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.
Rahna Epting, Deputy Executive Director
Rahna joined Public Campaign Action Fund in December of 2013. Prior to joining PCAF, Rahna worked at the Service Employees International Union in various capacities. While serving as their Member Political Programs Director, Rahna developed and managed four national programs designed to engage and develop member political activists. Rahna also spearheaded SEIU's work to develop a candidate pipeline in support of recruiting and supporting regular, everyday working people to run for public office. Her work with SEIU's retirees led to an additional 20,000 new retired members joining the union and thousands of them being activated in SEIU's political programs to save Medicare, protect Social Security, and support the Affordable Care Act. Rahna also served as an advocate for SEIU and lobbied President Barack Obama's Administration in support of the Workforce Investment Act, Child Care funding, and the prevention of government imposed furlough days.
Rahna's work at SEIU was preceded by her service in the State of Oregon running the Oregon Bus Projects PolitiCorps program – a ten week summer bootcamp for youth designed to train and place them in political campaigns. While working at the Bus Project, Rahna was recruited to be a Wellstone Action trainer and has trained with Wellstone off and on for over seven years. She now is part of their Fair Courts team, supporting state work to advance fair courts legislation and practices.
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.