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Report | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Trouble In Toyland 2014

For almost 30 years, ConnPIRG Education Fund has conducted an annual survey of toy safety.  Among the toys surveyed this year, we found numerous choking hazards and five toys with concentrations of toxics exceeding federal standards. In addition to reporting on potentially hazardous products found in stores in 2014, this installment of the report describes the potential hazards in toys and children’s products.

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Report | ConnPIRG Education Fund and Demos | Democracy

The Dominance of Big Money in the 2014 Congressional Elections

In 2014, large donors accounted for the vast majority of all individual federal election contributions this cycle, just as they have in previous elections. Seven of every 10 individual contribution dollars to the federal candidates, parties, PACs and Super PACs that were active in the 2013-2014 election cycle came from donors who gave $200 or more. Candidates alone got 84 percent of their individual contributions from large donors.

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News Release | ConnPIRG | Public Health, Food

New Poll Reveals Overwhelming Majority of Doctors Concerned About Antibiotics Use on Healthy Food Animals

The overwhelming majority of doctors--a total of 93 percent--are concerned about the common meat industry practice of using antibiotics on healthy animals for growth promotion and disease prevention, according to a new poll released today commissioned by Consumer Reports and released by Consumers Union and U.S. PIRG.

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Report | ConnPIRG, Consumers Union | Public Health, Food

Prescription for Change

Recognizing the severity and frequency of antibiotic resistance infections in their patients, the vast majority of doctors (97%) expressed concern about the growing problem of multi-drug resistant infections. They are also troubled by antibiotic use in the food animal sector, with 93% expressing concern about the use of antibiotics in livestock production facilities on healthy animals in order to promote growth and prevent disease.

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Report | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Democracy

Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries

Our analysis of fund-raising data from 2014’s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country. While some states show markedly more inequity than others, the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans. Nationwide, just under two-thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors (those giving over $1,000). And fewer than 5,500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440,000 donors nationwide.

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News Release | Higher Ed

Introduction of Education Reform Brings Students One Step Closer to Critical Aid

Statement of Rich Williams, ConnPIRG Higher Education Associate, representing hundreds of thousands of students across the country, on the House Reconciliation bill language.

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News Release | Health Care

ConnPIRG Urges Passage of Today's Final Health Reform Legislation

Today’s health care package offers Americans the relief they need from unrelenting premium hikes from the insurance industry. Within days, every member of the House of Representatives must cast their vote and choose: the status quo of skyrocketing costs or a future where we actually hold the insurance companies accountable and rein in costs.

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News Release | Financial Reform

ConnPIRG Statement on Chairman Dodd's Wall Street and Consumer Protection Reform

We applaud Chairman Dodd of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee for moving forward towards passage of legislation to protect American consumers and increase the stability of the economy. We expect that Wall Street bankers who wrecked the economy and were then bailed out by the taxpayers will continue to try to delay or kill this reform designed to protect people on Main Street

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News Release | Financial Reform

New Legislation Would Protect Shareholders Rights

Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) has introduced a bill – the Shareholder Protection Act [H. R. 4537] – which requires shareholder approval of political spending, and today, the bill receives a hearing in the House Financial Services Committee.

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News Release | Transportation

Students Lead High-Speed Rail Tour Across Connecticut

HARTFORD- While many students are spending their Spring Breaks in Cancun or Palm Beach or other exotic locations, a dedicated group of ConnPIRG students are using their Spring Break to build support for the High-Speed Rail service between New Haven to Springfield, here in Connecticut. More than ten students are traveling the high speed rail route to draw attention and build support for the proposal. Today the students made their last stop in at the Capitol Building in Hartford, where they were joined by Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan and State Representative David McCluskey.

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