PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: 2008 Presidential Election

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 General News
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Over the last few months, we've been compiling a list of experts who candiscuss various election-related issues, including: the candidates' positionson the major issues, the impact on women and minorities, the accuracy ofelectronic voting systems, campaign finance, and negative campaigning, amongothers. In some cases, the experts have included a brief quote to give you anidea of their stance on the issue.

At the end of each expert's information, you'll find the date it wasoriginally transmitted. While some originally ran a few weeks or months ago,we have included them here to provide you with the most experts possible.

We hope you find the list useful.


1. NICK GROUF is co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of SPOTRUNNER, INC., a technology-driven advertising services company that isrevolutionizing the way advertising is created, targeted, bought and sold: "Wesee firsthand the power of TV to communicate a candidate's message andinfluence opinions, but we also see how difficult and expensive it is toproduce a campaign. As a result, only the largest, most well-funded campaignshave access. We know technology can help solve the problem." Grouf can discusspolitical advertising and the impact of technology, and the role of technologyin political fundraising. Spot Runner's Political Advertising Program,launched in March 2008, leverages the Internet and new technologies to openthe door for candidates and cause-related initiatives to run highly targetedads on TV, radio and online. News Contact: Devon Gebhart, Phone: +1-323-202-1032 (9/17/08)

2. ROGER DESMOND, professor in the UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD's School ofCommunication, is an expert on political advertising and the media coverage ofpolitical campaigns. Desmond consults with a firm that does political ads.News Contact: Meagan Fazio, Phone: +1-860-768-4330(9/17/08)

3. KELLY MOONEY is the president and CXO of RESOURCE INTERACTIVE, atechnology marketing and communications company, and author of "The OpenBrand: When Push Comes to Pull in a Web-Made World." Mooney is an expert indigital marketing and can comment on the online marketing strategies of eachcampaign, how the Web impacts voters, and the emergence of the Web as a majorplayer in presidential campaigns (akin to the Nixon/Kennedy race and theadvent of television in 1960). Due to the firm's extensive research into theMillennial generation, she can discuss their preferences and proclivities andhow it relates to the campaign, as well. News Contact: Holly Davis, Phone: +1-614-410-2279 (9/17/08)

4. NANCY SNOW, associate professor at SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY's S.I. NewhouseSchool of Public Communications: "Positions aren't driving public interest. Itcomes down to which candidate has more sizzle to sell the public on picturinghim in the Oval Office. If McCain is seen as Bush III, Obama wins. If Obama isseen as too inexperienced and not ready to serve, then McCain wins. Whoevercaptures the imagination of the voter will become the next persuader-in-chief." Snow is the author of "The Arrogance of American Power," "InformationWar" and "Propaganda, Inc.," and an editor of "The Routledge Handbook ofPublic Diplomacy" and "War, Media and Propaganda." News Contact: WendyLoughlin, Phone: +1-315-443-2785 (9/11/08)

5. ADAM BONIN, election law attorney with COZEN O'CONNOR, is a former senioradvisor for a U.S. Senate campaign: "The 2008 election demonstrates thematuration of the Internet as a forum for enabling political speech andactivism, and could prove crucial in the outcome of the campaign. I believeObama's innovative use of the Internet to drive his field program will makeall the difference here." Bonin has advised local and federalcandidates/political committees on campaign finance and election law issues,and won a major victory before the FEC on behalf of leading politicalbloggers. He is currently board chair of Netroots Nation, an organizationdedicated to promoting the use of technology to influence public debate. Boninwas an election law student of Barack Obama's at the University of Chicago LawSchool, is a featured writer on Daily Kos for campaign finance and other legalissues, and a source for NPR, Associated Press, etc. News Contact: AlexandraKane-Weiss, Phone: +1-215-793-4666 Web site: (9/11/08)

6. MELISSA CAMACHO, associate professor of broadcast electronic communicationarts at SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, is an expert on feminist and culturalstudies and media issues with a special emphasis on television. She cancomment on media coverage of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, as wellas coverage of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries. News Contact:Michael Bruntz, Phone: +1-415-338-1743 (9/11/08)

7. JOSEPH TUMAN, professor of communication studies at SAN FRANCISCO STATEUNIVERSITY, is an expert on political communication in presidential campaigns,including speeches, debates, negative campaigning, and the use of new mediasuch as YouTube and blogs. He is author of "Political Communication inAmerican Campaigns" and has spent more than two decades following politicalcampaigns, as a professor and also as a speechwriter, media consultant andpolitical analyst for television news. News Contact: Michael Bruntz, Phone: +1-415-338-1743 (9/11/08)

8. TRACY VISELLI, senior manager of the Social Media Group at QUINSTREETMEDIA and CEO and founder of RENO FABULOUS MEDIA, is an expert on onlinepolitical media, political blogging, women and politics, and women and themedia. She takes a progressive position on political topics but can speakabout the intentions and actions of conservative online media as well. Heropinions have been sought by the National Journal and CSPAN's Convention Hub.(9/11/08)

