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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    s necessary to reclaim our democracy In the meantime we re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems of incentives and matching funds for small contributions systems that are already in place in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates News Release MASSPIRG New Voters Project Youth Vote Increases at Local Student Precincts in Massachusetts Amherst MA According to preliminary results provided by local elections officials several University of Massachusetts Amherst campus precincts showed significant increases in turnout over the previous national election Precinct 3 for instance showed a 29 percent increase Precinct 4 showed a 21 percent increase and Precinct 5 showed a 27 percent increase over 2008 Keep Reading Media Hit New Voters Project UMass students jam Amherst precincts many voting for first time More than 1 100 UMass students had turned out to cast ballots by 3 p m in precincts 4 and 10 said Lucas Gutterman of MassPIRG Keep Reading News Release MASSPIRG New Voters Project Local Youth Vote Campaign Launched Final Push To Get Out The Vote In an election cycle filled with talk of every single vote counting students at MASSPIRG campus chapters around the state launched a final campaign push employing proven tactics to mobilize young voters to the polls Using on the ground and on line strategies campaign volunteers

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems of incentives and matching funds for small contributions systems that are already in place in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Report Student PIRGs Demos United States Student Association Higher Ed Subpriming Our Students New Briefing Paper Says College Students Need Consumer Financial Protection Agency to Watchdog Risky Loans Keep Reading Resource A Snapshot of Student Opinions on High Tech Textbooks Summary New technology that has recently entered the marketplace could mean significant savings for students on textbooks The Student PIRGs conducted this survey of college students to provide a snapshot their attitudes toward high tech textbooks Keep Reading Report Higher Ed Textbooks Course Correction The Student PIRGs conducted this study to determine how digital textbooks can live up to their potential as a solution Through a survey of 504 students from Oregon and Illinois and 50 commonly assigned textbook titles we confirm three fundamental criteria affordability printing options and accessibility We found that publishers digital e textbooks fail to meet these criteria and that an emerging form of digital textbooks open textbooks are a perfect match August 2008 Keep Reading News Release Higher Ed Textbooks Congress Moves to Cut Textbook Costs in Landmark Bill Marking the first major federal action to curb the skyrocketing cost of college

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    re going state by state city by city to build the support its going to take to win We ve already helped get 16 states and nearly 600 cities counties and towns to formally tell Congress that the Constitution must be amended Getting this across the finish line won t be easy but it s what s necessary to reclaim our democracy In the meantime we re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems of incentives and matching funds for small contributions systems that are already in place in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Media Hit Transit Report Seniors students need better public transit system The New Bedford Standard Times covers the South Coast release of MASSPIRG s Common Connections transit report on students and seniors Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks Recap of the National Rebellion Against High Textbook Prices Nicole Allen the Student PIRGs national textbooks advocate sums up our wildly successful cross country Textbooks Rebellion tour Don t miss the slideshow Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed Student Loan Defaults Skyrocket Double in Past 6 Years Rich Williams US PIRG s higher education advocate takes on the student loan industry and advocates that Congress sustain if not increase financial aid Keep Reading Media Hit Hunger Sleepout a Lesson in Homelessness MASSPIRG at Salem

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    going state by state city by city to build the support its going to take to win We ve already helped get 16 states and nearly 600 cities counties and towns to formally tell Congress that the Constitution must be amended Getting this across the finish line won t be easy but it s what s necessary to reclaim our democracy In the meantime we re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems of incentives and matching funds for small contributions systems that are already in place in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Media Hit Waste MASSPIRG Petitions to Update the Bottle Bill The UMass Dartmouth Torch covers Update the Bottle Bill petitioning by MASSPIRG chapter students Keep Reading Media Hit Waste Letter to the Editor Update the Bottle Bill James Bazinet from UMass Dartmouth encourages students to take action to update the Bottle Bill Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection Campaign to end unhealthy food subsidies MASSPIRG Student Samantha Demanbey urges Congress to cut subsidies for unhealthy foods in a letter to the editor of The Point at Fitchburg State Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection The Twinkie Tax MASSPIRG student Jacqueline DiPersio highlights how much taxpayer money goes to make junk food ingredients in her Letter to the Editor in the UMass Lowell

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    To do so we re going state by state city by city to build the support its going to take to win We ve already helped get 16 states and nearly 600 cities counties and towns to formally tell Congress that the Constitution must be amended Getting this across the finish line won t be easy but it s what s necessary to reclaim our democracy In the meantime we re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems of incentives and matching funds for small contributions systems that are already in place in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Video Blog Foods VIDEO Should gov t subsidize crops used in junk food CBS News covers US PIRG s Apples to Twinkies report Keep Reading Media Hit Foods VIDEO Should gov t subsidize crops used in junk food CBS News covers US PIRG s Apples to Twinkies report Keep Reading Media Hit Transit SSU Students Tweet for High Speed Trains Students at Salem State University tweeted photo petitions to Sen Scott Brown in support of high speed rail Keep Reading Media Hit Waste Last ditch effort to update the bottle bill The Lowell Sun covers our Trick or Treat Updated Bottle Bill event at the statehouse where we delivered over 15 000 petitions in favor of improving

