Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder

Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder

Brad is one of the nation’s foremost experts on campaign finance law. He served as a Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, resigning as of Aug. 21, 2005. Smith was elected as Vice...

David Keating, President

David Keating, President

David Keating has a long and distinguished career in nonprofit advocacy. In addition to his role as Executive Director of Club for Growth, a group dedicated to the promulgation of economic freedom, he...

Allen Dickerson, Legal Director

Allen Dickerson, Legal Director

Allen Dickerson is Legal Director of the Institute for Free Speech, where he leads the Institute’s nationwide litigation efforts. He has represented individuals and organizations in First Amendment challenges before the U.S. Supreme...

Matt Nese, Director of External Relations

Matt Nese, Director of External Relations

Matt re-joined the Institute for Free Speech as the organization’s Director of External Relations in July 2012 after spending time at Stateside Associates, where he gained an extensive knowledge of state legislative processes....

Alex Baiocco, Media Manager

Alex Baiocco, Communications Fellow

Alex joined the Institute for Free Speech as a Communications Fellow in July 2016 and was promoted to Media Manager in September 2018. In this capacity, Alex is responsible for compiling and distributing...

Scott Blackburn, Research Director

Scott Blackburn, Senior Research Analyst

Scott became the Institute for Free Speech’s Research Director in September 2018. In this position, he is responsible for spearheading the Institute’s short-term and long-term research efforts on the costs and benefits of...

Susan Bradley, Office Manager

Susan Bradley, Office Manager

Susan supports the Institute for Free Speech staff as Office Manager, and is the proud mom of three college students. (Geaux Tigers! Go Rams!) In addition to her work at IFS, Susan has...

Mike Columbo, Senior Fellow

Mike is a pro bono Senior Fellow with the Institute for Free Speech and is also Of Counsel in the Political Law Section of the California law firm of Nielsen Merksamer. In his practice with...

Parker Douglas, Senior Attorney

Parker joined the Institute for Free Speech in September 2018. He graduated Order of the Coif from the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, where he was Editor-in-Chief of...

Alex Kroll, Director of Development

Alex Kroll, Director of Development

Alex is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. As a student, he helped create and lead several student groups to counter the prevailing ideology present...

Tyler Martinez, Attorney

Tyler Martinez, Staff Attorney

Tyler Martinez is a Colorado native. He graduated summa cum laude from the Metropolitan State College of Denver with his B.A. in History. He then went on to earn his J.D. from the...

Zac Morgan, Attorney

Zac Morgan, Staff Attorney

Zac joined the Institute for Free Speech as a full-time attorney in 2012. He is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, where he participated in the school’s legal clinics...

Ryan Morrison, Attorney

Ryan joined the Institute for Free Speech as an Attorney in December 2018. He began his career as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. through the Attorney General’s...

Eric Peterson, Senior Policy Analyst

Eric Peterson, Senior Policy Analyst

Eric Peterson joined the Institute for Free Speech as a Senior Policy Analyst in June 2018, after nearly five years at Americans for Prosperity. Throughout his career, Eric has worked on a variety...

Luke Wachob, Communications Director

Luke Wachob, Senior Policy Analyst

Luke became Communications Director of the Institute for Free Speech in September 2018. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the Institute’s efforts to provide timely and compelling commentary on free speech...

Eric Wang, Senior Fellow

Eric Wang, Senior Fellow

Eric is a pro bono Senior Fellow with IFS and is also Special Counsel in the Election Law practice group at the Washington, DC law firm of Wiley Rein. Eric’s practice focuses on...

Owen Yeates, Attorney

Owen Yeates, Staff Attorney

Owen graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and a B.S., summa cum laude, in physics from Brigham Young University. He clerked for the...

Hunter Bates

Partner, Akin Gump. Read more about Hunter »

Edward H. Crane

Founder and President Emeritus, Cato Institute. Read more about Edward »

Cleta Mitchell

Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP. Read more about Cleta »

Stephen Modzelewski

Managing Member, Maple Engine LLC.

Eric O’Keefe

Chairman of the Board, Citizens for Self-Governance.

