About ConnPIRG

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

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

THE ZERO WASTE SOLUTION

For more than a decade Connecticut has been stuck at a 30 percent recycling rate. By speaking to thousands across the state, testifying at hearings and delivering more than 6,000 postcards to Gov. Molloy, we brought the voice of the public to the halls of power and made a future with Zero Waste attainable. >LEARN MORE

  LABEL GMO FOODS

  We helped pass the first GMO-labeling law in the country, but it won't go into effect until other states do the same. Until then, we need to pass a federal GMO standard a priority in Congress, and are calling on Stop & Shop to be a leader and label their GMO foods. >LEARN MORE


CONSUMER PROTECTION

Our toy safety reports and research have led to 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 who stash their 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, ConnPIRG 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. ConnPIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.

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


 

ABE SCARR

State Director 

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ALLISON CAIRO

Regional Director

(312) 291-0349 x303

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ED MIERZWINSKI

Federal Consumer Program Director

(202) 546-9707 x314

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ConnPIRG And The Federation Of State Public Interest Research Groups
ConnPIRG 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 Connecticuters, we also coordinate our efforts, pool resources, and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact—here in Connecticut and for the country at large.

Funded By Our Citizen Members 

Thousands of ConnPIRG members and supporters fund the staff who conduct the research, public education and advocacy on important issues. 

You provide the clout we need to win real results.

  

Priority Action

The overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is threatening the effectiveness of lifesaving antibiotics. Call on the Obama Administration to put an end to the worst practices.

Support Us

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

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