Talk:Center of the American Experiment

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Board of Directors

  • Thomas O. Kelly, III, Chairman and CEO (Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney)
  • Mitchell B. Pearlstein, Ph.D., President
  • Kim Crockett, J.D., Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President & General Counsel
  • Thomas O. Kelly, III, Vice Chairman (Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney)
  • Mark S. Larson, Secretary (Attorney, Messerli & Kramer)
  • Scott Rile, Treasurer (Principal, Bernstein Global Wealth Management)
  • Edward C. Anderson (CEO, National Arbitration Forum)
  • Tara J. Anderson (Attorney, Fafinski Mark & Johnson)
  • Molly C. Cronin (Former Corporate Analyst,
  • Mitchell Davis (Business Leader, Davisco Foods)
  • Peter Dahl (CEO, Crown Bank)
  • John Edson (CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CFF, Blanski Peter Kronlage & Zoch, PA)
  • Ronald E. Eibensteiner (Venture Capitalist, Wyncrest Capital, Inc.)
  • Carolyn Erickson (Partner, CSM Investments)
  • John F. Gibbs (Vice President, Government Affairs, Comcast Corporation)
  • Bill Guidera (Senior Vice President, 21st Century Fox)
  • Michael Hayden
  • Martha M. Head (Ceann Company)
  • Lowell W. Hellervik (Omni Leadership)
  • Scott M. Honour (Chairman, FirstCNG)
  • Robin Norgaard Kelleher (Attorney, Seaton, Beck & Revnew, PA)
  • Keith Kostuch (Management Consultant)
  • Jack Lanners (CEO & Business Leader, F.T.L. Corporation)
  • Rick Leggott (Founder & CEO, Arbor Capital Management)
  • Tom Mason (President, Mason Public Affairs)
  • Richard G. Morgan (Attorney, Bowman & Brooke)
  • Kenneth W. Morris (VP, Author & Speaker, The Apercu Group)
  • Andrew M. O’Brien (President, Trean Corporation & Benchmark Insurance Company)
  • Rick Penn (President and CEO, Hutchinson Technology)
  • Scott F. Peterson (Executive Vice President, Schwan Food Company)
  • Ted Risdall (President & Chairman, Risdall Marketing Group)
  • Brent Robbins (Asst. General Counsel, General Mills)
  • Thomas J. Rosen (CEO & Business Leader, Rosen's Diversified Inc.)
  • Ronald J. Schutz (Attorney, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi)
  • Charles E. Spevacek (Attorney, Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.)
  • Bruce Taher (President & CEO, Taher Inc)
  • Erik Torgerson (Senior Advisor, Norwest Equity Partners)


  • Kim Crockett, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Counsel
  • Britt Drake, Director of Public Programs
  • Peter J. Nelson, Director of Public Policy
  • Mitch Pearlstein, Ph. D., Founder and President
  • Dwight Tostenson, Chief Financial Officer
  • Shanna Woodbury, Development Director
  • Peter Zeller, Director of Operations

Senior Fellows

  • King Banaian, Professor of Economics, St. Cloud State University
  • Peter Bell
  • John C. “Chuck” Chalberg, Professor, Normandale Community College
  • Laurence D. Cooper, Professor of Political Science, Carleton College
  • Bill Glahn
  • Pete Hegseth, CEO, Concerned Veterans of America
  • Kent Kaiser, Department of Communication, Northwestern College
  • Tom Kelley
  • Katherine Kersten
  • John R. LaPlante
  • Margaret Martin
  • Rhonda Nordin
  • David Strom


The Center of the American Experiment has accepted contributions from a number of major right-wing foundations, including[2]:

Core Financials


  • Total Revenue: $1,116,532
  • Total Expenses: $972,969
  • Net Assets: $149,990


  • Total Revenue: $799,736
  • Total Expenses: $770,575
  • Net Assets: $6,327

Koch Ties

The Center of the American Experiment has ties to the Koch brothers and their right-wing donor network. In the past, the Center has accepted funding from the Claude R. Lambe Foundation, one of the Koch Family Foundations.


  1. Center of the American Experiment, Center of the American Experiment About page, Center of the American Experiment website, accessed June 23, 2014.
  2. American Bridge, Center of the American Experiment Financial Records,, accessed June 23, 2014.
  3. GuideStar, Center of the American Experiment 2012 Form 990,, accessed June 23, 2014.
  4. GuideStar, Center of the American Experiment 2011 Form 990,, accessed June 23, 2014.