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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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Report | CoPIRG Foundation and Demos | Democracy

The Dominance of Big Money in the 2014 Congressional Elections

In 2014, large donors accounted for the vast majority of all individual federal election contributions this cycle, just as they have in previous elections. Seven of every 10 individual contribution dollars to the federal candidates, parties, PACs and Super PACs that were active in the 2013-2014 election cycle came from donors who gave $200 or more. Candidates alone got 84 percent of their individual contributions from large donors.

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Report | CoPIRG and Consumers Union | Public Health

Prescription For Change

Our September 2014 survey of physicians paints a grim picture of the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections. The overwhelming majority of surveyed doctors reported that one or more of their patients had been diagnosed with a presumed or confirmed case of a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection in the past twelve months. They also expressed concern about the use of antibiotics in livestock production facilities on healthy animals in order to promote growth and prevent disease.

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Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Democracy

Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries

Our analysis of fund-raising data from 2014’s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country. While some states show markedly more inequity than others, the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans. Nationwide, just under two-thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors (those giving over $1,000). And fewer than 5,500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440,000 donors nationwide.

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Media Hit | Tax

Grower: Subsidies Help Big Ag, Not Small Farmers

Striking a proper balance is key to the good life organic food grower Scott Washkowiak of Palisade strives to provide for his wife, Jessica, and 18-month-old son, Clive. His sense of balance…

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News Release | CoPIRG | Financial Reform

Senate Confirms CFPB Director Cordray

"Today’s confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB for a full term is good news for consumers, and for firms that want to play fair in the financial marketplace. The CFPB was created to rein in the reckless Wall Street practices that blew up our economy almost five years ago."

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News Release | CoPIRG | Tax

Congress Wasted $19.2 Billion Subsidizing Junk Food Ingredients Since 1995

Federal agricultural policy has wasted $19.2 billion subsidizing junk food ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup according to a new report, Apples to Twinkies 2013, released today by the consumer advocacy group CoPIRG.  Unveiling the report at Clear Creek Organics Farm in Wheat Ridge, CoPIRG highlighted that most of these subsidies go to the largest, most profitable agribusinesses and support mainly the growing of commodity crops like corn and soy which does not reflect the priorities of average Coloradans.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Research group: Big pharmaceutical companies ‘pay to delay’ generic drugs

A Colorado group says some big pharmaceutical corporations are responsible for keeping cheaper forms of medicine off the market because of deals they make with their generic drug competitors.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Health Care

Twenty Top Generic Drugs Delayed By Industry Payoffs

Coloradans with cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and other conditions have been forced to pay an average of 10 times more than necessary for at least 20 blockbuster drugs, according to a report released today by Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG) and Community Catalyst.

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