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  • Label GMO Foods Updates | PennPIRG
    issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description 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

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  • Reining in Wall Street | PennPIRG
    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 1 2 3 4 5 6 next last News Release Budget Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Consumer Agency Takes Over Thursday as Nation s Consumer Bank Cop Philadelphia PA Leading consumer groups today announced the results of a poll showing that an overwhelming majority of likely voters both support a new consumer agency 74 and want Wall Street held accountable 77 along with a report documenting 10 reasons consumers need the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Bureau will take over enforcement of all major consumer laws on Thursday July 21 The groups called for the Senate to vote to confirm former Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray as its director so that the CFPB is able to fulfill the promise of consumer financial protection Keep Reading News Release Budget Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers PHILADELPHIA April 12 A survey released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group of more than 350 bank branches revealed 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 Keep Reading News Release Financial Reform We Need a Watchog On eve of committee vote consumer group petitions for reform SCRANTON Oct 20 Local residents and statewide consumer group PennPIRG the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group called for meaningful financial reform in a petition demonstration in downtown Scranton today Keep Reading Media Hit Financial Reform Consumer relief It is not getting much attention locally but the big banks the mortgage lenders and the insurance companies are working to kill legislation in Washington that would give consumers much needed protections in the financial marketplace Keep Reading News Release Financial Reform On Anniversary of Financial Crisis Pennsylvanians Look to Congressman Kanjorski for Leadership on Reform Philadelphia PA One year ago this week Lehman Brothers collapsed in New York and the ripple effect began to spread to Pennsylvania Today as the President speaks in New York City on the need for strong financial regulations to protect consumers Pennsylvanians need Congress to pass H R 3126 the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 next last Blog Post Financial Reform Privacy We ve Got Tips and Ideas For You Congress and Regulators Too Ed Mierzwinski Problems with privacy and data security are all over the news these days We ve got you covered from releasing a new report and consumer tips on the security freeze today to

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  • Reining in Wall Street | PennPIRG
    Post Financial Reform Anthem Customers and Others Some Advice On Steps To Take After Data Breach Ed Mierzwinski UPDATED 9 Feb Retail store data breaches make a mess but an easy one to clean up and the few consumers who become fraud victims are quickly made whole The Anthem hackers on the other hand reportedly obtained a mother lode of information that could be used to commit a variety of serious frauds including obtaining your tax refund Read our tips here Here s the first Don t click on any emails claiming to be from Anthem some may be malicious Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform House Floor Vote on Budget Delayed over Special Interest Riders From Wall Street Other Powerful Interests Ed Mierzwinski UPDATED Opposition to a controversial provision authored by Citibank forced House leaders to delay consideration of the CRomnibus appropriations package just hours before funding for the federal government expired at midnight Thursday Eventually the bill passed narrowly with the Wall Street provision intact Action now shifts to the Senate which has a 48 hour window to pass the bill but any one Senator can block it under Senate rules The provision would again allow Wall Street banks to place risky bets with taxpayer backed funds and require taxpayers to bail them out if the bets fail repealing a key protection added in the 2010 Wall Street reform law Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection Financial Reform Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps with bank complaints Since it started accepting complaints about banks 18 months ago the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has helped thousands of irate customers settle disputes over their accounts with roughly 1 out of 4 complaints resulting in monetary relief a just released analysis by a consumer group shows Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Report Identifies Banks Consumers Complain About Most Thousands of Americans are using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau s public Consumer Complaints Database to settle disputes with their banks according to a new report from the PennPIRG Education Fund The report highlights banks that generated the most complaints through their various banking services in each state Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next last News Release Financial Reform House Passes Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights WASHINGTON April 30 2009 Statement from PennPIRG s federal Consumer Advocate Ed Mierzwinski on the passage of the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights by the U S House of Representatives on Thursday Keep Reading News Release Financial Reform We re Deeply Disappointed with Wall Street Bailout U S PIRG is deeply disappointed that Congress punted on enacting critical protections for taxpayers and homeowners in the Wall Street bailout legislation passed today Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 Blog Post Financial Reform House Floor Vote on Budget Delayed over Special Interest Riders From Wall Street Other Powerful Interests Ed Mierzwinski UPDATED Opposition to a controversial provision authored by Citibank forced House leaders to delay

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  • Reining in Wall Street | PennPIRG
    pro consumer provisions in the Wall Street reform law We helped convince Congress to ignore them and create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform If our political leaders REALLY want to help small business Alana Miller Small business owners have big troubles with big banks and credit cards and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB should take a look at the numerous obstacles Keep Reading Media Hit Financial Reform Post Gazette Please protect consumers Sen Toomey For more than two months the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has been up and running It s the nation s first federal financial regulator with the singular duty of protecting consumers including specifically members of the armed services from unfair financial practices Keep Reading News Release Budget Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Consumer Agency Takes Over Thursday as Nation s Consumer Bank Cop Philadelphia PA Leading consumer groups today announced the results of a poll showing that an overwhelming majority of likely voters both support a new consumer agency 74 and want Wall Street held accountable 77 along with a report documenting 10 reasons consumers need the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Bureau will take over enforcement of all major consumer laws on Thursday July 21 The groups called for the Senate to vote to confirm former Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray as its director so that the CFPB is able to fulfill the promise of consumer financial protection Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund Financial Reform Ten Reasons We Need Consumer Financial Protection For years leading up to the 2008 financial collapse federal bank regulators ignored numerous warnings of increasingly predatory mortgage practices credit card tricks and unfair overdraft policies used by

