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Unity08 "is a diverse group of Americans who believe that neither of today’s parties reflects the aspirations, concerns or will of the majority of Americans. Both parties have polarized and alienated voters. Both are unduly influenced by single-issue groups. Both are excessively dominated by money." [1]


"The new bipartisan group was born in 2005 when former presidential aides Doug Bailey, Gerald Rafshoon and Hamilton Jordan met for dinner and decided to stop complaining about the current political system and do something about it." [2]

Reborn in 2010 as Americans Elect 2012.


Accessed August 2008: [3]

Founders Council (in process of formation, as of 2006) [4]

  • Doug Bailey, Arlington, VA, former political consultant, co-founder The Hotline; father of two.
  • Andrew Clare, Huntington Station, New York. Junior at the Massachusetts Institute of


  • Zachary Clayton, Raleigh, North Carolina. Senior at the University of North Carolina.
  • Roger Craver, Chilmark, Massachusetts. Communications and fundraising consultant, co-Founder of The Hotline; father of two, grandfather.
  • Michelle Diamond, Miami, Florida. Junior at Columbia University.
  • Catherine Dunham, Boston, Massachusetts. President of the Access Project, a research and advocacy organization devoted to health justice.
  • Kate Farrar, Scottsdale, Arizona. Junior at Arizona State University.
  • Will Fogel, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Junior at the University of Michigan.
  • Ellen Frauenthal, Atlanta, Georgia. Physician, founder MD on Call, a unique, first-in-the-nation practice for individuals/families, focused on prevention and treatment; mother of three.
  • Lasley Gober, Atlanta, Georgia. Award-winning high school teacher of English and American studies, writer and editor; mother of three.
  • Steve Gorlin, Destin, Florida. Businessman, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist; founder of numerous successful biotech companies; father of two.
  • Carla Harmon, Tacoma Park, Maryland. Telecommunications sales executive.
  • Troy Hashimoto, Kukla, Hawaii. Sophomore at the University of Denver.
  • Jim Jonas, Denver, Colorado. Public affairs consultant and Founder/Partner of Peak Creative Media, CEO of Unity08, father of two.
  • Hamilton Jordan, Atlanta, Georgia. Carter White House Chief of Staff, writer, investor; focused on for-profit and non-profit start-ups; most importantly, father of three.

vKathleen Jordan]], Atlanta, Georgia. High school senior, writer, artist, volunteer and activist.

  • Janet Kelly, Battlecreek, Michigan, attorney, former general counsel at Kellogg and Sara Lee, mother.
  • Angus King, Brunswick, Maine. Former two-term independent Governor of Maine, teacher, businessman, attorney, father.
  • Maile Lesica, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Senior at the University of North Carolina.
  • Jean Lopez, Augusta, Georgia. Junior at Yale University.
  • David Maney, Denver, Colorado. Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Headwaters MB LLC; Founder & CEO, Worldbridge Broadband Services Inc.; father.
  • Nicco Mele, Washington, DC. Internet strategist and webmaster for Dean 2004, founder

echoditto.com consulting services.

  • John Mulrow, Chicago, Illinois. Junior at Stanford University.
  • Christopher Nulty, Rochester, New York. Sophomore at Colgate University.
  • Gerald Rafshoon, Washington, DC. Former media advisor and White House communications director, film and television producer, father, grandfather.
  • Viviana Rodriguez, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Junior at Yale University.
  • Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Seattle, Washington. Executive Director, Northwest Immigrants Rights Project.
  • Jessie Singleton, Kingsport, Tennessee. Junior at Middlebury College.
  • James Strock, Scottsdale, Arizona. Former California Secretary for Environmental Protection, Author of Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership and Reagan on Leadership.
  • Tom Stroock, Casper, Wyoming. Former GOP State Chairman, State Senator for 17 years, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala (1989-93).
  • Lindsay Ullman, Painted Post, New York. Junior at Yale University.

Advisory Council (as of 2007) [5]

  • Peter Ackerman, chairman, Rockport Capital
  • Jacqueline Adams, an Emmy Award®-winning former correspondent for CBS News. She is a senior counselor at global public relations firm Burson-Marstellar
  • Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and chairman of HDNet, an HDTV cable network
  • Susan Cullman, co-chair, Republican Majority for Choice PAC
  • John Dwyer, counsel to Arent Fox and former CEO of a specialty pharmacy distribution company
  • Angus King, two-term Independent governor of Maine (1995-2003) and special counsel at the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson
  • Dale Mathias, co-founder of GlobeVest LLC, an emerging market private equity fund-of-funds and a former associate dean of the Columbia Business School
  • George Vradenburg, president of the Vradenburg Foundation and former executive vice president for global and strategic policy at AOL/Time Warner
  • Sam Waterston, the Emmy Award-winning lead actor of NBC’s long-running television series Law & Order
  • Bill Weld, the Republican governor of Massachusetts from 1991-1997, and partner at the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery


Web: http://www.unity08.com

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Home, Unity08, accessed August 28, 2008.
  2. Bipartisan ticket aim of Unity '08, Washington Times, accessed August 28, 2008.
  3. About, Unity08 (Cached Page 2006), accessed August 28, 2008.
  4. Founders Council, Unity08 (Cached Page 2006), accessed August 28, 2008.
  5. Advisory Council, Unity08 (Cached Page 2007), accessed August 28, 2008.