Current Actions

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    Tired Doctors Are Too Dangerous

    Take Action Against Potential 28-Hour Shifts for First-Year Residents

    Right now, in America, you could go to the hospital and be treated by a doctor-in-training who hasn’t slept in over 28 hours.

    And an organization called the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) — which sets rules for medical school graduates, a.k.a. “residents,” who are completing their training — could make this life-and-death problem even worse.

    Tell the head of the ACGME, Dr. Thomas J. Nasca, not to allow hospitals to force even the least experienced doctors-in-training — a first-year residents who are fresh out of medical school — to work such perilously long shifts.

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    Tell Miami-Dade Officials To Do Their Jobs And Demand 127 Thousand Petition Signatures Be Counted

    Mayor Carlos Gimenez and county commissioners have refused to order the supervisor of elections to begin counting the 127 thousand signatures collected for the Accountable Miami-Dade ballot initiative.

    Accountable Miami-Dade would increase accountability, limit the power of moneyed interests and give ordinary people a stronger voice in county policymaking.

    Not counting these signatures goes against the will of the people and violates county law.

    Take Action Now by Demanding 127 Thousand Petition Signatures Be Counted Immediately

    By taking action, you’ll send an email to Mayor Gimenez and the county commissioners who are refusing to move on this crucial signature count. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The White House has sent its “Statement of Administrative Action” to Congress, moving one step closer to a congressional vote on the TPP. This recent action shows that the administration really is serious about forcing a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress.

    But TPP backers will call for a vote only IF they think they have the “yes” votes to pass it. Make sure your member of Congress is a loud, proud “No!” on the TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Demand Congressional Action on Climate Disruption

    Sign Petition to Hold Climate Deniers Accountable

    Climate disruption is devastating parts of our country, yet 182 members of Congress still deny human-made climate disruption.

    This is an outrage.

    Add Your Name to Demand Climate Deniers Stop Pandering to Big Polluters

    We, the undersigned, call on congressional climate deniers to act on climate. Climate disruption is already devastating the United States. Unprecedented climate events are killing and displacing our citizens and causing billions in damages. In the face of grave warnings from the international scientific community and the destruction before your own eyes, it is criminal to continue blocking efforts to address the climate crisis. Act now.

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    Stop Immoral Price Gouging for Lifesaving EpiPen

    Millions of children and adults in the U.S. are at risk of fatal allergic reactions from common occurrences like getting stung by a bee or accidentally consuming peanuts.

    A pocket-sized medical device called an EpiPen can be a literal lifesaver for these folks.

    But Mylan — the multinational pharmaceutical company that makes the EpiPen — has been steadily jacking up the price.

    • In 2007, the wholesale price on an EpiPen in the U.S. was $57.
    • Today, just nine years later, it’s over $300.
    • Even though each EpiPen contains only a few dollars’ worth of medicine.
    • Even though a two-pack is just $85 in France.
    • And even though Mylan, which has a near monopoly in the U.S., has seen its profits from the EpiPen alone skyrocket to $1.2 billion a year.

    Now, many people who could actually die without an EpiPen can’t afford one!

    Tell Mylan CEO Heather Bresch to Immediately Reduce the Cost of This Life-and-Death Treatment that so Many People Depend On

    Stop price gouging the millions of people who need an EpiPen to save their lives if they have a severe allergic reaction.

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    Fight the EpiPen 400% Price Hike

    Sign the Petition to Demand that EpiPen Manufacturer Mylan Stop Abusing Its Monopoly and Lower the Price NOW

    The Big Pharma corporation that makes EpiPens — the lifesaving product severe allergy sufferers keep on hand to halt a life-threatening reaction — has hiked up the price by more than 400%.

    Meanwhile, profits from the device’s sales have skyrocketed to $1.2 billion.

    This appalling abuse of market power sacrifices the lives of patients who can’t afford the device to the manufacturer’s revolting greed.

    Sign the Petition to Mylan, Tell CEO Heather Bresch to Reverse Course and Lower Prices NOW

    We, the undersigned, demand that Mylan immediately reduce the price of EpiPens, the lifesaving product severe allergy sufferers keep on hand to halt life-threatening reactions. Not one life should be sacrificed for corporate greed.

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    Sign up to Attend the Public Hearing to Reform the Railroad Commission of Texas

    Demand that the Agency Put the People of Texas and the Environment First

    As part of the Sunset Advisory Commission review of the Railroad Commission of Texas, public input is being sought. One part of that is a public hearing to gather input from everyday Texans. We need your help to improve the Railroad Commission – which regulates oil, gas and coal companies, not railroads.

    The agency has a long record of allowing fossil fuel industries to pollute our air, land and water with little or no consequences. Public health has suffered and our natural resources have been destroyed.

    It’s time for change.

    What: Official Sunset Advisory Commission Public Hearing on the Railroad Commission of Texas
    When: Monday, August 22 at 9 a.m.
    Where: Texas Capitol, room E1.030 (1400 Congress Ave., Austin). We will provide breakfast tacos in the Members Lounge – room E2.1002 – and have that room reserved from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for people to wait in.

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing

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    Support Reforming the Railroad Commission to Put Public Health and the Environment before Fossil Fuel Interests

    The Agency is Up for Review by the Texas Legislature

    The Railroad Commission of Texas — which regulates the fossil fuel industries, not railroads — is failing the people of Texas. Serious reform is needed to focus the agency on protecting our communities instead of profits for oil, gas and coal companies.

    The Sunset Advisory Commission is working on its recommendations to the Texas Legislature on how to improve the Railroad Commission.

    Send Your Email to the Sunset Advisory Commission Now

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    Tell Miami-Dade Officials To Do Their Jobs And Demand 127 Thousand Petition Signatures Be Counted

    Mayor Carlos Gimenez and county commissioners have refused to order the supervisor of elections to begin counting the 127 thousand signatures collected for the Accountable Miami-Dade ballot initiative.

    Accountable Miami-Dade would increase accountability, limit the power of moneyed interests and give ordinary people a stronger voice in county policymaking.

    Not counting these signatures goes against the will of the people and violates county law.

    Take Action Now by Demanding 127 Thousand Petition Signatures Be Counted Immediately

    By taking action, you’ll send an email to Mayor Gimenez and the county commissioners who are refusing to move on this crucial signature count. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert and Teach-In

    Two Inspiring Events in Portland This Weekend

    This weekend has two amazing (free!) opportunities for folks in Portland to help show the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where:   Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Portland

    What:      “How to Beat the TPP” Teach-In and Training
    When:     Sunday, August 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Where:   First Unitarian Church, Eliot Center, 1226 SW Salmon St., Portland

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert and Teach-In

    Nationwide Tour Comes to Seattle This Friday

    This weekend has two amazing (free!) opportunities for folks in Seattle to help show the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      “How to Beat the TPP” Teach-In and Training
    When:     Friday, August 19, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Where:   Outside Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. S., Seattle

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Friday, August 19, 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Where:   Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. S., Seattle

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    Help Us End Too Big to Fail

    The biggest banks on Wall Street are even bigger than they were before the Great Recession.

    We can end Too Big to Fail by passing a new version of the Glass-Steagall law, which stopped the same banks that hold mortgages and cash paychecks from also engaging in risky investment banking.

    Send a Letter to Your Representatives in Congress Today.

    Please take a moment to add your own words to the email below. This greatly increases the chance that your email will make a difference.

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    Stop Intimidation of those Exposing Exxon Climate Deception

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said “The House is broken. We’re not solving problems. We’re adding to them.”

    It’s time for him to put turn his words into action and fix this problem that Lamar Smith and the House Science Committee has created.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Urging Paul Ryan to Stop Congressional Bullying Tactics

    We, the undersigned, call on you to tell the House Science Committee to retract their subpoenas. If you want the House to solve problems, here’s one place to start. It’s time for the House to stop shilling for Exxon.

    Lamar Smith and Exxon need to back off and let State AGs and nonprofits keep working for the answers we all deserve: When did Exxon know about climate change and what did the corporation do to hide it?

    The House Science Committee’s attempt to silence critics of Exxon is the clearest symbol yet of the committee's blatant corruption and dangerous ignorance. Paul Ryan, if you are seriously committed to fixing the “broken” House of Representatives, stop this sham defense of Exxon.

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    Attend the Public Hearing on Austin Energy Rates

    Demand Rates that are Fair and Environmentally Responsible

    Rate cases are all about financial planning, and financial planning is about setting priorities. Right now, it looks like meeting environmental goals isn’t a priority in Austin Energy’s proposal for new rates. There’s no financial plan for retiring Austin Energy’s portion of the coal-fired Fayette Power Project. Rates will increase for those who conserve energy. And those who use the most energy will get a rate decrease ― which reduces the incentive to reduce energy use.

    The Austin City Council needs to hear from the community that environmental goals ― like reducing energy use and shutting down the coal plant ― are important priorities that must be incorporated into the rate case.

    The public hearing on August 25 is a great time to do just that. We’ll be at City Hall at 3:00 p.m. to rally in support of fair rates that reflect Austin’s environmental priorities. Please join us for the rally and then the public hearing at 4:00 p.m.

    Read our blog post for more details.

    What: Austin City Council public hearing on Austin Energy rates
    When: Thursday, August 25 (rally at 3:00 p.m., public hearing at 4 p.m.) Please come even if you can’t be there at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
    Where: Austin City Hall (301 W 2nd St)

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing

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    Demand that the Treasury Department Stop Big Pharma’s Tax Dodging

    The pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences is weaseling out of paying its fair share of U.S. taxes by shifting billions in profits offshore to Ireland, a tax haven.

    But the U.S. Treasury Department can stop this by investigating Gilead’s questionable use of a tax loophole, and if it finds wrongdoing make the corporation pay the taxes owed to U.S. taxpayers.

    Sign the Petition to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew

    To: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew

    We urge the U.S. Treasury Department to act immediately to investigate Gilead for shifting billions of dollars in U.S. profits offshore in order to dodge taxes. If Treasury finds wrongdoing it should force Gilead to pay the nearly $10 billion in taxes it owes to American taxpayers.

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    Fight the Scourge of Money in Politics in Washington State

    Help Pass WAmend I-735 and Integrity Washington I-1464 — On the Ballot This November

    I-735 and I-1464 could change the way elections are funded, in Washington State and across the country.

    We need all hands on deck to ensure Washingtonians know to vote “Yes” on these two crucial reform initiatives when they head to the polls on Election Day.

    Add Your Name to Join the Effort to Get Out the Vote for WAmend I-735 and Integrity Washington I-1464

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    The Big Pharma Propaganda Blitz Is Coming

    Fight Pharma’s Lies by Signing the Pledge to Spread the Truth Against Drug Industry’s Takeover of the Airwaves

    Big Pharma is planning to inundate our country with propaganda.

    Before the ad blitz begins, we need to spread the TRUTH about Big Pharma — and WE NEED YOUR HELP.

    Sign the Pledge to Combat the Big Pharma Ad Blitz:

    I pledge to spread the truth about Big Pharma by talking to my friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about these facts:

    • Americans pay the highest drug prices – up to six times more than the rest of the world for brand name drugs.
    • Millions of patients split pills and skip medicines they need because they can’t afford them.
    • Meanwhile, Big Pharma’s multibillion-dollar profits are sky high – and on the rise.
    • And strong majorities of Democratic (83%) and Republican (75%) voters agree that action must be taken to bring drug prices under control.

    Against a populace that is armed with the facts, Big Pharma’s ad blitz will fail!

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    End the Rip-off Clause

    Big Banks, cell phone companies and other giant corporations are putting a predator in your paperwork. Fine print found in many contracts you sign with these companies ensures your dispute isn’t heard by judges in a court.

    Instead, the policy spelled out in this fine print — known as forced arbitration — means your legal complaint is decided by private individuals or companies, in secret and with no right to appeal.

    Submit an Individualized Comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Today to Take a Stand Against this Consumer Rip-Off

    Below is template language to build from, but we encourage you to add how forced arbitration affects you — in your bank accounts, credit cards, private student loans, cell phone contracts, and more!

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    Tell the FDA:

    "THANK YOU for standing up to AstraZeneca! Keep up the fight, and don’t be fooled by Big Pharma’s schemes."

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    Learn How to Host a “No TPP” House Party

    Join the Call to Learn More

    There will be two separate informational calls to accommodate different schedules. Please join the call that works best for you.

    • Call Option #1: Monday, August 8, at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific)
    • Call Option #2: Tuesday, August 9, at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific)

    (If you can’t make either of the call times but are still interested in hosting a “No TPP” House Party, please email Rose at respinola@citizen.org.)

    Sign Up For a Call Below to Receive Dial-In Information and Reminders

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Leaflet

    Click the link below to get the Leaflet:

    TPP Leaflet (PDF)

    Image of TPP Leaflet

    Print in color and double-sided for best results. The leaflet fits on regular-sized paper and is designed to be folded into thirds.

    Optional: Use the form below to let us know how you'll use the Leaflet.

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    Don’t Let Texas Be the Storage Site for the Nation’s Radioactive Waste

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy is Seeking Public Comment

    Texas is being considered as one of two possible locations for storage of cancer causing high-level radioactive waste, posing a serious threat to public health and safety. Thousands of shipments caring this hazardous waste would pass through Texas communities, putting them at risk of radioactive contamination if an accident should occur. Then the hazardous waste would be stored at a site that could cause the contamination of the country’s largest aquifer.

    This plan is risky and unnecessary. Until a permanent disposal location has been established, nuclear waste should be kept secure at the facilities where it is produced, not shipped around the country, putting thousands of communities at risk.

    Send an Email to the Department of Energy

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    A Spotlight on the Presidential Transition: A Public Citizen Event

    Keynote

    Ambassador (ret.) Norman L. Eisen
    Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
    Former Obama Administration Ethics Czar

    Presentation

    “Monitoring the transition team efforts of the presidential nominees.”
    Taylor Lincoln, Research Director, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch

    Panel Discussion

    Moderated by Lisa Gilbert, Director, Congress Watch Division of Public Citizen

    • Heath Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, New York, N.Y.
    • David Eagles, Director, Center for Presidential Transition, Partnership for Public Service
    • Sean Moulton, Open Government Project Manager, Project on Government Oversight
    • Kevin R. Kosar, Senior Fellow and Governance Project Director, R Street Institute

    When

    September 7, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

    Where

    National Press Club directions

    I Would Like to RSVP for the Event

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    Getting Consent for Nuclear Waste Dumps

    Add Your Name to Urge the Department of Energy to Adopt the 10 Criteria for Community Consent

    The deadline for input is July 31.

    Your comment will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy and will become part of the public record.

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    Help Fight Karl Rove’s “Dark Money” in Court

    We’re in court THIS Tuesday, where we'll be fighting to help preserve our democracy.

    This could be a tipping point in our movement to ultimately overturn Citizens United!

    Sign the Petition to the Federal Election Comission

    We, the undersigned, call on the Federal Election Commission to crack down on shadowy political operations — like Karl Rove’s notorious Crossroads GPS — that are exploiting Citizens United to all but take over our democracy.

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    Attend the Town Hall on Improving the Railroad Commission

    Put Communities First — Regulate Fracking

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed safety regulations for chemical facilities. Unfortunately, the proposed rules are weak and won’t do nearly enough to protect the 110 million Americans living in the danger zone surrounding chemical facilities.

    Serious reform is needed at the Railroad Commission of Texas (with regulates the fossil fuel industries, not railroads) to make protecting our communities the top priority for the agency. Polluted air and water shouldn’t be treated as acceptable byproducts of oil and gas extraction. Families shouldn’t have to move to escape health problems caused by fracking. The industry must be held to a higher standard.

    Texas lawmakers will be at our town hall meeting to hear from people just like you. Do you have a story about how fracking or other oil or gas activities harmed you or your family or someone you know? Have you seen the environmental harm from these activities? Even if you haven’t been directly impacted, but are concerned about the lack of regulation, this is the time to speak up. This review, called a sunset review, is held only once per decade.

    What: Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Improving the Railroad Commission (sponsored by Public Citizen, Sierra Club and Earthworks)
    Where:
    Grapevine Convention Center (1209 South Main St., Grapevine)
    When: August 2. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. and the town hall starts at 7 p.m.

    Sign Up to Attend the Town Hall

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    End the Rip-off Clause at For-Profit Schools

    For-profit colleges are using “rip-off clauses” in their contracts with students. Known as forced arbitration, this policy prevents students from filing suits against the schools in court. Instead, their complaints must heard by someone chosen by the corporation. And as you might imagine, those people are likely to be biased.

    The U.S. Department of Education is considering banning this predatory practice for schools that are in the Direct Loan program.

    Make a Difference by Signing on to the Comment We’re Sending to the Department of Education

    I am writing to urge the U.S. Department of Education to improve its proposed rule to restrict predatory colleges and trade schools that participate in the federal Direct Loan program from using forced arbitration clauses and other predatory contract terms, such as bans on class-action claims, to bar their students from pursuing claims for illegal conduct.

    In the field of education, forced arbitration clauses are used almost exclusively by for-profit colleges to require students to give up their legal right to sue to resolve a dispute with the schools. Instead, students are required to bring any claims in a private system of arbitration, a secretive forum without a judge, a jury, or meaningful court review. Forced arbitration clauses — and other school contract provisions that block the courthouse doors — harm students and taxpayers by allowing schools to hide fraud and other wrongdoing from the public.

    I urge the Department to adopt a stronger rule than it has proposed to rein in forced arbitration clauses and other harmful contract terms. The proposed rule still allows schools to use forced arbitration agreements, so long as the agreements are not technically required to enroll. Predatory schools will undoubtedly exploit this opening and coerce students into signing “voluntary” arbitration agreements when they enroll or condition other student benefits on the agreements, leaving some students no better off. Additionally, the proposed rule may not cover significant claims that students have against their schools, such as claims based on unfair trade practices and discrimination claims. The proposal also fails to cover all students who attend schools that participate in the Direct Loan program. The department can and should adopt a more forceful approach that addresses these shortcomings.

    The department has done the right thing by tackling the issue of forced arbitration and other practices that block access to justice, but to protect students and taxpayers, a rule with stronger teeth is needed.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Add Your Name

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert and Teach-In

    Two Inspiring Events in Denver This Weekend

    This weekend has two amazing (free!) opportunities for folks in Denver to help show the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Saturday, July 23, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Where:   Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, Colo.

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Teach-In
    When:     Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Where:   Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, Colo.

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    Sign our Happy Birthday card to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s flagship creation was founded five years ago.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its director, Richard Cordray, have been working overtime ever since to protect Main Street consumers.

    Here are just a few of its achievements, thanks to activists like you:

    • Returned $11.7 billion to 27 million Americans who were ripped off by corporations.
    • Responded to nearly one million consumer complaints about the financial services sector.
    • Rolled out new rules to restore consumers’ right to join together against abusive corporate tactics and rein in predatory payday lenders.

    Sign our Happy Birthday card below to share your thoughts!

    Happy Birthday! On behalf of Americans everywhere, I'm writing to congratulate you on five years of a job well done. Predatory lenders have been protected for too long and it’s time the government stood up to protect those on Main Street. Here’s to many more years of considering the well being of consumers.

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    Ask the Environmental Protection Agency to Strengthen Chemical Plant Safety Rules

    Our Communities Deserve to Be Safe

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed safety regulations for chemical facilities. Unfortunately, the proposed rules are weak and won’t do nearly enough to protect the 110 million Americans living in the danger zone surrounding chemical facilities.

    Many dangerous industries would be excluded under the EPA’s proposed rules. Others would be required to study safer alternatives, but wouldn’t be required to actually implement them. And companies wouldn’t be required to share the results of their safety research with the EPA, so the public would still be left in the dark — hoping that they won’t be the next victims of a toxic chemical accident.

    Public Citizen and a coalition of our partner organizations have written detailed suggestions for how to make the regulations stronger. We will submit those comments to the EPA this Friday. Will you sign on to ask for regulations that make public safety a priority?

    Add Your Name to the Letter Below

    Subject: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, EPA Docket No. EPA-HQ-OEM-2015-0725

    Dear Director McCarthy:

    The EPA must increase protections against catastrophic releases of hazardous chemicals by requiring facilities using those chemicals to study the use of safer technologies. The EPA should go further than its proposed rule by requiring all facilities that are possible sources of such disasters to study safer technologies, not just facilities in a handful of industries.

    And the EPA should actually require companies to use feasible safer technologies that they identify in the required studies. Studying safer technologies will only benefit the public if companies have to use those technologies when they can.

    The EPA should also make sure that the public knows about the hazards posed by facilities near them and about the efforts those facilities have made, or not made, to reduce the risk. And companies should be required to conduct disaster drills on a frequent basis, and should be required to implement any new rules the EPA issues as soon as possible, not years in the future.

    Your proposed rule needs to be tougher and better!

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    Support the Demand Democracy Reform Package

    Demand Democracy is a package of bold, comprehensive reforms to take Albany back from the special interests drowning out our voices.

    It is a necessary fix to a problem that needs fixing NOW.

    Add Your Name in Support of the Demand Democracy Package to Fight Big Money in Albany

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    Add Your Name to Support Accountable Miami-Dade

    Corruption plagues Miami-Dade politics, with special interests dominating election spending and drowning out the voices of the people.

    Increasing accountability, limiting the power of big-money interests and giving ordinary people a stronger voice in local government, Accountable Miami-Dade is a necessary solution to a problem that needs fixing now.

    Add Your Name to Support the Accountable Miami-Dade Initiative Today

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    Stop Nuclear Bailout in New York

    Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $8 billion of your money bailing out the nuclear industry.

    Email a comment today to the New York Public Service Commission to reject the bailout.

    Your comment will be submitted to the New York Public Service Commission and will become part of the public record.

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    Join Us at the Rally Against the TPP

    Thursday, July 21, in San Francisco

    RSVP for the rally to urge Rep. Pelosi to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      Rally Against the TPP
    When:     Thursday, July 21, at 11 a.m.
    Where:   Outside Rep. Pelosi’s office, 90 7th Street, San Francisco

    Sign Up Below So We Know How Big the Rally Will Be

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Fact Sheet

    Click the link below to get the Fact Sheet:

    TPP Fact Sheet (PDF)

    Optional: Use the form below to let us know how you'll use the Fact Sheet.

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    Make Your Voice Heard

    Sign the Petition

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    Help Prevent the Next Wall Street Meltdown

    Urge Your Member of Congress to Support the “Putting Main Street FIRST” Bill

    Although much of the excessive risk on Wall Street is derived from high-volume, short-term speculative trading, which helped cause the 2008 Wall Street collapse and the trillion-dollar 2010 “flash crash,” these practices are still common on today’s trading floors. U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio’s bill will levy a .03 percent tax on most financial trades.

    This tax, which will cost 3 cents for every $100 spent, will discourage risky trading behaviors that put everyday Americans’ investments on the line. It also is expected to collect more than $417 billion in revenue in the next decade for our communities.

    Ask Your Representative to Co-sponsor this Critical Bill

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    Make Your Voice Heard

    Sign the Petition to Medicare

    Doctors aren’t drug salespeople. Fix the flaw in Medicare Part B reimbursement and take away doctors’ incentive to prescribe the priciest drugs. The number one consideration for which drug to prescribe should be what’s most effective for patients, PERIOD.

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    Tell Congress: Serve the People, NOT Big Pharma

    Big Pharma has dumped millions of dollars toward re-electing lawmakers who have sided against reforms that could cut into Big Pharma's profits.

    Our elected officials should be standing up for patients and the public, not protecting drug industry profits.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Collect Petition Signatures for a Constitutional Amendment

    Pledge to Champion Democracy This Summer

    The big money unleashed into our politics by Citizens United is an issue that transcends any one election. We need to ensure that all who care about overturning that flawed Supreme Court ruling remain plugged into the ever-growing movement after Election Day.

    You can help make that happen by gathering petition signatures at summer events and sending us the sheets so we can engage even more people in this campaign we are building together.

    Sign Up Below to Pledge to Gather Signatures in Your Community


    Just pledge, print the petition form in the link below and get to gathering.

    Petition form to gather signatures (PDF)

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    Take a Stand Against the Big Business Domination of District Elections

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited outside money to pour into our elections, D.C. politics have been distorted by Big Business and wealthy individuals seeking to buy influence.

    So far in this election cycle, 40 percent of campaign contributions came from special interests in the real estate and construction sectors alone.

    To level the playing field, we need a small donor matching system so that the crux of campaign contributions can come from residents throughout the District, not just a handful of Big Business mega-donors.

    Add Your Name to Support D.C. Fair Elections (B21-0509) — Legislation to Stop the Big Business Seizure of District Elections and Reclaim a Local Government that Works For All of Us

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    Tell the SEC: Disclosure is Critical

    Public Companies Should be Honest with Shareholders

    The SEC conducted a two-year study to determine if companies are being honest with their investors. Disclosure is the only way to ensure sneaky backroom deals aren’t setting the tone for pay-to-play politics, the economy and environment.

    It’s time for corporations to be honest with their shareholders and the American people.

    Send a Message to the Securities and Exchange Commission

    Note: Your comment and any other information you provide below will be displayed publicly on the SEC’s website or on www.regulations.gov.

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    Tell Congress: Serve the People, NOT Big Pharma

    Big Pharma has dumped millions of dollars toward re-electing lawmakers who have sided against reforms that could cut into Big Pharma's profits.

    Our elected officials should be standing up for patients and the public, not protecting drug industry profits.

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    Democracy is not for sale! Don't oppose reforms because of Big Pharma's campaign cash.

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    Keep Up the Fight Against Exelon

    Urge D.C. Government to Challenge PSC Decision in Court

    The District’s attorney general and consumer advocate have the authority to challenge the PSC’s flawed decision on the takeover of Pepco by Exelon.

    Email Attorney General Karl Racine and People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye to Challenge the Takeover

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    Sign the Petition: National Parks Should Not be Billboards for Corporate Advertising

    America’s National Parks are among our greatest national treasures, open for everyone to explore, enjoy, and learn from the natural world void of commercial intrusions.

    That could now change. A new policy proposed by the National Park Service directs parks to actively seek donations from corporate vendors, liberalizes rules on “donor recognition,” drops the current policy that parks must be free of commercialism, and lifts various restrictions on naming rights in parks.

    The National Park Service’s plan to sell naming rights and advertising space within America’s parks would dishonor and degrade these national treasures now and for future generations.

    How long before our beautiful mountain vistas are tarnished by the logos of Coca-Cola, General Electric, McDonald’s and Budweiser? This plan could also lead to corporate interests having undue influence on how our parks are managed and enjoyed.

    Why can’t we savor the breathtaking splendor of Acadia or Yosemite without being assaulted by advertising?

    This centennial year of the National Park Service is the time to celebrate the splendor of our national parks, not deface them with corporate logos.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below

    We, the undersigned, call on the National Park Service to abandon plans to permit corporate sponsorships, naming rights, and branding in our parks. We ask you to respect our national parks and the legacy of the generations that built them.

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    What Do You Think About Trump?

    Donald Trump is a presidential nominee of a major American political party unlike anything our country has ever witnessed.

    As we carry out our work, we want to hear from YOU:

    What should be done about Trumpism?

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    Help Organize a Rally With Your Senator to Raise the Profile of the “We the People Act”

    Senate Democrats just unveiled a package of reforms to fight big money in politics. And they want to join forces with people like you to rally around the package while they are home for the congressional recess in August.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and build a relationship with your U.S. Senator, while helping build up and out a robust democracy movement in your area.

    Sign Up Now to Help Plan a Local “We the People Act” Rally During the Upcoming Congressional Recess

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    Sign the Petition: The Democratic Platform Must Reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Add Your Name to Demand that the Democratic Party Platform Include Unequivocal Opposition to the TPP

    Across the country, people of all political persuasions are rejecting failed corporate trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I urge the Democratic Platform Committee to fight back against corporate interests and include a statement of unequivocal opposition to the TPP in the platform and urge Congress to not hold a lame-duck TPP vote.

    Add Your Name

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    Petition for Federal Investigation of Exxon’s Climate Science Cover-Up

    As far back as 1977, Exxon’s own research proved that the burning of fossil fuels was causing global warming.

    Exxon has raked in hundreds of billions while knowingly contributing to potentially cataclysmic climate disruption.

    The cost to people’s lives — and to our planet’s very capacity to sustain us — is simply incalculable.

    Add Your Name to Demand a U.S. Department of Justice Investigation into Exxon’s Climate Deception

    Recent reports have shown that Exxon knew about the threat of climate change decades ago. Yet over the course of nearly forty years, the company has contributed millions of dollars to think tanks and politicians that have done their best to spread doubt and misinformation — first on the existence of climate change, then the extent of the problem, and now its cause. If Exxon intentionally misled the public about climate change and fossil fuels, then they should be held accountable. We’re calling for an immediate investigation.

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    Tell the Securities and Exchange Commission to Hold Wall Street Accountable for Its Bad Deals

    Bankers Should Not Be Rewarded for Putting the American Economy at Risk

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act includes a rule to rein in reckless bankers.

    But after five years, the rule STILL hasn’t been finalized and isn’t strong enough.

    Sign the Petition

    We need a strong rule so that Wall Street bankers are not rewarded for putting the economy at risk.

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    The Climate Reality Check Call

    This Month: Title of Call
    Date/Time:
    Call in number/code:

    Add Your Name to RSVP for the Call

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    Make Your Voice Heard

    Sign the Petition to Medicare

    Doctors aren’t drug salespeople. Fix the flaw in Medicare Part B reimbursement and take away doctors’ incentive to prescribe the priciest drugs. The number one consideration for which drug to prescribe should be what’s most effective for patients, PERIOD.

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    Add Your Name to Support Making Arizona Elections Cleaner and More Democratic

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its secret money backers like Arizona Public Service (APS) currently dominate elections in the Grand Canyon State.

    But The Clean and Accountable Elections Act would put the people back in charge of Arizona elections — increasing disclosure of secret money and reducing the power of wealthy special interests, lobbyists, and government contractors.

    Add Your Name to Support The Clean and Accountable Elections Act Today

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    RSVP for the #NoSecretMoney Twitter Town Hall with Shailene Woodley

    As President Obama nears the end of his presidency, actress Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Secret Life of the American Teenager), activists, supporters and allies will discuss the one concrete action he can take to address the big money unleashed by Citizens United — a #NoSecretMoney executive order — in a Twitter town hall.

    On Wednesday, June 29 at 2pm EST, join us for a conversation about an executive order that would require 70% of Fortune 100 companies to disclose their political spending. Sign up below to RSVP and Public Citizen will send you a reminder the morning of the town hall.

    Join Actress and Activist Shailene Woodley for a Conversation about the #NoSecretMoney Executive Order

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    Tell Congress We Need Real Solutions to Corporate Influence Over Our Government

    Add Your Name in Support of the “We The People Act”

    The “We The People Act” will help improve our democracy by doing the following:

    • Making government more accountable through campaign disclosure and transparency.
    • Strengthening lobbying laws to limit special interest influence in Congress.
    • Closing the revolving door between Wall Street and agencies that regulate it.
    • Amending the constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling.

    I support the “We The People Act” to Reform Our Government and Ensure it Works for All Americans, not Just Special Interests

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    Tell Regulators to Hold Wall Street Accountable for Its Bad Deals

    Bankers Should Not Be Rewarded for Putting the American Economy at Risk

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act includes a rule to rein in reckless bankers.

    But after five years, the rule STILL hasn’t been finalized and isn’t strong enough.

    Send a Message to Regulators at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Research Board of Governors Request for Comments, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, National Credit Union Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission

    Wall Street should be attracting bankers that do the right thing for the American economy. But instead, the chance for a fat bonus on dangerous trading attracts gamblers looking for quick riches.

    While this rulemaking is a step in the right direction, two provisions were notably left out that would have ensured bankers are held personally accountable for their deals:

    1. Senior banker incentive pay should be deferred for four years, so that it is not paid pro-rata.

    2. A portion of delayed incentive pay should be in a no-fault pool for fines on the bank, so that shareholders aren’t forced to incur the fine for their bank’s risks. This portion should consist of bail-in bonds, or Total Loss Absorbing Capacity bonds.

    It’s time to stop the unchecked greed at the Big Banks that caused the Great Recession.

    Your message will be submitted for public comment to each regulatory agency. It may be posted publicly on the agencies' websites.

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    Denton Council Poised to Approve New Pollution Sources in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

    Ask the City Council to Choose Clean Energy Instead of Natural Gas

    The Denton City Council is poised to approve the construction of 12 natural gas-fired power generators that would contribute more air pollution to the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area.

    Several of these generators would be placed near the Denton airport. The air monitor at the airport consistently shows this to be the site of the worst air quality in the region. Adding more air pollution to that area will make it even more difficult for the DFW area to comply with air quality standards — which are set to protect public health.

    Denton has other clean and affordable options to meet its energy needs. The City Council needs to know that not only Denton residents oppose its plan, but so do other DFW area residents. Air pollution doesn’t stop at city lines.

    Email the Denton City Council

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    Action to Reverse Exelon’s Takeover of Pepco

    When: As early as next week*

    Where: D.C. Public Service Commission, 1325 G Street, Suite 800

    *We will have two days’ notice before the PSC makes its decision on the merger. Once we find out, we will email you the date, time and location of our rapid response action.

    Add Your Name to Join Our Rapid Response Team

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    Join Us As We Announce the Constitutional Amendment Victory in New York

    Celebrate New York Becoming the 17th State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    Due to your relentless work, the Empire State is now the 17th state — and the first state legislature with Republican control in either House — to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Tomorrow, we are joining together for a press event where a bipartisan group of legislators will announce the victory alongside advocates like you who have played an instrumental role in getting us here.

    When: Wednesday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Where: State Capitol Building War Room, Albany, New York

    A strategy meeting to discuss next steps for the local democracy movement in New York will be held immediately following the press event in the basement of SEIU 1190 (115 Washington Street). The meeting will last until 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

    Carpools are being organized from throughout the state. Get in touch with us at amendment@citizen.org to get details about carpools near you.

    Add Your Name to RSVP for the Press Event

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    Tell President Obama: Don’t Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics,” said President Barack Obama during his final State of the Union address.

    The time for words is over. Now it’s time for action.

    Sign the Petition to Tell President Obama that You Expect Him to Stand Up to the Secret Corporate Cash Corrupting our Elections

    I support executive action against the corporate corruption of our democracy.

    We the People have a right to know whether corporations that contract with the government — which are being paid by our tax dollars — are secretly spending untold sums to help elect and re-elect the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Please Mr. President, sign an executive order to bring government contractor political spending into the light.

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    Next Step: Join the Final National Call In Day to the White House and Urge President Obama to Issue a #NoSecretMoney Executive Order

    Don't Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    Together, we’ve gathered over a million signatures, held dozens of rallies across the country and drawn widespread media attention to what the executive order would mean for our democracy and for Obama’s legacy.

    And today, a national democracy coalition is holding a press event outside of the White House as citizens across the country — that’s you — flood President Obama’s staff with calls demanding action.

    Today is about pushing this fight to the finish. And we need you to give it all you’ve got.

    1. Dial 1-888-848-4824 to reach the White House switchboard. (You may briefly be put on hold or directed to another line. Please be patient!)

    2. When you are connected with a volunteer operator, introduce yourself and then use this short script:

    “I am calling to urge President Obama to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Citizens United happened under the president’s watch, and time is running out for him to address the flood of secret spending the disastrous decision unleashed.”

    3. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Petition: No Lame-Duck Vote on TPP

    Add Your Name to Urge Leader Pelosi Not to Hold a TPP Vote in the Lame-Duck Session of Congress

    Proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are now saying that the pact should be voted on during the post-election, “lame-duck” session of Congress — that unique moment in the political calendar when representatives who have retired or been voted out of office still hold their seats for a short period of time and political accountability to constituents is at its absolute lowest.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has enormous influence on whether Democrats in the House of Representatives band together to ensure there are not enough votes to attempt a lame-duck TPP vote — but she has been surprisingly quiet on this issue so far.

    Petition to Leader Pelosi

    Dear Leader Pelosi,

    The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement should not be voted on during the “lame-duck” session of Congress after the election — that unique moment in the political calendar when representatives who have retired or been voted out of office still hold their seats for a short time, and political accountability to constituents is at its lowest.

    The TPP presents an unprecedented threat to many of the goals we share and for which we appreciate your leadership: good jobs, higher wages, strong climate policies, a livable environment, affordable medicines, safe food and human rights.

    We cannot allow the TPP’s incentives for job offshoring, lack of disciplines against currency cheating and weak rules of origin destroy more American jobs. It is heartbreaking that the administration has signed a TPP that rolls back the reforms to trade-pact environmental and medicine patent rules that you forced into George W. Bush’s last trade deals. It is alarming that the TPP would expand the scope of the notorious investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) regime by adding new rights for foreign firms to challenge our domestic laws and empowering an additional 9,200 foreign firms to attack our laws in extra-judicial arbitration tribunals. That this pact includes Brunei, which recently implemented sharia-based laws for the stoning-to-death of gays and unwed mothers, and Malaysia, which is among the worst nations for human trafficking, is intolerable.

    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both announced opposition to a lame-duck vote on the TPP, which they have denounced as dangerous to our economy, public health and the environment. Please join them in voicing your opposition to a lame-duck TPP vote as well.

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    Call the Key Councilmembers Blocking Progress on Fair Elections in D.C.

    Please take a moment to urge Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, LaRuby May and Vincent Orange to support the Citizens Fair Election Act — legislation to rein in the outside money that’s corrupting local elections.

    Councilmember Anita Bonds: (202) 724-8064

    Councilmember Jack Evans: (202) 724-8058

    Councilmember LaRuby May: (202) 724-8045

    Councilmember Vincent Orange: (202) 724-8174

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • I am calling because I am disappointed that [Councilmember ___] opposes the very popular Citizens Fair Election Act, and encourage [him/her] to get on board with people-centered elections today.
    • Small donor empowerment programs have seen great success from New York City to Santa Fe in making everyday people the focus of elections, not just big check writers and outside special interests.
    • A City Paper poll showed that 80% of District residents support public financing of elections, and over 60 local organizations are advocating for the D.C. Fair Elections system, from D.C. Working Families and D.C. Sierra Club to D.C. Fair Budget Coalition and beyond.
    • I urge [Councilmember ___] to change [his/her] position on the Citizens Fair Election Act and help advance a system that will build power for D.C. residents.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Tell Congress: Pass a CLEAN Budget!

    We Need a Clean Budget — Without Ideological Policy Riders for Corporations and Special Interests

    Every time must-pass bills like the budget to fund our government come around, lawmakers and their corporate lobbyists try to sneak in unrelated poison pill policy riders to help out Big Business.

