2041 (2008); The Rent to Own Ripoff, WISPIRG
(May 13, 2013), http://www.wispirg.org/ reports/wip/rent-own-rip [https://perma.cc/M4WL-G2UD] (finding that although the RTO industry denies its RTO contracts are simply extensions of credit, the average APR to buy merchandise via RTO was 221%).
Among the beneficiaries were several political groups, including the Green Party and WISPIRG, the local arm of Ralph Nader's national network of "public interest research groups" (PIRGs).
In 1996, the University of Wisconsin gave more than $109,000 to groups at its Madison campus, including $49,500 for WISPIRG. At the University of Oregon, OSPIRG received nearly $400,000 in a three-year period.