Bradley A. Smith

Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder

Chairman and Co-Founder, Institute for Free Speech and Blackmore-Naught Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School. Brad is one of the nation’s foremost experts on campaign finance law. He served as a...

John Snider

CPA-Retired, Treasurer.

In Memoriam, Herbert E. Alexander

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California and Director, Citizens Research Foundation.

Stephen Ansolabehere

Professor of Government, Harvard University. Related Readings: “What Is the Place of Corporate Money in Democratic Politics?” “Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett and the Problem of Campaign Finance” “Unrepresentative Information: The Case of...

Lillian R. BeVier (Retired)

David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Virginia School of Law. Related Readings: “First Amendment Basics Redux: Buckley v. Valeo to FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life” “Mandatory Disclosure,...

Bruce E. Cain

Professor of Political Science, Stanford University and Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Related Readings: Democracy More or Less: America’s Political Reform Quandary (Excerpt) “More...

John Coleman

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota. Related Readings: “Assessing the Potential Effects of Citizens United: Evidence from the States” “Pay to Play: Parties, Interests, and...

Richard M. Esenberg

Founder, President, and General Counsel, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School. Related Readings: “The Lonely Death of Public Campaign Financing”

Jay Goodliffe

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University and Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. Related Readings: “Campaign Fund-raising and Spending for Deterrence and Savings” “Campaign War Chests...

Joel M. Gora

Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School. Related Readings: “Free Speech Matters: The Roberts Court and the First Amendment” “In Defense of ‘Super PAC’s’ and of the First Amendment” “Free Speech, Fair Elections, and...

Jeffrey Milyo

Frederick A. Middlebush Chair in the Social Sciences, Department of Economics, University of Missouri. Related Readings: “Do State Campaign Finance Reforms Increase Trust and Confidence in State Government” “Campaign Spending and Electoral Competition:...

Michael C. Munger

Director, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program and Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Economics, Duke University. Related Readings: “Locking Up Political Speech: How Electioneering Communications Laws Stifle Free Speech and Civic Engagement” Read more...

David M. Primo

Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration, University of Rochester. Related Readings: “Risky Business? Do Disclosure and Shareholder Approval of Corporate Political Contributions Affect Stock Volatility and...

Larry J. Sabato

Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics, University of Virginia and Director, UVA Center for Politics. Related Readings: “PACs and Parties” Read more about Larry »

John Samples

Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute. Related Readings: “Move to Defend: The Case against the Constitutional Amendments Seeking to Overturn Citizens United” “The Costs of Mandating Disclosure” “The DISCLOSE Act, Deliberation, and...

Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder

Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder

Brad is one of the nation’s foremost experts on campaign finance law. He served as a Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, resigning as of Aug. 21, 2005. Smith was elected as Vice Chairman of the Commission in 2003 and Chairman of the Commission in 2004.

A recent New York Times story referred to Smith as the “intellectual powerhouse” of the movement to roll back campaign finance restrictions. His 2001 book, Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform, was lauded by George Will as the year’s “most important book on governance.” Once called “the most sought after witness in Congress” on campaign finance issues, Smith has authored over 40 articles on campaign finance reform, appearing in academic publications such as the Yale Law Journal and Georgetown Law Journal, and popular publications such as The Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and National Review. He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Bill Moyers Journal, the Lehrer News Hour, Fox News Special Report, ABC News, Washington Journal, and numerous other national and local television and radio programs.

As an FEC Commissioner, Smith won plaudits for his integrity and refusal to put partisan interests ahead of his duties, as well as his steadfast support for free speech. For his honesty and integrity, the Wall Street Journal dubbed him, “the only honorable man in this bordello.” Smith now serves as the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching, and is a past member of the Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Election Law. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Election Law Journal, and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Smith also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Studies, is a senior fellow at the Goldwater Institute and is a member of the Board of Scholars of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Smith is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Kalamazoo College and holds an honorary doctorate from Augustana College.

David Keating, President

David Keating, President

David Keating has a long and distinguished career in nonprofit advocacy. In addition to his role as Executive Director of Club for Growth, a group dedicated to the promulgation of economic freedom, he has served as Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union and Executive Director of Americans for Fair Taxation, a group that supports the FairTax to replace the income tax.

