April 2016 media hits

Public Citizen is mentioned, or its experts quoted, every day in print and broadcast media around the world. Below are links to some of the recent stories in which we have appeared.

Bad medicine pt. 2

4/29/2016
The Council of Canadians: Bad medicine pt. 2 by Michael Butler - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, put the struggle against the TPP ‘death sentence’ in a broader context: “Pharmaceutical industry greed has reached heights never seen before. The price of medicines has nothing to do with the cost of making them – and virtually nothing to do with the cost of research and development. Big Pharma companies are price gouging simply because they can.

Is your doctor an addict? CBS 12 Investigates uncovers how you're kept in the dark

4/29/2016
CBS 12: Is your doctor an addict? CBS 12 Investigates uncovers how you're kept in the dark by Eric Roby & Jamil Donith - "They don't know this is going on" said Dr. Wolfe with the health research group, Public Citizen. "They may assume that if their doctor had a drug or alcohol problem they would have been disciplined by the state. That assumption is not correct."

PolitiFact: About 600,000 Texans may lack proper voter ID

4/29/2016
My Statesman: PolitiFact: About 600,000 Texans may lack proper voter ID by W. Gardner Shelby - Smith, the longtime director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, made his claim in an April 14 commentary in the American-Statesman that mentions the law under legal challenge requiring Texas voters to present a photo ID before being casting a ballot at a polling place. 

Screwed Over By A For-Profit College? You Probably Signed Away Your Right To Sue

4/29/2016
Consumerist: Screwed Over By A For-Profit College? You Probably Signed Away Your Right To Sue by Chris Moran - “These clauses don’t benefit the public or students who dream of an education,” Julie Murray, an attorney for Public Citizen, recently said regarding arbitration provisions in education contracts. “They benefit the bottom lines of education companies.”

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: California goes all-in to cut home power use

4/29/2016
The Press Enterprise: ENERGY EFFICIENCY: California goes all-in to cut home power use by Julie Cart - “It’s important that sustainability not be defined just in terms of environmental sustainability, but equality and income sustainability,” said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, the non-partisan public interest group. “Cost can’t be a barrier to participate.”

FDA Sued for Not Disclosing More Info on the Experts Determining the Fate of Drugs and Devices

4/29/2016
Biospace: FDA Sued for Not Disclosing More Info on the Experts Determining the Fate of Drugs and Devices by Alex Keown - The foundation said information that is redacted from the posted resumes include “dates of degrees conferred, the names of professional colleagues and mentors, the amounts of grants received from private companies, and the names of presentations and unpublished articles.”

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) explained

4/29/2016
Mid Island News Blog: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) explained - “The result of a NAFTA win for Eli Lilly,” says Public Citizen, “could expose Canada to a slew of investor-state attacks from other drug companies that have had patents invalidated because their medicines have not met the promises they made to initially obtain patents.”

Public Citizen Sues FDA Over Redacted Advisory Committee Info

4/28/2016
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society: Public Citizen Sues FDA Over Redacted Advisory Committee Info by Michael Mezher - "The agency redacted my military awards and service and the amount of one National Kidney Foundation grant long since closed out," he said. "The notion that releasing this information would be an invasion of privacy or that it was confidential would be hard to understand anyway – but after I specifically had stated that the CV could be posted in full, it is ridiculous."

Utah city defends police use of prescription drug database

4/28/2016
Associated Press: Utah city defends police use of prescription drug database by Lindsay Whitehurst - But the firefighters contend those cases can still be prosecuted after police get a warrant to use the database. That prevents investigators from going on fishing expeditions, said their lawyer, Scott Michelman of the group Public Citizen. 

FDA sued for hiding too much info about its expert panel members

4/28/2016
STAT News: FDA sued for hiding too much info about its expert panel members by Ed Silverman - “Confidential information does not appear on documents crafted for the express purpose of sharing with other people,” stated Rachel Clattenburg, a Public Citizen attorneye. “The redactions are unjustified and show that the FDA has wasted considerable time going through (resumes) to black out information. We worry that the FDA’s treatment of advisory committee member (resumes) is an indication that the agency favors secrecy over disclosure.”

