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Our American Revival
527 organization formed late Jan. 2015 (launched Jan. 27).
>OAR was Walker's main political vehicle for close to five months. On June 18, 2015 he announced Scott Walker Inc. Testing the Waters.
Executive Director Rick Wiley
(started late 2014; first reported building
organization by CNN's Peter
on Jan. 7, 2015) Managing director of Mercury LLC's
legislative assistant to Wisconsin State Representative Gene Hahn (R-De
Forest). Illinois native. twitter
Political Director Matt Mason
(first reported on Jan. 28,
2015 by Politico's
National field director at the RNC in the 2014 cycle from the latter
part of 2013. Served as a RNC regional political director in the
2012 cycle and for the first part of 2013. Executive political
director for the Michigan Republican Party in 2010. Victory
director in Virginia in 2009. Regional political director for the
Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee covering the Great Lakes region,
2007. Ohio Victory director in the '04, '06, and '08 cycles.
After Sept. 11, 2001 Mason joined the U.S. Marine Corps; he served with
Lima Company 3rd Battalion 25th Marines in Iraq in 2005 and is a combat
veteran. A field representative for the Ohio Republican Party in
2001. Victory coordinator for the Ohio Republican Party in
2000. Mason got his start in politics in the late 90's in
Southeast Ohio managing five successful local races while studying
political management at Ohio University; degree in political
management, Dec. 2000. twitter
Deputy Political Director Danny O'Driscoll
(reported by Time's Zeke J. Miller on March 1, 2015) Vice president at Political Ink, Inc.. Wisconsin state director on Romney for President in the Fall; previously the campaign's Northeast and Lakes regional political director, working on primary campaigns in eight states; started as one of two deputy state directors on Romney's NH primary campaign. National absentee and early vote director in the political department at the RNC in Fall 2010. Managed businessman Paul Huber's campaign for the Republic nomination in the May 18, 2010 primary in PA-3 (Mike Kelly won the primary). Managed political operations in the Northeast region for Freedom's Watch in the 2008 cycle. Worked on John Rounsaville for Gongress in MS-3 in first part of 2008. Worked in external relations for the 2004 Republican National Convention. Worked for Rep. Chris Chocola (R-IN). Graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Deputy Political Director Wells Griffith
(reported by Time's Zeke J. Miller on March 1, 2015) Managed RNC chair Reince Priebus' successful re-election. Candidate for Congress in the Sept. 24, 2013 special election in AL-1 finishing fifth with 11-percent of the vote. Deputy chilef of staff and eariler special assistant to RNC chairman Reince Priebus from March 2011. Principal at Capitol Specialties, LLC. Led Bryan Taylor's successful campaign for state Senate in 2010. Managed Steven Palazzo's successful campaign for Congress in MS-04 in 2008. Executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party under Gov. Haley Barbour. J.D. from Mississippi College of Law, 2009; B.A. in history, Spanish from the Virginia Military Academy, 2004. Grew up in Mobile, AL. twitter
Senior Advisors on National Conservative Outreach
(first reported Feb. 5, 2015 by the Washington Examiner's Rebecca Berg)
Founder (2014) of Atlas Strategy Group. Executive director of the American Conservative Union. Executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. National coalitions director on Mitt Romney’s 2007-08 presidential campaign. Managed Sen. Jim Talent's 2006 U.S. Senate re-election campaign. State director for Sen. Jim Talent. Missouri communications director on Bush-Cheney '04, then finished the campaign as Election Day coordinator in New Hampshire. Keller's first position in politics was as travel aide to then-Congressman Jim Talent in his successful 2002 Senate election campaign against Jean Carnahan in Missouri; following the campaign he served as Talent's political director. Financial analyst in Boston. B.A. in English literature from Florida State University, 1999. Clayton, MO native. twitter
Co-founder and senior partner at Madison Strategies, LLC. Executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition for three years. Vice president at Century Strategies heading up their Washington D.C. office and also leading the Judicial Crisis Network; executive director of the Judicial Confirmation Network and president of Principium Consulting, a public policy and public affairs consulting firm. Conservative coalitions director for the Romney presidential campaign in 2007-08; reported as an advisor in Dec. 2006. Outreach to social conservatives on Bush-Cheney '04. Development director and lobbyist for The Family Foundation of Virginia, Focus on the Family's VA affiliate. Worked for Ralph Reed at Century Strategies. Master’s degree in political management from Regent University; B.A. in political science from James Madison University. twitter
Communications Director Kirsten Kukowski
(first reported Feb. 2, 2015 by CNN's Mark
transitioning over during Feb.) Comes to Our American Revival
from serving as deputy communications director/press secretary at the
RNC; started at the RNC as press secretary in Jan. 2011.