9. SAMUEL D. BRADLEY, an advertising professor at TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY'sCollege of Mass Communication: "With one study predicting an unprecedented$4.5 billion expected for political advertising during this next electioncycle, American voters should get ready to feel uncomfortable and remember alot of mudslinging sentiments -- even if they're incorrect. People remembernegative ads because the brain finds them arousing. Since viewing the adsisn't a life-or-death situation, the brain has time to store the messages.Sometimes, the brain can even make up the negative message it only thought itsaw." In a study, "Psychophysiological and Memory Effects of NegativePolitical Ads: Aversive, Arousing, and Well Remembered" (Journal ofAdvertising, December 2007), Bradley -- with James R. Angelini of theUniversity of Delaware and Sungkyoung Lee from Indiana University -- foundscientific evidence that negative political ads do have a physiological andpsychological effect on voters. News Contact: John Davis, john.davis@ttu.eduPhone: +1-806-742-3601 (5/28/08)

10. DR. DAVID GRUDER, author, seasoned psychologist and integrity analyst:"In today's age of rampant lack of integrity, responsible citizens can nolonger afford to select candidates based primarily on political party orpositions on specific issues. Now more than ever, the public needs to beeducated in how to realistically evaluate candidate integrity. The media havea responsibility to provide this education." Gruder's recently published bookis entitled "The New IQ: How Integrity Intelligence Serves You, YourRelationships, and Our World" (Elite Books/EPP, January 2008). Editor's Note:Gruder has a profile listed in the ProfNet Experts Database. To view theprofile, go to and, after logging in, click on "SearchExpert." News Contact: Ms. "Sam" Jernigan, Cell: +1-530-362-1339 (PDT) (5/28/08)

11. SUSAN OSSMAN, Ph.D., professor of anthropology and director of the GlobalStudies program at the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE: "The role ofcharisma in politics is widely recognized, but exactly how it works remainssomething of a mystery. At the same time, as we point to the power of themedia or the strength of a campaign's strategy for impression management toaccount for candidates' success, we tend to think that, in an ideal world,leaders should be selected because of their positions or capabilities. We haveseen the contrast of charisma to experience, excitement to claims of rationalmeasures of accomplishment in the Obama-Clinton contest in the currentcampaign. From our relationships to our neighbors, how we determine competenceon the job, to wanting to be invited to the parties of the popular kids atschool, we juggle diverse ways of judging others and ourselves. If the mediainfluence us, it is because we have already developed ways of thinking aboutthe world that are in tune to how they put out messages." Ossman also studiesglobalization, migration and world citizenship. She has worked for many yearsin Europe and the Arab world, and has written about gender, the veil inFrance, and questions of youth culture in the Arab world and Europe. Ossman'spublications: "The Places We Share, Migration, Subjectivity and GlobalMobility" (Lexington Books, 2007); "Three Faces of Beauty: Casablanca, Paris,Cairo" (Duke, 2002); and "Picturing Casablanca: Portraits of Power in a ModernCity" (California, 1994). News Contact: Bettye Miller, bettye.miller@ucr.eduPhone: +1-951-827-7847 Web site: (5/28/08)

12. ADAM J. SEGAL, director of the Hispanic Voter Project at JOHNS HOPKINSUNIVERSITY and a multicultural public relations consultant, finds that theDemocratic presidential candidates spent more money -- at least $4 million --on Spanish-language television advertising this cycle, outpacing totalspending in 2000 and total primary spending in 2004. In other words, thecandidates know Hispanic voters can tip the balance this year: "Between thissummer and the November general election, Hispanic voters will again findthemselves at the center of a swirl of communications activities from thepresidential candidates, their parties and leading political interest groups.Both eventual nominees will need to introduce themselves and their visions tomost Latino voters." (5/28/08)

13. BRUCE NEWMAN, professor of marketing at DePAUL UNIVERSITY, is an experton presidential candidate image-making and advertising, voter behavior and therole of emotions in voter choices, marketing of presidential candidates, theuse of the Internet in presidential marketing, volunteer and grass-roots votersolicitations, and campaign finance reform. Newman was a communication adviserto the senior staff of the Clinton White House in 1995 and 1996, is author ofseveral books on the subject, including "The Marketing of the President," andis editor of the Journal of Political Marketing. News Contact: Deborah SnowHumiston, Phone: +1-312-362-8508 (5/28/08)

14. BRUCE EVENSEN, professor of communication at DePAUL UNIVERSITY, candiscuss public perception of the press and the political process, the linkbetween press credibility and voter confidence, and the effect of negativeattack ads on public perception. He also can discuss media coverage of thecampaign and the role of religion in the political race. A former Middle Eastnews bureau chief for Christian Broadcasting, Evensen has written three bookson media ethics. News Contact: Deborah Snow Humiston, dsnowhum@depaul.eduPhone: +1-312-362-8508 (5/28/08)

15. LINDA KAPLAN THALER is CEO and founder of the KAPLAN THALER GROUP, abillion-dollar advertising firm, and co-author of the best-selling books "ThePower of Nice" and "Bang!" Kaplan has been working on the advertising team ofpresidential campaigns since serving on the 1992 Gore/Clinton campaign. Shemost recently served on the Hillary Clinton campaign in an advisory role andhas key insights as an advertising executive, a best-selling author on the"power of being nice," being a successful woman, and more. Kaplan is a wittyresource, often infusing humor into her commentary and thoughts. News Contact:Corey R. Martin, Phone: +1-212-601-9345, ext. 220(5/28/08)