House panel moves bill to ban IRS from tracking donors to tax-exempt groups

4/28/2016
The Hill: House panel moves bill to ban IRS from tracking donors to tax-exempt groups by Naomi Jagoda - “If donor disclosure to the IRS is eliminated, no one will know whether a 501(c)(4) group has received foreign funds and is illegally spending them in our elections, other than the foreign donors and 501(c)(4) groups involved,” the groups said in a letter. “There will be no way to hold them accountable for illegally spending foreign money in federal elections.” 

Fighting Over Secret Money

4/28/2016
The American Prospect: Fighting Over Secret Money by Eliza Newlin Carney - But recently, the Bright Lines Project, a group housed at Public Citizen that is focused on clarifying the rules, called for an end to the delay in new IRS regulations regarding political activity. 

Case Builds Against For-Profit Colleges Denying Students Legal Rights

4/28/2016
Huffington Post: Case Builds Against For-Profit Colleges Denying Students Legal Rights by David Halperin - In addition, the organization Public Citizen, which in February petitioned the Department of Education for an arbitration ban, has sent the Department a detailed follow-up letter arguing that a partial ban would not adequately protect students.  

Koch Brothers Back New Effort To Make It Harder To Track Dark Money

4/27/2016
Huffington Post: Koch Brothers Back New Effort To Make It Harder To Track Dark Money by Paul Blumenthal - Campaign finance reform and transparency proponents issued a letter calling on members of the Ways & Means Committee to oppose Roskam’s bill. Those backing the letter include Brennan Center for Justice, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, CREW, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation and Rootstrikers. 

High court appears likely to ease public corruption rules in McDonnell case

4/27/2016
USA Today: High court appears likely to ease public corruption rules in McDonnell case by Richard Wolf - "The question is, what is bribery?" said Scott Nelson of Public Citizen Litigation Group, who wrote a brief supporting the government. A ruling for McDonnell, he said, would "pose a significant burden on prosecutors and open up a tremendous loophole for corruption."

Generic drug labels don’t always list known side effects. It’s time to change that

4/26/2016
STAT News: Generic drug labels don’t always list known side effects. It’s time to change that by Ed Silverman - “New risks posed by drugs are often discovered after a medicine is sold as generic,” said Allison Zieve, director of litigation at Public Citizen, which five years ago petitioned the FDA to devise a new rule about generic labeling. “It really doesn’t make sense for crucially important products such as drugs not to have updates." 

Federal regs cost economy $4 trillion in one year

4/26/2016
The Hill: Study: Federal regs cost economy $4 trillion in one year by Tim Devaney - “A serious and balanced consideration of regulatory impacts would take into account the massive costs to the public when we don’t have strong and effective regulations, such as the Wall Street crash that cost the country 14 trillion dollars and ruined the financial security of countless working families and consumers,” Narang said.

Could Desperate Parents' Pleas Sway The FDA To Approve A Drug Even If Evidence It Works Is Lacking?

4/24/2016
Forbes: Could Desperate Parents' Pleas Sway The FDA To Approve A Drug Even If Evidence It Works Is Lacking? by Rita Rubin - “Based upon the evidence presented and reviewed by the FDA and described in the briefing packet, the drug should not be approved,” Carome, who previously worked for the Office for Human Research Protections in the Department of Health and Human Services, told me.

Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an ‘Indisputable’ Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP

4/24/2016
TruthDig: Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an ‘Indisputable’ Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP by Jon Queally - “President Obama and Chancellor Merkel should continue efforts to deepen the friendship, cooperation, and yes, trade, between our countries,” said Wallach, “but the deeply flawed, pro-corporate process and agenda of the TTIP must be rejected.”