on Rep. Mark Kirk's successful 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.
regional press secretary at the RNC in 2009-10. Communications
director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Jan. 2007-March 2009,
including WI Victory communications director in Fall 2008. Press
secretary to Congressman Mark Green, May 2006-Jan. 2007. B.A. in
journalism and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Press Secretary AshLee Strong
(Feb. 26, 2015 tweet) Comes to OAR from the
Office of Sen. John
Thune, where she served for more than four years, most recently as
senior communications director and spokeswoman for the Senate
Republican Conference and previously as communications director and as
press secretary. Press secretary for U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore
Capito (WV). Communications aide for the Senate Health,
Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. An aide at the White
House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the George W. Bush
administration. Graduate of University of Montana, 2007.
From Montana. twitter
Press Assistant Lauren Fine
(March 2015) Booker at Fox News Channel, Dec.
production assistant for "The Five" at Fox News Channel,
Feb.-Dec. 2014. B.A. in political science, legal studies from
Washington University in St. Louis, 2014. Fine also
interned in the Office of Gov. Chris Christie (May-Aug. 2011) and on
his re-election campaign (April-Aug. 2013).
Policy Andrew Bremberg
(reported by Politico's
from position as policy advisor and counsel on nominations to
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, March 2014-May 2015.
Department manager at MITRE, Feb. 2009-Feb. 2014. Chief of staff
in the Office of Public Health and Science (July 2007-Jan. 2009),
special assistant in the immediate Office of the Secretary (July
2005-July 2007) and special assistant to the Executive Secretary (July
2001-July 2005) at the Department of Health and Human Services.
J.D. from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law,
2006; B.A. in psychology and theology from Franciscan University of
Domestic Policy Advisor Kristin Jackson
(reported by Politico's Darren Samuelsohn on Feb. 18, 2015; start early March) A director at DCI group from Feb. 2014. Independent consultant for DCI Group, IRI and others, Feb. 2013-Jan. 2014. Staff director (Jan. 2011-Jan. 2013) and minority staff director (April 2010-Jan. 2011) at the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Assistant program officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Republican Institute, Sept. 2009-Sept. 2010. Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL), Aug. 2006-May 2009. M.A. in government, international relations from Georgetown University, 2007; B.S. in political science and Spanish from Missouri State University, 2005.
Foreign Policy Advisor Mike Gallagher
(reported by Politico's
Committee from Aug. 2013. Captain in the U.S. Marines Corps, June
2006-Aug. 2013. M.A. in government (2013) and M.A. in security
studies (2012) from Georgetown University; M.S. in strategic
intelligence from National Intelligence University (2010); B.A. in
international relations and affairs from Princeton University, 2006.
Foreign Policy Advisor Robert C. O'Brien
(reported by National Review's Eliana Johnson on May 11, 2015) Managing partner at Arent Fox LLP for California from Jan. 2007. Managing partner at O'Brien Abeles LLP, 1999-2007. A legal officer with the United Nations Security Council (Compensation Commission) in Geneva, Switzerland, 1996-98. Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates, 1991-96. J.D. from UC Berkeley, 1991; B.A. degree from UCLA, 1988. Served as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Army Reserve, 1992-2005.
Senior Advisor on Foreign Policy and Defense Former Sen. Jim Talent
(reported by CNN's Erin McPike on March 26,
2015) Senior fellow at the American Enterprise
Institute and director of the National Security 2020 project from
Dec. 2014; also partner at Banner
Affairs. Advisor on both of Mitt Romney's presidential
campaigns; in 2011-12 Talent was a member of both the economic policy
team (announced Sept. 2011) and the foreign policy and national
security advisory team (announced Oct. 2011). In 2007-8 he was
Romney for President domestic policy task force chairman (announced
Feb. 2007). Distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation from
Jan. 2007. Elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2002
special election; lost 2006 re-election bid. Elected to Congress
in 1992; served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1984 at age 28;
served eight years. Law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner.
J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, 1981. A.B. in
political science from Washington University in St. Louis. twitter
Lead Fundraising Consultant Jenny Drucker
(first reported Feb. 4, 2015 by Politico's James Hohmann and Kenneth P. Vogel) Per Hohmann and Vogel recently started her own firm with Alex Lawhon. NRCC finance director in the 2014 and 2012 cycles; NRCC deputy finance director in the 2010 cycle. PAC director at the NRSC during the 2008 cycle. PAC director at the NRCC in the 2006 cycle. Worked on the 2000 and 2004 Bush/Cheney campaigns, the 2004 Republican National Convention, and the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committees. Staff assistant, then office manager for Rep. Sessions from 2000 to May 2004. Graduate of Texas A&M University, 1999.