16. MIKE CONKLIN, journalism professor at DePAUL UNIVERSITY, is a formerChicago Tribune reporter who took some of his students to Iowa to cover thecaucuses for some local Iowa newspapers. Several students worked at the CedarRapids Gazette, and others worked at the Marion Sentinel. Conklin and some ofthese students are available to comment on their experiences. News Contact:Deborah Snow Humiston, Phone: +1-312-362-8508 (5/28/08)

17. WAYNE STEGER, associate professor of political science at DePAULUNIVERSITY, can speak about public policymaking, media coverage ofpresidential elections, endorsements/party behavior, voter behavior andevaluating presidential success in Congress. He is writing a book on the pre-primary presidential campaign trail, based upon extensive research of thesubject. News Contact: Deborah Snow Humiston, Phone: +1-312-362-8508 (5/28/08)

18. DR. STEVEN GREENE, associate professor of political science at NORTHCAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, is an expert on campaigns, public opinion and themedia. News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, Phone: +1-919-515-6386 (5/28/08)


1. DAVID ROMANO, Ph.D., assistant professor of international studies atRHODES COLLEGE in Memphis, Tenn., is a widely published authority onMediterranean politics with a special emphasis on Turkey, Iraq, the Kurds andother Middle Eastern minorities: "One of the most important things Sens. Obamaand McCain need to do regarding the Middle East is to demonstrate theirunderstanding of the region in all its complexity -- with many differentschools of Islamic thought and non-Muslim groups, as well as diverse ethnicgroups. Once Middle Easterners believe that American leaders understand thembetter, they may become less wary of American views, suggestions and policiesfor the region." Romano can discuss: 1. Political history of the region; 2.Turkish and Kurdish political perspectives; 3. Current tensions andalternatives to legislative resolutions for repairing history. News Contacts:Daney Kepple, Phone: +1-901-843-3874, and MarilynneHerbert, Phone: +1-212-734-2190 (10/15/08)

2. DR. MARTIN GOLDSTEIN, professor of government and politics at WIDENERUNIVERSITY in Chester, Pa., is an expert on terrorism, nuclear proliferation,strategic intelligence, the Middle East and arms control. Goldstein has servedas a foreign policy analyst in the Department of Defense and the Arms Controland Disarmament Agency and is following the foreign policies of bothpresidential candidates closely, especially what they are and are not sayingabout their strategies for dealing with the nuclear weapons threats posed byNorth Korea and Iran. News Contact: Allyson Roberts, alroberts@widener.eduPhone: +1-610-499-4244 (9/25/08)

3. RICHARD C. EICHENBERG, professor of political science at TUFTS UNIVERSITY,is an expert on Bush's performance in office and military policy. He has heldgrants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, andthe Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His recentpublications include "War President: The Approval Ratings of President GeorgeW. Bush," (Journal of Conflict Resolution, December 2006, with Richard J.Stoll); "Citizen Opinion on Foreign Policy and World Politics" (The OxfordHandbook of Political Behavior, Oxford University Press, 2007); "Victory HasMany Friends: The American Public and the Use of Military Force, 1981-2005"(International Security, 2005). News Contact: Alexander Reid, Phone: +1-617-627-4173 (9/17/08)

4. BRENT SASLEY, assistant professor at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON,is an expert in international politics and the Middle East -- extremelycritical issues in this election that urgently need to be addressed as thecampaign continues: "Developments in the Middle East continue along a path ofvolatility, violence and conflict. The next U.S. president will have a numberof issues to deal with, none of which can be left alone -- as the currentpresident did for much of his tenure -- and all of which need close attentionand effort. This includes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq, the spreadof radical-rejectionist influence (through Iran and Hezbollah), and the issueof democracy in authoritarian Arab allies." Sasley's analyses are frequentlypublished in major area daily newspapers. News Contact: Sue Stevens, Phone: +1-817-272-3317 (9/11/08)

5. FRANCOISE O. LEPAGE, Ph.D., dean and professor emerita at the School ofBusiness and International Studies at DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, candiscuss international policy: "Both the Democrats and Republicans arepandering to the electorate. We are electing politicians, not leaders." NewsContact: Sarah Gardner, Phone: +1-415-485-3239(9/11/08)

6. ALAN B. KATZ is an expert on Israel, an attorney and the author of"Fighting Back: Letters from the Diaspora," which defends Israel and itspeople in the face of extreme adversity and an onslaught of media inaccuraciesand misinformation. Katz has authored numerous articles on the Middle Eastconflict, and has been featured on national radio and television programs. Hecan address answers to the following questions: 1. Is McCain anti-Israel? 2.Is Obama truly anti-Semitic? 3. Why do some people believe Gov. Palin is aNazi sympathizer because of her support for Pat Buchanan? 4. What are all ofthe presidential candidates' opinions on Israel, really? 5. What is the futurefor U.S.-Israel relations after the election? News Contact: Mark Goldman, Phone: +1-631-367-8599 (9/11/08)

