December 5, 2008

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Thank you for your support!

As your online communications coordinator, I'd like to thank you for all the support you've given Public Citizen over the past year. Your activism and financial support are crucial to the work we do. Each letter that is sent to Congress, each signature on a petition and each contribution helps us continue our mission of representing you in the halls of power. This past year, Public Citizen has seen its network of activists continue to grow. We've connected with you by joining sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr. We've also called on you to act on critical campaigns, such as our fight to get consumer protections into the Wall Street bailout. And you delivered. Public Citizen looks forward to serving and working with you in 2009, as we continue to protect health, safety and democracy!

- Maureen Backman, Public Citizen

Your Top 2008 Achievements

- Your donations helped us hold a press conference on vehicle roof crush  standards

- Thousands of you wrote  to Congress demanding consumer protections in the financial bailout package

- You helped us send petitions to AIG and Congress demanding an end to wasteful corporate spending

- By spreading the word, you helped our action network grow by thousands of members

The Year in Photos

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Our Top 2008 Achievements

- Court Rules Wal-Mart Parody is Protected Free Speech: Public Citizen won a resounding victory for free speech! In the case, a federal judge in Georgia ruled that parody Web sites that criticize the business practices of Wal-Mart are protected under the First Amendment. Learn more.

- Hollywood Star Tells Dangers of Mislabeled Drugs, Devices: Lawmakers got an earful from Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid when he testified about how his twins were almost killed when they received the wrong drug as part of a labeling mixup. Learn more about Public Citizen's involvement as part of Quaid's legal team and about his testimony.

- Court: No More Secrecy for Crash Data: An appellate court ruled that information automobile and tire manufacturers submit to the government about crashes resulting in death, injury and property damage should be available to the public. Learn more.

- Bush Signs Strong Product Safety Bill Into Law: A new law that will overhaul product safety and bolster the Consumer Product Safety Commission requires the testing of toys and infant products before they reach store shelves, as well as the creation of the first publicly accessible consumer complaint database. Learn more.

- Federal Government Releases Early Warning Data on Autos: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made its Early Warning Reporting data available on its Web site in response to Public Citizen's successful lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act requests.  Learn more.

- Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Leads to Tendon Ruptures: Public Citizen sued the FDA in federal court to force the agency to act on a petition seeking stricter warnings for the antibiotic. Learn more.

- Bills Would Restore Rights of Patients Injured by Faulty Medical Devices: Public Citizen urged Congress to promptly pass legislation that would restore the rights of patients injured by defective or inadequately labeled medical devices to seek compensation for their injuries from the device manufacturers. Learn more.

- Public Citizen to Congress: Reform Oil Industry, Financial Markets: Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that uncompetitive practices by oil companies and manipulation of the market by financial speculators are two culprits behind soaring gas prices. Learn more.

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