Massachusetts Fair Share
The organization's local campaigns changed the auto insurance system in the 1980s and stymied a plan by the telephone company to raise the cost of public phone calls from 10 to 20 cents.
In 1983, after auditors found that Fair Share had more than $1 million in debts, the high-profile organization was forced to lay off staff, close offices, and reduce its mailings. In August of that year, Fair Share director Michael Ansara resigned in the face of criticism that he could have prevented the group's financial collapse. When the group folded, organizers from Fair Share formed a chapter of Citizen Action.