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News Release | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Democracy

New study shows potential impact of a small donor matching program on 2016 presidential race

Candidates in the 2016 presidential race would see a dramatic shift in their fundraising, and have a powerful incentive to focus more on small donors under a proposed small donor public financing system, according to a new study released by ConnPIRG Education Fund.

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Report | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Democracy

Boosting the Impact of Small Donors

Candidates in the 2016 presidential race would see a dramatic shift in their fundraising, and have a powerful incentive to focus more on small donors under a proposed small donor public financing system, according to a new study released by ConnPIRG Education Fund.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

House holds stacked hearing to attack retirement savings rule proposal | Ed Mierzwinski

The House Financial Services Committee is holding a typically stacked hearing -- one consumer-side witness against four Wall Street-backed lobbyists  -- to attack the important retirement savings rule proposed by the Department of Labor. The rule simply requires retirement advisors to put the customer's needs  -- not their own compensation -- first.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Court Reinstates Case Against Bank That Aided Senior Citizen Fraud | Ed Mierzwinski

This week, the 3rd Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision that had denied class action status to victims of a scheme targeting senior citizens who were suing Zions Bank and its payment processor affiliates for aiding the fraudsters. U.S. regulators led by the Department of Justice have been fighting this and similar schemes, yet powerful special interests have managed to create a false narrative in Washington, DC that has been picked up by opponents of consumer protection laws. They falsely claim that the government's target is "legitimate" payday lenders and gun dealers. Wrong, the target is financial crimes against consumers, many consumers.

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Report | ConnPIRG Education Fund and CARS Foundation | Consumer Protection

CarMax: Endangering Lives in Connecticut

CarMax is selling unsafe recalled automobile parts in some of their used vehicles in Connecticut. This report documents the extent of the problem posed to consumers and calls for action at the state and federal level to protect the lives of drivers.

CarMax should not be allowed to make Connecticut, or any other state, a dumping ground for unsafe recalled vehicles with potentially lethal safety defects.

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News Release | Transportation

Obama Budget Seeks Major Boost in Transportation Investment

HARTFORD - Statement by ConnPIRG's Federal Senior Tax and Budget Analyst, Phineas Baxandall, on the Obama administration’s FY 2012 transportation budget proposal, which includes a major increase in transportation funding and an $8 billion annual investment in high-speed rail. 

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News Release | Food, Tax

Obama Budget Proposes Important First Cuts to Ag Subsidies

Statement of ConnPIRG Federal Public Health Advocate Elizabeth Hitchcock on the President’s proposed 2012 budget, which includes more than $1 billion in cuts over five years to agriculture subsidies that are achieved by reducing the cap on Department of Agriculture direct payments and tightening eligibility standards.

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News Release | Transportation

ConnPIRG, Hartford Students Praise Obama Administration for Kick-Starting High Speed Rail in Connecticut

Connecticut students are on board for bringing a stronger, faster rail system to the state, which will connect them to their hometowns, reduce congestion, oil use, and carbon emissions. While there is much still to be done, the Obama administration’s recent decision to award $40 million in high speed rail funds to Connecticut is the first step in making this a reality.

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News Release | Food

Cutting Ag Subsidies Key to Implementing USDA's Dietary Recommendations

Statement of Elizabeth Hitchcock, ConnPIRG's Federal Public Health Advocate on the USDA’s announcement of new Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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News Release | Health Care

Senate Defeats Health Care Repeal

Statement of ConnPIRG's Federal Health Care Advocate Larry McNeely on the U.S. Senate's defeat of an amendment that would have repealed last year's federal health care law.

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