Our Executive Team
Billionaires for Bush strives for grassroots participation of the moneyed class,
but we're quite fond of hierarchy. Below are the greediest, craftiest Billionaires
who secretively plot the course of the campaign, top-down.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Andrew Boyd (aka "Phil T. Rich")
Founder of Billionaires for Bush and National Director of the 2004 campaign.
Boyd is also founder of Art for a Fair Economy, a pioneer of viral messaging
campaigns, an author or 3 political humor books, and a 20 year veteran of street
theater and media activism.
Chuck Collins (aka "Thorton Peabody Beechcraft III")
Cofounder of United for a Fair Economy and a Senior Program staff at Class Action.
In 1999, he was founder and chairman of "Billionaires for Steve Forbes." Collins
is author of several books on inequality, social change philanthropy and tax
policy including "Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality
and Insecurity (New Press)."
Janice Fine (aka "Dee Forestation")
25-year veteran of community, labor and electoral organizing. She also holds
a Ph.D. in Political Science and has written widely on progressive politics,
campaign finance reform and low wage worker organizing. Fine currently works
for the Center for Community Change and the Economic Policy Institute. Her book
on immigrant worker centers is forthcoming in Fall of 2005, from Cornell University
Betsy Leondar-Wright (aka "Mimi Nottieu")
For the last seven years she has been the Communications Director at United
for a Fair Economy. Her forthcoming book, "Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance
Building for Middle-Class Activists," (New Society Publishers, April 2005),
is excerpted on the web at www.ClassMatters.org.
Stephen Duncombe (aka "Roland Dough")
Associate Professor at NYU where he teaches the history and politics of media
and culture. He is the author of the Cultural Resistance Reader and a life-long
BOARD OF ADVISORS (partial listing)
David Donnelly (aka "Robin D. Poor")
Director of Campaign Money Watch and the Political Director of Public Campaign
Action Fund. He has run ground-breaking initiative and issue campaigns (and
won!), including the campaign to pass Maine’s pioneering Clean Election system.
Donnelly specializes in campaign strategy, media, message development, and money
Ricken Patel (aka "Hal E. Burton")
A fellow of Res Publica and co-founder of Faithful America. Graduated first
in a class of 350 from Balliol College, Oxford and was a Silliman Scholar at
the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He has consulted widely including
for the Rockefeller Foundation, Harvard University, and CARE International.
Micah L. Sifry (aka "Paul Tax")
Senior analyst with Public Campaign, and most recently the co-author of "Is
That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day." He is also
the executive editor of the Personal Democracy Forum www.personaldemocracy.com.
Elissa Jiji (aka "Meg A. Bucks")
Community organizer since 1997, with a background in theater and a degree in
education. Co-Chair of the New York City chapter of Billionaires for Bush during
the 2004 campaign.
Melody Bates (aka "Ivy League-Legacy")
Activist and professional actor with a background in literary and performance arts. Artistic Director of the Billionaire Follies and Director of the Billionaire Speakers Bureau in 2004.
Marco Ceglie (aka "Monet Oliver D'Place")
Pro-democracy activist and National Director of Billionaires "Get on the Limo" Tours in 2004, and Campaign Director of the "Billionaires For Unlimited Inheritance" Estate Tax Campaign in 2007.