On Way Out of Office, Some Lawmakers Keep Spending

4/24/2016
Texas Tribune: On Way Out of Office, Some Lawmakers Keep Spending by Jim Malewitz -  “A lame duck flying around to fancy destinations” is an inappropriate use of money raised for political elections, said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of the Texas office of consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. “It’s the worst example of this abuse I’ve seen.”

To sway drug approval, patient advocates turn up the heat on the FDA

4/23/2016
Washington Post: To sway drug approval, patient advocates turn up the heat on the FDA by Carolyn Y. Johnson - “It can, I think, at times border on patients putting a lot of pressure on the agency that’s inappropriate — to make decisions that aren’t based on science,” said Sarah Sorscher, of the consumer watchdog Public Citizen. “Really, I’ve never seen a drug that was even considered for approval with this poor quality of data. . . . If the drug is really a miracle, why don’t they have the data?”

Exelon-Pepco merger faces challenge

4/22/2016
Washington Examiner: Exelon-Pepco merger faces challenge by John Siciliano - "Exelon's takeover of Pepco is bad deal for the District and was only made possible by a faulty and irregular decision-making process," said David Arkush, the managing director of Public Citizen's Climate Program. "Our position is simple: If the commission corrects its errors, it will no longer be able justify its decision to approve the takeover."

Regulators introduce new rules to curb Wall Street pay

4/21/2016
Washington Post: Regulators introduce new rules to curb Wall Street pay by Renae Merle - The rules are “slightly” stronger than those proposed in 2011, but still leave the industry some wiggle room, said Bart Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen.

The Feds Are Finally Cracking Down On Wall Street Bonuses

4/21/2016
Huffington Post: The Feds Are Finally Cracking Down On Wall Street Bonuses by Ben Walsh - “This addresses the ‘slash and burn’ mentality that led to the financial crash, where you make a lot of money this year even if it burns down the bank next year,” Naylor told HuffPost. 

This Group Raised $11 Million To Defeat Citizens United. So Why Do People Hate Them?

4/21/2016
Huffington Post: This Group Raised $11 Million To Defeat Citizens United. So Why Do People Hate Them? by Paul Blumenthal - “We had a lot of our supporters asking us, ‘What is this?’” said Rob Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Why I Was Arrested

4/20/2016
Huffington Post: Why I Was Arrested by Robert Weissman -

2016 election may drive voters to demand change in campaign financing

4/20/2016
WJLA: 2016 election may drive voters to demand change in campaign financing by Stephen Loiaconi - "We're going to see the most expensive election ever, the least regulated election ever, and the darkest election of all time," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the advocacy group Public Citizen, referring to the rapidly growing role of "dark money" raised by organizations that do not need to disclose their donors. 

The Invisibility of U.S. Oligarchs: The Case of Penny Pritzker

4/20/2016
Truth Dig: The Invisibility of U.S. Oligarchs: The Case of Penny Pritzker by Sam Husseini - Lori Wallach of Public Citizen: “The aggregate U.S. goods trade deficit with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners is more than five times as high as before the deals went into effect, while the aggregate trade deficit with non-FTA countries has actually fallen.”

Does Sanders’ Accusation Against The DNC Hold Water? Campaign Finance Experts Weigh In

4/19/2016
Think Progress: Does Sanders’ Accusation Against The DNC Hold Water? Campaign Finance Experts Weigh In by Alice Ollstein - “This is the type of mega, mega joint fundraising committee that we all feared would come into existence if McCutcheon were ruled the wrong way, which it was,” said Craig Holman with Public Citizen. “It makes maximum use of the loose rules governing joint fundraising. They’re using big checks to set up a small donor fundraising campaign and turning over the small donors to the Hillary campaign while keeping the large ones for the party.

Silica Rule Faces Industry and Political Pressure, Public Citizen Warns

4/19/2016
AboutLawsuits.com: Silica Rule Faces Industry and Political Pressure, Public Citizen Warns by Martha Garcia -  “Instead of joining workers and employers across the country, corporate lobbyists are alleging the rule will be too burdensome for businesses to implement,” wrote Emily Gardner, Worker Health and Safety Advocate at Public Citizen.

