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"super PAC" formed Nov. 23, 2011 [FEC]
"American Bridge 21st Century is a progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions and helping you ascertain when Republican candidates are pretending to be something they’re not."
Note: On Sept. 24, 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported American Bridge 21st Century has "80-plus staff."
Founder David Brock
Founder (May 2004) and CEO of Media Matters for
America. Renounced conservative ties in 1997 (Esquire
"Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man"). Investigative writer for
The American Spectator.
Editorial page editor at the Washington
Times. Writer and senior editor at Insight magazine. B.A.
in history from UC Berkeley,
1985. Author of five books.
Chair Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Served as Lt. Gov. of Maryland from 1995 -2003, and
unsuccessfully for Governor in 2002. A Deputy Assistant Attorney
General during the Clinton Adminstration.
President Brad Woodhouse
(Feb. 3, 2014; reported by Politico's
Mike Allen on Jan. 25) President of Americans United for Change from
July 2013, his second stint, and will continue in that role.
Communications director at the DNC from Feb. 2009; senior communication
adviser for the DNC from
June-Nov. 2008. President at Americans United for Change since
Feb. 2007; took leave for DNC. Consultant for Hildebrand Tewes
Consulting, Oct. 2005-Feb. 2007.
Communications Director for Americans United to Protect Social
Security, Feb. 2005-Oct. 2005. Several months as press secretary
Sen. Jon Corzine (NJ). Communications director for the DSCC,
2003-Nov. 2004. Press secretary on Erskine Bowles' 2002 U.S.
campaign. A policy aide and then press secretary to Rep. Bob
Etheridge (NC). B.A. in political science from University of
South Carolina, 1991. From Raleigh, NC. twitter
Vice President/Campaign Director Jessica Mackler
(announced April 1, 2013) Campaign manager on
U.S. Rep. Shelley
Berkley’s U.S. Senate race in Nevada, June 2011-Nov. 2012.
Campaign manager for U.S.
Rep. Frank Kratovil in the MD-01 congressional race in
2010. Consultant to American Rights at Work, Dec. 2008-April
2010. Research director on Friends of Mary Landrieu, Aug.
2007-Feb. 2010. Owner of the Athena Group, a political research
and strategy firm, Feb. 2005-July 2007. Deputy research director
(June 2003-Feb. 2005) and researcher (July 2001-June 2003) at EMILY's
List. UC San Diego. twitter
Vice President C-4 Director of American Bridge
Foundation/Senior Advisor to the PAC Eddie Vale
(announced April 1, 2013) Communications
director for Workers' Voice, the AFL-CIO
super PAC, and communications director for Protect Your Care.
AFL-CIO political communications director. Progressive
Media USA. New Hampshire deputy press secretary on John Edwards
for President. In the 2006 cycle Vale served as assistant
director on Ned Lamont for Senate in Connecticut, and earlier as deputy
campaign manager on John Hall's primary campaign in New York's 19th CD,
and as deputy communications director on Spitzer for Governor in New
Field director on Ginny Schrader's 2004 congressional cmapaign in
8th CD. Degree in environmental law from the Law School at PACE
Seven years organizing for NYPIRG on environmental and consumer
Undergraduate degree from UMASS Amherst. Grew up in Long Island,
Vice President/Senior Advisor to Correct the
Record Burns Strider
(announced Nov. 1, 2013) President of American
from Feb. 2009. Founder and principal at The Eleison Group, LLC
from July 2008. National faith director on Hillary Clinton for
President. Senior advisor to House Minority
Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Feb. 2003-Dec. 2006; policy director of the
Caucus in 2006 under Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). Southern
at the DCCC, Nov. 2001-Jan. 2003. Chief of staff to Congressman
Ronnie Shows (MS-4).