7. REZA ASLAN, Ph.D., assistant professor of creative writing at theUNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE, is an internationally known Iranian-American writer and scholar of religions, and a regular commentator forAmerican Public Media's "Marketplace" and the Middle East analyst for CBSNews: "The next president will have to try to build a successful, economicallyviable Palestinian state while protecting the safety and sovereignty ofIsrael. He or she will have to slowly and responsibly withdraw forces fromIraq without allowing the country to implode. He or she will have to bringIraq's neighbors, Syria and Iran, to the negotiating table whilesimultaneously reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions, keeping Syria out ofLebanon, reassuring Washington's Sunni Arab allies that they have not beenabandoned, coaxing Russia into becoming part of the solution (rather than partof the problem) in the region, saving an independent and democraticAfghanistan from the resurgent Taliban, preparing for an inevitable successionof leadership in Saudi Arabia, persuading China to play a more constructiverole in the Middle East and keeping a nuclear-armed Pakistan from self-destructing in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination." Aslan has writtenfor numerous national publications, and has appeared on "Meet the Press" and"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." His first book, "No god but God," waspublished in 2005 and has been translated into half a dozen languages. Hisnext book, "How to Win a Cosmic War: Why We're Losing the War on Terror," willbe published by Random House in 2008. News Contact: Todd Ransom, Phone: +1-951-827-1287 Web site: (5/28/08)

8. WARD THOMAS, associate professor of political science at the COLLEGE OFTHE HOLY CROSS, can provide insight on U.S. foreign policy, especiallyinvolving military or security issues; international law as it pertains towar; international ethics, the use of private security companies (Blackwater-type issues), and terrorism. He is author of "The Ethics of Destruction: Normsand Force in International Relations" (Cornell University Press, 2001), andhis articles have appeared in International Security, Security Studies, ArmedForces & Society, Sciences Humaines (Paris), The Boston Globe and otherpublications. He is currently working on a book about normative change and theuse of force by non-state actors, particularly Private Military Companies(PMCs). News Contact: Kristine Maloney, Phone: +1-508-793-2419 (5/28/08)

9. ROBERT S. SINGH is a professor of politics at BIRKBECK COLLEGE, UNIVERSITYOF LONDON; co-author of "After Bush: A Case for Continuity in American ForeignPolicy" (Cambridge University Press, July 2008); co-editor of "The BushDoctrine and the War on Terrorism" (2006); and wrote "Contemporary AmericanPolitics and Society" (2003). Singh can discuss American foreign policy andwhat will happen post-election season to the war in Iraq. News Contact:Sadhika Salariya, Phone: +1-212-337-5057 Web site: (5/28/08)

10. TIMOTHY J. LYNCH is a lecturer in American foreign policy at theINSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON; co-author of"After Bush: A Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy" (CambridgeUniversity Press, July 2008); author of "Turf War" (2004); and editor of"Encyclopedia of the American Presidency" (2007). Lynch can discuss Americanforeign policy and what will happen post-election season to the war in Iraq.News Contact: Sadhika Salariya, Phone: +1-212-337-5057Web site:

11. DR. J. OLIVER WILLIAMS, professor of political science at NORTH CAROLINASTATE UNIVERSITY, is an expert on Chinese-U.S. relations, Chinese politics,human rights and how economic change is driving democratic development inChina. News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, Phone: +1-919-515-6386 (5/28/08)

12. DR. WILLIAM BOETTCHER, associate professor of political science at NORTHCAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, conducts research on U.S. foreign policy and canaddress campaign questions related to public opinion on foreign affairs andthe war in Iraq. News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, matt_shipman@ncsu.eduPhone: +1-919-515-6386 (5/28/08)


1. DON OGILVIE, former president of the AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION, is anindependent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Banking Solutions, part ofDeloitte & Touche LLP. He can discuss the regulatory impact of the upcomingelection on financial institutions and mortgage-specific reform and the impacton banking. News Contact: Stephanie Edel, stephanie.edel@hillandknowlton.comPhone: +1-212-885-0307 (9/17/08)

2. NEAL ASBURY, founder of GREENFIELD WORLD TRADE, a leading global tradingcompany, is a free-trade pundit who was the 2008 recipient of the covetedUnited States National Champion Exporter of the Year Award. He can discuss theU.S. trade imbalance: "This election cycle is a huge disappointment among thecurrent candidates from both major parties. Barack Obama is against NAFTA andparrots back AFL-CIO anti-trade positions. John McCain endorses U.S.participation in the failed World Trade Organization, which puts U.S. exportsat a disadvantage. Neither candidate is current with the business community'sexport goals and have not put forth a comprehensive plan to end the tradeimbalance and help create jobs for thousands of American workers. It's timeAmerican workers demand that the candidates stop attacking one another andattack the real problem: the unfair advantage enjoyed by America's tradepartners." News Contact: Dave Brimm, Phone: +1-847-444-1198 (9/11/08)

3. KRISTIE DARIEN, executive director of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THESELF-EMPLOYED: "The 24 million micro-businesses in the U.S., which comprise ahuge portion of our nation's economy, are struggling with high health-carecosts and are looking for solutions from our next president. Neither candidatehas developed a comprehensive small-business policy to address issues such ashealth care, taxes and retirement affecting this important demographic. Theseentrepreneurs are examining both candidates closely and will be makingdecisions in November based on these issues that impact their businesses andfamilies in very real and measurable ways." News Contact: Lori Russo, Phone: +1-202-223-4933 (9/11/08)

4. HOWARD MILLS, chief advisor of DELOITTE & TOUCHE USA LLP's insuranceindustry group and former superintendent of the New York State InsuranceDepartment, can discuss the insurance policies of both political parties;insurance regulation and how that will be affected by either election outcome;the optional federal charter; and views on natural catastrophe planning andregulations. News Contact: Ariel Mollick, Ariel.mollick@hillandknowlton.comPhone: +1-212-885-0561 (9/11/08)

