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Mike Rothfeld     Kirk Shelley     Dudley Brown     Andrew Coelho    

Jedd Coburn     Nathan Adams     Zach Lautenschlager     Tony DeMott    

Luke O'Dell     Bradford Wyatt     Ted Patterson     Shawn Dow    

Senator Ted Harvey    


Mike Rothfeld

Mike Rothfeld Michael I. Rothfeld, a veteran of direct marketing, political elections, and legislative campaigns with organizations such as the National Right to Work Committee, the U.S. Defense Committee, the Republican Party of Virginia, The Leadership Institute, and the Conservative Victory PAC, founded SABER Communications in 1992.

Mike's vision for SABER is to give conservative organizations and candidates an advantage in a political environment that is often hostile to principles such as limited-government, the right to keep and bear arms and protecting the unborn.

Mike believes that "personnel is policy" and therefore seeks to train and promote activists who are as committed to principle as are the people and organizations for whom they labor.

In 2010, Mike founded the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership (FACL) to train grass-roots and professional activists in mass-based, confrontational politics and the most effective communication techniques.

Mike resides near Fredericksburg, Virginia with Diana, his wife of 30+ years. They are retired home-schooling parents of four.

He is a member of Berea Baptist Church and holds degrees in Philosophy and International Affairs from The Catholic University of America.


Kirk Shelley

Kirk Shelley Kirk Shelley is Senior Consultant for State Operations for Campaign for Liberty and is based out of Oklahoma City, OK.

He started working in grassroots politics in North Carolina as a college activist working on the late Senator Jessie Helms campaign. Following college the Right to Work Committee hired him to work in state legislation.

When he began work in Iowa in 1989, pro-Right to Work legislators made up less than a third of the General Assembly. By 1995 fully 66% of the legislature supported Right to Work.

In seven years with the Oklahoma Freedom to Work Committee, he created an 110,000-member organization. The legislature has changed from less than 1/3 of support of voluntary union membership in 1993 to the successful passage of Right to Work in Oklahoma on September 25, 2001.

As a general consultant, Mr. Shelley has worked on 237 State House and Senate campaigns in 10 states and has a winning percentage of 89%, as well as working on a number of congressional and statewide races, and he was the Oklahoma coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign.

He has successfully completed client projects in Iowa, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, Mississippi, Arizona, Louisiana, and Alabama.

Mr. Shelley has a great deal of experience heading up local projects for local and national organizations to increase grassroots awareness of key issues. He has worked on subjects ranging from home mortgage deductions, medical scope of practice, property rights, Superfund Reform, tort reform and transportation issues. His work has included grassroots and grass tops mobilization, media briefings, and getting OP-ED placement.

A graduate of East Carolina University, Mr. Shelley lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and four children.


Dudley Brown

Kirk Shelley Dudley Brown, Executive Vice President has been a professional gun rights lobbyist since 1993. He serves as the CEO of two non-profit groups, the National Association for Gun Rights and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado’s largest gun rights organization.

He and his wife, Jody, live in Northern Colorado and enjoy shooting, working at their Christian church, and raising their two children. The Brown family takes the Second Amendment seriously and celebrates it as a right, a hobby, a means of family bonding, and source of pride.

Brown has worked for the United State Senate, Congressional campaigns, and hundreds of state legislative campaigns. He founded RMGO in 1996 as a no-compromise gun rights lobby concentrating on Colorado, and joined NAGR in 2006.

Brown has appeared as a guest on Fox News, Hannity & Colmes (numerous times), CNBC’s Geraldo Rivera, the NBC Nightly News, and literally hundreds of electronic and print media outlets.

He is a certified Firearms Instructor, and own dozens of firearms, including family heirlooms and legally registered machine guns.


Andrew Coelho

Kirk Shelley Andrew G. Coelho is Vice President of SABER Communications, Inc. a campaign, political consulting, grass-roots organizing and direct response company located in Falmouth, Virginia.

Mr. Coelho has over twelve years experience providing technical support for political campaigns, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. His technical background includes Visual Basic, SQL, VBA, VB.Net, ASP, ASP.Net, Java, C++, HTML, Microsoft SQL Server, Quark Xpress, Adobe PageMaker, Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw, Corel Photopaint, and Adobe Photoshop.

In 1995, Mr. Coelho joined SABER Communications as an analyst and writer. SABER is a full-service consulting company working with selected (pro-life, conservative) candidates for political office; fundraising for organizations, non-profits and businesses; and consulting in grass-roots political lobbying. SABER has worked for conservative candidates at all levels, set new records fundraising for clients, and successfully directed grass-roots lobbying campaigns to pass and defeat legislation.

