A self-proclaimed Media Guy, Mark McKinnon has been solving complex strategic challenges for causes, companies and candidates, including George W. Bush’s election and come-from-behind re-election.
With Bush trailing John Kerry, McKinnon conducted a press briefing from campaign headquarters to defend commercials centered on President Bush’s strong response to the September 11 attacks. McKinnon did not back down to questions from the Washington Post and others, stating, "obviously 9/11 was the defining moment of these times," and that the president's response to attacks "are important parts of this administration's record." (WP 3/4/2004)
According to Broadcasting and Cable magazine, McKinnon is one of “a handful of players behind every big decision, consensus or roadblock in Washington…putting a unique, sometimes hidden stamp on the outcome of today’s debates.”
George W. Bush says of McKinnon, “I was really impressed by Mark’s creativity, and I was particularly impressed by his honesty.” Senator John McCain, in his typical straight-talk fashion, remarks, “He’s almost a genius.”
In addition to helping engineer five winning Republican presidential primary and general-election campaigns, he was appointed by President Bush to serve as a governor of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. An award-winning media producer and communications strategist, McKinnon has been awarded more than 30 Pollie and Telly awards, honoring the nations best political and public affairs advertising.
Rob Schaaf, from St. Joseph, Missouri, has been an active proponent of anti-corruption reforms at the state level. The son of a Republican state senator, he's been intimately involved with a number of political campaigns and has had a front-row view of the legislative process in Missouri. Concerned by the growth of pay-to-play politics, Rob has worked closely with his father and with numerous citizens' groups to promote anti-corruption legislation in the Missouri Senate, and he has also become involved with efforts to pass such legislation via the initiative process. He brings to the table not only his expertise as a reformer but also a bachelor's degree from Harvard College, experience advising small business owners at the Cambridge Microfinance Initiative, and experience working with a team to build a successful startup at TILLS Animal Health.
Non-Voting Advisory Chair
Former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 17th district from 1997 to 2011. She ran for the Illinois's 10th congressional district will chair the National Board of Advisors for Take Back Our Republic, an independent nonpartisan group that is focusing on conservative solutions to problems with the campaign finance system. The Advisory Board will help promote the efforts of Take Back Our Republic. Some of the 12 members may join the National Board of Directors when it convenes in May.
Mr. McEver founded Berkshire Capital in 1983, pioneering the concept of providing independent merger, acquisition and strategic advisory services for investment managers and securities firms. As Chairman, Bruce directs the Firm's international business development as well as the longterm strategy and business development efforts of Berkshire Capital, in addition to his responsibilities for maintaining longstanding client relationships. Bruce is a featured speaker at industry forums. Prior to founding Berkshire Capital, Bruce served as the Assistant to the Chairman of Paine Webber Group Inc. for mergers and acquisitions. He was formerly a Vice President for mergers and acquisitions with Blyth Eastman Dillon Inc., a firm acquired by Paine Webber Group Inc. in 1981. Mr. McEver began his career as a venture capital analyst at Bessemer Securities, Inc. and was in Corporate Finance at Chemical Bank and W.R. Grace. Bruce earned a BIE from Georgia Institute of Technology (on an NROTC scholarship) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was an exchange student at the Technische Hochschule in Hannover, Germany. As a Lieutenant, USN, he was on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis). Bruce recently (May 2011) completed an MTS Degree in Religion and Literature at the Harvard Divinity School. Bruce is a member of the Dean's Council at the Harvard Divinity School and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is on the board of the Poet's House in New York City, the University of Georgia Press, the Story Preservation Initiative and the Flannery O'Connor Foundation. He is a Corporate Trustee of the Trustees of Reservations (Mass.) and the Archaeological Institute of America. Bruce founded the Business across Religious Traditions program (BART) between the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Divinity School and also the cofounder of the Religious Literacy Foundation. Bruce is a Professor of Practice in the Ivan Allen College at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the sponsor of the Poetry at Tech program. He won the Distinguished Alumni Award from Woodward Academy in 2004 and was given the Dean's Appreciation Award from the Ivan Allen College at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015. Bruce is interested in the environment and participates actively in conservation efforts on the behalf of natural woodlands near his home at Utopia Farm in Northwest Connecticut. Bruce is a hiker, biker, an avid reader and author of three books of poetry.