Allen Dickerson, Legal Director

Allen Dickerson, Legal Director

Allen Dickerson is Legal Director of the Institute for Free Speech, where he leads the Institute’s nationwide litigation efforts. He has represented individuals and organizations in First Amendment challenges before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits, the Supreme Courts of Colorado and Nevada, and various trial courts.

In addition to his work as a litigator, Allen is a frequent speaker on First Amendment, campaign finance, and regulatory matters. He has testified before Congress and state legislatures, and regularly comments on actions of the FEC, IRS, SEC, and other federal agencies. His writing has appeared in a range of publications, including the Harvard Business Law Review, Naval Law Review, Toledo Law Review, Campaigns & Elections, and USA Today.

Previously, Allen was a litigation associate with the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is a graduate of Yale College and New York University School of Law.

Allen can be reached at adickerson [at] ifs.org.

Matt Nese, Director of External Relations

Matt Nese, Director of External Relations

Matt re-joined the Institute for Free Speech as the organization’s Director of External Relations in July 2012 after spending time at Stateside Associates, where he gained an extensive knowledge of state legislative processes. In his capacity as Director of External Relations, Matt is responsible for the organization’s legislative and policy outreach efforts on both the state and federal level as well as its coalition building activities. In this role, Matt also consults with the Communications Director and Research Director in their positions overseeing the organization’s messaging and strategic research activities. Matt also supervises the Institute’s Senior Policy Analyst and Media Manager.

In more than six years as the Institute’s Director of External Relations, Matt has spent considerable time identifying, analyzing, and educating policymakers and national and state-based organizations about the perils inherent in state legislative and regulatory proposals that will infringe upon or promote free political speech and privacy in association. As a result of this work, Matt is regarded as a nationwide expert on state activity pertaining to free speech and association.

Prior to his time at Stateside Associates, Matt worked at the Institute as the Government and Coalition Relations Assistant, at which time he oversaw the organization’s state legislative efforts, and interned at the Institute for several semesters as a Research Associate. Matt also spent time interning on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress from his home state of Pennsylvania.

Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The George Washington University and is a member of the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics.

Matt can be reached at mnese [at] ifs.org.

Alex Baiocco, Media Manager

Alex Baiocco, Communications Fellow

Alex joined the Institute for Free Speech as a Communications Fellow in July 2016 and was promoted to Media Manager in September 2018. In this capacity, Alex is responsible for compiling and distributing the Institute’s signature weekday Daily Media Update, which contains topical news stories and commentary on a variety of issues surrounding campaign finance and free speech generally. Alex also monitors news sources for relevant commentary and discussions on political speech stories that IFS can engage with and contribute to, maintains the Institute’s website and social media presence, and is responsible for the organization’s graphic design needs. He also authors op-eds and blogs on a variety of topical political speech subjects.

Previously, Alex interned at the Cato Institute as a Media Relations Intern. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science.

Alex can be reached at abaiocco [at] ifs.org.

 

Scott Blackburn, Research Director

Scott Blackburn, Senior Research Analyst

Scott became the Institute for Free Speech’s Research Director in September 2018. In this position, he is responsible for spearheading the Institute’s short-term and long-term research efforts on the costs and benefits of campaign finance laws and regulations on free political debate and free association. Scott’s primary research areas include contribution limits, disclosure mandates, tax-financed campaigns, the Federal Election Commission, and other speech-related regulations at both the federal and state level. Scott also leads the Institute’s outreach efforts to academics, in an effort to support high-quality, nonpartisan scholarly research about the First Amendment. Prior to becoming the Institute’s Research Director, Scott served as the organization’s Senior Research Analyst.

In addition to his research duties, Scott blogs and authors op-eds on his research and other topical campaign finance and political speech issues. Scott’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Post.

Prior to joining IFS in June 2014, Scott worked at the Cato Institute, the American Action Forum, and wrote for the political fact-checking website, FactCheck.Org. Scott graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science in 2012.

