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The More Things Change …

As some of you may know, I’m in D.C. this summer interning at The Weekly Standard. Anyway, I’m working on a story about the recent revelation that the Fund for the Public Interest, the fundraising arm of the U.S. PIRG (of which our beloved OSPIRGs are a part), settled a $2.15 million class-action lawsuit for underpaying its canvassers and organizers.

Well, today I called both the Fund and the PIRG offices, and I was pleasantly unsurprised when, on the second call, the receptionist said, “Didn’t we just talk?”

“Wait, isn’t this the U.S. PIRG?” I asked.

“Both numbers redirect here.”

Oh, but of course they do. Just like how the Oregon Students Public Interest Research Group and the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group share the same office and phone number. Bigger pond, same damn fish.

(It’s probably pertinent to point out that the Fund doesn’t mention the U.S. PIRG anywhere on its website. It mainly touts itself as a partner with the Sierra Club and the Human Rights Campaign.)

  1. Orev says:

    Don’t they call it racketeering? Sniff, sniff…does anyone smell RICO? These jokers need to be exposed and the entire liberal operation needs to be shut down.

  2. Vincent says:

    Don’t they usually call these things “front organizations”?

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