Worked for Secretary of State Marshall Bennett in Jackson.
with Al Gore. Attended Mississippi State University, and received
his degree in history at Delta State University, 1990. From
where his father was sheriff. twitter
Communications Director Ben Ray
(from Jan. 5, 2015) Spokesman for
Forward NC, aligned with Sen. Kay Hagan's 2014 re-election campaign in
North Carolina. Press secretary for the Indiana Democratic
Party. Graduate of Centre College, 2007. Kentucky
Deputy Communications Director Jesse Lehrich
(started as press secretary in May 2014)
secretary at Organizing for Action, April 2013-April 2014.
Competitive manager (April 2012-April 2013), media assistant (Dec.
2011-April 2012) and media buying intern (Sept.-Dec. 2011) at
GMMB. Interned on the Obama campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2008. B.A.
in political science from Colorado College, 2011. twitter
Director of Online Engagement Ryan Sims
(June 2014) Digital account executive at Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey, Nov. 2013-June 2014. New media manager (March 2012-Nov. 2013) and new media assistant (July 2011-March 2012) at EMILY's List. Masters in political management from GWU's Graduate School of Political Management, 2011. Bachelor's degree in marketing, finance from University of Kentucky, 2008.
Research Director/Senior Advisor Steven D'Amico
(from Nov. 2012; research team lead for presidential
and vice presidential research from June
2011-Nov. 2012) Research director on Strickland for Governor,
April-Nov. 2010. M.P.S. in political management from The George
Wshington University, 2009; B.A. in political science from University
of Rochester, 2005.
Tracking Director/Senior Advisor Kelli Farr
(Feb. 2013; national tracking director from April
analyst/tracker at Progressive
Accountability.org, May-Nov. 2008. Photographer/administrative
assistant at Eventography Inc., Dec. 2006-April 2008. Finance
assistant on Phil Angelides for Governor (CA), Jan.-Nov. 2006.
B.A. in government from Cal State University Sacramento, 2007.
Department Manager, Tracking Heather Reid
(March 2014) External relations coordinator at
Project/Democratic GAIN (June 2013-March 2014); program assistant
at The Atlas Project, May 2012-May 2013. B.A. in political
science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011.
Due Diligence Research Director Abraham Payton
(from Nov. 2012; due diligence manager from May-Nov.
diligence analyst at VR Research, Feb. 2009-May 2011. Assistant
director at Grassroots Campaigns, Inc., June 2006-Nov. 2008. B.A.
in political science, management studies from St. Olaf College, 2008.
Executive Assistant/Director of
(April 2014) Previously office manager at Media Matters for America, Jan. 2011-April 2014.
effort to repel false
attacks against potential Democratic Presidential aspirants by the
Republican Party and conservative organizations in anticipation of the
2016 Presidential race"
Executive Director Isaac Wright
(announced Nov. 1, 2013) ounder of
LLC. He began working in
campaign online activities and media when he served on the national
communications staff of the Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaign. Wright served
as the South Carolina communications director for Hillary Clinton
campaign’s in 2008 and was communications director in the office of
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. twitter
Aide to the Director Ellie Cohen
(Dec. 2013) Political intern at the Democratic Governors Association, Sept.-Dec. 2013. B.A. in journalism from The George Washington University, 2013.
Deputy Political Director and Aide to the Executive Vice President Jessica Church
(March 2014) Also blogger at Patheos/Faithful Democrats from Aug. 2012. Alssociate at the Eleison Group, June 2013-March 2014. B.A. in religious studies and environmental thought and practice from University of Virginia, 2013.
Communications Director Adrienne Elrod
(announced Nov. 1, 2013) Chief of
staff to Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA). Elrod has held senior
communications roles in the offices of Rep. Ron Klein (D-FL), Rep. Mike
Ross (D-AR), and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She
took on various roles serving Hillary Clinton in the 2008 campaign
including Texas primary communication director, manager of the eastern
and southern states’ communications operation and deputy director of
the congressional delegate operation.
Deputy Communications Director and Director of Surrogates Adrienne Watson
Press secretary to Sen. Joe Donnelly. Press
secretary to Rep.
Loretta Sanchez. Press assistant to Rep. Baron Hill. B.A.
in West European history from Indiana University. Originally from
Carmel, Indiana. twitter
Press Assistant Daniel Wessel
(Nov. 2013) B.S. in economics from University of Delaware-Lerner College of Business, 2012.
