David Arkush

Director, Congress Watch

David Arkush is the Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, which engages in legislative advocacy, strategic research, and grassroots organizing on a range of issues including money in politics, access to justice, and consumer, worker, and environmental protection.

Mr. Arkush is an expert on consumer product safety and financial protection, access to justice, and money in politics.  He has testified before Congress, appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC, CNBC, NPR, and is frequently quoted publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the L.A. Times, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Roll Call, and the Hill.

Mr. Arkush has litigated consumer, civil rights, and open government cases, taught appellate litigation at Georgetown University Law Center, and clerked for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, III, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Before attending law school, Mr. Arkush served as Statewide Coordinator of Missouri Voters for Fair Elections.

He received his A.B. with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review.  Mr. Arkush also earned an LL.M. with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center.

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