Michael Reagan

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Michael Reagan
Born John Flaugher
(1945-03-18) March 18, 1945 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California U.S.
Alma mater Arizona State University
(first semester drop-out)
Occupation Radio talk show host
Spouse(s) Pamela Gail Putnam (m. 1970–71)
Colleen Sterns (m. 1975)
Children Cameron[1] and Ashley Reagan[2]

Irene Flaugher Lange (1916-1986) John Bourgholtzer (d. 1993)

Ronald Reagan (1911–2004)
Jane Wyman (1917–2007)

Michael Reagan (born John Flaugher; March 18, 1945[3]) Is the adopted son of Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman.

Early life

He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Irene Flaugher (born 1916[4]- died December 26, 1985[5]), an unwed woman from Kentucky[6] who became pregnant through a relationship with U.S. Army corporal John Bourgholtzer (d. 1993). He was adopted by Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman shortly after his birth.[3]

Michael grew up with the Reagan family in Beverly Hills, California, and later nearby Pacific Palisades. He was sent to boarding school when he was six and spent a total of four days per month visiting his father and mother.[7] One childhood story he has told that introduced him to politics was how at the age of 8, he asked his father for a raise in his allowance. At the time, around 1953, his allowance was $1 a week. Ronald Reagan said that since he was paying 90 percent of his earnings to the federal government as income tax, he was not able to increase Michael's allowance. This, according to Michael, was how he was introduced to the subject of tax cuts and how that affected people.[7]

He was expelled from Loyola High School after a short period of time at the school [3] and in 1964 he graduated from the Judson School, a boarding school outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.[8] At his high school graduation, Ronald Reagan introduced himself to his son by saying, "My name is Ronald Reagan. What's yours?" He replied, "I'm your son Mike." "Oh," said Ronald Reagan. "I didn't recognize you."[8][9] He attended Arizona State University for less than one semester and Los Angeles Valley College.[10][11] but never graduated.



Sometime prior to September 1970, Reagan was working as a salesman for the clothing company Hart, Schaffner & Marx. He then became a director of special events catering at Michaelson Food Service Company in Los Angeles.[10]


Michael Reagan has also played small roles in movies and television shows since 1985, including Falcon Crest.[12]


In the mid-1970s Reagan began his radio career with "On Energy." His big break in talk radio started in the Southern California local market as a guest host for radio commentator Michael Jackson's talk radio show slot on KABC in Los Angeles. After this beginning, he landed a talk show spot on KSDO radio in San Diego, California. Reagan's rating success in the San Diego market gave him the opportunity to take his talk show nationwide in 1992 with the Premiere Radio Networks, later being dropped from the network.[citation needed] He then went to the Radio America Network where he was once again dropped.[13] His show was then picked-up by the American Family Radio Network for about 2 months and then discontinued.[citation needed]

Since that time Michael has focused on public speaking about Ronald Reagan, charging up to $12,500 for an engagement.[14]


In 1988, he wrote with Joe Hyams an autobiographical book Michael Reagan: On The Outside Looking In.[7] In 2005 he wrote Twice Adopted about his feelings of rejection being adopted, parents divorcing and becoming a Born Again Christian.[3]

Felony violations

In 1981 Michael Reagan was accused of felony violations of California securities laws. He was accused by a Los Angeles County district attorney's investigator of soliciting investors in a fraudulent stock scheme and of receiving a commission for the sale of stock when he was not registered as a securities salesman, as required by law.

The district attorney's office also investigated allegations that Reagan improperly spent money invested by others in a company, Agricultural Energy Resources, he operated out of his house in a venture to develop the potential of gasohol, a combination of alcohol and gasoline. Investigators said they were also checking whether he had spent up to $17,500 of investors' money for his living expenses. Reagan's lawyer, said that the company "was a sole proprietorship." The lawyer added that the money that the District Attorney's office alleged was paid to him as shares was in fact loaned to Reagan by four friends. "They were lending him money as friends because he couldn't support himself after he quit his job."[15] The district attorney's office cleared Reagan of both charges.[16]

Fraud and conversion lawsuit relating to Reagan.com email service

On September 20, 2012 Reagan was sued by Elias Chavando, the founder and creator of the @Reagan.com email service.[17] Reagan and his company, the Reagan Group, along with Tim Kelly and Jay Hoffman, were sued for fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, conversion, breach of partnership agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment, for dealings related to the Reagan Email service.[18] According to the filings on the case[17] the email service was started by Chavando, Kelly and Reagan. It attracted thousands of subscribers and turned large profits. Chavando said he requested funds for a software upgrade in August 2011, but Kelly allegedly told Chavando that the business had no money. Kelly and Reagan "became very upset" when Chavando discovered that Reagan and Kelly had embezzled money out of the business, leaving the bank accounts empty.[18]

