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Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader, Founder of Public Citizen, the Center for Responsive Politics & Public Interest Research Group

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author.

He was born in Winsted, Connecticut on February 27, 1934.

In 1955 Ralph Nader received an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University, and in 1958 he received a LLB with distinction from Harvard University.

His career began as a lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut in 1959 and from 1961-63 he lectured on history and government at the University of Hartford. In 1965-66 he received the Nieman Fellows award and was named one of ten Outstanding Young Men of Year by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1967. Between 1967-68 he returned to Princeton as a lecturer, and he continues to speak at colleges and universities across the United States.

In his career as consumer advocate he founded many organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, the Project for Corporate Responsibility and The Multinational Monitor (a monthly magazine).

Some organizations Ralph Nader founded or helped start:


American Antitrust Institute
Appleseed Foundation
Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest
Aviation Consumer Action Project
Capitol Hill News Service
Center for Auto Safety
Center for Insurance Research

Center for Justice and Democracy
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Center for Study of Responsive Law
Center for Women Policy Studies
Citizen Advocacy Center
Citizen Utility Boards
Citizen Works
Clean Water Action Project
Congress Project
Connecticut Citizen Action Group
Corporate Accountability Research Group
Democracy Rising
Disability Rights Center
Equal Justice Foundation
Essential Information
FANS (Fight to Advance the Nation's Sports)
Foundation for Taxpayers and Consumer Rights
Freedom of Information Clearinghouse
Georgia Legal Watch
Multinational Monitor
National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest
National Insurance Consumer Organization
Ohio Public Interest Action Group
Organization for Competitive Markets
Pension Rights Center
Princeton Project 55
PROD - truck safety
Public Citizen

Buyers Up
Citizen Action Group
Critical Mass Energy Project
Congress Watch
Global Trade Watch
Health Research Group
Litigation Group
Tax Reform Research Group
The Visitor's Center

Retired Professionals Action Group
Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest
Student Public Interest Research Groups nationwide
Telecommunications Research and Action Center

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Among the books Ralph Nader has helped produce are:

Unsafe at Any Speed
Action for a Change(with Donald Ross, Brett English, and Joseph Highland)
Whistle-Blowing (with Peter J. Petkas and Kate Blackwell)
Corporate Power in America (with Mark Green)
You and Your Pension (with Kate Blackwell)
The Consumer and Corporate Accountability
Corporate Power in America
Taming the Giant Corporation (with Mark Green and Joel Seligman)
Verdicts on Lawyers
The Menace of Atomic Energy (with John Abbotts)
The Lemon Book
Who's Poisoning America (with Ronald Brownstein and John Richard)
The Big Boys (with William Taylor)
Winning the Insurance Game (with Wesley Smith and J. Robert Hunter)
Canada Firsts
The Frugal Shopper (with Wesley Smith)
Collision Course (with Wesley Smith)
No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and Perversion of Justice in America (with Wesley Smith)
The Ralph Nader Reader
Cutting Corporate Welfare
Crashing the Party: Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender

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