Resources

Additional Resources. In addition to the reports and documents we’ve published, the following information is offered to consumers needing additional resources.

  • Better Business Bureau – “To promote through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct; and to instill public confidence in responsible business through programs of education and action that inform, protect and assist the general public.”
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest – “Since 1971, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science. Its award-winning newsletter, Nutrition Action Healthletter, with some 900,000 subscribers in the United States and Canada, is the largest-circulation health newsletter in North America.”
  • ConsumerAction.gov – “Although the Federal Citizen Information Center does not handle consumer complaints, we do provide consumer information online and through the publications that are listed in our Catalog. The Handbook contains contact information for federal agencies and local consumer protection offices that respond to consumer complaints.”
  • ConsumerReports.org – “Consumer Reports® and ConsumerReports.org® are published by Consumers Union, an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. To achieve this mission, we test, inform, and protect. To maintain our independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising, no free test samples, and has no agenda other than the interests of consumers. CU supports itself through the sale of our information products and services, individual contributions, and a few noncommercial grants. Consumers Union is governed by a board of 18 directors, who are elected by CU members and meet three times a year. CU’s President, James Guest, oversees a staff of more than 450.”
  • Consumers Union – “Consumers Union (CU) is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers. CU publishes Consumer Reports and ConsumerReports.org in addition to two newsletters, Consumer Reports on Health and Consumer Reports Money Adviser with combined subscriptions of more than 7 million. Consumers Union also has more than 500,000 online activists who help work to change legislation and the marketplace in favor of the consumer interest. Since its founding in 1936, Consumers Union has never taken any advertising or freebies of any kind. The organization generates more than $160 million in revenue and a staff of more than 500 work at either CU’s 50 state-of-the-art labs in Yonkers, NY; its 327-acre auto test facility in East Haddam, CT.; or the three advocacy offices in Washington DC, Austin, TX, and San Francisco, CA.”
  • ConsumerWatchdog.org – “Consumer Watchdog (formerly The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights [FTCR]) is a nationally recognized consumer group that has been fighting corrupt corporations and crooked politicians since 1985. Over the years, Consumer Watchdog has saved Americans billions of dollars and improved countless peoples’ lives by speaking out on behalf of patients, ratepayers and policyholders. Big Business has an endless amount of money and thousands of lobbyists working everyday to protect and increase their profits – no matter who it hurts. We get in their way and work to protect and improve the lives of American consumers and taxpayers.”
  • CorpWatch.org – “CorpWatch investigates and exposes corporate violations of human rights, environmental crimes, fraud and corruption around the world. We work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.”
  • DirectLendingSolutions.com – “Direct Lending Solutions is located in Southlake Texas and was founded in August of 2004. We try to help educate consumers about various consumer-credit issues, consumer threats, the variety of finance programs available to them. Among some of the topics discussed are mortgage/refinancing programs, credit cards, identity theft protection and recovery, divorce-debt concerns, student loan repayment, bankruptcy rules/regulations, and many other consumer-credit issues. Our staff writers have over 10 years of professional research/writing experience, compiling comprehensive articles about numerous topics, including consumer credit & finance. We continue researching the ever changing consumer-credit industry. We continue to add information frequently, and occasionally distribute our new articles via our RSS feed. Our articles are always fresh, and unduplicated.”
  • Federal Citizen Information Center – “FCIC provides the answers to questions about the Federal Government and everyday consumer issues whether citizens write, call or log on.”
  • Federal Trade Commission – “The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.”
  • Public Interest Resource Groups – “U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.”
  • U.S. Department of Justice – “To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”

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