5. JEREMY BRANDT, CEO of 1-800-CASHOFFER, a nationwide network of CertifiedProfessional Homebuyers, can discuss candidates' positions on major realestate issues, including housing, foreclosures, sub-prime bailout, primeborrower foreclosures and related topics. Web site:

6. TIMOTHY CANOVA, associate dean and professor of international economic lawat the CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY School of Law, is an expert on internationalmonetary and other economic legal issues. He can discuss Barack Obama'seconomic policies: "Senator Obama has proposed a new direction in economicpolicy on several fronts: taxes, trade, fiscal policy and regulatory policy.In each of these areas, he claims the yardstick should be one of fairness."News Contact: Dennis O'Connor, Phone: +1-781-530-3700 Web site: (5/28/08)

7. DR. JOHN LAPP, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics at NORTHCAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, is an authority on the Federal Reserve System andcan address questions related to recent monetary policy, potential futuremonetary policy and the implications of the recent sub-prime mortgage crisis.News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, Phone: +1-919-515-6386(5/28/08)

8. STEVEN M. SHEFFRIN is dean of the Division of Social Sciences and aprofessor of economics at UC DAVIS. How can we evaluate the positions of thecandidates on tax policy, the national debt, and the future of Social Securityand Medicare? Sheffrin has written extensively in these areas. A formerfinancial economist with the U.S. Treasury, a Brookings economic policyfellow, and a member of the board of the National Tax Association, Sheffrin isan expert on fiscal policy and politics. News Contact: Claudia M. Morain, Phone: +1-530-752-9841 (5/28/08)

9. DANIEL VENCILL, professor of economics at SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY,is a macroeconomist who can comment on the economic policies of thepresidential candidates. News Contact: Elaine Bible, Phone:+1-415-405-3606 (5/28/08)

10. DR. ROBERT CLARK, professor of economics at NORTH CAROLINA STATEUNIVERSITY, is a nationally recognized expert on Social Security and Medicare.News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, Phone: +1-919-515-6386(5/28/08)

11. DAVID J. ROBERTS, associate professor at the School of Accountancy atDePAUL UNIVERSITY, is an expert on tax cuts and proposals to change taxstructure, including the proposed national sales tax, the federal budget anddeficits, and Social Security. News Contact: Deborah Snow Humiston, Phone: +1-312-362-8508 (5/28/08)

12. MARK SOSKIN, associate professor of economics at the UNIVERSITY OFCENTRAL FLORIDA, can discuss health care reform, Social Security, the "fairtax," and immigration policies. News Contact: Chad Binette, Phone: +1-407-823-6312 (5/28/08)


1. DR. JEFFERY BRADEN, interim dean of the College of Humanities and SocialSciences at NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, is an educational psychologistwho studies the impact of the testing requirements associated with the NoChild Left Behind legislation and can discuss future political challengesrelated to the controversial law. News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, Phone: +1-919-515-6386 (5/28/08)

2. ERICKA FISHER, assistant professor of education at the COLLEGE OF THE HOLYCROSS whose areas of expertise include racial and economic inequality inAmerican education, can provide special commentary on the role these issueswill play in the upcoming election. News Contact: Kristine Maloney, Phone: +1-508-793-2419 (5/28/08)


1. KENT PORTNEY, professor at TUFTS UNIVERSITY, specializes in public policyand political behavior and is also an authority on sustainability. He can givegeneral insight on environmental policy and related issues as they emerge inthe presidential campaign. Among the courses he teaches is politics ofenvironmental policy in the U.S. Portney has a current perspective onpolitical trends among college aged people. He directed a recent nationalsurvey to see how engaged students are in politics and pop culture. Hiscurrent research focuses on analyzing sustainable cities initiativesthroughout the United States. News Contact: Alexander Reid, Phone: +1-617-627-4173 (9/17/08)

2. TOM THOMAS, assistant professor of management at SAN FRANCISCO STATEUNIVERSITY, is an expert on governmental environmental policy and energypolicy. He can discuss the candidates' energy policies and their effects onbusiness and the economy. Thomas teaches in the university's SustainableBusiness MBA program, and co-founded the first MBA Environmental Managementprogram in the U.S. News Contact: Michael Bruntz, Phone: +1-415-338-1743 (9/11/08)

3. DR. STEPHEN KELLEY, head of the Department of Wood and Paper Science atNORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, is a national expert on biofuels andalternative energy sources: "The next president will be faced with renewableenergy challenges, including policy questions over how to accentuate thepositives associated with biofuels while minimizing potential risks." NewsContact: W. Matthew Shipman, Phone: +1-919-515-6386(5/28/08)

4. DR. RICHARD C. KEARNEY, director of the School of Public and InternationalAffairs at NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, is an authority on politicalscience and public policy issues, and can address questions related to thecandidates and environmental policy, including "green collar" jobs and climatechange. News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, Phone: +1-919-515-6386 (5/28/08)

5. PETER ROBERTSON is a partner in PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN's Washington, D.C., office and head of the firm's Public Policy practice. He hasextensive experience in the public and private environmental and public policysectors, including a previous role as acting deputy administrator and chief ofstaff of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the ClintonAdministration, and can speak to the environmental and energy issuessurrounding the election. News Contact: Katie Harter, Phone: +1-212-858-1685 (5/28/08)

