About Us

Our team of researchers uncover the facts; our staff bring our findings to the public, through the media as well as one-on-one interactions; and our advocates are bringing the voice of the public to the halls of power on behalf of consumers.

An Independent Voice for Consumers

WISPIRG 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, WISPIRG stands up to powerful interests and delivers concrete results.

AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR CONSUMERS

Our advocacy led to the passage of the BPA-Free Kids Act, making Wisconsin the third state to ban toxic bisphenoyl-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups.>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

 

REINING IN WALL STREET

After the financial crisis, we spearheaded the fight to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which recently forced Capital One to pay back consumers $140 million in unfair credit card fees.>LEARN MORE

 

 

CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES

We exposed the Fortune 500 companies who stash away their profits overseas to dodge taxes. Offshore tax havens cost us an estimated $150 billion every year. >LEARN MORE
 
 

With public debate around important issues often dominated by special interests pursuing their own narrow agendas, the WISPIRG offers an independent voice that works on behalf of the public interest. The WISPIRG works to protect consumers and promote good government. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public, and offer citizens meaningful opportunities for civic participation.

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WISPIRG Staff - A Partial List

 

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

 


 

BRUCE SPEIGHT

State Director

(608) 268-0510 

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SARAH DOBJENSKY

Organizing Director

(608) 251-9501

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  ED MIERZWINSKI

  Federal Consumer Program Director

  (202) 546-9707 x314

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WISPIRG and the Federation of State Public Interest Research Groups


WISPIRG is an independent, state-based, citizen-funded organization that educates for the public interest and is a member of U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

 

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, 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 office in Washington, D.C. On national issues, we also coordinate our efforts, pool resources, and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact.

Funded By Our Citizen Members

Thousands of WISPIRG members and suporrters 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 Food and Drug Administration to put an end to the worst practices.

Support Us

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

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