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  • Stop Highway Boondoggles Updates | NJPIRG
    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 the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics ADD YOUR VOICE Support Us Your donation supports NJPIRG s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter

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  • All Issues | NJPIRG
    Care Making Health Care Work Now the fight for health care reform is in Trenton and so are the health care industry s lobbyists At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in New Jersey the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care Read more about Making Health Care Work Issue Financial Reform Reining in Wall Street We re fighting for a financial regulatory system that guarantees consumers and taxpayers are protected from the predatory practices at the heart of this problem Read more about Reining in Wall Street Issue Stop Highway Boondoggles More and more of us are moving off the roads Yet we re still spending billions to expand roads and build new highways every year even as other needs from expanding public transportation to critical bridge repairs go unmet Across the country there are countless proposed highway projects that are not just expensive they re outright boondoggles We need your help to stop them Read more about Stop Highway Boondoggles Issue Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 23 000 Americans die every year from antibiotic resistant bacteria and warns that the widespread overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is putting our health at risk Read more about Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms Issue Public Health Consumer Protection Safe Energy Solid Waste Toxic Free Communities Read more about Toxic Free Communities Search form Search About Issues Stop the 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

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  • Democracy For The People | NJPIRG
    principles upon which it stands Take Action Issue updates All News Reports Report NJPIRG Democracy McCutcheon Money This term the Supreme Court is considering a challenge to aggregate contribution limits in a case called McCutcheon v FEC The current limit on what one person may contribute to all federal candidates parties and PACs is 123 200 Absent this limit one wealthy donor would be permitted to contribute more than 3 5 million to a single party s candidates and party committees plus a virtually unlimited amount to supportive PACs Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Democracy Tax New Study 82 of Top 100 Companies Used Tax Havens in 2012 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Democracy Essex County Takes Stand Against Unlimited Special Interest Spending in Elections On Wednesday 3 27 the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a resolution calling on Congress to stop the unprecedented flow of special interest money into elections The Freeholders urged Congress to overturn the U S Supreme Court s Citizens United ruling which allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Elections Confidential Elections Confidential describes how secret donors poured hundreds of millions into the 2012 election through social welfare non profits that are really political vehicles and via shell corporations formed as conduits to hide a funder s identity Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Billion Dollar Democracy The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines Demos and NJPIRG Law Policy Center analysis of reports from campaigns parties and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our big money system distorts democracy and creates clear winners and losers Wealthy Donors Over Average Citizens Special Interests Over the Public Interest Incumbents Over Challengers Grassroots Candidates Secret Spenders Over Voters Seeking Accountability Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy New Analysis Tiny Number of Wealthy Contributors Match Millions of Small Donors Will Continue to Set Agenda In Washington A new analysis of data through Election Day from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources by New Jersey PIRG Education Fund and Demos shows how big outside spenders drowned out small contributions in the 2012 election cycle Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Distorted Democracy TRENTON A new analysis of pre election data from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources by New Jersey PIRG and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype new waves of outside spending have been fueled by dark money and unlimited fundraising from a small number of wealthy donors Outside spending organizations reported 1 11 billion in spending to the FEC through the final reporting deadline in the 2012 cycle That s already a 200 increase over total 2008 outside spending In New Jersey s Congressional