6. LOREN CASS, associate professor of political science at the COLLEGE OF THEHOLY CROSS, is an expert on U.S. climate policy, candidate positions onclimate change, and international climate negotiations. He is author of "TheFailures of American and European Climate Policy: International Norms,Domestic Politics, and Unachievable Commitments" (SUNY Press, 2006), a bookthat addresses the politics of climate change, international climate policyand American environmental foreign policy. News Contact: Kristine Maloney, Phone: +1-508-793-2419 (5/28/08)


1. LAURA VAN ASSENDELFT, professor of political science at MARY BALDWINCOLLEGE in Staunton, Va., is a scholar on the role of women in politics: "Thecurrent expectations for the office of first lady are a continuation of theceremonial duties of the job, making appearances at official functions and'stand-in' speeches, and policy advocacy on non-controversial issues. Today,however, the role of senior advisor is also available to first ladies." VanAssendelft is co-author of the book "Women, Politics and American Society" andan editor of the "Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics." News Contact:Laura Snyder, Phone: +1-347-240-4745 (10/29/08)

2. MICHAEL GURIAN, best-selling author of "Leadership and the Sexes" andgender expert, can discuss what Obama, McCain and Biden need to know aboutbrain science in order to win over women voters. Gurian can offer tips on howthe male candidates can employ specific communication skills that will draw inwomen voters, including: 1. Eye Contact: Look directly into the camera at thewomen watching. 2. The Power of a Smile: It is important to be serious whennecessary, but, during as many other opportunities as necessary, smileauthentically. While giving clear statements of fact and policy, findopportunities to nod and smile, and avoid, as much as possible, squinting andfrowning. 3. Body Language: When speaking, lean forward more than standingstraight as a stick. 4. Emotional Authenticity: Female bonding chemistry istriggered (thus, women may bond more with you as a man) when you are notafraid to show emotion at the right moments. News Contact: Lauren BanyarReich, Phone: +1-212-620-4080, ext. 14 (9/25/08)

3. JILDA ALIOTTA, associate professor and chair of the Department of Politicsand Government in the UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD's College of Arts and Sciences,can talk about the impact of women on politics and the campaign. Aliotta'scurrent research investigates the impact on women on the judiciary. NewsContact: Meagan Fazio, Phone: +1-860-768-4330 (9/17/08)

4. BONNIE DOW, associate professor and chair of the Department ofCommunication Studies at VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, is an expert on women and themedia: "While Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton are putting cracks in the glassceiling below America's highest office, they are still battling that double-bind for women in power -- being seen as too womanly or not womanly enough.Palin is especially interesting because she fulfills some requirements ofwomanliness in that she has lots of kids and is pro-life, but is getting heatfor not dedicating herself enough to her children. However, Palin and Clintonwill not be painted with the same brush. Sexism in the media is alwayscontextual -- that is, the kind of sexism directed at a progressive Democratis going to be different from that directed at a conservative Republican.Clinton and Palin also differ generationally. Clinton is old enough toremember legalized sexism because she came of age in the late 1960s. Palin isat least 15 years younger, so she is less likely to have felt it in the sameway -- largely because of the successes of the feminist movement. So Clintonwill identify more with the need for feminism, while Palin will not. This isnot simply because Palin's a Republican, but because she grew up in adifferent world." News Contact: Princine Lewis, Phone: +1-615-322-2706 (9/11/08)

5. RACHAEL HERRSCHER is the CEO of TODAYSMAMA, a company that providespersonal, professional and parenting resources, and founder of MAMAVOTE, anon-partisan, education and inspiration-based initiative that encouragesmothers to get involved in the political process. Herrscher can speak aboutthe "mom" vote (she is a mother of two herself, with one on the way), canoffer survey results on moms and politics, and can offer her perspective onhow moms are more involved than ever in the political process. News Contact:Allison Yrungaray, Phone: +1-626-841-1640 Web site: (9/11/08)

6. CATHERINE ALLGOR, Ph.D., professor of history at the UNIVERSITY OFCALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE, is available to speak about the role of political womenin the formation of U.S. government and the importance of the nation's firstladies. She is author of "Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of WashingtonCity Help Build a City and a Government" and a biography of Dolley Madison:"Successful first ladies run the unofficial machine of politics -- the socialsphere -- where much business is accomplished. The Democrats who quarrel amongthemselves over the 'winability' of a Hillary Clinton presidential bid areoverlooking one of the greatest assets -- First Lady Bill. Bill Clinton has anundisputed gift for evincing powerful emotions in individuals and crowds,inspiring deep loyalty in his followers. Unhampered by the exigencies ofofficial office, he would be free to use those talents to make connections andwin adherents, shoring up his wife's administration." Allgor recently wasfeatured in a PBS documentary about Andrew Jackson. News Contact: Todd Ransom, Phone: +1-951-827-1287 Web site: (5/28/08)

7. LISA STONE, CEO and co-founder of BLOGHER, a community for women who blogthat reaches 9 million women every month: "What women say online is evolvingboth because of the new social technologies at our disposal and because of thevalidation and confirmation women are receiving from other women using socialmedia. With social media, we act -- we tell the world with a few keystrokes,on our blogs and social sites. And, lo and behold, the world acts back -- thevery same world in which women have never achieved parity on op-ed pages or inpublic office. So what does positive reinforcement beget? More action. This isthe opportunity in front of us with women online and it translates to ourinvolvement and voice in politics via the Web." To view the recent interviewBlogHer had with Sen. Obama, see the link listed below. News Contacts:Kristina Joss, Phone: +1-415-694-6709, or JadeLofton, Phone: +1-415-694-6703 Web site: (5/28/08)

