US PIRG

U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
You're Not Alone: CFPB Complaints on the Rise
While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new director entertains removing its consumer complaint database from public view, that website feature is proving its worth. The CFPB published a record 257,000 consumer complaints in 2018, according to a new report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund. That...
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Monday, March 25, 2019
California Avocados Recalled in Six States Over Listeria Fears
Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling avocados potentially contaminated with the deadly listeria bacteria. Listeria is especially serious when contracted by young children or elderly whose weakened immune systems can turn a simple infection into a fatal disease. Pregnant women can also suffer...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
U.S. PIRG Response to the 2019 State of the Union
In his second State of the Union address, President Donald Trump highlighted, among other topics, the need to rebuild America’s infrastructure and reign in the cost of prescription drugs, two issues with considerable bipartisan support. The following U.S. PIRG experts have responded to those issues...
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Friday, July 27, 2018
One Year After Discovering Its Breach of Your Data, Equifax Still Hasn’t Paid a Price
A year after Equifax discovered signs of a data breach that exposed 147 million Americans to potential identity theft, the company has yet to be held accountable. On July 29th, 2017, Equifax’s security department identified and started investigating suspicious activity associated with the part of...
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Thursday, July 19, 2018
As Senators Consider Confirming Kathy Kraninger to Run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, More than 100 groups Release Online Video to Defend the CFPB
As the Senate Banking Committee begins a scheduled confirmation hearing for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director nominee Kathy Kraninger, U.S. PIRG and 103 other groups representing consumers, small businesses, students, and workers, released an online video on Twitter and Facebook about...
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Following the Money 2018
Online government spending transparency continues to improve, but many states still struggle to meet 21st century standards, according to Following the Money 2018: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data. This is the eighth report of its kind produced by the U...
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Monday, April 02, 2018
Mick Mulvaney's 1st Report to Congress
This statement can be attributed to Mike Litt, Consumer Campaign Director at U.S. PIRG, on OMB Director and CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s first semi-annual report of the CFPB to Congress: “As a member of Congress, Mick Mulvaney voted to outright get rid of the Consumer Bureau. Now he is...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018
U.S. PIRG Urges Congress to Follow the Lead of Several States and Stop Letting Equifax off the Hook After New Reports of Stolen Data
Equifax has reported the loss of information for an additional 2.4 million Americans in its massive data breach. U.S. PIRG is urging Congress to stop current efforts to let Equifax and the other credit bureaus off the hook for data breaches. It is also highlighting the work states are doing to the...
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
State of the Union: 20th Century Solutions for 21st Century Problems
The White House indicates that president Trump’s State of the Union address will be optimistic and forward-looking, with a tone of bipartisanship. However, if, as expected, the president focuses on selling his existing proposals, then it will be a very backward-looking speech, particularly in...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
In Fight For More Affordable Education, Look To Core Classes
Skyrocketing textbook prices for common university courses are adding insult to the burdensome debt students assume to pay for college. Earlier today, the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) released a new report investigating those high textbook prices for common courses at schools across...
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