Digital Director Benjamin Fischbein
(Dec. 2013) Vice president of digital (Feb. 2013-Jan. 2014) and product and marketing manager (Jan. 2012-Feb. 2013) at BlastRoots, Inc.. Director at Sparkpoint Strategies, July 2010-Jan. 2012. Director at Integrity Interactive Marketing and Branding, Jan. 2010-Jan. 2012. Owner at Fisch Media, Oct. 2005-April 2010. Research consultant at Koppen Group, June 2007-Jan. 2009. Junior associate at Citigroup Smith Barney, June-Dec. 2006. B.A. in history from American University, 2007.
Research Director Sam Ritzman
(announced Nov. 1, 2013) Directed the
research effort for the successful re-election campaign of Democratic
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida in 2012. In 2008, he was a senior
researcher on the Clinton campaign and later worked at the polling firm
of Penn and Schoen.
Deputy Research Director Carter Hutchinson
(Dec. 2013) Research associate on McAuliffe for Governor, June-Nov. 2013. Senior aide at Viriginia LCV. Legislative aide to state Sen. Adam Ebbin. Researcher on Kaine for Virginia, Feb.-Nov. 2012. Special projects coordinator for the Shenandoah Valley Network and research assistant for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. B.A. in history from Hampden-Sydney College, 2010.
(Nov. 2013) Internships, July-Nov. 2013. Legal assistant/paralegal, July 2012-July 2013. B.A. in history, philosophy, law and society from Bates College, 2012.
(April 2014) Project assistant, elections and political processes at the National Democratic Institute, Sept. 2012-June 2013. B.A. in government from University of Virginia.
(June 2014) B.A. in political science from
Communications Director Gwen Rocco
(announced as senior comm. advisor in Jan. 2014 to Jan. 8, 2015) Director of rapid response at Terry McAuliffe for Governor, 2013. North Carolina communications director at Obama for America, 2012. Campaign manager on Jessica Ehrlich for Congress in FL-13. Communications director on Natalie Tennant for Governor in West Virginia, 2011. Press secretary to New York State Sen. Jeff Klein, 2010. Communications director on Betty Sutton for Congress, 2010. Press secretary of Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate, 2009. M.P.A. from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, 2009. B.A. in economics from University of Maryland College Park, 2007. twitter
Deputy Research Director Michael
principal of WayForward Research LLC in Portsmouth, NH fr. Dec. 2014.
(to late 2014; deputy research director from Nov. 2012; research team lead for U.S. House races in 2012, and senior researcher/public records specialist from 2011-12) Research/due diligence analyst at VR Research, 2009-11. Media monitor/researcher on Al Franken for Senate, 2008. J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2008; B.A. in political science from Northeastern University, 2005.
President Rodell Mollineau
(early April 2011 to Feb. 1, 2014)
Communications director from
Jan. 2007 and
then staff director to the Senate Majority Policy Committee/U.S. Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid through Jan. 2011.
Communications director to Gov. Tom Vilsack (IA),
Communications director to U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor Jan. 2003-Jan.
2006; in the 2004 cycle Mollineau served as Michican communications
director on Kerry/Edwards and earlier as South Carolina press secretary
on Wesley Clark for President. Press secretary on Mark Pryor for
U.S. Senate, 2002. Deputy press secretary to U.S. Sen. Tom
(D-SD), Jan. 2000-March 2002. Degree in communications,
journalism from the University of Dayton,
Communications Director/Senior Advisor Chris Harris ...communications director on Sen. Mark Udall's campaign from March 2014.
(started as comm. director Feb. 2011; senior advisor
from April 2013 to Feb. 14,
2014) Previously at Media Matters for
America from April
2009, starting as communications and research director and then senior
communictations and research director. Communications director at
the Kansas Democratic Party, 2008. B.S. in marketing and
political science from Kansas State University, 2007.
Director of Operations Beth Eagle from Aug. 2012-Sept. 2013; Matthew Reents from June 2011-Aug. 2012.