MCC Seeks To Boot Nader Founded Group

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If you forgot that Ralph Nader is running for president this year (again) you wouldn’t be alone. His forgettable campaign is being overshadowed by the Hillary-Obama battle which is currently trumping the Republican effort of John McCain.

One piece of Nader news not getting too much attention is his founding organization, PIRG, which stands for the Public Interest Research Group, a public advocacy group with chapters across the USA. Decidely leftist, PIRG hasn’t been without controversy down through the years including its recent call for free, open college textbooks and its ongoing attack against student credit cards.

Not everyone is fond of PIRG, including people sympathetic to their many causes.

In New York City, students at Manhattan Community College (MCC) are angry that the PIRG group on its campus is getting more funding annually ($127,000) than any of the other sixty funded groups and, according to the New York Daily News, they’re holding an election to kick PIRG off of the MCC campus. Voting began this past Saturday and ends today.

At heart in this issue is the one million dollars collected each academic year in student fees. These fees cover program expenses, including PIRG, and according to the report students want PIRG funds to be reallocated to the school’s foreign study program.

PIRG says that they use their funds to pay for the salaries of two campus coordinators as well as to fund programs advocating voter registration, consumer protection, and environmental awareness.

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