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Citizens United Opinion Unleashes Flood of Corporate Money in Campaigns

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Citizen’s United vs. Federal Election Commission has blown open the gates, in place for decades, that kept the most powerful corporations constrained in election financing.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

Campaign Contributions Pave the Way for Highway Construction

The United States has 73,000 crumbling bridges, but year after year, startlingly few federal transportation dollars go to fixing them.

Report | Media and Democracy Coaltion | Democracy

A Public Interest Internet Agenda

Connecting our entire nation via high-speed broadband will bring remarkable economic, social, cultural, personal, and other benefits.

"Recommendation: I suggest that you include language to require, as part of the reforms, a fully transparenct state budget as laid out in a bill just filed in both the House and Senate entitled, An Act Relative to Transparency in State Revenues and Expenditures."

Result | Democracy

Getting Young Voters To The Polls

In 2008, for the first time in 20 years, the number of young voters going to the polls exceeded the number of voters over age 65. Our New Voters Project played a part in making it happen in Massachusetts, helping more than 10,000 students register to vote on Massachusetts college campuses.

Report | Democracy

Vanishing Voters

A new survey of state laws and election officials shows that, on the eve of the 2008 general election, nineteen states do not have laws, regulations or systems in place to properly implement a federally mandated 90-day pre-Election Day ban on systemic voter list purges. The survey, Vanishing Voters, was conducted during the summer of 2008 by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

House Adopts Independent Ethics Oversight

The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to establish an independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

Mixed Signals

MASSPRG conducts survey of national TV retails stores and finds that consumers are getting Mixed Signals.

Report | Democracy

Honest Enforcement

Some argue that last year's scandals, which led to the conviction of two congressmen and several top aides, are evidence that ethics enforcement in Congress works. The actual facts leading up to the convictions, however, are more an indictment of the current process than a testament to its success.

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