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  • New Voters Project | MASSPIRG Students
    is to raise our voices together register and vote Read more about New Voters Project Pages first previous 1 2 About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose

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  • Million Dollar Megaphones | MASSPIRG Students
    into account just over 50 of the spending has been by dark money groups that do not disclose their donors According to Kantar CMAG data the top five 501 c 4 spenders on the presidential race have spent 53 million through July 1st on advertising in the presidential race alone but our analysis shows these same groups have only reported 420 920 in spending collectively on all races to the FEC through June 30th This means that these groups are currently reporting less than 1 of their total spending The Top 5 outside spending groups have accounted for 58 5 of all outside spending in the 2012 cycle Super PACs continue to be tools used by a small number of wealthy individuals and institutions to dominate the political process Just over 57 of the 230 million raised by Super PACs from individuals came from just 47 people giving at least 1 million Just over 1 000 donors giving 10 000 or more were responsible for 94 of this fundraising Sheldon and Miriam Adelson have given a combined 36 3 million to Super PACs in the 2012 cycle It would take more than 321 000 average American families donating an equivalent share of their wealth to match the Adelsons giving For profit businesses contributed 34 2 million to Super PACs accounting for 11 of their fundraising There are reasons to suspect businesses are contributing much more to nonprofit organizations and trade associations that do not disclose their donors About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus

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  • Million-Dollar Megaphones | MASSPIRG Students
    50 of the spending has been by dark money groups that do not disclose their donors According to Kantar CMAG data the top five 501 c 4 spenders on the presidential race have spent 53 million through July 1st on advertising in the presidential race alone but our analysis shows these same groups have only reported 420 920 in spending collectively on all races to the FEC through June 30th This means that these groups are currently reporting less than 1 of their total spending The Top 5 outside spending groups have accounted for 58 5 of all outside spending in the 2012 cycle Super PACs continue to be tools used by a small number of wealthy individuals and institutions to dominate the political process Just over 57 of the 230 million raised by Super PACs from individuals came from just 47 people giving at least 1 million Just over 1 000 donors giving 10 000 or more were responsible for 94 of this fundraising Sheldon and Miriam Adelson have given a combined 36 3 million to Super PACs in the 2012 cycle It would take more than 321 000 average American families donating an equivalent share of their wealth to match the Adelsons giving For profit businesses contributed 34 2 million to Super PACs accounting for 11 of their fundraising There are reasons to suspect businesses are contributing much more to nonprofit organizations and trade associations that do not disclose their donors About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    since 1983 We pool those resources with other campuses across the state and use it to hire a professional staff of organizers and advocates to work with us and on our behalf to win victories that improve people s lives Every two years here at BCC students have the opportunity to re affirm their support for MASSPIRG Make sure you Vote Yes from April 23rd 27th by dropping by the SGA Voting Tables in the Susan B Anthony Student Center Lounge Monday and Wednesday Friday or the Field Administration Building Lobby on Pre Registration Tuesday More Pages first previous 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 next last Visit Our Blog MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood

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  • Apples To Twinkies 2012 | MASSPIRG Students
    agricultural subsidies Most subsidies went to the country s largest farming operations mainly to grow just a few commodity crops including corn and soybeans Most of these commodity crops are not simply eaten as is Among other uses food manufacturers process them into additives like high fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils that provide a cheap dose of sweetness and fat to a wide variety of junk food products Thus Americans tax dollars directly subsidize junk food ingredients Key Findings Between 1995 and 2011 18 2 billion in tax dollars subsidized four common junk food additives corn syrup high fructose corn syrup corn starch and soy oils which are processed further into hydrogenated vegetable oils Healthier agricultural products receive very little in federal subsidies Since 1995 taxpayers spent only 637 million subsidizing apples which is one of the few fresh fruits or vegetables that have a significant federal subsidy If subsidies for junk food ingredients went directly to taxpayers to allow them to purchase food each of America s 141 million taxpayers would receive 7 58 to spend on junk food and 27 cents to spend on apples each year enough to buy 21 Twinkies but just half of one Red Delicious apple The 18 2 billion in subsidies for junk food ingredients that taxpayers have shelled out since 1995 is enough to buy 49 billion Twinkies Placed end to end they would circle the globe 125 times Since 1995 the lion s share of agricultural subsidies has gone to a very small number of large operations 75 of subsidies go to just 3 8 of U S farmers The fact that so many tax dollars are being wasted on junk food demonstrates the need to reform federal agricultural subsidies and end this wasteful spending About Us Our Leadership Our

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  • AG SUBSIDIES PAY FOR 21 TWINKIES PER TAXPAYER, BUT ONLY HALF OF AN APPLE APIECE | MASSPIRG Students
    farmers and they mainly support just a few commodity crops such as corn and soybeans Among other uses food manufacturers process corn and soy crops into additives like high fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils that provide a cheap dose of sweetness and fat to a wide variety of junk food products Among the report s key findings Between 1995 and 2011 18 2 billion in tax dollars subsidized four common food additives corn syrup high fructose corn syrup corn starch and soy oils better known as hydrogenated vegetable oils At 7 58 per taxpayer per year that would buy each taxpayer 21 Twinkies Outside of commodity crops other agricultural products receive very little in federal subsidies Since 1995 taxpayers spent only 637 million subsidizing apples which is the only significant federal subsidy of fresh fruits or vegetables Coming to 27 cents per taxpayer per year that would buy less than half of one Red Delicious apple Massachusetts residents share of the expense for junk food subsidies is about 22 636 547 each year on average compared with just 792 345 in subsidies for apples That s enough to buy 61million Twinkies but only 1 6 million apples Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last three decades with one in five kids aged 6 to 11 now obese Research shows that increased snacking is responsible for a significant portion of this increase Valicenti Organico is a small producer of gourmet ravioli and pasta sauce made using ingredients which we grow on our small farm in Hollis NH said owner David Valicenti We source our ingredients directly from small independent farms These farms struggle every day to make ends meet and compete in a market dominated by massive factory mega farms which enjoy huge profits as well as government subsidies as a result of farm policies which act to cost out the small independent farms With these subsidies huge centralized factory farms flood the market with crops grown to make all sorts of processed foods contributing to our nationwide health problems Tax payers including small businesses like myself are essentially subsidizing junk food and making it difficult to afford local organically grown and raised healthy food by making it hard for small independent farms to participate in the marketplace The Farm bill should be fair for the small and mid size farms that we have here in New England said U S Representative John Olver of Amherst Nationally there is an increased demand for healthy locally produced food and our agricultural policy should reflect that trend For too long this expensive farm bill legislation has worked against the average American s interests It has encouraged many of our citizens to dine on genetically modified and sugary foods and has concentrated wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer big corporate farms Small and organic farmers get very little from the US farm bill said Jack Kittredge NOFA Mass Policy Director and owner of Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre Massachusetts

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  • Textbooks Project Packet | MASSPIRG Students
    the report Related Issues Make Textbooks Affordable About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Resources by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    hire a professional staff of organizers and advocates to work with us and on our behalf to win victories that improve people s lives Every two years here at MCLA students have the opportunity to re affirm their support for MASSPIRG Make sure you Vote Yes from April 11th 12th by dropping by the SGA Voting Tables in Bowman Hall on Wednesday and the Campus Center Marketplace on Thursday More Pages first previous 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 next last Visit Our Blog MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action We can build support for a future powered by 100 clean and renewable energy Jobs for

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