Camille served with Take Back’s Executive Director, John Pudner, on the National Faith and Values Coalition for Romney 2008. Camille is a Latina leader and a distinguished alumna of one of the most conservative Catholic colleges in the nation (Catholic University). She was a former Drug Free Communities Commissioner under President George W. Bush and currently serves as Regional Director and Minority Outreach coordinator for United States Senator Ron Johnson.
CURTIS DIXON COLGATE
Non-Voting Advisory Member
Mr. Colgate, the tallest man in Virginia at 7‐foot‐3, is a former mining executive, a hunting and deep sea fishing enthusiast, and he won one of the hardest fought battles for a Congressional Chairmanship, during which Eric Cantor’s supporters spent heavily against him. Curtis remains active in local politics, most recently supporting Virginia Beach local, Clay Atkinson, for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach.
Non-Voting Advisory Member
Former Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall successfully fought and helped stop the Miami Dolphins’ now-defunct push for a subsidized stadium renovation. As a known conservative leader and police officer willing to fight for reform, MacDougall proved an effective voice in stopping the giveaway of taxpayer money in South Dade for the stadium as another example of officials backing donors over constituents.
MacDougall also served two combat tours in Vietnam. Ed is a former member of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, Green Beret, “Airborne”.
The Miami Herald credited MacDougall with traveling to the State Capitol in Tallahassee with his ally Norman Braman to speak against the Dolphins’ proposal and successfully rallying public sentiment against the funding the stadium. Legislators listened and sided with the people by not approving the Dolphins-backed legislation.
MacDougall was elected mayor in 2010 after four years as vice-mayor. He was able to bring a high school to Cutler Bay (a town of about 40,000) and join with neighboring cities to form a green corridor. This was implemented by letting property owners in those municipalities qualify for low-interest financing to install energy-saving equipment such as solar panels, which MacDougall himself installed.
Francis Johnson is a founding partner of Communications Resources LLC, a public affairs, public relations and political consultancy specializing in government and media relations, corporate communications and crisis communications initiatives, developed policy issues for political candidates, and grassroots engagement efforts.
He has worked at all levels in national political campaigns, serving various positions in the McCain/Palin 2008, Bush/Cheney 20002004 and Bush/Quayle ‘92. He also served on the gubernatorial campaigns of Gilmore for Governor ‘97, and the Williams for Governor ‘93 campaigns. Throughout his career, Johnson has also served as a strategist and consultant on various public affairs initiatives addressing a host of issues, including, defense, energy, agriculture, IT, and healthcare. He also led governmental relations efforts for the Coal Industries Alliance, and the Social Security Foundation.
Francis also served as political director/strategist for the Senate Action Committee, and the Conservative Action Alliance.
In a 2011 article, The New York Times described this partner of George W. Bush’s Attorney General as the “consummate political insider”. In complete agreement, Bloomberg news when profiling her in September, 2012, said, “She brings Washington power players together in a way others can’t match. If you’re looking for the right introduction in D.C., you need to know Juleanna Glover.”
With an impressive background in both public and government affairs, Ms. Glover served on the senior staffs of then President-elect George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, presidential candidate Steve Forbes, and then Senator John Ashcroft. She advised Senator John McCain in his 2008 bid for the White House, traveling with him.
Glover has advised major corporate clients with high stakes public and government affairs challenges in a myriad and diverse range of issues. She has more than twenty years’ experience working on some of the most important government policy debates, high profile political campaigns and corporate controversies in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Ms. Glover serves as the Managing Director of Teneo Intelligence.
Ms. Glover holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Marymount University. She was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Kahlil is a Republican whose expertise is building and leading large, disruptive technology based bipartisan reform organizations. He was president of the education reform effort StudentsFirst and cofounder and CEO of Americans Elect. His current firm, Forward Progress in Politics, is building a national bipartisan community of funders committed to essential and aggressive issue reform.
Kathy Hayden has served as National Committeewoman for Virginia since 2007; recently ending one of the longest serving committee member terms on April 29, 2016. She brings years of leadership, experience with grassroots efforts, and wealth of knowledge about the workings of the American political system all of which will help lead and direct Take Back Our Republic’s current and future efforts. Kathy understands that sometimes we need to “roll up our sleeves and get to work” to affect much needed change.
