Public Citizen

Corporations have their lobbyists in Washington, D.C. The people need advocates too.

Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Since our founding in 1971, we have delved into an array of areas, but our work on each issue shares an overarching goal: To ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.

For four decades, we have proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts. We have successfully challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries, and many others. We are leading the charge against undemocratic trade agreements that advance the interests of mega-corporations at the expense of citizens worldwide.

As the federal government wrestles with critical issues – fallout from the global economic crisis, health care reform, climate change and so much more – Public Citizen is needed now more than ever. We are the countervailing force to corporate power. We fight on behalf of all Americans – to make sure your government works for you.

We have five policy groups: our Congress Watch division, the Energy Program, Global Trade Watch, the Health Research Group and our Litigation Group. Learn more about them here.

Public Citizen is a nonprofit organization that does not participate in partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office. We accept no government or corporate money – we rely solely on foundation grants, publication sales and assistance from our 400,000 members and supporters. Please support our valuable work.

Public Citizen has two offices in Washington, D.C., and one in Austin, Texas. Explore the rest of this section of our website to learn more about our accomplishments, review career opportunities, and download annual reports.

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One year since Citizens United v. FEC
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The Midmorning Refill: Nancy Pelosi says health care law will be her crowning achievement
Today’s Flickr Photo If you read one thing today . . . Politico’s David Rogers sat down with outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and talked...

The Midmorning Refill: While middle-class feels the pain, Wall Street laughs all the way to the bank
Today’s Flickr photo   If you read one thing today . . . Economist Dean Baker in the Talking Points Memo builds the case for a financial...

Incoming GOP leaders are reaping benefits of power; corporate contributions flowing
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Democracy Now! discusses Public Citizen report on pharmaceutical industry fraud
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, joined Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez this morning to...

When it comes to cheating the government, Big Pharma tops the defense industry
Defense contractors,who may never live down their reputation of overcharging the government (remember the $640 toilet seats?), can now offer up...

The Midmorning Refill: House’s new banking chair says he’s there to ‘serve the banks’
Today’s Flickr photo If you read one thing today . . . This is a late entry but this gem from Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) might very well be the...

Department of Justice’s BP Lawsuit Is Good Step, But More Is Needed
The Department of Justice’s filing of a civil lawsuit today against BP for the deaths of 11 workers and the worst environmental disaster in U.S....

The Midmorning Refill: Implementing Obama’s health care law is no ‘slam dunk’
If you read one thing today A Virginia judge’s ruling against the Obama health care plan shows that the constitutional challenges to the law...

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