The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition said Thursday that it was naming U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings the "Federal Champion of the Year." The group cited the Baltimore Democrat's efforts to help homeowners in danger of foreclosure and his "stalwart defense" of consumer rights, including support for the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Hank Greenberg, AARP's state director in Maryland, will be named "Consumer Advocate of the Year" for his efforts to make utility bills more affordable and ensure that seniors and low-income families can keep the power on.
And Terry Berg, whose renovation nightmare prompted her to organize victims of home-improvement fraud and to press for better protections, is to win the coalition's "Consumer Volunteer of the Year" award. The awards will be handed out at an Oct. 27 ceremony in Columbia.