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Guide to Convention Funding: Cleveland GOP Convention

On July 18-21, the Republican Party will hold its 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, concluding the party’s presidential primary, and finalizing the Republican party platform. This report examines the money behind the convention, where it comes from, how convention fundraising has changed over time, and funding in this year’s Republican primary.

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News Release | Travel Buddy | Democracy

House Releases “By the People” Legislative Package

House Democratic leaders unveiled a package of democracy reform legislation as part of the “Stronger America” agenda. Titled “By the People,” the package includes proposals to overturn Citizens United and related cases through a Constitutional amendment, create a small donor empowerment program, disclose secret political spending, remove barriers to voting, and more. 

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News Post | Transportation

Bad Verdicts on Equally Bad Highway Projects | Sean Doyle

Two highway projects, representative of some of the worst such projects in the nation, received the nod from officials recently. If you’re a fan of wasteful, outdated highway expansion projects that cannibalize scarce transportation dollars, then it was a good week. But if you care about the concerns of local communities, fiscal responsibility, public health, the environment, and giving people more and better mobility options in America, the support for these highway projects was unwelcome news.

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Open Letter Calling on L’Oreal to be Toxic-Free

An Open Letter to the CEO of L’Oreal calling on the company to Pledge to be Toxic-Free

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Open Letter Calling on Unilever to be Toxic-Free

An Open Letter to the CEO of Unilever calling on the company to Pledge to be Toxic-Free

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News Release | Travel Buddy | Higher Ed

Put Students Before Fees

Statement of Christine Lindstrom, Travel Buddy Higher Education Program Director, on today’s GAO report on campus debit cards.

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Media Hit | Financial Reform

Why you should keep your debit card at home

[...]debit cards do not share the same consumer protections as credit cards. This week’s series of data security hearings on Capitol Hill, an outgrowth of the recent rash of retail data breaches, highlighted the unequal treatment. Not all of the 40 million Target customers who had their debit and credit card numbers stolen during the holidays can rest easy about their liability for fraudulent charges, Ed Mierzwinski of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group pointed out to lawmakers.[...]

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News Release | Travel Buddy Education Fund

New Report: University Campuses Like Georgetown & George Washington University Are Transportation Trailblazers as Students Lead Shift From Driving

 

Washington, D.C., February 5th – As Millennials lead a national shift away from driving, universities like Georgetown University and George Washington University are giving students new options for getting around and becoming innovators in transportation policy, according to a new report released today. The report, titled, “,” was released by Travel Buddy Education Fund.

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News Release | Travel Buddy | Democracy

Travel Buddy Applauds the Introduction of the Government by the People Act

Washington, DC – Travel Buddy proudly endorses the Government By the People Act, legislation introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives that would put ordinary Americans back in charge of our elections.

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News Release | Travel Buddy Education Fund | Transportation

University Campuses Are Transportation Trailblazers as Young People Lead Shift From Driving

How universities across America are at the forefront of finding new ways to meet the demands of Millennials for lifestyles with less driving.

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News Post | Ed's News

| Ed Mierzwinski

Over at his Red Tape Chronicles, MS-NBC's Bob Sullivan warns that Internet marketer "

News Post | Ed's News

FTC settles claim with Rx monopolist CVS Caremark | Ed Mierzwinski

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced (news ) that of the complaint) will "pay $5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented the prices of certain Medicare Part D prescription drugs – including drugs used to treat breast cancer symptoms and epilepsy – at CVS and Walgreens pharmacies."

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WSJ: Bank of America Ponders Retreat | Ed Mierzwinski

Today's Wall Street Journal offers the story ." It discusses a BofA emergency plan for retrenchment that would include further branch shrinkage than currently-expected reductions.

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News Post | Ed's News

Justice Department: Recess appointments to CFPB, NLRB were legal | Ed Mierzwinski

Here's a link to a that confirms the president's legal authority to do last week's recess appointments of Rich Cordray to head the CFPB and three others to sit on the NLRB.

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News Post | Ed's News

Free tax prep at Walmart? It isn't really free, for some 84% or so of you | Ed Mierzwinski

I've been quoted recently ()  warning consumers that getting your taxes done for "free" in an HR Block kiosk at Walmart and then getting your tax refund on a Walmart prepaid card comes with pitfalls, including (1) fees and (2) the chance that you'll just dump the money on the card into impulse purchases at Walmart, which "is not your friend."

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