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  • About NJPIRG | NJPIRG
    also submitted a detailed expert comment of our own in the important conflicted advice rulemaking Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Top 10 List How the CFPB Works for Consumers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turns 4 on July 21st To celebrate and increase public awareness of the agency U S PIRG Education Fund released a new webpage Meet the CFPB Just Ten of the Ways It Works for You Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last News Release NJPIRG Democracy ON DAY OF ORAL ARGUMENT IN MCCUTCHEON V FEC GROUPS GATHER TO PUSH BACK ON BIG MONEY IN POLITICS DEMAND SOLUTIONS NJPIRG the New Jersey Sierra Club Main Street Alliance and citizen activists from across the state gathered at the State House today to push back on the power of big money in elections as the U S Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v FEC Advocates say the case would further increase the electoral clout of a few large donors Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation New Study Finds Technology Enabling Americans to Drive Less In a first of its kind study NJPIRG Law Policy Center compiled nation wide evidence on transportation apps and vehicle sharing programs such as Zipcar and found that these advanced new tools have made it easier for Americans to drive less Real time apps and on board wi fi for public transit as well as carsharing bikesharing and ridesharing have spread rapidly in recent years The report examines new evidence on how these practices are changing travel behavior Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation New Report Shows New Jerseyans Are Driving Less NEWARK New Jerseyans have cut their annual per person driving miles by 2 1 percent since 2005 while the nation s long term driving boom appears to have ended according to a new report from the NJPIRG Law Policy Center New Jersey s driving decline is slower than the national average of 6 9 percent since 2005 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Citizen Lobby Public Health Advocates Call On EPA for Increased Chemical Safety Security In light of recent toxic chemical spills and accidents NJPIRG called on the EPA to take action to protect the public from the dangers of high risk chemical plants Activists gathered outside the Kuehne chemical facility to release Danger In Our Backyards The Threat of Chemical Facilities to Millions a report that highlights two New Jersey plants as posing significant threats to public safety Over 12 million people live near a high risk New Jersey chemical plant Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Transportation Chemical Security Getting On the Right Track The President s Executive Order is a great step forward in modernizing the security of our chemical facilities Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax Subsidizing Bad

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  • About NJPIRG | NJPIRG
    LEARN MORE When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists NJPIRG speaks up and takes action We uncover threats to public health and wellbeing and fight to end them using the time tested tools of investigative research media exposés grassroots organizing advocacy and litigation NJPIRG s mission is to deliver persistent result oriented public interest activism that protects consumers encourages a fair sustainable economy and fosters responsive democratic government NJPIRG And The Federation Of State Public Interest Research Groups NJPIRG is an independent state based citizen funded organization that advocates for the public interest and is a member of U S PIRG the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups Since 1970 state PIRGs have delivered results oriented citizen activism stood up to powerful special interests and used the time tested tools of investigative research media exposés grassroots organizing advocacy and litigation to win real results on issues that matter Across the country state PIRGs employ close to 400 organizers policy analysts scientists and attorneys and are active in 47 states with a federal lobby office in Washington D C On national issues that impact New Jerseyans we also coordinate our efforts pool resources and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact here in New Jersey and for the country at large NJPIRG Staff A Partial List NJPIRG is an advocate for the public interest When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists NJPIRG speaks up and takes action We uncover threats to public health and well being and fight for the public interest STEVE BLACKLEDGE Public Health Program Director 916 394 5413 CONTACT BIO ED MIERZWINSKI Consumer Program Director 202 546 9707 x314 CONTACT BIO CHRISTINE LINDSTROM Higher Education Program Director 617 747 4330 CONTACT BIO DAN SMITH Democracy Campaign Director 202 461 3822 CONTACT BIO CARLI JENSEN Toxics Campaign Director 732 659 1162 CONTACT BIO JOHN OLIVIERI 21st Century Transportation Campaign Director 617 747 4388 CONTACT BIO Funded By Our Citizen Members Thousands of NJPIRG members and supporters fund our staff so we can counter the influence of powerful special interests We conduct the research educate the public and advocate in the public s interest by making our case face to face with elected officials What s New Report NJPIRG Food Recipe for Disaster The recall of more than 500 million eggs from two Iowa egg farms is the largest but not the last of 85 recalls that have taken place in the year since food safety reform moved to the U S Senate The U S House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act H R 2749 on July 30 2009 However the Senate s version of the bill the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S 510 has languished while waiting for time on the Senate s floor schedule Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation Economic Stimulus or Simply More Misguided Spending

