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Tag: Public Citizen


Mysterious, Powerful Lobbying Group Won’t Say Whom It Works For

The Commercial Energy Working Group is one of Washington’s many lobbying organizations working to make government friendlier to business, but who it represents is a secret.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Exec for Maker of $150,000 Cancer Drug Tells Investors Its Pricing Is ‘Very Responsible’

In a recent earnings call, a top official at pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson dismissed questions about drug price reform and described the company as “responsible” in its pricing.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE


Debate: Secret TPP Text to Eliminate Internet Freedom Exposed

A 95 page draft of a chapter of possibly the most consequential U.S. trade deal in history released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday details plans regarding patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial design, “showing their wide-reaching implications for Internet services, civil liberties, publishing rights and medicine accessibility,” “Democracy Now!” reports.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Truthdigger of the Week: Lori Wallach

This critic of globalization is one of the few voices trying to alert the public to a secretive, ongoing effort to create a legal means for corporations to attack and subvert government.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Public Cost of BP’s ‘Pathetic’ Fine

BP’s record settlement of $4.5 billion for damages caused by the explosion and spill of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010 is the largest criminal fine in U.S. history, but at a fifth of the company’s 2011 profits, to be paid over a span of five years, it amounts to a “pathetic” slap on the wrist, says Public Citizen’s Tyler Slocum.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Plan for ‘Corporate Global Governance’

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive international trade pact under consideration by the Obama administration, would force American policy to conform to the whims of foreign corporations operating in the U.S. by allowing them to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal. That body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its rulings.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Obama Breaks Promise, Seeks to Give Multinationals Free Rein

A document from President Obama’s free trade negotiations that was leaked Wednesday morning revealed an administration proposal to allow multinational corporations doing business in the United States to police themselves via an international tribunal staffed by lawyers on the companies’ payroll. The scheme obliterates a 2008 promise by Obama to do just the opposite.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Legislators and Activists Mount Opposition to Citizens United

Good news for democracy: Lawmakers at all levels of government met with activists on Capitol Hill this week to sign a “Declaration for Democracy” in support of the effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Red Cross Fine Highlights Its Troubled History of Blood Services

A few weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration hit the American Red Cross with a nearly $10 million fine for safety violations, lax oversight and faulty testing of its blood services. The fine is just the latest of more than a dozen the Red Cross has racked up in the last decade.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


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