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Special Interest Reports

Public Citizen's Congress Watch and other Public Citizen divisions regularly produce reports revealing how special interests and the wealthy seek to influence federal legislation, elections, and regulatory affairs. Below are those reports listed by industry group.

Reports on Campaign Contributions and Loopholes
Airline Industry
Asbestos
Auto Industry
Energy Industry and Enron
Front Groups/Tort "Reform" Groups
Gambling Industry
Health Care & Rx Drug Industries
Miscellaneous
Tobacco Industry


Reports on Campaign Contributions and Loopholes

  527 Stealth PACs

(11/1/02) Cramming for the Midterm: “527” Stealth PACs Raise at Least $115 Million to Influence 2002 Congressional Elections

(10/24/02) Shadowy 527 Groups Continue Soft Money Grab As 2002 Election Approaches

(8/12/02) Second Quarter Stockpile: 527 Political Groups Continue Soft Money Grab During 2002 Cycle

(7/26/02) Public Citizen Review of the Bush-Cheney 2000 Recount Fund and 527 Disclosure Law

(6/6/02) Off to the Races: First Quarter Reports Show that 50 Top "527" Organizations Collected Almost $11 Million in Soft Money; Disclosure Problems Continue

(4/25/02) Rep. Tom Davis Dodges Campaign Finance Disclosure Law

(4/9/02) Deja Vu Soft Money: Outlawed Contributions Likely to Flow to Shadowy 527 Groups that Skirt Flawed Disclosure System

(2/26/02) Congressional Leaders Soft Money Accounts Show Need for Campaign Finance Reform Bills

  Other Reports

(3/2/01) Killing Us Softly: Soft Money's Phenomenal Growth and Its Harm to the Public

(3/2/01) Reinforcing the Rich: The Consequences of Proposals to Raise the $1,000 Limit on Individual Contributions to Federal Candidates

(10/15/99) Delivering for Dollars: How Campaign Finance Reform Foes Lott and McConnell Delivered for Republican Soft Money Donors in 1998-1999

(1/1/98) Family Values, Killer Industries: Whose Family, What Values?

Airline Industry

(12/19/01) Christmas Comes Early for Boeing

(10/3/01) Delay, Dilute and Discard: How the Airline Industry and the FAA Have Stymied Aviation Security Recommendations

Asbestos

(3/9/00) How Special Interests Make Law: GAF Corporation Tries to Buy Liability Protection From Asbestos Claims

Auto Industry

(10/27/00) Auto Safety Legislation Rolled by Special Interests 

Energy Industry and Enron

(11/1/02) Hot Waste, Cold Cash - Part II in the 2002 Elections Nuclear Industry PAC Contributions to Federal Candidates in Competitive Races (Critical Mass Energy and Environment Project Publication)

(5/13/02) Hot Waste, Cold Cash: Nuclear Industry PAC Contributions and the Senators Who Love Them (Critical Mass Energy and Environment Project Publication)

(4/01/02) Yucca Mountain Bought and Sold: Science Smothered Under a Mountain of Nuclear Lobbyists (Critical Mass Energy and Environment Project Publication)

(12/21/01) Blind Faith: How Deregulation and Enron's Influence Over Government Looted Billions from Americans (Critical Mass Energy and Environment Project Publication)

(2/15/01) Got Juice? Bush's Refusal to End California Electricity Price Gouging Enriches Texas Friends and Big Contributors (Critical Mass Energy and Environment Project Publication)

Front Groups/Tort "Reform" Groups

   (10/21/02) United Seniors Association: Hired Guns for PhRMA and
   Other Corporate Interests - October 2002 Update

(7/12/02) United Seniors Association: Hired Guns for PhRMA and Other Corporate Interests

(3/9/00) How Special Interests Make Law: GAF Corporation Tries to Buy Liability Protection From Asbestos Claims

(7/26/00) The CALA Files: The Secret Campaign by Big Tobacco and Other Major Industries to Take Away Your Rights

(7/20/00) Citizens for Better Medicare: The Truth Behind the Drug Industry's Deception of America's Seniors

(4/30/00) The National Association of Manufacturers: A Study in Hypocrisy

(1/1/00) Corporate Shill Enterprise: A Public Citizen Report on Citizens for a Sound Economy, a Corporate Lobbying Front Group

(9/23/99) The Corporate Lobbying Campaign in Favor of the Class Action Bills

(3/19/96) Smoke and Mirrors: The Tobacco Industry's Influence on the Phony "Grassroots" Campaign for Liability Limits

Gambling Industry

(3/15/01) Folding to the Casino Industry: How Soft Money Buys Congress

(6/14/99) Betting on Trent Lott: The Casino Gambling Industry's Campaign Contributions Pay Off In Congress

Health Care & Rx Drug Industries

   (10/21/02) United Seniors Association: October 2002 Update

(9/26/02) Medicare Privatization: The Case Against Relying on HMOs and Private Insurers to Offer Prescription Drug Coverage

(6/13/02) The Other Drug War II: Drug Companies Use an Army of 623 Lobbyists to Keep Profits Up

(11/20/01) Why Stop At Six Months? Bristol-Myers Squibb Seeks Six Times More From A Patent Extension - An Addendum to Public Citizen's Report "Patently Offensive"

(11/9/01) Patently Offensive: Congress Set to Extend Monopoly Patents for Cipro and Other Drugs

(7/23/01) Rx R&D Myths: The Case Against the Drug Industry's R&D "Scare Card"

(7/23/01) The Other Drug War: Big Pharma's 625 Washington Lobbyists

(11/1/00) Rx Industry Goes for KO: Drug Companies Spend Record Amount This Election Cycle

(9/21/00) Top Bush Health Adviser Stands to Gain Personally from Candidate's Medicare Plan

(7/20/00) Citizens for Better Medicare: The Truth Behind the Drug Industry's Deception of America's Seniors

(7/6/00) Addicting Congress: Drug Companies' Campaign Cash & Lobbying Expenses

(4/5/00) Holding Patients Hostage: The Unhealthy Alliance Between HMOs and Senate Leaders

(3/31/00) Schering-Plough Political Money Pushes Claritin Patent Extension and Distorts GAO Report  

(1/26/00) PhRMA s Secret Playbook: "Insider" Documents Show Prescription Drug Industry Continues Campaign to Undermine Support for a Prescription Drug Benefit

(1/4/00) How the Prescription Drug Industry "Buys" Special Influence in Washington

(11/9/99) Schering-Plough Political Money Pushes Claritin Patent Extension

(9/30/99) Schering-Plough Plows Ahead with High-Priced Lobbying Campaign for a Claritin Patent Extension

(7/29/99) Can Schering-Plough's Aggressive Lobbying Buy a Claritin Patent Extension?

(3/9/99) Deborah Steelman Collected Nearly $3 Million from Health Industry Interests with Major Stake in Medicare Reform

Miscellaneous

(3/12/01) Safeguards at Risk: John Graham and Corporate America's Back Door to the Bush White House

Tobacco Industry

(7/26/00) The CALA Files: The Secret Campaign by Big Tobacco and Other Major Industries to Take Away Your Rights

(4/1/98) Don't Be Fooled Again: A Report on the Tobacco Industry's Lies and Deceptions

(3/18/98) Burning Down the Houses: Big Tobacco's 1997 Congressional Lobbying

(2/13/98) Sweethearts of Big Tobacco - Tobacco PAC Contributions and 1997 Tobacco Votes

(3/19/96) Smoke and Mirrors: The Tobacco Industry's Influence on the Phony "Grassroots" Campaign for Liability Limits

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