About OSPIRG

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

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


 

HEALTH INSURANCE RATE WATCH PROJECT

When insurers like Regence, Providence and HealthNet tried to increase their rates, we scrutinized their proposals and found inefficiency and waste. Our findings and your voice helped to convince officials to make insurers cut over $150 million in waste from premiums since 2010. >LEARN MORE
 

 

CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES

Some of the most profitable companies in the world stash their money overseas to avoid paying Oregon taxes. So you took action, and state legislators listened. A new OSPIRG-backed law will put an end to some of the worst offshore tax haven abuse, which means we’ll keep an extra $18 million — currently being stashed in tax havens like the Cayman Islands — in Oregon every year.  >LEARN MORE
 

 

STOP SUBSIDIZING OBESITY

As big agribusinesses like Monsanto lobbied to renew their multibillion-dollar junk food subsidies, we stood up to them. Our canvassers informed more than 70,000 Oregon households about this absurdity, setting the stage for a showdown this year. >LEARN MORE
 


 

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

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

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


 

DAVE ROSENFELD

Executive Director

(503) 231-4181 x311

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CELESTE MEIFFREN

Consumer and Taxpayer Advocate

(503) 231-4181 ext. 306

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JESSE ELLIS O'BRIEN

Health Care Advocate

(503) 231-4181 x307

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Funded By Our Citizen Members 


OSPIRG takes no money from corporations. Thousands of OSPIRG members and supporters fund the staff who conduct research, public education and advocacy on important issues. You provide the clout we need to win real results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priority Action

We should know whether our food is genetically engineered. Please pledge to vote yes on Measure 92 this November.

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

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