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Loopholes for Sale

A new report by WISPIRG 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.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Tax

Thirty Companies Contribute $41 Million to 524 Members of Congress, Receive $10.6 Billion in Tax Rebates – Ryan, Kind Biggest Wisconsin Recipients

A new report released today by WISPIRG 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.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Don’t Freeze our Public Health and Consumer Safety Protections | Bruce Speight

Last year, in the 175 days that the U.S. House of Representatives was in session, it passed more than 190 anti-regulatory bills. Putting profits over public safety and they are still at it.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

50 Years Ago This Week, JFK Ushered in Modern Consumer Protection Era | Ed Mierzwinski

People of almost any age know a lot about the Kennedy administration with its optimistic beginnings and its sudden, tragic end. Yet many have probably never heard of one of JFK's important legacies -- his declaration that consumers have rights that deserve protection.

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Media Hit | Budget

Wisconsin's spending transparency earns D-minus

Nine months after lawmakers passed a budget that included a provision to create a website showing state government expenditures of $100 or more, the information is not easily available to anyone with access to a computer.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Democracy

The DISCLOSE Act is a Critical First Step to Prevent a Corporate Takeover of Democracy

Thursday saw the introduction of the long-awaited Schumer-Van Hollen legislative reaction to the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

New Report: Misplaced Highway Spending the Blame for Crumbling Roads and Bridges

A new report released today strongly criticized politicians and policies that favor building new roadways while neglecting existing bridges and roads.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Consumer Protection

Payday Lending Bill Fails Wisconsin Consumers

On Wednesday, April 21st, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed an amended version of the Senate-passed payday lending bill.  Rather than standing up for Wisconsin consumers and passing a strong bill, legislative leaders have settled for compromise legislation that will not solve the payday lending problem.  The Senate is scheduled to take up this bill today.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Tax

Wisconsin Taxpayers Footing a $100 Billion Bill for Tax Dodgers

While a lot of attention is given on Tax Day to how tax dollars are spent, one watchdog group is instead focused on the revenue lost every year – $100 billion – thanks to loopholes, tax avoidance and tax cheats. Each year, major corporations and individuals avoid as much as $100 billion a year in federal taxes by “off-shoring” the money they make here in the U.S. or by setting up sham headquarters in tax haven countries. Taxpayers are left footing the bill.

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News Release | WISPIRG Foundation | Budget

Wisconsin Earns “F” in New Report on Transparency of Government Spending

Wisconsin got a “F” when it comes to openness about government spending, according to Following the Money: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, a new report by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG).

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