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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 $123,200.1 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). 

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News Release | WISPIRG Foundation | Food

Madison-Area Consumers Call on Roundy’s Supermarkets to Label GMOs, On Anniversary of Whole Foods Labeling Commitment

Consumers and health advocates launched a campaign calling on Roundy’s Supermarkets to label its store-brand products for ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), on the one year anniversary of Whole Foods’ announcement that it will adopt labeling for all products in its stores. 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

U.S. DOT Report on Infrastructure Needs Overstates Future Increases in Driving

The US DOT seems to be stuck in a bizarre time warp.  For nine years in a row Americans have decreased their average driving miles. We haven’t seen an annual increase of even one percent in total vehicle miles since 2004. Yet, US DOT forecasts that total vehicle miles will increase between 1.36 percent to 1.85 percent each year through 2030. That doesn’t make sense.

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Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Financial Reform

Debt Collectors, Debt Complaints

This is the fifth in a series of reports that review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state-by-state level. In this report we explore consumer complaints about debt collection, with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with debt collectors and documenting the role of the CFPB in helping consumers successfully resolve their complaints.

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News Release | WISPIRG Foundation | Financial Reform

Report: Mistaken Identity Tops Debt Collection Complaints

Debt collectors trying to collect debt from the wrong person were the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to a report released by the WISPIRG Foundation. The report also found that Wisconsin consumers are 40th most likely to file complaints to the CFPB about debt collection, and that debt collection is a top source of complaints.  The report is the final in a series of reports by the WISPIRG Foundation that analyze the complaints in the CFPB’s public Consumer Complaints Database. The CFPB began accepting complaints in July 2011 and now accepts complaints about most financial products and services. Although the CFPB only opened its doors to complaints about debt collection last July, complaints about debt collection have already outpaced those for common products such as credit cards and bank accounts, accounting for the second largest portion of complaints after mortgages between July and January.

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Media Hit | Tax

CBS Milwaukee: Companies with billions in profits pay no income tax

http://www.cbs58.com/news/youve-got-to-be-kidding/Companies-with-billions-in-profits-pay-no-income-tax-132512163.html

Most people think taxes are as certain as death, but a local consumer group says that’s not the case for the wealthy and the well-connected, including corporations that make billions and pay less than many individual Americans for income tax.

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Media Hit | Food

WI State Journal: End Subsidies for Junk Food Products

Regarding Wednesday's editorial, "Don't swap one subsidy for another," if cutting agricultural subsidy programs because they're wasteful isn't enough, then here's another reason. Many of these same subsidies are also subsidizing childhood obesity.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

NATIONWIDE STUDY OF NEW HEALTH EXCHANGES SHOWS WISCONSIN HOW TO LOWER COSTS FOR CONSUMERS

Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers, and Wisconsin should follow their lead, according to Making the Grade, a new report by WISPIRG.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Food

Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer, But Only a Quarter of an Apple Apiece

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year, according to Apples to Twinkies, a new report by WISPIRG.   Meanwhile, limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy less than a quarter of an apple per taxpayer.

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Media Hit | Food

WQOW TV Eau Claire

A watchdog group is pointing at the government as one cause of childhood obesity.  A recent study shows billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on agriculture subsidies, which in some cases, lead to junk food additives.

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