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Report | USPIRG Education Fund | Democracy

Elections Confidential

“Elections Confidential” describes how secret donors poured hundreds of millions into the 2012 election through social-welfare groups that are really political vehicles and via shell corporations formed as conduits to hide a funder’s identity. The first post-Citizens United presidential election cycle was bought and paid for by a handful of wealthy donors, but the corrosive influence of money in politics was amplified by the fact that we don’t know who – or what – actually provided much of the funding.

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Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Democracy

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 House races in Oregon, where outside groups spent over $1.1 million, were no exception. 

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Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Democracy

Billion-Dollar Democracy

The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype, with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines. Demos and OSPIRG Foundation analysis of reports from campaigns, parties, and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our big money system distorts democracy and creates clear winners and losers: favoring wealthy donors over average citizens and powerful special interests over the public interst.  

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News Release | OSPIRG | Tax

First Step to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff: Close Offshore Tax Loopholes

With Congress scrambling to agree on ways to reduce the deficit, OSPIRG released a new analysis, pointing out a clear first step to avoid the “fiscal cliff”: closing offshore tax loopholes. OSPIRG’s data illustrates the size of the revenue lost when corporations don't pay their taxes, with 16 dramatic ways the $150 billion a year could be spent.

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Report | OSPIRG | Tax

What America Could Do with $150 Billion Lost to Offshore Tax Havens

Many corporations and wealthy individuals use offshore tax havens—countries with minimal or no taxes—to avoid paying $150 billion in U.S. taxes each year. This $150 billion is a lot of money, especially at a time of difficult budget choices. To put this sum in perspective, we present 16 potential ways that income could be used.

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Media Hit | Tax

Oregon House passes tax transparency measure

The Oregon House has passed a measure that would require state agencies to gauge and more clearly report whether tax expenditures used for economic development purposes are effective.

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News Release | OSPIRG | Health Care

Bill May Bar Exchange from Negotiating Lower Costs

Consumer advocates and small business owners say that without changes, the bill to create an Oregon health insurance exchange may fail to deliver lower costs for Oregonians.

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Media Hit | Budget, Tax

Gov. spending transparency: Did Oregon make the grade?

Oregon got a “B-minus” when it comes to openness about government spending, according to the second annual report of its kind by the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG).

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