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  • About NJPIRG | NJPIRG
    states with a federal lobby office in Washington D C On national issues that impact New Jerseyans we also coordinate our efforts pool resources and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact here in New Jersey and for the country at large NJPIRG Staff A Partial List NJPIRG is an advocate for the public interest When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists NJPIRG speaks up and takes action We uncover threats to public health and well being and fight for the public interest STEVE BLACKLEDGE Public Health Program Director 916 394 5413 CONTACT BIO ED MIERZWINSKI Consumer Program Director 202 546 9707 x314 CONTACT BIO CHRISTINE LINDSTROM Higher Education Program Director 617 747 4330 CONTACT BIO DAN SMITH Democracy Campaign Director 202 461 3822 CONTACT BIO CARLI JENSEN Toxics Campaign Director 732 659 1162 CONTACT BIO JOHN OLIVIERI 21st Century Transportation Campaign Director 617 747 4388 CONTACT BIO Funded By Our Citizen Members Thousands of NJPIRG members and supporters fund our staff so we can counter the influence of powerful special interests We conduct the research educate the public and advocate in the public s interest by making our case face to face with elected officials What s New All News News Release NJPIRG Public Health Health Care NJPIRG Urges Governor Christie to Invest in Outreach For New Healthcare Options We are two months away from New Jersey s health insurance exchange going live and thousands of New Jerseyans who stand to benefit won t even know about their new affordable options unless the Governor releases the funds for outreach and education Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Democracy Tax New Study 82 of Top 100 Companies Used Tax Havens in 2012 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Budget Tax Offshore Shell Games Many large U S based multinational corporations avoid paying U S taxes by using accounting tricks to make profits made in America appear to be generated in offshore tax havens countries with minimal or no taxes By booking profits to subsidiaries registered in tax havens multinational corporations are able to avoid an estimated 90 billion in federal income taxes each year These subsidiaries are often shell companies with few if any employees and which engage in little to no real business activity Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS AND FIRMS THAT WANT TO PLAY FAIR Today s confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB for a full term is good news for consumers and for firms that want to play fair in the financial marketplace Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Public Health Food Ag Subsidies Pay for 20 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only Half of an Apple Apiece Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup at a rate that would buy 20 Twinkies for each taxpayer every year according to NJPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2013 Comparing

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  • About NJPIRG | NJPIRG
    All News Reports News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Big Money Playing an Outsized Role in New Jersey Elections In New Jersey s congressional primaries bigger wallets give a small set of mega donors an outsized voice according to new information released today by NJPIRG Law and Policy Center and Demos Just 383 donors who gave 1 000 or more to candidates in the primaries outspent the at least 6 871 small donors who gave less than 200 and 66 percent of all candidate contributions came from donors giving chunks of 1 000 or more Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries Our analysis of fund raising data from 2014 s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country While some states show markedly more inequity than others the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans Nationwide just under two thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors those giving over 1 000 And fewer than 5 500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440 000 donors nationwide Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation New Report Shows Mounting Evidence of Millennials Shift Away from Driving The 2000s saw a marked decrease in the average number of miles traveled by young Americans and that trend appears likely to continue even as the economy improves due to the consistency of Millennials surveyed preferences a continued reduction of Millennials driving to work and the continued decreases in per capita driving among all Americans Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation Millennials in Motion Millennials are less car focused than older Americans and previous generations of young people and their transportation behaviors continue to change in ways that reduce driving Now is the time for the nation s transportation policies to acknowledge accommodate and support Millennials demands for a greater array of transportation choices Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Some Good Some Bad in Obama Executive Order on Protecting Antibiotics Today President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria While the order takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health Keep Reading Pages first previous 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 next last News Release NJPIRG Health Care Consumers Win With Supreme Court Ruling Today s decision is good news for consumers in New Jersey Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Food Senate Vote on Farm Bill a Disappointment Taxpayer dollars still going to Big Ag NJPIRG is disappointed in the Senate s approval of the 2012 Farm Bill which will send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to Big Ag The Senate missed a golden opportunity to tackle the