Mass movement for democracy is being born

4/18/2016
People’s World: Mass movement for democracy is being born by Larry Rubin - "This is just the beginning," adds Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "We're going to reach out to working people. We're going to say: 'you're right to be angry about low wages, no job security and poor healthcare. But many of you are looking in the wrong places for solutions.’

Pacific Trade Deal Undermines Fracking Bans in NY and Elsewhere

4/18/2016
Long Island Press: Pacific Trade Deal Undermines Fracking Bans in NY and Elsewhere by Judy Frankel - “Tribunals have already ordered governments to pay over $3.5 billion in investor-state cases” and “more than $14.7 billion remain in pending claims under US agreements,” says Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Trade Watch.

300+ Arrests as Pro-Democracy Forces Converge for Final Day of Spring Revolt

4/18/2016
Common Dreams: 300+ Arrests as Pro-Democracy Forces Converge for Final Day of Spring Revolt by Deidre Fulton - Among those taken into custody were approximately 60 organization and movement leaders, including NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks, Public Citizen president Robert Weissman, Greenpeace executive director Annie Leonard, radio commentator Jim Hightower, and Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

Activists Swarm Capitol for Democracy Protests

4/18/2016
American Prospect: Activists Swarm Capitol for Democracy Protests by Justin Miller - “Fundamental reform to expand and deepen our democracy, we know from America’s history, follows from one thing and one thing only: mass movements,” Robert Weissman, president of government watchdog group Public Citizen and organizer of the Democracy Awakening, told the crowd. 

Six Years Later, Regulations Try to Prevent Another Gulf Oil

4/18/2016
Sustainable Business: Six Years Later, Regulations Try to Prevent Another Gulf Oil - "The fact that it has taken six years to get this rule out is a stunning indictment of our regulatory process: It moves far too slowly. Even in the wake of historic deregulatory disasters like the BP oil spill, our regulatory system takes years to address glaring safety gaps that devastate working families, consumers and our environment," says Amit Narang at Public Citizen.

Obama misleading public about benefits of free-trade deal: Report

4/18/2016
Washington Times: Obama misleading public about benefits of free-trade deal: Report by Dave Boyer - “The administration owes the public and Congress an explanation of how it cooked up what obviously is a false ‘TPP tax cut’ number, but more broadly touting a large number of tariff lines cuts misdirects attention from the real question of whether the TPP will create more American jobs or cause damage,” said Lori Wallach, direct of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Trade Matters In 2016; This May Help You Understand Why

4/18/2016
NPR: Trade Matters In 2016; This May Help You Understand Why by Marilyn Geewax - Public Citizen: Regarding TPP, "This massive, controversial, pro-corporate 'free trade' agreement ... threatens everything from the safety of our food to the stability of our economy."

How Democrats are using SEC to beat campaign finance laws

4/18/2016
Washington Examiner: How Democrats are using SEC to beat campaign finance laws by Joseph Lawler - "There's just a lot of potential for it embroil a company in hot-button political topics," said Lisa Gilbert, public interest group Public Citizen's director of Congress Watch. "And there's no way for investors to gauge unless there are those sort of unexpected leaks of information whether what they're doing is actually in the best interest of the company." 

Presidential tax return ritual lags

4/16/2016
The Bulletin: Presidential tax return ritual lags by William Douglas and Lesley Clark - “It has been pretty bad,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, an advocacy group. “To tell the truth, it’s really only Hillary that’s been fully complying with that expectation that the candidates release all their tax returns. All the other candidates have released just the summary pages … and not the details.”

Maryland Assembly Passes One of Nation's Strongest Car Safety Disclosure Laws

4/15/2016
PR Newswire: Maryland Assembly Passes One of Nation's Strongest Car Safety Disclosure Laws - Critical support from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and from leading consumer advocates including the Center for Auto Safety, the Consumer Federation of America, and Public Citizen helped prompt the Senate to amend the bill to strengthen its safety disclosure language.

