|David Norman Bossie|
Bossie in February 2011
|Born||November 1, 1965
|Education||University of Maryland|
|Known for||Conservative journalist-activist|
Board member of
|Awards||1999 Ronald Reagan Award from CPAC|
David N. Bossie (born November 1, 1965; Boston, Massachusetts) is an American political activist. Since 2000 he has been President and Chairman of conservative advocacy organization Citizens United.
Bossie grew up in Massachusetts to parents he has described as "apolitical". When he first registered to vote he left the political affiliation box blank. When an employee explained to him that it was a requirement for registration in Massachusetts, he said that he wanted to be whatever Ronald Reagan was. The employee said that she wasn't permitted to tell him but gave him a newspaper and said, "Here, read this, figure it out and fill in the appropriate box."
After the Republicans won control of the United States House of Representatives in the 1994 elections Dan Burton, (R-IN), became chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight. In 1997, he hired Mr. Bossie as chief investigator to look into Clinton campaign finance abuses. By May 1998, Burton came under intense partisan pressure; even fellow Republicans complained that committee staff had published redacted tapes and transcripts of former United States Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell's prison telephone calls omitting some exculpatory passages. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pressed Burton to seek Bossie's resignation. Shortly thereafter, Burton accepted Bossie's resignation.
Burton fired Bossie early in the investigation for supervising the editing of recordings and transcripts so that they portrayed President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Clinton staffer Webster Hubbell in a negative light. Committee chief counsel Richard D. Bennett (now a federal judge in Maryland) hired a team of professional investigators to continue the House investigation into campaign finance abuses.
- Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration
- Celsius 41.11
- Rediscovering God in America, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich
- Hillary: The Movie
- Occupy Unmasked
Citizens United hoped to begin distribution of the feature film Hillary: The Movie in January or February 2008. But the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 made that an unlawful electioneering communication. They sued, unsuccessfully, for an injunction to prohibit the Federal Election Commission from enforcement of those provisions of BCRA on first amendment grounds.
In a 2010 landmark decision, the Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission for Citizens United. For-profit and not-for-profit corporations may now advertise and broadcast messages of a political nature without limits on how much they can spend and with few limits on the timing and nature of the messages.
Citizens United supported Newt Gingrich in the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
Bossie is the author of The Many Faces of John Kerry, a critical look at presidential candidate Senator John Kerry. He has also written Intelligence Failure, a piece alleging failings on the part of the national security apparatus during the Clinton Administration in the years before September 11, 2001. Bossie is also the author of the 2008 publication Hillary: the Politics of Personal Destruction and co-author of the 2000 release Prince Albert: the Life and Lies of Al Gore with Floyd Brown.
Awards and honors
Bossie has served for 20 years as a Montgomery County, Maryland volunteer firefighter. He lived in the firehouse for several years before his marriage. He met his wife, Susan, through his political work. As of 2010 they reside in Montgomery County with their four children.
- Bossie, David (20 February 2010). (Interview). Washington Journal. C-SPAN [rtsp://video1.c-span.org/project/c04/c04_wj100304_bossie.rm rtsp://video1.c-span.org/project/c04/c04_wj100304_bossie.rm]. Retrieved 2012-01-21. Missing or empty
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- David N. Bossie biography, Citizens United official website (accessed September 21, 2008)
- Clines, Francis X. (March 9, 1997). "'Pit Bull' Congressman Gets a Chance to Be More Aggressive". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
- Alvarez, Lizette (May 11, 1998). "Top Democrat Issues Threat To Head of House Inquiry". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
- Schmitt, Eric (May 10, 1998). "May 3–9; A Top Aide Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-21. "Under pressure from Speaker Newt Gingrich, Representative Dan Burton, an Indiana Republican who heads the House Government and Reform Committee, accepted the resignation of the aide, David N. Bossie, a dogged anti-Clinton sleuth."
- *U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (January 15, 2008). "Memorandum Opinion, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission". Civil Action No. 07-2240. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
- Confessore, Nicholas (December 28, 2011). "Third-Party Groups Are Gearing Up in Iowa". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-21. "Citizens United, has begun showing a television commercial in Iowa that features Mr. Gingrich and his wife, Callista, talking about Ronald Reagan. The group is run by David Bossie, a longtime friend and ally of Mr. Gingrich."
- Citizens United - David N. Bossie profile
- "Changes in the Way Corporations Can Finance Campaigns". The New York Times. January 21, 2010.
- David Bossie at the Internet Movie Database
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Bossie, February 14, 2010