over a decade, likely end the unfair and systemically risky practice...
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Thursday, September 05, 2019
Congress Must Stop Big Business, Wealthy Donors From Influencing Our Elections
More than 100 organizations, including major civil rights, environmental, labor, LGBTQ and good government groups, today called on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor H.J. Res. 2, the bipartisan Democracy For All constitutional amendment that would return democracy to the...
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