Taylor Lincoln

Director of Research, Congress Watch

As director of research at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, Taylor Lincoln has authored or co-authored numerous reports on subjects concerning the civil justice system, political campaign fundraising and spending, consumer product safety, financial reform, health care, regulations in general, and worker safety, among other topics.

On political spending, Lincoln was the primary author of The New Stealth PACs, a comprehensive report on the electioneering activities of 501(c) nonprofit groups that was published in 2004, long before the topic received significant attention in the mainstream press. In 2010, Lincoln was the primary author of Fading Disclosure, which identified the trend of decreasing disclosure of outside electioneering groups’ contributors in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Following the 2012 elections, Lincoln authored Super Connected, which used quantitative analysis on spending trends to demonstrate the widespread existence of ties between candidates and purportedly independent electioneering groups. Data from Super Connected was prominently cited in a 2013 brief submitted by the attorney general of the state of New York in defense of the state’s law regulating contributions to outside groups that is being challenged on the basis of the Citizens United ruling. (See The Hispanic Leadership Fund Inc. v. New York State.)

On regulations, Lincoln was the primary author of Reality Check (2012), a book that documents the role of insufficient regulation in fomenting the conditions that led to the financial crisis, mortgage crisis and the downfall of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The book also includes a series of chapters on successes of regulations that counter oft-repeated perceptions. See, for instance, Regulation: The Unsung Hero in American Innovation (co-authored with Negah Mouzoon).

Lincoln has written extensively on trends regarding medical malpractice litigation. Aside from annual reviews of national data, Lincoln authored or co-authored a pair of reports showing that health care spending in Texas has risen much more rapidly than the national average despite a precipitous decline in litigation since that state passed one of the nation’s most restrictive laws limiting patients’ access to court.

Lincoln has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post, among other publications. Reports that he authored or supervised have provided the core information underlying at least three editorials in the New York Times. He writes occasional blog items for the Huffington Post.

Lincoln has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and other broadcast media outlets. He has a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.

Selected Reports and Other Publications


Taylor Lincoln, It's an Outrage: Regulations Are Entirely to Blame for Unemployment and a Leading Cause of Death in the United States, According to Industry and Its Allies, Public Citizen (Nov. 14, 2013)

Taylor Lincoln, No Correlation: Continued Decrease in Medical Malpractice Payments Debunks Theory That Litigation Is to Blame for Soaring Medical Costs, Public Citizen (August 2013)

Keith Wrightson and Taylor Lincoln, Health Care Workers Unprotected: Insufficient Inspections and Standards Leave Safety Risks Unaddressed, Public Citizen (July 17, 2013)

Taylor Lincoln, A Road Map to ‘Single-Payer’: How States Can Escape the Clutches of the Private Health Insurance System, Public Citizen (July 10, 2013)

Taylor Lincoln, Super Connected: Outside Groups’ Devotion to Individual Candidates and Political Parties Disproves the Supreme Court’s Key Assumption in Citizens United That Unregulated Outside Spenders Would Be ‘Independent, Public Citizen (March 2013)

Taylor Lincoln, Forgotten Lessons of Deregulation: Rolling Back Dodd-Frank’s Derivatives Rules Would Repeat a Mistake That Led to the Financial Crisis, Public Citizen (May 2012)

Christine Hines, Negah Mouzoon and Taylor Lincoln, The Harms to Consumers From the Supreme Court’s Concepcion Decision Are Plainly Evident, Public Citizen (April 2012)

Taylor Lincoln, A Failed Experiment: Health Care in Texas Has Worsened in Key Respects Since State Instituted Liability Caps in 2003, Public Citizen (October 2011)

John Coates, Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, and Taylor Lincoln, Research Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, Fulfilling Kennedy’s Promise: Why the SEC Should Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity (September 2011)

Negah Mouzoon and Taylor Lincoln, Regulation: The Unsung Hero in American Innovation, Public Citizen (September 2011) Taylor Lincoln, Industry Repeats Itself: The Financial Reform Fight, Public Citizen (July 2011)

