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  • Public Citizen activists have been instrumental in the campaign for a constitutional amendment to get corporate money out of politics. With your help, Illinois and West Virginia called for amendments to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
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Ask President Obama to Fight for Disclosure
Urge the president to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending

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Tell President Obama: Reject the Keystone Pipeline
The White House decision on whether the pipeline is in our national interest is imminent. We must urge the President to finally declare that dirty tar sands pipeline is not in our national interest.

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Ask Your Member of Congress to Support Buy American
U.S. negotiators working on the TPP and the TAFTA are meeting behind closed doors to trade away American jobs and tax dollars. Ask your representative to sign the letter supporting Buy American.

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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.


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Overturn Citizens United
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling upended decades of commonsense polices that helped keep corruption out of our democracy. Sign the petition calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

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Veto That!
Extremists in Congress are pushing legislation to benefit the billionaire and Big Business powers that got them elected. Urge President Obama to use the veto power whenever a bad bill lands on his desk.

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Don’t Let Corporate Turncoats Avoid Paying Their Fair Share
Urge your congresspeople to support the Stop Corporate Inversions Act. The legislation would ensure that companies that desert the U.S. and reincorporate in another country will still be treated as a domestic company for tax purposes.

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Join More than 1 Million in Urging the SEC to Disclose Political Spending
CEOs of massive corporations are poised to secretly funnel millions of dollars from corporate coffers toward electing corporate candidates. Take action to stop them now!

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Oppose an Insidious Corporate Power-Grab
Add your name to those demanding that international trade agreements exclude provisions that would permit foreign corporations to dismantle public interest protections by suing countries in mysterious, unaccountable tribunals.

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Hold BP Accountable
Join Public Citizen in calling on the EPA to ban BP from federal contracts.

 

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Ask Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority
Fast Track is the secret weapon of the corporate lobbyists who want to profit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the expense of the rest of us. Ask your representative to oppose Fast Track trade authority.

Democracy Is For People

Help Build Support for an Amendment
Email your senators now and tell them to speak out — loud and clear — for an amendment to overturn the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court rulings.

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Tell Congress to Reject Fast Track Trade Authority
Some in Washington are preparing to revive an arcane procedure called Fast Track to give Congress’ trade authority to unaccountable trade negotiators. Sign our petition demanding Congress reject Fast Track trade authority.

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Help Get Money Out of Politics
Send an email to your representative and urge him or her to support an amendment to overturn the Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.

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Support the Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act
The aptly named Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (S. 1476) would end subsidies that enrich CEO pay at the taxpayers’ expense. Make sure your senators know you want them to co-sponsor S. 1476.

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Stop the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)
Tell Congress to stop the U.S-EU TAFTA trade deal from gutting the strongest parts of American and European food, health, environmental and financial safeguards.

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Root Out Corruption in the Oil Market
Sign the petition to tell the Department of Justice to root out anti-competitive and collusive behavior by the big banks and other oil sector actors that result in higher prices for families.

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Stop the Distribution of Samples of Infant Formula in Hospitals
In the U.S., the vast majority of birthing hospitals give away industry-provided samples of infant formula to new mothers. Sign the petition to stop this destructive marketing practice.

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Public Television Should Not Promote Fast Food to Children
Fast food chain Chick-fil-A has distributed kids meals in bags co-branded with PBS’s popular Martha Speaks children’s show. Sign the petition to demand that PBS stop allowing Chick-fil-A to directly target children.

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Expose Corporations That Are Rigging the Justice System
Be an activist whistleblower by helping us add companies to the forced arbitration rogues gallery.

 
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Demand Congress Stand Up to Corporate Influence
The perverse Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission gave corporations the “right” to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Learn more about what Congress can do.

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Keep Toxic Chemicals Out of Drinking Water
Email your representative and ask him or her to oppose hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and call for the disclosure and monitoring of the chemicals used in the process.

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Stop Underhanded Marketing by Nestlé in Newark and Michigan
Nestlé, which makes products that contribute to childhood obesity, is partnering with Newark and Michigan on initiatives meant to fight childhood obesity. Urge officials to stop these initiatives.

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Increase Nuclear Waste Safety
Please take a moment to tell your representative to reject efforts to move radioactive waste to temporary dump sites.

 
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Keep Public Spaces Free of Commercialism
Post your stories about the sale of advertising or naming rights in your community’s public spaces, such as parks, roads, bridges, schools, emergency vehicles, etc.

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