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The Money Chase

Five years after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision, what are the roles of large donors and average voters in selecting and supporting candidates for Congress? This report examines the role of money in the 2014 congressional elections from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives, and demonstrates how matching small political contributions with limited public funds can change the campaign landscape for grassroots candidates.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Federal Highway Administration Quietly Acknowledges the Driving Boom is Over

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has very quietly acknowledged that the Driving Boom is over, which will help avoid wasting billions of dollars for unnecessary highway expansion.

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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. 

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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

Supreme Court decision added $24.8 million in additional campaign spending by mega-donors

The Supreme Court’s most recent decision allowing more big money into our elections, April’s McCutcheon case, allowed $24.8 million in additional campaign spending by megadonors, according to new information released today by CoPIRG.  In Colorado’s recent Senate race, megadonors giving $1,000 or more were responsible for 49% of all campaign contributions, while only 20% of all contributions came from those giving $200 or less.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | 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.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Healthy Input

To this point, state Senate Bill 200 has probably been best known locally as the measure that divided Monument Rep. Amy Stephens, the bill's sponsor, from the most anti-"Obamacare" members of her Republican Party. But the exchange, signed into law in June, actually exists as more than a political issue.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Local Health-care education is urged

The more people and small employers know about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the easier it will be for them to find the best health-insurance plan for themselves or their employees, an organizer for the Colorado Public Interest Research Group said Monday.

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Thousands Missing Out on Energy Rebates

A new report shows thousands of Coloradans are missing out on energy savings because of the side of the street that they live on. The scenario that plays out across the state, including in Grand Junction where Xcel grids meet Grand Valley Power grids.

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The Other Side of the Street, Energy Cost Savings

A new report shows thousands of Coloradans are missing out on energy cost savings based on what side of the street they live on.

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Media Hit | Financial Reform

Bank of America leads charge in fee changes

Bank of America  customers will now pay $5 a month for purchases they make with their debit cards as the bank moves to recoup an estimated $6.6 billion in lost revenue.

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