Fundraising Alex Lawhon
(first reported Feb. 4, 2015 by Politico's James
Hohmann and Kenneth P.
Vogel) Deputy finance director at the NRCC in the 2012
cycle. A regional finance director on
2008 presidential campaign. NRSC staff in the 2006 cycle.
Fundraising Susan Lilly
(reported Feb. 13, 2015 by The Texas Tribune) President, CEO and founder (1996) of Lilly & Company, based in Austin, TX. worked in various capacities including campaign manager, scheduler, and organization director on state senate and statewide campaigns. Staffer for Republican Railroad Commissioner Barry Williamson. B.A. in communications from Stephen F. Austin State University. Grew up in Nacogdoches; sixth generation Texan.
Chief Data Officer Mark Stephenson
(first reported Feb. 2, 2015 by CNN's Mark
Preston) Co-founder of Cardinal Insights, a data
targeting, intelligence and
statistical modeling firm with offices in Washington, DC and Austin,
TX, from Oct. 2013; and owner of Two Bytes Data, a technology and data
analysis consulting firm, from May 2013. Worked on Joni Ernst's
2014 U.S. Senate campaign. University of Michigan, 2005. twitter
Senior Advisor Ed Goeas
President and CEO of The
Tarrance Group. (The firm did polling for Walker's campaigns for
Brian Tringali, partner at The Tarrance Group.
B.J. Martino, senior vice president at The Tarrance Group.
Whips on Capitol Hill
(reported by Politico's James Hohmann on Feb. 20, 2015)
Pete Meachum - Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-7)
McKay Daniels - Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-8)
...The Washington Post reported on Feb. 8, 2015 that OAR had leased office space in Urbandale;The Des Moines Register reported the address on Feb. 10.
Senior Iowa Advisor David Polyansky
(first reported on
Moines Register) President
Group, based in Houston. Strategist on Joni Ernst's 2014 U.S.
campaign. CEO and deputy campaign manager on Michele Bachmann's
campaign to early Sept. 2011. Chief operating officer and senior
advisor on Mike Huckabee's
campaign starting early Nov. 2007. Came to the Huckabee campaign
his position as chief operating officer of Americans for Fair
Taxation, 2006-07. Attorney at McFall, Sherwood & Breitbeil
Served in Iraq in 2004-05 with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, a
Houston-based Marine Corps Infantry Battalion, in Al Anbar.
practicing commercial litigation defense in Houston. Experience
includes campaign manager for an initiative campaign, spokesperson and
policy director for a congressional candidate, volunteer for a
presidential election, chief of staff for a City of Houston council
member, and an account executive with an advertising/public relations
agency during law school. Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps;
active duty from 1992-97. J.D. from the University of Houston Law
Center, 2002; B.S. in political science from the
University of St. Thomas. twitter
Strategic Advisor / Iowa Communications
Director in waiting Eric Woolson
(first reported on Feb. 24, 2015 by the Des Moines Register)
President and CEO of The
public, media and government relations and crisis management firm in
West Des Moines that he founded in 2002. Woolson and his son also
own and operate Lucky
Badger Farms. Iowa communications director (from Sept. 2011)
and campaign manager from Oct. 27, 2011-Jan. 2012) on Bachmann for
President. State spokesman and senior consultant on the
Pawlenty for President campaign. Campaign manager on Bob Vander
Plaats' for Governor in the June 8, 2010 primary. Campaign
Mike Huckabee's 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign; started as coordinator of
Huckabee's Hope for America PAC in June 2006. Communications
director on then Gov. George W. Bush's Iowa caucus campaign,
1999-2000. Communications director for Gov. Terry Branstad during
his final term. Previously worked for 20 years as a member of the
Iowa press corps, including 11 years at the Waterloo Courier. O.Kay
Henderson notes on Radio Iowa, the blog
(June 13, 2006) that, "Woolson left the Waterloo Courier in 1987 to
work as press secretary for Delaware Senator Joe Biden’s Iowa
effort." He is also author of Grassley: Senator from Iowa
(Mid-Prairie Books, Nov. 1995).
Political director at Just Win Strategies from Jan.
political director (July-Nov. 2014) and statewide field director
(Jan.-June 2014) on Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate. B.A. in political
science and government from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities,
On March 3, 2015 Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson reported four state Senators, led by Brad Zaun, are endorsing Walker.
