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Public Citizen: Public Watchdog Profile
In 1971, American political activist Ralph Nader founded Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “defend[ing] democracy, resist[ing] corporate power and work[ing] to ensure that government works for the people – not for big corporations.”
Although Nader parted ways with Public Citizen in 1980, the organization remains inspired by his mission to protect the interests of the public.
Public Citizen has two branches: the Public Citizen Foundation (501 (c)(3)) and Public Citizen, Incorporated. (501(c)(4)). They operate very much from a single unified front, sharing the same president, goals, website, and Public Citizen name.
|Mission||“Corporations have their lobbyists in Washington, D.C. The people need advocates too.”|
|Members and supporters||500,000|
|Financial data (2019)||Revenue: $13,176,217 ($13.2 million) Expenses: $12,931,689 ($12.9 million) Total liabilities and net assets: $29,283,779 ($29.3 million)|
|Locations||Washington, D.C., and Austin, TX|
|Current president||Robert Weissman|
Public Citizen Foundation’s work centers around “research, public education, and litigation in support of [their] mission.” Due to its status as a 501 (c)(3) organization, the Foundation can lobby only in a very limited capacity.
Public Citizen, Inc. (or just Public Citizen), as a 501(c)(4), primarily focuses on lobbying Congress and federal agencies to promote government and corporate accountability.
Billions of government revenue are being held in tax havens.
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The Zero Theft Movement does not have any interest in partisan politics/competition or attacking/defending one side. We seek to eradicate theft from the U.S economy. In other words, how the wealthy and powerful rig the system to steal money from us, the everyday citizen. We need to collectively fight against crony capitalism in order for us to all profit from an ethical economy.
Terms like ‘steal,’ ‘theft,’ and ‘crime’ will frequently appear throughout the article. Zero Theft will NOT adhere strictly to the legal definitions of these terms (since congress sells out). We have broadly and openly defined terms like ‘steal’ and ‘theft’ to refer to the rigged economy and other debated unethical acts that can cause citizens to lose out on money they deserve to keep.