8. JANIE LEATHERMAN, Ph.D., director of international studies and professorof politics at FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY, can discuss issues related to gender andminorities in the presidential campaign; new directions in U.S. foreignpolicy, including multilateralism, Iraq policy, environmentalism, UnitedNations, and U.S. image internationally. News Contact: Nancy Habetz, Phone: +1-203-254-4000, ext. 2647 (5/28/08)

9. SUSAN KAISER, professor of women and gender at UC DAVIS, studies gender,race and sexuality in relation to clothing and appearance. Her textbook, "TheSocial Psychology of Clothing: Symbolic Appearances in Context," has beentranslated into two foreign languages. News Contact: Claudia M. Morain, Phone: +1-530-752-9841 (5/28/08)

10. JOCELYN M. BORYCZKA, Ph.D., assistant professor of politics and directorof Peace & Justice Studies at FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY, is a political scientistwho focuses on women in politics in the American context. She is well-versedin the gender and politics literature and has expertise in discussing a femalecandidate, as well as issues of race and politics. News Contact: Nancy Habetz, Phone: +1-203-254-4000, ext. 2647 (5/28/08)

11. DIANNE BYSTROM, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women andPolitics at IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, has become a national media expert inpresidential politics, particularly issues related to gender and candidatecommunication and advertising. She is co-author, co-editor and contributor to12 books on politics, including "Gender and Elections" (2006) and"Anticipating Madam President" (2003). Most recently, Bystrom authored a bookchapter related to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, as well as oneentitled "Confronting Stereotypes and Double Standards in CampaignCommunication," for the forthcoming book, "Legislative Women: Getting Elected,Getting Ahead." News Contact: Mike Ferlazzo, Phone: +1-515-294-8986 (5/28/08)

12. DAVID GUDELUNAS, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication at FAIRFIELDUNIVERSITY, can discuss popular culture and politics; gender, sexuality andpolitics. News Contact: Nancy Habetz, Phone: +1-203-254-4000, ext. 2647 (5/28/08)

13. TERRI FINE, professor of political science at the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRALFLORIDA, can discuss minority politics and gender and politics. News Contact:Chad Binette, Phone: +1-407-823-6312 (5/28/08)


1. DR. JOE RUBINSZTAIN, founder and CEO of GMED, a private medical softwarecompany: "Electronic medical records not only allow physicians and officemanagers to control costs, but also help to provide a higher quality of careto patients." Rubinsztain is able to comment on electronic medical recordswith regard to impact on healthcare industry costs and efficiency, ashealthcare reform becomes a hot-button issue on the presidential campaigntrail. News Contacts: Zak Hennessy,, or Karren Jeske, Phone: +1-414-765-2311 (10/15/08)

2. DENNIS TRIPLETT, president of UMB HEALTHCARE SERVICES and chair of AHIP'sHSA Leadership Council, is an expert on national healthcare policy. Herecently wrote a perspective, entitled "The Great Debate: Government v.Consumer-Directed Health Care," which provides a side-by-side comparison ofObama's and McCain's health care platforms: "The premise of the health caredebate comes down to whether consumers or the U.S. government will makedecisions regarding the direction of health care. Yet, it seems that votersare not making this important policy decision. This coming fall will trulymark a distinctive fork in the health care policy road." News Contact: KristaEmmett, Phone: +1-816-960-3117 Web site: (9/11/08)

3. JOSEPH PADUDA, principal of HEALTH STRATEGY ASSOCIATES, based in Madison,Conn., is a health care policy expert whose consulting practice focuses onidentifying "real" health cost drivers and creating programs for reducingcosts -- without reducing the quality of care. He has written about theClinton, Obama and McCain health care plans and Palin's certificate-of-needdecisions in Alaska. Paduda is in favor of universal health coverage, butcritical of some of the proposals on how to get there. He likes health savingsaccounts -- has one himself -- but believes they can discourage people fromseeking early interventions. Paduda can explain complicated policies and howthe system currently works (or doesn't work well). News Contact: Helen Knight, Phone: +1-813-837-1701 Web site: (9/11/08)

4. KYLE ROLFING, pioneer of the consumer-driven health industry and currentCEO and co-founder of Minneapolis-based REDBRICK HEALTH, a next-generationhealth services company focused on taking the consumer health movement to thenext level: "As health-care costs and the number of uninsured Americans bothcontinue to rise, election polls indicate health care is a top domesticconcern for Americans. McCain's and Obama's health-care platforms focusprimarily on the role of government and employers in providing health-carecoverage for Americans, and efforts to control the health-care deliverysystem's skyrocketing costs. Yet, studies show that 50 to 70 percent ofhealth-care costs are related to individual behaviors that occur long beforetrips to the doctor. The candidates and the health-care industry need to settheir sights further upstream to reduce health-care costs by promoting health-- empowering individuals with health resources, rewarding them for healthybehaviors and active participation in their personal health, regardless oftheir current health status." Rolfing is available for interviews during theRepublican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. He can discuss how changingthe financing of health care to better align with healthy choices in a fairand equitable manner can drive long-term health savings while fosteringhealthier lifestyles. Rolfing can explain each candidate's proposals in thepolicy areas of health care and help Americans understand these respectiveplatforms. News Contact: Meghan Bonneville, Phone:+1-612-677-1717 or +1-651-260-6872 (8/27/08)

