A grassroots activist by nature, Alan founded NoInternetTax.org in 2000 in reaction to a pending Advisory Commission
on Electronic Commerce report.
In addition to serving as President of NoInternetTax.org, Alan is President of
the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee, Chairman of the
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and a National
Director of the American Conservative Union.
Alan is also President of Merril Associates, a noted direct
response advertising agency specializing in direct mail, fund raising and public relations. He also heads Merril
Press, a non-fiction book publishing company. Alan is the President of radio stations KBNP in Portland, OR; KITZ
in Seattle, WA; and KSBN in Spokane, WA.
Alan has appeared on over 3,000 TV and radio talk shows, including
the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABCís 20/20, the Michael Reagan Show, CNN Crossfire, Fox TVís Crier Report, NBC Today
Show, Larry King Live and Good Morning America.
Author of thirteen books, Alan is a recognized member of the
working press, maintaining an active membership in the Outdoor Writerís Association of America. His articles have
appeared in the Seattle Times, San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Cincinnati Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Orlando
Sentinel and USA Today.
Alan is a nuclear engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee and has attended
the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Alan and his wife Julianne reside
in Bellevue, WA with their four children.
An award-winning strategic communications specialist, Jennifer has served a number of our nationís political leaders,
including Governor Gary Johnson and the late Congressman Steve Schiff. In 1995, former Senate Majority Leader Bob
Dole appointed Jennifer to serve as the National Co-Director of his youth campaign during his í96 presidential
Jenniferís consulting firm, PoliGistics, has successfully managed several state legislative
and judicial races. She made history in 1996 as the campaign manager for an historical effort which reinstated
a N.M. Supreme Court candidate to the ballot through a massive write-in campaign, after he was removed from the
In the private sector, Jennifer has worked for two of the largest advertising and public relations
firms in the world. She was contracted to Intel Corporation where she served as a project coordinator for the
construction of Rio Rancho High School, the first public/private venture of its kind in America. Other noted
contract work includes efforts on behalf of the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
Jennifer is a founding member and
serves on the board of the Bellwether Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to networking and the inclusion
of young professionals in our political process. She is currently the President of the Republican Women of Seattle
and Public Relations Director for the Washington Federation of Republican Women.
A native of Montana, she
is a graduate of Montana State University, where she double-majored in political science and French.
Deputy political director, United States, Brett Mecum recently stepped down from his role as the chairman of New York
State College Republican Committee. Brett was nstrumental in NoInternetTax.orgís successful lobbying of Congress to
extend the Internet Freedom Act and conducts research and special projects for the organization. Brett served as the
youth leader for Congressman Rick Lazioís 2000 Senate campaign and interned for both Congressman Bill Paxon and
Governor George Pataki. Brett graduated from the University of Albany with a BA in Political Science and Urban/Regional