Team

Floyd Brown is a writer, speaker and broadcaster.

Time magazine said: “Brown has stature among devoted conservatives that almost matches his physical heft (6 ft. 6 in. and 240 lbs.)”

He is president of Excellentia Inc., a consulting company specializing in communications strategy and the marketing of ideas.

He writes a weekly syndicated column about politics, culture and the economy with his wife, Mary Beth Brown.  The column is available online at www.floydbrown.com.

Brown is chairman of The Western Center for Journalism, the center trains “citizen journalists” to use internet tools and online video to create compelling news content.

Media campaigns organized by Brown have been studied for their effectiveness. These campaigns include the 1988 campaign of Americans for Bush during which he produced the “Willie Horton ad” and the TV campaign in support of the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

From 2001 until 2006, he served as the executive director of Young America’s Foundation which saved Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan’s Ranch and Western White House. Brown oversaw the preservation of the historic ranch home and the building of the 20 million dollar Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, California.  In 1988 Brown founded Citizens United and served as its Chairman until 2007.

As a commentator he has appeared a vast number of TV and radio shows including: The O’Reilly Factor, the CBS Evening News, ABC’s Primetime, NBC’s Today Show, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and more. From 1995 until 2000 he hosted his own talk radio show on Seattle’s KVI 570 AM.

As a speaker he has traveled coast to coast speaking to conferences and at numerous universities including Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, University of Miami and the California Polytechnic University (Cal-Poly).

He has been an advisor and consultant to political campaigns including the Bush, Dole and Forbes for president campaigns. He worked in President Reagan’s campaigns and was a political appointee his administration. He credits President Reagan for sparking his interest in public service.

 

James V. Lacy, Treasurer and General Counsel

James V. Lacy is co-founder and managing partner of Wewer & Lacy, LLP. Mr. Lacy has over 25 years of experience as a manager and director of nonprofit organizations, and has acted as legal counsel to charitable organizations and other nonprofits since 1979. Mr. Lacy advises clients in obtaining and maintaining federal and state tax exemption. He also assists public policy organizations and trade associations in obtaining the full range of nonprofit benefits for their organizations, including: nonprofit postal permits; organization of tax deductible supporting charitable foundation subsidiaries; and establishment of separate segregated funds for political action. Mr. Lacy has experience conducting executive benefits transactions, and conducting administrative litigation in both U.S. Postal Service appeals and state charitable authority enforcement actions. Mr. Lacy also conducts Federal and state court litigation on first amendment public policy issues of concern to nonprofit organization and individuals.

Mr. Lacy is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia, and is admitted before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and to various Federal District Courts.

Previously, Mr. Lacy served as Chief Counsel for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1989-91. He was responsible for supervising the legal department for the Technology Administration, which includes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Office of Technology Policy.

Mr. Lacy served as General Counsel to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (1987-89), where he played a key role in negotiating the national safety settlement and Consent Decree with the All-Terrain Vehicle industry approved by U.S. District Court Judge Gerhard Gessell, and managed other Federal court litigation involving enforcement of product safety laws. He also has served as Director of Export Trading Company Affairs in the International Trade Administration (1984-87), where he managed an antitrust certification program for U.S. exporters; and as a business liaison aide to the late Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige (1981-84).

In 1978, Mr. Lacy was a co-founding director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, with California’s Proposition 13 author, the late Howard Jarvis, which has grown to have the largest membership of any taxpayer organization in California.

Since 1975, Mr. Lacy has served on the Board of Directors of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Ocean Institute, the American Conservative Union, and Young America’s Foundation, a charitable educational organization, which now owns and maintains former President Ronald Reagan’s “Western White House,” Rancho del Cielo, in Santa Barbara, California. Mr. Lacy was instrumental in opening the negotiations which resulted in the Foundation’s acquisition of the Western White House, which is being preserved for its historical value for future generations.

Mr. Lacy was appointed by the Board of Governors of the California State Bar to the Committee on Federal Courts (1995-98). He also has served as a Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He currently serves as a member of the Republican State Central Committee of California.