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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Last year, the Supreme Court eliminated the FTC's key authority to disgorge ill-gotten gains from corporate wrongdoers and use the money to compensate their victims. It was an unfortunate decision that benefited a convicted payday lender who fleeced thousands of victims and will allow brand name Big Pharma firms that block lower-cost generic competitors and other wrongdoers to escape billions of dollars in restitution. The Senate Commerce Committee is voting tomorrow on a bill to restore FTC powers.

-- Cover graphic of FTC Building via Flickr, by Boston Public Library, Some rights reserved.

On Monday, May 2nd, Maryland PIRG, Common Cause Maryland, Jews United for Justice, and the Baltimore Fair Elections coalition sent a letter to Mayor Brandon Scott urging that funding for the Fair Elections program be included in the FY23 budget. The full text of the letter is located below. 

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Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director
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Emily Rogers
Zero Out Toxics, Advocate

Today U.S. PIRG Education Fund and NRDC launched a campaign to urge Columbia Sportswear to eliminate toxic PFAS in their products and supply chain by 2024. The campaign will engage everyday consumers through a petition drive and mobilize the public impacted by PFAS contamination.

7 steps to take if your car is towed 

Tonight is Baltimore City Taxpayers' Night, where Baltimore residents have the opportunity to testify on the proposed FY23 budget. We're excited to support funding for the Fair Elections program! This public campaign financing program will reduce the influence of big money in the political process and encourage candidates for office to speak with and fundraise from Baltimoreans. 

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

In recognition of Earth Day, here are some ways you can cut back on what you throw away and, in many cases, save money and protect yourself at the same time

We’re launching a series to both celebrate positive examples of ‘people-first’ streets – and to point out the most dangerous and unpleasant roads in our backyards.

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Aaron Colonnese
Content Creator

Young leaders celebrated this Earth Day by comparing notes on how to move our country toward a zero-waste future.