    Conservative lawmakers are working to suffocate entire agencies that regulate Wall Street and prohibit rules that would get money out of politics, protect consumers and hold corporations accountable.

    Send Your Message to the Appropriations Committee Today

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    Tell Governor Brown: Sign SB 10

    Send a message to that health care is a right — regardless of citizenship status

    Governor Jerry Brown has a bill on his desk that could expand health coverage for thousands of Californians. And he needs to sign it.

    SB 10 would allow undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to buy health insurance policies through the Covered California health care marketplace.

    SB 10 would not make adult non-citizens eligible for tax credits or subsidies under the Affordable Care Act – though many of these immigrants are part of mixed-status families whose members are eligible for financial assistance.

    Last year, California expanded Medicaid coverage to financially needy youth, regardless of their citizenship status. And SB 10 would allow mixed-citizenship families of all ages to shop and apply for health care together through the Covered California health insurance marketplace.

    Tell Governor Brown to Pass SB 10

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    Stop Massive Handouts to Big Coal, Protect Our Public Land

    Our outdated federal coal program costs taxpayers more than $1 billion every year AND is utterly out of line with our nation’s climate action commitments.

    Submit Public Comments to Overhaul Federal Coal Program

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    Add Your Name to Support Bringing Integrity Back to Washington State Politics

    Help Get Integrity Washington (I-1464) on the November Ballot Alongside WAmend (I-735)

    Washington state has a D+ rating in government accountability, transparency and systems in place to combat political corruption.

    But two ballot measures — WAmend I-735 and Integrity Washington I-1464 — would clean up our politics and put the Evergreen State at the forefront of the movement for free and fair elections.

    Add Your Name to Support Getting Integrity Washington on the Ballot Alongside WAmend and Making Washington State a Leader in Democratic Reform

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    Email Your Senators: Demand a Hearing on the Revolving Door

    This week, Public Citizen activists from across the country are meeting with their lawmakers to demand the end of the revolving door that incentivizes bankers to take rulemaking roles in government.

    When Big Bank executives leave their positions to take high-level jobs in government agencies that regulate the banks, their Wall Street bosses can hand them a hefty bonus on their way out. And when they’re done stacking the deck in favor of their former employers, they can head back to Wall Street to cash in again.

    We must remind our lawmakers that bankers who caused the last financial crisis should not be charged with protecting us from the next.

    The Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act would give Americans peace of mind that our banking regulators represent the public, not their former bosses on Wall Street.

    Email Your Senators to Demand a Hearing on the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act

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    Help Make Fair Elections a Reality in the District

    Tell Councilmembers Bonds, Evans, May and Orange to Stand Behind — Not Oppose — Legislation to Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District Elections

    The Citizens Fair Election Act would encourage candidates to rely on smaller contributions from everyday residents, instead of big checks from corporations and wealthy donors. Such systems empower and increase participation amongst lower and middle class people, and people of color, ultimately changing who our elected officials are accountable to.

    These four key councilmembers are standing in the way of the bill’s passage. And they need to hear from you.

    Please take a minute to send an email to Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, LaRuby May and Vincent Orange demanding their support of fair elections legislation in the District of Columbia.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Thank You for Emailing the Key Councilmembers Blocking Progress on Fair Elections in D.C.

    Now Amplify Your Voice

    Please take a moment to call Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, LaRuby May and Vincent Orange and urge them to change their positions on the Citizens Fair Election Act today.

    Councilmember Anita Bonds: (202) 724-8064

    Councilmember Jack Evans: (202) 724-8058

    Councilmember LaRuby May: (202) 724-8045

    Councilmember Vincent Orange: (202) 724-8174

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • I am calling because I am disappointed that [Councilmember ___] opposes the very popular Citizens Fair Election Act, and encourage [him/her] to get on board with people-centered elections today.
    • Small donor empowerment programs have seen great success from New York City to Santa Fe in making everyday people the focus of elections, not just big check writers and outside special interests.
    • A City Paper poll showed that 80% of District residents support public financing of elections, and over 60 local organizations are advocating for the D.C. Fair Elections system, from D.C. Working Families and D.C. Sierra Club to D.C. Fair Budget Coalition and beyond.
    • I urge [Councilmember ___] to change [his/her] position on the Citizens Fair Election Act and help advance a system that will build power for D.C. residents.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Help Make Fair Elections a Reality in the District

    Tell Councilmembers Bonds, Evans, May and Orange to Stand Behind — Not Oppose — Legislation to Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District Elections

    The Citizens Fair Election Act would encourage candidates to rely on smaller contributions from everyday residents, instead of big checks from corporations and wealthy donors. Such systems empower and increase participation amongst lower and middle class people, and people of color, ultimately changing who our elected officials are accountable to.

    These four key councilmembers are standing in the way of the bill’s passage. And they need to hear from you.

    Please take a minute to send an email to Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, LaRuby May and Vincent Orange demanding their support of fair elections legislation in the District of Columbia.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Meet With New York Senators on the Democracy Awakening Agenda

    Local activists in New York have set up meetings with U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to push for action on the Democracy Awakening demands while they are back in the state for the upcoming congressional recess.

    Meeting with your members of Congress during the Memorial Day recess from May 30 to June 3 is a perfect way to maintain public pressure and keep the Democracy Awakening ball rolling. And local activists have already done the work in setting them up.

    All you have to do is show up. Strength in numbers!

    Sign Up If You’re Interested In Attending the Upcoming Meetings and We’ll Connect You With the Meeting Organizers

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    Tell President Obama: Don’t Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics,” said President Barack Obama during his final State of the Union address.

    The time for words is over. Now it’s time for action.

    Sign the Petition to Tell President Obama that You Expect Him to Stand Up to the Secret Corporate Cash Corrupting our Elections

    I support executive action against the corporate corruption of our democracy.

    We the People have a right to know whether corporations that contract with the government — which are being paid by our tax dollars — are secretly spending untold sums to help elect and re-elect the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Please Mr. President, sign an executive order to bring government contractor political spending into the light.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    President Barack Obama continued his push for the controversial TPP this week with a high-profile trip to TPP-country Vietnam.

    The TPP would grant Vietnam privileged access to the U.S. market, despite the country’s jailing of political dissidents, systematic anti-union repression and widespread use of child labor.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The official government report projecting the economic impacts of the TPP has been released. The report uses widely criticized methodology and unrealistic assumptions — and it STILL predicts worsening trade balances in many sectors and an overall trade deficit increase!

    The fact that this report doesn’t promise the usual pie-in-the-sky outcomes suggests that, if ever implemented, the TPP could really be disastrous.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Call Your Lawmakers to Request a Meeting on the Revolving Door

    Let Us Know When You Have Requested a Meeting, and We Will Provide You With Information to Help Make Sure Your Meeting is a Success

    1. Call 1-888-291-9824 to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

    2. His/her office may attempt to transfer you to the proper scheduler or give you the phone number of the office in your hometown.

    3. Feel free to use this script when talking to the staff member:

    “I’m a constituent. I would like to request an in-district meeting with the congressman/woman on the egregious conflict of interest presented by the Wall Street revolving door and government service golden parachutes. Would the congressman/woman be able to meet with me in the district between May 31 and June 3?”

    4. If your lawmaker is unavailable:

    “Would I be able to speak with a staff member that works on financial policy or Wall Street reform?

    5. Let us know how your call went!

    Please Let Us Know You Called, and We Will Provide Additional Materials and an Invitation to Our Training Call

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    Tell the CFPB: Don’t Cave to Pressure from Big Banks that Ripoff Consumers

    Big Banks and corporations have been sneaking fine print into their terms of service (all that legal jargon you’re forced to accept) that prevents ordinary customers from joining together to take these giant corporations to court if they rip us off.

    And these rip off clauses pervade the contracts we all sign regularly — from banks and credit cards, to cell phone companies and nursing homes.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a rule to stop this blatantly unfair and un-American racket, but Wall Street is fighting against the rule that would make it harder for them to evade liability and walk away with literally billions.

    Tell the CFPB that We Need This Critical Rule to Protect Consumers from Being Ripped Off by Wall Street

    Your message will be submitted for public comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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    Sign the Petition: We Demand Single-Payer, Medicare for All

    Our country must — like every other wealthy nation on Earth — guarantee health care to ALL of its citizens.

    This is a moral imperative. And the time is NOW.

    Add Your Name

    We the People demand and deserve single-payer, Medicare-for-All, universal health coverage.

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    Add Your Name to Support D.C. Fair Elections

    Help Make It Possible for Everyday People to Run for Office in the District

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited money to pour into our elections, it’s become increasingly expensive for candidates who represent everyday people to run for office and win.

    D.C. Fair Elections — co-sponsored by six city council members — would empower grassroots-oriented candidates and amplify the voices of District residents in D.C. elections.

    Add Your Name to Support D.C. Fair Elections and Put Everyday People Back in Charge of District Politics

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    Austin Needs to Get Serious About Quitting Coal

    Ask the Austin City Council to Make the Retirement of the Fayette Coal Plant a Reality

    The plan that the Austin City Council adopted for Austin Energy in 2014 includes a commitment to retire Austin Energy's portion of the coal-fired Fayette Power Project by 2023. However, nothing has been done to ensure that commitment will be met.

    Austin Energy still has debt that is tied to the Fayette coal plant, and Austin Energy staff says that debt must be paid off for the plant to be retired. Otherwise, Austin Energy will be paying off the Fayette debt until 2046 and the coal plant will keep running. So, we’re asking the Austin City Council to begin setting money aside in a special fund for just that purpose.

    Austin has set ambitious climate goals that can be met only by ending our use of coal. Fayette is Austin’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions – not to mention other air and water pollution. It’s time to make retiring the Fayette coal plant a priority by including it in our city's budget.

    Email the Austin City Council to End Austin Energy’s Use of Coal

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    Hold a Meeting with your Member of Congress on the Revolving Door

    Meet with a Member of Congress Face-to-Face to Demand the End of Former Wall Street Executives Regulating Companies They Used to Work For

    Are you ready to REALLY step up?

    We’re bringing the fight for REAL Wall Street reform directly to members of Congress in their home districts — and we need dedicated constituents like you to meet with them in the first week of June.

    When Big Bank executives leave their positions to take high-level jobs in government agencies that regulate the banks, their Wall Street bosses may hand them a hefty bonus on their way out.

    You can be sure that the Big Banks, billionaires and their lobbyists will be protecting their former colleagues by meeting with lawmakers — so we need to remind our legislators who they represent.

    Holding a meeting with your lawmakers in their home districts is the most personal and meaningful way to bring your convictions on the way our government is run — and we know it shouldn’t be run by Wall Street.

    It’s time we stand up against this unethical conflict of interest.

    We will help you every step of the way. We’ll get you up to date on the legislation, help you set up a meeting, provide you with materials and invite other Public Citizen activists to join you so you have strength in numbers.

    Sign Up Now to Hold a Meeting with your Lawmakers in Your Hometown

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    Hold a Meeting with your Member of Congress on the Revolving Door

    Meet with a Member of Congress Face-to-Face to Demand the End of Former Wall Street Executives Regulating Companies They Used to Work For

    Are you ready to REALLY step up?

    We’re bringing the fight for REAL Wall Street reform directly to members of Congress in their home districts — and we need dedicated constituents like you to meet with them in the first week of June.

    When Big Bank executives leave their positions to take high-level jobs in government agencies that regulate the banks, their Wall Street bosses may hand them a hefty bonus on their way out.

    You can be sure that the Big Banks, billionaires and their lobbyists will be protecting their former colleagues by meeting with lawmakers — so we need to remind our legislators who they represent.

    Holding a meeting with your lawmakers in their home districts is the most personal and meaningful way to bring your convictions on the way our government is run — and we know it shouldn’t be run by Wall Street.

    It’s time we stand up against this unethical conflict of interest.

    We will help you every step of the way. We’ll get you up to date on the legislation, help you set up a meeting, provide you with materials and invite other Public Citizen activists to join you so you have strength in numbers.

    Sign Up Now to Hold a Meeting with your Lawmakers in Your Hometown

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    Sign the Petition: Tell Infant Formula Makers to Stop Using Hospitals as Marketing Tools

    Healthcare facilities shouldn’t market commercial products. Yet infant formula companies have coopted many hospitals and healthcare providers to market their products.

    In the United States, the vast majority of birthing hospitals give away industry-provided samples of infant formula to new mothers after they give birth.

    All major healthcare provider organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life. However, mothers who receive formula samples in the hospital are less likely to breastfeed exclusively and more likely to breastfeed for shorter durations. That’s why this kind of marketing is in violation of the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

    Infant formula companies are directly harming babies’ health and undermining the healthcare mission of hospitals by engaging in this destructive marketing practice.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below

    We, the undersigned, call on Abbott (maker of Similac), Mead Johnson (maker of Enfamil) and Nestle (maker of Gerber), to stop distributing samples of infant formula in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and other medical clinics. The immediate end of this practice would be a crucial initial step to become fully compliant with the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

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    Petition to President Obama

    Save lives! Use your authority to lower drug prices.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The U.S. government is required by law to release a report — within 105 days after a major trade agreement is signed — projecting the economic effects of that deal.

    If the report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), due Wednesday, is anything like the ones for past trade deals, it will be full of rosy predictions and short on reality.

    Unfortunately, the administration and the TPP’s corporate backers will ignore that past government trade pact studies have systematic failed to accurately assess agreement’s implications for our jobs, economic growth and trade balance. They will use the (almost definitely inaccurate) report to try to persuade Congress to support the dangerous TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Tell Congress: No “Get Out of Jail Free” Card for Corporate Criminals

    At long last, Congress — in a bipartisan push — is doing something about the crisis of over-criminalization and over-incarceration that has mindlessly thrown vast numbers of people in prison for low-level, nonviolent and victimless crimes.

    But Big Business is trying to hijack legislation aimed at ineffective and discriminatory law enforcement policies to instead make prosecuting corporate criminals even more difficult than it already is.

    Sign the Petition

    Congress should strengthen laws to ensure corporate criminals can be held accountable, not create new ways for these woefully under-prosecuted wrongdoers to get out of jail free.

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    Tell President Obama: Don’t Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics,” said President Barack Obama during his final State of the Union address.

    The time for words is over. Now it’s time for action.

    Sign the Petition to Tell President Obama that You Expect Him to Stand Up to the Secret Corporate Cash Corrupting our Elections

    I support executive action against the corporate corruption of our democracy.

    We the People have a right to know whether corporations that contract with the government — which are being paid by our tax dollars — are secretly spending untold sums to help elect and re-elect the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Please Mr. President, sign an executive order to bring government contractor political spending into the light.

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    Ask the Environmental Protection Agency to Strengthen Chemical Plant Safety Rules

    Our Communities Deserve to Be Safe

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed safety regulations for chemical facilities. Unfortunately, the proposed rules are weak and won’t do nearly enough to protect the 110 million Americans living in the danger zone surrounding chemical facilities.

    Many dangerous industries would be excluded under the EPA’s proposed rules. Others would be required to study safer alternatives, but wouldn’t be required to actually implement them. And companies wouldn’t be required to share the results of their safety research with the EPA, so the public would still be left in the dark — hoping that they won’t be the next victims of a toxic chemical accident.

    Public Citizen and a coalition of our partner organizations have written detailed suggestions for how to make the regulations stronger. We will submit those comments to the EPA this Friday. Will you sign on to ask for regulations that make public safety a priority?

    Add Your Name to the Letter Below

    Subject: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, EPA Docket No. EPA-HQ-OEM-2015-0725

    Dear Director McCarthy:

    The EPA must increase protections against catastrophic releases of hazardous chemicals by requiring facilities using those chemicals to study the use of safer technologies. The EPA should go further than its proposed rule by requiring all facilities that are possible sources of such disasters to study safer technologies, not just facilities in a handful of industries.

    And the EPA should actually require companies to use feasible safer technologies that they identify in the required studies. Studying safer technologies will only benefit the public if companies have to use those technologies when they can.

    The EPA should also make sure that the public knows about the hazards posed by facilities near them and about the efforts those facilities have made, or not made, to reduce the risk. And companies should be required to conduct disaster drills on a frequent basis, and should be required to implement any new rules the EPA issues as soon as possible, not years in the future.

    Your proposed rule needs to be tougher and better!

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    Meet With Your Members of Congress About the Democracy Awakening Agenda

    As we continue on from the momentous mobilization, we are looking for local champions to elevate the Democracy Awakening agenda at home.

    Holding in-district meetings with your members of Congress during the Memorial Day recess from May 30 to June 3 is a perfect way to maintain public pressure and keep the Democracy Awakening ball rolling.

    We will provide you with everything you need, from a sample letter to request a meeting to a snazzy lobby packet.

    Let Us Know If You Are Willing to Step Up and Organize a Meeting In Your Area

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    Support the Democracy Awakening Principles for a Stronger Democracy

    Last month, diverse movements took to the streets as one, rallying for Congress to adhere to a shared set of principles to save a runaway democracy.

    • Overturn Citizens United and other rulings that allow billionaires and Big Business to spend literally as much as they want undermining our elections.
    • Stop Congress’ unprecedented partisan stonewalling on its constitutional obligations in filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
    • Modernize voter registration and restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act that was upended a few years ago, enabling states to reinstitute discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws.
    • Amplify the voices of everyday Americans by empowering small donors and imposing contribution limits on the wealthy.

    Add Your Name in Support of Democracy Awakening’s Core Principles

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    Take a Stand Against Mega-Donor Domination of District Politics

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited outside money to pour into our elections, D.C. politics have been distorted by Big Business and wealthy individuals seeking to buy influence.

    To amplify the voices of everyday residents, we need to build a local people-powered movement for reform.

    Add Your Name If You Support Putting an End to Outside, Mega-donor Influence in District Elections and Reclaiming a Local Government That Works for Us

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    Ask the Austin City Council to Expand Local Solar Goals

    Keep Local Green Jobs Growing and Make Electric Bills Affordable

    More people than ever are going solar in Austin. Prices have come down and solar is an affordable option to help homeowners and businesses save on their electric bills.

    That's great, but we can do even more. Solar should be available to renters and low-income residents too. Austin Energy should offer customers an option to pay for solar installations over time on your bill (on-bill financing) - something the electric utility to the west of Austin recently started doing. And we need solar solutions for apartment buildings and condos.

    One of the big reasons that Austin has a vibrant local solar economy is because of the successful programs that Austin Energy has created. The utility creates programs to meet goals that the Austin City Council sets. That's why we're asking the City Council to increase the local solar goal to 200 megawatts by 2020, with 140 megawatts being customer-sited solar installations. This will allow thousands of residential customers and hundreds of businesses to go solar. The current goal of 110 megawatts of local solar by 2020, with 70 megawatts of customer-sited solar, likely will be met in the next couple of years, which would mean an end to Austin Energy's programs to support solar.

    Making it possible for more Austinites to go solar will benefit affordability both by reducing bills for customers and by growing more good-paying jobs in the local industry. And it will help us meet our climate goals and reduce water use for producing electricity.

    Email the City Council to Support Local Solar

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Our job-killing trade deficit with Korea has more than doubled since that deal went into effect — a $16 billion increase equating to the loss of 106,000 American jobs. Despite this stunning evidence, the administration is dusting off the “more exports, more jobs” promise (again) in its attempt to sell the dangerous TPP.

    But we’re not buying it — because the Korea deal was actually the template for the TPP, and the TPP only got worse from there.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Demand an End to Forced Arbitration

    Join CFPB Director Richard Corday in Albuquerque

    Banks and credit card companies bury forced arbitration clauses in the fine print of contracts to block consumers from challenging illegal behavior in court — in effect giving a license to steal.

    But the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — the agency tasked with stopping Big Banks from denying consumer rights — is set to release a new rule to limit these “ripoff clauses.”

    Here are the details:

    What: CFPB hearing on forced arbitration, featuring CFPB Director Richard Cordray

    When: 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5

    Where: The San Miguel Room, Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

    RSVP Below

    Signing up will send the email below to the CFPB. You may receive an email in confirmation of your RSVP from the CFPB.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert about tainted shrimp imported from TPP-country Malaysia — one of the top ten suppliers of shrimp to the United States.

    The TPP would make matters even worse, opening the floodgates for risky food and creating more obstacles to dealing with unsafe imports.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Keep Fighting Exelon’s Attempt to Take Over Pepco

    Tell the D.C. Public Service Commission to reverse its bizarre approval of the takeover.

    Email the Public Service Commission to Reverse the Takeover

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    Tell the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Drop Its Lawsuit Against President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

    Right now, a lawsuit by Corporate America’s most vicious attack dog — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — threatens to destroy a critical tool for addressing our climate crisis.

    There is overwhelming public support for action that slows down runaway climate change. And smart state leaders, along with forward-looking utilities and businesses, are already moving ahead with clean-energy solutions that will cut carbon pollution and create new jobs.

    But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is dismissing both We the People and the businesses it supposedly represents in favor of its Dirty Energy puppet masters.

    Sign the Petition

    We want the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to drop its dangerous lawsuit against President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

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    Demand the End of Anonymous Shell Companies

    Criminals Should Not Be Able to Hide Their Dirty Deals

    Most states require more information from someone getting a library card or a driver’s license than from someone starting a business.

    Someone can register a business without even verifying his or her name, making it nearly impossible for law enforcement to prosecute crimes committed by the company.

    The Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act (H.R. 4450/S. 2489) would require the real identity of the real owner be listed in order to start a business — not the name of their pet (or even the name of another secretive shell company).

    Urge Your Members of Congress to End Anonymous Shell Companies

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    Tell McDonald’s CEO: Stop McTeacher’s Nights

    McDonald’s is exploiting teachers and students to boost its already supersized profits.

    The fast food behemoth hosts manipulative marketing events — with the cutesy name of “McTeacher’s Nights” and under the guise of helping schools raise funds — where teachers work for free behind the counter of a McDonald’s restaurant serving unhealthy food to vulnerable students and their families.

    While McDonald’s gets a night of free labor and a new batch of loyal customers.

    Add Your Name Now to Tell McDonald’s: End McTeacher’s Nights

    I urge you to end the exploitative practice of McTeacher’s Nights.

    As you know, on McTeacher’s Nights, teachers “work” at a local McDonald’s in hopes of raising much-needed funds for their schools. Parents and children are encouraged to eat at McDonald’s so they can see “their very own educators serve up hamburgers, fries and shakes.”

    It is wrong to exploit teachers’ authority and popularity to lure kids to McDonald’s, where the core products are burgers, fries, and soda. McTeacher’s Nights negate the good work of educators to create healthy food habits and environments in schools. Parents and students trust teachers to make decisions based on what’s best for children. Using teachers to market anything to a captive audience of schoolchildren undermines that trust. But given the dire health consequences, promoting a fast food brand is especially unconscionable. Educators should not have to choose between school resources today and the health of their students tomorrow.

    This is the moment for action. In your first year as CEO, it is finally time to end the abusive practice of using teachers and educational institutions to promote McDonald’s to schoolchildren.

    The health of current and future generations of children will benefit from your leadership on this issue.

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    Don’t Let Wall Street Regulate Itself

    After what the Big Banks did to the economy in 2008, why would we ever trust them to regulate themselves?

    But that’s exactly what happens when Wall Street executives get bonuses to take jobs as government banking regulators.

    Add Your Name if you Agree that Wall Street Can’t be Trusted to Regulate Itself

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    An “audit” of the questionable but oft-repeated claim that the TPP would deliver 18,000 tax cuts for “Made in America” products had some shocking results.

    No, the TPP would not generate 18,000 tax cuts. And any legitimate cuts would not necessarily translate into cheaper prices for consumers. This tax cut charade is a desperate misdirect to try to get our minds off the fact that the TPP would offshore U.S. jobs, allow in unsafe food, threaten the environment and jack up medicine prices.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Tell Wall Street to Stop Payouts to Executives Who Leave for the Government

    End the Conflict of Interest and “Government Service Golden Parachutes”

    Wall Street executives often receive huge bonuses when they chose to leave their positions specifically for high-level government jobs — called a “government service golden parachute.” In these government positions, they are able to work as regulators for their former bosses.

    Proposals will be presented at the annual shareholder meetings of five major banks to discontinue this conflict of interest.

    Sign the Petition to Demand that Big Banks Stop Providing Incentives for Wall Street Insiders to Flow into the Government Agencies that Regulate Them

    To: Boards of Citigroup, Lazard, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase,

    Americans should feel confident that government regulators are working on behalf of the public interest and our common good. The American people cannot trust that the system is not being rigged against them as long as Wall Street provides financial incentives for its top executives to go into government posts. End the practice of giving government service golden parachutes to outgoing executives.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    This week marks the tenth anniversary of the U.S.-Peru trade deal being signed. That agreement provides a stark warning about the TPP's environmental threats.

    Despite inclusion of environmental provisions, since the trade deal Peru has been home to flagrant and widespread illegal logging as well as frequent abuse and assassinations of those who seek to protect the forests and their indigenous communities.

    The TPP — which includes the U.S., Peru and 10 other countries — is even worse than the Peru deal. First, we need our members of Congress to prevent further harm by stopping the TPP. Then, we need a new model of trade that puts people and the planet first.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    No Bonuses for Volkswagen Executives

    Executives certainly shouldn’t be given bonuses when their company commits one of the most outrageous environmental crimes in memory. But that’s exactly what executives at auto giant Volkswagen (VW) are demanding.

    The latest news reports say executives at VW — which is reeling from a massive emissions-cheating scandal — may lose only 30% of their scheduled bonuses.

    But why should they get any bonuses at all?

    Tell VW: No Bonuses for Executives

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    Keep Up the Fight Against Exelon

    Urge D.C. Government to Challenge PSC Decision

    In a shocking move, the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the takeover of Pepco by Exelon.

    The District’s attorney general and consumer advocate have the authority — and, we think, the obligation — to challenge the PSC’s split decision on the takeover of Pepco by Exelon.

    But they must do so before April 22.

    Email Attorney General Karl Racine and People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye to Challenge the Takeover.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The bottom line: Our failed trade policies imperil both Americans' livelihoods and the health of our planet - two reasons why the more people more, the less they like them - Mark Ruffalo

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Urge Your Representative and Senators to Support the Political Intelligence Transparency Act

    Political intelligence consultants roam the halls of Congress collecting insider information to line their pockets with profits.

    Using financial information they’ve picked up on Capitol Hill has created a political intelligence industry worth up to $400 million a year. We need to close the loopholes that make that possible.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Co-sponsor the Bipartisan Political Intelligence Transparency Act

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    Pfizer: Stop raising drug prices

    The press release about Pfizer freezing drug prices may have been fake, but it sure was a great idea.

    SIGN THE PETITION TO PFIZER

    You already make multibillion-dollar profits. Enough is enough! Stop raising prices!

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    Support the Democracy Awakening Core Demands

    Democracy Awakening is a powerful, first-of-its-kind mobilization — organized by Public Citizen and 200 allies — to put We the People back in charge of OUR democracy.

    Add Your Name in Support of Democracy Awakening’s Core Demands

    • Overturn Citizens United and other rulings that allow billionaires and Big Business to spend literally as much as they want undermining our elections.
    • Stop Congress’ unprecedented partisan stonewalling on its constitutional obligations in filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
    • Restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act that was gutted a few years ago, enabling states to reinstitute discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws.

    After You Add Your Name, You’ll be Taken to the Democracy Awakening Website, Where You Can Sign up to Attend!

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Watch the Video, Pass It On and Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    If you answered DRUG COMPANIES, you’re right

    In the past five years, Big Pharma has DOUBLED the price of brand name drugs. Meanwhile, drug company profits have soared upward 17 percent — up BILLIONS AND BILLIONS.

    Struggling Americans, meanwhile, are skipping life-saving medications they can’t afford.

    Tell Congress to crack down on out-of-control drug prices.

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to take IMMEDIATE action against the crisis of out-of-control drug prices.

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    Exelon’s Takeover of Pepco: A Quick Poll

    Last week, the D.C. Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to approve Exelon’s latest bid to acquire Pepco.

    Do you support the decision to allow Exelon to take over Pepco?

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    Democracy Awakening Dallas Rally

    In Support of Government Of, By and For the People

    On Sunday, April 17, we will rally in Dallas to demand that government work for the people.

    What are we asking for?

    • Overturn U.S. Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United that have allowed billionaires and big business to spend literally without limit in their attempt to take over our elections.
    • Demand that Congress do its constitutional duty and commit to a fair and timely confirmation process for the next Supreme Court justice.
    • Fully restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court’s recent Shelby County decision, enabling states to reinstitute discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws.

    The Austin rally will be part of a national effort that will include an even larger event in Washington, D.C., and several other events across the country. Taking action locally will put our state politicians on notice and will bring attention to the much-needed changes that will impact us all.

    WHAT: Democracy Awakening Dallas Rally
    WHEN: Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m.
    WHERE: Reverchon Park Recreation Center (3505 Maple Ave, Dallas)
    WHY: Because your government should represent you

    The rally will include speakers, activities and a march to Lee Park.

    Sign Up to Attend the Democracy Awakening Dallas Rally

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    We need our leaders to create a new path forward that reverses the race-to-the-bottom that the current trade model reinforces.

    The first step is to stop the TPP. Then, we need a trade model that finally prioritizes decent jobs, living wages, human rights, labor rights, affordable medicines and the environment.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Tell the SEC: Work on the Corporate Disclosure Rule

    Join Us in Demanding that the SEC Require Companies to Disclose Their Political Spending

    The SEC has a key role to play for democracy and investors by shining a light on the post-Citizens United reign of undemocratic corporate influence in American politics.

    That means using its authority to require that companies disclose the secret money they spend trying to influence elections.

    And the SEC is currently reviewing how effective its disclosure rules really are.

    To Send a Comment to the SEC, Please Complete the Form Below

    You may use the suggested language below without changing it. If you write your own comment, it will be documented and read separately from those who use the sample language without revising it.

    Note: Your comment and any other information you provide below will be displayed publicly on the SEC’s website or on www.regulations.gov.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Watch the Video and Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    One Last Time: Reject Exelon Takeover

    Email D.C. Regulators to Stop Exelon Once and For All

    Exelon’s relentless bid to take over Pepco has been blocked THREE times.

    But instead of accepting the will of the District, Exelon is asking our regulators ONE LAST TIME to consider its takeover proposal.

    March 17 is the final day to weigh in on Exelon’s last-ditch effort to resuscitate the failed deal.

    Email D.C. Regulators Now to Stop Exelon

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    Tell the Senate to Stop Stonewalling and Do Its Job!

    President Obama just announced his nominee for the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    But Senate extremists — under the “leadership” of Mitch McConnell — are refusing to even meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, much less hold confirmation hearings.

    Tell Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Senate: Honor your constitutional duty and commit to a fair and timely confirmation process for the next Supreme Court justice.

    Add Your Name

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    Call Vanguard Today to Keep Retirement Savings Out of Secret Money Politics

    Vanguard Customers, Make Sure Your Voice Is

    1. Dial Vanguard’s customer service line, 1-877-662-7447.

    2. Say “representative” INSTEAD of entering your account number when prompted. Saying “representative” will ensure you reach a live customer service representative.

    3. The customer service representative then will confirm your account information, so make sure to have it handy.

    4. Then, tell the representative this*:

    “I’m calling about Vanguard’s proxy voting procedures. Please pass along the message to Vanguard’s senior management, that Vanguard should always support shareholder resolutions that call for greater political spending disclosure.”

    5. Please LEAVE A COMMENT in the form below to let us know you made the call and to say how the call went. Any information you can provide will help us strategize next steps for this campaign.

    That's it!

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    Call Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Urge Leader Pelosi to Announce Her Opposition Now and Lead the Fight to Save Us from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call (202) 225-0100 to be connected with her office.

    2. Ask to speak with the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    3. When you speak with a staffer or go to voicemail, you can use this script to help shape your thoughts, but leaving a message in your own words is best:

    • “I am calling to urge Leader Pelosi to lead her caucus in opposing the job-killing, corporate-driven TPP. She has been a champion for everything that the TPP threatens. But if she does not take a public position against the TPP until the last minute like on Fast Track, it sends a dangerous message to those few House Democrats that do not already oppose the TPP. By publicly opposing the TPP now, Leader Pelosi will make clear that opposition is the right position for all House Democrats."
    • “The majority of House Democrats and a sizeable bloc of Republicans oppose the deal. Opposition to the TPP is one of the few issues that unite Democrats, Republicans and Independents, polling shows. Rep. Pelosi leading against the TPP is good policy and good politics. It is critical she speak publicly NOW against the pact that undermines everything the House Democrats fight for.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Help Elizabeth Warren Change Wall Street and Pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill that would make the biggest banks simpler and smaller and once again end the public subsidy to Wall Street speculation.

    By requiring banks to focus on lending to the real economy, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act would point the way toward a financial system that better serves consumers, small businesses and the nation as a whole.

    Sign the Petition

    We support the 21st-Century Glass Steagall Act. Like its New Deal-era namesake, this bill would erect a wall between traditional banks and the risky world of investment banks and hedge funds. This legislation would make banks less massive and complex, and curtail their ability to use government guarantees to fuel Wall Street speculation. It would be a big step toward ending the era of banks that are Too Big to Fail — and jail, manage, or regulate.

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    Democracy Awakening Austin Rally

    In Support of Government Of, By and For the People

    On Sunday, April 17, we will rally in Austin to demand that government work for the people.

    What are we asking for?

    • Overturn U.S. Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United that have allowed billionaires and big business to spend literally without limit in their attempt to take over our elections.
    • Demand that Congress do its constitutional duty and commit to a fair and timely confirmation process for the next Supreme Court justice.
    • Fully restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court’s recent Shelby County decision, enabling states to reinstitute discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws.

    The Austin rally will be part of a national effort that will include an even larger event in Washington, D.C., and several other events across the country. Taking action locally will put our state politicians on notice and will bring attention to the much-needed changes that will impact us all.

    WHAT: Democracy Awakening Austin Rally
    WHEN: Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m.
    WHERE: Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds (1100 Congress Ave.)
    WHY: Because your government should represent you

    The rally will include speakers, music, tables with information and a march.

    Sign Up to Attend the Democracy Awakening Austin Rally

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    End the Big Pharma Drug Waste Ripoff

    Drug prices are through the roof. One surprising reason: wasteful drug packaging.

    For example: One lymphoma drug is sold exclusively in $1,000 containers that hold enough medicine to treat a 250-pound football player. If you’re a 125-pound patient, you get half the medicine. The other half goes down the drain. And Pharma gets ALL the profits.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    Sign the petition to the Food and Drug Administration

    Stop drug companies from using one-size-fits-all medicine packaging to force patients and hospitals to buy more medicine than they really need. Save $3 billion, make smaller drug packages available for smaller patients, and in sizes that don’t result in waste!

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    Keep Oil Export Ban in Place

    Email Your Senators to Protect People, Not Oil Profits

    Right now, world leaders are in Paris figuring out how to save our planet.

    Meanwhile, back here in America, some senators are trying to sneak through a backroom deal that would actually increase carbon pollution by allowing even more oil production.

    Email your senators to stop the harmful impacts of lifting the crude oil export ban.

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    It’s Not an Emergency: Slow Down the Austin Energy Rate Case

    Speak Up for a Fair Process that Results in Fair Electric Rates

    The Austin City Council finally hired a consumer advocate last week to represent residential and small commercial customers in the Austin Energy rate case. That’s good, but the rate case process started in January, so the consumer advocate needs some time to catch up.

    Rate cases – which determine how much each type of customer will pay for electricity – are complicated. Large industrial and commercial customers hire lawyers and experts to make sure their bills don’t go up. That is difficult for individual residential customers to do – which is why the consumer advocate is so important.

    As it turns out, everyone involved in the rate case – except for Austin Energy – thinks it is moving too fast.

    The City Council will vote on a resolution this Thursday that would extend the time given to the rate case to make it a thoughtful process.

    Email the Austin City Council to Show Your Support

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    Call Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Get Off the Fence and Help Lead the Fight Against the TPP

    Urge Rep. Pelosi to Announce Her Opposition Now and Lead Her Party in Opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call (202) 225-0100 to be connected with her office.

    2. Ask to speak with the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    3. When you speak with a staffer or go to voicemail, you can use this script to help shape your thoughts, but leaving a message in your own words is best:

    • “I am calling to urge Leader Pelosi to lead her caucus in opposing the job-killing, corporate-driven TPP. If she does not take a public position against the TPP until the last minute like on Fast Track, it sends exactly the wrong message. I am asking her to publicly oppose the TPP now so it is clear to those few House Democrats that do not already oppose the TPP that opposition is the right position.
    • “I make this request in solidarity with two brave cancer patients who were arrested recently while protesting the TPP’s exorbitant monopoly drug pricing — a death sentence for many people with cancer and other diseases.
    • “The leading presidential candidates of both parties all oppose the deal. So does the majority of Democrats in the House and a sizeable bloc of Republicans. Opposition to the TPP is one of the few issues that unite Republicans, Democrats and Independents, polling shows. Rep. Pelosi leading against the TPP is good policy and good politics. It is critical she speak publicly NOW against the pact that undermines everything the House Democrats say they are for.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Last Chance to Defeat Exelon Takeover

    Email Mayor Bowser to Pull the Plug on the Merger

    This Tuesday, the Mayor rightly rejected the latest proposal that would have cleared the way for Exelon to acquire Pepco.

    But Exelon is still trying to cut, yet another deal to takeover Pepco.

    Email Mayor Bowser Now to Stop the Takeover Once and For All

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    Stick to the Clean Power Plan

    Sign Petition to Tell your Governor to Move Forward on Climate Action

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently postponed the Obama administration’s plan to cut carbon pollution from our power sector.

    Despite this, 20 states have vowed to move forward on plans to curb climate change and transition to renewable energy.

    And nine other states, including Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee, are still considering whether they will stick to the plan.

    Urge your Governor to Power Ahead with Plans to Act on Climate Change

    We, the undersigned, urge you to move forward on developing a state plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The impacts of climate disruption are already being felt across the county. On the other hand, the benefits of climate action are too good to delay. The Clean Power Plan will deliver billions of dollars in net benefits each year, estimated to reach $26 billion to $45 billion by 2030. We call on you to stick to the Clean Power Plan.

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    Urge Presidential Candidates to Block the Revolving Door Between Washington and Wall Street

    Don’t Let Bankers Get Bonuses for Taking Government Jobs Regulating Their Former Employers

    Financial institutions have been providing massive financial rewards to employees who quit their job — specifically on the condition that they accept high-level government positions.

    At best, these “government service golden parachutes”, create the appearance of corruption and conflict of interest. At worst, they result in undue and inappropriate corporate influence over the same governmental agencies that regulate those corporations — in essence, a backdoor form of influence known as “regulatory capture.”

