David Bossie

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David Bossie
Bossie at the 2017 CPAC
Republican National Committeeman
from Maryland
Assumed office
May 14, 2016
Preceded byLouis Pope
Personal details
David Norman Bossie

(1965-11-01) November 1, 1965 (age 58)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

David Norman Bossie (born November 1, 1965)[1][2] is an American political activist. Since 2000, he has been president and chairman of conservative advocacy group Citizens United and in 2016, Bossie was the deputy campaign manager to the Donald Trump presidential campaign.[3]

Subsequently, Bossie had a falling out with the Trump campaign and administration in May 2019 after Axios reported that Bossie had been accused by the Internal Revenue Service of defrauding political donors by funneling their donations to himself through consultants and book sales.[4] In January 2020 he returned to prominent association with the Trump administration as a strategic ally to help contest the impeachment of Donald Trump based on his past familiarity with impeachment battles.[5]

In 1992, Bossie joined Citizens United as a researcher, during which time Citizens United produced many films promoting Republican perspectives and talking points. Later in the 1990s, Bossie had a troubled turn as congressional investigator. Bossie was hired by the chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform and new Oversight in 1997 as chief investigator to look into possible campaign finance abuses by U.S. President Bill Clinton.[6] In May 1998, bipartisan concern mounted over inappropriate redaction of tapes and transcripts of former U.S. Associate AG Webster Hubbell's prison telephone calls omitting some exculpatory passages. Newt Gingrich pressed for Bossie's resignation which followed shortly thereafter.[7][8]

In 2010, Bossie produced the American documentary film Generation Zero for Citizens United Productions, written and directed by Steve Bannon, which attributes in some measure the origins of the financial crisis of 2007–2008 to moral failings of the Baby Boom generation, in particular their turning away from parental values during the countercultural 1960s.[9][10] Bossie has written several books attacking Democratic rivals, including John Kerry, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton, as well as a political memoir co-authored with Corey Lewandowski concerning Donald Trump's successful 2016 presidential campaign.

In June 2018, Bossie, a regular guest on Fox News programs, made a statement to a fellow guest which was an insult to African-Americans; he later apologized.[11] Fox News suspended him for two weeks, calling the remarks "deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate."[12]

Early life[edit]

Bossie grew up in Massachusetts.[2] He attended Towson State University and the University of Maryland, but dropped out before graduation. When he was 18 years old he volunteered in Ronald Reagan's reelection campaign.[13]


Bossie addressing the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.

A volunteer firefighter in his youth, Bossie dropped out of university to pursue politics. Bossie was the youth director of Sen. Bob Dole's 1988 presidential campaign.[14]

Congressional investigator[edit]

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 new Oversight. In 1997, he hired Bossie as chief investigator to look into possible campaign finance abuses by U.S. President Bill Clinton.[6]

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.[7] Shortly thereafter, Burton accepted Bossie's resignation.[8]

Citizens United[edit]

Bossie speaking about Citizens United at the 2013 CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland.

During his tenure at Citizens United, which he had joined as a researcher after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992,[15] the organization focused increasingly on producing film documentaries through its Citizens United Productions division. Their films have included:

Citizens United hoped to begin distribution of the feature film Hillary: The Movie in January or February 2008. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 made that an unlawful electioneering communication.[16] They sued, unsuccessfully, for an injunction to prohibit the Federal Election Commission from enforcement of those provisions of BCRA on First Amendment grounds.[17]

In a 2010 landmark decision, the Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission for Citizens United. For-profit corporations 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.[18]

Trump campaign[edit]

In September 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump hired Bossie to be his new deputy campaign manager.[19] In November 2020, following the conclusion of the 2020 presidential election, Trump recruited Bossie again to challenge ballot counting in states with tight margins.[20] On November 9, it was reported that Bossie had tested positive for COVID-19. He had attended Trump's Election Night party, as had others who tested positive around the same time, such as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. At this point, Bossie dropped out of the recount effort.[21] In February 2022, Bossie "spearheaded" a Republican National Committee resolution to formally censure Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for their perceived disloyalty to Trump.[22][23]


Bossie is the author of The Many Faces of John Kerry (Thomas Nelson, 2004), a hostile look at the Democratic nominee in the 2004 United States presidential election, then-Senator John Kerry.[24] He also wrote Intelligence Failure (Thomas Nelson, 2004), a book alleging that failings on the part of the national security apparatus during the Clinton administration led to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.[25]

At the Tea Party movement Convention, Bossie debuted the documentary Generation Zero, focusing on the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and insinuating that it was caused by the supposed selfishness of the entire Baby Boomer generation. The documentary, produced by Bossie for Citizens United Productions, had been written and directed by Steve Bannon.

