Right to Rise USA
updated October 19, 2015)
PAC filed with the FEC
on Jan. 16, 2015.
Filed to change name from Right to Rise Super PAC, Inc. to Right to Rise USA on June 12, 2015.
Strategist Mike Murphy
Senior strategist for Bush's Right to Rise PAC for the
six months leading up to Bush's announcement of candidacy. Bush
is a partner in the Revolution
Agency, a strategic communications firm and is also working as
screenwriter and producer based in Los Angeles. A founding
principal of DC Navigators. Launched his onwn political
consulting firm at the age of 20. twitter
"Semi-defrocked GOP Political Consultant... Meet the Press Analyst... Senior Fellow at Harvard/JFK Belfer Center... TIME Columnist... Writer/Prod in Hollywood."
Matt Leonardo, owner of the Revolution Agency.
Ad Maker Larry McCarthy
Principal at McCarthy Hennings
Whalen, Inc. "has created some of the most famous and effective TV
ads in political history." 2012 work included ads for the Romney
Super PAC (Restore Our Future), American Crossroads, and Americans for
Prosperity. Gained noteriety for producing the Willie Horton ad,
an independent expenditure ad run against Michael Dukakis in the Fall
1988 campaign. Senior vice president of Ailes Communications,
1981-87. Worked at the NRSC in the 1980 cycle under chairman Sen.
Heinz. Aide to U.S. Sen. John Heinz (PA). Worked on Sen.
Jacob Javits' (NY) 1974 re-election campaign. Graduate of
Georgetown University. See:
Jane Mayer. "Attack Dog." The New Yorker, Feb. 13, 2012.
Kenneth P. Vogel. "Attack ads' go-to guy." Politico, Oct. 29, 2010
Senior Advisor Liesl Hickey
Executive director at the NRCC in the 2014 cycle, from Nov. 2012. Patriot Program director (incumbent retention) at the NRCC in the 2012 cycle, announced Jan. 13, 2011. An advisor to the NRSC in 2010. Joined ONE in March 2007 as senior director of US campaigns, responsible for managing ONE’s 2008 presidential advocacy initiative, ONE Vote 08. Chief of staff to Rep. Mark Kirk (IL), Aug. 2004-Jan. 2007. Served as Kirk's campaign manager starting in 2000. A field consultant for the NRCC. Finance director for Sen. Peter Fitzgerald's (IL) campaign in 1998. Graduate of Southern Methodist University.
Communications Director Paul Lindsay
Communications director at American Crossroads.
Vice president at Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick, March 2013-March
2014. Communications director at the NRCC in the 2012 cycle (Jan.
2011-Dec. 2012); deputy communications director at the NRCC in the 2010
cycle, starting Jan. 2009. Regional communications director for
Ohio and Pennsylvania on McCain-Palin 2008. Western regional
press secretary at the RNC. Worked for Rep. Charles Boustany
(LA-7) from 2005-07, first as a staff assistant, then as press
secretary. Graduate of James Madison University with a degree in
political science, 2004. twitter
In Line to Be Finance Director for the Super PAC Mason J. Fink
(reported by the Washington Post's Robert Costa on March 18, 2015 assisting the Right to Rise PAC w/ fundraising strategy for now) Finance director on Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign. Worked at Solamere Capital. Deputy to Spencer Zwick on Romney's 2008 campaign.
Treasurer Charlie Spies
(from Jan. 2015) Leads Clark Hill's
Assistant Treasurer for both the PAC and super
(from Jan. 2015; already
has experience on six presidential campaigns) Treasurer at
RickPerry.org, Inc., Aug. 2011-April 2012. Treasurer of Steven
Colbert's super PAC, May-Aug. 2011. Treasurer on John Boozman's
2010 U.S. Senate campaign. Director of treasury for Friends of
John McCain and for Country First PAC, from Dec. 2008. Director
of treasury for John McCain 2008, McCain-Palin 2008 and the
McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, from Nov. 2006. Treasurer on Carly
for California. Treasurer and comptroller on Bush-Cheney
'04. Comptroller on Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Brogan '02,
July 2001-March 2003. National budget director on George W. Bush
for President and Bush-Cheney. Deputy comptroller on Jeb Bush for
Governor and Bush-Brogan '98. States budget manager on Dole-Kemp
'96. Budget and accounts payable manager on Phil Gramm for
President, 1995-96. Legislative staff assistant at the Florida
Department of Education, Jan.-May 1995. Accounting assistant on
Jeb Bush for Governor and Bush-Feeney '94, Aug. 1993-May 1994.
