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News Release | Democracy

New Report Details Latest Numbers on Outside Spending, Secret Money and Super PAC Fundraising for 2012 Elections

WASHINGTON – The Top 5 “dark money” spenders on presidential election ads have reported less than 1% of their spending to the FEC, which is all that is required by the agency’s insufficient standards, according to a new report analyzing the latest campaign filings.

News Release | MassPIRG | Foods

AG SUBSIDIES PAY FOR 21 TWINKIES PER TAXPAYER, BUT ONLY HALF OF AN APPLE APIECE

Boston,  MA – Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year, according to MASSPIRG’s new report, Apples to Twinkies 2012. Meanwhile, limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy one half of an apple per taxpayer.

News Release | MassPIRG | Corporate

VOTERS WANT STRONG OVERSIGHT OF WALL STREET AND BACK NEW CONSUMER COP

Boston, MA—Financial reforms enacted in response to the financial meltdown remain popular with voters, a new opinion poll by Lake Research Partners shows. With just one year of work under its belt, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a strong record of successes for consumers despite facing constant unfounded political attacks.

News Release | Higher Ed

President Signs Bill Preventing Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling

Students can breathe a sigh of relief today. At least for the next year, student strapped with debt will get a temporary reprieve from doubling interest rates on their loans borrowed next year.

News Release | MassPIRG | Transit

STATEMENT OF MASSPIRG STAFF ATTORNEY LIZZI WEYANT ON PASSAGE OF THE SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL FOR STATEWIDE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

“Late Wednesday night the legislature agreed to provide critical short-term funding in order to close the T’s budget gap for FY13 and to provide funds to stave off fare hikes and service cuts at the Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) around the commonwealth. The legislature’s decision comes after months of hemming and hawing about how best to deal with the authority’s budget gap.

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