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  • About NJPIRG | NJPIRG
    good actor firms avoid bad practices by others Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Following the Money 2015 Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform As NY Brings Credit Bureaus To Heel CFPB Arbitration Study Paves Way Toward New Protections Ed Mierzwinski Two big consumer stories so far this week offer hope to consumers victimized by credit bureau errors and more generally by an inability to take credit bureaus credit card companies banks or payday lenders to court when harmed On Monday New York s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman signed a groundbreaking agreement with the Big Three credit bureaus Equifax Trans Union and Experian Then today the CFPB released a report finding that consumer legal rights are infringed by small print forced arbitration clauses in credit card and other contracts The CFPB will hold a webcast public hearing at 11am Eastern time today Tuesday to discuss the report s findings and next steps Keep Reading Media Hit Financial Reform Credit Bureaus Deal to Improve Accuracy Huge for Consumers Bloomberg Buying homes getting jobs and borrowing money will be easier after an agreement by the three biggest U S consumer credit reporting services with New York It s a sea change in the way the credit bureaus treat complaints said U S PIRG s Ed Mierzwinski The credit bureaus have been run by computers for years now They re going to have to hire more people and actually verify that what a creditor said is true Keep Reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long Delayed Food Safety Rules Statement of Jennifer Kim NJPIRG State Director on the FDA s proposed new rules for food safety Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center New Report Shows Impact of Big Money in the 2012 Election At a press conference marking the third anniversary of the Supreme Court s contentious Citizens United ruling NJPIRG today presented Billion Dollar Democracy a new report by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center and Dēmos NJPIRG and the New Jersey for the Overturn of Citizens United NJOCU coalition were joined by Liz Lempert the mayor of Princeton Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Tax Report Exposes How Taxpayers Bear Cost of Corporate Settlements A report released today spotlights a common practice where corporations that commit wrongdoing and agree to financial settlements with the federal government go on to claim such settlement payments as tax deductible business expenses Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Health Care Gov Christie s Veto Means More Delays for Health Reform Gov Christie vetoed legislation today that would have created a health insurance exchange in New Jersey Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax IT S TIME TO LISTEN TO MAIN STREET NOT WALL STREET TRENTON December 6th With Congress scrambling to agree on ways to reduce the deficit NJPIRG and the NJ Main

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  • Make VW Pay | NJPIRG
    settlement agreement ought to look like please see the open letter that we released earlier this week with other consumer and environmental groups Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Make VW Pay Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement Four leading consumer environmental and public health organizations wrote an open letter in advance of the April 21 st deadline set by U S District Judge Charles R Breyer for a proposal that deals with Volkswagen s emission scandal Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice U S PIRG federal legislative director Jerry Slominski on The Release of the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal a coalition of more than 100 groups including U S PIRG sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Letter to Congress 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last Report NJ PIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2015 For 30 years NJ PIRG Law Policy Center has conducted an annual survey of toy safety which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Why You Should Get Security Freezes Before Your Information is Stolen Here are tips for preventing ID theft and using a security freeze How To Avoid Identity Theft How To Use a Security Freeze Keep Reading Report US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Mortgages and Mortgage Complaints Our sixth report analyzing complaints in the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database evaluates mortgage complaints the number one source of complaints to the CFPB totaling 38 of nearly 500 000 complaints posted since 2011 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2014 Among the toys surveyed this year we found numerous choking hazards and five toys with concentrations of toxics exceeding federal standards In addition to reporting on potentially hazardous products found in stores in 2014 this installment of the report describes the potential hazards in toys and children s products Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Transportation The Unfriendly Skies This report analyzes these consumer complaints about U S air carriers for the five year period from 2009 2013 evaluates the effectiveness of new regulations and compares airlines performance This report tracks

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  • Solid Waste | NJPIRG
    Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Take Action Donate JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop

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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms | NJPIRG
    into the hearing record as did other Americans for Financial Reform coalition members Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice U S PIRG federal legislative director Jerry Slominski on The Release of the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection What is payday lending Kathryn Lee We are a leading member of Americans for Financial Reform a coalition that was instrumental in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB by Congress in 2010 The CFPB is currently working on a rule to reign in the payday lending industry We along with AFR are working to make sure the rule is a strong one Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Lowering your APR might be easier than you think Kathryn Lee Many Americans are walking around with a balance on their credit card because of high interest rates or annual percentage rate APR charges for unpaid balances It s best to pay off your balance in full but if you don t or can t a higher APR makes your debit grow faster What most people don t realize is this APR can be negotiated to a lower rate Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Media Hit Public Health Food Rutgers NJPIRG Students help kick off campaign Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Letter to Congress 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule Keep Reading News Release N J PIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection 30th Annual Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to NJ Public Interest Research Group Law Policy Center s 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report The survey of potentially hazardous toys found that despite recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Medical Professionals Call for Action to Save Antibiotics Nearly six hundred medical and health care professionals from across the nation are calling on major restaurant chains to set strong antibiotics policies that protect public health Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRGs Others Ask CFPB FTC To Investigate Experian T Mobile Data Breach In a letter sent today a number of state PIRGs and other leading privacy and consumer groups urged the CFPB and FTC to fully investigate the recent breach of an Experian subsidary that exposed 15 million T Mobile customer and applicant records to the threat of new account identity theft The letter asked whether the regulators could require Experian and the other two nationwide credit bureaus TransUnion and Equifax to give victims free security freezes to protect their credit reports Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy

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