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About

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND PURPOSE

Compact for America, Inc. is a domestic nonprofit corporation formed under the laws of the State of Texas.  It is a non-stock, non-share and non-member entity organized as an exempt organization with no intent of pecuniary gain or profit.  The corporation has received approval from the Internal Revenue Service for recognition as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.   Both individuals and corporations can contribute in unlimited amounts to a 501(c)(4) organization; however, such gifts are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

The Compact for America Initiative (the “Initiative”) is a non-partisan effort to promote and seek the passage of legislation by the states and the U.S. Congress to ratify a balanced budget amendment into the Constitution of the United States in a way that has never been done before.  The Initiative includes educating elected officials, citizens and residents of the United States and the several states of the novel use of an interstate compact agreement and the counterpart federal legislation to coordinate the use of Article V of the Constitution of the United States by state legislatures to originate and ratify a specific constitutional amendment that would require Congress to operate under a balanced budget.  The use of the Initiative’s interstate compact vehicle is expected to reduce the time necessary to originate and ratify the specific balanced budget amendment from 10 years to less than 12 months!  The text of the Initiative documents, including the specific balanced budget amendment, the interstate compact agreement, and the congressional resolution are available on this website.

The corporation is governed by a 3-member Board of Directors.  Bios of the current Board members are shown below.  In addition, the Board has formed an Advisory Council made up of individuals the possess expertise in fields such as political strategies, lobbying strategies, fundraising, Constitutional law, grass-roots politics and the macro-economics.  The sole function of the Advisory Council is to advise and make non-binding recommendations to the Board with respect to matter within the areas of their respective experience and expertise.  Bios of the current Advisory Council members are shown below.

COMPACT FOR AMERICA, INC. – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NICK DRANIAS, Director of Policy Development and Constitutional Government – Goldwater Institute  Nick Dranias holds the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and is Director of the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute. In addition to practicing constitutional law as a member of the Goldwater Institute’s litigation team, Dranias serves as a constitutional scholar.  Read more…

HAROLD R. (“Chip”) DeMOSS, III, Managing Director – Tanglewood Capital Partners, LLC  Chip DeMoss is a Managing Director with Tanglewood Capital Partners, LLC, a Houston-based investment banking firm specializing in capital placement to clients primarily in the energy and real estate sectors.  In his current capacity, Chip serves as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Compact for America, Inc.  Read more…

KYLE McALISTER, CEO – Questor Pipeline Company  Over the past 30 years, Kyle McAlister has been involved in energy and crude oil trading joint ventures around the world, currently focusing on synthetic fuels developed through coal to liquids (CTL) and gas to liquids (GTL) technologies. Kyle is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.and Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of Compact for America, Inc.  Read more…

COMPACT FOR AMERICA, INC. – ADVISORY COUNCIL

HAROLD R. DeMOSS, JR., Senior Federal Judge – US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals  Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. is currently a senior federal appellate judge and sits on the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He was appointed to the court in 1991 by President George H. W. Bush, and took senior status in 2007.  Read more…

ILYA SHAPIRO, JD, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-In-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review – Cato Institute  Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.  Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/advisor to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule of law issues and practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb.   Read more…

LAWRENCE LESSIG, Director – Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics – Harvard University  Lawrence Lessig is the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  For much of his academic career, Lessig has focused on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. He is the author of five books on the subject and has served as lead counsel in a number of important cases marking the boundaries of copyright law in a digital age. His current work at the EJ Safra Lab oversees a 5 year research project addressing institutional corruption in a number of institutional contexts.  Read more…

MARK McKINNON, President & CEO – Maverick Media  For two decades Mark McKinnon has been helping solve complex strategic challenges for causes, companies and candidates, including President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Governor Ann Richards, Congressman Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong and Bono. McKinnon currently lectures at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  Read more…

JOHN McLAUGHLIN, CEO & Partner – McLaughlin & Associates  John McLaughlin has worked professionally as a strategic consultant and pollster for over 30 years.  His political clients have included former Presidential candidates Steve Forbes and Fred Thompson, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and 22 current and former U.S. Senators and 23 current members of Congress. John has appeared on every major broadcast and cable channel, as well as prominent radio talk shows across America.  Read more…

KEVIN R. C. GUTZMAN, JD, PhD, Professor of History – Western Connecticut State University  Kevin R. C. Gutzman is the New York Times best-selling author of four books. Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University,  Gutzman devotes his intellectual energy to teaching courses in the Revolutionary and constitutional history of the United States, to writing books and articles in these fields, and to public speaking on related topics.  Read more…

SVEN R. LARSON, PhD, Senior Fellow – Wyoming Liberty Group  Sven Larson, originally from Sweden, is a senior fellow in economics with the Wyoming Liberty Group. After having earned his BA in economics and philosophy at University of Stockholm, Sweden, Larson worked as a teacher assistant in economics and free-lance political writer. During the dark years of Sweden’s deep recession in the early ’90s, he lectured all over the country on the virtues of economic freedom and sound fiscal policy. On two occasions he was invited to the national parliament to speak on fiscal policy and budget matters.  Read more…

BYRON SCHLOMACH, Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity – Goldwater Institute  Byron Schlomach has worked in and around state government for 18 years, developing expertise in a variety of areas, including transportation, health care, taxation, regulation and government budgetary practices. He is currently the Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity for the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.  Read more…

RON HICKS, President – HerdX, Inc.  Ron has 18 years of product development and company management experience.  Ron is the founder of Vital Needs International, where he developed products for medical application and has licensed three products to date, two with public companies and one privately.  Read more…

ROBERT C. REINARZ, President & CEO – R.C. Reinarz & Company  Bob Reinarz is an arbitrator, executive and underwriter with over forty years of “hands-on” experience in both insurance and reinsurance companies, functioning as chief executive officer, chief operating officer, senior underwriting officer, as well as director of ceded reinsurance for a major top twenty insurance group. In 2003, Bob retired to central Texas to focus on his family, friends, church and political causes.  Read more…