As we all know, all of the major corporations have their own lobbyists in Washington, D.C. In addition, the trade associations, which represent the various segments of corporate America, have their lobbyists hard at work. Ordinary folks badly need their own lobbyists in our Nation’s Capitol in order to try and level the playing field. During the eight years of the Bush Administration, the bad guys in Corporate America had an even greater advantage than ever before over consumers and those who potentially would become victims of corporate wrongdoing and abuse. Even the Nixon years – as bad as they were for ordinary American citizens – paled in comparison to the Bush years.
An example of how Washington lobbying works was recently reported by the media. It appears that two oil giants, Chevron and Exxon, spent well over $20 million in the first half of the year lobbying the federal government on issues that affect consumers and you can guess whose side the lobbyists were on. In addition to these companies, the drug industry also spent millions during the same time period for their very special interest.
Fortunately, there are a few groups that do their best to serve as the people’s voice in our Nation’s Capitol. One of these is Public Citizen, which was founded in 1971, and which continues to do good work. Since its beginning, Public Citizen has worked hard on issues affecting real people and it has tried diligently to see that all citizens are represented in the halls of power in Washington. Public Citizen has championed “citizen” issues and interests before Congress, executive branch agencies and in the courts of America. They have been fighting on behalf of all Americans to make sure that their government works for them. There are several specific areas where the hard work of Public Citizen has been most effective. Public Citizen has challenged the abusive and oftentimes hazardous practices of the pharmaceutical, oil and automobile industries, as well as many others and it is to be commended. But Public Citizen and the other groups need help in protecting the interests of ordinary citizens in Washington.
I encourage all of our readers to learn more about the work of Public Citizen by going to www.citizen.org. You can obtain a copy of the organization’s annual report which is most informative. Also, you may want to email the president of Public Citizen, Chris Helfrich, at email@example.com and request more information about issues that Public Citizen is currently working on.
Source: Public Citizen
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