    The relationships and misaligned incentives created by the revolving door in the financial sector heighten the risks of abuse, corruption, the perception of corruption. This ultimately leads to ineffective regulation of, and diminished confidence in, our financial markets.

    Many presidential candidates have spoken broadly on the need to clean up Washington.

    We ask that you solidify that commitment by pledging that you will not appoint anyone to oversee or regulate the financial sector that has a serious conflict of interest.

    Specifically, We Call for You to Pledge:

    1. You will not appoint any recipient of a “government service golden parachute,” i.e., an award that is contingent on taking a government job.

    2. You will require those appointed as financial service regulators to recuse themselves from official actions that could benefit or favor their previous employers or clients of the last two years.

    Add Your Name to Urge Presidential Candidates to Close the Revolving Door

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    Demand Corporate America Support Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All Health Care

    Big Pharma’s price gouging is so bad that even Corporate America is worried!

    Twenty companies — including American Express, Coca-Cola, IBM and Verizon — just announced that they will be exploring ways to tackle runaway drug prices and make health care more affordable for their employees.

    Sign our Petition Urging Corporate America to Look Out for Their Employees — and for all Americans — by Supporting Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All Health Care.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The period from now until this summer is when the GOP congressional leadership will decide whether or not the TPP is voted on this year. We have to maintain pressure on Congress to keep the TPP at bay. We have to make sure that the TPP’s corporate and congressional boosters can never count a majority of yes votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our jobs, wages, health and the environment depend on it.

    The form below customizes your email to your representative — thanking those who have already stated their opposition to the TPP, and explaining the urgency of the situation to those who have not.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stand Up for Students’ Rights

    Tell the U.S. Department of Education to Stop Colleges That Take Federal Funds from Using Forced Arbitration to Deny Students’ Access to the Courts

    Fine print buried in college enrollment contracts is depriving students and their families of their ability to hold schools accountable for wrongdoing.

    Some colleges — particularly for-profit ones — push students and their families to sign take-it-or-leave-it contracts that deny students the right to sue in court if a dispute later arises, even if the schools later defraud the students.

    This is an outrage. No student should be forced to give up access to justice in exchange for an education.

    Sign the Petition Urging the Department of Education to Block Colleges that Accept Federal Funds from Imposing Forced Arbitration Clauses on Their Students

    We, the undersigned, call on the Department of Education to require, as a condition of receiving federal funding, that colleges agree not to use pre-dispute arbitration clauses in contracts with students and their families. Students should not have to sacrifice their day in court for a day in the classroom.

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    Tell Alcohol Companies: Stop Advertising to Kids

    The alcohol industry has long opposed government regulation of its advertising — by insisting that it can be trusted to regulate itself.

    But research proves that the industry is NOT sufficiently regulating itself.

    Alcohol companies are putting children across the country at risk just to increase corporate profits.

    Add Your Name to Urge Alcohol Companies Not to Air Advertisements on TV when Kids are Watching

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    Sign the Petition Urging Congress to Strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act

    Outdated laws and weak regulations are letting Corporate America turn our land, air, water and even Americans’ bodies into toxic chemical dumping grounds.

    Now, after 40 years, Congress is finally updating the Toxic Substances Control Act.

    Sign the petition: Demand that Congress pass a strong Toxic Substances Control Act that protects the public and does not give in to the demands of chemical corporations.

    We, the undersigned, urge Congress to combine the best of the House and Senate reform bills and leave chemical industry loopholes on the cutting room floor.

    A good final bill would combine the more streamlined approach of the House proposal with the resources and mandate of the Senate proposal. It should:

    • Remove the legal barriers that currently prevent the EPA from testing, reviewing, and — when necessary restricting a chemical to ensure safety.
    • Preserve the ability of states to protect their citizens.
    • End the abuse of provisions for confidential business information.
    • Require the EPA to make steady progress every year.
    • Ensure that the EPA has the resources it needs.
    • Not weaken any current EPA authority (such as regulation of imported products).
    • Expedite EPA action on persistent and bio-accumulative chemicals (“PBTs”).

    Reform will be a significant achievement for public health if it focuses on these fundamentals.

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    Sign the Petition Urging Congress to Strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act

    Outdated laws and weak regulations are letting Corporate America turn our land, air, water and even Americans’ bodies into toxic chemical dumping grounds.

    Now, after 40 years, Congress is finally updating the Toxic Substances Control Act.

    Sign the petition: Demand that Congress pass a strong Toxic Substances Control Act that protects the public and does not give in to the demands of chemical corporations.

    We, the undersigned, urge Congress to combine the best of the House and Senate reform bills and leave chemical industry loopholes on the cutting room floor.

    A good final bill would combine the more streamlined approach of the House proposal with the resources and mandate of the Senate proposal. It should:

    • Remove the legal barriers that currently prevent the EPA from testing, reviewing, and — when necessary restricting a chemical to ensure safety.
    • Preserve the ability of states to protect their citizens.
    • End the abuse of provisions for confidential business information.
    • Require the EPA to make steady progress every year.
    • Ensure that the EPA has the resources it needs.
    • Not weaken any current EPA authority (such as regulation of imported products).
    • Expedite EPA action on persistent and bio-accumulative chemicals (“PBTs”).

    Reform will be a significant achievement for public health if it focuses on these fundamentals.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Watch the Video and Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Watch the Video and Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Protect Maryland Construction Workers

    Pass commonsense worker safety regulations for government contractors

    Companies entrusted with government contracts should show the highest standard for safety, beginning with their employees.

    H.B. 977 would require construction companies bidding on taxpayer-funded projects in Maryland to implement safety measures shown to save lives.

    Urge your Assembly Member to support H.B. 977 for Worker Safety

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    Request a Consumer Advocate be Hired to Participate in the Austin Energy Rate Case

    Residents and Small Businesses Need an Official Advocate to Ensure That Their Electric Rates Are Fair

    Austin Energy is off to the races with its latest rate case and doesn’t want to slow down for anything – not even to give time for a consumer advocate to be hired. The utility claims that the accelerated schedule is needed to get rates set before the next budget, but it had a surplus last year, so what’s the hurry? There isn’t any emergency and there is no good reason not to wait for a consumer advocate to look out for residential and small business customers.

    Even the state of Texas recognizes the need for a consumer advocate in rate cases and has one as part of every rate case for investor-owned utilities. Our publicly owned utility should at least meet that standard.

    The city of Austin did try to hire a consumer advocate but the hiring process had some problems Only two consultants applied and both ended up being disqualified. With all of the people who work on these issues, it’s unacceptable that the city hasn’t found a qualified advocate and hired him or her by this time. Austin Energy ratepayers shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences. The rate case can wait until a consumer advocate is hired and can participate.

    Email the Austin City Manager and City Council

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    Stop the Expansion of Big Pharma Monopolies

    Add Your Name

    We call for the immediate rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP’s death sentence clause would expand pharmaceutical industry monopolies, keeping life-saving drugs out of the hands of people who would face unnecessary suffering and early death. We the People say “No!” to the death sentence clause and “No!” to the TPP.

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    Stop the TPP Death Sentence

    Watch the Video and Sign the Petition to Fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Death Sentence

    Petition Text:

    We join Hannah Lyon and Zahara Heckscher in calling for the immediate rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP’s death sentence clause would expand pharmaceutical industry monopolies, keeping life-saving drugs out of the hands of people who would face unnecessary suffering and early death. We the People say “No!” to the death sentence clause and “No!” to the TPP.

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    Health Care Is a Right

    Declare Your Support for Truly Universal, Single-Payer Health Care

    The way some pundits talk, you might think universal health care is a fantasy that exists only in fictional places populated by wizards and unicorns.

    Here’s the truth: Many countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, France and Canada, provide universal care for their citizens. The costs are lower. The outcomes are better.

    What is fictional is the idea that the United States — the richest country in the history of the entire world — is unable to provide health care for all.

    Add your name to declare your support for truly universal, single-payer health care.

    I believe health care is a right, and I call on lawmakers at every level of the U.S. and state governments to do everything in their power to establish a truly universal, single-payer health care system that covers every American. It’s not too expensive. It’s not too complicated. And it’s not too hard if we join together to overcome industry opposition.

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    Health Care Is a Right

    Declare Your Support for Truly Universal, Single-Payer Health Care

    The way some pundits talk, you might think universal health care is a fantasy that exists only in fictional places populated by wizards and unicorns.

    Here’s the truth: Many countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, France and Canada, provide universal care for their citizens. The costs are lower. The outcomes are better.

    What is fictional is the idea that the United States — the richest country in the history of the entire world — is unable to provide health care for all.

    Add your name to declare your support for truly universal, single-payer health care.

    I believe health care is a right, and I call on lawmakers at every level of the U.S. and state governments to do everything in their power to establish a truly universal, single-payer health care system that covers every American. It’s not too expensive. It’s not too complicated. And it’s not too hard if we call come together to overcome industry opposition.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Member of Congress Now to Oppose the TPP

    Despite growing opposition and the protests of countless citizens, the United States and 11 other countries have signed the controversial TPP.

    But the disastrous TPP is still not a done deal by any means. It would still need to be approved in Congress before the deal could go into effect.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Protect Nurses from Preventable Injury

    Help Combat the Crisis of Professional Caregivers’ Workplace Injuries

    Nurses who care for us at our worst deserve better.

    It is a cruel irony that nurses suffer more on-the-job injuries requiring time off than workers in any other industry. Most of their injuries could be prevented with comprehensive programs to ensure that nurses handle patients safely.

    Caregivers deserve safety equipment that can ensure they serve their patients with compassion and dignity without threat of pain or injury.

    The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act (H.R. 4266/S. 2408) would require hospitals to provide commonsense safety equipment, such as mechanical lifts, and trainings to prevent the injuries nurses face when manually moving patients.

    Urge your member of Congress to support safe patient handling practices by co-sponsoring the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act.

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    Hold Martin Shkreli Accountable for His Disrespectful Behavior and Immoral Price Gouging

    Here’s what Martin Shkreli — the notoriously petulant Wall Street millionaire who took over the life-saving medication Daraprim then jacked up its price 5,456% overnight — said after being escorted from the U.S. Capitol following his “testimony” this morning at a congressional hearing on Big Pharma’s price gouging:

    “Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.”

    Shkreli — who couldn’t even be bothered to wear a suit and tie to the hearing — took the fifth in response to almost every question asked of him.

    And all the while, he smirked, rolled his eyes and twirled pencils even as highly esteemed members of Congress like Rep. Elijah Cummings implored him to do the right thing.

    Tell Martin Shkreli that what’s hard to accept is his disrespectful behavior and immoral price gouging.

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    Let It Go: TPP

    Write Your Members of Congress to Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Despite growing opposition and the protests of countless citizens, the United States and 11 other countries have signed the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    But the disastrous TPP is still not a done deal by any means. The TPP would still need to be approved in the U.S. House and Senate before the deal could go into effect.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Keep it in the Ground

    Sign Petition to Urge President Obama to Halt All Dirty Energy Extraction

    Last month, the Obama administration put a stop to the extraction of coal from our public land.

    Now we need to halt fracking on our land and drilling in our waters.

    Ending new federal fossil fuel leasing could keep up to 450 billion tons of carbon pollution from the global pool of potential future greenhouse gas emissions.

    Add Your Name to Stop New Extraction of ALL Dirty Energy on our Land

    We, the undersigned, call on President Barack Obama to issue a moratorium of all new dirty energy leases on our public land and waters. Stopping massive giveaways to Big Coal was an important step — but we must do more. We cannot make the necessary carbon pollution cuts while we are still fracking on our land and drilling in our waters. It’s time to stop new extraction of all dirty energy on federal lands.

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    Help Restore the Vote to 40,000 Disenfranchised Marylanders

    Call Your Senator and Urge Him/Her to Vote to Override Governor Hogan’s Veto of Bill to Restore Voting Rights to Ex-Offenders

    When you call, say the following: “I am calling to urge [state senator name] to vote to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the restoration of rights bill that would restore voting rights to 40,000 disenfranchised Marylanders when [he/she] votes on the matter this Friday.”

    Type your zip code into the box below.

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    Kick Congress’ Addiction to Corporate Cash from Big Polluters

    Tell Your Senators to Vote YES for the Whitehouse Amendment to the Energy Bill

    Dirty energy corporations whose top priority is profits from oil drilling, fracking and coal extraction spend untold millions toward installing climate deniers and corporate panderers in our government.

    Now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has proposed legislation to drag the fossil fuel industry’s political spending out of the shadows.

    Tell your senators to vote YES for the Whitehouse Amendment to the Energy Bill.

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    Speak Out Against Dangerous Polluted Air in the DFW Region

    Attend a Public Hearing to Demand Action to Reduce Smog

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is holding a public hearing to get feedback on its air quality plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth region. After 15 years of plans that have failed to reduce pollution enough to meet the health-based standards that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set for ground-level ozone (also known as smog), the TCEQ has proposed one more terrible plan that will do nothing.

    The reason this hearing is important is that EPA officials will be there and are considering taking over the process of developing a plan to clean up the DFW region air pollution. Unlike the TCEQ, the EPA will be more likely to require the facilities that most pollute the region – like coal-fired power plants and cement kilns – to install pollution controls.

    WHAT: Public Hearing on Air Quality Plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth Region
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21
    WHERE: North Central Texas Council of Governments (616 Six Flags Rd., Arlington)

    It’s important that the EPA officials see that the people who suffer from the dirty DFW region air want change. Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what to say. We will send you talking points. The important thing to say is that you want the EPA to develop a strong plan to clean up the DFW air.

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing

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    Stop Massive Handouts to Big Coal

    Sign Petition to Keep Coal Moratorium in Place

    Coal leases on our public lands cost American taxpayers more than $1 billion every year.

    In January, the Obama administration issued a moratorium on all new coal leases — but now coal shills in Congress are scheming to overturn the moratorium as part of a new major energy bill.

    Add Your Name to Keep the Ban on New Coal Leases

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to reject efforts to overturn the moratorium on coal leases. Coal leases on public land cost taxpayers more than a $1 billion every year. And oil, coal and gas produced on public lands are responsible for more than 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Half of those emissions are from coal.

    The Obama administration was right to halt costly and toxic coal extraction on public land. Vote against any effort to reinstate coal leases and support the shutdown of all fossil fuel production on our public lands.

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    Tell Congress: No “Get Out of Jail Free” Card for Corporate Criminals

    At long last, Congress — in a bipartisan push — is doing something about the crisis of over-criminalization and over-incarceration that has mindlessly thrown vast numbers of people in prison for low-level, nonviolent and victimless crimes.

    But Big Business is trying to hijack legislation aimed at ineffective and discriminatory law enforcement policies to instead make prosecuting corporate criminals even more difficult than it already is.

    Take action right now: Tell your members of Congress to reject any attempt to give white-collar criminals a “get out of jail free” card.

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    Make Solar Energy a Priority for the Sun City

    The City of El Paso is Negotiating Rates with El Paso Electric

    El Paso Electric has proposed new rates that are now being negotiated with the city of El Paso. Many issues must be agreed upon, and no party is likely to get everything they want. But one thing the city shouldn’t let the utility win on is its proposed anti-solar rates. The rates proposed by El Paso Electric would essentially end the use of solar power at customers’ homes, just as the technology has become affordable.

    Solar energy is now being used in homes and businesses across the country to keep bills low. Use of this technology is finally picking up in El Paso — which has more solar resources than almost anywhere else in the United States. El Paso residents can benefit from reduced electric bills and from new jobs being created by the local solar industry.

    Don’t let El Paso Electric kill solar for the Sun City.

    Email the City Council and City Manager to Make Sure Solar is a Priority in Negotiations with the Utility

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    Investigate Drug Companies for Unfair Practices and Extortionate Pricing

    The Massachusetts Attorney General sent pharmaceutical giant Gilead a letter saying that its outlandish prices — $84,000 or more for a full course of treatment — for two essential hepatitis C medicines “may constitute an unfair trade practice in violation of Massachusetts law.”

    Make sure your state is doing what it can to fight Pharma ripoffs!

    Sign the petition calling on every state to investigate drug companies for unfair practices and extortionate pricing.

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    Don’t Let Martin Shkreli Weasel Out of Appearing Before Congress

    Martin Shkreli is the poster boy for Big Pharma’s out-of-control price gouging.

    And he’s been ordered to come to Washington, D.C., and answer to our elected representatives in Congress.

    But Shkreli is trying to weasel out of appearing before Congress by pleading the fifth.

    Tell congressional leaders not to let Shkreli weasel out of appearing before them and answering their questions.

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    Stop Largest Crude Oil Hub in the Nation

    Sign on to Comments Opposing the Port of Vancouver Project

    A proposed oil terminal in Washington state would bring a staggering number of dangerous oil trains and oil tankers carrying explosive crude oil through local communities and down the Columbia River.

    For communities along the Columbia River and the rail lines, the consequences of this project could be devastating.

    Governor Jay Inslee is accepting public input on the proposed mega-project until January 22.

    Add Your Name to the Comments Opposing the Port of Vancouver Project

    We, the undersigned, urge you to stand up for our communities by opposing new oil trains rolling through our communities.

    The findings of a state study of this massive proposed Tesoro-Savage oil-by-rail terminal show that the risks of oil spills, train accidents, increased rail traffic (including impacts on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic and Recreation Area), increased oil tanker traffic, air pollution, earthquakes, harmful impacts on tribal culture and resources, harm to endangered salmon, and vehicle delays at railroad crossings cannot be fully mitigated. Further, the environmental and human health harm could be significant. The best interests of the state of Washington are served by rejecting this proposal.

    Washington state is rapidly moving away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable sources to meet our energy needs and respond to global warming. Building the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America for yesterday’s energy is the wrong path to meet today’s energy needs. It’s also a big economic gamble for Vancouver and communities along the Columbia River. Washington should continue to lead on safe, renewable clean energy solutions and say “no” to more oil and coal. I urge you to do everything in your power to stop these dirty and dangerous projects and reject the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal.

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    Biased Austin Energy Gas Plant Study to Be Presented at City Council

    Attend the Council Meeting to Support Clean, Affordable Energy Instead of Polluting Natural Gas

    The study that Austin Energy commissioned Navigant to do claims that adding more wind and solar power to the utility’s energy mix would result in increased air pollution. This bad math is an obvious attempt to make the natural gas-fired power plant that Austin Energy wants to build look like a good idea.

    The Navigant study shows that wind is the best option in two of four scenarios and that wind and solar are competitive in all scenarios. There is no need to build a new natural gas plant, but the study still concludes exactly what Austin Energy wanted it to: Build a gas plant.

    The Austin City Council will be presented with the results of this study on January 25. That will be an opportunity for the community to show that we want the Council to reject these biased conclusions.

    WHAT: Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee Meeting of City Council
    WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, January 25
    WHERE: Austin City Hall (301 W 2nd St.)
    WHY: To support renewable energy, not polluting natural gas

    Sign Up to Attend the Meeting

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    Petition to Congress: Let Medicare Negotiate Fair Drug Prices with Big Pharma

    Since 2003, Medicare has been prohibited by law from negotiating fair drug prices with Big Pharma.

    And it costs Americans $16 billion a year.

    But Congress can — and should — change the law.

    Add your name now to tell Congress: Let Medicare negotiate fair drug prices with Big Pharma.

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    Speak Out Against Dangerous Polluted Air in the DFW Region

    Attend a Public Hearing to Demand Action to Reduce Smog

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is holding a public hearing to get feedback on its air quality plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth region. After 15 years of plans that have failed to reduce pollution enough to meet the health-based standards that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set for ground-level ozone (also known as smog), the TCEQ has proposed one more terrible plan that will do nothing.

    The reason this hearing is important is that EPA officials will be there and are considering taking over the process of developing a plan to clean up the DFW region air pollution. Unlike the TCEQ, the EPA will be more likely to require the facilities that most pollute the region – like coal-fired power plants and cement kilns – to install pollution controls.

    WHAT: Public Hearing on Air Quality Plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth Region
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21
    WHERE: North Central Texas Council of Governments (616 Six Flags Rd., Arlington)

    It’s important that the EPA officials see that the people who suffer from the dirty DFW region air want change. Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what to say. We will send you talking points. The important thing to say is that you want the EPA to develop a strong plan to clean up the DFW air.

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing

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    The Texas Plan for Cleaning Up the Dallas/Fort Worth Region Air Isn’t Working

    Ask the U.S. EPA to Develop an Air Quality Plan that Will Clean the Air

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) air quality plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) region requires no new pollution controls. How can the agency expect DFW air quality to improve if the polluting sources don’t have to clean up?

    Ground-level ozone (smog) causes and worsens respiratory diseases such as asthma. That connection is well documented and is the basis of the air quality standards that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets. A recent study by Dr. Robert Haley of the UT-Southwestern Medical School shows that even a small drop in air pollution in the DFW region would have huge health benefits and lead to savings on medical care.

    The head “scientist” at the TCEQ refuses to recognize this fact and has even suggested that people should just stay indoors if they are sensitive to air pollution.

    It’s time for the EPA to step in develop a plan that will reduce air pollution in the DFW region.

    Sign the Petition Asking the EPA to Reject the Texas Plan

    To: Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, and Ron Curry, EPA Region 6 Administrator

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has failed to protect the people of the nine-county Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) region from unsafe air pollution. For 15 years, the agency has submitted State Implementation Plans (SIP) that have failed to bring the DFW region into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards for ground-level ozone.

    Now, the TCEQ once again has submitted a state plan for the DFW region that would require no new pollution controls. The agency is not making a good-faith effort to bring the region into compliance.

    The residents of the DFW region have suffered long enough. Childhood asthma rates in the region are three times higher than the Texas state average. We urge you to reject the useless TCEQ SIP and develop a federal implementation plan that will reduce ground-level ozone levels and bring the DFW region into compliance with EPA standards.

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    Urge President Obama to Strengthen Climate Plan

    Sign Petition to Regulate Gas Facilities Like Aliso Canyon

    A massive natural gas blowout in California could rival the BP Deepwater Horizon oil crisis for worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

    However, recently announced plans to reduce methane – a greenhouse gas pollutant 87 times more potent than carbon – would not cover methane releases from existing gas wells, pipelines or storage facilities.

    Add Your Name to the Petition to Strengthen Limits on Methane Pollution

    We, the undersigned, call on the Obama administration to expand its proposal to reduce methane in the gas and oil sector to include existing gas wells, pipelines and storage facilities like the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility in California, which now accounts for 25 percent of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Methane emissions from existing wells, pipelines and facilities are the biggest contributors to methane pollution. Every year, this methane has the same impact on the climate as 160 coal plants. The only effective way to address this critical climate disruption contributor is to regulate all sources of methane leakage. We can’t afford to wait.

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    Reprimand New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper for His Shady Handling of Bill Calling to Overturn Citizens United

    Call the Office of Speaker Shawn Jasper at (603) 271-3661 Right Now

    Say the following: “I am calling to express my concern that Speaker Jasper worked so diligently to defeat SB 136 and defend the right of outside interests to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcome of our elections. I am also upset that he defeated the bill in a manner that appears to have violated House protocol.”

    Please Let Us Know That You Called and How Your Call Went

    We need to know how many calls we’re generating so that we can adjust the pressure if necessary.

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    Reprimand NH Speaker Shawn Jasper For Killing Anti-Citizens United Bill After It Already Passed

    New Hampshire Almost Became First Majority Republican Legislature to Advocate For An Amendment

    The bill for a constitutional amendment — SB 136 — passed through the Republican-controlled state House, and then Republican leaders bent the rules to take our win away.

    Add Your Name to Reprimand Speaker Jasper Today for Forcing Through Such an Incredible Miscarriage of Democracy

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    Big Pharma’s Price Gouging Must Stop

    The cost of prescription drugs increased more than 10% in 2015.

    Just like the year before that. And the year before that.

    Add your name to tell Big Pharma: We are sick of your outrageous and immoral price gouging!

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    Refund Electricity Price Gouge in Illinois

    Sign FERC Petition Calling for Dynegy to Pay Back Customers

    Illinois residents saw a big jump in electric rates this past year resulting from an alleged rigged market auction.

    Regulators recently determined that market practices that allow inflated electricity prices, like what happened in Illinois, are NOT just and reasonable – which means Illinois resident should get their money back.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Urging FERC to Order Refund for Dynegy Customers

    We, the undersigned, urge FERC to immediately order Dynegy to refund its customers from an energy market auction, which resulted in an 800 percent increase in wholesale electricity rates in Illinois. This rate hike is unjust and unreasonable and must be corrected by a refund to affected Illinois electricity customers.

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    Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All — Now!

    The U.S. is the only wealthy country on Earth that doesn’t have universal health care.

    Unlike the citizens of other rich nations, Americans are at the mercy of a private insurance regime that puts corporate profits before people’s health.

    Add your name to support replacing the corrupt and wasteful private health insurance regime with single-payer, Medicare-for-All.

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    Stop the Corporate Takeover of Air Traffic Control

    Sign the Petition Urging Congress NOT to Privatize Air Traffic Control

    To Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Ranking Member Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:

    The United States has one of the safest air traffic control systems in the world. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently working to implement new technologies that will make air travel even safer and more efficient. While all programs can be improved, we urge you not to dismantle and privatize an air traffic control system that is not broken.

    Our nation can’t afford to privatize our air traffic control system. Were we to do so, the result could be more consolidation and power for airlines, less choice and more expensive travel for consumers, loss of good jobs among air traffic controllers and other aviation workers, and more cuts at rural airports. Privatizing air traffic control and turning control over to an unelected board of airline interests, would further consolidate airline power and be harmful to consumers and small towns.

    Advocates for privatization claim to be following the examples of the UK and Canada — but since the UK privatized its air traffic system, 12 percent of jobs were cut AND the new fees and existing taxes on every ticket increased by 140 percent. In Canada, 14 percent of jobs were cut and the total new fees and taxes increased by 53 percent. In fact, many privatization initiatives increase costs to consumers, while simultaneously laying off workers without cause. This is not a way to grow our economy or generate broadly shared prosperity.

    Losing democratic oversight over this part of our national transportation system means that a new monopoly corporation outside of the federal government will decide how much to charge for air traffic control services and how to allocate resources. This could seriously disadvantage rural communities and small towns by increasing costs and limiting access.

    Instead of privatizing air traffic control, we believe that Congress should create a pathway to allow the FAA to move forward with long-term capital planning without relinquishing congressional oversight or allowing a new corporate monopoly run by the airlines to slash air traffic control jobs.

    The cost of privatization is simply too high. It is bad for workers, bad for passengers and harmful to smaller and rural communities.

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    Urge Council Members to Co-sponsor D.C. Fair Elections

    Help Restore the Voice of Everyday Voters in Our Nation’s Capital

    D.C. Fair Elections would match small campaign contributions to local candidates with limited public funds at a rate of five-to-one.

    Candidates participating in the program would be required to demonstrate broad public support and accept lower maximum contribution limits, leveling the playing field between mega-donors and everyday voters.

    Please take a moment to send an email to the councilmembers who haven’t yet co-sponsored D.C. Fair Elections and urge them to do so immediately.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Feel free to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Tell Congress: Lower the Cost of Life-Saving Medicines

    Drug companies are routinely charging more than $100,000 a year for new medications.

    Big Pharma’s price-gouging is so extreme that even people WITH INSURANCE can’t afford life-saving drugs.

    The only way to overcome Big Pharma’s greed is for We the People to demand that elected officials put OUR health before pharmaceutical industry profits.

    Add Your Name to Demand that Congress Take Action to Lower Drug Costs

    We the undersigned call on Congress to pass legislation that will curb pharmaceutical industry price-gouging so that everyday Americans can afford life-saving drugs.

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    Stop the Congressional Attack on Public Protections

    Sign the Petition to Oppose the SCRUB Act and the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act

    This week, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on bills that would weaken our government’s ability to protect the public, the environment and the economy from corporate recklessness.

    Both the SCRUB Act (H.R. 115) and the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act (H.R. 712) are a high priority for corporate lobbyists seeking to throw a wrench in the gears of our regulatory system.

    Add your name to the petition urging members of the US House of Representatives to VOTE NO on H.R. 1155 and H.R. 712.

    PETITION TO CONGRESS

    We, the undersigned, call on our members of Congress to VOTE NO on H.R. 115 and H.R. 712. Instead of pushing bogus anti-regulation policies that are beloved by Big Business, Congress should focus on addressing real issues that the American people care about. Our government’s ability to protect the public, the environment and the economy from corporate recklessness should be strengthened, not weakened.

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    Stop the Congressional Attack on the Public’s Power to Fight Corporate Recklessness

    Tell your representative to VOTE NO on H.R. 1927 and H.R. 712

    This week, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on bills that are a direct attack on the public’s power to combat predatory corporations.

    Both H.R. 1927 and H.R. 712 are high priorities for lobbyists seeking to radically expand corporate power and undermine the rights of the American people.

    Make sure your representative knows you expect him or her to VOTE NO on H.R. 1927 and H.R. 712.

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    WAmend I-735 Campaign Exceeded its Signature Goal

    Washington State is One Step Closer to Becoming the 17th State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    Organizers just turned in more than 337,000 signatures demanding a vote this fall on whether Washington state should call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    If WAmend I-735 passes, Washington will become the 17th state to call to overturn Citizens United and reclaim the people’s place in American democracy.

    Add Your Name in Support of Overturning Citizens United and Thank the Washingtonians Who Are Taking Part in the WAmend I-735 Campaign For a Constitutional Amendment

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    Call on Congress to Investigate Why Medicare Cannot Negotiate with Big Pharma


    You pay twice as much for brand-name drugs in the United States as you would in Canada, Sweden, Japan or England.

    Those countries — and many more — control drug prices by using their buying power to negotiate with Big Pharma.

    But in the United States, Medicare is prohibited by law from negotiating.

    The drug companies and their ARMY OF LOBBYISTS saw to that when Medicare Part D was created back in 2003.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Calling on Congress to Investigate why Medicare Cannot Negotiate with Big Pharma

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    Urge New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Call State Senator O’Mara at (607) 735-9671 Right Now

    Say the following: I’m calling to urge state Senator Thomas O’Mara to add his name to state Senator Phil Boyle’s letter for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Please Let Us Know That You Called and How Your Call Went

    We need to know how many calls we’re generating so that we can adjust the pressure if necessary.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Representative

    The White House has said that pushing the TPP will be a top priority for 2016. As such, President Obama is expected to devote a significant amount of his upcoming State of the Union address to hyping the dangerous deal.

    But many aspects of the disastrous TPP undermine significant achievements made during Obama’s presidency.

    Urge Your Representative to Preserve the Obama Administration’s Achievements and Oppose the TPP

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    Call on Congress to Investigate Why Medicare Cannot Negotiate with Big Pharma


    You pay twice as much for brand-name drugs in the United States as you would in Canada, Sweden, Japan or England.

    Those countries — and many more — control drug prices by using their buying power to negotiate with Big Pharma.

    But in the United States, Medicare is prohibited by law from negotiating.

    The drug companies and their ARMY OF LOBBYISTS saw to that when Medicare Part D was created back in 2003.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Calling on Congress to Investigate why Medicare Cannot Negotiate with Big Pharma

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    Take a Quick Survey About Big Pharma’s Worst Practices

    We want to hear what you think. Please complete the survey below.

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    Urge New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Call State Senator O’Mara at (607) 735-9671 Right Now

    Say the following: I’m calling to urge state Senator Thomas O’Mara to add his name to state Senator Phil Boyle’s letter for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Please Let Us Know That You Called and How Your Call Went

    We need to know how many calls we’re generating so that we can adjust the pressure if necessary.

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    Urge New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Call State Senator O’Mara at (607) 735-9671 Right Now

    Say the following: I’m calling to urge state Senator Thomas O’Mara to add his name to state Senator Phil Boyle’s letter for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Please Let Us Know That You Called and How Your Call Went

    We need to know how many calls we’re generating so that we can adjust the pressure if necessary.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Members of Congress

    Congress just passed an omnibus bill that included the repeal of country-of-origin meat labels (COOL) for beef and pork. The World Trade Organization (WTO) had authorized $1 billion in trade sanctions against the U.S. annually unless we got rid of the popular meat labels that we consumers rely on to make informed choices about our food. And just weeks ago, the WTO ordered the U.S. to gut the dolphin-safe tuna labeling policies that allow us to make sure the tuna we buy is caught in ways that do not kill dolphins.

    These rulings make clear that trade pacts can and do undermine our domestic consumer and environmental safeguards. And the TPP would open us up to more of these threats.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Oppose the TPP

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    Martin Shkreli — the Notorious, Price-gouging Pharmaceutical CEO — has Been Arrested!

    With federal charges and possible regulatory penalties in his future, Shkreli may be unable to find investors or even banned from running other companies.

    Add Your Name if You Agree that all Possible Charges Should be Brought Against Martin Shkreli

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    Tell Congress to Oppose Blatant Giveaways to Billionaires and Big Business in the Budget

    After months of partisan grandstanding under the specter of a shutdown — Congress at last introduced legislation to fund the federal government for another year.

    Sadly, the 2,009-page “omnibus” bill contains several blatant giveaways to billionaires and Big Business.

    The House and Senate will vote in a matter of days.

    Tell your members of Congress: Remove the Big Business giveaways or VOTE NO on the whole bill.

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    Help Get WAmend I-735 On the Ballot Next November

    Commit to Gathering Signatures Before the Year-End Deadline

    We have until the end of the year to collect the 50,000 remaining signatures needed to get WAmend I-735 on the ballot in 2016. And we need all hands on deck to make it happen.

    If WAmend I-735 passes, Washington will become the 17th state to call to overturn Citizens United and claim the people’s rightful place in our democracy.

    Tell us how many signatures you’ll collect to drive this effort home

    If you don't yet have a petition sheet, click here to request one on WAmend’s campaign site by Saturday, December 19th.

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    Urge New York State Senator Joe Robach to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Call State Senator Joe Robach at (585) 225-3650 Right Now.

    Say the following: I’m calling to urge state Senator Joe Robach to add his name to state Senator Phil Boyle’s letter for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

    Please Let Us Know That You Called and How Your Call Went

    We need to know how many calls we’re generating so that we can adjust the pressure if necessary.

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    Urge New York State Senator Joe Robach to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Call State Senator Joe Robach at (585) 225-3650 Right Now

    Say the following: I’m calling to urge state Senator Joe Robach to add his name to state Senator Phil Boyle’s letter for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

    Please Let Us Know That You Called and How Your Call Went

    We need to know how many calls we’re generating so that we can adjust the pressure if necessary.

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    Oppose Pfizer’s Tax Dodging

    The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is maneuvering to merge with a much smaller company in Ireland — a notorious corporate tax haven.

    Pfizer’s real headquarters would remain in America, where the company would continue making billions and billions selling overpriced medications.

    But by “relocating” — on paper — to Ireland, Pfizer would be able to skip out on billions in taxes here at home every year.

    Sign the Petition

    I oppose the scheme by Pfizer to avoid paying its fair share of taxes in the U.S.

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    Make British American Tobacco Pay

    A scathing news report has exposed British American Tobacco for bribing politicians in Africa.

    A report from the BBC details some of the most extreme examples in recent memory of a global corporation sabotaging lifesaving public health laws in order to push its deadly products.

    But thanks to a whistleblower who talked to the BBC and provided detailed documentation, we have a prime opportunity to hold Big Tobacco accountable.

    Tell U.S. and international authorities to crack down on British American Tobacco.

    Sign the Petition to Decision-Makers*

    British American Tobacco (BAT) has been implicated in conducting illegal activities in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Comoros. A documentary by the BBC revealed that BAT engaged in corporate espionage and bribed politicians and policymakers in the name of buying political influence and undermining tobacco control policies.

    We believe global corporations should not be able to act with such impunity and disregard for people’s lives. We are deeply concerned about the devastating health effects of tobacco throughout the supply chain, and we support democracy across Africa. For these reasons, we demand full and public inquiries into BAT’s activities. And we stand with public officials and people in the United Kingdom, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Comoros and the United States to make BAT pay.

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    Keep Oil Export Ban in Place

    Email Your Senators to Protect People, Not Oil Profits

    Right now, world leaders are in Paris figuring out how to save our planet.

    Meanwhile, back here in America, some senators are trying to sneak through a backroom deal that would actually increase carbon pollution by allowing even more oil production.

    Email your senators to stop the harmful impacts of lifting the crude oil export ban.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Members of Congress

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) just authorized $1 billion in trade sanctions against the U.S. annually unless we get rid of the country-of-origin meat labels (COOL) that we consumers rely on to make informed choices about our food. Two weeks ago, the WTO ordered the U.S. to gut the dolphin-safe tuna labeling policies that allow us to make sure the tuna we buy is caught in ways that do not kill dolphins.

    These rulings make clear that trade pacts can and do undermine our domestic consumer and environmental safeguards. And the TPP would open us up to more of these threats.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Oppose the TPP

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    Public Hearing at Denton Council on Proposed Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant

    Ask the City Council to Choose 100 Percent Renewable Energy Instead

    Denton is already under siege by the oil and gas industry. Why would the city consider investing in the very resource that is putting local people at risk?

    The utility thinks a natural gas-fired power plant will be profitable, but this is actually a risky proposal because natural gas prices change so much.

    Energy efficiency, wind energy, solar energy and demand response — when the utility pays customers to temporarily reduce their energy use — are all clean energy options that are affordable now. And energy storage is rapidly becoming affordable too.

    Setting a goal to use 100 percent renewable energy and working to meet that goal will save Denton Municipal Electric customers money and protect public health and the environment. If the City Council can’t agree on setting a 100 percent renewable energy goal now, it should establish a citizen task force to study the options and make recommendations.

    WHAT: Public hearing on whether Denton should build a natural gas-burning power plant
    WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Denton City Hall, 215 E McKinney St

    Sign Up to Attend the Denton City Council Public Hearing

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    Call New York State Senator Jack Martins RIGHT NOW

    Urge Him to Sign the Letter For a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    We need to know how many calls we're generating to adjust the pressure if necessary. Please let us know when you call.

    Call State Senator Jack Martins at (516) 746-5924 right now.

    Some optional talking points:

    • I am calling to urge state Senator Jack Martins to sign state Senator Phil Boyle's letter to Congress supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent outside interests, including unions and billionaires from the left and the right, from buying our elections.
    • A recent Bloomberg poll shows that 78 percent of Americans, including 80 percent of Republicans, think that Citizens United should be overturned. And 21 cities, towns and counties in New York have called upon the state legislature to act.
    • A majority in the Assembly has signed the letter, which is being circulated by Republicans and and Democrats alike, and we are only one signature away from a majority in the state Senate.
    • I want Senator Martins to sign GOP state Senator Phil Boyle's letter to Congress that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Please Let Us Know That You Called and How Your Call Went

    We need to know how many calls we're generating so that we can adjust the pressure if necessary.