Scott can be reached at sblackburn [at] ifs.org.

 

Susan Bradley, Office Manager

Susan Bradley, Office Manager

Susan supports the Institute for Free Speech staff as Office Manager, and is the proud mom of three college students. (Geaux Tigers! Go Rams!) In addition to her work at IFS, Susan has served as President of the Mount Vernon Republican Women’s Club since January of 2011. A native of the DC area, she currently resides near Mt. Vernon with her husband Bob.

Susan can be reached at sbradley [at] ifs.org.

Mike Columbo, Senior Fellow

Mike is a pro bono Senior Fellow with the Institute for Free Speech and is also Of Counsel in the Political Law Section of the California law firm of Nielsen Merksamer. In his practice with Nielsen Merksamer, he supports and defends businesses, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, political committees, and individuals engaged in the political process. Mike defends regulatory enforcement actions and counsels groups on compliance with federal and state campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying rules. He has served as counsel to FEC Commissioner Lee E. Goodman, as a staff attorney at the Federal Election Commission, a white collar defense attorney, a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and as a judicial law clerk.

Mike’s extensive experience has allowed him to see up close how complicated campaign finance regulations chill political speech. Mike is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Vassar College.

As a Senior Fellow, Mike assists IFS in analyzing legislation and regulatory proposals that affect political speech rights. He also writes op-eds and reports on the Institute’s behalf.

Parker Douglas, Senior Attorney

Parker joined the Institute for Free Speech in September 2018. He graduated Order of the Coif from the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review, holds a Ph.D. with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with honors from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, with a double major in English and History.

Prior to joining IFS, Parker was the 2017-2018 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Supreme Court of the United States, where he served in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice. Previously, he served as Utah Federal Solicitor to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, where he litigated Utah’s trial, appellate, multi-state, and amicus matters in all federal courts. Parker has also been an Assistant Federal Defender, practiced in the Supreme Court and Appellate section of Latham & Watkins’s Washington, D.C. office, and taught several law courses at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law. He was law clerk to the Honorable Michael W. McConnell, then of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and now Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford University, and to the Honorable Tena Campbell of the United States District Court for the District of Utah.

Parker has litigated over 300 federal matters, and numerous others in state courts. He has handled cases concerning civil rights – the majority involving the First Amendment – criminal prosecutions, separation of powers, antitrust, trade secret, and sovereignty disputes. He has tried many cases to a verdict – both to juries and the bench – argued over forty appeals in federal and state courts of appeal, as well as suppression, Daubert, and dispositive motions, recorded in over fifty opinions. Parker has also represented clients on appeal or through amicus briefing in every federal court of appeals, including the Supreme Court, and in many state courts of appeal.

Parker can be reached at pdouglas [at] ifs.org.

Alex Kroll, Director of Development

Alex Kroll, Director of Development

Alex is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. As a student, he helped create and lead several student groups to counter the prevailing ideology present on those campuses. In his prior position as Member Relations Officer with Susan B. Anthony List, Alex strengthened relationships with existing supporters and persuaded new individuals to become significant donors to that organization. In his current position, he helps supporters achieve their philanthropic goals and promotes IFS to prospective new donors.

Alex can be reached at akroll [at] ifs.org.

Tyler Martinez, Attorney

Tyler Martinez, Staff Attorney

Tyler Martinez is a Colorado native. He graduated summa cum laude from the Metropolitan State College of Denver with his B.A. in History. He then went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, while winning accolades for his advocacy skills and serving as Executive Editor of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law. Prior to joining the Institute for Free Speech, Tyler ran his own law firm specializing in election law and campaign finance compliance for nonprofit organizations.

Tyler is licensed to practice law only in Colorado and the District of Columbia. He is further admitted to the bars of the following federal courts: Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit, District of Columbia Circuit, District of Colorado, and District for the District of Columbia.

Zac Morgan, Attorney

Zac Morgan, Staff Attorney

Zac joined the Institute for Free Speech as a full-time attorney in 2012.

He is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, where he participated in the school’s legal clinics for U.S. Supreme Court practice and providing legal assistance for service members.

