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ESSENTIAL GRASSROOTS TOOLS
The 2012 election is shaping up to be the most important election of our lifetime.
As Tea Party, 9/12 and conservative groups across Florida are seeking to grow their organizations and to have a greater impact and influence on both public policy debates and on the outcome of the 2012 elections, this program of tested and proven strategies and tools will help you and your organization become better equipped for the challenges ahead.
BRANDON DARBY -Austin, TX- Citizen Patriot Response
BRANDON DARBY started as an idealistic activist who “bought into the false narrative that if you want to help people, vote left”. He worked with ACORN, the Black Panthers and Lisa Fithian, who would later organize the Occupy Wall Street movement. Hugo Chavez invited him to Venezuela for a month, “frightening experience” that left him “a changed person”.
Darby came to understand that so many so-called civil rights organizations were really against civil rights, in that they wanted to deny civil rights to their opponents. He went undercover with the FBI to infiltrate terrorist organizations, helping to stop a plot to bomb the 2008 Republican National Convention.
CATHERINE ENGELBRECHT- Houston, TX – TrueTheVote.org
CATHERINE ENGELBRECHT has led the creation of the King Street Patriots Tea Party in Houston and its nationwide election integrity project True The Vote. Catherine is a native Texan and the president of a high precision oilfield machine shop, started in 1994 by her and her husband. Prior to 2008, Catherine had little involvement in the political arena. She was what was called a “life activist” with the many responsibilities as mother, wife and business owner, church and PTO volunteer. She believed, as many did, that government was best left to the “politicians” who could be relied upon to do their best on behalf of the American people.
During the Presidential campaign of 2008, she watched as government and Politicians made decisions that stood in stark contrast to the American ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So, with her family’s support, she stepped out in faith and, in 2009, started the King Street Patriots to support and defend American exceptionalism, Constitutional governance and civic duty. From King Street Patriots came the True the Vote initiative, a citizen-led effort to restore honor and integrity to our electoral system. True the Vote educates voters, researches the veracity of voter registries, trains and mobilizes volunteers to work in polling places and advocates for comprehensive election code reform legislation. She has rolled up her sleeves, put on her waders and jumped in to defend the Country – and she believes she is right where she is supposed to be.
ALICE LINAHAN – DALLAS, TX- VOICESEMPOWER.COM
ALICE LINAHAN is an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner. Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country.
As a fundraising consultant, she was part of a team of grassroots activists that were very successful in bringing candidates from outside of Texas to raise much-needed campaign funds. Alice is currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books, by Harper-Collins, entitled “Voices of the Tea Party”. Alice has been published in such publications as Focus on the Family’s Citizen Magazine and is also a board member of WomenOnTheWall.org, an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas and America for the next generation.
LORIE MEDINA – DALLAS, TX- THE DALLASTEA PARTY & VICTORY IN A BOX
LORIE MEDINA led the creation of Victory in a Box methodology and is credited with increasing voter turnout by 200-1000% from 2006 to 2010 in the precincts where her methodology was applied. Lorie was named top finalist for Texan of the Year in 2010 by the Dallas Morning News (Governor Rick Perry won). Lorie has been the Chief Neighborhood Coordinator of the Dallas Tea Party and she is the founder and leader of the Frisco (Texas) Tea Party.
Lorie is the author of “Community Organizing for Conservatives” (Harper Collins BroadSide Books) and has started, monitored, counseled and trained over 100 tea parties across Texas and the nation. Lorie grew up watching her father, a Baptist minister, rallying volunteers and organizing events. She learned that respecting everyone, giving them an easy-to-follow plan and following up with lots of encouragement is the winning combination. Today, she uses her skills and conservative principles to create a highly successful GOTV program for the Movement.
CHAD BIDDINGER – DALLAS, TX- LIBERTYLINKED.COM
CHAD BIDDINGER is the Founder of LibertyLinked. He was raised in Detroit, where he watched the ‘poster child’ city of the Left’s progressive policies demolish massive wealth and devastate families by creating generational dependency. From an early age, he became passionate about eliminating the tyranny of the Left that destroyed his hometown and its people.
For much of his career, Chad served as youngest VP at EDS, a company with 140,000 employees where he was responsible for the executive oversight of solutions development, negotiation and approval of over $3 billion in total contract value, and numerous $100+ million business units that spanned the globe. After EDS, Chad spent 3 years serving the poor in a Mission in Calcutta, India. Upon his return, Chad successfully ran etalk, a $50M software company and led several technology start-ups that build technology solutions for companies such as Dell, American Airlines and AT&T. In 2008, Chad led the development of a Social Networking company.
Regarded as a quick learner, strategic thinker, expert negotiator and creative problem solver, Chad’s strength lies in his ability to assemble and motivate small teams to accomplish big goals. As he watched the providential rebirth of liberty in the tea party movement, he knew he was strategically positioned to serve the grassroots with his technology experience and passion for liberty. Today Chad is working with our partners to provide the proven methodology and tools required to create the ultimate ground game.
JASON HOYT – ORLANDO, FL
JASON HOYT, Florida State Coordinator of GOTVoteFlorida, was one of the original organizers of the national Tea Party Movement in February 2009, by helping organize the first Orlando Tea Party in conjunction with 50 other cities across America.
Jason remains an active leader in the national Tea Party Movement as a thought leader and strategist and a member of the Steering Committee of the National Tea Party Federation. In addition, Jason sits on the Board of the Florida Alliance, a statewide leader coalition of Tea Party and 9/12 groups throughout Florida. He is a co-founder of the Central Florida Tea Party Council and also serves as the Executive Director of the Liberty Restoration Foundation.
SLADE O’BRIEN- BOCA RATON, FL – AMERICANSFORPROSPERITY.ORG
SLADE O’BRIEN is the Florida State Director of the free market grassroots group, Americans for Prosperity. Slade began his political career working for the Republican Party of Florida. Slade served as the Florida Director of Citizens for a Sound Economy from 1998 to 2002, building the Florida organization from scratch. He turned it into a 45,000 member grassroots powerhouse. Slade was also responsible for Citizens for a Sound Economy’s first-ever CSE Days at the Capitol, in which more than 300 grassroots activists were bused in from all over the state, every legislative session, to lobby the legislature on the key economic issues of the day.
Slade has also served as the Executive Director of Florida Stop Lawsuit Abuse, a grassroots group dedicated to challenging those who abuse our legal system and educating the public about the costs and consequences of lawsuit abuse. Most recently, Slade served as president of the Florida Strategies Group where he specialized in public opinion strategies, campaign and coalition management, strategic consulting for the development community and grassroots organizing.