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Putin-linked groups caught meddling in our elections

February 16, 2018 – Thirteen Russian Nationals, Three Russian Entities Indicted in Election Meddling Investigation Statement of Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen Yet another shoe has dropped with today’s indictments, and any claims that the Russia investigation is a hoax are now clearly revealed as attempts to deflect from the story […]

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Trump Organization Should Make Promised Donation to Treasury, Release Details About Trump Property Profits

WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 5, 2018 – – The Trump Organization should immediately fulfill a promise made last year to donate to the federal government profits from foreign government payments made to President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel and other Trump Organization properties, Public Citizen said in a letter today. In addition, the Trump Organization should […]

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Complaint Filed Against Speaker Ryan for Allowing Floor Broadcasts to Be Used for Partisan Campaigns

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 31, 2018 – The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee and the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) should investigate whether Speaker Paul Ryan violated House rules by allowing the Trump campaign to use a broadcast of the State of the Union address for campaign fundraising purposes, Public Citizen said in a complaint […]

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Trump Completes Big Pharma’s Takeover of America’s Health Care With Nomination of Alex Azar to Head HHS

November 13, 2017 – President Donald Trump today has nominated Alex Azar to be the next U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Azar served for five years as president of Lilly USA, LLC, the largest affiliate of global biopharmaceutical leader Eli Lilly and Company. Just weeks after denouncing “out-of-control” prescription prices, President Donald […]

Posted inCalifornia

Tyson Slocum: FERC slashed penalty on Barclays for manipulating California’s electricity market from $435 million to $70 million

Nov. 8, 2017 – Note: On Tuesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) slashed its assessed penalty on disgraced Wall Street energy trader Barclays for manipulating California’s electricity market from $435 million to $70 million. Barclays also must refund$35 million of ill-gotten gains. FERC’s enforcement staff, though, found that Barclays’ manipulation cost market participants and […]

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Civil Rights Groups Sue U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Over Suspension of Rule Assisting Low-Income Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 23, 2017 – Today, several civil rights organizations sued (PDF) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) challenging its decision to suspend a rule that would have assisted low-income families in securing affordable housing. Five organizations – the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the Relman, Dane & […]

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Security, Ethics Experts Urge Senators to Support Legislation Protecting the Independent Special Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 19, 2017 – A bipartisan group of experts issued a letter today calling on members of the U.S. Senate to support efforts to protect against the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Protecting the Special Counsel would ensure that the ongoing investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues. […]

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Judge Orders Internet Platform to Hand Over Email Addresses of Visitors to Website Planning Protests for President Donald Trump’s Inauguration

August 24, 2017 – Earlier Thursday, Public Citizen argued in court that the U.S. government has no legal justification for seeking information about people who accessed a website organizing protests for President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Judge Robert E. Morin ordered DreamHost, the internet platform that hosts the protest website, DisruptJ20.org, to turn over emails and […]

Posted inOp-Ed

Public Citizen: Even Merck will denounce Nazis before Trump

August 14, 2017 – President Donald Trump has harsher words for Merck, a company resigning from a presidential advisory council over Trump’s shameful reaction to Charlottesville, than he does for violent racists chanting Nazi slogans, one of whom killed an anti-racism protester. Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier never should have associated the corporation with Trump – […]

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Trump Proposal Would Roll Back Protections From Forced Arbitration “Rip-Off Clauses” in Nursing Home Contracts

WASHINGTON, D.C. Aug. 7, 2017– The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back protections for nursing home residents who may be neglected or abused is cruel and heartless and should not go forward, Public Citizen said in comments (PDF) filed today with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposal is part of a […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms ‘Soft Money’ Ban of the 2002 McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law

May 22, 2017 – The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed a lower court decision upholding the ban on corporate contributions to the national political parties, known as “soft money.” Prior to the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA, also known as McCain-Feingold), “soft money” was an end-run around the federal ban […]