5. C. WILLIAM JONES, president of the ASSOCIATION OF BELLTEL RETIREES, a non-profit that represents more than 230,000 Verizon Communications retirees: "Ournation's seniors and baby boomer generation are witnessing the American dreamdisappear before their eyes as a result of our country's health-care debacle.Sadly, Washington's health-care reforms of late have forced more and morecosts onto the backs of already financially overburdened older Americans. Inthis election, the candidate that pledges real fixes, and not mere pandering,will win older Americans' votes." News Contact: Saquana Graddick, Phone: +1-212-685-4600, ext. 6985 (6/4/08)

6. PAUL MILLER, executive director of PROTECTSENIORS.ORG: "This year,America's seniors will pull the lever based on how the candidate stands on theissue of health care. This is clearly the No. 1 issue for older Americans in2008." News Contact: Saquana Graddick, Phone:+1-212-685-4600, ext. 6985 (5/28/08)

7. MARK SOSKIN, associate professor of economics at the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRALFLORIDA, can discuss health care reform, Social Security, the "fair tax," andimmigration policies. News Contact: Chad Binette, Phone:+1-407-823-6312 (5/28/08)

8. DR. ROBERT CLARK, professor of economics at NORTH CAROLINA STATEUNIVERSITY, is a nationally recognized expert on Social Security and Medicare.News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, Phone: +1-919-515-6386(5/28/08)

1. ANGELO PAPARELLI, managing partner of PAPARELLI & PARTNERS LLP, is one ofthe country's leading immigration attorneys: "Immigration has been all butabsent for much of the 2008 presidential debate. I doubt either McCain orObama would make immigration a priority as president, at least not early in afirst term. Immigration has been described as the third rail of Americanpolitics, but more vividly by some as a downed power line that will electrifyanyone who touches it." Paparelli can discuss immigration reform and thepolitical positions of McCain and Obama, politicization of hiring immigrationjudges, and headaches for businesses hiring foreign executives. News Contact:Kate Casey, Phone: +1-949-723-0520 (10/8/08)

2. GILBERT ST. CLAIR, visiting professor of political science at SOUTHWESTERNUNIVERSITY in Georgetown, Texas: "The way the Hispanic vote breaks in certainstates will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2008 presidentialelection. But how that vote will go is still very unclear. Latinos arecurrently very cross-pressured. They are inclined to vote Democratic becauseof that party's more lenient view of immigration and also its positions oneducation, health care and social services. But they also tend to be socialconservatives and very patriotic, which fits well with the Republican Party.When people are cross-pressured, they very often don't vote. Turnout will bethe key in this election." News Contact: Ellen Davis, davise@southwestern.eduPhone: +1-512-863-1570 (10/1/08)

3. DEBORAH SCHILDKRAUT, associate professor at TUFTS UNIVERSITY, focuses onAmerican politics and political psychology. She is an expert on America'smulti-ethnic landscape and public opinion surrounding immigration issues. Shehas also researched female candidates and the issues they have endorsed to winvoter support. Her current research examines the political consequences ofidentity choices -- whether U.S. citizens who think of themselves primarily asAmerican, or as a member of an ethnic group (such as Latino or Asian), or as amember of a national origin group (such as Mexican or Korean) have differentlevels of political engagement. News Contact: Alexander Reid, Phone: +1-617-627-4173 (9/17/08)

4. GIDEON ARONOFF is president and CEO of HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY, anorganization that works on contract around the world with the U.S. government,foreign governments, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and a host of non-governmental agencies on behalf of refugees, asylees and immigrants. Aronoffcan discuss any aspect of immigration law or policy. News Contact: RobertaElliott, Phone: +1-212-613-1350 Web site: (9/11/08)

5. KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN, assistant professor of political science at theUNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE, is available to discuss immigration inthe United States, political participation, civic voluntarism and the politicsof race and ethnicity. He is a principal investigator on a multi-site researchproject on immigrant civic voluntarism funded by the Russell Sage Foundation.He joined UCR from the Public Policy Institute of California, where heauthored several peer-reviewed reports on immigrant adaptation, localgovernance and civic engagement. He is author of "Democracy in ImmigrantAmerica" (Stanford University Press, 2005), and is co-editor of "TransformingPolitics, Transforming America," a forthcoming book on immigrant politics, andof Policy Matters, a quarterly public-policy research journal published by UCRiverside. News Contact: Todd Ransom, Phone: +1-951-827-1287 Web site:

6. DR. STEPHEN LILLEY, associate head of the Department of Sociology andAnthropology at NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, can address how changingpatterns of immigration impact local areas and regions. An associate professorof sociology, his research focuses on government planning, and state and localdemography issues. News Contact: W. Matthew Shipman, matt_shipman@ncsu.eduPhone: +1-919-515-6386 (5/28/08)

7. MARK SOSKIN, associate professor of economics at the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRALFLORIDA, can discuss health care reform, Social Security, the "fair tax," andimmigration policies. News Contact: Chad Binette, Phone:+1-407-823-6312 (5/28/08)

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