Public Citizen celebrated 40 years of progress with a festive gala on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Nearly 600 friends and supporters shared the night with us as we reflected on decades of amazing accomplishments and looked to the future. Speakers included Peabody Award-winning journalist Bill Moyers; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); founder Ralph Nader; founder and former Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen board member and commentator Jim Hightower; and Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.

Public Citizen is a non-profit, consumer rights group based in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas and founded by Ralph Nader in 1971.

Public Citizen favors robust corporate accountability and regulation in the areas of transport, healthcare,  nuclear power, campaign finance, drug, auto safety and financial reform. They work to curb the impact of corporate power.

Bill Moyer's Keynote Address "Politicians Are Money Launderers Like Tony Soprano"


Ralph Nader's Address


Jim Hightower Amuses The Crowd


More On The Gala


Editor's Note: There is much to dispute with the US Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, or the likes of a Mitt Romney, that corporations are people. Corporations in fact are "chartered" by people and represent shareholders, they are not people. It is the transference of individual rights to corporations that have added to the dilemma of false representation that we currently have in Congress. It is groups like Public Citizen that fight back for the real people.