About NHPIRG

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.

An Independent Voice For Consumers

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

 

AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR CONSUMERS

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


 

STOP SUBSIDIZING OBESITY

When big agribusinesses like Monsanto lobbied to keep their billion dollar junk food subsidies, we organized public opposition by talking to over 1 million people and building a coalition of more than 550 small farmers. >LEARN MORE

 


 

CONSUMER PROTECTION

Our toy safety reports and independent research have led to the recalls of more than 150 toxic or dangerous toys, and our advocates have pushed to keep toxic chemicals out of all consumer products. >LEARN MORE
 


 

CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES

We exposed the Fortune 500 companies like GE and Goldman Sachs that stash away profits overseas to dodge taxes. Offshore tax havens cost us an estimated $150 billion every year. >LEARN MORE
 

 


 

Our Mission
When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, NHPIRG 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. NHPIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.

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


 

STEVE BLACKLEDGE

Regional Director

(916) 448-4516 x108

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MICHAEL RUSSO

Federal Legislative Office Director

(202) 461-3823

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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 NHPIRG 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. 

 

 

NHPIRG And The Federation Of State Public Interest Research Groups
NHPIRG 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 impac tNew Hampshirites, we also coordinate our efforts, pool resources, and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact—here in New Hampshire and for the country at large.

 

Priority Action

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

You Can Help

We have a chance to cut billions in junk food subsidies this year. Your support will help us do the research, advocacy and grassroots organizing to convince our elected officials to act.

Consumer Alerts

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