Who we are

We are a group of concerned citizens who believe that special interest money is corrupting our political system. We have backgrounds varying from tech entrepreneurs to political advisors.

  • Mark McKinnon Campaign Guru

    Mark McKinnon has solved complex strategic challenges for causes, companies and candidates, including President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Governor Ann Richards, Congressman Charlie Wilson and Bono. He has helped engineer five winning presidential primary and general elections. He is co-founder of No Labels, which seeks to promote a new politics of problem solving over point-scoring.

  • Richard Painter Commissioner

    Richard W. Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University. He clerked for Judge John T. Noonan Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and later practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and Finn Dixon & Herling in Stamford, Connecticut. Read more »From 2005-2007, he was Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush in the White House Counsel's office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the President, White House employees and senior nominees to Senate-confirmed positions in the Executive Branch. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is an advisor for the new ALI Principles of Government Ethics. He has also been active in the Professional Responsibility Section of the American Bar Association.

  • Buddy Roemer Commissioner

    Buddy Roemer is the chairman of The Reform Project, a non-partisan organization fighting the unfair use of money in politics. Previously, he served as the 52nd Governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992, and as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988. He also founded two banks.

  • Trevor Potter Legal Counsel

    Trevor Potter is an attorney at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C. and leads the firm's Political Law Practice. He is a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and served as General Counsel to John McCain’s 2008 and 2000 presidential campaigns. He now represents Stephen Colbert and his SuperPAC and advises him on campaign finance issues on and off the air.

  • Zack Booth Simpson Co-Founder

    Zack Booth Simpson is a Research Fellow at the University of Texas Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology. He has published papers in Nature, Cell, and other journals. He is also an interactive artist who has exhibited at dozens of museums, including Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and New York’s Hall of Science. He is self-educated.