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  • Reining in Wall Street | PennPIRG
    need to provide consumers a seat at the table when it comes to oversight of the nation s financial system Get Bank Tips Issue updates News Release Budget Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers PHILADELPHIA April 12 A survey released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group of more than 350 bank branches revealed 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 Keep Reading News Release Financial Reform We Need a Watchog On eve of committee vote consumer group petitions for reform SCRANTON Oct 20 Local residents and statewide consumer group PennPIRG the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group called for meaningful financial reform in a petition demonstration in downtown Scranton today Keep Reading Media Hit Financial Reform Consumer relief It is not getting much attention locally but the big banks the mortgage lenders and the insurance companies are working to kill legislation in Washington that would give consumers much needed protections in the financial marketplace Keep Reading News Release Financial Reform On Anniversary of Financial Crisis Pennsylvanians Look to Congressman Kanjorski for Leadership on Reform Philadelphia PA One year ago this week Lehman Brothers collapsed in New York and the ripple effect began to spread to Pennsylvania Today as the President speaks in New York City on the need for strong financial regulations to protect consumers Pennsylvanians need Congress to pass H R 3126 the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act Keep Reading News Release Financial Reform House Passes Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights WASHINGTON April 30 2009 Statement from PennPIRG s federal Consumer Advocate Ed Mierzwinski on the passage of the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights by the U S House of Representatives

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  • Reining in Wall Street | PennPIRG
    Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act We re working to Put consumers and taxpayers before big banks Check irresponsible financial practices with new rules and stronger independent enforcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Cover all players and transactions Rein in hedge funds and reckless investments that escaped regulations and traded without oversight on shadow markets Control corporations that are too big to fail Banks shouldn t be able to freely gamble with taxpayer money covering the bets We must rein in institutions whose risky investments threaten the larger economy In short 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 And we need to provide consumers a seat at the table when it comes to oversight of the nation s financial system Get Bank Tips Issue updates News Release Financial Reform We re Deeply Disappointed with Wall Street Bailout U S PIRG is deeply disappointed that Congress punted on enacting critical protections for taxpayers and homeowners in the Wall Street bailout legislation passed today Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 View All RSS Feed Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Get Bank Tips Resources Reports Latest Reports Ten Reasons We Need Consumer Financial Protection Tools Resources Beat High Bank Fees Letter to CFPB FTC on Experian T Mobile Data Breach U S PIRG Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the

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  • Ten Reasons We Need Consumer Financial Protection | PennPIRG
    problems as 10 Reasons We Need The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Now In response to the problems caused by those predatory practices the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 included a major reform demanded by the public it established the landmark Consumer Financial Protection Bureau On July 21 2011 the law provides that the CFPB takes over as the primary regulator of 18 consumer financial laws that 7 federal regulators had unevenly and inadequately implemented and enforced in both the bank and non bank financial sectors Making Markets Work According to the CFPB itself The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans whether they are applying for a mortgage choosing among credit cards or using any number of other consumer financial products The CFPB also has special roles granted by Congress to protect senior citizens military families and other frequent targets of unfair financial practices As described on its own website the CFPB was created 1 to ensure that consumers have timely and understandable information to make responsible decisions about financial transactions 2 to protect consumers from unfair deceptive or abusive acts or practices and from discrimination 3 to reduce outdated unnecessary or overly burdensome regulations 4 to promote fair competition by enforcing the Federal consumer financial laws consistently and 5 to advance markets for consumer financial products and services that operate transparently and efficiently to facilitate access and innovation Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed

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  • Reining in Wall Street Updates | PennPIRG
    for the Senate to vote to confirm former Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray as its director so that the CFPB is able to fulfill the promise of consumer financial protection Read more about New Consumer Agency Takes Over Thursday as Nation s Consumer Bank Cop Report U S PIRG Education Fund Financial Reform Ten Reasons We Need Consumer Financial Protection For years leading up to the 2008 financial collapse federal bank regulators ignored numerous warnings of increasingly predatory mortgage practices credit card tricks and unfair overdraft policies used by banks The banks were earning billions from gotcha practices Incredibly bank regulators actively encouraged this behavior arguing it was profitable and kept banks safe No regulator cared about its other and to them secondary job enforcing consumer laws Some regulators rejected the role and even actively worked to prevent states from carrying it out Worse firms were able to pick and choose among regulators encouraging a race to the regulatory bottom That is the system that failed to protect us Read more about Ten Reasons We Need Consumer Financial Protection News Release Budget Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers PHILADELPHIA April 12 A survey released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group of more than 350 bank branches revealed 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 Read more about New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers News Release Financial Reform We Need a Watchog On eve of committee vote consumer group petitions for reform SCRANTON Oct 20 Local residents and statewide consumer group PennPIRG the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group called for meaningful financial reform in a petition demonstration in downtown Scranton today Read more about We Need a Watchog On eve of committee vote consumer group petitions for reform News Release Financial Reform On Anniversary of Financial Crisis Pennsylvanians Look to Congressman Kanjorski for Leadership on Reform Philadelphia PA One year ago this week Lehman Brothers collapsed in New York and the ripple effect began to spread to Pennsylvania Today as the President speaks in New York City on the need for strong financial regulations to protect consumers Pennsylvanians need Congress to pass H R 3126 the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act Read more about On Anniversary of Financial Crisis Pennsylvanians Look to Congressman Kanjorski for Leadership on Reform News Release Financial Reform House Passes Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights WASHINGTON April 30 2009 Statement from PennPIRG s federal Consumer Advocate Ed Mierzwinski on the passage of the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights by the U S House of Representatives on Thursday Read more about House Passes Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights News Release Financial Reform We re Deeply Disappointed with Wall Street Bailout U S PIRG is deeply disappointed that Congress punted on enacting critical protections for taxpayers and homeowners in the Wall Street bailout legislation passed today Read

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