Prior to attending law school, Zac served as a Schedule C political appointee in the U.S. Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, and later helmed social media for the Maryland House Republican Caucus. He took his undergraduate degree in political science from the George Washington University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

He is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to the federal bar for the Supreme Court, the Third, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the district courts of the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia.

Ryan Morrison, Attorney

Ryan joined the Institute for Free Speech as an Attorney in December 2018. He began his career as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Ryan was a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division and also worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Subsequently, Ryan accepted an appointment from President George W. Bush and joined the U.S. Air Force Office of the General Counsel as Special Counsel and Special Assistant to the General Counsel. In addition to working on Air Force matters, Ryan assisted the U.S. Department of Defense Office of the General Counsel with congressional investigations and the Department’s legislative program. He received the Secretary of Defense’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his service. At the end of the Bush administration, Ryan became an Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel) for the U.S. Department of Defense and represented the Department’s interests in Guantanamo Bay habeas corpus litigation. Later, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and entered private practice after the clerkship. He became an associate at the Louisville, Kentucky office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and represented Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 companies in various types of litigation. After four years of private practice, he joined Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s administration and served in multiple roles.

Ryan graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and the president of the Federalist Society. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in finance from Western Kentucky University.

Ryan is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is also admitted at the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

Eric Peterson, Senior Policy Analyst

Eric Peterson, Senior Policy Analyst

Eric Peterson joined the Institute for Free Speech as a Senior Policy Analyst in June 2018, after nearly five years at Americans for Prosperity. Throughout his career, Eric has worked on a variety of issues relating to the First Amendment and free political speech, including fighting to protect free speech on campus and online as well as the right of individuals to contribute privately to the causes of their choice. He has authored numerous op-eds on these topics, appearing in publications as diverse as the Washington Examiner, Wired, and The Washington Post.

As a Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute, Eric authors policy publications on a variety of topical campaign finance issues and speech regulatory proposals. Eric also monitors legislative developments on numerous political speech issues in the states and works with the Director of External Relations to conduct legislative and policy outreach on these proposals. As a Senior Policy Analyst, Eric also authors op-eds on behalf of the Institute and regularly blogs on the organization’s website.

Originally a native of the Land of Lincoln, Eric traveled down the Mississippi River to attend Tulane University in New Orleans. He graduated in 2012 with degrees in Political Economy and Economics as well as a minor in Business. After college, Eric lived for a short time in Savannah before moving back to Illinois to work on political campaigns. He eventually decided to move to Washington, D.C. to pursue his passion for policy. During his time in the nation’s capital, he is most proud of his work on occupational licensing reform and opposing the Congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. As a native of Illinois, he counts his happiest days watching the Cubs win the 2016 World Series.

Eric can be reached at epeterson [at] ifs.org.

Luke Wachob, Communications Director

Luke Wachob, Senior Policy Analyst

Luke became Communications Director of the Institute for Free Speech in September 2018. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the Institute’s efforts to provide timely and compelling commentary on free speech issues. Luke manages the Institute’s media inquiries, oversees press releases and organizational statements, and assists in the writing and editing of op-eds and blog posts. He is also the editor of the IFS quarterly newsletter, Speaking Freely.

Prior to becoming Communications Director, Luke held various roles at IFS. He joined the Institute for Free Speech in June 2013 as an intern, before becoming a Policy Analyst in August 2013. In April 2017, Luke was promoted to Senior Policy Analyst. In this capacity, he was responsible for directing and authoring the Institute’s policy publications on a variety of existing campaign finance regulations and speech regulatory proposals.

In his time at IFS, Luke has authored over 60 op-eds and has been published in The Washington PostNew York PostNational Review, The HillWashington Examiner, and Reason, among numerous outlets.

Before joining IFS, Luke earned a B.S. in Public Policy and Administration from James Madison University in 2013. He also advocated for First Amendment rights while on campus, helping to abolish JMU’s speech codes. In 2012, Luke interned at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), where he researched and blogged about free speech issues at universities.

Luke can be reached at lwachob [at] ifs.org.