U.S. Issues New Rules on Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

4/14/2016
New York Times: U.S. Issues New Rules on Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling by Coral Davenport - “The fact that it has taken six years to get this rule out is a stunning indictment of our regulatory process: It moves far too slowly,” Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen, a nonprofit government watchdog group, said in a statement.

CMS, Joint Commission pressed to change policies that promote opioid pain medicine overuse

4/14/2016
Healthcare Finance: CMS, Joint Commission pressed to change policies that promote opioid pain medicine overuse by Susan Morse - "The current requirements for hospitals and other healthcare organizations to assess patients' pain encourage unnecessary, unhelpful and unsafe pain treatments that interfere with primary disease management," said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

Morning Money: More on Cruz and Wall

4/14/2016
Politico: Morning Money: More on Cruz and Wall by Ben White - “Regulators failed to deem the living wills ‘credible.’ That’s a welcome acknowledgement of the barren reality that these behemoths remain threats to financial stability. Now the regulators must take the brave step and order major divestitures, ideally a wholesale break-up.”

Big bucks spent honoring lawmakers

4/14/2016
The Hill: Big bucks spent honoring lawmakers by Megan R. Wilson - “You often find that corporations giving to a foundation [with ties to officials] have direct business pending before the” government, said Craig Holman, a lobbyist at Public Citizen. The data on honorary fees, even if it’s incomplete, is an attempt “to get some disclosure of that kind of influence-peddling.”

White House intervenes in Maryland Senate Democratic primary

4/13/2016
Washington Post: White House intervenes in Maryland Senate Democratic primary by Rachel Weiner - “Frankly, we know who the NRA is . . . they’re not a front for dark money,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the good-governance group Public Citizen, which pushed for Van Hollen’s legislation. “I wasn’t comfortable with it, but I didn’t really think it would do much damage either; it was just difficult to publicly defend.”

Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures

4/13/2016
Associated Press: Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures by Matthew Perrone - "All pain was viewed as being bad and so it pushed providers too often to over-prescribe opioids," said Dr. Michael Carome of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, one of the groups signing the letter.

Presidential Debate Moderators Scarcely Ask Questions About Campaign Finance Reform, Study Reveals

4/13/2016
Buzzflash: Presidential Debate Moderators Scarcely Ask Questions About Campaign Finance Reform, Study Reveals by Mark Karlin - "There's a disconnect between voters and the media, who are not paying attention to something that's front and center for most Americans as never before," Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, told NPR. "They're unwilling to press the candidates on solutions." 

Progressive Leaders Say Why They and Thousands Will Risk Arrest This Week to Restore American Democracy

4/13/2016
AlterNet: Progressive Leaders Say Why They and Thousands Will Risk Arrest This Week to Restore American Democracy by Steven Rosenfeld - "A broad and powerful movement is now erupting in the nation’s capital,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “Four hundred people were arrested on Monday as part of Democracy Spring, one of the largest civil disobedience actions ever at the U.S. Capitol. And more arrests are continuing every day.”

Capitol protests, arrests focus on money in campaigns

4/12/2016
CNHI: Capitol protests, arrests focus on money in campaigns by Kery Murakami - "Voters are just furious at the money being spent in the congressional and presidential races," said Craig Holman, lobbyist for the campaign finance reform group Public Citizen. 

Garland a court moderate who would frustrate both sides

4/11/2016
Associated Press: Garland a court moderate who would frustrate both sides by Jeff Donn, Curt Anderson, Holbrook Mohr and Mitch Weiss - The consumer group Public Citizen had opposed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's regulation to increase truck drivers' daily driving limits from 10 hours to 11 hours as well as a provision to permit an off-duty period of 34 hours to restart the weekly on-duty limits.

