In Citizens United the Supreme Court handed a giant megaphone to the wealthiest interests, and today, with their ruling in McCutcheon, they’ve turned up the volume even higher. The last thing we need right now is to increase the giving of the donors with the deepest pockets.
The Supreme Court considered a challenge to aggregate contribution...
A guide for students to avoid ripoffs from credit cards and big banks.
PIRG In The News
Salem, MA – In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Salem State students gathered on campus this month to urge Massachusetts to “Go Green for Public Transportation.”
Power giants NStar and Northeast Utilities won a green light from Massachusetts' regulators for their multibillion-dollar merger without having to answer serious questions about the catastrophic outages that darkened vast swaths of New England last fall, a review of merger records shows.
Thought the student loan crisis was bad as it is? Now add hefty fees into that mix. Providers say students can avoid the fees that pile up when they elect to receive their financial aid on a debit card, but new research from a consumer advocacy group finds that these companies throw up roadblocks to keep the fee revenue rolling in, even as colleges make big bucks off their affiliations with these institutions.
Consumer advocates have long criticized the amount of fees associated with debit cards. Most recently, a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that hundreds of colleges have partnerships with financial companies to put a student’s financial aid on debit or prepaid cards that carry hefty fees. Under some of these deals, official student photo ID cards can double as debit cards.
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