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About U.S. PIRG
Our team of researchers uncovers the facts; our staff bring our findings to the public, through the media as well as one-on-one interactions; and our advocates bring the voice of the public to the halls of power on behalf of consumers.
An Independent Voice For Consumers
U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way.
The problems we face don’t care if you’re a liberal or a conservative, or if you live in a red or blue state — they affect each and every one of us. That’s why, for decades, we’ve taken a non-partisan, fact-driven, results-oriented approach to our work. And with your help, we can take on the difficult challenges ahead.
U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to make sure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially distant polling places and other measures. This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news.
For the fifth consecutive month, consumer complaints to the CFPB set a new monthly complaint volume record in July, according to an analysis by U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group. This snapshot focuses on spikes in complaints about credit reporting. While credit reporting complaints have always been among the leading complaint categories, during the pandemic the total number of credit reporting complaints has surged by 86 percent. As a percentage of overall complaints, they accounted for 65 percent in July, compared to 54 percent in February.
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told Fox News Thursday that he does not want to fund the United States Postal Service (USPS) because he does not want American citizens to vote by mail. All states allow some vote-by-mail and 42 of them will allow any voter to do so this fall. Years of experience in states such as Oregon and Colorado have proven that, when done properly, voting by mail is very secure.
The President has claimed, without any merit, that expanded vote by mail will spur election fraud. In contrast, experts have concluded that weakening the USPS does pose a threat to our democracy and public health.
For the fifth consecutive month, in July, a record number of consumers filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to an analysis by U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group. Complaints since the national onset of the COVID-19 pandemic (March-July 2020) are up 50 percent over the same five-month period in 2019.
More than 1,000 health professionals have signed an open letter urging President Trump and state governors to save lives by reinstating stay-at-home orders, ramping up testing capacity, and increasing production of personal protective equipment.
Apple has announced it will add more than 140 companies to its independent repair program, which will allow them to purchase Apple parts and tools. While a welcome step in the right direction, more needs to be done to ensure consumers truly have the right to repair.
Updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serve to limit crowding at polling places and call for expanded voting options, including vote-by-mail ballots and opportunities for voting beyond Election Day.
Along with other groups in the Public Interest Network, we are making contributions to local community groups working to eradicate racism, reduce gun violence, heal communities, and/or achieve fair, effective public safety programs and criminal justice systems.
Your donation supports U.S. PIRG’s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.