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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee
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(page updated January 5, 2015)

Super PAC filed with the FEC on Aug. 21, 2013. 

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It was founded in August 2013 by John Philip Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, and works to raise awareness of Dr. Carson’s qualifications and to engage grassroots conservative activists in clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president.

Co-Founder  John Philip Sousa, IV

Extensive experience in the financial services sector.  Director of business development at Midwood Financial since March 2013.  Owner of John Philip Sousa's America since July 2007.  Self employed at JPS Inc since April 2002.  Executive at Mass Mutual, 2000-03.  Executive vice president of SunAmerica Marketing, 1995-97.  Co-founder and partner of Pamco, a firm that helped banks sell insurance and investments to their clients., 1980-90.  Regional manager at Great Western Savings and Loan.  Candidate for Congress in Southern California in 1974.  An agent for Connecticut General.  Served in the U.S. Air Force, 1962-66.  Great grandson of John Phillip Sousa.  (website)

Co-Founder  Vernon Robinson

Candidate for the Republican nomination in NC-8 in 2012, finishing third in the May 8 primary.  Republican nominee for Congress in NC-13 against Rep. Brad Miller (D) in 2006.  Candidate for NC GOP chair in May 1995.  Candidate for the Republican nomination in the open NC-5 in 2004, finishing first in the July 20 primary, but losing the Aug. runoff to state Sen. Virginia Foxx.  Candidate for state House in 2002.  Served two terms on the Winston-Salem City Council.  Candidate for state Senate in 1998.  Candidate for North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1992 and 1996.  President of the N.C. Education Reform Foundation.  Served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.  Earned M.B.A. from the University of Missouri while on active duty; graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1977.  twitter

Executive Assistant  Sarah De La Cerda

President of BLEU Enterprises, a political consulting company, since summer 2013 and student at the University of Rhode Island since Sept. 2011.  twitter

Social Media Team
Leader  Tonya Mead
Co-Leader  Rex Cawley

Editorial Team
Leader  Dennis Jamison

Followup Team
Leader  Barbara Hopewell

Tech Team
Leader  Larry Obermesik

Projects Team
Leader  Marilyn Lott

Prayer Team
Leader  Heather Ferguson

Communication and Western Regional  Bill Saracino

(April 2014/announced May 27, 2014)  Owner of Saracino Consulting, based in Los Angeles, since July 1991; has worked on more than 75 legislative and congressional campaigns.   Additional experience includes chief operating officer of the Parents Television Council, political director of the Gun Owners of California, western states director of Steve Forbes for President, and chief of staff at the Assembly Republican Caucus, 1985-87.  Attended University of Southern California.

Acting Southern Regional  Steve Arnold

raising money
Campaign Funding Direct
Omega List
both of McLean, VA 
Jaime Fuller.  "The Draft Ben Carson super PAC raised a massive amount of money over the last three months. How?"  April 17, 2014.
See also: examples of letters: 1, 2 [PDFs].

Finance Director/Major Donors  E.J. Thomas

experience includes "national sales manager for one of America's largest corporations."


Headquarters: 8805 Chambery Blvd, Suite 250, Johnston, Iowa opening and Christmas Party on the afternoon of Dec. 20, 2014. +

Midwestern Regional  Tina Goff

(April 2014/announced May 19, 2014)  Central Iowa region on Rick Santorum for President from Oct. 2011 but left before the caucuses.  Iowa organizational director on Herman Cain's campaign from May to end of June 2011, when she resigned due to his lack of commitment to competing in Iowa.  Volunteer coordinator/mid-Iowa field director on Branstad 2010 campaign.  Analyst and project manager at Genesis Marketing and Research, Inc., 2008-09.  Central Iowa regional director/volunteer coordinator on Fred Thompson's caucus campaign.  Financial director at Day Care for Exceptional Children, 1997-2007.

Iowa Co-Chairs

(announced Sept. 18, 2014)
State Rep. Rob Taylor (R-West Des Moines) - Elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012 representing District 44.  Sales director for a small business in central Iowa, a consultant and trainer for the automotive industry, and a diesel and bio-fuel specialist.  Masters of Business Leadership from William Penn University; B.S. from Upper Iowa University; Associates degree from Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.  Born and raised in Des Moines.
Dr. Christi Taylor - An internist with the Iowa Clinic.  Chairperson for the Dallas County Republican Party.    

and County Chairs for all 99 Counties

(announced Oct. 20, 2014)


Headquarters: 815 Elm St., Manchester, NH announced Dec. 9, 2014

Sarah De La Cerda

President of BLEU Enterprises, a political consulting company, since summer 2013 and student at the University of Rhode Island since Sept. 2011.  twitter

See also photos of Draft Carson at:
CPAC 2014  |  Faith & Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Conference  |  Values Voter Summit 2014

Selected press releases:
Oct. 15, 2014 - National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Raises $3.3. Million in 3rd Quarter of 2014
July 15, 2014 - National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Raises $3.3 Million in 2nd Quarter of 2014
April 2, 2014 - National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee to Reach 13 Million Listeners in New Awareness Campaign
March 4, 2014 - National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Raises $2.8 Million in First Six Months
Jan. 16, 2014 - Carson for President Billboards Go Up in Iowa and in Baltimore
Dec. 16, 2013 - Ben Carson Draft Effort Proceeding Full Speed Ahead!