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Report | MASSPIRG, DEMOS | Democracy

"MCCUTCHEON" COULD ADD OVER $1 BILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEXT FOUR ELECTIONS

We project that striking the aggregate contribution limit would bring more than $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

TODAY SUPREME COURT RULED FOR ANOTHER FLOOD OF BIG MONEY

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. MASSPIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

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Blog Post | Transportation

Night Owl Service -- Let's Use It So We Don't Lose It | Kirstie Pecci

The MBTA is beginning a one-year pilot program tonight that will run the subway and key bus routes for an additional hour and a half on Friday and Saturday nights. As with any pilot program, however, if we don't use it, we're going to lose it.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Keeping On Track

This is the first of a series of regular progress report issued by Transportation for Massachusetts, Conservation Law Foundation and MASSPIRG to evaluate the health of the Commonwealth's transportation system and the implementation of the Transportation Finance Act. Clearly, available funds cannot meet all of the state's pressing transportation needs.

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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Keeping On Track -- Progress of Funding and Reforming Transportation in Massachusetts

Progress report shows good amount of transportation finance law has been implemented in first seven months but the amount of funding still insufficient to meet all of state's transportation needs.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Report: MA’s Quasi-Public Agencies Lack Transparency

Massachusetts’ quasi-public agencies fail to disclose basic spending information online, despite the fact that their combined budgets represent 33% of additional government activity that is not included in the state budget or covered by the normal oversight process.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

House Adopts State Spending Website

Transparency advocates praised last night’s vote by the Massachusetts House of Representatives approving a new level of state budget transparency.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy, Financial Reform

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

The DISCLOSE (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections) Act includes a set of strong and necessary reforms which will help protect American elections from the flood of corporate money made legal in the January 21 Supreme Court ruling.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Advocates Challenge Wal-Mart's Push for Bailout from State Pricing Laws

As a throng of Wal-Mart executives is set to descend on the State House today to convince legislators to bail them out of a law requiring most grocery items to have price stickers, consumer advocates reminded elected officials that consumer laws like item pricing protect every shopper in the Commonwealth at the checkout.

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News Release | MASSPIRG | Budget, Tax

Massachusetts 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, MASSPIRG is instead focused on the revenue lost every year – $100 billion – thanks to loopholes, tax avoidance and tax cheats.

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