American Bridge 21st Century
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(page updated September 1, 2011)

"super PAC" formed Nov. 23, 2011 [FEC] and 501(c)(4)
"American Bridge 21st Century is a progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions and helping you ascertain when Republican candidates are pretending to be something they’re not."

Founder  David Brock

Founder (May 2004) and CEO of Media Matters for America.  Renounced conservative ties in 1997 (Esquire "Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man").  Investigative writer for The American Spectator.  Editorial page editor at the Washington Times.  Writer and senior editor at Insight magazine.  B.A. in history from UC Berkeley, 1985.  Author of five books.

Chair  Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Served as Lt. Gov. of Maryland from 1995 -2003, and ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 2002.  a Deputy Assistant Attorney General during the Clinton Adminstration.

President  Rodell Mollineau

(early April 2011)  Communications director from Jan. 2007 and then staff director to the Senate Majority Policy Committee/U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Communications director to Gov. Tom Vilsack (IA), 2006.  Communications director to U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor Jan. 2003-Jan. 2006; in the 2004 cycle Mollineau served as Michican communications director on Kerry/Edwards and earlier as South Carolina press secretary on Wesley Clark for President.  Press secretary on Mark Pryor for U.S. Senate, 2002.  Deputy press secretary to U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), 2000-early 2002.  Graduate of the University of Dayton, 1999.

Campaign Director  Bradley Beychok

(Feb. 2011)  Campaign manager on Charlie Melancon for U.S. Senate, 2009-10.  Coodinated campaign director for the Louisiana Democratic Party, 2008.  Senior associate at Ourso Beychok and Johnson, 2007.  Campaign manager on Charlie Melancon for Congress, 2006.  Deputy press secretary to U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA), 2005-06.  Bachelor's degree in mass communication/political communication from Louisiana State University, 2005.

Research Director/Senior Advisor  Shauna Daly

Research director at the DNC.  Briefly research director in the White House Counsel's Office.  Deputy research director on the Obama camapign, Jan. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Deputy research director at the DNC in the 2006 cycle.  Research director on Gifford Miller for Mayor, 2005.  Research director to Betty Castor for U.S. Senate, 2004.  Researcher for Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign, 2003-04.  Research director on Tim Johnson for U.S. Senate 2002.  Bachelor's degree from Smith College.

War Room Director/Senior Advisor  Ty Matsdorf

Briefly communications director to  Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT) in early 2011, after serving as senior advisor to his camapign.  Communications director to Sen. Max Baucus (MT), and earlier press secretary and previously deputy press secretary, starting in 2006.

Senior Communications Advisor  Matt Thornton

(mid-August 2011)  Most recently served as communications director for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).  Previously communications director for Congressman Zack Space (D-OH), and he has worked on campaigns in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and West Virginia.  Undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  Kansas native.

Communications Director  Chris Harris

(Feb. 2011)  Previously at Media Matters for America from April 2009, starting as communications and research director and then senior communictations and research director.  Communications director at the Kansas Democratic Party, 2008.  B.S. in marketing and political science from Kansas State University, 2007.

Director of Media Production  Ike Blake

(late-August 2011, responsible for video editing, creative production and video asset management) Joins American Bridge after 11 years at the Senate Democratic Caucus where he served as its chief video editor and senior producer.

NH Tracker  Aaron Fielding .

Worked on John Edwards 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign.  Graduate of Temple University