David Donnelly, Executive Director
David is a veteran of money in politics campaigns at the state and national level, serving in a variety of campaign management, research, outreach, communications, fundraising, and strategist roles for major initiatives since the mid-1990s. He joined Public Campaign Action Fund in 2002.
Over his career, David has managed policy campaigns at both the state and federal level and has pioneered political accountability approaches to educate voters about candidates who stand in the way of reform. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the campaign manager for the Campaign for Fair Elections, a multi-organizational national effort to pass the comprehensive Fair Elections Now Act in Congress. David has also directed or consulted on campaign finance reform policy victories in seven states, including managing the ballot campaign to pass Maine’s landmark Clean Elections law in 1996.
As the director of the only money in politics-oriented electoral project, he has designed, raised funding for, and run strategic issue campaigns since the 2002 election cycle. His achievements include: running a multi-year, national campaign to drive Tom DeLay out of elective office; driving research about Presidential candidate John McCain’s ties to lobbyists in the news to develop a defining counter-narrative during the 2008 election; and implementing more than a dozen other issue advertising campaigns that led to reformer victories, including four current Senators.
Given David’s wide-ranging experience, he is regularly sought out by organizational partners, the funding community, and the media to help describe the role of money in politics on elections and public policy making. His commentary is often featured in the nation’s leading newspapers, wire services, and electronic media. David, his wife, and two children live in Princeton, N.J.
Jeff Robinson, Political Director
Jeff has more than 25 years experience in electoral, issue, and civic engagement campaigns at all levels. Jeff’s expertise in campaign management, polling, micro-targeting, media and electoral strategy has been the winning edge in many of the more than 100 political campaigns in 22 states he has served in a career spanning almost three decades.
Kurt Walters, Research and Policy Analyst
Kurt analyzes campaign finance data, news coverage, and legislative actions with the goal of telling compelling stories about the undue influence of big money in the political process. Kurt has been involved in money-in-politics reform since leading Fair Elections and disclosure efforts in Rhode Island as a student, and is thrilled to still be working to help realize America's democratic values. Previous to joining Public Campaign, Kurt worked in communications at Friends of the Earth and covered local land use and political news with Charlottesville Tomorrow in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va. Kurt graduated from Brown University with an independent concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.