Issue Experts

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell is an ACRU Senior Fellow. He is a contributing editor for the conservative news and opinion site and his columns frequently appear in The Washington TimesNew York Post, and National Review Online. Mr. Blackwell’s public service includes terms as Mayor of Cincinnati, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1994, he became the first African-American to hold statewide office in Ohio when he was elected Treasurer of State. He subsequently was elected to two terms as Secretary of State. In 2006, he was nominee for Governor of Ohio. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University in Ohio.

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J. Christian Adams

J. Christian Adams is the President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. He served from 2005 to 2010 in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department. He litigates election law cases throughout the United States and brought the first private party litigation resulting in the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. He represented multiple presidential campaigns in election litigation. He successfully litigated the landmark case of United States v. Ike Brownin the Southern District of Mississippi, the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority in Noxubee County. Prior to his time at the Justice Department, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State. He also serves as legal editor at PJ Mediaand appears frequently on Fox News and has appeared at National Review, Breitbart, the Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Washington Times and other publications. He also serves on the Policy Board of the American Civil Rights Union. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.

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Kerri Toloczko

ACRU Senior Fellow Kerri (Houston) Toloczko is a public policy analyst and expert in coalition building and issue advocacy on domestic and international public policy issues. Toloczko is also a Senior Fellow at Frontiers of Freedom and the Institute for Liberty and provides policy expertise to private clients domestically and overseas. She previously served as Senior Policy Director for Florida Senator Rick Scott’s Conservatives for Patients’ Rights and Senior Analyst with the bi-partisan Alliance for American Manufacturing. Appointed in 2004 by then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Ms. Toloczko served two terms as Commissioner on the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Her responsibilities have included all facets of marketing, policy research and issue advocacy for conservative think tanks, as well as acting as liaison to Capitol Hill, the White House, state legislators, and free market policy centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. As a strong proponent of individual and economic liberty and free markets, Ms. Toloczko lectures on public policy and the proper role of government, and has provided testimony to Congress on a number of topics. A widely published opinion writer, her columns have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Observer, The American Spectator, Breitbart, PJ Media, Townhall, The Daily Caller, National Review Online, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, Forbes and many state and local publications. She is a regular guest on talk radio nationwide, and has provided commentary on Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC News, Canada’s CBC, Al Jazeera English and many local affiliates. Well known for her dedication to presenting public policy in a way that will “pass the dinner table test,” Kerri brings a sharp wit and a practical spin to free market solutions to public policy problems and developing stakeholder relationships.

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In Memoriam

John Armor

John Armor was of legal counsel to the ACRU from its inception in 1999 until his untimely passing in August 2010. He held a B.A., Yale, 1964 and J.D., Maryland Law School, 1970 and had a long and distinguished legal career, practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years and authoring eight books and hundreds of articles. His book, These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine, is available here.

A favorite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Tea Party events, especially in North Carolina where he lived, Armor dressed in colonial garb and impersonated Benjamin Franklin, explaining the origins of American liberties to 21st Century audiences (right).

Armor, on behalf of the ACRU, was one of the few attorneys to write an amicus brief in the presidential election case in 2000. He was a well-known legal scholar of American politics, particularly third party movements and represented Eugene McCarthy during the Minnesota Senator’s challenge of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency in 1968.

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