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News Release | WashPIRG | Democracy

Distorted Democracy: Big Money and Dark Money in the 2012 Elections

A new analysis of pre-election data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and other sources by WashPIRG and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype: new waves of “outside spending” have been fueled by dark money and unlimited fundraising from a small number of wealthy donors.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

The CFPB is now taking your credit bureau complaints | Ed Mierzwinski

Excellent news! The CFPB is now taking your complaints about credit bureaus and credit reports.

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Blog Post | Health Care

Here’s that Rx refill you didn’t order | Laura Etherton

Is your pharmacy refilling your prescription without your knowledge or approval, and billing your insurance company for the cost?

If so, it’s the latest example of waste we shouldn't tolerate in our health care system.

 

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Report | WashPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

Total Food Recall

Over the past few years, Americans have grown accustomed to seeing headlines about tainted food being recalled and pulled off store shelves. These high-profile recalls leave many Americans wondering whether enough is being done to reduce the risk of contaminated food and foodborne illness. And they are right to do so—48 million people get sick from eating tainted food each year, and despite significant costs to our economy and Americans’ public health, the number of such illnesses, particularly from Salmonella, has remained stagnant for at least 5 years.

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Blog Post | Transportation

Five Factors Will Determine Whether TIFIA Will Fund Transit | Phineas Baxandall

Last week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hailed his department’s $545.9 million loan from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) to construct Los Angeles’ 8.5 mile light rail transit line along the Crenshaw corridor.  He touted it as “just one example of how DOT’s TIFIA credit assistance program extends the value of America's transportation dollar.” But will public transit financing really be the future of TIFIA?

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News Release | WashPIRG | Consumer Protection

Chemical Threat Persists in Food and Beverage Packaging

Fourteen of the largest public packaged food and beverage companies still use the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their packaging despite studies linking the synthetic sex hormone to developmental problems, heart disease and diabetes, according to a new report by investors Green Century Capital Management (“Green Century”) and As You Sow. 

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Legislation is a plus for state's consumers

Although the focus is still on balancing the budget as the Legislature nears adjournment from the regular session, there is some good news from Olympia for consumers, and legislators should be recognized for delivering some meaningful consumer protections that will help people all across our state.

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Media Hit | Financial Reform

On Tax Day, consumer group urges state taxpayers to protest corporate tax loopholes

Big corporations, including The Boeing Co., avoid up to $100 billion each year in federal taxes by “off-shoring” the profits they make in the United States or by setting up sham headquarters in tax haven countries. As a result, Washington taxpayers are left to make up the difference, according to the Washington Public Interest Research Group.

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News Release | WashPIRG | Financial Reform

Off-shore tax havens cost each WA taxpayer $390 extra this year

Major corporations, including Boeing, avoid a total of up to $100 billion each year in federal taxes by “off-shoring” the profits they make in the U.S. or by setting up sham headquarters in tax haven countries. As a result, Washington taxpayers are left to make up the difference.

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Media Hit | Democracy

Campaign finance reform? Amateurs could circumvent this

About 10 minutesor an hour at most is how long it would take even a marginally skilled political operative would take to circumvent the new campaign finance rules contained in Senate Bill 5021.

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