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    Stand Up for D.C.

    Submit Comments in Opposition to Exelon’s Takeover of Pepco

    In August, the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) rejected Chicago-based Exelon’s initial bid to take over Pepco.

    But in October Mayor Muriel Bowser cut a deal with Exelon — paving the way for the rejected merger to go forward.

    Since then, Exelon and Pepco have been manufacturing public support for their latest merger scheme.

    Tell the PSC that the public still opposes this rotten deal.

    Submit a Public Comment on the Bowser-Exelon-Pepco Takeover Deal


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    Make Corporate America Pay Its Fair Share

    Tell Congress: Let Corporate Tax Loopholes Remain Expired

    Loopholes that let multinational corporations hide money in offshore tax havens have expired. They should not be renewed.

    The two specific tax loopholes we're targeting cost U.S. taxpayers $10 billion each year while enabling large, profitable multinationals to avoid paying their fair share — some even pay no taxes at all — while shifting jobs and profits overseas.

    Some lawmakers want to re-open the loopholes for another year or two — and some even want to keep them open permanently.

    Make Corporate America pay its fair share. When it comes to reviving these corporate tax loopholes, Congress should do nothing and keep them expired.

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    Keep Alcohol Advertising Out of Public Transit in Washington, D.C.

    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has reversed a policy that kept alcohol ads out of Metro for 20 years.

    Tens of thousands of students ride Metro to and from school every day. And we know that the more alcohol ads kids see, the more likely they are to drink.

    Selling out our city’s youth and compromising public health puts Metro on the wrong track.

    Add Your Name If You Oppose Allowing Alcohol Ads on Metro Trains and Buses in Our Nation’s Capital

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    Tell the D.C. Council to Support Fair Elections

    A system called “fair elections” — in which small donations to candidates who agree not to take large or corporate contributions are matched by public funds — would give candidates in D.C. a major incentive to prioritize regular people over corporate interests and mega-donors.

    This system works, and it’s time to implement it in our nation’s capital.

    Tell the D.C. Council:

    Support fair elections legislation to fight big money politics in the District.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Members of Congress to Oppose Unsafe Food

    The TPP is stuffed with harmful provisions that threaten the safety of your food.

    Under the TPP, food labels — like popular GMO labels — could be challenged as illegal “trade barriers.” And the U.S. would be forced to accept seafood and meat imports from TPP countries that do not meet our safety standards.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Thank You for Signing

    Now Amplify Your Voice

    Please take a moment to call New York state Senator Jack Martins and urge him to sign the letter for an amendment to overturn Citizens United today.

    State Senator Jack Martins

    (516) 746-5924

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • I am calling to urge state Senator Jack Martins to sign state Senator Phil Boyle's letter to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent outside interests, including unions and billionaires from the left and the right, from buying our elections.
    • A recent Bloomberg poll shows that 78 percent of Americans, including 80 percent of Republicans, think that Citizens United should be overturned. And 21 cities, towns and counties in New York have called upon the state legislature to act.
    • A majority in the Assembly has signed the letter, which is being circulated by Republicans and and Democrats alike, and we are only one signature away from a majority in the state Senate.
    • I want Senator Martins to sign GOP state Senator Phil Boyle's letter to Congress that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Urge New York State Senator Jack Martins to Sign His GOP Colleague’s Letter For a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    New York is ONE State Senator Away from Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    Thirty-one New York state senators have signed the letter, which is being circulated by both Democrats and Republicans. We need only ONE more state senator to step up to win.

    And state Senator Jack Martins has indicated he could be that senator.

    Add Your Name to Urge New York State Senator Jack Martins to Sign on to the Letter for an Amendment Today

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    President Obama, Close the Dark Money Corruption Loophole and Fight for Disclosure

    Urge the President to Require Corporations that do Business with the Government to Disclose their Political Spending

     

    Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers who are responsible for — you guessed it — awarding government contracts.

    It’s a cycle of corruption enabled by a detestable loophole in election law.

    But there’s good news: Closing the corrupting loophole doesn’t require an act of Congress. President Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen.

    Urge the president to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending

    Petition to President Obama:

     

    We, the undersigned strongly support requiring corporations that bid for government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

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    Denton Council to Vote on Proposed Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant

    Plant Would Use as Much Gas as Is Produced by 58 Mature Fracked Wells

    Denton Municipal Electric’s goal of getting 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2019 is great, but it shouldn’t be paired with building more natural gas-fired power plants.

    Not only is natural gas polluting, it also can drive up electric bills when natural gas prices increase. Given that facilities are being built to export natural gas to places like Europe, where prices are much higher, we can expect prices to increase.

    Wind and solar offer affordable energy at fixed prices because they have no fuel costs. These clean, renewable energy sources are the solution to climate change, local air pollution and water conservation.

    Denton Municipal Electric’s own analysis shows that 100 percent renewable energy is an option and that it would result in significantly lower costs than its current energy mix offers.

    Ask the Denton City Council to Reject the Natural Gas Power Plant

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    Austin Energy Study Claims Wind and Solar Increase Pollution

    Tell the Austin City Council to Reject This False Argument and Say “No” to a New Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant

    Austin Energy is at it again. The study that it commissioned Navigant to do claims that adding more wind and solar to the utility’s energy mix would result in increased air pollution.

    This claim is so obviously false that it would be laughable if this study wasn’t supposed to be a key tool for the Austin City Council to use in making its decision about whether or not to authorize Austin Energy to build a new natural gas-fired power plant.

    The Navigant study shows that wind is the best option in two out of four scenarios and that wind and solar are competitive in all scenarios. There is no need to build a new natural gas plant, but the study still concludes exactly what Austin Energy wanted it to: build a gas plant.

    Email the Austin City Council to Ask It to Reject a Gas Plant and Go with Renewable Energy Instead

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    Tell Your Representative: Keep Connecticut's Elections Clean

    Connecticut politicians could be about to make a terrible mistake.

    Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Martin Looney have released a new budget proposal that would eliminate 2016 funding for the Citizens’ Election Program, which allows Connecticut candidates to run for office without taking campaign contributions from big-money donors.

    In an election year expected to be dominated by more big-money spending by wealthy special interests than ever before, cutting the Citizens' Election Program is a step in exactly the WRONG direction.

    Don’t let them cut funding for the Citizens’ Election Program. Tell your state lawmakers to defend clean elections.

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    Call Our Target State Senators

    Your Call Could Make the Difference

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge [senator name] to sign state Senator Phil Boyle's letter to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent outside interests, including unions and billionaires from the left and the right, from buying our elections.
    • 21 cities, towns and counties in New York have called upon the state legislature to act and a recent Bloomberg poll shows that 78 percent of Americans, including 80 percent of Republicans, think that Citizens United should be overturned.
    • A majority in the Assembly has signed the letter, which is being circulated by Republicans and and Democrats alike, and we are only one signature away from a majority in the state Senate.
    • I want [senator name] to sign GOP state Senator Phil Boyle's letter to Congress that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Tell Congress: Ban Forced Arbitration

    Congress Should Restore Consumer Rights by Passing the Arbitration Fairness Act

    Thousands of corporations are using forced arbitration clauses to deny the rights of ripped-off consumers.

    These clauses block ripped-off consumers from holding corporations accountable in court. Instead, consumers are routed into the rigged system of private arbitration, where decisions are in the hands of corporations’ handpicked arbitrators instead of impartial judges.

    It’s time for Congress to step up and stop these unconscionable clauses once and for all.

    Sign the petition to tell Congress: Ban forced arbitration. Pass the Arbitration Fairness Act.

    PETITION TO CONGRESS

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act (S. 1133 and H.R. 2087), legislation that would ensure that the use of arbitration to resolve disputes is truly voluntary and not forced on consumers and workers in the fine-print terms of corporate contracts. Restore our ability to exercise our constitutional right to a day in court.

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    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Newly Released Text Even Worse Than We Thought

    The finally public text reveals that the TPP would offshore more American jobs, lower our wages, flood us with unsafe imported food, raise the price of medicines and expose our laws to attack in foreign tribunals.

    It is clearer than ever that the TPP might be a good deal for the multinational corporations that influenced the secret negotiations — but it is not a good deal for the rest of us.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

  • (No Title)

    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

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    Stop El Paso Electric from Killing Solar in the Sun City

    Attend the El Paso City Council Public Hearing

    Solar energy is now being used in homes and businesses across the country to keep bills low. Use of this technology is finally picking up in El Paso – which has more solar resources than almost anywhere else in the United States.

    So, of course, the monopoly utility company – El Paso Electric – is trying to stop people from making their own electricity to keep their bills affordable.

    Slapping unfair fees on solar customers has become a favorite tactic by utilities in many places. But this proposal can be defeated with enough public opposition. We need everyone who already has solar installations at their homes and everyone who is generally supportive of clean, renewable energy to join together and demand that the El Paso City Council reject El Paso Electric’s proposal to unfairly target customers who use solar energy.

    What: Public hearing on the El Paso Electric rate case
    When: December 2, 9 a.m.
    Where: El Paso City Hall, 300 N. Campbell Street

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing to Stand Up for Solar Energy

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    Global Climate March Austin

    Demand Action from World and Local Leaders — Environmental Justice for All

    On November 30, world leaders will meet in Paris to negotiate a global climate deal after a monumental failure to do so in 2009. The day before, we will join people around the world to take a stand and commit to clean energy. In Austin, we will focus on environmental justice both at the local and international levels as well as what Paris could mean for our future as a species.

    Before the march, we will enjoy music, information booths, kid-friendly activities and speakers who will explain how climate change affects us all — particularly how it affects people of different economic classes, races and neighborhoods unequally, as we saw with the most recent floods.

    What: Global Climate March Austin
    When: Saturday, November 29, 1 p.m.
    Where: Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds, 1100 Congress Ave
    Why: To inspire action globally and locally

    Get updates and invite your friends on Facebook.

    Join us for the Austin Climate Change Rally and March

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    Stop Latest Senate Attack on Clean Power Plan

    Sign Petition to Uphold U.S. Climate Action Plan

    The U.S. Senate is trying to kill the Clean Power Plan ...

    ... and undermine our efforts to reach a global commitment on climate action.

    Add your name to support the Clean Power Plan

    We, the undersigned, urge you to oppose Senator Mitch McConnell’s Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval that would permanently block the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Power plants are the country’s single largest source of the pollution fueling climate change and the Clean Power Plan is the single biggest step we have ever taken to tackle climate change.

    This plan is expected to deliver billions of dollars in benefits and will prevent nearly 3,000 premature deaths and more than a hundred thousand asthma attacks per year by 2030 — these resolutions would undo all of those benefits. And undermine our position in global climate negotiations.

    We strongly urge you to oppose these resolutions that put the health of our children and families at risk, threaten the quality of our air, and strip the EPA of the tools to address dangerous carbon pollution.

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    Stop the Takeover Propaganda Machine

    Lodge a Citizen Complaint against Pepco and Exelon

    Pepco is using its customers’ contact information to disseminate pro-takeover propaganda.

    Pepco and Exelon’s tactics to manufacture public support — for a deal that will result in high electricity rates under a mega-utility known for its anti-clean energy agenda — is wrong.

    Add Your Name to the Complaint to the PSC

    As Pepco customers, we are appalled that our electric utility is sending emails and mailings touting the benefits of a deal that would result in the acquisition of Pepco by Exelon and encouraging its customers to sign a petition — hosted on an Exelon website — in support of the takeover. It is inappropriate for Pepco to use our contact information for its campaign to garner public support for a deal that will personally benefit its CEO and shareholders, especially since these communications provide no information about how this deal could negatively affect ratepayers. We urge you to order Pepco to stop using our contact information to disseminate pro-takeover propaganda.

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    Community Hearing on Exelon Takeover

    The D.C. Public Service Commission is allowing only one community hearing on Exelon’s latest bid to take over Pepco.

    Let’s make it count!

    When: November 17 at 10 a.m.

    Where: 1325 G Street, N.W., Suite 800

    Add your name below to let me know you are interested in attending the hearing. I will be following up with more details and information. Thank you!

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    Next Step: Call the White House to Urge President Obama to Issue a #NoSecretMoney Executive Order

    Don't Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    1. Dial 202-456-1111 to reach the White House switchboard. (You may briefly be put on hold or directed to another line. Please be patient!)

    2. When you are connected with a volunteer operator, introduce yourself and then use this short script:

    “I am calling to urge President Obama to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Citizens United happened under the president’s watch, and time is running out for him to address the flood of secret spending the disastrous decision unleashed.”

    3. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Fight Unlimited Money in Politics in Washington

    Help Get WAmend I-735 On the Ballot Next November

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s flawed ruling in Citizens United v. FEC allowed corporations and the wealthy to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections, corrupting the democratic process.

    If WAmend I-735 passes, Washington will become the 17th state to call to overturn Citizens United and reclaim the people’s place in American democracy.

    Add Your Name to Join the Effort to Get WAmend I-735 On the Ballot

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    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

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    Next Step: Call Your Members of Congress

    Tell Your Members of Congress to Oppose Blatant Giveaways to Billionaires and Big Business in the Budget

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call 1-888-291-9824 to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

    2. Ask for your representative or one of your senators. It’s best to call all three. (Not sure who your members of Congress are? To check, follow this link.)

    3. When a staff member answers the phone, feel free to use this script:

    Please introduce or support amendments to remove the following budget riders:

    • The rider that prevents the SEC from requiring corporations to disclose their political spending,
    • The rider that eliminates country-of-origin labels for pork and beef,
    • The rider that repeals the limit on exporting crude oil produced in America,
    • And the rider that blocks the IRS from modernizing its rules to prevent political groups from exploiting nonprofit status.

    4. Leave a comment below to let us know how your call went. This will help us prioritize which members of Congress are in need of extra grassroots pressure.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Vote “No”

    A month since announcing a “final” deal, the Obama administration still refuses to release the text of the TPP — while simultaneously engaging in a one-sided sales pitch to Congress and the public about the pact’s alleged terms and benefits.

    But even with the extreme secrecy, we know enough, due to partial leaks of the secret text, to be very afraid.

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    Keep Dangerously Heavy Trucks Off U.S. Roads

    Tell Your Members of Congress to Oppose Rep. Reid Ribble's Proposed Amendment

    The House is voting on amendments to a six-year transportation bill that includes federal funding for roads and bridges all over the country.

    One of those amendments — known as “Ribble 29” after Congressman Reid Ribble, a trucking industry puppet from Wisconsin — would raise the weight limit for trucks to 91,000 pounds. That's 11,000 points more than the current legal limit.

    Heavier trucks do more damage to roads and bridges. And they are more deadly. Already, crashes involving big trucks kill 11 people and injure hundreds more every day.

    Send Your representative an Emergency Email Urging Him or Her to Oppose the “Ribble 29” Amendment that Would Make Our Roads More Dangerous Just to Boost Trucking Industry Profits

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    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

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    Martin Shkreli’s Price-Gouging is Wrong, and He Should Immediately and Fully Reverse It

     
    A Wall Street hedge fund multi-millionaire named Martin Shkreli recently started a company that bought the rights to a medicine called Daraprim — a critical medication for pregnant women, cancer patients and others who contract a parasitic infection from contaminated food or water.

    The company then jacked up the cost of this life-or-death medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill, an increase of 5,456 percent!

    In response to overwhelming public outcry, Shkreli has begrudgingly conceded to lowering the cost. But he hasn’t said when or by how much.

    Add Your Name Now If You Agree

     
    Martin Shkreli’s price-gouging is wrong, and he should immediately and fully reverse it.

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    Take a Stand Against Martin Shkreli’s Greed

     
    Remember Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund multi-millionaire whose company raised the price of a life-saving medication, Deraprim, from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill?

    People all over the world very rightly went ballistic.

    And the 32-year-old Shkreli — who has bragged about spending $9,000 on a single bottle of wine — begrudgingly said he would scale back the price increase.

    But Shkreli reneged on his commitment to lower the cost of this critical drug.

    Add Your Name to Share Your Outrage and Tell Martin Shkreli What You Think of Him


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    Stop Latest House Attack on Clean Power Plan

    Sign Petition to Uphold U.S. Climate Action Plan

    The U.S. House of Representatives is trying to kill the Clean Power Plan ...

    ... and undermine our efforts to reach a global commitment on climate action.

    Add your name to support the Clean Power Plan

    We, the undersigned, urge you to oppose Representative Ed Whitfield’s Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval that would permanently block the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Power plants are the country’s single largest source of the pollution fueling climate change and the Clean Power Plan is the single biggest step we have ever taken to tackle climate change.

    This plan is expected to deliver billions of dollars in benefits and will prevent nearly 3,000 premature deaths and more than a hundred thousand asthma attacks per year by 2030 - these resolutions would undo all of those benefits. And undermine our position in global climate negotiations.

    We strongly urge you to oppose these resolutions that put the health of our children and families at risk, threaten the quality of our air, and strip the EPA of the tools to address dangerous carbon pollution.

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    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

  • (No Title)

    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

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    Tell Vanguard to Keep Retirement Savings Out of Secret Money Politics

    Corporations are channeling an unprecedented amount of secret money into our elections. Even worse, they’re doing it with our retirement savings.

    The Vanguard Group, the largest manager of retirement savings, represents the 401(k) accounts of millions of Americans. It owns about a quarter of the stock market.

    As a trusted steward of the public’s savings, Vanguard has the power – and the obligation – to combat Citizens United’s corrosion of our democracy.

    Tell Vanguard to keep our retirement savings out of secret money politics.

    Note: The form below will send an email to the staff of Vanguard's corporate governance department. After you send your message, you may receive an out-of-office autoreply or confirmation email from Vanguard.

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    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

  • (No Title)

    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

  • (No Title)

    Martin Shkreli’s Price-Gouging is Wrong, and He Should Immediately and Fully Reverse It

     
    A Wall Street hedge fund multi-millionaire named Martin Shkreli recently started a company that bought the rights to a medicine called Daraprim — a critical medication for pregnant women, cancer patients and others who contract a parasitic infection from contaminated food or water.

    The company then jacked up the cost of this life-or-death medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill, an increase of 5,456 percent!

    In response to overwhelming public outcry, Shkreli has begrudgingly conceded to lowering the cost. But he hasn’t said when or by how much.

    Add Your Name Now If You Agree

     
    Martin Shkreli’s price-gouging is wrong, and he should immediately and fully reverse it.

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    Tell President Obama: Say Noooooooo to #DarthMoney, Use Your Power to Shine Light on the Corporate Empire’s Phantom Menace

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, light and dark sides of the Force clashed over the fate of the universe.

    And today, in the United States, the infamous Citizens United ruling has blown a Death-Star-sized hole in our democracy, allowing the Corporate Empire to secretly pour untold sums into our elections, drowning out the real voices of the American people.

    President Obama has the power to single-handedly save us from the Phantom Menace that is #DarthMoney.

    He doesn’t even need a light saber. With the stroke of a pen, the president can sign an executive order requiring federal contractors — which includes most large corporations — to disclose their political spending.

    Tell President Obama:

    Say NOOOOOOOOO to #DarthMoney, sign an executive order to shine light on the Phantom Menace of the Corporate Empire’s secret political spending.

  • (No Title)

    Martin Shkreli’s Price-Gouging is Wrong, and He Should Immediately and Fully Reverse It

     
    A Wall Street hedge fund multi-millionaire named Martin Shkreli recently started a company that bought the rights to a medicine called Daraprim — a critical medication for pregnant women, cancer patients and others who contract a parasitic infection from contaminated food or water.

    The company then jacked up the cost of this life-or-death medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill, an increase of 5,456 percent!

    In response to overwhelming public outcry, Shkreli has begrudgingly conceded to lowering the cost. But he hasn’t said when or by how much.

    Add Your Name Now If You Agree

     
    Martin Shkreli’s price-gouging is wrong, and he should immediately and fully reverse it.

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    Ready to Defend the Clean Power Plan

    Add Your Name to Support Carbon Cutting Standards

    Twenty-five states, along with several corporations and industry groups, have filed lawsuits against the Clean Power Plan. And congressional opponents to climate action are attempting to overturn the plan through an obscure legislative procedure.

    Public Citizen is ready to defend the Clean Power Plan from these attacks.

    Join this Effort by Adding Your Name Below

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    Meet With Your State Senator and Ask Him/Her to Sign Senator Boyle’s Letter in Support of a Constitutional Amendment

    Make New York the 17th State to Call Foul on Citizens United

    We need only ONE more senator to sign in support of an amendment and we win.

    Please attend an in-district meeting and urge your Republican state senator to join the bipartisan call for a constitutional amendment by signing Senator Boyle's letter right away.

    Add Your Name if You Are Willing to Attend an In-District Meeting

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    Ready to Defend the Clean Power Plan

    Add Your Name to Support Carbon Cutting Standards

    Twenty-five states, along with several corporations and industry groups, have filed lawsuits against the Clean Power Plan. And congressional opponents to climate action are attempting to overturn the plan through an obscure legislative procedure.

    Public Citizen is ready to defend the Clean Power Plan from these attacks.

    Join this Effort by Adding Your Name Below

  • (No Title)

    Ready to Defend the Clean Power Plan

    Add Your Name to Support Carbon Cutting Standards

    Twenty-five states, along with several corporations and industry groups, have filed lawsuits against the Clean Power Plan. And congressional opponents to climate action are attempting to overturn the plan through an obscure legislative procedure.

    Public Citizen is ready to defend the Clean Power Plan from these attacks.

    Join this Effort by Adding Your Name Below

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    Help Elizabeth Warren Stand Up to Wall Street and Pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    Sixteen years ago, Congress repealed the Glass-Steagall Act.

    And while champagne glasses may have been clinking on Wall Street in 1999, this repeal is among the main triggers of the financial catastrophe that devastated Main Street (and the rest of our economy) in 2008.

    Now we’re marking the anniversary of Glass-Steagall’s repeal with a demand for Congress:

    Pass Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act.

    Sign the Petition

    We support the 21st-Century Glass Steagall Act (S. 1709, H.R. 3054). Like its New Deal-era namesake, this bill would erect a wall between traditional banks and the risky world of investment banks and hedge funds. This legislation would make banks less massive and complex, and curtail their ability to use government guarantees to fuel Wall Street speculation. It would be a big step toward ending the era of banks that are Too Big to Fail — and jail, manage or regulate.

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    Thank the Austin City Council for Approving a Large Purchase of Solar Energy

    Affordable Solar will Keep Bills Low and Reduce Pollution

    On October 15, the Austin City Council approved an additional 100 to 150 megawatts of solar energy projects for Austin Energy for 2016 and directed Austin Energy to bring another 150 megawatts online by 2019. Together with the projects approved on October 1, the Council has given the go-ahead for between 400 and 450 megawatts of new solar energy to be completed by the end of 2016.

    At prices reported around 3.8 cents per kilowatt-hour, these solar energy projects are some of the cheapest ever reported. The prices will be fixed for contract periods of between 15 and 25 years.

    This is a huge win for Austin Energy customers and the environment. We no longer have to choose between clean energy and saving money. The Council has made a decision that will keep bills low for years to come.

    More energy decisions will be coming up and we need the Austin City Council to know that the public supports this transition to clean, affordable renewable energy.

    Send a Thank-You Note to the City Council for Approving These Solar Purchases

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    Petition to Release the TPP Text

    Add Your Name to Demand the Release of the Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Text

    Though a deal was announced, the TPP nightmare could become a reality if Congress votes to approve it.

    We need the text to become public now so that members of Congress will be forced to face the truth about the TPP — that it’s a bad deal for the people they represent.

    Petition to the United States Trade Representative:

    “The level of secrecy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is unconscionable. Even now, weeks after you have announced a “final” TPP deal, you are keeping the text away from the public, Congress and the press. We the People demand a full and immediate release of the final TPP text.”

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    Thank You for Emailing New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper

    Now Amplify Your Voice

    Please take a moment to call New Hampshire Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper and urge him to turn down the recommendation for an interim study on SB 136 and attend a public meeting to discuss the bill calling foul on Citizens United.

    New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper

    (603) 271-3661

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • I am calling to urge Speaker Shawn Jasper to turn down the House Committee’s recommendation for an interim study of SB 136, the New Hampshire bill studying the need for  an amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent outside interests, including unions and billionaires from the left and the right, from buying our elections.
    • Speaker Jasper should keep his promise to attend a public meeting about the bill and vote “Ought to Pass SB 136” in January.
    • New Hampshire prides itself in having a volunteer legislature that stands for the people of New Hampshire and we lose that representation when outside interests can spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections.
    • 69 towns in New Hampshire have passed resolutions calling upon the state Legislature to call to overturn Citizens United. And citizens in the Granite State on both sides of the aisle poll 3-to-1 in favor of an amendment.
    • A recent Bloomberg poll shows that 78 percent of Americans, including 80 percent of Republicans, think that Citizens United should be overturned
    • SB 136 passed unanimously through the Republican controlled state Senate and there's no reason why it shouldn't pass in the state House as well. Your support will be crucial in pushing the state House to turn down the Interim Study recommendation and vote to pass this critical good-government bill instead.
    • Will Speaker Jasper keep his promise to attend a public meeting about SB 136 so he can hear from the people of New Hampshire why turning down the interim study recommendation and voting “Ought to Pass”is the right thing to do?
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    Urge Council Members to Co-sponsor D.C. Fair Elections

    Help Restore the Voice of Everyday Voters in Our Nation’s Capital

    D.C. Fair Elections would match small campaign contributions to local candidates with limited public funds at a rate of five-to-one.

    Candidates participating in the program would be required to demonstrate broad public support and accept lower maximum contribution limits, leveling the playing field between mega-donors and everyday voters.

    Please take a moment to send an email to the councilmembers who haven’t yet co-sponsored D.C. Fair Elections and urge them to do so immediately.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Feel free to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Stop the Electricity Price Gouge in Illinois

    Sign Petition Calling for FERC to Investigate Dynegy

    Illinois residents will see a big jump in electric rates this year resulting from a recent alleged rigged market auction — unless federal regulators step in.

    Public Citizen and thousands of Prairie State residents have asked FERC to do just that.

    Add Your Name to Investigate Dynegy and Stop the Price Hike

    We, the undersigned, urge FERC to immediately institute an investigation into whether Dynegy manipulated an energy market auction, which resulted in an 800 percent increase in wholesale electricity rates in Illinois. This rate hike is unjust and unreasonable and must be stopped.

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    Tell Us How You’ll Vote on I-122 Honest Elections Seattle

    Do You Want Seattle to Lead the Fight Against Plutocracy with I-122?

    The Honest Elections Seattle ballot initiative (I-122) is a package of key reforms designed to curb unlimited political spending and put control of Seattle elections back into the hands of We the People.

    I-122 includes:

    • Strong contribution limits and total spending caps for campaigns;
    • A ban on contributions from major corporate lobbyists;
    • A democracy voucher program that empowers everyday people to support candidates of their choice.

    When you receive your ballot in the mail, will you vote “yes” on I-122?

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    D.C. People’s Climate Movement Action

    Let’s build the call for bold action in solidarity with people uniting in 100 cities across the U.S.

    What: Action at the American Petroleum Institute’s headquarters. From there, we’ll march to City Hall to lift up and celebrate the work of local leaders fighting for climate justice here in D.C. through art, music and spoken word.

    When: Wednesday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m.

    Where: Franklin Square, 1301 K St. NW

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    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

  • (No Title)

    Tell Congress to Let Medicare Negotiate with Big Pharma

    Price-gouging and patent monopolies are behind Big Pharma’s obscene profits.

    Even so, with its vast purchasing power, Medicare should be able to negotiate lower prices — much lower.

    But Medicare is prohibited from doing exactly that by a 2003 law that the pharmaceutical industry and its legion of lobbyists in D.C. rammed through Congress.

    So our nation’s seniors pay at least $16 billion more per year than they would if Medicare could negotiate fair prices with the drug companies. And many simply go without medications they need.

    Tell Congress:

    Let Medicare negotiate lower prices with the drug companies.

  • (No Title)

    Thank You for Emailing City Council — Now Consider One More Step to Support Solar

    Support Solar for Austin at Austin City Council Meeting October 15

    When the Austin City Council makes its decision about whether to authorize the second batch of 300 megawatts of solar, we want them to be looking at a sea of green in the audience.

    Can you be part of that crowd?

    What: Austin City Council meeting to consider authorization of an additional 300 megawatts of solar. Wear green!
    When: October 15
    Where: Austin City Hall, Council Chambers, 301 W. 2nd Street
    Why: Because investing in affordable renewable energy is the path to stopping climate change, cleaning our air and water, reducing water use, creating jobs and lowering electric bills

    We don’t know what time this item will be up for a vote yet, but if you sign up to attend the City Council meeting, we’ll update you before October 15.

    If you have questions, email Kaiba at kwhite@citizen.org.

    Sign up to Attend the Austin City Council Meeting to Support Affordable Solar Energy

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    Celebrate First Batch of Solar for Austin and Help Get Second Batch Authorized

    Tell the Austin City Council You Want 600 MW of Affordable Solar

    The Austin City Council authorized Austin Energy to contract for up to 300 megawatts of solar on October 1. That’s great news, but it’s especially exciting because the contracts will be at some of the lowest prices ever seen.

    Authorization for the additional contracts to bring the total up to 600 megawatts has been postponed until October 15. Austin Energy has been directed to negotiate with the solar companies to get the best possible prices and we are hopeful that they will succeed in getting the prices in the second batch of contracts close to the phenomenal prices in the first batch. The prices were already very affordable though. Austin Energy customers will benefit from lower bills with these long-term investments.

    The City Council is under a lot of pressure from Austin Energy to reject the second batch of solar contracts. Please help us show them that the community doesn’t share that view.

    Email the Austin City Council to Say Thanks for Authorizing 300 MW Solar and Support Authorization of 600 Megawatts

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    Stop Big Oil’s Harmful Agenda

    Email Your Representative to Vote “No” on Crude Oil Export Repeal Bill

    The House of Representatives is voting on legislation that would lift the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, thereby allowing major oil companies to move their polluting product faster and generate even more profit.

    But lifting that ban would raise domestic gas prices and undermine efforts to slow climate disruption.

    Email Your Representative Today

    On Friday, October 9, the House of Representatives voted 261-159 to remove a ban on crude oil exports.

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    Stop Exelon’s Attempt to Fast Track Takeover

    Email D.C. Regulators to Demand Full Public Review of Exelon Deal

    Despite fierce public opposition, Mayor Muriel Bowser cut a deal with Exelon that would allow the Chicago-based corporation to take over Pepco.

    While the mayor, with Exelon’s CEO at her side, was announcing the deal, the mega-utility’s lawyers were filing a motion insisting that the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) fast track the approval of the takeover.

    This is an orchestrated one-two punch by Mayor Bowser and Exelon to shut out the public and overturn the PSC’s decision to reject the takeover.

    Email PSC to Demand Full Review of Exelon Deal

    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    President Obama: Issue an Executive Order to Fight Corruption

    Require Federal Contractors to Disclose Their Political Spending

    Corporations that have government contracts can secretly spend untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Petition to President Obama

    We, the undersigned, strongly support requiring corporations with government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Vote “No”

    Negotiators have announced a final agreement for the TPP.

    This is our key window for action. Concerned citizens from labor, faith, youth, senior, environmental, LGBT and other groups will join together for the next stage of our campaign: an all-out offensive to get our representatives to vote “no!” on the TPP.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Houston City Council Should Pass Anti-Idling Ordinance to Protect Public Health

    Dangerous Pollution from Large Trucks and Buses Fouls Houston Air

    Heavy duty trucks and buses that burn diesel are a major source of dangerous air pollution in Houston. Freight traffic will double in Houston over the next 25 years, and it’s time to reduce emissions from old, polluting diesel engines.

    We are working with our partners at Air Alliance Houston to build support for an anti-idling ordinance for Houston. The ordinance, which will limit idling of heavy-duty vehicles, will reduce harmful diesel pollution emissions and protect public health here in Houston. Idling restrictions will also save drivers of these vehicles thousands of dollars each year that otherwise would be wasted on fuel burned to go nowhere.

    The ordinance has been met with some opposition on the Houston City Council. We’re calling on all our supporters and anyone who values breathing clean air to contact the City Council to voice support for the anti-idling ordinance.

    Email the Houston City Council

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    Stay Informed About the Washington Effort to Fight Unlimited Money in Politics

    Help Get WAmend I-735 On the Ballot

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s flawed ruling in Citizens United v. FEC allowed corporations and the wealthy to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections, corrupting the democratic process.

    If WAmend I-735 passes, Washington will become the 17th state to call to overturn Citizens United and reclaim the people’s place in American democracy.

    Add Your Name to Stay In the Loop About the Effort to Get WAmend I-735 On the Ballot

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    Urge New Hampshire Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper to Support an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    New Hampshire Stands on the Brink of Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    The bill for a constitutional amendment — SB 136 — passed UNANIMOUSLY through the Republican-controlled state Senate and awaits a key vote in the state House.

    To pass this crucial bill, we need New Hampshire’s Speaker of the House, Shawn Jasper, to support it.

    Please take a minute to send an email to Speaker Shawn Jasper asking him to advocate for a constitutional amendment by supporting SB 136.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Attend #StopTPP Rally October 1 in Atlanta

    Take Action During TPP Talks in Atlanta

    As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks are coming to Atlanta in an effort to finalize the pro-corporate deal, the Atlanta community says, “Shut it down!”

    Wednesday, September 30:

    - Teach In to #StopTPP: 10 a.m. at AFSC, 75 Marietta St., 5th Floor

    - #TPPKills Press Conference: 12 p.m. in front of Westin Peachtree: 210 Peachtree St.

    Thursday, October 1:

    - Make Some Noise #StopTPP Rally: 12-2 p.m. (Bring instruments & noisemakers) at Troy Davis Park (AKA Woodruff Park) - International Peace Fountain, Peachtree Street & Auburn Avenue, downtown Atlanta

    - The People Shut It Down! #StopTPP Mass Rally: 5-7 p.m. at same location.

    Website: bit.ly/ATLStopTPP | Contact: StopTPP@atlantajwj.org | 404-913-9595

    Sign Up Below to RSVP and Get Updates

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    Thank You for Signing

    Now Amplify Your Voice

    Please take a moment to call New Hampshire Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper and urge him to support SB 136 — the bill for an amendment to overturn Citizens United — today.

    Speaker Shawn Jasper

    (603) 271-3661

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • I am calling to urge Speaker Shawn Jasper to support SB 136, the New Hampshire bill that calls for an amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent outside interests, including unions and billionaires from the left and the right, from buying our elections.
    • New Hampshire prides itself in having a volunteer legislature that stands for the people of New Hampshire and we lose that representation when outside interests can spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections.
    • 69 towns in New Hampshire have passed resolutions calling upon the state Legislature to call to overturn Citizens United. And citizens in the Granite State on both sides of the aisle poll 3-to-1 in favor of an amendment.
    • A recent Bloomberg poll shows that 78 percent of Americans, including 80 percent of Republicans, think that Citizens United should be overturned
    • SB 136 passed unanimously through the Republican controlled state Senate and awaits a key vote in the state House committee where it has been retained. Your support will be crucial in pushing key committee members to vote to pass SB 136 and drive this critical democracy effort in New Hampshire home.
    • Will Speaker Jasper express his support for an amendment to overturn Citizens United?
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    Urge New Hampshire Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper to Support an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    New Hampshire Stands on the Brink of Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    The bill for a constitutional amendment — SB 136 — passed UNANIMOUSLY through the Republican-controlled state Senate and awaits a key vote in the state House.

    To pass this crucial bill, we need New Hampshire’s Speaker of the House, Shawn Jasper, to support it.

    Add Your Name to This Petition to Speaker Jasper Today

    Speaker Jasper: Support SB 136, the New Hampshire bill that calls for an amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent outside interests from the left and the right from buying our elections.

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    Campaign for Affordable Medicine

    Martin Shkreli’s Price-Gouging is Wrong, and He Should Immediately and Fully Reverse It

     
    A Wall Street hedge fund multi-millionaire named Martin Shkreli recently started a company that bought the rights to a medicine called Daraprim — a critical medication for pregnant women, cancer patients and others who contract a parasitic infection from contaminated food or water.

    The company then jacked up the cost of this life-or-death medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill, an increase of 5,456 percent!

    In response to overwhelming public outcry, Shkreli has begrudgingly conceded to lowering the cost. But he hasn’t said when or by how much.

    Add Your Name Now If You Agree

     
    Martin Shkreli’s price-gouging is wrong, and he should immediately and fully reverse it.

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    Fight Pharma Ripoffs

    Martin Shkreli’s Price-Gouging is Wrong, and He Should Immediately and Fully Reverse It

     
    A Wall Street hedge fund multi-millionaire named Martin Shkreli recently started a company that bought the rights to a medicine called Daraprim — a critical medication for pregnant women, cancer patients and others who contract a parasitic infection from contaminated food or water.

    The company then jacked up the cost of this life-or-death medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill, an increase of 5,456 percent!

    In response to overwhelming public outcry, Shkreli has begrudgingly conceded to lowering the cost. But he hasn’t said when or by how much.

    Add Your Name Now If You Agree

     
    Martin Shkreli’s price-gouging is wrong, and he should immediately and fully reverse it.

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    Tell Mayor Bowser Not to Sell Out D.C.

    Call and Tweet Mayor Bowser

    Mayor Muriel Bowser is meeting with Exelon to discuss a potential deal that would reverse a recent decision by D.C. regulators to protect consumers and the environment by rejecting Exelon’s takeover of Pepco.

    The mayor has not agreed to meet with us, so we must take our message to her.

    Call Mayor Bowser’s office at 202-727-2643.

    Deliver this message: “I am a resident of D.C. and I oppose the takeover of Pepco by Exelon. I strongly urge the mayor to not cut a deal with Exelon. The Public Service Commission’s decision to reject Exelon’s bid to take over Pepco was right for consumers and the environment, and the mayor should stand by it. Thank you.”

    After you make the call and if you use Twitter, send this message:

    Dear @MayorBowser: Please protect DC ratepayers, #cleanenergy & local control. Keep saying NO to Exelon! #StopExelon

    Let Us Know How the Call Went in the Space Below

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    Stop the TPP “Death Sentence Clause”

    Write Your Members of Congress

    The large pharmaceutical companies are trying to influence the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal so they can have long-term monopolies on medicines and make more money. They seek a delay of at least eight years before allowing generics or biosimilars. That way they can charge up to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for the medicines by denying less expensive alternatives that could save lives.