Reagan and Kelly then sold the email business to Chicago businessman Anthony Saliba.[18] Anthony Saliba is a licensed options trader and the chief executive officer and president of LiquidPoint LLC.[19] Jay Hoffman is a movie producer[20] who was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for fraud and stealing money from his business associates.[21] Both Hoffman and Anthony Saliba are board members of Michael Reagan's non-profit entity, the Reagan Legacy Foundation.[22]

Michael Reagan's defense attorney is Max Blecher.[17] Blecher also represented former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after Sterling faced allegations of racist comments toward minorities.[23][24] Reagan’s company, The Reagan Group, and his business partners are also represented by Robert K. Kent.[17] During the initial days of the trial, Chavando's attorney argued that Reagan and his associates cheated Chavando out of $4 million.[25]

The trial restarted on January 12, 2015. In his opening statement in the lawsuit against Michael Reagan, Tim Kelly and Jay Hoffman, plaintiff’s attorney Mark Chassman said the three defendants took his client’s share of the business generated from @Reagan.com for themselves and put their interests ahead of his. “They used greed, arrogance and strong-armed tactics … to enrich themselves,” Chassman told the Los Angeles Superior Court jury.[26]

Gay marriage views

In April 2013, in a syndicated column, Michael Reagan accused American churches of not fighting hard enough to block same-sex marriage. He also wrote that, in regards to arguments supporting gay marriage, similar arguments could be used to support polygamy, bestiality, and murder. As he wrote: “There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder."[27] After Reagan wrote the piece, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center disinvited him as the keynote speaker for a fundraising luncheon.[28]

Racial profiling

In November 2014, as part of the lawsuit relating to Reagan.com email service, lawyers showed that Reagan sent emails containing statements that Latino Elias Chavando, a former business partner, should be “put in his place.” And another email stated that “I [Michael Reagan] would rather die by the AIDS virus then be in business at all with ...Chavando.”[14] Another email contained disparaging remarks about Chavando’s Latino heritage.[29] Reagan was called racist by Radar Online over the emails, in which he referred to Chavando as a "Mexican a**hole."[14] The National Inquirer published a similar article highlighting what the magazine called his "racist rants."[30]

He also spoke out in support of racial profiling in October 2014. In a piece called “Profile or Die,” he wrote, “If your boss suddenly changes his name from Bob to Mohammed and starts quoting from the Koran, it’s time to get a new job. … It’s going to be up to me and you to defend ourselves if ISIS or one of its crazy wannabes shows up at your local mall with rifles and bombs.”[31]

Public controversies

Mark Foley

Reagan interjected his broadcasts with provocative and controversial statements. Reacting to the Mark Foley scandal in 2006, Reagan said, "Any member of Congress who was aware of the sexual emails and protected the congressman should resign effective immediately. I was sexually abused by a day camp counselor at age eight and also made to be part of child pornography."[32]

Mark Dice

In June 2008, activist Mark Dice launched a campaign urging people to send letters and DVDs to troops stationed in Iraq which support the theory that the September 11 attacks were an "inside job". "Operation Inform the Soldiers", as Dice has called it, prompted Reagan to comment that Dice should be killed for treason.[33] Reagan said on June 10, 2008: "How about you take Mark Dice out and put him in the middle of a firing range. Tie him to a post, don't blindfold him, let it rip and have some fun with Mark Dice."[34] Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a liberal/progressive media criticism organization, asked Radio America at the time to explain whether it permits "its hosts to call for murder on the air."[35] Reagan filed a copyright infringement claim to prevent audio clip of him calling for the murder of Dice from circulating the Internet.[34] Dice explained that the use of the audio clip fell under fair use laws, and the clip was evidence of a crime.[34]

Personal life

In 1971 Reagan married Pamela Gail Putnam (born 1952). She was the daughter of Duane Putnam, who was then the Atlanta Falcons football line coach.[10] The couple divorced in 1972.[36]

He married Colleen Sterns, an interior decorator, in 1975 at the The Church On The Way.[11] They have two children. Reagan and his wife live in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles.[37]

Reagan's son has been arrested several times and charged with crimes including possession of drugs, violence and hitting a police officer.[38]

In January 2011, he called his half-brother Ron Reagan “an embarrassment” for speculating in a memoir that their father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease while president.[39]


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