Public Citizen

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Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971. Its mission is to "represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts."

It is a member of the Moving Ideas Network.[1]

Mission

Public Citizen says it works for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts, for alternative energy sources, for social and economic justice in trade policies, for strong health, safety and environmental protections, and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.

There are six divisions and one state office in Texas office. The six divisions are Auto Safety, Congress Watch, Energy Program, Global Trade Watch, Health Research Group, and Litigation Group.

Board of Directors

Members of the Public Citizen Foundation board:

Robert Fellmeth, Chair
Jim Bildner
Mark A. Chavez
Joan Claybrook
Liz Figueroa
Jim Hightower
Steve Skrovan
Sidney M. Wolfe, MD

Members of the Public Citizen, Inc.:

Jason B. Adkins, Chair
Joan Claybrook
David Halperin
Joy Howell
Adolph L. Reed, Jr.
John Richard
Sidney M. Wolfe, MD

Experts

  • Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen
  • David Arkush, director of the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen
  • Craig Holman, PhD, legislative representative for Public Citizen, serving as the organization’s Capitol Hill lobbyist on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance rules
  • Taylor Lincoln, research director of the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen
  • Angela Canterbury, Director of Advocacy for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen
  • Sidney M. Wolfe, MD, founder and director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group
  • Peter Lurie, MD, MPH, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen
  • Annette Ramirez de Arellano, DrPH, researcher at the Health Research Group at Public Citizen
  • Tyson Slocum, director of the Energy Program at Public Citizen
  • Lori M. Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division since 1995
  • Bill Holland, deputy director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division
  • Todd Tucker is the research director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division
  • Allison Zieve is the director for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen
  • Greg Beck is an attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen
  • Deepak Gupta is an attorney for Litigation Group at Public Citizen and directs the Group’s Consumer Justice Project
  • Michael Kirkpatrick is a senior attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen
  • Paul Alan Levy, senior attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen
  • Scott Nelson, senior attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen
  • Adina Rosenbaum, attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen and directs the Group’s Freedom of Information Clearinghouse.
  • Tom “Smitty” Smith, state director of Public Citizen’s Texas Office since 1985.[2]

DeLay case

Public Citizen was mentioned in the acknowledgments of the PublicAffairs Books-published book The Hammer: Tom Delay, God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress, by Louis DuBose and Jan Reid. The group was mentioned as having "provided a wealth of information" on the book's subject.[3]

Proteus Fund

Public Citizen is a grant recipient of the Proteus Fund.[4]

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