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“We already pay for congressional campaigns, we just label it ‘the national debt.’ Interests that donate to campaigns often get what they want from legislation, and we all pay for that; by comparison, public financing seems like a bargain.”- Lee Hamilton
Barbara Lawton was the first woman to be elected Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, serving two terms from 2003-11.
Barbara made public funding of elections a central issue in her campaigns, and was spokesperson for Wisconsin’s Citizen’s Panel for a Clean Election Option, led by Chief Justice Nate Heffernan. While in office, Barbara led the National Lieutenant Governors Association to strong, bipartisan support for a bold environmental agenda and established the organization’s international portfolio. In Wisconsin, she led a number of highly regarded bipartisan initiatives. Her economic development initiative Wisconsin Women = Prosperity received international recognition. Her Green Economy Agenda connected local networks of diverse leaders with national experts. Her Task Force on the Arts and Creativity in Education paved the way to Wisconsin’s leadership in the U.S. Creativity Network.
An editorial in the Madison, Wisconsin Capital Times in 2006 called Barbara “the boldest and most active lieutenant governor in state history”.
Barbara graduated from Lawrence University summa cum laude. She earned a Masters degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Lawrence University and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Arts and Design. She has also served on the Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Public Diplomacy Collaborative. Barbara and her husband Cal have two children, Amanda and Joseph, and four grandchildren.
Barbara was an original member of Americans for Campaign Reform’s Advisory Board, and joined the Board of Directors after leaving elected office in 2010. She also serves on the Advisory Board to the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service; on the American Association of Colleges and Universities National Leadership Council; and on the Advisory Board to Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet.
John Rauh is one of the country’s leading voices on election reform. Former Senator Bob Kerrey has said, “No one understands the ins and outs of public funding better than John. When John speaks people should listen.” In 2003, John founded Americans for Campaign Reform to advance the cause of voluntary public funding of congressional and presidential elections, recruiting former Senators Bill Bradley, Bob Kerrey, Warren Rudman, and Alan Simpson to the cause. He has spoken extensively on behalf of campaign finance reform in public, the press, and on Capitol Hill.
John joined Clopay Corporation in 1961, serving as its Chief Executive Officer from 1975 to 1985. John served as President of Cincinnati, Ohio’s independent political party, the Charter Committee, from 1969 to 1975. In 1992, John was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire. He has served as a board member of Common Cause and has been active on the boards of numerous civic and educational organizations, including chairing the board of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire. John received his AB and MBA degrees from Harvard University, and was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. John and his wife Mary reside in New Castle, NH.
Nick is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ and Boston University, where he earned a BA in Economics. He is the Founder of MC2, Inc., a marketing and strategic planning firm. Nick has developed marketing strategies and advertising campaigns for a diverse group of clients including Agfa Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, Bitstream, Caterpillar Tractor and GTE/Sylvania. He has also managed communications and media relations for several Senate and House campaigns.
Rob is a graduate of the University of Vermont and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Suffolk University. A public policy analyst and advocate, Rob has organized successful advocacy and legislative campaigns for the American Heart Association, Smoke-Free NH Alliance, and the American Cancer Society. Rob lives in Concord, NH with his wife Mary Ann, and serves on the Concord City Council.
Dan is the past President of Americans for Campaign Reform now serving as a policy advisor on legislative affairs. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University in 2006, where he won top prizes in International Studies and Political Science for senior research on democratic peace theory and a new small donor approach to federal campaign finance; the latter proposal has been incorporated into reform legislation now before Congress. He was a 2006 Marshall Scholar in Political Theory at Oxford, completing his MPhil dissertation on “Rethinking Political Equality in America – A Positive Account.” Dan is married to Dr. Sindiso Mnisi, of the Rural Women’s Action Research Project based at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.