    We are calling this proposal the “death sentence clause” because it would sentence tens of thousands of people to unnecessary suffering and early death.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Stop the TPP

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    Make Solar Conversation in Austin Translate to Action on October 1

    No Need to Wait — Solar is Affordable Now

    We’ve been talking for months about the great solar deals Austin Energy has before it. The Austin City Council has had numerous meetings, briefings and public discussions. The facts are clear — solar is cheaper now than ever before and will lead to rate decreases for Austin Energy customers.

    Now it’s time for action. Talking won’t lower bills or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Investing in affordable solar energy will do both.

    On October 1, Austin Energy executives will present the Council with two or three different solar plans. The plan we support is to contract for 600 megawatts of solar now, for completion by the end of 2016 — in time to take advantage of a valuable tax credit. The other proposals will be variations that will delay up to two-thirds of the solar investment for up to 5 to 10 years. That is unacceptable. Six hundred megawatts of solar sounds like a lot, but it will supply only about 12 percent of the electricity Austin Energy sells. The utility will need a lot more solar energy in the years to come.

    Email the Austin City Council to Voice Your Support for Going for the Full 600 Megawatts of Solar Now


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    What Is Obama Waiting For?

    Urge the President to Take a Stand Against Citizens United by Signing an Executive Order Against Secret Corporate Money

    Five years, eight months and counting. That’s how long it’s been since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the abomination known as Citizens United back on January 21, 2010.

    In all that time, the Obama administration’s response to this assault on American democracy has been . . . exactly nothing.

    President Obama could single-handedly — literally, all it would take is his signature — change that. With the stroke of a pen, he can sign an executive order requiring federal contractors — which includes most large corporations — to disclose their political spending.

    Tell President Obama:

    TIME IS RUNNING OUT. Don’t wait any longer to sign an executive order requiring businesses that get taxpayer dollars to disclose their political spending.

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    Urge Your State Senator to Sign a Letter in Support of Overturning Citizens United

    Make New York the 17th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    We need only ONE more senator to sign in support of an amendment and we win.

    Please take a minute to ask your state senator to sign the formal letter in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your State Senator

    Your Call Could Make the Difference

    Call the New York Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800 and ask the operator to connect you to your senator. (If you don’t know who your senator is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my senator to sign the letter to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent special interests and billionaires from the left and the right from buying our elections.
    • 21 cities, towns and counties in New York have called upon the state legislature to act and a recent Bloomberg poll shows that 78 percent of Americans, including 80 percent of Republicans, think that Citizens United should be overturned.
    • A majority in the Assembly has signed the letter, which is being circulated by Republicans and and Democrats alike, and we are only one signature away from a majority in the state Senate.
    • I want my senator to sign this letter to Congress that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Help Elizabeth Warren Stand Up to Wall Street and Pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill that would make the biggest banks simpler and smaller and once again end the public subsidy to Wall Street speculation.

    Sign the Petition

    We support the 21st-Century Glass Steagall Act. Like its New Deal-era namesake, this bill would erect a wall between traditional banks and the risky world of investment banks and hedge funds. This legislation would make banks less massive and complex, and curtail their ability to use government guarantees to fuel Wall Street speculation. It would be a big step toward ending the era of banks that are Too Big to Fail — and jail, manage or regulate.

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    Help Elizabeth Warren Change Wall Street and Pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill that would make the biggest banks simpler and smaller and once again end the public subsidy to Wall Street speculation.

    By requiring banks to focus on lending to the real economy, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act would point the way toward a financial system that better serves consumers, small businesses and the nation as a whole.

    Sign the Petition

    We support the 21st-Century Glass Steagall Act. Like its New Deal-era namesake, this bill would erect a wall between traditional banks and the risky world of investment banks and hedge funds. This legislation would make banks less massive and complex, and curtail their ability to use government guarantees to fuel Wall Street speculation. It would be a big step toward ending the era of banks that are Too Big to Fail — and jail, manage, or regulate.

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    Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your State Senator

    Your Call Could Make the Difference

    Call the New York Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800 and ask the operator to connect you to your senator. (If you don’t know who your senator is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my senator to sign the letter to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent special interests and billionaires from the left and the right from buying our elections.
    • 21 cities, towns and counties in New York have called upon the state legislature to act and a recent poll shows that 85 percent of Americans are demanding either fundamental reform or a complete rebuilding of the campaign finance system.
    • A majority in the Assembly has signed the letter, which is being circulated by Republicans and and Democrats alike, and we are only one signature away from a majority in the state Senate.
    • I want my senator to sign this letter to Congress that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Urge Your State Senator to Sign a Letter in Support of Overturning Citizens United

    Make New York the 17th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    We need only ONE more senator to sign in support of an amendment and we win.

    Please take a minute to ask your state senator to sign the formal letter in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Stop the TPP and Human Trafficking

    Write Your Member of Congress

    To qualify for Fast Track, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) must meet a basic standard that partner countries not be home to modern-day slavery. It is widely suspected that this is the reason the State Department has decided to baselessly upgrade the human trafficking status of Malaysia, which is one of the countries participating in TPP negotiations.

    Urge your representative to co-sponsor the resolution that condemns the State Department for this shockingly callous move that prioritizes the economic advancement of corporate interests over human lives and basic human dignity.

    Urge Your Representative to Become a Co-sponsor

  • (No Title)

    Stop the TPP and Human Trafficking

    Write Your Member of Congress

    To qualify for Fast Track, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) must meet a basic standard that partner countries not be home to modern-day slavery. It is widely suspected that this is the reason the State Department has decided to baselessly upgrade the human trafficking status of Malaysia, which is one of the countries participating in TPP negotiations.

    Urge your representative to co-sponsor the resolution that condemns the State Department for this shockingly callous move that prioritizes the economic advancement of corporate interests over human lives and basic human dignity.

    Urge Your Representative to Become a Co-sponsor

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    Block Illegal and Unwanted Robocalls

    Demand that Verizon, AT&T, Century Link and the Rest of the Telecom Industry Offer Free Tools to Stop Scammers

    Corporate predators and scammers keep calling and calling.

    Meanwhile, telecommunications companies, which have the technology to stop these unwanted and illegal robocalls, keep stalling and stalling.

    Enough is enough. Join Public Citizen in calling on these companies to step up and block these scam calls for good.

    Sign the petition to demand that phone companies provide robocall blocking tools at no cost to consumers.

    To Verizon, AT&T, Century Link and Other Telecom Corporations:

    I demand that you provide free tools to block unwanted robocalls before they reach my phone.

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    Urge New York State Senator Ruben Diaz to Join His Party in Advocating to Overturn Citizens United

    New York is ONE State Senator Away from Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    Diaz is the ONLY state Senate Democrat who hasn’t yet signed a letter supporting a constitutional amendment to curb money in politics.

    We need only ONE more signature to win.

    Please take a minute to send an email to State Senator Ruben Diaz asking him to sign the letter in support of an amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Rally to Keep Exelon Out of D.C. for Good

    We won a clear victory for D.C. consumers and the environment. But Exelon is trying to take it away.

    Join us to tell Mayor Muriel Bowser to stand her ground against Chicago-based energy giant Exelon as it tries to breathe new life into its nearly dead bid to take over Pepco.

    When: 12 p.m. Thursday, September 17

    Where: Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW

    Freedom Plaza is just steps from the Federal Triangle metro. We have a great line-up of speakers to help amplify our message right outside the mayor’s office. Bring a friend!

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    President Obama: Issue an Executive Order to Fight Corruption

    Require Federal Contractors to Disclose Their Political Spending

    Corporations that have government contracts can secretly spend untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Petition to President Obama

    We, the undersigned, strongly support requiring corporations with government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

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    Support Strong Rules to Stop Methane Pollution and Protect Our Climate on September 23

    EPA Should Apply its Methane Rule to All Oil and Gas Facilities, Not Just New Ones

    Methane is the second largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. Although it is emitted in lesser quantities, it has 86 times more impact on the climate over 20 years per ton emitted.

    The great news is that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finally moving to establish rules to limit methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. The bad news is that the rules would apply only to new facilities.

    The EPA is holding just three hearings across the country, and one of them will be in Dallas. It’s important that supporters of limiting greenhouse gases like methane voice strong support for the proposed rule, while asking the agency to apply it to all existing oil and gas facilities too.

    What: U.S. EPA Hearing on Proposed Rules to Limit Methane Pollution
    When: Wednesday, September 23, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Where: Dallas City Hall, Council Chambers, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas
    Why: Because methane is a huge contributor to climate change

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing in Dallas

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    September 17 Austin City Council Meeting to Support Solar for Austin

    Clean, Affordable Energy Will Reduce Bills and Reduce Pollution

    Austin has an opportunity to contract for the cheapest solar power ever. Solar proposals with prices as low as 3.8 cents per kilowatt-hour mean that Austin Energy doesn’t have to choose between clean energy and affordable energy.

    Austin Energy is sitting on these great solar deals, so the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee voted on August 27 to recommend a resolution to get the utility to move forward with the projects before it’s too late. Now the full Council will vote on the resolution on September 17.

    The solar champions on the Council need public support to get this resolution passed. Please come and show your support by wearing green and signing up to speak in support of the resolution. We will provide you with talking points (if you’re willing to say a few words).

    What: Austin City Council meeting to consider a resolution to contract for 600 megawatts of solar. Wear green!
    When: September 17 (we requested 6 p.m., but that isn’t confirmed yet)
    Where: Austin City Hall, Council Chambers, 301 W. 2nd Street
    Why: Because investing in affordable renewable energy is the path to stopping climate change, cleaning our air and water, reducing water use, creating jobs and lowering electric bills

    Sign up to Attend the Austin City Council Meeting to Support Affordable Solar Energy

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    Boehner and McConnell: Pass a CLEAN Budget!

    Don't Let Congress Sneak Backroom Corporate Deals or Public Protection Rollbacks in the Upcoming Bill to Fund the Federal Government

    We may be on course for another government shutdown.

    That’s because Congress must pass legislation to fund the government.

    And instead of simply working out how much money should be available to government agencies, some lawmakers are sneaking “policy riders” into funding legislation in fealty to Big Business donors and lobbyists.

    Tell House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a CLEAN budget — a budget with NO sneaky backroom corporate deals or public protection rollbacks.

    Sign the petition to Boehner and McConnell:

    Pass a CLEAN budget — a budget with NO sneaky backroom corporate deals or public protection rollbacks.

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    Boehner and McConnell: Pass a CLEAN Budget!

    Don't Let Congress Sneak Backroom Corporate Deals or Public Protection Rollbacks in the Upcoming Bill to Fund the Federal Government

    We may be on course for another government shutdown.

    That’s because Congress must pass legislation to fund the government.

    And instead of simply working out how much money should be available to government agencies, some lawmakers are sneaking “policy riders” into funding legislation in fealty to Big Business donors and lobbyists.

    Tell House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a CLEAN budget — a budget with NO sneaky backroom corporate deals or public protection rollbacks.

    Sign the petition to Boehner and McConnell:

    Pass a CLEAN budget — a budget with NO sneaky backroom corporate deals or public protection rollbacks.

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    Attend the Training on Presidential Candidate Questioning in Nevada

    Image by Donkey Hotey Flickr Creative Commons

    Image by Tim Ehlich

    When:

    September 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. Pacific Time

    Where:

    PLAN Reno: 821 Riverside Drive (775) 348-7557

    PLAN Las Vegas: 2330 Paseo Del Prado C109 (702) 791-1965

    Training also available ONLINE using this link.

    RSVP to attend the training and indicate whether you will be attending in-person or online.

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    Help Change Wall Street and Pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    A bill has been introduced that would make the biggest banks simpler and smaller and once again end the public subsidy to Wall Street speculation.

    By requiring banks to focus on lending to the real economy, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act (S. 1709) would point the way toward a financial system that better serves consumers, small businesses and the nation as a whole.

    Sign the Petition

    We support the bipartisan 21st-Century Glass Steagall Act. Like its New Deal-era namesake, this bill would erect a wall between traditional banks and the risky world of investment banks and hedge funds. This legislation would make banks less massive and complex, and curtail their ability to use government guarantees to fuel Wall Street speculation. It would be a big step toward ending the era of banks that are Too Big to Fail — and jail, manage, or regulate.

    Defending Democracy. Resisting Corporate Power.

    Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit organization that has been standing up to corporate power and holding government accountable since 1971.

    We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government; for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable 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.

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    President Obama: Issue an Executive Order to Fight Corruption

    Require Federal Contractors to Disclose Their Political Spending

    Corporations that have government contracts can secretly spend untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Petition to President Obama

    We, the undersigned, strongly support requiring corporations with government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

  • (No Title)

    Help Elizabeth Warren Change Wall Street and Pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill that would make the biggest banks simpler and smaller and once again end the public subsidy to Wall Street speculation.

    By requiring banks to focus on lending to the real economy, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act would point the way toward a financial system that better serves consumers, small businesses and the nation as a whole.

    Sign the Petition

    We support the 21st-Century Glass Steagall Act. Like its New Deal-era namesake, this bill would erect a wall between traditional banks and the risky world of investment banks and hedge funds. This legislation would make banks less massive and complex, and curtail their ability to use government guarantees to fuel Wall Street speculation. It would be a big step toward ending the era of banks that are Too Big to Fail — and jail, manage, or regulate.

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    Stay Informed About the Money in Politics Campaign in Nevada 

    Image by Donkey Hotey Flickr Creative Commons

    Image by Donkey Hoyte

    Add Your Name If You Want to Receive Updates as Nevadans Ask Candidates to Take a Position on Citizens United

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    Thank You for Signing

    Now Amplify Your Voice

    Please take a moment to call New York state Senator Ruben Diaz and urge him to sign the letter for an amendment to overturn Citizens United today.

    State Senator Ruben Diaz

    (718) 991-3161

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • I am calling to urge State Senator Ruben Diaz to sign the letter to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics.
    • Senator Diaz states on his website that he stands for “economic opportunities, housing, health care, and education for the people of the Bronx,” but that cannot be achieved when big money interests are buying our elections.
    • 21 cities, towns and counties in New York, including New York City, have called upon the state legislature to act and a recent poll shows that 85 percent of Americans are demanding either fundamental reform or a complete rebuilding of the campaign finance system.
    • Diaz is the only state Senate Democrat who hasn’t signed the letter. We urge him to join his party in acting to restore our democracy.
    • A majority in the Assembly has signed the letter, which is being circulated by Republicans and and Democrats alike, and we are only one signature away from a majority in the state Senate. Diaz’s signature will drive this critical democracy effort in New York home.
    • Will Senator Diaz sign the letter to Congress that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United?

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    Urge New York State Senator Ruben Diaz to Join His Party in Advocating to Overturn Citizens United

    New York is ONE State Senator Away from Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    Diaz is the ONLY state Senate Democrat who hasn’t yet signed a letter supporting a constitutional amendment to curb money in politics.

    Thirty-one New York state senators have signed the letter, which is being circulated by both Democrats and Republicans. We need only ONE more signature to win.

    Add Your Name to Petition New York State Senator Ruben Diaz to Sign on to the Letter for an Amendment Today

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    Uphold Rejection of Exelon’s Attempt to Take Over Pepco

    Email Mayor Bowser to Continue to Stand With D.C. Residents

    In a clear victory for consumers and the environment, D.C. denied Exelon’s takeover of Pepco.

    Unfortunately, the win could be short-lived if Mayor Muriel Bowser decides to pursue a new deal with the megautility.

    Email the Mayor to Stand By the Decision to Reject Exelon’s Power Grab

    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Tell Rep. McDermott: Endorse I-122 Honest Elections Seattle

    Please take a minute to send an email to U.S. Representative Jim McDermott asking him to endorse Seattle’s ballot measure for accountable elections — Initiative 122.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Reject Rate Increases for Ohio’s Dirtiest and Most Dangerous Power Plants

    Sign the Petition to Stop FirstEnergy’s Consumer Bailouts

    FirstEnergy has filed a request before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to increase customers’ bills to prop up its aging coal and nuclear plants.

    The scheme will cost customers an estimated $3 billion over 15 years, making FirstEnergy the FirstEnemy to Ohio consumers.

    A hearing on the bailout request started on Monday, August 31.

    Add Your Name Today to Tell PUCO to Reject the Bailout

    We, the undersigned, urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to reject FirstEnergy’s request to burden Ohio electricity customers with the costs of its oldest and dirtiest coal and nuclear power plants. In addition to taxing customers $3 billion to subsidize these plants, the proposal also would undermine the state’s efforts to use cleaner and more affordable sources of energy. As Ohio residents, we strongly oppose this plan and call on PUCO to reject it.

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    Tell Congress: Pass a CLEAN Budget!

    Don’t Let Congress Sneak Favors for Right-Wing Extremists and Corporate Lobbyists into the Federal Budget

    Instead of working out how much money should be available to government agencies, some lawmakers are sneaking “policy riders” into funding legislation in fealty to Big Business donors and lobbyists.

    During last year’s budget negotiation, we asked activists like you to take action. And we largely won.

    But House Speaker Paul Ryan is threatening to undo that success.

    Tell Congress to pass a CLEAN budget — a budget with NO sneaky backroom corporate deals or public protection rollbacks.

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    Pass a CLEAN budget — a budget with NO sneaky backroom corporate deals or public protection rollbacks.

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    Stay Informed About the Money in Politics Campaign in Nevada 

    Image by Donkey Hotey Flickr Creative Commons

    Image by Donkey Hoyte

    Add Your Name If You Want to Receive Updates as Nevadans Ask Candidates to Take a Position on Citizens United

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    Urge Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Join Her Party in Advocating to Overturn Citizens United

    New York is Two State Senators Away from Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    Stewart-Cousins is one of only two state Senate Democrats who haven’t yet signed a letter supporting a constitutional amendment to curb money in politics. As the minority leader, she must act to protect our democracy.

    Thirty New York state senators have signed the letter, which is being circulated by both Democrats and Republicans. We need only two more signatures to win.

    Add Your Name to Our Petition Urging State Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins to Sign on to the Letter Today

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    Stop Trading Away U.S. Jobs

    Write Your Members of Congress to Oppose Currency Cheating and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    It’s bad enough that the TPP includes the NAFTA rules that make it easier for corporations to offshore more American jobs and drive down our wages by pitting American workers against workers in Vietnam making less than 60 cents an hour.

    But without enforceable rules against currency manipulation, foreign countries that are part of the TPP could undo whatever claimed new access the TPP would provide for U.S. exports by simply dropping the value of their currency — in effect erasing any cuts in border taxes.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Oppose the TPP

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    Thank You D.C. for Rejecting Exelon Takeover

    Add Your Name to Applaud the Decision to Deny the Exelon-Pepco Merger

    On August 25, D.C. regulators voted to reject a Chicago-based megautility’s bid to take over Pepco.

    The decision is a victory for consumers, the environment and local power!

    Add Your Name to Thank the D.C. Public Service Commission

    Congratulations for showing courage today by standing up to Exelon’s massive lobby campaign and rejecting the Chicago-based utility’s bid to take over Pepco. We urge you to deny any request by Exelon to reopen the case. Thank you for listening to the many public interest voices and citizens who opposed the deal. And thank you for basing your decision on the merits of the case instead of yielding to the pressure to approve the deal.

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    Tell Us How You Feel About Honest Elections Seattle

    Do You Want Seattle to Lead on Clean Elections with I-122?

    The Honest Elections Seattle ballot initiative (I-122) is a package of key reforms designed to root out corruption and encourage candidates to gain broad support from many smaller donors rather than just a few big ones.

    How Would You Vote?

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    Attend an Austin City Council Meeting to Support Investing in the Cheapest Solar Ever

    Clean, Affordable Energy Will Reduce Bills and Reduce Pollution

    Austin has an opportunity to contract for the cheapest solar power ever. Solar proposals with prices as low as 3.8 cents per kilowatt-hour mean that Austin Energy doesn’t have to choose between clean energy and affordable energy.

    Austin Energy is sitting on these great solar deals, so the Austin City Council will vote on a resolution on August 27 that will get the utility to move forward with the projects before it’s too late. The solar champions on the Council need public support to get other Council members to join them.

    What: Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee meeting to consider a resolution to contract for 600 megawatts of solar — wear green!
    When: August 27 at 9 a.m.
    Where: Austin City Hall, Council Chambers, 301 W. 2nd Street
    Why: Because investing in affordable renewable energy is the path to stopping climate change, cleaning our air and water, reducing water use, creating jobs and lowering electric bills

    Sign Up to Attend the Austin City Council Meeting to Support Going Green and Saving Green

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    Stand Up for Senior Rights

    Sign the Petition to Stop Nursing Homes from Using Forced Arbitration to Deny Residents' Rights

    Fine print buried in nursing home admissions contracts is depriving nursing home residents and their families of their constitutional rights.

    Many nursing home corporations push residents and their families into signing take-it-or-leave-it terms that deny their right to sue — even in instances when residents suffer severe neglect, serious injuries or even death.

    Nursing homes should be places where elderly individuals can live in dignity and thrive with the support of caring professionals.

    Sign the petition: Forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts must be prohibited in order to restore the rights of residents and their families.

    Petition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    We, the undersigned, call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to prohibit nursing homes corporations, as a condition of receiving federal funding, from using pre-dispute mandatory (or forced) arbitration clauses in contracts with residents of long term care facilities, their families or other healthcare decision makers. Forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts cannot be fixed or improved. CMS must safeguard this vulnerable population from having to sacrifice integral consumer protections and constitutional rights in order to receive necessary nursing home care and services.

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    Support the Money in Politics Effort at the Iowa State Fair 

    As you view this page, Iowans are asking candidates to address the corrosive influence of unlimited money in politics at the fair's soapbox.

    Add Your Name If You Agree That Every Candidate Should Be Asked to Take a Position on Money in Politics

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    Encourage Your State Senator to Sign a Letter in Opposition to Citizens United

    New York is Two State Senators Away from Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    A bipartisan group of 30 New York state senators have already signed. We need only two more signatures to win.

    Please take a moment to encourage your senator to join their colleagues in calling for an amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Call the New York Senate Switchboard at (518) 455-2800

    Ask the operator to connect you to your senator. (If you don’t know who your senator is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my senator to sign the letter to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics.
    • Our state and nation is being inundated by undisclosed funding from the wealthy and special interests and our state has no power to limit that spending.
    • 21 cities, towns and counties in New York have called upon the state legislature to act and a recent poll shows that 85 percent of Americans are demanding either fundamental reform or completely rebuilding the campaign finance system.
    • A bipartisan group of 30 New York state senators have already signed, and only two more signatures are needed to get a majority.
    • I want my senator to sign this letter to Congress that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Central Valley Residents: Meet with Your U.S. Senators this August

    Defend Consumer and Employee Access to the Courts

    Unscrupulous corporations are eroding our constitutional right to access the court system. They’re using forced arbitration clauses to bar the courthouse doors for consumers.

    These predatory terms hidden in the fine print block consumers from accessing the justice system and require disputes to be heard in secret arbitration, often before a company’s hand-picked arbitrator.

    The result: Companies evade accountability for ripping off consumers and exploiting their workforces.

    The Arbitration Fairness Act would end this unfair corporate practice. But in order for this bill to gain support, our senators need to hear from us.

    Add your name below to let us know you’re interested in attending meetings this August at the Fresno, California.

    Here are the details:

    What: Advocacy Meetings to Urge Our Senators to Protect Our Right to Court

    Where:
    Office of Barbara Boxer, 2500 Tulare Street, Ste. 5290, Fresno, CA. 93721
    Office of Dianne Feinstein, 2500 Tulare Street, Ste. 4290, Fresno, CA. 93721

    When: During the congressional August recess (between August 7 and September 4). Once scheduled, meeting dates will be sent to all who sign below to express interest in attending the meeting.

    Even if you’re not sure if you can attend, add your name below to let us know you’re interested so we can send you the meeting times once they are scheduled.

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    Grade the Clean Power Plan

    Last year, more than 25,000 Public Citizen activists submitted comments on the proposed Clean Power Plan calling for the EPA to improve the draft rule in five ways.

    Review the differences between what we asked for and what the final plan does.

    Reduction Targets

     
    What the EPA Proposed in 2014:
    Power plant emissions reduced by 30% of 2005 levels by 2030.

    What We Demanded:
    Much greater reduction targets.

    What’s in the Final Rule:
    The final rule cuts power plant emissions by 32% percent of 2005 levels by 2030. That’s only 2% more than what was initially proposed, which is still not what the science says is needed to avoid irreversible climate disruption and which is far less than what is technically feasible.

    Reduction Timeline

     
    What the EPA Proposed in 2014:
    States must start cutting emissions by 2020.

    What We Demanded:
    A more aggressive timeline for reduction carbon pollution.

    What’s in the Final Rule:
    States must start cutting by 2022 at the latest, and then keep cutting through 2030. That means states will get 2 more years to start complying than was initially proposed. The urgency of climate action demands that we act now. Waiting 7 years to mandate reductions could be a costly delay.

    Renewables and Energy Efficiency

     
    What the EPA Proposed in 2014:
    A modest deployment of renewables and energy efficiency along with natural gas and nuclear to set carbon reduction targets.

    What We Demanded:
    Greater reliance on renewables and energy efficiency to replace coal.

    What’s in the Final Rule:
    Renewables play a more significant role in the final Clean Power Plan, and energy efficiency is still considered the most cost effective way to achieve reductions while lowering consumer energy bills.

    Natural Gas

     
    What the EPA Proposed in 2014:
    The proposal encouraged the use of natural gas as a substitute for coal.

    What We Demanded:
    Reduced reliance on fracked natural gas.

    What’s in the Final Rule:
    The final rule encourages states to run their existing natural gas plants more often than their coal-fired plants, but provides far less incentive to build new natural gas facilities.

    Nuclear Power

     
    What the EPA Proposed in 2014:
    The proposed rule encouraged states to prop up existing uneconomical nuclear reactors and incentivized the completion of five nuclear reactors that are currently under construction.

    What We Demanded:
    The elimination of nuclear power in our nation’s plan to address climate change.

    What’s in the Final Rule:
    The final rule has stripped the Clean Power Plan of nuclear power incentives and no longer advocates nuclear as a viable climate solution — a big victory.

    Give the Clean Power Plan an overall grade in the comment field below: A, B, C, D or F

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    Don't Just Commemorate, Advocate!

    Raise Your Voice to Restore the Voting Rights Act on its 50th Anniversary

    Protecting the right to vote for ALL Americans is a bipartisan issue that ALL Americans need stand behind.

    Let’s work together to express our opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn key provisions of the VRA in Shelby County v. Holder.

    Add Your Name If You Agree that the Voting Rights Act Should Be Reinvigorated

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    Call On State Senator Sheldon to Sign a Letter in Opposition to Citizens United

    Washington is One State Senator Away from Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    Senator Tim Sheldon has recently expressed interest in addressing the money in politics issue, co-sponsoring a campaign finance disclosure bill earlier this year.

    He now has an opportunity to sign onto a letter that would make Washington the 17th state to call for an amendment to overturn Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that fuels big money in politics.

    20 concerned citizens showed up at his office yesterday calling on him to do so – and now he needs to hear from you.

    Please take a moment to call state Senator Tim Sheldon and ask him to sign the letter today.

    Senator Sheldon (360) 786-7668

    Talking Points

    • I am calling to ask Senator Sheldon to sign a letter being circulated in the Senate calling for an end to unlimited spending in our elections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.
    • The American Dream, equal opportunity, a fair chance to achieve success — these things rely upon an impartial government, not one that favors the big spenders.
    • The current system of unlimited, secret money in our elections threatens our republic.
    • I know that the senator takes issue with this, since he co-sponsored SB5153 – a campaign finance disclosure bill – earlier this year.
    • I want him to know that I care about it too and am counting on him to take a stand today.
    • The agendas of major donors should not take precedence over the needs of constituents.
    • Will the senator sign the letter?

    Responses

    • If yes, please contact us right away at amendment@citizen.org or (202) 588-7752.
    • If maybe/don't know, will you get back with me to let me know what the senator’s position is? When do you think you will be able to do so? Thanks so much.
    • If no, I am sorry to hear that, why has the senator decided not to sign?
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    Corporate Recklessness Exposes Families to Lead

    Tell the EPA: Stand Up to the Landlord Responsible for Property Where Residents Were Exposed to High Levels of Lead Dust

    Families living in Mill West, a refurbished New Hampshire mill owned and managed by Brady Sullivan Properties, were exposed to high lead dust levels. New Hampshire Public Radio reported it as the biggest known lead hazard in recent New England history. One spot tested showed a lead level more than 600 times the legal limit.

    Lead is a neurotoxin that causes permanent, irreversible brain damage. Any amount of lead in a child’s bloodstream is, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unsafe. Lead also is highly toxic for adults.

    Only after the Manchester Health Department stopped the landlord’s contractor from sandblasting lead paint – because it lacked a proper city permit – did authorities discover that the contractor also lacked proper training.

    Hold Brady Sullivan Properties accountable.

    Sign the Petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    We, the undersigned, urge the EPA to undertake a full audit of Brady Sullivan Properties’ converted mill properties in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and levy appropriate fines against Brady Sullivan Properties to hold it accountable for what has been called the biggest known lead hazard in recent New England history and to ensure that no more of its residents are exposed to dangerous levels of lead.

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    Stop Putting Polluters Before People and the Planet

    Sign Petition Demanding the Senate Stop Blocking Climate Action

    On August 3, the Obama administration issued its long-awaited Clean Power Plan.

    The proposal — to end the limitless spewing of carbon pollution from power plants — is the single most important step America has taken to curb climate change.

    But Republicans in the Senate are wasting no time in attempting to dismantle the Clean Power Plan.

    Add Your Name Below to Demand Senators Reject Bill S.1324 and All Attempts to Undermine U.S. Climate Action.

    We, the undersigned, call on all U.S. Senators to reject bill S.1324. The bill would prevent the EPA from protecting public health, and it would reverse the economic and consumer benefits expected from the Clean Power Plan by letting each state simply walk away from national clean air requirements; giving polluters free rein to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon into our air; rewriting the Clean Air Act with new criteria that would in effect prevent the establishment of pollution standards for new coal plants; delaying the implementation of the Clean Power Plan until every polluter’s lawsuit has been fully litigated, a process that can take many years; and requiring the EPA to choose between reducing power plants’ carbon or mercury pollution.

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    Call On Target State Senators to Support Overturning Citizens United

    Washington is One State Senator Away from Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    Senators Brian Dansel and Tim Sheldon have expressed interest in addressing the money in politics issue, sponsoring SB5153, a campaign finance disclosure bill.

    They each have an opportunity to sign onto a letter that would make Washington the 17th state to call for an amendment to overturn Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that fuels big money in politics.

    We need only one of them to sign for the Washington Senate to formally support an amendment.

    Please take a moment to call one or more of our targets and ask them to sign the letter today.

    Senator Dansel (509) 315-4312

    Senator Sheldon (360) 786-7668

    Talking Points

    • I am calling to ask Senator [Dansel/Sheldon] to sign a letter being circulated in the Senate calling for an end to unlimited spending in our elections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.
    • Big donor-driven elections are drowning out the voice of voters. The agendas of major donors should not take precedence over the needs of constituents.
    • The American Dream, equal opportunity, a fair chance to achieve success — these things rely upon an impartial government, not one that favors the big spenders.
    • The current system of unlimited, secret money in our elections threatens our republic.
    • Will the senator sign the letter?

    Responses

    • If yes, please contact us right away at amendment@citizen.org or (202) 588-7752.
    • If maybe/don't know, will you get back with me to let me know what the senator’s position is? When do you think you will be able to do so? Thanks so much.
    • If no, I am sorry to hear that, why has the senator decided not to sign?
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    Stop the FDA from Allowing Drug Companies to Sell Drugs by Misrepresenting Their Safety

    Tell Your Legislators to Oppose the Food and Drug Administration’s Dangerous “Risk Reduction” Proposal

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a guidance that would give drug companies free rein to tell doctors that a medication is less dangerous than the FDA has concluded. If finalized, companies would be allowed to inform health care providers — through distribution of medical journal articles and discussions with doctors — that the FDA-approved labeling overstates a medication’s risks.

    If there is evidence that after approval, a drug appears to have fewer risks — which happens extremely rarely — the much safer remedy is to have companies comply with, rather than undermine, FDA laws and regulations.

    Contact your representatives and senators in Congress to urge them to request that the FDA withdraw this dangerous proposal.

    With enough pressure from Congress and the public, the agency will have no choice but to retract its harmful guidance.

    Ask Your Legislators to Oppose the FDA’s Dangerous “Risk Reduction” Proposal

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    Call On Target State Senators to Support Overturning Citizens United

    Washington is One State Senator Away from Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    Senator Jan Angel has expressed interest in addressing the money in politics issue in America. Senator Steve Litzow is a moderate who has been known to stand behind issues that align with his principles, such as supporting gay marriage.

    They each have an opportunity to sign onto a letter that would make Washington the 17th state to call for an amendment to overturn Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that fuels big money in politics.

    We need only one of them to sign for the Washington Senate to formally support an amendment.

    Please take a moment to call one or more of our targets and ask them to sign the letter today.

    Senator Angel (360) 443-2409

    Senator Litzow (425) 453-3076

    Talking Points

    • I am calling to ask Senator [Angel/Litzow] to sign a letter being circulated in the Senate calling for an end to unlimited spending in our elections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.
    • Big donor-driven elections are drowning out the voice of voters. The agendas of major donors should not take precedence over the needs of constituents.
    • The American Dream, equal opportunity, a fair chance to achieve success — these things rely upon an impartial government, not one that favors the big spenders.
    • The current system of unlimited, secret money in our elections threatens our republic.
    • Will the senator sign the letter?

    Responses

    • If yes, please contact us right away at amendment@citizen.org or (202) 588-7752.
    • If maybe/don't know, will you get back with me to let me know what the senator’s position is? When do you think you will be able to do so? Thanks so much.
    • If no, I am sorry to hear that, why has the senator decided not to sign?
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    Support the Effort to Pass Maine’s Accountable Elections Referendum in November

    State Your Support for the Grassroots Initiative to Get Mainers to Vote Yes on Question 1 at the Polls

    The growing movement to restore publicly financed elections in Maine is evidence that Mainers will not be silenced in defense of their democratic freedoms.

    The Accountable Elections Referendum will allow Mainers to reclaim their voice in the political process, rather than succumb to the drowning of their voices by corporate money.

    Add Your Name if You Agree that Maine Should Pass the Accountable Elections Referendum and Elevate the Voice of Everyday Mainers in our Political System

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    Clean Power, Clear Savings for Missouri

    Email Senator McCaskill to Protect Missouri Consumers

    A new report by Public Citizen shows that Missouri residents will see lower electricity bills under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

    But the prospect of lower electricity cost and cleaner air is threatened by U.S. Senate attacks on the Clean Power Plan.

    Email Your U.S. Senator Today to Protect Consumers and Defend the CPP

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    Don’t Let John Boehner Gut Consumer Protections

    Urge Congress to Oppose the REINS Act

    Reckless corporations are determined to avoid accountability.

    Their lobbyists are pushing the REINS Act (H.R. 427), which would result in the gutting of vital environmental, health, worker and financial protections.

    This week, Speaker John Boehner’s GOP-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on this extreme and destructive bill.

    Tell your representative to VOTE NO on the REINS Act.

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    Block the Bundle of Deregulatory Bills

    Tell Your Senator on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to VOTE NO on Bills that Could Paralyze Public Protections

    U.S. senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are about to vote on a bundle of bills aimed squarely at weakening safeguards that protect the public from corporate recklessness.

    Agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Food and Drug Administration are the targets of this attack, which is based on the false premise that commonsense protections hurt the economy.

    Tell your senator on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to VOTE NO on these damaging bills.

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    A Call for Climate Action on July 30

    Pledge to Participate in the Historic Day of Action

    July 30 is The Call for Climate Action — the day people across the country are committing to call their U.S. senators and urge them to support climate action.

    Sign up here, and we’ll send you a message on July 30 with a call tool and a script.

    Make the Pledge to Call Today

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    Join Us to Celebrate 50 Years of Medicare

    RSVP to to Attend a Rally Celebrating Medicare’s 50 Year Anniversary and a Panel Discussion

    Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the legislation that established Medicare, immediately providing health insurance for 20 million Americans aged 65 and older.

    To commemorate that achievement, please join us for a rally and panel discussion on Capitol Hill on July 30.

    On the morning of July 30, National Nurses United will host a rally to celebrate 50 years of Medicare and advocate for its expansion to every American. In the afternoon, Public Citizen and U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) will be hosting a panel to celebrate the successes of Medicare and to chart a path toward a Medicare-for-all, universal health care system.

    Get the Details on the Right and RSVP for the Events

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    Sign Up to Attend a Media Event Near You

    Help Exert In-Person Pressure on Our Target State Senators to Push Them to Sign the Letter in Support of an Amendment

    We need only one more signature, and we have to demonstrate that we will keep pushing until we get it. This is the moment.

    Events will take place throughout the first week of August. Details about the events are to the right. Mark your calendar and spread the word about the event nearest you:

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    Participate in the Arkansas RV Tour for Democracy

    Join the Effort to Make Arkansas the First Southern State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    The people of Arkansas need to know that the U.S. Supreme Court’s flawed interpretation of the First Amendment mutes the voices of everyday Americans, as corporations and billionaires can now flood the political airwaves with money that speaks volumes in our democracy.

    Stand by 81-year-old activist Rhana Bazzini as she drives across Arkansas to garner widespread opposition to Citizens United and mobilize Arkansans to restore the public’s voice in state and national elections.

    Sign Up Below to Join the Effort and Receive RV Tour Updates

    We’ll send you the route map as the tour launch approaches.

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    President Obama: Issue an Executive Order to Fight Corruption

    Require Federal Contractors to Disclose Their Political Spending

    Corporations that have government contracts can secretly spend untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Petition to President Obama

    We, the undersigned, strongly support requiring corporations with government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

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    El Paso Electric is Trying to Kill Solar

    Tell the El Paso City Council to Reject Unfair Fees for Solar Customers

    El Paso Electric clearly sees solar as a threat to its business model. As solar prices have declined, customers are choosing to invest in affordable solar systems to keep their electric bills down. That’s money out of the pockets of utility shareholders.

    Instead of adapting and finding ways to profit from solar, the utility is trying to force extra fees and higher rates on residential customers who choose to have a solar system at their homes. Solar got cheap, so the utility is trying to artificially make it expensive.

    El Paso Electric is trying to argue that going solar increases costs for the rest of the system, but just the opposite is true. Solar installations reduce the need for expensive new power plants and reduce the need to transmit energy over long distances, which results in energy loss and extra fees.