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/democracy-people?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Democracy For The People | NJPIRG
    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 Take Action Issue updates All News Reports Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Elections Confidential Elections Confidential describes how secret donors poured hundreds of millions into the 2012 election through social welfare non profits that are really political vehicles and via shell corporations formed as conduits to hide a funder s identity Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy New Analysis Tiny Number of Wealthy Contributors Match Millions of Small Donors Will Continue to Set Agenda In Washington A new analysis of data through Election Day from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources by New Jersey PIRG Education Fund and Demos shows how big outside spenders drowned out small contributions in the 2012 election cycle Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Distorted Democracy Post Election Edition Our new analysis of data through Election Day from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources shows how big outside spenders drowned out small contributions in the 2012 election cycle just 61 large donors to Super PACs giving on average 4 7 million each matched the 285 1 million in grassroots contributions from more than 1 425 500 small donors to the major party presidential candidates Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center and Demos Democracy Distorted Democracy This analysis of pre election data from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources by New Jersey PIRG and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype new waves of outside spending have been fueled by dark money and unlimited fundraising from a small number of wealthy donors Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Distorted Democracy TRENTON A new analysis of pre election data from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources by New Jersey PIRG and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype new waves of outside spending have been fueled by dark money and unlimited fundraising from a small number of wealthy donors Outside spending organizations reported 1 11 billion in spending to the FEC through the final reporting deadline in the 2012 cycle That s already a 200 increase over total 2008 outside spending In New Jersey s Congressional races alone more than 3 million in outside spending have been reported Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last Media Hit Democracy Tax The Star Ledger Tax advocacy group names Honeywell on its Dirty Thirty corporations that spend

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/democracy-people?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • Democracy For The People | NJPIRG
    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 Take Action Issue updates News Release NJPIRG Democracy New Jersey Goes on Record Against Citizens United Ruling Against Big Secret Money in Our Elections New Jersey PIRG believes that in our democracy the size of one s wallet should not determine the volume of one s voice By adopting a resolution in opposition to Citizens United the New Jersey Assembly has sent a powerful message to Congress that things have to change Today our state took an important step towards fixing America s broken campaign finance system New Jersey joins eight other states already on record against Citizens United and big secret money in our elections Keep Reading Blog Post Democracy NJ Assembly Should Move Forward Resolution to Overturn Citizens United The Supreme Court s Citizens United ruling has allowed secretive groups to freely and unaccountably spend millions of dollars to sway public opinion on behalf of a few anonymous individual donors and corporations Wealthy individuals and other often undisclosed spenders are gaining unprecedented influence in our elections Here

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/democracy-people?page=3 (2016-04-29)
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  • Democracy For The People | NJPIRG
    amendment to our Constitution declaring that corporations are not people money is not speech and our elections are not for sale 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 Take Action Issue updates News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Tax Thirty Companies Contribute 41 Million to 524 Members of Congress Receive 10 6 Billion in Tax Rebates A new report released Wednesday March 21 by NJPIRG Law and Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice CTJ found that thirty unusually aggressive tax dodging corporations have made campaign contributions to 524 98 percent sitting members of Congress and disproportionately to the leadership of both parties and to key committee members Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Tax Loopholes for Sale Recent polls show a large majority of Americans including small business

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/democracy-people?page=4 (2016-04-29)
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  • Democracy For The People | NJPIRG
    regular Americans Taking Back Our Democracy It s time to reclaim our elections That s why U S PIRG has launched our Democracy For The People campaign Our campaign seeks to overturn the Citizens United decision We want to pass an amendment to our Constitution declaring that corporations are not people money is not speech and our elections are not for sale 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 Take Action Issue updates Media Hit Democracy Tax The Star Ledger Tax advocacy group names Honeywell on its Dirty Thirty corporations that spend lots on lobbying Thirty companies including Morris Township based Honeywell International made a tax advocacy group s list of corporations it says that spend big bucks on lobbying and save millions in federal tax subsidies annually according to a report released yesterday

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/democracy-people?page=5 (2016-04-29)
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  • Democracy For The People | NJPIRG
    place in our elected officials Americans confidence in government is near an all time low in large part because many Americans believe that government responds to the wishes of the wealthiest donors and not to the interests or needs of regular Americans Taking Back Our Democracy It s time to reclaim our elections That s why U S PIRG has launched our Democracy For The People campaign Our campaign seeks to overturn the Citizens United decision We want to pass an amendment to our Constitution declaring that corporations are not people money is not speech and our elections are not for sale 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 Take Action Issue updates News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Democracy New Jersey Earns C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/democracy-people?page=6 (2016-04-29)
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