Taylor Lincoln and Negah Mouzoon, Cranes & Derricks: The Prolonged Creation of a Key Public Safety Rule, Public Citizen (April 2011)

David Arkush and Taylor Lincoln, Defensive Medicine: The Doctored Crisis, Public Citizen (March 2011)

12 Months After: The Effects of Citizens United on Elections and the Integrity of the Legislative Process, Public Citizen (January 2011) (Co-authored with Craig Holman and others; Lincoln’s primary contribution was on portions discussing disclosure.)

Taylor Lincoln and Craig Holman, Fading Disclosure: Increasing Number of Electioneering Groups Keep Donors’ Identities Secret, Public Citizen (Sept. 15, 2010)

Zachary Gima, Taylor Lincoln and David Arkush, Forced Arbitration: Unfair and Everywhere, Public Citizen (Sept. 14, 2009)

Taylor Lincoln and David Arkush, The Arbitration (Debate) Trap: How Opponents of Corporate Accountability Distort the Debate on Arbitration, Public Citizen (July 2008)

Taylor Lincoln, Hazardous Waits: CPSC Lets Crucial Time Pass Before Warning Public About Dangerous Products, Public Citizen (January 2008)

Peter Gosselar, Barry Boughton and Taylor Lincoln, A Self-Inflicted ‘Crisis’: New York’s Medical Malpractice Insurance Troubles Caused by Flawed State Rate Setting and Raid on Rainy Day Fund, Public Citizen (November 2007)

Conor Kenny, Taylor Lincoln, Chuck Collins and Lee Farris, Public Citizen and United for a Fair Economy, Spending Millions to Save Billions: The Campaign of the Super Wealthy to Kill the Estate Tax, Public Citizen (April 2006)

Brad White, Congressional Revolving Doors, Public Citizen (July 2005) (Lincoln supervised the project, including data collection for it.)

Patricia Lovera, Tony Corbo, Taylor Lincoln and Frank Clemente, Tabled Labels: Consumers Eat Blind While Congress Feasts on Campaign Cash, Public Citizen (September 2005)

Taylor Lincoln, The New Stealth PACs: Tracking 501(c) Non-Profit Groups Active in Elections, Public Citizen (September 2004)

Conor Kenny, Taylor Lincoln and Craig Aaron, EPA’s Smoke Screen: How Congress Was Given False Information While Campaign Contributions and Political Connections Gutted a Key Clean Air Rule, Public Citizen (October 2003)


Taylor Lincoln, Reality Check: The Forgotten Lessons of Deregulation and Unsung Successes of Sensible Safeguards (Public Citizen: 2013)


Taylor Lincoln, Regulations Cost More Than We Ever Knew, Huffington Post (Nov. 14, 2013)

Taylor Lincoln, The Hidden Health Care Problem, Huffington Post (July 17, 2013)

Taylor Lincoln, Study Shows Super PACs Made Mockery of Campaign Law, The Hill (blog) (March 5, 2013)

Taylor Lincoln, Supreme Court's Theory of 'Independent' Outside Money Is No Longer Operative, Huffington Post (Nov. 1, 2012)

Taylor Lincoln, A Conversation With Mitt Romney, Huffington Post (Sept. 6, 2012)

Taylor Lincoln, The GOP’s Redonkulous Alternative to Obamacare, Huffington Post (July 11, 2012)

Micah Hauptman and Taylor Lincoln, A Danger Lurking in the Shadows, Huffington Post (May 23, 2012)

Taylor Lincoln, Don't Get Fooled Again, Huffington Post (May 18, 2012)

John Coates and Taylor Lincoln, Fulfilling the Promise of Citizens United, Washington Post (Sept. 6, 2011)

Taylor Lincoln, IRS Needs to Draw The Line on 501(c) Electioneering, Roll Call (April 26, 1007).

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