In 2004, Mr. Coelho joined DTI Associates as a lead programmer and Group Manager. In this role, he managed a staff of fifteen employees and developed data-driven web pages and desktop applications for the United States Navy.

In 2005, Mr. Coelho co-founded Critical Edge, a web design and data solutions company.

In 2007, Mr. Coelho rejoined SABER as a Partner.


Jedd Coburn

Kirk Shelley Jedd Coburn is consultant for several state and national organizations including Campaign for Liberty, Young Americans for Liberty, and the National Association for Gun Rights with nearly 12 years of experience working professionally in politics.

As a former employee of the National Right to Work Committee, Mr. Coburn played central roles in several high-profile state and federal legislative fights -- including defeating Big Labor's "Card Check" scheme, saving Iowa's Right to Work Law from repeal, and setting the stage for Indiana's passage of Right to Work in 2012 after an eight year battle.

After leaving the Committee, Mr. Coburn served as the 2012 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign's National Communications Director, serving as the lead copywriter and overseeing caucus efforts in several states.

Jedd Coburn is a graduate of Christopher Newport University. He and his wife, Jamie, have two children and reside in Smithfield, Virginia and are members of Hope Presbyterian Church.



Nathan Adams

Nathan Adams Nathan Adams is the Georgia state coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, and the founder and executive director of Georgia Taxpayers United.

Nathan began working in grassroots politics as a volunteer on Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential campaign and later as a county chapter organizer for Campaign for Liberty.

As a grassroots activist, Nathan fights property taxes, wasteful spending in Georgia counties and municipalities, and federal intrusion on Georgia citizens. Other fights include healthcare freedom, constitutional carry and holding politicians accountable at all levels of government.

In 2012, Nathan helped lead a grassroots effort to defeat what would have been the largest tax increase in Georgia history, the so-called “T-SPLOST” in 9 of 12 regions in Georgia. During that time, he helped to elect Charles Gregory (Georgia state coordinator for the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign) to the Georgia General Assembly; and in the process defeated a well-funded 16-year liberal Republican incumbent.

Nathan is an engineer by training and holds a Professional Masters in Applied Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked on a variety of projects including multi-million dollar programs to upgrade aircraft avionic systems, high-fidelity real-time simulation frameworks, data acquisition and test software, and medical systems for critical care patients.

Nathan lives in Atlanta with his wife, Melissa, where they are busy raising their daughter, attending church, visiting family, and working.




Zach Lautenschlager

Zach Lautenschlager Zach Lautenschlager is the Director of Field Operations with the National Association for Gun Rights, where he oversees the largest pro-gun ground game in America.

He directs state programs on a national level, organizing NAGR’s state affiliates, running state lobbying efforts and managing the state-level activities of NAGR’s Political Action Committee.

Zach also serves on the board of the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership and is the Senior Consultant with Wilson Baird Communications. He has extensive experience in establishing and building conservative organizations, in fundraising, grassroots mobilization, legislative program and campaign management. He has served on numerous campaigns, ranging from local races to bids for state-wide office and has a success rate of over 80%.

He and his wife Amy live in Northern Colorado with their four children, where they enjoy homeschooling, family music, entertaining guests and the great outdoors. They are members of Emmaus Presbyterian Church.




Tony DeMott

Tony DeMott Tony DeMott is the Michigan state coordinator for Campaign for Liberty.

Since 2007, Tony has been working in grassroots politics; and has become one of the most effective activists in the country. He is known for organizing activists into a highly effective lobby, advocating for limited government and civil liberties. Just a few of Michigan Campaign for Liberty accomplishments include stopping the government bridge in the legislature, stopping Obamacare state exchanges, stopping red light cameras, national popular vote, and biometric ID. And Tony’s leadership played a key role in helping to pass Right to Work.

Tony specializes in recruiting and training limited government activists. On a local level, he advises and supports grassroots groups across the state of Michigan in their fight to stop local tax increases. In his own county, he fought to stop over 90 million dollars in new taxation.

Tony has been a featured speaker at several events including LPAC (Liberty Political Action Conference), statewide Tea Party rallies, and other limited government groups. In addition, he has made several appearances on Michigan radio to promote the liberty message.

Tony has served as the chairman of the Washtenaw County Board of Canvassers, on the Washtenaw County Republican executive committee; and has worked on numerous political campaigns for local office, Congress and President.

Tony is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.




Luke O'Dell

Luke O'Dell Luke O’Dell is the political affairs director and the day-to-day operations manager for the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR).

Luke directs state and federal programs including legislative analysis, lobbying and citizen outreach.

Under his direction, NAGR is fighting gun-grabbers nationwide.

Luke also serves as a spokesman for NAGR, promoting gun rights in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today.