 

Eric Wang, Senior Fellow

Eric Wang, Senior Fellow

Eric is a pro bono Senior Fellow with IFS and is also Special Counsel in the Election Law practice group at the Washington, DC law firm of Wiley Rein. Eric’s practice focuses on federal and state campaign finance, lobbying, political nonprofit, and government ethics laws. Eric has served as interim general counsel at Americans for Prosperity and as counsel to Commissioner Caroline Hunter at the Federal Election Commission. Eric writes frequently about political law issues and has been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Roll Call, The Hill, Politico, and The Washington Times.

Eric is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Owen Yeates, Attorney

Owen Yeates, Staff Attorney

Owen graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and a B.S., summa cum laude, in physics from Brigham Young University.

He clerked for the Honorable Scott Matheson, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2012-2013), the Honorable J. Jerome Farris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011-2012), and the Honorable James L. Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (Summer 2012). Prior to law school, he taught Ancient Political Theory, American Politics, Theories of Human Freedom, and Religion and American Politics at Brigham Young University and Wake Forest University. During law school, Owen worked with the school’s Three Strikes Clinic and Domestic Violence pro bono program. Most recently, he was a litigation associate in intellectual property law at Klarquist Sparkman, LLP in Portland, Oregon, where he also became involved with the Legal Aid Society of Oregon’s domestic violence program.

Owen is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Utah. He is admitted as well to the federal court bars of the Ninth Circuit, District of Oregon, District of Utah, and Eastern District of Texas.

Hunter Bates

Partner, Akin Gump.

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Edward H. Crane

Founder and President Emeritus, Cato Institute.

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Cleta Mitchell

Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP.

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Stephen Modzelewski

Managing Member, Maple Engine LLC.

Eric O’Keefe

Chairman of the Board, Citizens for Self-Governance.

Bradley A. Smith

Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder

Chairman and Co-Founder, Institute for Free Speech and Blackmore-Naught Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School.

Brad is one of the nation’s foremost experts on campaign finance law. He served as a Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, resigning as of Aug. 21, 2005. Smith was elected as Vice Chairman of the Commission in 2003 and Chairman of the Commission in 2004.

A recent New York Times story referred to Smith as the “intellectual powerhouse” of the movement to roll back campaign finance restrictions. His 2001 book, Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform, was lauded by George Will as the year’s “most important book on governance.” Once called “the most sought after witness in Congress” on campaign finance issues, Smith has authored over 40 articles on campaign finance reform, appearing in academic publications such as the Yale Law Journal and Georgetown Law Journal, and popular publications such as The Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and National Review. He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Bill Moyers Journal, the Lehrer News Hour, Fox News Special Report, ABC News, Washington Journal, and numerous other national and local television and radio programs.

As an FEC Commissioner, Smith won plaudits for his integrity and refusal to put partisan interests ahead of his duties, as well as his steadfast support for free speech. For his honesty and integrity, the Wall Street Journal dubbed him, “the only honorable man in this bordello.” Smith now serves as the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching, and is a past member of the Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Election Law. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Election Law Journal, and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Smith also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Studies, is a senior fellow at the Goldwater Institute and is a member of the Board of Scholars of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Smith is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Kalamazoo College and holds an honorary doctorate from Augustana College.

John Snider

CPA-Retired, Treasurer.

In Memoriam, Herbert E. Alexander

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California and Director, Citizens Research Foundation.

Stephen Ansolabehere

Professor of Government, Harvard University.

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Lillian R. BeVier (Retired)

David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Virginia School of Law.

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Bruce E. Cain

Professor of Political Science, Stanford University and Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

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John Coleman

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota.

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Richard M. Esenberg

Founder, President, and General Counsel, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School.

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Jay Goodliffe

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University and Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.

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Joel M. Gora

Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School.

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Jeffrey Milyo

Frederick A. Middlebush Chair in the Social Sciences, Department of Economics, University of Missouri.

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Michael C. Munger

Director, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program and Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Economics, Duke University.

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David M. Primo

Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration, University of Rochester.

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Larry J. Sabato

Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics, University of Virginia and Director, UVA Center for Politics.

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John Samples

Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute.

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