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Committee for American Sovereignty

May 12, 2016

                Plans to Counter June Negative TV attack on GOP Nominee

The formation of a new National Super PAC in support of the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for president was announced today in New York and Los Angeles. 

The Committee for American Sovereignty expects to raise $20 million before the Republican National Convention convenes in July, and much more following the convention, to fund voter registration programs, strategic get-out-the-vote operations, and targeted broadcast and online media buys. The committee named Doug Watts as National Executive Director and spokesman and announced former State Senator Tony Strickland as the California Chairman. 

“With the recent announcement that a pro-Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC has already booked over $90 million in ad time in just seven states in June, it is clear we need to ramp up major donor fundraising efforts, unify Republicans, and take on the Clinton machine. We have already begun to raise significant funds in California and from supporters across the country,” said spokesman Watts, adding that the committee will not accept special interest PAC contributions. 

"We intend to raise significant funds from California supporters who, until now, have deferred to Mr. Trump’s wishes to self-fund his campaign. We believe it is imperative that Mr. Trump’s message be communicated directly to voters and that we challenge head-on the vicious smears propagated by Priorities USA, Hillary Clinton’s attack-dog Super PAC,” said Mr. Strickland. 

The advisory committee to the Committee for American Sovereignty is a cross-section of American patriots, Republican and conservative activists, and friends and business associates of Donald J. Trump. A partial list is attached.

Committee for American Sovereignty (partial list--Committee in formation)
ADM James A. Lyons
, USN (Ret’d)
LTG Thomas McInerney
, USAF (Ret’d)
RDAM James J. Carey
, USN (Ret’d)
Nicholas Ribis Sr
, former Chairman Trump Hotel, Casino And Resorts
Kenneth S. Abramowitz
, General Partner and co-founder of NGN Capital and founder of
Elias Chavanado
, Founder, President and CEO
Honorable William Hendon
, former Congressman North Carolina
Daniel Issacs
, former Chairman New York County Republican Committee
Charles G. Kopp
, Esq. Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia
Erik Laykin
, cyber security expert Nick Loeb, investor
Herbert I. London
, former president of the Hudson Institute
Ed Martin
, former State Chair MO GOP, President Eagle Forum
Paul Nagy
, Chairman We Will Walk- New Hampshire
Nishan Partamian
, Chairman of Downtown Los Angeles Lincoln Club
Phyllis Schlafly
, Founder Eagle Forum
Pat Smith
, Kern County Raceway
Shawn Steel
, Republican National Committeeman, former CA GOP State Chair
Mike Stoker
, former CA Deputy Sect’y of State, majority counsel to US House of Representatives and supervisor Santa Barbara County
Ann E. W. Stone
, Women for Trump
Tony Strickland
, former CA Assemblyman and State Senator, GOP nominee State Controller and state Chair Romney for President
Marcelino Valdez
, founder Latino Political Action Committee, Vice Chair CA GOP
Frank Visco
, former CA GOP State Chair
Villicana, Director LA for Trump
Tim Yale
, CA businessman

Committee for American Sovereignty
645 West Ninth Street
Suite 110-257
Los Angeles, California 90015

Chairman  Former Calif. State Sen. Tony Strickland


Executive Director and Spokeman  Doug Watts

Watts served as communications director on Ben Carson's presidential effort from March 2015 until he resigned Dec. 31, 2015.  President of Urban Media Group, LLC since April 2004.  President of North/South America market development for Clear Channel AdShel, April 1999-April 2004.  President of North American operations for Wall City Design, Sept. 1996-April 1999.  Senior vice president for asset development at Gannett Outdoor, Sept. 1993-July 1996.  Partner at RussoWatts&Rollins, Jan. 1976-April 1988.  Advertising director on Reagan-Bush 84.  Communications director on George Deukmejian for governor in California, 1982.  B.A. in political science from University of Arizona, 1972.