    The El Paso City Council has the opportunity to reject El Paso Electric’s unfair rate proposal before it is reviewed by the Texas Public Utilities Commission.

    Please Be Sure to Check the Box Below to get Updates from Eco El Paso. They are the Local Organization That Will Keep You Up-to-Date on This Anti-Solar Attack

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    Stop Big Oil’s Harmful Agenda

    Sign Petition to Preserve the Crude Oil Export Ban

    Both the Senate and House Republicans are pushing legislation that would lift the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, thereby allowing major oil companies to move their polluting product faster and generate even more profit.

    But lifting that ban would raise domestic gas prices and undermine efforts to slow climate disruption.

    Sign Petition to Keep This Critical Consumer Protection in Place

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to keep the ban on crude oil exports in place. Lifting the ban could harm Americans by raising U.S. energy prices. Lower U.S. oil prices saved consumers $11.4 billion last year. Repealing the ban could eliminate domestic oil discounts, which would lead to higher gasoline prices for U.S. consumers. And lifting the ban would undermine our nation’s efforts to address irreversible climate disruption by incentivizing the oil industry to expand and increase production of fossil fuel reserves. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and others have confirmed that to keep the Earth’s temperature from climbing more than another 2 degrees Celsius, the vast majority of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground. Protect consumers and the climate: Keep the crude oil export ban in place.

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    Block the Revolving Door Between Washington and Wall Street

    Tell Your Members of Congress to Support the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act

    An anti-corruption bill that Public Citizen worked closely with congressional lawmakers to draft is now a major issue in the presidential election.

    The Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act (S. 1779, H.R. 3065) would block corruption by jamming the “revolving door” between Wall Street and the agencies whose job is to regulate Wall Street.

    Your members of Congress should be for it too.

    Block the revolving door: Tell your members of Congress to support the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act.

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    Urge These Target State Senators to Support Overturning Citizens United

    Washington is One Signature Away From Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    We’re calling on the following state senators to sign the letter that would put Washington on the map in favor of a U.S. constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United:

    Sens. Jan Angel of Port Orchard, Brian Dansel of Republic, Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla and Tim Sheldon of Mason County.

    We only need ONE.

    Please take a minute to send an email to the target state senators asking them to sign the formal letter in support of a constitutional amendment to rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words, and perhaps even your own haiku, to the email message that appears.

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    Urge These Target GOP State Senators to Support Overturning Citizens United

    Washington is One Signature Away From Becoming the 17th State to Call for an Amendment

    We’re calling on the following state senators to sign the letter that would put Washington on the map in favor of a U.S. constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United:

    Sens. Joe Fain of Auburn, Steve Litzow of Mercer Island and Pam Roach of greater Auburn.

    We only need ONE.

    Please take a minute to send an email to the target state senators asking them to sign the formal letter in support of a constitutional amendment to rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words, and perhaps even your own haiku, to the email message that appears.

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    Ask Your State Legislators to Sign the Letter Calling for the Overturn of Citizens United

    Make Washington the 17th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    With your help, we can get one remaining state senator and four remaining state representatives to sign a letter and put Washington on the map in favor of a U.S. constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. The letter calls on Washington state’s U.S. congressional delegation to send an amendment to the states for ratification.

    Please take a minute to send an email to your state legislators asking them to sign the formal letter in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Stop the TPP and Human Trafficking

    Write Your Members of Congress to Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    To qualify for Fast Track, the TPP must meet a basic standard that partner countries not be home to modern-day slavery. It is widely suspected that this is the reason the State Department has decided to baselessly upgrade TPP-partner Malaysia’s human trafficking status.

    This is a shockingly callous move that prioritizes the economic advancement of corporate interests over human lives and basic human dignity.

    Using the State Department’s report as a political ploy to advance the TPP is an unthinkable blow to the integrity of the United States and our ability to fight human rights abuses around the world.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Reject a TPP with Human Rights Violator Malaysia

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    Tell Austin City Council to Support Investing in the Cheapest Solar Ever

    Austin Energy Can Lock in Affordable Energy for 20 Years

    Austin has an opportunity to contract for the cheapest solar power ever. Solar proposals with prices as low as 3.5 cents per kilowatt-hour mean that Austin Energy doesn’t have to choose between clean energy and affordable energy.

    This is great news, but the utility wants to get only a third of the amount of solar that the planning document adopted by the Austin City Council calls for.

    Solar projects that are completed by the end of 2016 get a 30 percent federal tax credit, so these amazing solar deals won’t be available next year. The City Council needs to act quickly to make sure that Austin Energy has time to negotiate contracts and that companies have time to build the solar farms by the end of 2016.

    Email the City Council Now to Support Investing in Affordable Solar

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    Clean Power, Clear Savings for Virginia

    Email Senators Kaine and Warner to Protect Virginia Consumers

    A new report by Public Citizen shows that Virginia residents will see lower electricity bills under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

    But the prospect of lower electricity cost and cleaner air is threatened by U.S. Senate attacks on the Clean Power Plan.

    Email Your U.S. Senators Today to Protect Consumers and Defend the CPP

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    Help Elizabeth Warren Change Wall Street

    Tell Congress to Pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill that would make the biggest banks simpler and smaller, and once again end the public subsidy to Wall Street speculation.

    By requiring banks to focus on lending to the real economy, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act would point the way toward a financial system that better serves consumers, small businesses and the nation as a whole.

    Tell Congress: Reinstate Glass-Steagall

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    Sign the Pledge to Fight the TPP

    Add Your Name to Show Your Dedication to Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Though Fast Track is now law, we still can and must defeat the TPP.

    All of the work we did together against Fast Track — writing and calling our representatives, attending rallies, explaining the TPP to friends and neighbors — doesn’t go out the window now that the bill has passed.

    We can defeat the TPP. If we stay strong and stick together.

    Pledge to Fight the TPP:

    "I pledge to keep fighting the secret, corporate-driven Trans-Pacific Partnership."

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    Stop Electricity Price-Gouging in Illinois

    Call FERC Chairman to Protect Illinois from Unjust Rates

    Illinois residents will see a big jump in electric rates this year resulting from a recent rigged market auction — unless federal regulators step in.

    That’s why, on the final day of public comments, we are turning up the pressure on FERC.

    Call Commission Chair Norman Bay’s office at 202-502-8000.

    Deliver this message, “I am a resident of Illinois and I’m calling to urge Chairman Bay to immediately investigate the April 2015 power auction in Illinois, which resulted in an 800 percent increase in wholesale electricity prices in the state. It is the mandate of this commission to protect customers from market manipulation and unjust electricity prices. Protect Illinoisans and investigate this auction. Thank you.”

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    Tell President Obama: Don’t Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics,” said President Barack Obama during last week’s State of the Union address.

    The time for words is over. Now it’s time for action.

    Tell President Obama that you expect him to stand up to the secret corporate cash corrupting our elections.

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    Sign the Pledge to Fight the TPP

    Add Your Name to Show Your Dedication to Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Though Fast Track is now law, we still can and must defeat the TPP.

    All of the work we did together against Fast Track — writing and calling our representatives, attending rallies, explaining the TPP to friends and neighbors — doesn’t go out the window now that the bill has passed.

    We can defeat the TPP. If we stay strong and stick together.

    Pledge to Fight the TPP:


    "I pledge to keep fighting the secret, corporate-driven Trans-Pacific Partnership."

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    Clean Power, Clear Savings for New Hampshire

    Email Senators Ayotte and Shaheen to Protect New Hampshire Consumers

    A new report by Public Citizen shows that New Hampshire residents will see lower electricity bills under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

    But the prospect of lower electricity cost and cleaner air is threatened by U.S. Senate attacks on the Clean Power Plan.

    Email New Hampshire Senators Today to Protect Consumers and Defend the CPP

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    Celebrate 50 Years of Medicare By Supporting Universal Health Care For All

    Sign Our Petition for a Single-Payer System That Makes Expanded and Improved Medicare Available to Everyone

    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the legislation that established Medicare, immediately providing health insurance for older Americans.

    For Americans over 65, Medicare has provided piece of mind and quality health care. But even under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, millions of Americans remain uninsured and health care costs continue to balloon under our wasteful, for-profit health care system.

    Public Citizen is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare by advocating that the program be expanded to cover every American.

    Add Your Name Right Now if You Agree We Need a Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All System

    Spread The Word


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    Medicare in the News

    Read a CNN op-ed by Vijay Das, Public Citizen's health care advocate.

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    Clean Power, Clear Savings for Pennsylvania

    Email Senator Toomey to Protect Pennsylvania Consumers

    A new report by Public Citizen shows that Pennsylvania residents will see lower electricity bills under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

    But the prospect of lower electricity cost and cleaner air are threatened by U.S. Senate attacks on the Clean Power Plan.

    Email Senator Toomey Today to Protect Consumers and Defend the CPP

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    Your New York State Senator Can Help Overturn Citizens United

    Ask Your State Senator to Sign the Letter to Get Big Money Out of Politics

    New York has an opportunity to add its name to the list of states that call for a constitutional amendment that would get big money out of politics and establish that constitutional rights are for people — not corporations.

    With only 3 signatures needed from the 31 Republicans in the state Senate to get a majority, your senator can make all the difference today.

    Enter your zip code below and we will provide a sample email you can send to your state senator asking him or her to promptly sign the letter.

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    Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Senator

    Your Call Could Make the Difference

    Call the New York Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800 and ask the operator to connect you to your senator. (If you don’t know who your senator is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my senator to sign the letter to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics.
    • Our state and nation is being inundated by undisclosed funding from the wealthy and special interests and our state has no power to limit that spending.
    • 21 cities, towns and counties in New York have called upon the state legislature to act and a recent poll shows that 85 percent of Americans are demanding either fundamental reform or completely rebuilding the campaign finance system.
    • I want my senator to sign this letter to Congress that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Tell Your Senators to Oppose Legislation that Makes Our Roads Less Safe


    Tell your senators to oppose industry-sponsored legislation that would force us all to share the road with bigger, heavier, more dangerous trucks.

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

    Background


    Mitch McConnell and other senators are trying to sneak through provisions to undermine vital truck safety laws.

    • They want to let a few giant trucking companies operate bigger and heavier trucks than those already making our roads so deadly.
    • They want to let already overworked truck drivers put in up to 82 hours in a single week.
    • They want to let trucking companies evade financial responsibility for crashes by maintaining insufficient insurance requirements that haven’t been updated since 1985!
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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Senators

    Your Call Could Make the Difference

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to one of your senators.

    Once you finish your first call, hang up and dial again to speak with your other senator’s office as well.

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge the senator to oppose Fast Track.
    • Fast Track for the TPP is a bad deal for working men and women. It will offshore jobs and push down wages.
    • Recall that in May, Fast Track squeaked by with only 62 Senate votes. Then the House made the Fast Track bill even worse. This version does not include the assistance for workers hurt by trade.
    • I want my senator to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Take Action to Stop Fast Track

    Write Your Senators to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Despite the recent disappointing House vote, Fast Track’s path to approval remains entirely uncertain. Luckily, we know exactly where it should go — nowhere.

    On Thursday, the House tossed the Fast Track hot potato back to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now needs to get 60 Senate votes to move Fast Track. He plans that vote for as early as TODAY (June 23).

    Recall that in May, Fast Track squeaked by with only 62 Senate votes. Then the House made the Fast Track bill even worse. Plus, this version does not include the assistance for workers hurt by trade that many of the 12 Democratic senators who supported it last time said was key to their vote.

    Winning this next Senate vote is critical to stopping Fast Track. And, stopping Fast Track is a sure way to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and all it would bring with it: offshored jobs, lower wages, unsafe food, increased fracking, deregulated Wall Street, and on and on.

    Urge Your Senators to Oppose Fast Track

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Your Call Could Make the Difference

    Please make the call now. We don’t have any time to spare. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose Fast Track.
    • Fast Track for the TPP is a bad deal for working men and women. It will offshore jobs and push down wages.
    • TPP will also expose the U.S. to unsafe food and challenges to our domestic policies.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Take Action to Stop Fast Track

    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The Fast Track vote failed last week, but it’s not dead yet.

    The White House and Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are conspiring to hold a revote TODAY as early as 9 AM. It’s urgent that you take action right now.

    This could be our last chance to stop Fast Track and our best chance to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and all it would bring with it: offshored jobs, lower wages, unsafe food, increased fracking, deregulated Wall Street, and on and on.

    Urge Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track

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    Call Your Senators

    Urge Your Senators to Fight Dark Money by Supporting an Executive Order for Transparency

    Tens of thousands of activists like you have emailed their senators urging them to support an executive order to require every federal contractor to disclose its political spending. Many have signed on, but the following have still not taken action:

    California

    Barbara Boxer

    Connecticut

    Chris Murphy

    Delaware

    Tom Carper

    Florida

    Bill Nelson

    Hawaii

    Brian Schatz

    Maryland

    Barbara Mikulski

    Michigan

    Debbie Stabenow

    Montana

    Jon Tester

    New Hampshire

    Jeanne Shaheen

    New Mexico

    Martin Heinrich

    Oregon

    Ron Wyden

    Virginia

    Tim Kaine

    Washington

    Maria Cantwell

    Call your senators to rally their support for an executive order to combat dark money.

    1. Dial 888-291-9824 to reach the Capitol switchboard.

    2. Ask the operator to connect you with your senator.

    3. When you are connected with one of his/her staff members, introduce yourself and then use this short script:

    “I’m calling because I want [your senator’s name] to sign Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s letter supporting an executive order to shine a light on federal contractor dark money.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Clean Power, Clear Savings for Ohio

    Email Senator Portman to Protect Ohio Consumers

    A new report by Public Citizen shows that Ohio residents will see lower electricity bills under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

    But the prospect of lower electricity cost and cleaner air are threatened by U.S. Senate attacks on the Clean Power Plan.

    Email Senator Portman Today to Protect Consumers and Defend the CPP

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    Tell Your Washington State Senators to Join the Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Washington Is One State Senator Away From Having a Majority of the Senate Support an Amendment

    We are just one Washington senator short of having a majority in favor of a constitutional amendment.

    We need as many people in your area as possible to sign a petition to get us that one additional signer.

    Next month, we’ll be organizing petition drops to call attention to the fact that certain state senators are not willing to stand up to big money in politics and have refused to sign a letter calling for an amendment.

    We’re calling on the following state senators to sign the letter: Sens. Don Benton of Vancouver, Jan Angel of Port Orchard, Brian Dansel of Republic, Joe Fain of Auburn, Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla, Steve Litzow of Mercer Island, Tim Sheldon of Mason County, Pam Roach of greater Auburn and Mike Padden of Spokane Valley.

    We only need ONE.

    Sign the Petition

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Calling Your Representative Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to thank my representative for voting no on Fast Track.
    • I was relieved to see Fast Track fail in the House, and proud to know my member of Congress stood up for me and on the right side of history.
    • TPP will also expose the U.S. to unsafe food and challenges to our domestic policies.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Thanks for Opposing Fast Track

    Email Your Representative to Thank Him/Her for Opposing Fast Track

    The Fast Track vote failed last week, but Fast Track for the TPP is not dead yet.

    It is important to show our support to members of Congress who did the right thing last week. Our appreciation now will encourage them to stay strong in opposing Fast Track in the face of who-knows-what schemes the Republican congressional leaders and mighty corporate coalition may cook up next to pass Fast Track for the TPP.

    Send a Thank You Email to Your Representative TODAY

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    Help Make Arkansas the First Southern State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Sign Up to Help Get Campaign Finance Reform on the Ballot

    Kudos to you for envisioning a more democratic Arkansas!

    We’re excited Arkansas officials have given us the chance to take back control of our elections with a ballot measure that calls for both disclosure of election spending and a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Now let’s get the 67,887 signatures we need to get this democracy initiative on the ballot.

    No doubt, this is an ambitious number, but gathering signatures is easier than you’d think. Especially for a crowd pleaser like this one, designed to restore people power in a state whose motto, Regnat Populus — “The People Rule” — lives and breathes this fundamental tenet.

    Can you join our grassroots effort to restore democracy and gather signatures in towns and cities throughout Arkansas? While you’re at it, get your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and others to join in the fight and make reclaiming democracy a communal affair.

    Sign Up to Volunteer as a Signature Collector

    It’s easy to gather signatures. We have a big list of events that you can attend with your clipboard. Or you can add your own flavor to the effort and host your own petition party in your neighborhood, outside your local supermarket, at your favorite beer garden … get creative! We’ll hook you up with other volunteers and get you involved in the Arkansas ballot initiative action as it unfolds. Stay tuned...

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    Sign the Petition to President Obama

    Nominate SEC Commissioners Who Will Fight for Main Street, Not Pander to Wall Street

    President Obama soon will be filling two vacancies at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a federal agency with broad authority to crack down on Wall Street recklessness.

    Make sure President Obama nominates SEC commissioners who will fight for Main Street, not pander to Wall Street.

    Sign the Petition to the President

    We urge you to fill the expected vacancies at the SEC with nominees who are committed to protecting investors and putting the public interest and the integrity of the financial markets first. Too many past nominees have been “revolving door” insiders who proved to be overly protective of the short-term interests of the financial industry. We need SEC commissioners with a track record of opposition to Wall Street excess and support for tough rules and enforcement.

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    The Moment of Truth for Fast Track

    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    This is it. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on Fast Track TODAY.

    This is our last chance to stop Fast Track and our best chance to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and all it would bring with it: offshored jobs, lower wages, unsafe food, increased fracking, deregulated Wall Street, and on and on.

    Urge Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Your Call Could Make the Difference

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose the Fast Track bill.
    • Fast Track for the TPP is a bad deal for working men and women. It will offshore jobs and push down wages.
    • TPP will also expose the U.S. to unsafe food and challenges to our domestic policies.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Call the Capitol

    Urge Your Senators to Fight Dark Money by Supporting a Transparency Executive Order

    Tens of thousands of activists have emailed their senators urging them to support an executive order to require every company that does business with the federal government to disclose its political spending.

    Now take the next step:

    Call your senators to rally their support for an executive order to combat dark money.

    1. Dial 888-291-9824 to reach the Capitol switchboard.

    2. Ask the operator to connect you with one of your senators (it’s particularly important for you to contact Democratic senators).

    3. When you are connected with one of your senator’s staff members, introduce yourself and then use this short script:

    “I’m calling because I want [your senator’s name] to sign Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s letter supporting an executive order to shine a light on federal contractor dark money.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Clean Power, Clear Savings for Maine

    Email Your Senators to Protect Mainer Consumers

    A new report by Public Citizen shows that Maine residents will see lower electricity bills under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

    But the prospect of lower electricity cost and cleaner air are threatened by U.S. Senate attacks on the Clean Power Plan.

    Email Your Senators Today to Protect Consumers and Defend the CPP


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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Calling Your Representative Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below. Make sure that you include the key points, but of course you can put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose the Fast Track bill.
    • The recent WTO order that we have to gut the country-of-origin labels for meat that I rely on at the grocery store spotlights just how these agreements can undermine our domestic consumer and environmental policies. COOL is a policy that Congress passed, U.S. courts have okayed and nine out of 10 Americans support. Fast-Tracking the TPP will result in more of these outrageous attacks.
    • I don’t want to feed my family mystery meat or contaminated seafood.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Show Your Opposition to Fast Track

    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The recent World Trade Organization ruling ordering the U.S. to gut country-of-origin meat labeling — which nine out of 10 Americans support — spotlights exactly why there is unprecedentedly broad opposition to more of these deals. It’s bad enough that the TPP could lower your wages or kill your job. But it also could literally make your family sick.

    The TPP’s threats to food safety make it clear that this deal should be open to public scrutiny — not Fast-Tracked through Congress with limited debate and no amendments.

    Urge Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track

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    Take a Stand Against Dirty Energy Bailouts in Ohio

    RSVP for the June 15 Rally, Lunch and Teach-In in Columbus

    What: Rally and Day of Action to Oppose Dirty Energy Bailouts in Ohio

    When: Monday, June 15, 11:00 a.m.

    Where: Street in front of the PUCO, 180 East Broad St. Columbus, Ohio 43215

    Lunch will be provided after the rally at Trinity Episcopal Church and be followed by presentations on the bailout by leaders in the climate and energy community. Buses back to Akron and Cleveland will leave Columbus at about 2:30 p.m.

    RSVP Below for the Day of Action

    No Dirty Energy Bailouts

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    Injured Nurses ARE NOT Disposable

    Help Combat the Crisis of Careless Policies that Neglect Professional Caregivers’ Workplace Injuries

     

    Nurses and other workers tasked with caring for the sick and injured are among the most likely to suffer severe injuries on the job. Some suffer lifelong pain, while others encounter career-ending injuries. Outrageously, some workers who are hurt on the job are fired instead of reassigned to less strenuous work.

    Every year, more healthcare workers are forced to miss work due to occupational injuries than workers in any other profession.

    We can combat the crisis of careless policies that neglect professional caregivers by advocating that hospitals adopt commonsense policies and technologies that support workers and reduce injuries.

    Add your name to join Public Citizen’s caregiver workplace fairness and safety campaign.

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    Sign on as a Citizen Co-sponsor of Congressional Letters Encouraging President Obama to Restore Accountability

    We the People are being shoved aside in our own elections by out-of-control corporations exploiting the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling.

    But with a simple executive order, President Obama can require federal contractors — which includes 70 of the 100 largest corporations in the United States — to disclose their political spending.

    Add your name as a citizen co-sponsor of official letters from Congress to President Obama for an executive order requiring companies that do business with the federal government to disclose their political spending.

    Add Your Name Now

    U.S. Senators Who Have Spoken Up:

     

    Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
    Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
    Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
    Al Franken (D-Minn.)
    Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

    Read the senators’ letter to the White House

    U.S. Representatives Who Have Spoken Up:

     

    Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.)

    Learn More


    Public Citizen Report: Executive Order Requiring Government Contractors to Disclose Political Spending Would Reach 70 Percent of Top Companies

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Calling Your Representative Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below. Make sure that you include the key points, but of course you can put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose the Fast Track bill.
    • Fast Tracking the TPP would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas and would undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making less than 60 cents an hour. The TPP means jobs out and mystery meat in.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    National Fast Track Day of Action

    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    After a rough ride, the job-killing Fast Track bill — which would allow the signing of the TPP before Congress votes to approve its contents and then railroad it through Congress in 90 days with no amendments allowed — was approved by the U.S. Senate.

    The good news is that the massive corporate lobby pushing Fast Track and the TPP doesn’t have the votes it needs in the U.S. House of Representatives. For now ... We need your help to keep it that way.

    Urge Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track

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    Stop the Electricity Price Gouge in Illinois

    Email Comments to FERC Calling for Market Manipulation Investigation

    Illinois residents will see a big jump in electric rates this year resulting from a recent rigged market auction — unless federal regulators step in.

    Public Citizen has asked them to do just that. Now, FERC wants to hear from you.

    Send Comments to FERC to Investigate Dynegy and Stop the Price Hike


    Note: Your comment and any other information you provide below may be displayed publicly on FERC’s website.

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    President Obama, Close the Dark Money Corruption Loophole and Fight for Disclosure

    Urge the President to Require Corporations that do Business with the Government to Disclose their Political Spending

     

    Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers who are responsible for — you guessed it — awarding government contracts.

    It’s a cycle of corruption enabled by a detestable loophole in election law.

    But there’s good news: Closing the corrupting loophole doesn’t require an act of Congress. President Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen.

    Urge the president to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending

    Petition to President Obama:

     

    We, the undersigned strongly support requiring corporations that bid for government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

    Public Citizen will send you updates by email about this campaign and our other work to fight corporate power.

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    Improve Working Conditions for Sheepherders and ALL Workers

    The Department of Labor Should Raise Standards and Protect Workers

    NOTE: The deadline for this petition (June 1, 2015) has passed. To find more ways to get involved, visit citizen.org/action.

    Public Citizen’s comment urging the U.S. Department of Labor to protect workers and raise standards for shepherds and other range livestock workers:

    We, the undersigned, support strengthening the Department of Labor’s proposed rule to improve working conditions for sheepherders and other range livestock workers. Act quickly to end the exploitative underpayment of these workers, and to improve deplorable working conditions so these workers have access to basic necessities like sufficient heat, refrigeration and running water. The Department should raise the standards to make them comparable to those for other kinds of agricultural labor.

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    Fight Corruption In New York

    Demand Lawmakers Close Campaign Finance Loopholes

    With two of New York state’s top lawmakers facing federal corruption charges, the need to clean up the corruption in Albany could not be clearer.

    But New York state senators in the GOP are trying to block key reforms.

    Right now, a bill to close New York’s notorious “LLC loophole” — a trick corporations use to funnel millions into the campaigns of state candidates — is languishing in the state Senate.

    Sign the petition today to tell the Senate majority leader to bring S.60 to the full floor for a vote.

    Dear Senators,

    We, the undersigned, urge you to support S.60, to subject limited liability companies (LLCs) to the same contribution limit as corporations. S.60 should be moved to the floor for a vote immediately.

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    Attend San Antonio Mayoral Candidate Forum on June 1

    Support Clean Air, Clean Water and a Healthy City

    The mayor of a large city like San Antonio has many responsibilities. Making the community safe and sustainable is one of the most important.

    San Antonio faces the challenge of improving the quality of its air. And ensuring clean, adequate water supplies is an ongoing issue.

    The Clean Air, Clean Water, Healthy City forum is a joint collaboration between Public Citizen, Environmental Defense Fund, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, Alamo Group of the Sierra Club, Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund, the SEED Coalition, Environment Texas and Trinity University’s Political Science Department.

    WHEN: Monday, June 1 (6 p.m. – Leticia Van de Putte; 7 p.m. – Ivy Taylor)

    WHERE: Trinity University, Chapman Auditorium, located at the northwest corner of Trinity University, at the intersection of North Campus Drive and E Rosewood Ave, in San Antonio

    PARKING: Free parking is available in lots E, G, & F near Chapman Auditorium, with additional parking along Oakmont Court (campus map).

    Sign Up to Let Us Know That You’ll Be at the Forum

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    Sign Up to Join Public Citizen’s New Superactivist List

    You’re invited to participate in Public Citizen’s new initiative especially for people who are interested in the types of local activism that take more time and effort — but which are nevertheless necessary for making progress on the issues we care about.

    As a member of the new email list, you will receive special opportunities to set up meetings with congressional offices near you, connect with others in your town who care about vital issues, write time-sensitive letters to the editor of your local newspaper, share social media actions designed to maximize your impact online, and much, much more.

    If you’re passionate about fighting Wall Street recklessness, speaking out for truly universal (single-payer) health care, thwarting big money’s distortion of our elections, ending forced arbitration or advocating for other causes that pit the public interest against corporate influence, we hope you’ll join Public Citizen’s new list.

    Join Public Citizen’s new activist list and you’ll receive the first message within the next week.

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Calling Your Representative Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below. Make sure that you include the key points, but of course you can put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose the Fast Track bill.
    • The recent WTO order that we have to gut the country-of-origin labels for meat that I rely in at the grocery store spotlights just how these agreements can undermine our domestic consumer and environmental policies. This is a policy that Congress passed, U.S. courts have okayed and nine out of 10 Americans support. Fast-Tracking the TPP will result in more of these outrageous attacks.
    • Fast Tracking the TPP would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas and would undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making less than 60 cents an hour. The TPP means jobs out and mystery meat in.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

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    Show Your Opposition to Fast Track

    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The recent World Trade Organization ruling ordering us to gut country-of-origin meat labeling — which nine out of 10 Americans support — spotlights exactly why there is unprecedentedly broad opposition to more of these deals. It’s bad enough that the TPP could kill your job and lower your wages. But it also could literally make your family sick.

    The TPP’s dual threats to U.S. jobs and consumer safeguards make it clear that this deal should be open to public scrutiny — not Fast-Tracked through Congress with limited debate and no amendments.

    Urge Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track

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    Don’t Let Reckless Corporations Eviscerate Accountability

    Urge Your Representative to Oppose H.R. 1927

     

    When reckless corporations cheat thousands of consumers, illegally exploit their workforces or poison our environment, class-action lawsuits are a powerful tool for holding them accountable.

    But corporate cronies in Congress are pushing a bill (H.R. 1927) that would eviscerate this accountability – and let Big Business off the hook for widespread abuses, from nickel-and-dime rip-offs to illegal discrimination to dangerous products that sicken or kill children.

    Don’t let Congress deny the public’s power to hold reckless corporations accountable.

    Demand that your member of Congress oppose H.R. 1927.

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    Hold Maryland Regulators Accountable for Approving the Un-Approvable

    Call the Maryland Public Service Commission at 410-767-8073

    • Call the office of Maryland Public Service Commission Chairman W. Kevin Hughes at 410-767-8073.
    • Tell whoever answers the phone that you are outraged by the commission’s decision to approve Exelon’s takeover of Pepco.
    • Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.
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    Urge FERC to Protect Consumers, Engage Public

    Sign Petition to Establish an Office of Consumer Advocate and Public Participation

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a powerful federal agency, with sweeping authority over power markets and controversial energy infrastructure projects.

    But it acts with limited public engagement and oversight.

    From approving gas pipelines to setting electricity rates, FERC actions affect all Americans and require more public scrutiny and engagement by groups who represent the public interest.

    Add Your Voice to Urge FERC to Secure a Consumer Advocate

    We, the undersigned, call on FERC to create an Office of Consumer Advocate and Public Participation along the following principles:

    • The office should be organized in a way to maximize independence. Financing for the Office should be clearly allocated to support the activities of the office.
    • The office must be able to conduct its own investigations and not be limited to the scope of FERC dockets or proceedings.
    • The office should include authority to provide intervenor funding to consumer groups to encourage their participation in FERC proceedings.
    • The office should coordinate assistance and outreach to the public with respect to authority exercised by FERC.
    • The office should have an advisory board composed of representatives of the non-governmental consumer advocacy community, including organizations representing low-income households and the elderly, and both national and state-based consumer organizations.
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    Urge FERC to Protect Consumers, Engage Public

    Sign Petition to Establish an Office of Consumer Advocate and Public Participation

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a powerful federal agency, with sweeping authority over power markets and controversial energy infrastructure projects.

    But it acts with limited public engagement and oversight.

    From approving gas pipelines to setting electricity rates, FERC actions affect all Americans and require more public scrutiny and engagement by groups who represent the public interest.

    Add Your Voice to Urge FERC to Secure a Consumer Advocate

    We, the undersigned, call on FERC to create an Office of Consumer Advocate and Public Participation along the following principles:

    • The office should be organized in a way to maximize independence. Financing for the Office should be clearly allocated to support the activities of the office.
    • The office must be able to conduct its own investigations and not be limited to the scope of FERC dockets or proceedings.
    • The office should include authority to provide intervenor funding to consumer groups to encourage their participation in FERC proceedings.
    • The office should coordinate assistance and outreach to the public with respect to authority exercised by FERC.
    • The office should have an advisory board composed of representatives of the non-governmental consumer advocacy community, including organizations representing low-income households and the elderly, and both national and state-based consumer organizations.
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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Calling Your Representative Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below. Make sure that you include the key points, but of course you can put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose the Fast Track bill.
    • Fast Tracking the TPP would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas and would undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making less than 60 cents an hour.
    • With deals like the TPP undermining wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy — that could raise medicines prices, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies and more — Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Show Your Opposition to Fast Track

    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    We all enjoyed the spectacle of Tuesday’s U.S. Senate Fast Track fiasco. But we will win or lose in the U.S. House of Representatives. Keep up the momentum and urge your representative to oppose the job-killing Fast Track bill.

    Urge Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track

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    Senate Action on Fast Track Imminent

    Email Your Senators and Urge Them to Vote “No” on Prioritizing the Fast Track Vote Over the Job-Creating Highway Bill

    Stopping Fast Track is how we stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and all the broken promises. This Tuesday, the Senate will decide whether to consider Fast Track and as a result, let highway and infrastructure bills that fund tens of thousands of construction workers expire on June 1.

    Jobs First: Urge Your Senators to Oppose the Motion to Proceed to Fast Track

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Senators

    Calling Your Senators Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to one of your senators.

    Once you get finish your first call, hang up and dial again to speak with your other senator’s office as well.

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below. Make sure that you include the key points, but of course you can put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge the senator to oppose the new Fast Track bill (S.995).
    • Fast-Tracked trade deals like the recent Korea FTA and the old North American Free Trade Agreement repeat the same terms that put us on a path of offshored jobs, flat wages and growing income inequality.
    • With deals like the TPP rewriting wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy — that could raise medicines prices, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies and more — Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • I want the senator to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.
    • And also, can you explain to me why the Senate is going to throw tens of thousands of construction workers off their jobs and shut down work on critical improvements to our nation’s bridges and roads by letting those June 1 programs die so it can rush to take job-killing trade votes?!

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    Make Arkansas the Next State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    State Your Support for Putting the Issue on the Ballot in 2016

    “Regnat Populus.”

    That’s the Arkansas state motto. It means “The People Rule.”

    But since 2010 — when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its disastrous Citizens United ruling, which enabled unlimited spending by the wealthy and special interests — the people have not been ruling in Arkansas.

    Add your name to show your support for the effort to place an initiative on the 2016 Arkansas ballot that would make Arkansas the next state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

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    Don’t Let Corporate America Weaken Energy Star

    Urge Your Representative to Oppose H.R. 504

    Corporate lobbyists are now pushing a bill (H.R. 504, S. 1038) that would allow companies to evade accountability when products fail to meet the popular Energy Star efficiency standards.

    Energy Star is a trusted, well-established federal certification for energy-efficient products. Consumers rely on the label, and for that reason, manufacturers participate in the program and carry the label.

    Now, manufacturers would like the benefit of the Energy Star label but don’t want to be held accountable if they fail to comply with its standards.

    Tell your representative to stand up for strong Energy Star standards and to oppose H.R. 504.

     

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    President Obama, Close the Dark Money Corruption Loophole and Fight for Disclosure

    Urge the President to Require Corporations that do Business with the Government to Disclose their Political Spending

     

    Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers who are responsible for — you guessed it — awarding government contracts.

    It’s a cycle of corruption enabled by a detestable loophole in election law.

    But there’s good news: Closing the corrupting loophole doesn’t require an act of Congress. President Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen.

    Urge the president to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending

    Petition to President Obama:

     

    We, the undersigned strongly support requiring corporations that bid for government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

    Public Citizen will send you updates by email about this campaign and our other work to fight corporate power.

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Calling Your Representative Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative’s office. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t be afraid to make this call — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below. Make sure that you include the key points, but of course you can put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose the new Fast Track bill (H.R. 1890).
    • Fast Tracking the TPP would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas and would undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making 56 cents an hour.
    • With deals like the TPP rewriting wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy — that could raise medicines prices, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies and more — Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    No More Broken Promises. No Fast Track.

    Email Your Members of Congress and Urge Them to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The bill to revive Nixon’s Fast Track scheme to railroad the TPP through Congress is heading toward votes in Congress.

    It’s do or die now. Making sure Congress will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade-pact attack on our jobs and wages, food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial stability.

    Urge Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track

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    Your New York State Senator Can Help Overturn Citizens United

    Ask Your State Senator to Sign the Letter to Get Big Money Out of Politics

    New York is part of a national movement calling for a constitutional amendment that would get big money out of politics and establish that constitutional rights are for people — not corporations.

    Already, 25 members of the New York Senate and a majority of members of the Assembly have formally supported an amendment. If we can get a majority in both houses to sign the letter, New York will become the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Enter your zip code below and we will provide a sample email you can send your state senator to ask him or her to sign the letter. Please email them again even if you have done so before.

    Also, please call your senator at the phone number that will be provided. Let us know how your calls go by emailing us at amendment@citizen.org.

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    Petition to Congress: Tax Wall Street!

    Mark the Five-Year Anniversary of the “Flash Crash” by Taking a Stand Against Wall Street Recklessness

    Five years ago, the markets plummeted. In a matter of minutes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost about 1,000 points. It was as if $1 trillion dollars suddenly vanished from the world economy.

    Markets recovered from the “flash crash,” but the apparent fragility of these markets – and the risk of a future, more catastrophic crash – remains.

    Stand up to the Wall Street speculators whose reckless “high-frequency trading” fuels this volatility while siphoning billions from the real economy.

    Sign the petition to join the MILLION STRONG worldwide calling for a Wall Street Tax to rein in this reckless speculation and raise hundreds of billions for essential public programs.

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass a Wall Street Tax to rein in the reckless, automation-driven market volatility that enabled the May 6, 2010, flash crash to happen. Such a tax also would raise hundreds of billions to address critical issues such as climate change, poverty and cracking down on corporate criminals.

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    Call on Your County and Town to Pass a Resolution to Overturn Citizens United

    Sign the Petition to Encourage Local Officials to Act

    Across Iowa, citizens like you have already passed seven resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and ensure everyone has an equal voice in our democracy. But we need to pass more resolutions to gain support from the Iowa Legislature and U.S. congressional delegation, as well as encourage action from those running for office.

    Altoona, Blue Grass, Buffalo, Des Moines and Dubuque along with Black Hawk County and Lee County already support an amendment to overturn the court’s ruling. Even if your town is on the list, we still need your signature as we work to pass resolutions at the county level. If your county is on the list, please sign to help us pass one in your town.

    To ensure the greatest impact, we need every level of local government to issue a resounding and powerful call for an amendment. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court said that corporations could spend unlimited sums to influence elections. That 2010 decision unleashed a flood of money into our elections.

    You might be one of only a handful people in an important area of the state. Please add your name and spread the word to others in your area!

    Sign Below to Support a Local Resolution to Overturn Citizens United in Your City and County

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    Ask Your Representative to Help Overturn Citizens United

    We Have the Power to Overturn Citizens United and Take Back Our Democracy

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s now infamous Citizens United ruling has permitted wealthy special interests to drown out the voices of We the People and distort our entire political process.

    Make sure your representative knows that the American people deserve and demand a constitutional amendment to restore OUR voices in OUR democracy.

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    Tell Congress to End Forced Arbitration

    Stop the Corporate Attack on Our Rights


    In the fine print of contracts, corporations often insert a “forced arbitration” clause to strip consumers and employees of the right to hold them accountable in a court.

    Instead, consumers and employees who have been hurt or ripped off are forced into a private system that favors corporations.

    Take a stand against corporations that are denying us our constitutional rights.

    Tell your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Arbitration Fairness Act (S. 1133, H.R. 2087) and the CLASS Act (S. 1122, H.R. 2079).

    The Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) would eliminate forced arbitration from ALL consumer and employment terms – and allow consumers and employees to choose how to resolve disputes after they arise — whether in court or arbitration, individually or as part of a group.