Sen. Brad Zaun (District 20 - Urbandale) >
Sen. Randy Feenstra (District 2 - Hull) >
Sen. Dan Zumbach (District 48 - Ryan) >
Sen. Tom Shipley (District 11 - Nodaway) >
On March 5, 2015 several outlets reported that two county officials have joined Our American Revival's Iowa leadership team (+):
Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart > twitter
Marshall County Treasurer Jarret Heil
Senior New Hampshire Advisor Andy Leach
(first reported on Feb. 17, 2015 by NH Journal) Founder (Jan. 2014) and president of LG Strategies, a consulting firm based in Manchester. Outreach director to Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2014. Executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party from Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011, under chairman former Gov. John Sununu. Director of operations on Sen. John Sununu's 2008 re-election campaign, and earlier constituent liaison in Sununu's Senate office. Executive director of the NH Republican Party in 2006 under Wayne Semprini. One of two field coordinators (coordinated data, maps, call sheets and such for the field reps) for NH Victory in Fall 2004. Worked on Sen. Gordon Humphrey's 2002 and 2000 campaigns. Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Rivier College, 2000.
New Hampshire Day-to-Day Michael Bir
(first reported on Feb. 17, 2015 by NH
director for the Michigan Republican Party, March 2013 through the 2014
cycle. RNC Ohio Victory director, May-Nov. 2012; Victory director
for the Ohio Republican Party, Feb. 2010-May 2012. Insurance
agent at American Financial Planners, 2004-12. B.A. in political
management from Ohio University, 2004.
Shain on May 7, 2015) Founder (March 2011) and president of
Ground Game Strategies, Inc., based in Mauldin, SC. National
field director at Friends of Herman Cain, Dec. 2010-March 2011; Trip
also worked on Sen. John McCain's 2000 campaign and Sen. Phil Gramm's
1996 campaign. National political director at Americans for
Limited Government in Fairfax, Virginia, June 2006-Dec. 2010.
State Representative in the South Carolina General
Assembly, 1994-2006. President and owner of Carolina Mortgage
Solutions, 2004-06. Founder and operation of Tripp Insurance
Agency, 1995-2004. M.B.A. from Winthrop University, 2002.
M.S. in public relations from Suffolk University, 1993. twitter
(April 2015; reported
Shain on May 7, 2015) Campaign manager on Stewart Mills' campaign
for Congress in Minnesota's 8th CD, Feb.-Nov. 2014 (one of the most closely contested races
of the cycle).
Campaign manager on Ron Walters for Congress in Charleston, WV, Sept.
2013-Jan. 2014. Campaign manager on Judy Biggert for Congress in
Illinois, Feb.-Dec. 2012. B.A. in government from William &
Mary, 2006. twitter
James Hohmann. "Scott Walker goes to K St.." Politico, Feb. 20, 2015.
John DiStaso. "Former NHGOP exec director Andy Leach among two big NH hires by Scott Walker PAC. NHJournal, Feb. 17, 2015.
James Hohmann and Kenneth P. Vogel. "Walker targets Romney donors, Jeb turf." Politico, Feb. 4, 2015.
Mark Preston. "Eyeing 2016, Walker adds veteran operatives to political team." CNN, Feb. 2, 2015.
Jennifer Jacobs. "GOP strategist with Iowa ties joins Team Scott Walker." Des Moines Register, Jan. 23, 2015.
Peter Hamby. "Walker builds 2016 team with likely campaign manager." CNN, Jan. 7, 2015.
James Hohmann. "Scott Walker plots 2016 rollout." Politico, Nov. 20, 2014.
On Feb. 28, 2015, AP reported, "Walker's newly formed political action committee opened a national headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, a few days ago." This likely refers to OAR. See Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumont. "Wisconsin's Walker adjusts to rigor of presidential politics." The Associate Press, Feb. 28, 2015.
Online Communications Consultant Liz Mair
with Dan Blum
- Senior communications strategist at Mair
Strategies since Nov. 2013. Deputy campaigns manager on Friends
of Scott Walker, Nov. 2011-Dec. 2012. Self-employed
communications, Jan.-Nov. 2011. Director of research and rapid
response communications at Rob Portman for Senate, May-Dec. 2010.
Research and communications consultant, Feb. 2009-May 2010.
Senior research analyst at the RNC, Nov. 2007-Feb. 2009. Policy
assistant at the Senate Republican Conference, July-Nov. 2007.
