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, 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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Wednesday, September 04, 2019
FTC’s Paltry Google / YouTube Fine Shows the Agency Is Incapable of Protecting Kids
Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) imposed a $170 million fine on Google-owned YouTube over its violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). See Public Citizen’s previous statement in response to news of the settlement. Public Citizen released a report in May showing...
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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Federal Election Commission Shuts Down Ahead of Most Expensive Election in History
Note: As the nation heads into the 2020 election cycle – an election that likely will reach an all-time spending record – the agency that monitors and enforces compliance with campaign finance laws on Saturday will lose the voting quorum to take any official actions due to the resignation of its...
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Monday, August 26, 2019
Congressional Committees Must Require Voting Machine Vendors to Explain Poor Security Record & Practices
Today, election security advocates from across the political spectrum called on the U.S. Senate Rules and House Administration Committees to hold the nation’s largest voting system vendors to account in a hearing on election security. The groups sent a letter signed by Public Citizen, FreedomWorks...
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Monday, August 19, 2019
Business Roundtable Letter Shows Unchecked Corporate Greed Is Unpopular, Unsustainable
Note: Today, nearly 200 executives from the Business Roundtable issued a statement arguing that in addition to advancing shareholder value, companies also must invest in employees, deliver value to customers and deal fairly and ethically with suppliers. It’s a sign of progress that corporate...
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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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