Board of Advisors
Peter Schweizer, Chairman
Peter Schweizer is the President of Government Accountability Institute and a best-selling author. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm Oval Office Writers which provides speechwriting and communications services for corporate executives and political figures.From 2008-9 he was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News.His books have been translated into eleven languages and include several New York Times or Washington Post bestsellers.
Peter is the author of the book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. Both Extortion and his previous book, Throw Them All Out were New York Times bestsellers and were featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes
His other non-fiction books include Reagan’s War (Doubleday, 2002), which the Washington Post praised as “A fascinating, well-written, useful and important look at one of the three or four most important American political leaders of the 20th century. No serious assessment of the 40th president of the United States can ignore the central importance of anti-communism in his career; after Schweizer none will.” The Los Angeles Times called it “A rousing and compelling case that Reagan’s personal and political odyssey…was central to bringing down the ‘evil empire.”
He is also the co-author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004), which the New York Times called “Fascinating…Provides illuminating insights into the internal dynamics of the Bush family dynasty.” The New York Post declared “If you want to know as fully as can be told the story of how the Bushes rose from Midwestern obscurity to equal the records of families like the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, and the Adamses—this is the book.”
Other non-fiction works include Architects of Ruin (Harper, 2009) Victory (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994) , Do As I Say (Not As I Do) (Doubleday, 2005) and Makers and Takers (Doubleday, 2008).
His academic books include Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2006) The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and The Fall Of The Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War (Hoover Institution Press, 2000). He was also a contributor to Living in the Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2008)
His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs.
Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He lives in Florida with his wife, Rhonda, and his children.
Bob Crawford was born on January 26, 1948, in Bartow, Florida, in the heart of Central Florida citrus and cattle country. As Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, he presided over the largest state agricultural department in the United States charged with preserving agriculture and protecting consumers. Before being elected Commissioner of Agriculture, he had a distinguished 14-year career in the Florida Legislature, culminating with the Senate Presidency.
He has deep roots in agriculture, including a longtime personal involvement in citrus, ranching and commercial properties. Crawford has been recognized by the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Florida Citrus Mutual and the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association for his service to agriculture.
As Agriculture Commissioner, he oversaw the largest state agriculture department in the United States, supervising more than 3,500 employees. The Florida Department of Agriculture has primary responsibility to protect and promote Florida’s $6 billion agriculture industry, ensure the safety of the state’s food supply from the farm to the processing plant to the supermarket, manage nearly 1 million acres of forest land and protect consumers.
Crawford championed the preservation of Florida’s agriculture industry in an increasingly urban state and has been a vocal advocate for a safe, abundant, domestic food supply. He pushed for funding to help dairy farmers implement environmentally responsible best management practices. And, he took a lead in charting the state’s water policy to ensure the continued availability of this vital resource for agriculture.
During his term as Senate President, Crawford was twice named the most effective state lawmaker. He also earned the coveted Allen Morris Award for most effective member of the Senate in 1988. Crawford used the power of the Senate Presidency to put a constitutional amendment on Florida’s ballot requiring meetings of the Florida Legislature be open to the public. Through that effort, Crawford became recognized by citizen advocacy groups as a champion of government openness and accountability.
- Florida Department of Agriculture, State Commissioner, 1990-2001
- Florida Senate President, 1988-1990
- Florida Senator, Florida Senate, 1982-1990
- Florida Representative, Florida House, 1976-1982
- University of Miami, Business Degree, 1966-1970
Marty Bowen, Member
Marsha L. “Marty” Bowen is a Citrus Grower, Cattle Rancher and third generation Floridian. She was born is Winter Haven, Florida and has residences in Haines City and Tallahassee, Florida. She is a registered lobbyist and owner of ML Bowen, Governmental Relations Advisors in Tallahassee, Florida. Marty also serves as Vice President/ Director of Bowen Brothers, Inc. (1990 – Present); Managing Member of Bowen Family Farms, LLC (2006 – Present); and Managing Member of RMK Investments, LLC (2009 – Present). Her affiliations are Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Future Farmers of America, Polk County Economic Development Advisory Commission and Area Chambers of Commerce.
Marty served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 through 2008. During her service she was Interim Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (May 2008 – November 2008); Speaker pro tempore (June 2007 – November 2008); Majority Leader (2006 – June 2007); Vice Chair of Rules and Calendar Council (2007 – 2008); Chair of State Resources Council (2005 – 2006); Chair of Agriculture Committee (2003 – 2004); Vice Chair of Agriculture and Environmental Appropriations (2003 – 2004); and Deputy Majority Floor Whip (2001 – 2004). During her legislative career, Marty received many awards and recognition honors.