About Florida PIRG

 For more than 20 years, Consumer Program Director Ed Mierzwinski has helped us stand up against big banks and credit card companies.

An Independent Voice For Consumers

Florida PIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. 

For decades, we’ve stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests.

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.

Our Mission
When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, Florida PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and wellbeing and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation. Florida PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.

Our Top Priorities
Using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation, Florida PIRG stands up to powerful interests and delivers concrete results. 

AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR CONSUMERS

Consumer Program Director Ed Mierzwinski has fought for consumers for more than 20 years. He spearheaded our fight to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which recently forced Capital One to pay back $140 million in unfair                                        credit card fees to consumers.>LEARN MORE


STOP SUBSIDIZING OBESITY

As big agribusinesses like Monsanto lobbied to renew their multibillion-dollar, tax-payer funded junk food subsidies, you held firm: Our advocacy and tens of thousands of your petition signatures defeated the 2012 lobbying blitz. A showdown  is set                                    for this year.>LEARN MORE
 

 

RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY FROM BIG MONEY

The Citizens United ruling led to huge donations from a handful of billionaires and corporations flooding our electoral process. Working with our grassroots coalition, more than 400 communities and 11 states have passed resolutions pushing for                                    a constitutional amendment to restore our political process to                                        "one person, one vote".>LEARN MORE
 

 

CONSUMER PROTECTION

Together, we demanded changes on Wall Street and won a new Consumer Protection Bureau - the first agency to safeguard consumers from the sorts of financial tricksand abuses that plagued the 2008 financial crisis. Despite the efforts of special                                      interests to weaken it, in its first year, the CFBP delivered                                              critical wins.>LEARN MORE
 


 

Florida PIRG Staff - A Partial List
Florida PIRG is an advocate for the public interest. When consumers are cheated, or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, Florida PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight for the public interest.

 

 

  LEIGH-ANNE COLE

  Deputy Director

  (617) 747-4381

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  PHINEAS BAXANDALL

  Senior Analyst for Tax & Budget Policy

  (617) 747-4351

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ED MIERZWINSKI

Federal Consumer Program Director

(202) 546-9707 x314

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Funded By Our Citizen Members 

Thousands of Florida PIRG members and supporters fund our staff so we can counter the influence of powerful special interests by: 

 

• conducting research; 

• educating the public; and 

• advocating in the public interest by, for example, making our case face-to-face with elected officials. 

 

Your contribution provides the resources and the clout we need to win real results. 

 

Florida PIRG And The Federation Of State Public Interest Research Groups
Florida PIRG is an independent, state-based, citizen-funded organization that advocates for the public interest and is a member of U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups.

 

Since 1970, state PIRGs have delivered results-oriented citizen activism, stood up to powerful special interests, and used the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation to win real results on issues that matter.

 

Across the country, state PIRGs employ close to 400 organizers, policy analysts, scientists and attorneys, and are active in 47 states, with a federal lobby office in Washington, D.C. On national issues that impact Floridians, we also coordinate our efforts, pool resources, and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact—here in Florida and for the country at large.

 

Priority Action

Tell the CEO of Publix: Stand with consumers and give us the right to know what's in our food. Label your store-brand products that contain GMOs.

Support Us

Your donation supports Florida PIRG’s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.

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