    The CLASS (Court Legal Access and Student Support) Act would prevent colleges from using forced arbitration in their enrollment contracts to deny students their right to a day in court. It also would prevent these colleges from using the fine print to block class actions.

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    Texas Senate Considering Bill to Expand Fracking in Communities

    HB 40 Would Put the Health and Safety of Texas Communities at Risk

    The Texas Legislature is putting oil and gas company profits ahead of the health and safety of Texas residents. House Bill 40 not only would prevent local governments from banning fracking or any other type of oil or gas extraction, but also would block them from protecting residents with commonsense regulations.

    Fracking already has had profound negative impacts on many Texas communities in the form of dangerous air and water pollution, traffic fatalities caused by crashes with heavy trucks used by fracking operators, and earthquakes caused by wastewater injection wells.

    State regulation of fracking has failed the people of Texas. Losing the ability to establish protections at the local level would leave residents even more vulnerable.

    The Texas House already passed HB 40, and now it’s in the Senate for consideration.

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Calling Your Representative Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative’s office. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t be afraid to make this call — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below. Make sure that you include the key points, but of course you can put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose the new Fast Track bill (H.R. 1890).
    • Fast Tracking the TPP would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas and would undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making 56 cents an hour.
    • With deals like the TPP rewriting wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy — that could raise medicines prices, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies and more — Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Show Your Opposition to Fast Track

    Email Your Members of Congress and Urge Them to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The bill to revive Nixon’s Fast Track scheme to railroad the TPP through Congress is heading toward votes in Congress.

    It’s do or die now. Making sure Congress will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade-pact attack on our jobs and wages, food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial stability.

    Urge Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track

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    Join us outside Citigroup’s Annual Shareholder Meeting

    Tell Citigroup: Our Democracy Is Not For Sale

    At its annual shareholder meeting in New York City tomorrow – Tuesday, April 28 – Citigroup shareholders will vote on two proposals that address Citi’s appalling influence-peddling on Capitol Hill.

    The first shareholder resolution asks for the bank to disclose the bonuses it gives it executives when they take high-ranking positions in the government. That’s right – Citi pays its executives extra money if they leave their jobs, go through the revolving door and become government regulators of Citi.

    RSVP below to join us outside Citigroup’s annual meeting to support these crucial resolutions.

    What: Citigroup Annual Shareholder Meeting Protest

    When: When: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m Tuesday, April 28

    Where: The Great Hall of The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St., New York City

    Notes: The protest will be outside of Cooper Union. Look for Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen’s financial policy advocate, as well as representatives from the AFL-CIO and U.S. PIRG.

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    Achieve Climate and Consumer Benefits

    Sign the Petition to Oppose Republican Attacks on the Clean Power Plan

    The so-called Ratepayer Protection Act is the latest Republican bill to take aim at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its plan to reduce carbon pollution.

    Rather than protecting consumers, it would harm those who pay electricity bills by undermining the government’s proposal to reduce carbon pollution — a plan expected to lower electricity bills.

    Add Your Name to Protect Consumers and Support Climate Action


    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to cease obstructionist tactics that undermine the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mandate to protect human health and the environment by reducing harmful greenhouse gases. Not only will the EPA’s Clean Power Plan yield significant health and environmental benefits, it also will benefit consumers by lowering electricity bills. Legislation that seeks to delay or prevent implementation of the Clean Power Plan is legislation to delay or prevent critical action on climate disruption and the benefits that action is expected to generate for the American people.

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    Polluter Protection Bill Up for a Vote in the Texas House

    HB 1794 Would Cap Penalties for Environmental Violations

    House Bill 1794 by Representative Charlie Geren is a blatant attempt to protect polluters from the civil justice system. It would set an arbitrary cap of $4.3 million dollars for civil penalties assessed by a local government for an environmental violation.

    Serious violations, which aren’t nearly as uncommon as they should be, can easily cause damages that exceed $4.3 million. If the companies responsible for the pollution they cause aren’t held responsible, local taxpayers and families will be left in the lurch. Families with medical costs from diseases like cancer will be stuck with expensive bills. Counties and cities will be left to deal with polluted land and water.

    HB 1794 will likely be up for a vote on the House floor this Monday, April 27.

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    Urge the Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Google’s YouTube Kids App for Its Pervasive Commercialism

    Google just launched YouTube Kids — a smartphone program targeted specifically at children (and their parents) that is rife with advertising.

    But on YouTube Kids — which is targeting kids under five — it’s not at all clear to young viewers where content ends and ads begin. Indeed, some of the supposed “content” IS marketing.

    Add your name to ask regulators to investigate Google’s unfair marketing to kids.

    We will send you updates by email about the campaign and Public Citizen’s other work to fight corporate power.

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    Tell the Austin City Council to Support Renewable Energy, Not Another Fossil Fuel-Burning Power Plant

    Solar Si, Gas No for Austin

    Austin Energy has been a leader in embracing clean energy solutions, but a proposal to build another new natural gas-fired power plant would take Austin Energy and the City of Austin backward.

    A natural gas-fired power plant would create local air pollution and would contribute to air and water pollution from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that is used to extract about half the natural gas in Texas from the ground. And the natural gas (methane) that leaks into the atmosphere would worsen climate change.

    Solar and wind energy, along with energy efficiency and demand response (reducing energy use when demand is high) are cheaper and cleaner than a new natural gas-fired power plant, but Austin Energy insists that a natural gas-fired power plant is the way to go.

    The Austin City Council will make this decision, so the Council members need to hear what the community wants.

    Sign the Petition to the Austin City Council, Mayor Adler and Mayor Pro Tem Tovo Supporting Renewable Energy

    I support clean energy solutions for Austin, including wind, solar, energy efficiency, demand response and energy storage. I urge you to retire existing coal and natural gas-fired power plants as quickly as possible and not approve construction of any new fossil fuel-fired power plants. Renewable energy can affordably meet our energy needs without causing harmful pollution and wasting water. Building a new gas-fired power plant would be financially risky for Austin Energy and would prevent the utility from meeting the climate change goal set by the Austin City Council.

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    Tell Congress: Pressure the President to Fight Dark Money

    Lawmakers Should Sign a Letter to Support an Executive Order to Shine a Light on Political Spending by Government Contractors


    Members of Congress are starting to publicly pressure the president to take a stand against dark money corruption.

    Let’s urge every single representative and senator to join us in this critical fight against corruption.

    And with a solid majority of Republican and Democratic voters supporting reforms to stop the corruption unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, this can and should be a genuinely bipartisan effort.

    Tell your members of Congress you want them to support strong executive action from the president to rein in dark money.

     

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    Tell the EPA to Strengthen Oil Spill Response Plans

    Send Comments to Reform the Use of Toxic Dispersants

    Five years after 1.84 million gallons of toxic dispersants were dumped into the Gulf of Mexico during the BP drilling disaster, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally has proposed a new rule for the use of dispersants during oil spills.

    Communities in the Gulf and workers who assisted in the oil spill cleanup efforts are still plagued by illnesses associated with toxic dispersant BP used to break up the oil.

    The EPA must develop a better understanding of the health impacts of dispersant exposure and must better protect those who come in contact with chemicals used to respond to an oil spill.

    Add Your Name to Call for Stronger Dispersant Protections


    The EPA’s new rule must be as strong as possible to ensure protection of public health and the environment. At a very minimum, the rule must require:

    • Sufficient testing to understand the effectiveness and toxicity of dispersants prior to “listing” them as approved for use.
    • Criteria that ensure that dispersants approved for use do not pose any danger to public health and the environment.
    • Public identification of dispersant ingredients to allow the agency and the public to ensure that the chemicals used to respond to an oil spill are not as toxic — or more toxic — than the oil being spilled.
    • Monitoring of the dispersants’ impacts on public health and the environment after they are applied.

    We owe it to current and future generations to require companies and the government to protect public health and the environment. I urge you to finalize a dispersant rule that includes the strongest protections possible. We must ensure that dispersants are never again used without adequate information.

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    President Obama: Prevent the Next Oil Spill Crisis

    Sign Petition to Halt Expansion of Dangerous Drilling

    Despite the lessons from BP’s well blowout, the oil industry is moving into even deeper and more inhospitable waters.

    But safety measures to prevent another disaster or contain one if it happens have not kept pace with the oil industry’s extreme drilling practices.

    The administration’s own report says that drilling in the Arctic — a region with very limited oil spill response infrastructure — is linked to a 75 percent chance of an oil spill.

    Add Your Name to Call for a Halt to Risky Offshore Drilling


    We the undersigned call on President Obama to reject proposals for drilling in the Arctic, stop the expansion of ultra-deep drilling and take off the table a proposal to open up a vast stretch of the Atlantic Coast to offshore oil drilling for the first time. Not only is the expansion of extreme drilling activity setting the stage for the next oil spill disaster, it is undermining the administration’s action to reduce U.S. climate pollution. Oil reserves in the Arctic alone could release 15.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Take action to halt dangerous and climate destroying drilling.

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    Senators Can Help Drag Secret Corporate Political Spending out of the Shadows

    Senators Al Franken, Bernie Sanders, Tom Udall, Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to President Obama asking him to issue an executive order requiring companies that do business with the federal government to disclose their political spending.

    But the administration is hesitating.

    Add your name if you agree we need more senators to echo the demand for transparency and stand up for our right to know how much companies funded by taxpayer dollars spend interfering with our elections.

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    Texas Lawmakers Are Working to Shield Polluters

    Tell Your Representative: Protect the Rights of Texans to Contest Pollution Permits

    Once again, the Texas Legislature is putting polluters before the people. House Bill 1865 would make it more difficult for Texans to challenge pollution permits that could harm their health and safety.

    Texas law includes a process for challenging permits through contested case hearings. This process is overseen by an administrative law judge and requires permit applicants to prove that their proposed activities will comply with all federal and state legal and technical requirements to protect human health and safety, the environment and physical property. HB 1865 would flip that standard and force affected residents to prove that a proposed activity would cause harm.

    This bill also would place an arbitrary time limit on all contested case hearings. This would force judges to rush what can be a very complicated process.

    The Texas House of Representative will vote on HB 1865 in the next few days.

    Email Your State Representative Now to Oppose the Bill:

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    Join Us at the Stop Fast Track Rally

    Wednesday, April 22, in Washington, D.C.

    This is a key moment to tell Congress that the American people do NOT want to Fast Track the secretive, job-killing, environment-destroying Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are holding hearings on Fast Track this Wednesday, after which the Fast Track bill could move to a vote very quickly.

    We must act now to stop the Fast Track to offshored jobs, lower wages and unsafe food.

    What:      Stop Fast Track Rally
    When:     Wednesday, April 22, at 9 a.m.
    Where:    Dirksen Senate Office Building, First St., NE, and Constitution Ave., NE,
                    Washington, D.C. View map.

    Sign Up Below to Receive Updates and Reminders About the Rally

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    Get Updates About the Seattle Honest Elections Ballot Initiative I-122

    Don’t Miss Your Chance to Help Seattle Lead on Clean Elections

    The Honest Elections Seattle ballot initiative (I-122) is a package of key reforms designed to root out corruption and encourage candidates to gain broad support from many smaller donors rather than just a few big ones.

    Let us know if you want more information or get involved with the Honest Elections Seattle ballot initiative:

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    Democracy Is For People

    Tell Congress to Combat the Billionaire and Big Business Takeover of Our Democracy

    Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor these bills that would help address the unprecedented Big Money corruption of our political system.

    Sign the Petition to Congress:


    As a constituent, I am deeply concerned about the corrupting influence vast sums of money from corporations, billionaires and special interests have on our electoral process.

    Perverse U.S. Supreme Court rulings such as Citizens United and McCutcheon gave corporations and billionaires almost unprecedented power to influence elections.

    To fix our political system and restore the public’s faith in our republic, I urge you to co-sponsor the following pieces of legislation:

    The Democracy For All Constitutional Amendment (S.J. Res. 5 / H.J. Res. 22) would restore our democracy by overturning Citizens United and other rulings and ensure that We the People can impose limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.

    The Government By the People Act (H.R. 20) would amplify and empower the voices of all Americans by matching small contributions from everyday donors with public funds.

    The DISCLOSE Act (S. 229 / H.R. 430) would ensure our right to know who is influencing our elections by putting an end to corporations and billionaires using dark money groups to mask their identities.

    The Shareholder Protection Act (S. 214 / H.R. 446) would put investors, not CEOs, in charge of whether corporations spend their money to influence elections.

    We will send you updates by email about the campaign and Public Citizen’s other work to fight corporate power.

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    Time is Running Out: Call the White House TODAY

    Urge President Obama to fight Big Money With a #NoSecretMoney Executive Order

    So far, the Obama administration has done nothing to combat the Big Money corruption brought on by the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling. They need to hear from you.

    1. Dial 1-888-894-6720 to reach the White House switchboard. (You may briefly be put on hold or directed to another line. Please be patient!)

    2. When you are connected with a volunteer operator, introduce yourself and then use this short script:

    “I’m calling to urge the president to combat Big Money politics by signing an executive order to end secret political spending by government contractors. I want the president to act before the election season is in full swing, and time is running out!”

    3. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Texas House to Vote on Pro-Fracking Bill to Overrule Local Control

    HB 40 Would Put the Health and Safety of Texas Communities at Risk

    The Texas Legislature is putting oil and gas company profits ahead of the health and safety of Texas residents. House Bill 40 not only would prevent local governments from banning fracking or any other type of oil or gas extraction, but also would block them from protecting residents with commonsense regulations.

    Fracking already has had profound negative impacts on many Texas communities in the form of dangerous air and water pollution, traffic fatalities caused by crashes with heavy trucks used by fracking operators, and earthquakes caused by wastewater injection wells.

    State regulation of fracking has failed the people of Texas. Losing the ability to establish protections at the local level would leave residents even more vulnerable.

    The Texas House of Representative is set to vote on HB 40 tomorrow, April 14.

    Email Your State Representative Now to Ask That the Bill Be Amended

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    Reject the So-Called Ratepayer Protection Act

    Email Your Representative to Stand up for Climate Action

    Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) recently introduced legislation that would gut the Clean Air Act and indefinitely delay implementation of the Clean Power Plan — the federal plan to reduce carbon emissions.

    The bill represents the Republican party’s strategy to “just say no” to climate action.

    This latest maneuver to derail climate action — which the science demands, the American people want and the law defends — must be defeated.

    Email your Representative to Defeat “Just Say No”


    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Statement: Clean Power Plan to Lower Electricity Bills in Kentucky, West Virginia

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    Ask Senator Steve Litzow to Support Overturning Citizens United

    Email Washington State Senator Litzow and Ask Him to Sign the Letter to Help Fight Corruption and Big Money in Politics

    Senator Steve Litzow has the opportunity to sign a letter calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore our elections to the people.

    If one more senator signs the letter, we will have the majority of senators on board, putting us one step closer to making Washington state the 17th state to officially support an amendment.

    Please take a moment to email Senator Litzow and ask him to sign the letter today.

    You can also chose to call his office at (360) 786-7641 if you prefer.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Ask Senator Steve Litzow to Support Overturning Citizens United

    Email Washington State Senator Litzow and Ask Him to Sign the Letter to Help Fight Corruption and Big Money in Politics

    Senator Steve Litzow has the opportunity to sign a letter calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore our elections to the people.

    If one more senator signs the letter, we will have the majority of senators on board, putting us one step closer to making Washington state the 17th state to officially support an amendment.

    Please take a moment to email Senator Litzow and ask him to sign the letter today.

    You can also chose to call his office at (360) 786-7641 if you prefer.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Can you send a copy of the letter?

    The senator should have received a copy of the letter from Senator Pramila Jayapal’s office. He can get another copy or sign onto the letter by emailing staff member Yasmin Christopher.

    What would a U.S. constitutional amendment do?

    The amendment would undo the corrosive impacts of Citizens United and McCutcheon by ensuring that our elected representatives can put reasonable limits on spending in our elections. Thanks to Citizens United, no legislature has the right to place any limits on money spent outside of the candidates and parties in our elections. Restoring the right to limit spending in elections would help to prevent corruption and ensure that big money doesn’t drown out the voices of the people.

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    Thanks for Writing. Now Go the Extra Mile By Calling Your Representative

    Calling Your Representative Is Quick and Easy

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative’s office. (If you don’t know who your representative is, just give the operator your zip code and you will be connected.)

    Don’t be afraid to make this call — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to Fast Track. Say that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below. Make sure that you include the key points, but of course you can put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my representative to oppose the new Fast Track bill.
    • Fast Tracking the TPP would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas and would undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making 56 cents an hour.
    • With deals like the TPP rewriting wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy — that could raise medicines prices, roll back Wall Street reforms, ban Buy American policies and more — Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • I want my representative to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track and to demand a new trade authority that is truly inclusive, transparent and balanced.

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    Breaking News: Fast Track Bill Introduced

    Email Your Members of Congress and Urge Them to Vote “No” on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    A bill was just introduced to revive Nixon’s Fast Track scheme to railroad the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, through Congress. This 12-nation pact spanning four continents has been aptly described as NAFTA on steroids.

    It’s do or die now. Making sure Congress will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade-pact attack on our jobs and wages, food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial stability.

    Urge Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track

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    Ask Senator Steve Litzow to Support Overturning Citizens United

    Call Washington State Senator Litzow and Ask Him to Sign the Letter to Help Fight Corruption and Big Money in Politics

    Senator Steve Litzow has the opportunity to sign a letter calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore our elections to the people.

    If one more senator signs the letter, we will have the majority of senators on board, putting us one step closer to making Washington state the 17th state to officially support an amendment.

    Please take a moment to call Senator Litzow at (360) 786-7641 and ask him to sign the letter today.

    Talking Points


    • I am calling to ask Senator Litzow to sign a letter being circulated in the Senate calling for an end to unlimited spending in our elections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.
    • Big donor-driven elections are drowning out the voice of voters. The agendas of major donors should not take precedence over the needs of constituents.
    • The American Dream, equal opportunity, a fair chance to achieve success — these things rely upon an impartial government, not one that favors the big spenders.
    • The current system of unlimited, secret money in our elections threatens our republic.
    • Will the senator sign the letter?

    Responses


    • If yes, will the senator be willing to share the letter with colleagues and help gather signatures? Please contact us right away at amendment@citizen.org or 202-588-7752 if you get a “yes” on the phone.
    • If maybe/don't know, will you get back with me to let me know what the senator’s position is? When do you think you will be able to do so? Thanks so much.
    • If no, I am sorry to hear that, why has the senator decided not to sign?

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Can you send a copy of the letter?

    The senator should have received a copy of the letter from Senator Pramila Jayapal’s office. He can get another copy or sign onto the letter by emailing staff member Yasmin Christopher.

    What would a U.S. constitutional amendment do?

    The amendment would undo the corrosive impacts of Citizens United and McCutcheon by ensuring that our elected representatives can put reasonable limits on spending in our elections. Thanks to Citizens United, no legislature has the right to place any limits on money spent outside of the candidates and parties in our elections. Restoring the right to limit spending in elections would help to prevent corruption and ensure that big money doesn’t drown out the voices of the people.

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    Texas Senate Set to Vote Against Renewable Energy

    Help Stop a Bill that Would Abolish Texas Renewable Energy Goals

    The Texas Senate is set to vote on a bill that would do abolish state-level renewable energy goals.

    In addition to cleaning our air and reducing water use, the wind and solar industries are creating good jobs and contributing to rural economic development here in Texas.

    In addition to harming the Texas economy, abolishing the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) programs would send a signal to the many companies that have made commitments to renewable energy that Texas isn’t friendly to those goals.

    Senate Bill 931 by Texas State Senator Troy Fraser will be up for a vote in the Senate this week, as early as April 14.

    Email Your State Senator to Oppose the Bill:

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    President Obama, Close the Dark Money Corruption Loophole and Fight for Disclosure

    Urge the President to Require Corporations that do Business with the Government to Disclose their Political Spending

     

    Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers who are responsible for — you guessed it — awarding government contracts.

    It’s a cycle of corruption enabled by a detestable loophole in election law.

    But there’s good news: Closing the corrupting loophole doesn’t require an act of Congress. President Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen.

    Urge the president to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending

    Petition to President Obama:

     

    We, the undersigned strongly support requiring corporations that bid for government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

    Public Citizen will send you updates by email about this campaign and our other work to fight corporate power.

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    Oppose Exelon’s Latest Bad Deal for Maryland

    Tell Maryland Regulators to Reject Exelon’s Takeover of Pepco

    Last month, Exelon reached a settlement with some of the parties challenging its takeover of Pepco.

    The deal, which has triggered a new opportunity for public comments, does not resolve the fact that Exelon’s business model conflicts with the best interests of Pepco customers and Maryland’s clean energy goals.

    Exelon’s takeover of Pepco would be a bad deal for Maryland.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below Before the April 17 Public Comment Deadline


    We the undersigned call on the Maryland Public Service Commission to reject Exelon’s new proposal to take over Pepco. The new deal represents a package of superficial changes that do nothing to mitigate the long-term risks associated with the takeover or address the potential harm to ratepayers presented by the prospect of Exelon’s dominance in the region. The bottom line is that Exelon’s business model conflicts with the best interests of Pepco customers and Maryland’s clean energy goals. This proposed acquisition is not in the public interest and we urge you to oppose it.

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    Where Is Mary Jo White?

    The SEC Chair Is the Superhero We Need to Save Washington from the Dark Money Menace

    Dark money monsters are on the loose, slinging blobs of corporate cash.

    Frantic investors ask, “Who can rescue us from this dark money menace?”

    In the crowd, a woman recalls a rumor: The chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has special powers to curb corporate political spending.

    Public Citizen has launched a fun ad campaign with Avaaz and the Corporate Reform Coalition to address a very serious problem of secret corporate political spending.

    More than 1 million investors and activists have called on the SEC to rein in corporate dark money, but the agency, which is supposed to stand up for investor rights, so far has failed to act — even as corporate dark money already threatens to inundate the 2016 elections.

    This is a job for Mary Jo White.

    PETITION TO SEC CHAIR MARY JO WHITE:

     

    SEC chair Mary Jo White, you are the hero we need. As the leader of the federal agency charged with protecting investors from corporate abuse, you can fight the dark money monsters attacking our democracy by requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose their political spending. Don’t let corporations use our savings to buy dirty political favors!

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    Email Your Members of Congress to Oppose ‘Fast Track’ for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Newly Leaked TPP Chapter Reveals Expanded Corporate Privileges and Threats to Critical Public Interest Policies

    Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know that the TPP includes an expansive version of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) — the extreme mechanism that allows foreign corporations to challenge critical public interest policies by suing governments in extrajudicial foreign tribunals authorized to order unlimited taxpayer compensation for violations of broad investor “rights.”

    As U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren put it, “If a final TPP agreement includes Investor-State Dispute Settlement, the only winners will be multinational corporations.”

    Ask Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Protect Communities from Exploding Oil Trains

    Email Your Senators to Sponsor Oil Train Safety Legislation

    Record amounts of climate-disrupting fuels are being moved by rail through every corner of our country — putting our communities, water supplies and environment at risk.

    Already this year, five fiery oil train derailments have occurred. And we can expect more unless immediate action is taken.

    Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) has introduced legislation that would improve the safety of railcars carrying crude oil, levy heavier penalties on companies that operate recklessly and require notification of train schedules to communities near oil train routes.

    Sign Below to Send a Letter to Your Senators to Sponsor the Legislation


    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Email Your Members of Congress to Oppose ‘Fast Track’ for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Newly Leaked TPP Chapter Reveals Expanded Corporate Privileges and Threats to Critical Public Interest Policies

    Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know that the TPP includes an expansive version of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) — the extreme mechanism that allows foreign corporations to challenge critical public interest policies by suing governments in extrajudicial foreign tribunals authorized to order unlimited taxpayer compensation for violations of broad investor “rights.”

    As U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren put it, “If a final TPP agreement includes Investor-State Dispute Settlement, the only winners will be multinational corporations.”

    Ask Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Require Publicly Traded Corporations to Disclose Their Political Spending

    Currently, giant corporations can keep their own shareholders — including millions of everyday Americans whose retirement accounts and other investments involve corporate stock — in the dark about company funds that get spent influencing elections.

    Big Business is essentially using our savings as its secret political war chest.

    Sign the Petition to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):

    As the federal agency charged with protecting investors from corporate abuse, the SEC should require publicly traded corporations to disclose their political spending.

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    Sign the Petition to U.S. Senator Wyden Against ‘Fast Track’

    Add Your Name to Fight Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    As the lead Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee (the committee with jurisdiction over trade), U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon could help our cause by refusing to support the Republican Fast Track bill, legislation that would railroad the TPP through Congress.

    So far, he has resisted the corporate pressure. But if Senator Wyden agrees to co-sponsor the Fast Track bill, it will be introduced the next day. Then the corporate lobby will use Senator Wyden’s seal of approval to claim “bipartisanship” and push other Democrats in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House to support the bill too.

    Will Senator Wyden sell us out? Urge him to stand up for We the People against Fast Track!

    Petition Against Fast Track

    Dear Senator Wyden,

    We are deeply concerned about efforts to Fast Track trade deals that would undermine American jobs, food safety, health, Internet freedom and environmental protections. We are counting on you to reject Fast Track and work on a new form of trade authority that provides Congress and the public with a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiation and approval processes.

    There are some basic elements that must be included in any trade authority mechanism to ensure that it is more inclusive and meets the basic standards of transparent and accountable policymaking. This is especially important because, unlike domestic laws, trade agreements’ terms cannot be changed except by consensus of all signatory countries. An acceptable new trade authority must:

    - Allow Congress to determine which nations are appropriate partners by establishing criteria for inclusion in negotiations and providing for a congressional veto of countries proposed by the White House that do not meet those standards.

    - Provide for mandatory negotiating objectives on what must and must not be included in an agreement.

    - Empower Congress to determine if negotiations are complete by certifying that Congress’ objectives have been satisfied, giving Congress meaningful oversight of executive branch negotiators.

    - Provide for enhanced consultations with Congress and the public throughout the process and access to draft agreement texts.

    - Require Congress to vote to approve a trade agreement before the president can sign and enter into it.

    Also, we do not believe that U.S. trade agreements should provide foreign investors and corporations operating within the United States with greater substantive or procedural rights than are provided by U.S. law and our courts to U.S. investors or firms.

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    Call Senator Wyden to Oppose Fast Track

    U.S. Senator Wyden Is Our Best Hope of Derailing Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Making this call is quick and easy.

    Call his Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-5244.*

    Say that you would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the talking points below, but feel free to put the message in your own words.

    • I am calling to urge Senator Wyden to oppose Fast Track for the TPP.
    • As the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, he will decide if we end up with Fast Track for TPP, which would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas, and undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making 56 cents an hour.
    • I stand by the 600 civil society groups who wrote to Senator Wyden urging him to reject Fast Track.
    • If he supports the GOP Fast Track bill, he’s dooming the American middle class.
    • Any new trade authority proposal that he supports must not just be Fast Track in disguise either.
    • With deals like TPP rewriting wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy, Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • Can you please tell me his view on this?

    *If the line is busy, that’s a good sign. Keep up the pressure. Call until you get through.

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    Texas Senate Proposes to Weaken Enforcement of Ethics Laws

    Senate Bill 10 Would Put Hurdles in the Way of Enforcement Against Texas Politicians

    Senate Bill 10 is a terrible piece of legislation that would make it easier for state elected officials, state employees and lobbyists to get away with violations of ethics laws.

    Texas politicians are making it clear that they care more about protecting themselves and their lobbyist friends than protecting the people of Texas.

    Senate Bill 10 will be up for a vote on the Senate floor any day now. Apparently Texas politicians think Texans aren’t watching. But we are and we’re calling on you to help us stop this terrible bill from passing.

    We don’t need more wasted tax dollars on agency scandals and giveaways for political donors. And we don’t need state agencies and politicians to be even friendlier to industry and even less responsive to the people of Texas.

    Email Your State Senator to Oppose Senate Bill 10

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    Tell Mayor Bowser to Stand Up for the Interests of D.C. Residents

    Email the Mayor to Reject Exelon’s Takeover of Pepco

    The takeover of our local utility by the Chicago-based behemoth Exelon is a bad deal for the District. It would lead to more expensive and less reliable power for D.C. residents.

    Yet Mayor Bowser has not taken a public position on the deal.

    Tell Mayor Bowser to stand with D.C. residents and oppose Exelon’s acquisition of Pepco.

    Send an Email to Mayor Bowser


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    President Obama: Issue an Executive Order to Fight Corruption

    Require Federal Contractors to Disclose Their Political Spending

    Corporations that have government contracts can secretly spend untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Petition to President Obama

    We, the undersigned, strongly support requiring corporations that bid for government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

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    Register for the ISDS Webinar

    Sign Up to Receive Information on How to Join This Important Conversation

    Participants to the webinar — Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Eastern — will learn about real-life Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) cases that have targeted policies related to health, climate, energy, financial stability, and essential services; get the latest information on how this threat could be expanded through trade agreements currently under negotiation; and learn how this all fits into the current hot debate on Fast Track trade authority.

    Register Below

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    Renewable Energy Under Attack at the Texas Legislature

    Help Stop a Bill that Would Abolish Texas Renewable Energy Goals

    Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would do away with state-level renewable energy goals.

    In addition to cleaning our air and reducing water use, wind and solar development is creating good jobs here in Texas.

    Texas already has exceeded its goal for renewable energy, so doing away with the requirement serves no purpose. And it would send a signal to the many companies that have made commitments to renewable energy that Texas isn’t friendly to those goals.

    Senate Bill 931 by Texas State Senator Troy Fraser is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 17, at 9 a.m. at the Texas Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development committee. We need your help to make sure the bill doesn’t get passed out of committee.

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    Email Your Members of Congress to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    Your Representative and Senators Need to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Trade negotiators are meeting in Hawaii this week to finalize the TPP, the “trade” deal that would expand corporate privileges while offshoring our jobs and setting binding, retrograde, corporate-favored rules on non-trade matters that affect our daily lives, from medicine prices to food safety to anti-fracking rules and more.

    The Fast Track bill is expected to be introduced any day now. Email your members of Congress to stand up for We the People and reject Fast Track for the TPP.

    Ask Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Tell Governor John Kasich to Stand with Ohioans

    Sign Petition Urging the Governor to Oppose Bailouts for Dirty Energy

    Ohio’s largest utilities — AEP, Duke and FirstEnergy — want electricity customers to bail out their oldest and dirtiest power plants.

    The proposals not only would cost Ohioans billions in extra fees but also would lock customers into using dirty energy for the foreseeable future.

    Add Your Name Below to Call on Gov. Kasich to Oppose the Bailouts


    We the undersigned urge Gov. Kasich to oppose AEP, Duke and FirstEnergy’s attempts to increase customers’ bills to prop up outdated, uncompetitive coal and nuclear plants. These bailout proposals would: result in higher bills for Ohio customers; keep some of our country’s dirtiest and most dangerous power plants online; reduce customer electricity choices and consumers’ ability to purchase electricity at the lowest possible price; undermine the deployment of renewable energy; and make it harder for the state to meet environmental and climate goals. For all these reasons, we call on the governor to take a stand against dirty energy bailouts.

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    More Information


    A new U.S. Department of Education rule designed to protect students from exploitation by unethical for-profit colleges that receive billions in federal aid should be preserved, 28 groups have told a federal district court.

    In a friend-of-the-court brief filed March 6 with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the organizations urged the court to reject a legal challenge by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) to the “gainful employment” rule. The groups advocate for students and college access, civil rights, veterans and consumers.

    Read the press release.

    Read the brief filed.

    Help Protect Students From Exploitation By Unethical For-Profit Colleges

    Many for-profit schools have harmed students by preying on underserved populations and saddling students with heavy debt.

    Industry groups are fighting a new federal rule designed to protect students from abusive practices. Public Citizen and other organizations are fighting back.

    Public Citizen is one of 28 groups urging a federal district court to uphold the new U.S. Department of Education rule designed to protect students from exploitation by unethical for-profit colleges that receive billions in federal aid.

    Add Your Name If You Agree:


    For-profit colleges looking to boost their bottom lines shouldn’t do it at the expense of students.

    We will send you updates by email about the campaign and Public Citizen’s other work to fight corporate power.

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    Email Your Members of Congress to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    Your Representative and Senators Need to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The Fast Track bill is expected to drop any day now. Email your members of Congress to stand up for We the People and reject Fast Track for the TPP.

    It’s do or die now. Making sure Congress will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade-pact attack on our jobs and wages, small businesses, food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial regulation.

    Ask Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Cut the Red Tape for Texans Who Go Solar

    Support a Bill to Reduce Paperwork for Property Tax Exemption for Solar in Texas

    Solar is a clean and affordable energy option for Texans and solar installations are exempt from property taxes for their lifetime. However, the exemption for solar and other renewable energy installations must be refiled with the county tax office each year. This requirement wastes time for homeowners and businesses, and wastes county resources processing repetitive forms.

    That’s why State Representative Jessica Farrar has filed House Bill 706. HB 706 will make it so that homeowners and businesses with solar or wind energy installations only need to fill for exemption once instead of each year, until the property is sold.

    Send an Email to Your State Representative and State Senator in Support of HB 706

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    Ask Senator Joe Fain to Plan a Vote on Key Election Spending Disclosure Bill

    Call Senator Joe Fain at (360) 786-7692 and Tell Him S.B. 5153 Will Assure Transparency in Election Spending in Washington State

    Senator Joe Fain has the opportunity to pass a transparency bill (S.B. 5153), which would require nonprofits that spend large amounts of money in elections to disclose the sources of their funding.

    Please take a moment to call Senator Fain at (360) 786-7692 and ask him to support S.B. 5153:

    Talking Points

    I am calling to urge Senator Fain to bring S.B. 5153, the campaign transparency bill he co-sponsored, to the Senate floor for a vote.

    I appreciate that Senator Fain has supported the bill thus far. Do you know when the senator is expecting to bring S.B. 5153 forward?

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    Don’t Let Wall Street Buy Government Officials

    Demand that Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley Drop Their Opposition to Shareholder Transparency Proposals

    Banker Antonio Weiss — who President Barack Obama nominated to a high position in the U.S. Treasury Department — was offered a $21 million bonus by his Wall Street bosses to go to work for a bank regulator in Washington, D.C.

    Now, outraged shareholders are insisting on transparency from some of the biggest Wall Street banks that reward executives with multimillion-dollar “golden parachutes” for taking bank regulation jobs.

    But the bank CEOs — who don’t want to answer any questions — are trying to block these important reforms.

    Add your name to the petition demanding that Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley drop their opposition to shareholder transparency proposals.

    Petition to Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley

    We, the undersigned, call on you to drop your opposition to shareholder proposals for transparency regarding so-called “golden parachute” bonuses for executives that leave your financial institution for powerful government positions. Let shareholders vote for greater transparency in executive compensation practices.

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    Democracy Is For People

    Tell Congress to Combat the Billionaire and Big Business Takeover of Our Democracy

    Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor these bills that would help address the unprecedented Big Money corruption of our political system.

    Sign the Petition to Congress:


    As a constituent, I am deeply concerned about the corrupting influence vast sums of money from corporations, billionaires and special interests have on our electoral process.

    Perverse U.S. Supreme Court rulings such as Citizens United and McCutcheon gave corporations and billionaires almost unprecedented power to influence elections.

    To fix our political system and restore the public’s faith in our republic, I urge you to co-sponsor the following pieces of legislation:

    The Democracy For All Constitutional Amendment (S.J. Res. 5 / H.J. Res. 22) would restore our democracy by overturning Citizens United and other rulings and ensure that We the People can impose limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.

    The Government By the People Act (H.R. 20) would amplify and empower the voices of all Americans by matching small contributions from everyday donors with public funds.

    The DISCLOSE Act (S. 229 / H.R. 430) would ensure our right to know who is influencing our elections by putting an end to corporations and billionaires using dark money groups to mask their identities.

    The Shareholder Protection Act (S. 214 / H.R. 446) would put investors, not CEOs, in charge of whether corporations spend their money to influence elections.

    We will send you updates by email about the campaign and Public Citizen’s other work to fight corporate power.

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    Urge Your New Hampshire Senator to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Email Your State Senator to Curb Money in Politics

    A bill to make New Hampshire the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent outside interests from spending unlimited amounts to influence New Hampshire's elections is moving forward in the New Hampshire Senate. Make sure it passes.

    Enter your ZIP Code below, and we will provide a sample email that you can send her or him.

    Let us know what type of response you get by emailing us at amendment@citizen.org.

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    President Obama, Close the Dark Money Corruption Loophole and Fight for Disclosure

    Urge the President to Require Corporations that do Business with the Government to Disclose their Political Spending

     

    Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers who are responsible for — you guessed it — awarding government contracts.

    It’s a cycle of corruption enabled by a detestable loophole in election law.

    But there’s good news: Closing the corrupting loophole doesn’t require an act of Congress. President Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen.

    Urge the president to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending

    Petition to President Obama:

     

    We, the undersigned strongly support requiring corporations that bid for government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

    Public Citizen will send you updates by email about this campaign and our other work to fight corporate power.

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    Sign Up to Attend the Town Hall Call Featuring Ben Cohen, Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s

    Join the Discussion on Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. (Eastern time) About How We Can Win an Executive Order to Rein in Corporate Corruption

    Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers who are responsible for awarding government contracts.

    It’s a cycle of corruption enabled by inadequate election laws. Thankfully, President Barack Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen.

    Join our upcoming town hall meeting by phone on Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. (Eastern time) to discuss how grassroots activists like you can help push the White House to implement this commonsense, game-changing reform.

    Add your name below to let us know you want to join the town hall call and to make sure you receive instructions on how to participate in the call and a reminder email.

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    Vote for a “No Dirty Energy Bailouts” Campaign Logo

    Public Citizen is ramping up its campaign to stop the bailout of dirty coal and nuclear plants by Ohio ratepayers.

    We are in the process of selecting a logo to represent our campaign and feature on materials for the April 13 day of action.

    Tell us which logo you like best for our campaign to stop bailouts for dirty energy.

         

    I will announce the winning logo in my next alert.

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    Sign Up to Attend the Town Hall Call Featuring Ben Cohen, Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s

    Join the Discussion on Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. (Eastern time) About How We Can Win an Executive Order to Rein in Corporate Corruption

    Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers who are responsible for awarding government contracts.

    It’s a cycle of corruption enabled by inadequate election laws. Thankfully, President Barack Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen.

    Join our upcoming town hall meeting by phone on Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. (Eastern time) to discuss how grassroots activists like you can help push the White House to implement this commonsense, game-changing reform.

