Senator John McCain (R-AZ) served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years, was a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War and a decorated captain. John McCain was first elected to represent the state of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served two terms before being elected to the Senate in 1985. Senator McCain is the co-author of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill.
In 1998 Jesse Ventura became the first Reform Party candidate voted into a major office. Most commonly known as Jesse "The Body" Ventura, this former Navy SEAL, actor, radio talk show host and current governor of Minnesota is now a major supporter of Campaign Finance Reform.
Famed for his work in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, two of pop music's most successful and enduring groups, Stephen Stills became fascinated by music at a young age, and by the age of 15 was playing professionally. In 1966, Stephen, joined by Neil Young and several others formed the band Buffalo Springfield. In 1968 Stills had teamed up with the David Crosby and Graham Nash to form Crosby, Stills and Nash. The group, joined by occasionally Young, has seen its members embark on impressive solo careers, but maintain close ties to one another and their music.
Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992. As part of his effort to lessen the influence of money in Washington, Feingold worked on the successful passage of the congressional gift ban in 1995. Since 1995, Feingold has spearheaded a national, bipartisan effort, with Republican Senator John McCain (R-AZ), to clean up our nations corrupt campaign finance system and is now a coauthor of the McCain-Feingold Bill.
Charles Kolb is President of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), an independent, nonpartisan organization of 250 business and education leaders dedicated to economic and social policy research and the implementation of its recommendations by the public and private sectors. In 1999, CED released a report on campaign finance reform, entitled Investing in the People's Business.
Sen. Jim Jeffords (R-VT) was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988. Jeffords served with the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1959, and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Captain in 1990. Jim Jeffords served as a Vermont State Senator from 1967 to 1968 and held his first statewide office as Vermont Attorney General from 1969 to 1973. From 1975 to 1988 Jim served as Vermont's Congressman At Large.
Paula Poundstone is among a variety of comics who came to the forefront of the comedic world in the '80s and one who has continued to allow her "offbeat interpretations of everyday life" to influence her comedic routines. She's won an American Comedy Award as Best Female Stand-up, two CableACE Awards, and a local Emmy. She claims to have learned the basics of government from former Sen. Paul Simon while enjoying rides at an amusement park.
Doris Haddock - affectionately known as Granny D - is a 90-year-old great-grandmother of 12. On Tuesday, February 29, 2000, Haddock arrived in Washington, DC after walking 3,200 miles across the country from Pasadena, California in a 14-month crusade calling attention to the urgent need for campaign finance reform.
Scott Harshbarger is President and CEO of Common Cause. Prior to joining Common Cause, Harshbarger served two terms as Massachusetts Attorney General (1991-1999) and was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts in 1998.
Jerome Kohlberg is a co-founder and limited partner of the investment firm Kohlberg & Co. From 1976 to 1987 he was a senior founding partner of the investment firm of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. (KKR). In 1985 Mr. Kohlberg founded The Campaign Reform Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, devoted to educating the business community about the importance of campaign finance reform. The Campaign Reform Project's Business Advisory Council has brought together business leaders from across the country to begin a dialogue on improving the campaign finance system.
Gary Bauer is the President of the Family Research Council and author of several books on the subject of families and children. His political background includes: Undersecretary of Education (1985), Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to President Reagan (1987-88), and Chairman of President Reagan's special Working Group on the Family while serving at Dept. of Education. After a failed bid for president in the spring of 2000 Gary became the Chairman of The Campaign for Working Families, America's second largest political action committee.
Rep. Christopher Shays (R-4-CT) was first elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1974 and has since served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Christopher Shays is a leader of the coalition supporting campaign finance reform, working with Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA), and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) to pass a ban on soft money.
Rep. Marty Meehan (D-5-MA) has served four terms as a Representative from Massachusetts since being elected in 1993. Prior to being elected to Congress, Meehan was the First Assistant District Attorney of Middlesex and as the Massachusetts Deputy Secretary of State for Securities and Corporations from 1986 to 1990. As the lead Democratic sponsor of the the Shays-Meehan Bill, Marty Meehan as is heading up an effort to clean up our election system and reduce the influence of special interests on Capitol Hill.
David Bender is a founding contributing editor of George magazine. A longtime political activist and benefit producer, he is also the author of a novel, "The Confession of O.J. Simpson: A Work of Fiction".