J.D. from The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, 2006; B.S.
in business from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business,
and Brittany Cover - Experience includes deputy communications director for Citizens United from Jan. 2013.
pro-Walker super PAC
Pre-Campaign Organization (to Nov. 4, 2014)
Scott Walker (2014 re-election)
Campaign Co-Chairman Michael Grebe
President and CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley
Foundation since 2002. Chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner
from 1994-2002; a partner there for more than 25 years.
Republican National Committeeman for Wisconsin, 1984–2002; general
counsel of the RNC, 1996-2000. J.D. from University of Michigan,
1970. Served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Bachelor's degree
from the U.S. Military Academy, 1962. Also state chairman of the
Reagan-Bush campaign, state co-chairman of the Bush-Quayle campaign and
member, National Steering Committee to elect Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Campaign Manager Stephan Thompson
(from March 1, 2013; first reported Jan. 2013) Executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin from May 2011-Feb. 2013; previously deputy director. Deputy campaign manager on Walker's 2010 campaign. Served on several statewide and local political and issue advocacy campaigns. Graduate of Carroll College. West Allis native.
Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Wetzel
(Jan. 2013) Assistant campaign manager on Tommy
Senate, Sept.-Dec. 2012. Political director at the Republican
Party of Wisconsin, June-Sept. 2012. Statewide field director on
Friends of Scott Walker, Nov. 2011-June 2012. External relations
coordinator in the Office of Gov. Scott Walker, Jan.-July and Aug.-Nov.
2011. Field rep. on Friends of Scott Walker, July-Dec.
2010. Graduate of Marquette University, 2010.
Communications Director Thomas Evenson
(March 2014) Press secretary in the office of
Gov. Scott Walker,
April 2013-March 2014. Communications director for Senate
Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Dec. 2012-April 2013.
Communications director (June-Dec. 2012) and deputy communications
director (Nov. 2011-June 2012) at Friends of Scott Walker. Press
aide in the Office of Gov. Scott Walker, Jan.-Nov. 2011. Field
rep. on Friends of Scott Walker, June 2009-Dec. 2010. B.S. in
political science, communication studies from University of
Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2009. twitter
Press Secretary Alleigh Marré
(Feb. 2014) Western regional press secretary at
the NRCC, Feb.
2013-14. Press secretary on the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate
campaign, Jan.-Dec. 2012. Assistant account executive at Waggener
Edstrom Worldwide, Aug. 2010-Jan. 2012. Digital director on Oz
Griebel for Governor (CT), March-Aug. 2010. Account executive at
BIGfish Communications, Jan. 2009-March 2010. Studied marketing
communication at Emerson College.
Digital Director Matthew Oczkowski
(Aug. 2013) Digital director at Advocacy Group
2011-Aug. 2013. Account manager at Hynes Communications, Dec.
2010-May 2011. Digital director at Robitaille for Governor,
Aug.-Dec. 2010. Communications director on Bernier for Congress,
May-Aug. 2010. Account manager at Hynes Communications, Dec.
2009-July 2010. eCamapign at the RNC, June-Dec. 2008. B.A.
in political science from James Madison University. twitter
Finance Director Colleen Coyle
Has served as finance director of the Republican
Party of Wisconsin. B.A. in sociology from Southern Methodist
University, 2010. From Madison, WI.
Operations Director Bridget Hagerty
President / owner at Wisconsin-based CMI Events
Fundraising, March 1998-July 2011. Worked on Walker's 2011
Inaugural and as part of the finance team on his 2010 campaign.
Senior Advisor Keith Gilkes
President of The Champion Group LLC (among his clients
served as general consultant on Stewart Mills for Congress 2014
campaign in MN-8). Campaign manager on the June 2012 recall
campaign. Chief of staff to Gov. Walker until Oct. 8, 2011, left
to head recall campaign. Campaign
manager on Walker's
2010 campaign from April 2009. Policy advisor to
Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Jan. 2007-April 2008.
Executive director of the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate,
2006. B.S. in
political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999.
From Prairie du Chien, WI.
Consultant R.J. Johnson
Also was general consultant for Scott Walker’s 2010
campaign for governor. Principal at Johnson
Jordahl from Nov. 2010 and president of R.J. Johnson &
Associates from April 2003. With Bill Eisner (now of
Nonbox) formed Eisner|Johnson and president of the firm from Jan.
1999-April 2003; Eisner|Johnson was the media
agency for Steve Forbes’ 2000 presidential campaign. Executive
director of the
Wisconsin Republican Party. Midwest regional political director at the
RNC from 1995-96 and again in 1997. Director of voter
registration at the RNC, 1989-91. Political director of the
of Florida, 1986-89. B.A. in political science from University of
Pollster The Tarrance Group