US, Goldman Sachs reach $5B settlement over risky mortgages

4/11/2016
Associated Press: US, Goldman Sachs reach $5B settlement over risky mortgages by Eric Tucker - Another advocacy group, Public Citizen, said there's "not even the illusion of accountability" in the settlement.

Colorado lobbying firm brings clout to DC

4/10/2016
The Denver Post: Colorado lobbying firm brings clout to DC by Mark Matthews - "This lobbying firm employs all the right tools for becoming a powerhouse," said Craig Holman, a lobbying expert with the good-government group Public Citizen.

How Panama became a tax haven to the world

4/10/2016
USA Today: How Panama became a tax haven to the world by Alan Gomez - But Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, said the free-trade agreement's fundamental problem was that it gave Panama a "U.S. stamp of approval." 

Panama financial scandal blows up into Democratic skirmishing over trade

4/8/2016
Washington Post: Panama financial scandal blows up into Democratic skirmishing over trade by David Nakamura - “The Panama Papers just show once again how entirely cynical and meaningless are American presidents’ and corporate boosters’ lavish promises of economic benefits and policy reforms from trade agreements,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The Panama free-trade deal’s “investor protections and official U.S. stamp of approval made it safer to send dirty money to Panama,” she said.

Public Citizen Asks Texas To Shutter Compounding Pharmacy Because FDA Lacks Authority

4/7/2016
Inside Health Policy: Public Citizen Asks Texas To Shutter Compounding Pharmacy Because FDA Lacks Authority - Public Citizen is asking the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to revoke the license of an Austin-based compounding pharmacy, alleging the company repeatedly and knowingly violated standard procedures for producing sterile injectable medicines based on two FDA inspections of the facility. 

Stimulant, banned from sports, found in dietary supplements in U.S.

4/7/2016
Health Day: Stimulant, banned from sports, found in dietary supplements in U.S. by Amy Norton - "But the FDA has limited resources, said Dr. Michael Carome, of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. "It's a constant game of cat-and-mouse," Carome said. "These companies will respond to the FDA letter, then maybe go back to what they were doing. Or just change their name. It's easy for them to escape enforcement."

JPMorgan opposes breakup proposal

4/7/2016
USA Today: JPMorgan opposes breakup proposal by Kaja Whitehouse - "All of them suffer from a too big to manage problems," Naylor said in an interview, citing the billions in fines banks have had to pay out in recent years for allegations of wrongdoing in trading and sales. "As an American, I am also worried about blowing up the world economy," Naylor said, referring to the risks of large banks' trading operations.

Rx for Outrageous Drug Prices: Heal Our Democracy

4/6/2016
Huffington Post: Rx for Outrageous Drug Prices: Heal Our Democracy by Robert Weissman -

White House To Financial Advisers: Put Savers' Interests First

4/6/2016
NPR: White House To Financial Advisers: Put Savers' Interests First by Chris Arnold and Marilyn Geewax - Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy expert for Public Citizen, a consumer advocate group, scoffed at such objections. "Wall Street has argued that the hidden fees and commissions are necessary to serve lower-income investors. In effect, they're saying, 'If we can't scam them a little, we'll ignore them altogether.' This deceptive mentality is exactly why a new rule is needed," Naylor said in a statement. 

FDA warns patients to avoid drugs from compounding pharmacy in Austin

4/6/2016
FDA warns patients to avoid drugs from compounding pharmacy in Austin by Austin American-Statesman - “The FDA’s inspections discovered that medications produced at I.V. Specialty are made under unsanitary conditions and without adherence to all necessary procedures,” said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “The State Board of Pharmacy urgently needs to take action to protect public health. Such potentially tainted medications must never be given to patients.” 

'Ruthless' Coal Baron Don Blankenship Gets Maximum Sentence for 2010 Blast

4/6/2016
Common Dreams: 'Ruthless' Coal Baron Don Blankenship Gets Maximum Sentence for 2010 Blast by Nadia Prupis - Blankenship's trial has been closely monitored by rights groups who see him as the face of corporate malice. Robert Weissman, president of the watchdog group Public Citizen, said Wednesday that the sentence—albeit light—was "the right thing to do." 

