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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Democracy

Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decisions undermining campaign finance rules, most notably Citizens United, our elections have become increasingly dominated by large donors, at the expense of ordinary Americans.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | 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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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Millennials in Motion

Millennials are less car-focused than older Americans and previous generations of young people, and their transportation behaviors continue to change in ways that reduce driving. Now is the time for the nation’s transportation policies to acknowledge, accommodate and support Millennials’ demands for a greater array of transportation choices.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Transportation

New Study: Traffic Data Does Not Support Current Plans to Spend $153 Million to Add Lanes on Colorado Route 470

A new report by the CoPIRG Foundation identifies state plans to add lanes on Route-470 as a national example of wasteful highway spending based on outdated assumptions. The study calls for instead investing scarce transportation dollars to better maintain existing roads and provide more transportation choices such as expanding transit and bike paths.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Highway Boondoggles

Even though the Driving Boom is now over, state and federal governments continue to pour vast sums of money into the construction of new highways and expansion of old ones – at the expense of urgent needs such as road and bridge repairs, improvements in public transportation and other transportation priorities. Eleven proposed highway projects across the country – slated to cost at least $13 billion – exemplify the need for a fresh approach to transportation spending.

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Report Shows Deadly Toys on Store Shelves

The Colorado Public Interest Research Group is urging parents to use caution when buying toys for their young children this holiday season.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Colorado Store Shelves

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to the CoPIRG Foundation’s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report.  The survey of hazardous toys found that despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Report: In Colorado, Experian Gets Big Complaints

A new report by CoPIRG Foundation found that the most complained-about credit reporting agency in Colorado is Experian, and that Colorado ranks 12th nationally in credit report complaints per 100,000 residents.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Food

Foodborne Illness Racks Up $1.1 million in Economic Costs in Colorado

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) delays in implementing the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act have put Colorado lives at risk and cost the country $22 million in economic costs, according to a new report by the CoPIRG Foundation. Here in Colorado in the last 12 months, 38 people were made sick from foodborne illnesses and the cost in Colorado was $1.1 million. Contaminated food makes 48 million Americans sick every year. 

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

New Report Identifies Most Troublesome Private Lenders to Students

Thousands of American students are using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) public Consumer Complaints Database to settle disputes about private student loans, according to a new report from the CoPIRG Foundation.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Tax

Following the Money 2012

Colorado received a “C-” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to Following the Money 2012: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the third annual report of its kind. 

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Tax

Representation without Taxation

The report reveals the "Dirty Thirty" Fortune 500 companies that spend more on lobbying then they do on taxes. 

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Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Making the Grade

When it comes to health care, there are few magic-bullet solutions for the many problems consumers face in the marketplace: insurers don’t compete for their business, leading to higher prices and lower quality. Important information about coverage is buried in the fine print, making it hard to know what’s really covered or which plan is right. And costs are continuing their unsustainable rise.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Trouble in Toyland: 26th Annual Survey of Toy Safety

The 2011 Trouble in Toyland report is our 26th annual survey of toy safety. In this report, we provide safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for young children and provide examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

The Other Side of the Street, Energy Cost Savings

However, thousands of Coloradans miss out on energy cost saving programs simply because of the side of the street that they live on.  To help homeowners and businesses with their bills, all electric utilities in Colorado should offer comprehensive energy efficiency programs by setting a target to reduce consumer energy demand by 10% by 2020.

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