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CONSUMER ALERT

Several fidget spinners were tested for lead content by a CPSC-accredited laboratory. The fidget spinners were analyzed in accordance with CPSC-CH-E1001-8.3 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS). The toys that tested for high levels of lead were then re-tested a second time to confirm the results. The results of the second test are included in this report.

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OUTSIDE SPENDING, OUTSIZED INFLUENCE

The 2012 elections were by far the most expensive in history thanks primarily to the tidal wave of outside, special interest money triggered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The federal Senate and House races in Maryland, where outside groups spent nearly $350,000, were no exception.

Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement

The letter highlights six main criteria by which a proposal should be evaluated to compensate consumers and the environment and deter future criminal acts. Four leading consumer, environmental, and public health organizations wrote an open letter in advance of the April 21st deadline set by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer for a proposal that deals with Volkswagen’s emission scandal.

Letter Opposing S2155 In Senate Banking Committee

Tomorrow the Senate Banking Committee will begin and likely complete a markup vote of S2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. Our opposition letter is attached and available for download. While the bill does not take a bludgeon to consumer protection, as the Financial Choice Act passed by the full House does, it does dramatically reduce protections for consumers in the mortgage marketplace while eliminating prudential safeguards applicable to many super-regional banks. Banks of that size were prominent in the financial crisis of 2008.

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