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    we re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems of incentives and matching funds for small contributions systems that are already in place in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Media Hit Transit MASSPIRG Cheaper T for Students The Lynn Daily Item reports that MASSPIRG staff and students from Salem State University and North Shore Community College Lynn joined senior advocates and MBTA planning officials to release our report on students and seniors transit needs Keep Reading Media Hit Waste Unbottle the Bottle Bill MASSPIRG student Hannah Ramos urges Bay Staters to push their legislators to act on the Updated Bottle Bill Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection Big Banks Bigger Fees A National Survey of Bank Fees and Fee Disclosure Policies A survey of more than 350 bank branches reveals that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers while one in four provided no fee information at all The report also includes a shopping guide which will compare banking options direct consumers to free and low cost checking choices and provide a list of fees that consumers should look out for when picking a bank Keep Reading Report Democracy New Voters Project Saving Dollars Saving Democracy Cost Savings for Local Elections Officials Through Voter Registration Modernization Millions

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Report Transit Road Work Ahead Holding Government Accountable for Fixing America s Crumbling Roads and Bridges To fix our roads and bridges America first must fix our transportation policies To counteract the tendencies to neglect repair and maintenance we must adopt strong fix it first rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges set national goals for the condition of our transportation system and hold state governments accountable for achieving results Keep Reading Report Other Unacceptable Risk Two Decades of Close Calls Leaks and Other Problems at U S Nuclear Reactors This report analyzes the unacceptable risks of nuclear power to people and the environment and demonstrates why the United States must move away from nuclear power and toward safer alternatives The report concludes with recommendations to the Obama Administration for addressing the risks posed by nuclear power including instituting a moratorium on the relicensing of existing aging nuclear power plants and on the licensing of new nuclear reactors This report also calls for the elimination of federal loan guarantees and other subsidies for nuclear power plants Keep Reading Report Health Care The Three Trillion Dollar Question What Health Care Reform Can Save For Families Businesses and Taxpayers Without health care reform the United States is projected to spend over 40 trillion on health care in the next decade Experts estimate that thirty percent of that spending up to 12 trillion dollars will be wasted on ineffective

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  • Get Big Money out of Politics | MASSPIRG Students
    won t be easy but it s what s necessary to reclaim our democracy In the meantime we re working to amplify the voices of ordinary people in our elections So we re also working to create systems of incentives and matching funds for small contributions systems that are already in place in some cities and counties Amplifying The Voices Of Small Donors We re building support for the Government By the People Act a bill in Congress which will help bring more small donors into our elections and increase their impact Here s how Government By the People Act encourages more people to participate by giving small donors a 25 credit on their taxes The Act increases the impact of small donations by creating a fund that will match those donations at least 6 to 1 if a candidate agrees to forego large contributions It s possible to enact programs like this in fact there was a similar federal tax credit in place from 1971 to 1986 And more recently cities like New York have passed small donor programs and seen real results For example in the 2013 New York City Council races small donors were responsible for 61 percent of the participating candidates contributions once matching funds were factored in making small donors the largest source of campaign cash Their big money opponents got only 19 percent of their contributions from small donors We need more success stories like these if we are going to build momentum for change That s why we re working with cities and towns across the country to establish small donor incentive programs of their own With your help we can win real changes now in how elections are funded throughout America so more candidates for more offices focus on we the people and not just the mega donors and Super PACs who are undermining our democracy and the principles upon which it stands Tell your representative to stand up for democracy Campaign Updates Report Transit High Speed Rail Public Private or Both Private sector companies are likely to play a major role in the construction of high speed rail lines in the United States Public private partnerships or PPPs have come to play an important role in the construction of high speed rail lines around the world Keep Reading News Release Textbooks Textbook Rebellion Launches Cross Country Tour The Textbook Rebellion kicked off a six week cross country tour with events planned for 40 campuses nationwide At the tour stop the University of Maryland coalition members students faculty and a representative from the U S Department of Education were joined by the tour mascots Mr 200 Textbook and Textbook Rebel to announce the launch Keep Reading Blog Post Textbooks Ripoff 101 Tips for Saving on Textbooks It s been 8 years since we launched a campaign to make textbooks more affordable I m impressed by the progress we ve made but there s still much work to be done It s buying

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