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September 29, 2006          
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"Corruption is corrosive to our democracy. How many more members must be behind bars for Congress to act?" -- Joan Claybrook

Activist Spotlight

In the spotlight -- activist Rebecca Faris
Activist/radio show host Rebecca Faris thinks we can "invent methods for boiling water that don't involve thousands of tons of radioactive waste."
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Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen

Congress is using a small dustpan in the hopes of sweeping corruption under the rug when what is needed is a steam cleaner for the whole room. Find out from Joan Claybrook what Public Citizen is doing about corruption in Washington and what you can do to help. Click here.

Did YOUR Candidates Sign?
Public Citizen and its allies have succeeded in obtaining more than 315 signatures from candidates across the country on the "Voters First Pledge."
Get an insider's look on how Public Citizen made it happen and find out if your candidates are in or if they are out.

Did your candidate take the pledge? Click here to find out.

Voters First Pledge
  • Make Elections Fair. Establish and enforce campaign spending limits by providing a set amount of public funding for all candidates who agree to take no private contributions.  
  • Restore Accountability. Pass and enforce meaningful new restrictions on gifts and travel from lobbyists and other powerful interests for members of Congress.
  • Protect Voters’ Right-To-Know. Require full disclosure on the Internet of all lobbyists’ contributions and any fundraising help members of Congress get from lobbyists.

Take Two: Recommended Actions

  • STOP SUSAN DUDLEY Alert Takes Number One Spot in Record Time. This issue didn't climb to the top -- it flew. In addition, your eagerness to share the alert with others was over the top in all the right ways. We found it posted in places as far flung as craigslist. Thank you activists. Keep writing and spread the word: Stop Susan Dudley -- the air we breathe depends on it. 
  • Protect Your Community: Demand SECURE storage for spent nuclear fuel. 

Outrage of the Week:
Dropping gas prices ARE political. Click here to hear our energy guru Tyson Slocum's outrage. Join Tyson at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Oct. 4 for a conference call about what you can expect for gas prices after Election Day. Sign up for the call.

Lax Oversight of Genetic Testing Poses Public Health Risk:  A Florida couple tested negative for the genetic mutation that causes Tay-Sachs, a fatal childhood disease. The couple learned that the test results were incorrect when their son began exhibiting symptoms of Tay-Sachs shortly after birth. He died eight years later. Go to the Press Room for details on Public Citizen's petition for better oversight.

DECISION DUE ANY DAY -- Public Citizen Sues FEMA on Behalf of Hurricane Katrina and Rita Survivors: Get details on the case.

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