McDonnell Can't Use First Amendment Argument, Groups Say

4/6/2016
Del Ray Patch: McDonnell Can't Use First Amendment Argument, Groups Say by Mary Ann Barton - McDonnell argues, among other things, that the Supreme Court’s campaign finance decisions including Citizens United v. FEC bar an interpretation of the bribery laws that covers his conduct because they hold that it is not “corruption” when politicians merely provide “access” and favoritism for their supporters, Public Citizen points out. 

Double Crisis: Student Debt and Democracy

4/5/2016
Huffington Post: Double Crisis: Student Debt and Democracy by Robert Weissman -

Big Money Dominance: It Will Get Worse — Much Worse — Unless We Stop It

4/4/2016
Huffington Post: Big Money Dominance: It Will Get Worse — Much Worse — Unless We Stop It by Robert Weissman -

Lobbying for Philadelphia, and well paid for it

4/4/2016
Philly.com: Lobbying for Philadelphia, and well paid for it by Jonathan Tamari and Claudia Vargas - Cities across the country have long paid Washington lobbyists to add muscle and expertise as they scramble for public dollars, navigate a vast bureaucracy, or seek to influence complex legislation, said Craig Holman, of Public Citizen, a Washington-based watchdog group. 

Texas lawmaker profits off public financing work

4/3/2016
Associated Press: Texas lawmaker profits off public financing work - Tom Smith, Texas director of the good-government advocacy group Public Citizen, lauded Ellis' efforts on ethics reform, but also questioned his private employment. "There's the good Rodney and the bad Rodney," Smith said. "The good Rodney knows what needs to be done, but he also has made a lot of money off of connections, knowing who to talk to, and selling bonds."

Some question Paulsen's free trips paid for by outside groups

4/3/2016
Star Tribune: Some question Paulsen's free trips paid for by outside groups by Allison Sherry -  “As long as these groups have business before Congress, they are using these junkets as peddling influence,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, a consumer rights watchdog group. “Once you get them out of D.C. … you can lavish them with all kinds of gifts, luxurious accommodations, great meals, entertainment, and it becomes a very effective means for special interests to endear the members of Congress to their cause.”

McCain cuts off questions about Saudi donation

4/2/2016
KPNX News 12: McCain cuts off questions about Saudi donation by Brahm Resnik - "The institute carries John McCain's name, it advertises itself as pursuing the policy objectives of John McCain, John McCain will do fundraising events, John McCain will do speeches at the institute," said Craig Holman, an expert on government ethics with Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

New drug regulator confronts major challenges

4/2/2016
Modern Healthcare: New drug regulator confronts major challenges by Stephen Ross Johnson - “The attitudes he's formed will lead him to make decisions that weigh in favor of industry instead of public health,” charged Dr. Michael Carome, director of the Health Research Group for the advocacy organization Public Citizen.

Labor rules prompt lawsuit

4/2/2016
Arkansas.com: Labor rules prompt lawsuit by Frank Lockwood - Craig Holman, an official with Public Citizen, said the disclosure rule is similar to the disclosure requirement on campaign donations and on lobbyist activities. "It just provides workers with more information on how to judge the merits of the messages they're receiving. ... It's a reasonable disclosure step," Holman said.

Miller's office withheld emails about 'Jesus Shot' trip

4/1/2016
Houston Chronicle: Miller's office withheld emails about 'Jesus Shot' trip by Brian Rosenthal - Government watchdog Tom "Smitty" Smith, the longtime director of Public Citizen Texas, said it is common for politicians trying to hide information to not fully disclose records and then, if caught, claim it was an accident. Smith called for a separate investigation into the violations of the Texas Public Information Act. "There should be discipline for someone," Smith said. "We don't yet know who."