STANDING AGAINST THE BIG BANKS AND WALL STREET—For more than 20 years, Consumer Program Director Ed Mierzwinski has helped us stand up against big banks and credit card companies.


NCPIRG Education Fund is an independent, non-partisan group that works for consumers and the public interest. Through research, public education and outreach, we serve as counterweights to the influence of powerful special interests that threaten our health, safety or well-being.

With public debate around important issues often dominated by special interests pursuing their own narrow agendas, NCPIRG Education Fund offers an independent voice that works on behalf of the public interest. NCPIRG Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, works to protect consumers and promote good government. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public, and offer North Carolinians meaningful opportunities for civic participation.

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


More than 93% of doctors are concerned about the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, yet factory farms still use up to 70% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. We're working to protect our medicine. 



Americans are driving less and less. It's time to change the way we think about how we get around.



Our democracy is based on the principle of one person, one vote, but our research shows the increasing dominance of big money in our elections. That's why we're working to reclaim our democracy. 

NCPIRG Education Fund Staff — A Partial List




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










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Federal Consumer Program Director

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NCPIRG Education Fund
19 W. Hargett St, Ste 214
Raleigh, NC 27601
P (919) 833-2070

NCPIRG Education Fund is an independent, state-based, citizen-funded organization that advocates 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 that impact North Carolinians, we also coordinate our efforts, pool resources, and share expertise so that we can have the biggest impact — here in North Carolina and for the country at large.

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