Before joining NAGR, Luke was the executive director of the Colorado Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus of the Colorado General Assembly. In addition, Luke has worked on countless local, state, and national lobbying efforts and campaigns.

Luke and his family live in Northern Colorado where he enjoys shooting, home brewing his own beer, and studying history. Luke is a certified firearms instructor.




Bradford Wyatt

Luke O'Dell Bradford Wyatt, inspired by Dr. Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign, learned how to effectively organize through Campaign for Liberty and FACL. Formerly the State Coordinator for Massachusetts Campaign for Liberty, he recruited, trained, and mobilized the grassroots to fight against an entrenched political class.

Along with growing the grassroots, with his background in computer programming, Brad enjoys voter data targeting and analysis, having worked on many successful campaigns, from Leah Cole’s surprising victory in 2013 Peabody’s Special Election, to Donna Colorio’s twelve vote recount victory in 2011’s Worcester School Committee election. Brad also orchestrated the shocking 2012 Massachusetts Liberty Movement’s caucus mobilization to win Liberty delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Brad graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Computer Engineering. He currently is the president of Wyatt Development LLC, redeveloping his former manufacturing facility in Worcester. In 2004, Brad acquired control of N-E-D (New England Diamond), a manufacturer of diamond cutting tools with locations in six states across the country. As a small business owner, he saw firsthand the unintended consequences and damaging effects of Big Government regulations and bureaucracy. He successfully stabilized and sold the business to a California based company, with factories in Korea and China. Previously, Brad has worked as Operations Manager at N-E-D, Senior Systems Analyst at Education Management Corporation, and Senior Software Engineer at AdVoTech.

Along with being a Past President of the Worcester Rotary Club, Brad serves on several civic boards: Worcester Salvation Army Advisory Board, Worcester Citizens for Business, and the Canal District Business Association. In 2009, Brad was elected to the Boylston School Committee, and also serves on the Boylston Zoning Board of Appeals. Brad earned Eagle Scout back in high school, but his real passion is playing chess. His wife Duffie, their son Brad Jr, their daughter Hannah, and their golden doodle Barkley all reside in Boylston, Massachusetts.


Ted Patterson

Luke O'Dell Ted Patterson is the Maryland State Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty. He serves as Executive Director for Maryland Liberty Political Action Committee and Director of Operations for the Education Freedom Committee.

In 2012, Patterson served as State Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign. In 2010, Ted was elected to serve on the Republican Central Committee in his county and has played a pivotal role in growing the liberty movement within the Republican Party in Maryland.

Ted has extensive experience in creating and growing local grassroots organization. He's successfully elected a number of local candidates to public office and party leadership.

Patterson is known for his no-compromise approach to politics and has successfully won battles in defense of 2nd Amendment rights, killed radical government spending proposals, and delivered overwhelming political pain to politicians voting against the rights of the unborn.

Ted resides in Cecil County, Maryland with his wife and children. He is a member of Living Hope Presbyterian Church and holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware.


Shawn Dow

Luke O'Dell Shawn Dow is a small business owner from Arizona. In 2009, after attending a FACL training school, he began putting the principles he learned into action. Now removing politicians from office, killing bad legislation and forcing politicians to pass legislation that expand our liberties are just a few of his favorite activities.

Shawn has taken the model of confrontational politics to 29 states, winning over 70 elections, and writing legislation that's ultimately been passed into law in over 15 states. He has led the fight to remove red light cameras all across the country, winning 100% of elections involving these automatic ticketing machines.

In 2012, Shawn served as the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign's Arizona state director and now serves as the state director for Arizona Campaign for Liberty.

Today, Shawn and his wife of 18 years, Dee, reside in Fountain Hills, Arizona.


Senator Ted Harvey

Senator Ted Harvey At the age of 22, Ted received a political appointment to serve in the White House of President Ronald Reagan. He returned to Colorado empowered by the vision of the Reagan Revolution and committed to defend the foundational values of our nation.

After returning home he quickly got involved in Colorado politics and secured a staff position in the Colorado House of Representatives as the House Reading Clerk. After two years, Ted became the Program Director at the Independence Institute a conservative/libertarian Colorado think tank. For over two decades, Ted has been working with conservative grassroots activists, organizations and campaigns to help lead a conservative revolution in Colorado.

In December of 2001 through a vacancy election Ted was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives and became a conservative leader inside the Capitol. He was re-elected in both 2002 and 2004, and was then elected to the State Senate in 2006 and 2010. During his 13 years in the legislature, Ted has working closely with conservative 2nd Amendment and pro-life groups, National Right to Work and liberty organizations throughout the state to elect a conservative majority in the legislature. His efforts have resulted in the Colorado Senate having the most conservative Republican caucus in the history of the state.


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