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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

Maryland 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 TOP PRIORITIES

 

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


 

AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR CONSUMERS

Maryland PIRG has stood up to the chemical industry to win safeguards against toxic consumer products. We've won bans on BPA in baby bottles and formula cans, lead and cadmium in children's toys, and toxic flame retardants used in household products. >LEARN MORE

 


DON'T TRASH MARYLAND

Maryland throws away 3 billion recyclable beverage containers a year, which means needless litter, landfilling, and incineration. It is bad for the environment and public health. >LEARN MORE


PROTECTING CONSUMERS

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

 

LABEL GMO FOODS

It's our right to make healthy, informed, and responsible food choices. We deserve to know whether our food contains genetically modified ingredients. >LEARN MORE


 

When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, Maryland PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation. Maryland 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.

Maryland PIRG STAFF - A Partial List

 

Maryland 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, Maryland PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight for the public interest.

 


 
  EMILY SCARR

  Director

  (410) 467-9389

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ED MIERZWINSKI

Federal Consumer Program Director

(202) 546-9707 x314

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Maryland PIRG And The Federation Of State Public Interest Research Groups

Maryland 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 Marylanders, we also coordinate our efforts, pool resources, and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact — here in Maryland and for the country at large.

Funded By Our Citizen Members

Thousands of Maryland PIRG 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 FDA to put an end to the worst practices.

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

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