B.S. in political science from Florida State University, 1997.
Data Firm Andy Barkett/Digital Core Campaign
(reported by NYT's Haberman) Special advisor to
the RNC chairman
for technology from Jan. 2015 after serving as chief technology officer
for the RNC in the 2014 cycle. Managing partner of Davis
Innovators from Aug. 2014; CEO of Getexp, Inc. from Jan. 2011, both in
Redwood City, CA. Engineer at Facebook from Jan. 2011-July
2013. Senior director of engineering for Livescribe, Sept.
2009-Aug. 2011. Senior management consultant for Nvidia, 2008-09.
Technical program manager at Google, 2006-08. Software engineering
manager at OnWafer Technologies (acq. by KLA-Tencor), 2002-06.
M.B.A. in general management from UC Davis, 2009; B.A. in political
economy from UC Berkeley, 2002.
Thomas Beaumont and Julie Pace. "Eyeing general election, Bush team builds data operation." The Associated Press. Oct. 19, 2015.
...The campaign had originally planned to have one data vendor serving both it and the Right to Rise USA super PAC. However, as outlined in this article, the campaign determined that that approach was fraught with possible complications.
Maggie Haberman "Jeb Bush's Likely Campaign Starts to Take Shape," The New York Times, April 21, 2015.
Alex Isenstadt. "Jeb Bush's $100M May," Politico,
...He writes that the super PAC "has been assembling a core staff that is eventually expected to number a little less than a dozen."
Right to Rise Policy Solutions, Inc.
formed Feb. 2, 2015.
(Michael Barbaro of the New York Times reported on
Feb. 20, 2015 that
Simon "is in charge of assembling Mr. Bush's policy
operation") President and CEO of Wal-Mart U.S. and
executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. from June 29, 2010 to
August 8, 2014; joined Wal-Mart in 2006. Senior vice president of
global business development at Brinker International, Feb. 2005-March
2006. Headed the Florida Department of Management Services;
appoined by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2003. At Diageo PLC from 1998
starting as vice president of consumer marketing, then president of
North American Ready-To-Drink, then president of Diageo
Southeast. Vice president of marketing for Dr. Pepper/Seven
Up. B.A. in economics (1981) and M.B.A. in management and
marketing (1988) from University of Connecticut. Served 25 years
in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Commander in 2005.
Environment and Energy Marcus Peacock
(reported by the Washington
Post on May 12,
2015) A visiting
scholar at The George Washington University's Regulatory Studies Center
from Sept. 2013. Minority staff director for the U.S. Senate
Committee on the Budget, Jan. 2011-June 2012. Director of Pew
Charitable Trusts' Subsidyscope.org, May 2009-Dec. 2010. Deputy
administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Aug.
2005-Jan. 2009. Associate director for natural resource programs
at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Feb. 2001-Aug. 2005.
Staff director (Jan. 1999-Jan. 2001) and staff member (Jan. 1995-Dec.
1998) for the Oversight and Emergency Response Subcommittee of the U.S.
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Program
manager at Jellinek, Schwartz & Connolly, June 1990-Jan.
1995. Deputy chief of the natural resources branch (March
1989-June 1990) and desk officer (June 1986-March 1989) at the U.S.
Office of Management and Budget. Engineer/bindery supervisor at
RR Donnelley printing plant in Los Angeles, CA, 1982-84. M.P.P.
in energy and environment from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy
School of Government, 1986. B.S in industrial and systems
engineering from U.S.C., 1982.
Consultants on Foreign Policy
(reported by the Washington Post 's Ed O'Keefe on April 10, 2015)
Robert S. Karem
Most recently senior policy advisor to House
Majority Leader Kevn
McCarthy and previously to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Ed O'Keefe and Matea Gold. "Jeb Bush leans on nonprofit group as he prepares likely presidential run." The Washington Post, May 12, 2015.
Ed O'Keefe and Matea Gold. "Group with secret donors will aid Bush on policy." The Washington Post. April 1, 2015,
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