Financial Reform

Big Banks Bigger Fees

Since Congress largely deregulated consumer deposit (checking and savings) accounts beginning in the early 1980s, the PIRGs have tracked bank deposit account fee changes and documented the banks’ long-term strategy to raise fees, invent new fees and make it harder to avoid fees.

New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers

A survey of more than 350 bank branches released today by the Maryland Public Interest Research Group revealed that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers, while one in four provided no fee information at all.

News Release | Budget, Financial Reform

Maryland Earns “C” in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending

Maryland got a “C” when it comes to openness about government spending, according to "Following the Money 2011: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data," the second annual report of its kind by the Maryland Public Interest Research Group (Maryland PIRG).

Combined Reporting Fact Sheet

Many large multi-state corporations slash or eliminate the taxes they pay to Maryland through accounting strategies that take advantage of weaknesses in our tax law. Combined reporting is one method of closing these loopholes- this fact sheet explains how this reform works.

Fast track the citizens united bill

Not so long ago, "Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission" was just a pending obscure decision facing the Supreme Court.

But on January 21, with a cataclysmic ruling, what was once only on the minds of a few fretting campaign finance reformers made its way to America's front pages.

Strong Campaign Finance Reform

Poll: 80% of Americans favor giving shareholders a say in corporate political spending in the wake of Citizens United.

Voting and Democracy Protections

Money plays far too great a role in American elections, from the municipal level all the way up to the presidency.  Large contributions from a limited number of wealthy interests unduly influence who wins elections and reduce the role of citizen voters in our democracy. Maryland PIRG worked to protect voting rights and increase transparency.

Are Campaign Contributions Greasing the Wheels for New Highway Construction?

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

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Budget, Financial Reform, Transportation

Greasing the Wheels

In the wake of the Minnesota I-35 bridge collapse there was enormous public outcry and recognition of the need to repair our crumbling infrastructure. Americans expected public officials to respond to the tragedy with a large scale effort to address the nearly 73,000 structurally deficient bridges in this country. The findings in this report suggest that did not happen.

Federal consumer protection bill draws praise, wariness

Federal legislation intended to add new protections for financial products is drawing some opposition from banks and financial planners, but support from consumer advocates who say the safeguards are needed.

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