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David Arkush is the director of the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen. Previously, David was a staff attorney at Public Justice, where he litigated civil rights, environmental, and consumer cases. David has also taught in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center, served as Fuchsberg Fellow at Public Citizen Litigation Group, and clerked for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, III, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Once Congress is cleaned up and justice is preserved for all Americans, David plans on hitting the road with his band.

David Arkush

Angela Canterbury the director of advocacy for Congress Watch division of Public Citizen. Angela lobbies Congress and engages others in the fight for consumer justice, fair elections, and a more open and accountable government. A former campaign manager and political/communications consultant here and abroad, she most recently served as the grassroots lobbyist for the League of Women Voters. Angela oversees the Watchdog Blog, and sometimes she can’t help but blog about the latest outrage or inside story.

Angela Canterbury

Lara Chausow is the advocacy coordinator for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen. She joined Public Citizen in February 2006, and before that organized grassroots opposition to President Bush's Clear Skies Act. Lara graduated from Cornell University in 2005, with a B.A. in Government. She focused on political philosophy, public policy and campaign finance reform.

Lara Chausow

Alexander Cohen is a senior researcher for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen. Previously, Alexander spent almost three years as a reporter and research editor for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism group. Before joining the Center, he worked for several magazines in New York, including Vanity Fair, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, and Business Week. Alexander graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor's degree in history.

Alexander Cohen

Peter Gosselar is the civil justice researcher for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen. He joined Public Citizen after two years in the trenches of campaigns as an opposition researcher, where he worked for candidates from state Attorney General to Senator, from Florida to Wisconsin. He is a 2005 graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where he majored in English and Political Science. His senior thesis on Machiavelli earned him High Honors. A native of Holland, Michigan, Peter vigorously denies that he has a Midwestern accent.

Peter Gosselar

Craig Holman, PhD is a Capitol Hill lobbyist for Public Citizen, serving as the organization’s Capitol Hill lobbyist on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance rules. Craig is an expert on campaign finance reform, governmental ethics, lobbying practices and the impact of money in politics.

Craig Holman, PhD

Taylor Lincoln is the research director of the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen. Taylor is an expert in issues such as the lobbying campaign against the estate tax, campaign contributions from lobbyists to members of Congress, the electioneering activities of 501 (c) non-profits, and the revolving door between the government and K Street.

Taylor Lincoln

Laura MacCleery is the former director of the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen. Laura is an expert in public financing of elections, good government issues, lobbying and ethics reform, civil justice and the medical malpractice hoax. Previously, she was deputy director of Public Citizen’s Auto Safety and Regulatory Policy division. She keeps a special place in her heart for all watchdogs, especially Apollo.

Laura MacCleery

John O'Donnell is a senior researcher for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen. He retired from the Baltimore Sun where he held various editing and reporting positions and Pulitzer Prize finalist. At Public Citizen, he has authored reports on the credit card companies' use of binding mandatory arbitration against their customers; on a provision sneaked into an appropriations bill that benefited the drug industry; on a new research subsidy for the oil and gas industry and on efforts of development interests to roll back zoning regulations in the West.

John O'Donnell