    Add your name below to let us know you want to join the town hall call and to make sure you receive instructions on how to participate in the call and a reminder email.

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    Ask Your Washington State Senator to Support Election Spending Disclosure

    S.B. 5153 Will Assure Transparency in All Election Spending

    The proposed disclosure bill (S.B. 5153) would require nonprofits, trade associations and other groups that spend large amounts of money in elections to disclose the sources of their funding.

    Please take a moment to email your state Senator and ask them to support S.B. 5153 — sample text is below.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Call Senator Wyden at (202) 224-5244

    Urge Sen. Wyden to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Making this call is quick and easy.

    Call his Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-5244.*

    Say that you would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below to give them a call. Make sure that you include the key points, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge Senator Wyden to oppose Fast Track for the TPP.
    • As the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, he will decide if we end up with Fast Track for TPP, which would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas, and undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making 56 cents an hour.
    • If he supports the GOP Fast Track bill, he’s dooming the American middle class.
    • Any new trade authority proposal that he supports must not just be Fast Track in disguise either.
    • With deals like TPP rewriting wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy, Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • Can you please tell me his view on this?

    *If the line is busy, that’s a good sign. Keep up the pressure. Call until you get through.

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    Email Your Members of Congress to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    Your Representative and Senators Need to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The Fast Track bill is expected to drop any day now. Email your members of Congress to stand up for We the People and reject Fast Track for the TPP.

    It’s do or die now. Making sure Congress will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade-pact attack on our jobs and wages, small businesses, food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial regulation.

    Ask Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Call Senator Wyden at (202) 224-5244

    Urge Sen. Wyden to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Making this call is quick and easy.

    Call his Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-5244.*

    Say that you would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below to give them a call. Make sure that you include the key points, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am a constituent calling to urge Senator Wyden to oppose Fast Track for the TPP.
    • As the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, he will decide if we end up with Fast Track for TPP, which would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas, and undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making 56 cents an hour.
    • If he supports the GOP Fast Track bill, he’s dooming the American middle class.
    • Any new trade authority proposal that he supports must not just be Fast Track in disguise either.
    • With deals like TPP rewriting wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy, Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • Can you please tell me his view on this? I would like a response. My contact info is...

    *If the line is busy, that’s a good sign. Keep up the pressure. Call until you get through.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Call Senator Wyden at (202) 224-5244

    Urge Sen. Wyden to Oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Making this call is quick and easy.

    Call his Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-5244.*

    Say that you would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below to give them a call. Make sure that you include the key points, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge Senator Wyden to oppose Fast Track for the TPP.
    • As the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, he will decide if we end up with Fast Track for TPP, which would make it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas, and undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with Vietnamese workers making 56 cents an hour.
    • If he supports the GOP Fast Track bill, he’s dooming the American middle class.
    • Any new trade authority proposal that he supports must not just be Fast Track in disguise either.
    • With deals like TPP rewriting wide swaths of federal, state and local non-trade policy, Congress and the public must have a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes.
    • Can you please tell me his view on this?

    *If the line is busy, that’s a good sign. Keep up the pressure. Call until you get through.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Email Your Members of Congress to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    Your Representative and Senators Need to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The Fast Track bill is expected to drop any day now. Email your members of Congress to stand up for We the People and reject Fast Track for the TPP.

    It’s do or die now. Making sure Congress will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade-pact attack on our jobs and wages, small businesses, food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial regulation.

    Ask Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Oppose the So-Called “FACT” Act

    Tell Your Member of Congress to Stand with Victims of Asbestos Poisoning

     

    Lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and continues to kill thousands more every year.

    Now the Boehner-McConnell Congress is pushing H.R. 526, the so-called Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT Act), a bill that would further victimize those facing an asbestos death sentence by stalling any compensation they might receive to offset medical or funeral expenses.

    By potentially taking deserved compensation out of the hands of suffering victims and grieving families, lawmakers who endorse this bill are putting the asbestos industry’s interests ahead those who suffer because they were exposed to the deadly substance.

    Tell your representative: Stand with victims of asbestos poisoning and VOTE NO on H.R. 526.

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.


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    Urge Your New Hampshire Senator to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Call and Email Your State Senator to Curb Money in Politics

    Despite overwhelming — and bipartisan — demand in the Granite State to overturn Citizens United, the New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted down a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to prevent billionaires and Big Business from buying our elections.

    We can still win this year in New Hampshire. A similar bill to overturn Citizens United is moving forward in the New Hampshire Senate. Let’s make sure it passes the Senate.

    Enter your ZIP Code below, and we will provide the phone number of your senator and a sample email that you can send her or him. We ask that you call AND email your senator, but if you do only one thing, please call. While both emails and calls are important, calls provide the best chance to reach and convince your senator.

    In your call and email, ask your senator to “support a constitutional amendment to prevent New Hampshire elections from being sold to outside spenders and vote yes on SB 136.”

    Let us know what type of response you get by emailing us at amendment@citizen.org.

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    Call on Your State Legislators to Help Overturn Citizens United

    Washington Could Become the 17th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    With your help, we can get a majority of state legislators to sign a letter and put Washington on the map in favor of a U.S. constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. The letter calls on Washington state’s U.S. congressional delegation to send an amendment to the states for ratification.

    Please take a minute to call to your state legislators and ask them to sign the formal letter in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and curb the influence of corporations and the wealthy in our democracy.

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    Urge Governor McAuliffe to Veto Dominion’s Electricity Rate Fleece Plan

    Call the Governor Today to Stop Unfair Rates and Attack on Clean Power Plan

    Dominion wants to shred state regulators’ ability to protect consumers from being overcharged by Virginia’s largest utility.

    Dominion is also misleading the state’s decision-makers by stating that efforts to reduce climate disrupting emissions will hurt consumers.

    Take two minutes to call the governor’s office and urge him to veto SB 1349.

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call the office at (804) 371-2642.

    2. When a staff member answers the phone, you can use this script:

    “As a resident of Virginia I’m calling to urge Governor McAuliffe to veto SB 1349. This bill would end oversight of Dominion’s rate schemes and protection for consumers against unfair rates. Dominion’s claim that the rate freeze will protect consumers from costs associated with the federal Clean Power Plan is false. Compliance with the Clean Power Plan — not a rate freeze to protect Dominion’s profits — is what’s good for consumers.”

    3. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

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    Urge the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Take Immediate Steps to Improve Reactor Safety

    The Japan nuclear crisis has exposed many of the risks and vulnerabilities of nuclear power. That’s why it’s critical that every effort is made to strengthen nuclear reactor safety standards and oversight.

    In July 2011 — four months after a natural disaster triggered the failure of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant — the NRC issued a proposal to increase the safety of reactors in the U.S.

    Three and a half years later, not a single one of the 12 key safety recommendations made by the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force has been implemented.

    Sign the Petition Urging the NRC to Improve Nuclear Safety


    We the undersigned call on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to immediate enforce the 12 key safety recommendations made by the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force. Without serious improvements to nuclear safety standards, what happened in Japan could happen in the United States. One third of Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor. These recommendations represent a good first step in preventing a nuclear catastrophe in the United States and protecting the millions who would be affected.

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    Defend the Wall Street Watchdog

    Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on Any Bill that Attempts to Undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

     

    The CFPB has recovered millions for military families that were overcharged during the housing crisis. It has shed light on the unethical practices of private debt collectors. And it is even poised to address forced arbitration clauses (the fine print banks use to prevent you from taking them to court if they rip you off).

    So of course, Wall Street and its puppets in Congress are bent on defunding, defanging and destroying the agency, and House Republicans have already proposed a slew of bills to do just that.

    Now we must rely on principled Democrats and reform-minded Republicans in the Senate to block these destructive House bills.

    Sign the Petition to Your Senators: Vote No On Any Attempt To Weaken the CFPB

     

    “We the undersigned call on our senators to block any and all legislative attempts to undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability to protect consumers.”



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    Urge Governor Cuomo to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Tell Governor Andrew Cuomo to Use His Prominence and Urge the New York Legislature to Join 16 Other States and Call for an Amendment

    New York is well on its way to becoming the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to prevent Big Business and billionaires from buying our elections. To make it so, we need a majority of the Assembly and the Senate to sign on to a letter to Congress calling for an amendment.

    Add your name to the following statement to Governor Cuomo:

    Governor Cuomo, it is time for New York to join other states throughout the nation and call for a constitutional amendment to prevent billionaires and Big Business from buying our elections. I urge you to speak out and encourage our state Legislature to call for an amendment.

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    Email Your Members of Congress to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    Your Representative and Senators Need to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Fast-Tracked trade deals have hurt U.S. small businesses, helped big businesses offshore our jobs and pushed down Americans’ wages. We can’t take any more of the same old flawed trade policy with the TPP.

    It’s do or die now. Making sure our representative and senators will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade-pact attack on our jobs and wages, small businesses, food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial regulation.

    We can win, but we need to act now! Send this email immediately and urge your members of Congress to stand up for We the People and reject Fast Track for the TPP.

    Ask Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Urge Governor McAuliffe to Veto Dominion’s Rate Fleece Plan

    Sign Petition to Protect Electricity Customers in Virginia

    The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill that would shred state regulators’ ability to protect consumers from being overcharged by Dominion.

    Whether that bill becomes law is now in the hands of Gov. McAuliffe.

    Add Your Name Below to Stop Dominion’s Rate Fleece Plan


    We the undersigned call on Governor McAuliffe to veto SB 1349. This bill, if signed into law, would end oversight of Dominion’s rate schemes and protection for consumers against unfair rates. We ask the governor to protect consumers, not Dominion’s profits. Veto SB 1349.

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    Curb the Corporate Agenda of Activist CEOs

    Tell the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to Require Publicly Traded Corporations to Disclose Their Political Spending

    Currently, giant corporations don’t have to tell their shareholders how much they’re spending to influence elections and which candidates they’re supporting (or attacking, as the case more often is).

    And since millions of everyday Americans — through their retirement accounts and other investments — are shareholders, Big Business is essentially using our savings as its secret political war chest.

    Sign the Petition to the SEC:

    As the federal agency charged with protecting investors from corporate abuse, the SEC should require publicly traded corporations to disclose their political spending.

    We will send you updates by email about the campaign and Public Citizen’s other work to fight corporate power.

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    Ask Your State Legislators to Sign the Letter Calling for the Overturn of Citizens United

    Make Washington the 17th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    With your help, we can get one remaining state senator and four remaining state representatives to sign a letter and put Washington on the map in favor of a U.S. constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. The letter calls on Washington state’s U.S. congressional delegation to send an amendment to the states for ratification.

    Please take a minute to send an email to your state legislators asking them to sign the formal letter in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Tell Your Maryland State Lawmakers: Construction Companies Should Put People Before Profits

     

    That’s the basic principle behind worker safety bills recently proposed in the Maryland General Assembly and Senate. This lifesaving legislation would prevent your tax dollars from going to construction companies with poor safety records.

    H.B. 404 and S.B. 279 would require construction companies to implement safety measures shown to save lives (and taxpayer money).

    Tell your state lawmakers to support this lifesaving legislation.

     

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    Urge Your Delegate to Vote “NO” on Dominion’s Rate Fleece Plan

    Call Your Delegate Today to Stop Unfair Rates for Consumers

    Don’t let politicians beholden to Dominion interests pass a bill that would shred state regulators’ ability to protect consumers from being overcharged by Virginia’s largest utility.

    Take two minutes to call your delegate and urge your delegate to vote no on SB 1349.

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Find your delegate’s office number. If you’re not sure who your delegate is, visit the Virginia General Assembly’s website.

    2. Call the office. When a staff member answers the phone, you can use this script:

    “I’m a constituent and I’m calling to urge my delegate to vote no on SB 1349. This bill would end oversight of Dominion’s rate schemes and protection for consumers against unfair rates. I ask the delegate to protect consumers, not Dominion’s profits.”

    3. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

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    Help Public Citizen to Protect Our Right To Seek Justice in Court

    Sign up here to let us know you’re interested in writing letters to the editor, calling lawmakers and engaging in other hands-on ways to fight forced arbitration and stand up to corporate schemes that try to restrict our access to justice.

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    Urge Your New Hampshire Representatives to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Join Us for the Home Stretch: Call and Email Your State Representatives to Curb Money in Politics

    The people of New Hampshire have spoken: 57 towns and cities have called for the state Legislature to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and New Hamsphirites poll 3-to-1 in support of an amendment.

    Call and email your state representatives and make sure they join the people of New Hampshire in supporting a constitutional amendment.

    Please enter your ZIP Code below, and we will provide the phone numbers of your representatives and a sample email that you can send them. While both are important, calls provide the best chance to reach and convince your representatives.

    Let us know what type of response you get by emailing us at amendment@citizen.org.

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    Let Corporate Turncoats Avoid Paying Their Fair Share in Taxes?

    No Way! Urge Congress to Pass the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act

     

    Inversions, loopholes and other devious tax avoidance tricks allow corporations to take advantage of taxpayer-funded benefits of the United States without paying their fair share of the cost.

    The Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act (S. 174, H.R. 297) would close the most egregious corporate tax loopholes, which allow corporations to use accounting tricks to move (many times just on paper) profits and jobs abroad as a way to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

    The bill also would block “inversions” — when companies decide to change their headquarters to countries with lower tax rates in order to escape taxation by the United States.

    Closing these tax loopholes would raise $220 billion over ten years.

    Send a message urging your representative and senators to co-sponsor the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act.

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    Let Pedernales Electric Co-op Leaders Know You Support Clean Energy

    Take the PEC Member Survey and Sign Up to Attend a Forum

    Take two steps to let Pedernales Electric Co-op (PEC) leaders know that you support expanding solar energy and energy efficiency programs.

    1. Complete the PEC Member Survey


    • The survey is available on the PEC’s website.
    • Please show your support for the proposed solar programs, including renewable energy purchasing (question 6), community solar (question 17), solar leasing (question 18) and solar incentives (question 19).
    • Energy efficiency is the cheapest solution of all. You can show your support for programs that will save energy and reduce co-op costs in questions 4, 5, 7, and 9.
    • Question 3 also has a couple sub-questions that ask if you support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
    • If you have any questions, email Kaiba White at kwhite@citizen.org.

    2. Sign Up Below to Attend a PEC Member Forum

    New Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Programs Are Being Considered

    Solar and energy efficiency are affordable clean energy options that should be a priority for any electric utility, but especially an electric cooperative like the Pedernales Electric Co-op (PEC).

    PEC leadership has come up with some great ideas to make the co-op more sustainable and save members money at the same time. They need to know that members support these programs before they implement them though.

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    Email Your Representative to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    Your Representative Needs to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Government trade stats for 2014 are out — and the numbers are ugly. We can’t take any more of the same old flawed trade policy.

    It’s do or die now. Making sure our members of the U.S. House of Representatives will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade-pact attack on our jobs and wages, food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial regulation.

    We can win, but we need to act now! Send this email immediately and urge your representative to stand up for We the People and reject Fast Track for the TPP.

    Ask Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Stop the Attacks on Public Protections

    Tell Your Senators to VOTE NO on S. 1536 and S. 189

     

    McConnell’s Senate has queued up two more dangerously deregulatory bills masquerading as “reasonable” reforms.

    America needs strong, commonsense safeguards that hold corporations accountable when they break the law and prevent profit-hungry corporations from ripping off consumers, exploiting workers, polluting our environment and devastating our financial system.

    Fight back: Make sure your Senators know you want them to VOTE NO on S. 1536 and S. 189.


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    Follow up your email with a call! To reach the Capitol switchboard, dial 1-888-291-9824. Ask to be connected your representative's office, and tell the person who answers you are a constituent and that you want your member of Congress to VOTE NO on S. 1536 and S. 189.

    What do S. 1536 and S. 189 do?

    S. 189 is known as the “Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act.”

    Among this damaging legislation’s provisions is a requirement that regulators invite reckless corporations to weaken or kill new safeguards before the proposals are even shared with the public.

    S. 1536 is called the “Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act.”

    It would add duplicative layers of analysis to agency workloads and require agencies to prioritize lessening “indirect” impacts on small businesses over what scientific and economic evidence shows would most benefit the public.

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    Attend Event on February 5 to Oppose Exelon Takeover of Pepco

    Once you RSVP, we will contact you with further details about the event.

    Stop Exelon’s Power Grab Regional Solidarity Event


    • What: Advocates from Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. will speak out against the proposed Exelon takeover.
    • When: Thursday, February 5 @ 10:30 a.m.
    • Where: Outside Exelon’s Headquarters at 750 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore

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    Stop the Financial Industry’s Stealth Attack on Our Rights

    Urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Stand Up to Wall Street and Defend Consumer Rights

     

    A stealth attack on consumer rights is under way.

    Big Banks and powerful financial institutions are using the fine print in the terms for checking accounts, credit cards, prepaid cards, student loans and other financial products to deny ripped-off consumers their constitutional right to hold the banks accountable in court.

    The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has the authority to restore our rights by banning these predatory terms.

    Tell the CFPB: Stop the stealth attack on our rights and ban forced arbitration now!

     

    We, the undersigned, call on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to prohibit forced arbitration in the terms of service of all consumer financial products and services under its jurisdiction. Stand up for consumers and restore our right to hold banks accountable when they break the law.

    Video: Marching Band vs. Forced Arbitration


     
     

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    Tell President Obama: Reject the Keystone Pipeline

    Sign Petition to Push Obama to Immediately Reject Keystone XL

    The White House decision on whether the pipeline is in our national interest is imminent.

    Together, we have emboldened the president to challenge Keystone.

    And now we must urge the President to finally declare that dirty tar sands pipeline is not in our national interest.

    Add Your Name Below to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline


    We the undersigned call on President Obama to immediately declare that the Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest. The pipeline would transport the dirtiest oil in the world across America’s largest freshwater aquifer, risking a major oil spill. Its approval will mean higher gasoline prices for U.S. motorists. The U.S. already has more oil than it can process, proving that passing the Keystone XL pipeline bill is not about supplying oil to the U.S. market, but rather lining the pockets of the big oil industry. Reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Learn More

    Report: America Can’t Afford The Keystone Pipeline (PDF).

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    Help Pass a Local Resolution in Iowa to Overturn Citizens United

    Sign Up to Organize in Your Community for a Constitutional Amendment

    All politics ultimately is local. The power of our local movements is what led to the passage of 16 state resolutions calling for an amendment to overturn Citizens United and to a majority of United States senators voting in favor of an amendment just three months ago.

    The Iowa towns of Dubuque, Buffalo and Blue Grass paved the way for something much bigger to happen at the local level by becoming the first towns to call for an amendment in Iowa. 

    People just like you have already organized and passed four more resolutions across the state since this call went out. 

    Will your town be next? Will you help pass the first county resolution in Iowa calling for an amendment? Will you be the one who inspires the next town resolution just by talking in your community about fighting corruption? There is something for everyone to do.

    This spring, we’re planning a push to pass a dozen local resolutions in Iowa calling for a constitutional amendment, centered around a Resolutions Week in June. Please join us.

    Please Sign Up if You Would Like to Help Pass a Resolution Your Town

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    Urge Your Senator to Vote NO on Keystone XL

    Call Your Senator Today to Stop the Forced Approval of the Tar Sands Pipeline

    Your senator could determine whether Republicans have enough votes to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Take two minutes to call your senator and urge them to vote no on the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S.1).

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call 1-888-291-9824 to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

    2. Ask to be connected with your senator’s office. (Not sure who your senators are? To check, follow this link.)

    3. When a staff member answers the phone, you can use this script:

    “I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge the senator to vote no on the Keystone XL Pipeline Act or any other bill that approves Keystone XL. This dangerous, polluting project would threaten our air, water, wildlife and climate while resulting in higher gas prices for U.S. consumers.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

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    Email Senator Wyden to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    After Obama SOTU Push, Your Senator Needs to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    President Obama ruined an otherwise excellent State of the Union address last week by calling for Fast Track and the TPP. His SOTU shout-out is just the tip of the middle-class-job-sinking trade iceberg that’s visible. Obama also has launched an “all administration” effort to quickly push Fast Track through Congress. Cabinet secretaries are calling your representative daily. Corporate lobbyists are flooding Capitol Hill.

    It’s do or die now. Stopping Fast Track is how we save ourselves from top-secret trade deals that make it easier for corporations to offshore our jobs and undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with workers in Vietnam making 56 cents an hour. Making sure our House members will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade pact attack on food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial regulation.

    We can win, but we need to act now! Send this email immediately and urge your representative to stand up for We the People and reject Fast Track for the TPP.

    Ask Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

  • Tell Congress to #GetMoneyOut

    To mark the fifth anniversary of Citizens United, reform-minded lawmakers have introduced Solutions United: A bundle of legislation meant to undo the corruption of our democracy and #GetMoneyOut.

    Tell your members of Congress to do everything in their power to undo the devastation wrought by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United and other damaging rulings – and to restore democracy to the people.

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    President Obama: Include a Wall Street Tax in Your Budget!

    Show the GOP How to Rein in Wall Street’s Recklessness While Raising Billions in Revenue

     

    President Obama will soon to release his proposed budget for the U.S. government.

    Urge the president to include one policy that would simultaneously rein in Wall Street’s recklessness while raising billions in revenue that can be used to strengthen the middle and working class and fund important government programs.

    Sign the petition to President Obama:

     

    We, the undersigned, call on President Barack Obama to include a Wall Street Tax in his proposed budget for the U.S. government. A minuscule high roller fee of 0.1 percent, such as proposed by U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), can raise billions in needed revenue while reducing some of the most dangerous and volatile high-speed trading on Wall Street.

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    Support an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Our Democracy

    Help Get New Hampshire’s Support to Limit Money in Politics and End Corporate Personhood

    The New Hampshire Senate and House are about to hold hearings on bills that affirm the legislature’s support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

    New Hampshire residents have shown enthusiastic bipartisan support for a constitutional amendment, including polling 3 to 1 in favor and passing resolutions in over 55 towns calling for the legislature to join 16 other states that have already called for an amendment.

    Sign the Statement

    I join thousands of other New Hampshire residents — Republicans, Democrats and Independents — in supporting a constitutional amendment to allow limits on money spent in our elections. I recognize that a constitutional amendment is the only way that New Hampshire will be able to regain control over election spending in our state, and I support holding public hearings to discuss the specifics of what the amendment should address.

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    Help Pass a Local Resolutions in Iowa to Overturn Citizens United

    Sign Up to Organize in Your Community for a Constitutional Amendment

    All politics ultimately is local. The power of our local movements is what led to the passage of 16 state resolutions calling for an amendment to overturn Citizens United and to a majority of United States senators voting in favor of an amendment just three months ago.

    The Iowa towns of Dubuque, Buffalo and Blue Grass have paved the way for something much bigger to happen at the local level by becoming the first towns to call for an amendment in Iowa.

    Will your town be next? Will you help pass the first county resolution in Iowa calling for an amendment? Will you be the one who inspires the next town resolution just by talking in your community about fighting corruption? There is something for everyone to do.

    This spring, we’re planning a push to pass a dozen local resolutions in Iowa calling for a constitutional amendment, centered around a Resolutions Week in June. Please join us.

    Please Sign Up if You Would Like to Help Pass a Resolution Your Town

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    President Obama, Close the Dark Money Corruption Loophole and Fight for Disclosure

    Urge the President to Require Corporations that do Business with the Government to Disclose their Political Spending

    Corporations that receive government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect (and re-elect) the very same lawmakers who are responsible for — you guessed it — awarding government contracts.

    It’s a cycle of corruption enabled by a detestable loophole in election law.

    But there’s good news: Closing the corrupting loophole doesn’t require an act of Congress. President Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen.

    Urge the president to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending

    Petition to President Obama:

    We, the undersigned strongly support requiring corporations that bid for government contracts to disclose their campaign spending. Americans have a right to know that government contracts are being awarded based on merit, not money.

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    Join the Citizen Lobby Team for the 84th Texas Legislative Session

    Help Support Improved Energy, Environmental and Ethics Policies in Texas

    The 84th Texas Legislature is now in session, and it’s up to all of us to push our elected officials to do what’s right for the people of Texas.

    Big money and political games are mighty opponents, but we must work together to protect our health and our land and keep green jobs growing in Texas.

    It’s Public Citizen supporters like you who can help us strengthen the right of homeowners to put solar on their roofs and ensure that people can easily find out what dangerous chemicals are being stored and used in their neighborhoods.

    We need your help to put the needs of the people back at the top of the legislative agenda.

    Sign Up to Join the Citizen Lobby Team

    You can help make sure that the Texas Emissions Reduction Program, which improves air quality by replacing polluting equipment, is fully funded.

    Without public participation, corporate oil and gas interests will outweigh the rights to citizens to enjoy their property without getting sick. Governor Abbot and the Texas Legislature are making moves to limit the ability of towns and cities to make local laws to protect themselves.

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    Email Your Representative to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    Your Representative Needs to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    It’s do or die now. Stopping Fast Track is how we save ourselves from top-secret trade deals that make it easier for corporations to offshore our jobs and undermine our wages by forcing Americans to compete with workers in Vietnam making 56 cents an hour. Making sure our House members will oppose Fast Track is how we stop the trade pact attack on food safety, environmental laws, Internet freedom, affordable medicines and financial regulation.

    We can win, but we need to act now! Send this email immediately and urge your representative to stand up for We the People and reject Fast Track for the TPP.

    Ask Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Support Austin City Council's Efforts to Improve Decision-Making Process

    More Emphasis on Committees Could Improve Public Input and Reduce Length of Council Meetings

    If you've ever been to an Austin City Council meeting, then you probably know that people often have to spend hours - sometimes all day - waiting to speak before the Council. The average Austin City Council meeting in 2014 was nine and a half hours long. Even when public hearings are scheduled for a certain time, they often took place much later than scheduled. Worst of all, public hearings have often been held just before a vote, leaving no time for Council members to take public input into account before making a final decision.

    Participating in local government shouldn't be that difficult. Luckily, Mayor Adler and the rest of the new City Council are making an effort to improve the process to shorten meetings and gather public input in committee meetings.

    We have a few suggestions. Two would help ensure that Council devotes enough time on Austin Energy issues, including developing a new business model to keep the utility financially healthy. The third would ensure that public hearings are promptly scheduled in committees.

    Read our blog post to learn more about the proposal and our suggestions.

    If you don’t know who your Council member is, look it up.

    Email Council to Show Your Support for a More Open and Inclusive Model.

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    Stop the Exelon Power Grab in D.C.

    Attend the Final Public Hearing to Stop the Exelon-Pepco Merger

    Join Public Citizen and our broad coalition of allies calling on D.C. regulators to reject Exelon’s takeover.

    There is a lot at stake: the merger, if approved by state regulators, will give Exelon a near monopoly in our region and could mean higher prices and lower quality of service for consumers.

    Once you register, we will contact you with more information about the hearing and location.

    Exelon-Pepco Merger Public Hearing:

    • January 20, 6 p.m., University of the District of Columbia Community College, 801 North Capitol Street, N.E.

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    Attend Public Hearing in Cleveland to Reject Rate Increases for Dirty Energy

    Join Us in Saying “No” to Consumer Bailouts for Coal and Nuclear

    Public Citizen will be at the hearing and hope you will join us to oppose First Energy's proposed bailout.

    Public Hearing Schedule

    When: Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 p.m.
    Where: Cleveland City Hall, Council Chambers, 2d Floor, Room 216, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

    Add Your Name Below to Let Us Know You Will Stand With Us

    Once you sign up, I will contact you directly with additional information.

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    Blog: Your Utility Company Is Asking for a Bailout

    Factsheet:Ohio Citizens for Climate Action

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    Don’t Let Congress Aid and Abet Reckless Corporations

    Tell Your Representative to VOTE NO on H.R. 185

     

    A vote in Congress is coming soon on H.R. 185, a bill designed to obstruct commonsense regulations – such as preventing Wall Street from blowing up our economy again and stopping corporate polluters from poisoning our air and water.

    This is the way Corporate America wants Washington to work. Instead of protecting people and our environment, the system is being rigged for who profit by exploiting and polluting our communities.

    The public’s power to prevent wrongdoing and hold reckless businesses accountable should be strengthened, not weakened.

    Fight back: Make sure your member of Congress in the U.S. House knows you want him or her to VOTE NO on H.R. 185.


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    Follow up your email with a call! To reach the Capitol switchboard, dial 1-888-291-9824. Ask to be connected your representative's office, and tell the person who answers you are a constituent and that you want your member of Congress to VOTE NO on H.R. 185.

    What does H.R. 185 do?

    Specifically, the bill – dubbed the “Regulatory Accountability Act” – would add burdensome hurdles to make it virtually impossible for federal agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to write new rules.

    Worse, it would direct agencies to prioritize writing regulations so they are as cheap as possible for Big Business – instead of prioritizing writing them based on what scientific and economic evidence shows would most benefit the public.

    Learn More: Read an article about the "Regulatory Accountability Act" in The Hill

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    Veto That!

    Petition Urging President Obama to Veto Bills that Would Roll Back Consumer, Environmental, Financial, Health and Safety, Voting and Workplace Protections

    Extremists in Congress will spend the next two years pushing legislation to benefit the billionaire and Big Business powers that got them elected.

    President Barack Obama will be our last line of defense.

    Sign our petition urging President Obama to use the veto power our founders wisely provided, for exactly this reason, whenever a bad bill lands on his desk.

    President Obama,

    Veto that!

    For the remainder of your time in office, the Mitch McConnell-John Boehner Congress will send you bill after bill after bill that puts corporate profits before the needs of everyday Americans.

    They will disingenuously allege “bipartisanship,” “compromise,” “freedom” and “jobs.”

    They will roll out a Big Business wish list of legislation that would roll back consumer, environmental, financial, health and safety, voting, workplace and other vital protections and programs.

    They will plot to undo and undermine policies that make America and Americans better off.

    And you will be the last line of defense.

    So when it comes to reactionary and regressive legislation, we implore you, each and every time:

    Veto that!

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    Email Your Representative to Oppose ‘Fast Track’

    Your Representative Needs to Commit Publicly Today to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    The new Congress is starting now. The corporate lobbyists are limbering up, getting ready for the mad dash to the Capitol and the shakedown for Fast Track — along with everything else that advances their interests at the expense of the 99 percent. Let’s make it crystal clear to our representatives that their constituents oppose Fast Track for the TPP.

    Ask Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track for the TPP

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    Stop the Exelon Power Grab in Maryland

    Attend a Public Hearing to Stop the Exelon-Pepco Merger

    Join Public Citizen and our broad coalition of allies calling on Maryland regulators to reject Exelon’s takeover.

    First, check the dates and locations for the public hearings.

    Second, sign up for the date and location that works best for you.

    Once you register, we will contact you with more information about the hearing and location.

    Exelon-Pepco Merger Public Meetings:

    • January 6, 7 p.m., Kent County Public Library in Chestertown, Maryland
    • January 7, 7 p.m., Chesapeake College — Wye Mills Campus in Wye Mills, Maryland
    • January 8, 7 p.m., Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland
    • January 13, 6 p.m., Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville, Maryland
    • January 14, 6 p.m., Prince George’s County Community College in Largo, Maryland

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    Sign up to Help Pass a Resolution Overturning Citizens United in Your Town

    Join Activists from Nashua to Pittsburg Calling for a Renewed Fight to Protect New Hampshire’s Elected Officials From Billionaires and Big Business Attempting to Buy Their Votes

    Last year, 54 towns — nearly a quarter all towns in the state — passed resolutions calling on New Hampshire’s state and federal elected officials to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Join the fight to build on other momentum in the Granite State and move forward a state bill, introduced by six House Republicans, that would make New Hampshire the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

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    Rally at the U.S. Chamber on the 5th Anniversary of Citizens United

    RSVP to Join Public Citizen and Allied Organizations Remind the Chamber of Commerce who owns the People’s Democracy

    Election after election, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is one of the biggest spenders.

    In 2014, the Chamber spent $31 million on the midterm elections to ensure its favorite candidates got into office, assisting in making 2014 the most expensive midterm in history.

    While we continue making progress toward a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, we must remain vigilant about other forces that are corrupting our elections for the sake of corporate profits.

    Event Details

    When: January 21, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
    Where: Lafayette Square (Intersection of H and 16th St NW)

    RSVP for the Rally on January 21 at the Chamber of Commerce

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    Call Rep. Carney at (302) 691-7333 to Oppose Fast Track

    Your Representative Needs to Publicly Commit Today to Vote “No” on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Making this call is quick and easy.

    Call the district office at (302) 691-7333.

    When the office answers‚ say you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    Use the script below to give them a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am a constituent calling to urge Rep. Carney to oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fast Track would let the president sign TPP before Congress even gets to vote on it. Key congressional demands on TPP have been ignored already. If that’s how they view Congress now‚ just imagine what the process would look like under Fast Track. We elect our members of Congress to represent our interests. That means NOT delegating away Congress’ constitutional authority over trade but rather using it to protect us from damaging so-called trade deals. I expect my lawmakers to oppose Fast Track. I’ll be watching this issue closely.
    • I would like a written commitment that my representative will oppose Fast Track and demand a new form of trade authority that provides Congress and the public with a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiations and approval processes. Please send this written response to ___{your email address}___.

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    Sign our Holiday Card to the Chamber of Commerce

    Dear Chamber of Commerce:

    After the Chamber of Commerce spent more than 31 million dollars ensuring big business's favorite candidates won election in 2014, the American people have a holiday message to share:

    Our democracy belongs to the people of America, not to multinational corporations.

    While we continue making progress toward a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, we also are remaining vigilant about other forces that are corrupting our elections for the sake of corporate profits.

    It is time to return the people’s government back to its rightful owner and out of the pockets of your big business pals.

    Sincerely,

    The American People

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    Support Health Care for All

    Attend the New York City Hearing on Single-Payer Healthcare on Tuesday, December 16

    Please attend the hearing in support of truly universal health care that leaves no one out.

    What: Public hearing on legislation to create a single-payer health care system for New York state
    When: Tuesday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Where: NYU Grand Hall, 238 Thompson St., 5th Floor, New York, NY

    Here is the flier for the Monday night meet-and-greet at Demos' headquarters for single-payer supporters.

    Can We Count on You to Attend the Hearing? To RSVP, Complete the Form Below

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    Holiday Party With a Cause: Stop Exelon’s Power Grab

    Join Public Citizen and our D.C. Partners on December 17

    Join D.C. activists December 17 at 5 p.m. at 1333 H Street, NW for a holiday party and rally to oppose Exelon’s takeover of Pepco. We’ll be demonstrating our opposition to the Exelon-Pepco merger and celebrating a great year of citizen action in D.C.

    5 p.m. — Press conference of citizens opposing the merger

    Attend the conference, hear from Power D.C. members, and show your support.

    6 p.m. — D.C. Public Service Commission Hearing on Proposed Exelon-Pepco merger

    Stand in support or take the podium and testify against the merger.

    6 to 9 p.m. — Holiday party!

    Mingle with fellow D.C. activists and celebrate all of our hard work over the last year.

    RSVP below for the party and let us know if you’d like to voice your opposition at the hearing.

    You will receive additional information about the event and hearing once you register.


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    Overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon

    A Campaign for a Constitutional Amendment to Prevent Corruption of Our Democracy by Billionaires and Big Business

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings upended decades of commonsense polices that helped keep corruption out of our democracy. Now, corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money influencing elections and individuals can give millions of dollars directly to candidates, parties and super PACs.

    Democracy is for people, not just the super-rich, and not corporations.

    Join the millions of Americans who are calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon

    We will send you updates by email about our amendment campaign and Public Citizen’s other work to fight corporate power.

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    Down to the Wire in the Senate: Fight the Catastrophic Congressional Cave-in

     

    UPDATE: The federal budget – including the poison-pill provisions – narrowly passed the House and Senate, and President Obama is expected to sign the bill. Read Public Citizen's take on what happened.


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    Follow up your email with a call! To reach the Capitol switchboard, dial 1-888-291-9824. Ask to be connected with either of your senators' offices, and tell the person who answers you are a constituent and you oppose worsening big money corruption of politics and allow more Wall Street recklessness. Tell them you expect your legislators to fix the bill to get these unacceptable provisions removed — or to VOTE NO.

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    Austin Energy’s Proposed 10-Year Energy Plan Needs Fixing

    Austin City Council Should Amend Plan to Emphasize Renewable Energy, Not Gas

    It was just a few short months ago that the Austin City Council adopted the Affordable Energy Resolution, which included important goals to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce Austin’s impact on the climate.

    Now the City Council is considering a proposed 10-year energy plan for Austin Energy that would roll back much of what we won in the Affordable Energy Resolution and would open the door for a large new gas plant.

    Ask the City Council to amend the plan before adopting it to:

    • Align the renewable energy goal with what was passed this August in the Affordable Energy Resolution (65% by 2025);
    • Set the goal for distributed residential and commercial solar systems to 100 megawatts by 2020, as passed in the Affordable Energy Resolution; and
    • Ensure that the study of gas vs. renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage is conducted fairly and not rushed.

    The vote is tomorrow, so now is the time to let Council know that you want clean, affordable energy to be Austin Energy's priority.

    Ask the City Council to Fix the Plan Before Passing It

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    Tell Your Members of Congress Right Now to Oppose Unsafe Increases in Truck Driver Hours

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins is trying to sneak a provision — which would make our roads deadlier — into the upcoming government funding bill that must pass to avoid another partisan government shutdown.

    The provision would roll back commonsense protections that protect truck drivers and everyone else on our nation’s highways.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Oppose the Sneaky Attempt to Put Trucking Industry Profits Before Worker and Public Safety

     

    Background

    • Every year, some 4,000 people are killed and over 100,000 are injured in crashes involving trucks.
    • Truck crashes cost the American people and our economy $99 billion annually.
    • Nearly half of all truck drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once in the previous year, according to a 2006 survey.
    • Driver fatigue is a major factor in crashes, with injuries and deaths increasing over the past four years.
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    Tell D.C. to Reject Exelon-Pepco Merger

    Petition Urging Regulators to Stop Exelon’s Power Grab

    Exelon, the electricity behemoth, has announced plans to buy Pepco, the electricity utility for Washington, D.C.

    The deal, if approved by regulators, will give Exelon a near monopoly in our region and could mean higher prices and lower quality of service for consumers.

    The deal could also hinder D.C.’s shift to clean energy.

    Add Your Name Below to Tell D.C. Regulators to Reject the Merger


    We the undersigned call on the D.C. Public Service Commission to reject Exelon’s takeover of Pepco. The merger would not only give Exelon a near monopoly over D.C.’s utility market, it would also severely restrict D.C.’s ability to transition to the clean, affordable and reliable electricity grid we need. This merger is not in the public interest and should be stopped.


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