C15/34a How to Make Your Political Voice Heard

Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Craig Richardson aired August 25TH

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Craig Richardson co‐authored, Red Tape in America, published by the Heritage Foundation. The book details excessive government regulation, and its impact on the U.S. economy, and its citizens.

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), a non-profit watchdog group advocating free market environmentalism, produces a number of investigatory reports.  In July, E&E Legal released, “Big Donors…Big Conflicts; How Wealthy Donors Use the Sierra Club to Push Their Agenda,” that examines some of the biggest contributors to the Sierra Club and their self-interested motivation for donating.  What is clear from examining the large contributors to the Sierra Club is that these donors seek to use the Sierra Club to manipulate government policies in order to irrevocably alter the world’s energy portfolio in a manner that benefits the donors and their businesses. This strategy appears to have been put in place in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


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In addition, he has provided strategic communications and fundraising services to political clients, including serving as a key aid to former Majority Leader Tom DeLay. He also worked for the re-election campaigns of several U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives. He co-managed Largent’s bid for Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998, and has participated in numerous issue campaigns including anti-tax and deregulation initiatives.

Richardson began his career in 1984 working for former Secretary Elliot Richardson’s U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts. He then served as a Research Analyst for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington for the 1986 Cycle, and returned to Boston in 1987 to work at a regional public relations and advertising agency. In 1990, he returned to Washington to serve as an Account Supervisor for a Weber Shandwick-owned national public relations firm. In 1993, he started his own research, communications, and fundraising business before co-founding Washington Strategies, where he worked for nearly 10 years. In 2002, he sold his interest in Washington Strategies and joined DCI Associates as Vice President. In November 2003 he founded Richardson Consulting.

Richardson received a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College and holds an M.A. degree from Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.  A native of Brookline, MA, he and his family reside in the Metro Washington, D.C. area.



E-mail: Richardson@eelegal.org







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