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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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Study: 73% of Fortune 500 Companies Used Offshore Tax Havens in 2016
A new study reveals the extent to which companies are using tax havens to avoid U.S. taxes and undermines the case for any tax proposal that would allow companies to repatriate their U.S. profits at a special low tax rate. In 2016, nearly three in four Fortune 500 companies maintained subsidiaries...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Financial Choice Act Passed By House Threatens Consumer Bureau Protection of Older Americans
Mortgages were the leading source of 72,000 complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from consumers 62 years of age and over, followed by complaints about credit reports and debt collection, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). Further,...
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Friday, October 06, 2017
U.S. PIRG Statement: CFPB’S Final Rule To Stop Payday Loan Debt Traps
“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau) took the first step toward ending the debt trap by finalizing new consumer protections for loans where consumers must repay all or most of the debt at once. These products include shorter-term loans such as payday and auto title loans, and...
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
U.S. PIRG Statement on Resignation of Equifax's C.E.O.
“Big deal? Equifax is just sacrificing its king after retiring a knight and a rook. That doesn't change the optics of its terrible data breach and its slow, inadequate and maddening response to its consumer-victims. This predictable and coldly calculated corporate maneuver may make shareholders...
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Monday, September 18, 2017
U.S. PIRG Statement: Congress Should Pass FREE Act to Help Consumers after Equifax Breach
“It is outrageous that the credit bureaus charge us fees to prevent identity theft when we didn’t even give them permission to collect our information in the first place. The Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii...
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Today’s Equifax News Beyond Troubling, Investigations an Important Step Congress Should Make Credit Freezes Free
“The Equifax breach was already so bad for so many reasons. Reports today that Equifax failed to install Apache Struts security updates it was told about two months before its breach are beyond troubling. Investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
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Friday, September 08, 2017
Equifax Offers Incomplete Protection After Breach
Statement by Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG’s Consumer Advocate, on Equifax’s response to its breach affecting over 140 million Americans. “Consumers should know the risks and limits of what Equifax is offering and consider getting credit freezes with all three national credit bureaus instead. Equifax’s...
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Friday, August 04, 2017
Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
A new poll conducted by Democratic and Republican pollsters sends a clear message to elected officials intending to dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: do so against the will of your constituents. Likely Republican, Independent, and Democratic voters all overwhelmingly support...
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Monday, July 10, 2017
U.S. PIRG Statement on the CFPB’s New Arbitration Rule
This Statement Can Be Attributed to U.S. PIRG Consumer Program Director Ed Mierzwinski “U.S. PIRG commends the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for finalizing an important rule to prevent financial firms from using mandatory arbitration clauses to deny consumers the right to have their day in...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
U.S. PIRG Applauds Introduction of Bill to End Anonymous Shell Companies
This Wednesday , Representatives Peter King (R-NY) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) also introduced their companion bill, the True Incorporation Transparency for Law Enforcement (TITLE) Act. U.S. PIRG...
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