Citizen Outreach Joins Coalition Letter Urging FTC to Finalize Update to Contact Lens Rule

(Las Vegas, NV) – Citizen Outreach today joined fellow members of the Coalition for Contact Lens Consumer Choice in submitting a letter to members of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging them to finalize a long-delayed update to the Contact Lens Rule “as soon as possible.”

The update would be of significant benefit to some 41 million Americans who wear contact lenses and often find themselves a “captive audience” when attempting to purchase their contact lenses from someone other than the optometrist who issued their prescription.

“Too much power still resides with optometrists who can prescribe and sell contact lenses at the same time, without any meaningful choice by the patient,” the letter reads.  “In the absence of a strong FTC rule, there is no incentive for a prescriber to ever willingly give a patient their prescription.”

Signers of the letter “support legislative and regulatory proposals at the federal and state levels that protect the ability of consumers to purchase contact lenses from the retailer of their choice – whether online, in stores or over the phone – and strongly support competition in the marketplace, because it helps both consumers and taxpayers.”

The Coalition represents retailers, contact lens wearers, eye care and medical professionals, and consumer and taxpayer groups such as Citizen Outreach.  The Coalition includes members from both sides on the political aisle, as well as companies who compete against each other in the marketplace.

Click here to read the full letter.

Citizen Outreach Signs Onto Coalition Letter Calling for End to Foreign Sugar Subsidies

A group of nine national free-market advocacy and education organizations have submitted a coalition letter to Senate Republicans urging that language be added to the Farm Bill that would zero out the current U.S. sugar program in return for foreign competitors zeroing out their sugar industry subsidies.

The group supports a resolution introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), called Zero for Zero, which is in line with President Trump’s stated long-term trade goal of “No tariffs, no barriers…and no subsidies.”

The coalition letter notes that the current U.S. sugar program “exists because foreign subsidies have made sugar the world’s most volatile commodity market” and hurts American farmers.

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Citizen Outreach joins coalition to repeal FATCA

(Washington, D.C.) – A coalition of 23 taxpayer protection and grassroots organizations sent a letter today urging Congressional leadership to include repeal of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) as part of comprehensive tax reform. Co-authored by the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and the Campaign to Repeal FATCA, the letter highlights the path of destruction that FATCA has carved through the international financial sector.

Link to Repeal FATCA letter:

The letter makes 5 key points:

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