Phil Kerpen

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Phil Kerpen is an American free-market policy analyst.


Policy analysis[edit]

Kerpen is president of American Commitment.[1] Until April 12, 2012, he was vice president of Americans for Prosperity.[2] Until June 23, 2006, he was Policy Director for the Free Enterprise Fund, a United States free market advocacy group.[3] Prior to that, Kerpen was a policy analyst for the Club for Growth.[4] Kerpen is a contributing editor for National Review Online, a writer for Fox News Opinion at, and a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.

Policy debate[edit]

Kerpen is the former publisher of several policy debate-related websites, including Cross-X,[5] a web site for high school debaters, and eDebate,[6] a discussion list for college policy debate.

Democracy Denied[edit]

On October 18, 2011, Kerpen's book Democracy Denied: How Obama is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America - and How to Stop Him[7] was published by BenBella Books, Inc.[8] In the book, Kerpen contends that President Barack Obama is ignoring the results of the 2010 election and the peoples desire for "smaller, less intrusive government." Kerpen also makes the case that "President Obama and his administration are bypassing Congress, ignoring the democratic process, and disregarding the restraints on federal power our forefathers put in place."


A native of Brooklyn, Kerpen currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their three children.[9] His brother is social media entrepreneur Dave Kerpen.[10]


  1. ^ About,
  2. ^ AFP Commends Phil Kerpen,
  3. ^ Ambinder, Marc (2006-06-29) It's Hard Out There For A Budget Hawk, The Hotline
  4. ^ Edwards, Chris with Stephen Moore, and Phil Kerpen (2003-02-12) States Face Fiscal Crunch after 1990s Spending Surge,
  5. ^ Cross-X,
  6. ^ eDebate,
  7. ^ Democracy Denied website
  8. ^ BenBella Books Inc.
  9. ^ About,
  10. ^ John Helyar (August 2006). "Living in a Fantasy World". ESPN: The Magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 

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