Kim currently chairs the Women’s Committee of the Madison County Farmers Federation, part of one of the largest Farm Bureaus in the country, which also runs the largest insurance company in Alabama. Kim is also on the Board of the Madison Farmers Market, which serves the thriving Huntsville market that is home to high-level engineers for thriving defense companies and NASA, and runs hospitality for Providence Baptist Church. John recruited his first candidate for public office in a meeting at Vaughn Farms, as he and the Vaughns asked Mac McCutcheon to run for office, a race in which he upset an incumbent in the the Republican primary and now serves as Rules Committee Chair. John has often cited Farm PAC as an ideal example of how campaigns should be funded, with hundreds of thousands of residents giving as little as $2 to help fund campaigns.
Mrs. Morold is a groundbreaking title insurance and real estate executive known for working with companies, domestic and international. LaNell is also an author and talk radio personality. Highly organized, analytical, detail oriented, professional with over 20 years experience with specialties in Strategic Planning and Implementation. Her 20+ years in executive leadership have enabled LaNell to refine her expertise in multiple operations. Her group results are in cash management and P&L oversight. Largest annual budget is results driven professionals with over 20 years experience, each, in all aspects of executive leadership, operations, management consulting, sales, marketing and training development. She and her team members are proud of their ability to develop pragmatic change models and strategies to increase productivity, quality and efficiency. Superior ability to lead performance-driven teams to meet objectives. Incisive comprehension of concepts, methodologies and tools that enhance organizational management. LaNell possesses many qualities that will help Take Back in various capacities.
Non-voting Advisory Member
Nick Bellas is a New York banker who connected Take Back with numerous potential supporters and major donors during a one day tour to New York. Nick is a Client Relationship Executive with an entrepreneurial spirit, significant public sector industry experience, strong relationship management skills and a proven track record in selling professional services to state governments and the corporate sector. He is a strong relationship manager with the City of New York responsible for business development and serves the City of NY client account across multiple agencies. Nick’s strong consulting sales knowledge and experience and indepth understanding of federal, state and local government will be instrumental in the New York market for Take Back.
JUDGE OLA LEWIS
North Carolina District Court Judge
Judge Lewis made news by switching to the Republican Party as a judge. She recently felt the full blunt of huge dark money when she ran for State Supreme Court. Judge Ola was elected as the youngest District Court Judge, and first African-American in Brunswick County, North Carolina. She created five Specialty Courts (drug treatment, a true night court, mental health therapeutic, DWI therapeutic, sex offender accountability and rehabilitation court).
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Peter is an American author, academic, and political consultant. He is currently the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), and is a former William J. Casey Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is also Breitbart News Senior Editorat-Large. He is known for writing The New York Times bestseller, Clinton Cash in 2015 as well as articles such as Who Wrote the Omnibus? Four Lawmakers Many Lobbyists. Pete joined the Advisory Board after taking part in a presentation with John Pudner at the Brookings Institute earlier this year.
Avast Real Estate
Randy Brooks, CEO of Avast Real Estate, built his real estate operation of more than 100 people with his method of personal coaching - this following years of experience having interactions with politicians involving development deals. Randy is one of the greatest promoters of multifaceted efforts from Take Back Our Republic’s mission to supporting local youth sports.
University of Minnesota Law School
Richard W. Painter, who regularly quotes Barry Goldwater, received his B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Currently a Professor of Corporate Law at University of Minnesota Law School, he also served as a tenured member of the law faculty at the University Of Oregon School Of Law and the University Of Illinois College Of Law.
From 2005-2007, Painter was Associate Counsel to George W. Bush in the White House Counsel’s office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the President, White House employees and senior nominee to Senate-confirmed position in the Executive Branch. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is an advisor for the new ALI Principles of Government Ethics. He has also been active in the professional Responsibility Section of the American Bar Association.
His book, Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference was published by Oxford University Press in January 2009. He has authored numerous op-eds on government ethics for various publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been interviewed numerous times on government ethics and corporate ethics by news organizations from around the world.