Missouri Public Interest Research Group (MoPIRG) Foundation




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Budget (2011):

Revenue: $169
Expenses: $27,589
Assets: $112,808


Left-of-center research organization



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The Missouri Public Interest Research Group Foundation (MoPIRG Foundation) is the policy and research arm of the Missouri Public Interest Research Group lobbying group. MoPIRG Foundation promotes left-of-center policies, notably opposing carbon-free nuclear energy and to private funding of political free speech. It is a state affiliate of the US-PIRG network. 1


The Missouri Public Interest Research Group Foundation supports overturning Citizens United v. FEC, a landmark Supreme Court ruling that protected the right to political free speech through contributions to non-campaign-affiliated advocacy groups. 2

MoPIRG Foundation opposes the use of zero-carbon nuclear power plants as a form of energy production. 3 It encourages the use of weather-dependent energy sources such as wind turbines and solar farms. 4 MoPIRG supports the use of public transportation and restricting the use of private cars. 5

MoPIRG opposes many forms of modern agricultural technology, such as the application of antibiotics that farms use to ward off infectious diseases that are harmful to humans, produce, and livestock. 6 7

The MoPIRG Foundation promotes expansion of the number of Americans using government-controlled health coverage such as Medicare and Medicaid. 8


MoPIRG Foundation’s principal officer is Elana Friedman. 9

Faye Park is the president of US-PIRG. She is executive vice president of the Public Interest Network and has been involved with PIRGs since the early 1990s. 10

Ed Mierzwinski is the senior director of US-PIRG’s Federal Consumer Program. He has worked for PIRG since 1977. 11


  1. [1] “About.” Accessed December 14, 2021.
  2. [1] “Big Money Out.” Accessed December 14, 2021.
  3. “End Fossil Fuel Subsidies.” Accessed December 14, 2021.
  4. “End Fossil Fuel Subsidies.” Accessed December 14, 2021.
  5.  “About: Our Priorities.” Accessed December 5, 2021.
  6. DeVuyst, Cheryl and Eric DeVuyst. “What Consumers Need to Know about the Use of Antibiotics in Food Animal Production.” Oklahoma State University. Accessed January 4, 2022.
  7. “Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics.” Accessed January 4, 2022.
  8. “High Value Health Care.” Accessed December 5, 2021.
  9. [1] “Missouri Public Interest Research Group Foundation.” Accessed December 5, 2021.
  10. “MoPIRG Staff: Faye Park.” Accessed December 5, 2021.
  11. “MoPIRG Staff: Ed Mierzwinski.: Accessed December 5, 2021.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 1972

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2011 Jun Form 990EZ $169 $27,589 $112,808 $26,087 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Missouri Public Interest Research Group (MoPIRG) Foundation

    SAINT LOUIS, MO 63108-3808