In December 2017, Let Trump Be Trump, a memoir co-authored by Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, was published by Center Street. The book chronicles their experiences working on Donald Trump's successful 2016 presidential campaign.[26]


David and his wife Susan reside in Montgomery County, Maryland with their four children. He has been a volunteer firefighter there since 1998.[27]

Bossie received the Ronald Reagan Award from the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1999.[28] He also was ranked number two in Politico's top 50 most influential people in American politics in 2015, tied with Charlie Spies.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies (Library of Congress)". id.loc.gov. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Q&A with David Bossie". Washington Journal. C-SPAN. February 12, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  3. ^ "David N. Bossie biography". Citizens United. Archived from the original on March 24, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Orr, Gabby; Lippman, Daniel. "Trump campaign distances itself from David Bossie over alleged scam". Politico. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Kumar, Anita. "A Trump aide returns from exile: The David Bossie saga". Politico. Retrieved October 16, 2020. Dave Bossie not only knows the impeachment process he knows how to fight the impeachment process and that's what makes him a valuable asset to President Trump.
  6. ^ a b Clines, Francis X. (March 9, 1997). "'Pit Bull' Congressman Gets a Chance to Be More Aggressive". The New York Times.
  7. ^ a b Alvarez, Lizette (May 11, 1998). "Top Democrat Issues Threat To Head of House Inquiry". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Schmitt, Eric (May 10, 1998). "May 3–9; A Top Aide Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 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.
  9. ^ "Fox Nation Must-See Film: 'Generation Zero'". Fox News. February 24, 2010. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Suebsaeng, Asawin (August 19, 2016). "I Watched All of Steve Bannon's Bad Movies". Daily Beast. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Thomsen, Jacqueline (June 24, 2018). "Ex-Trump adviser tells black Fox News guest he's out of his 'cotton-picking mind'". The Hill. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Fleishman, Glenn (June 25, 2018). "Fox News Contributor Suspended for 'Cotton-Picking' Remark'". Fortune. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  13. ^ Grove, Lloyd (November 13, 1997). "A FIREFIGHTER'S BLAZING TRAIL". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ Fritze, John (June 18, 2016). "David Bossie, conservative activist behind Citizens United case, takes more active role in Md. politics". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  15. ^ Gambino, Lauren (September 3, 2016). "Trump's new hire David Bossie has decades-long history attacking Clintons". The Guardian.
  16. ^ Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (Supreme Court of the United States 2010) ("For the same reasons we uphold the application of BCRA §§201 and 311 to the ads, we affirm their application to Hillary . We find no constitutional impediment to the application of BCRA's disclaimer and disclosure requirements to a movie broadcast via video-on-demand. And there has been no showing that, as applied in this case, these requirements would impose a chill on speech or expression.").
  17. ^ U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (January 15, 2008). "Memorandum Opinion, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission" (PDF). Civil Action No. 07-2240. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  18. ^ "Changes in the Way Corporations Can Finance Campaign". The New York Times. January 21, 2010.
  19. ^ Garrett, Major (September 2, 2016). "Donald Trump hires longtime president of Citizens United David Bossie to be new deputy campaign manager". CBS news. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  20. ^ Maggie, Haberman (November 6, 2020). "On a Fourth Day of Counting, an Anxious Nation Keeps Waiting". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "Trump campaign adviser Bossie tests positive for COVID-19: source". Reuters. November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  22. ^ "GOP now looks to censure Cheney and Kinzinger, not oust them". WTOP-FM. Associated Press. February 4, 2022. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  23. ^ Orr, Gabby (February 4, 2022). "RNC approves censure of Cheney, Kinzinger for involvement in January 6 committee". CNN. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  24. ^ ""Anti-Obama DVD in swing-state papers"". The Palm Beach Post. November 1, 2008. p. A013.
  25. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (June 21, 2004). "Old Clinton foes open new chapter". The Herald-Sun. p. A4.
  26. ^ Bedard, Paul (October 16, 2017). "Revealed: New Lewandowski, Bossie book 'Let Trump Be Trump'". Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  27. ^ "Introduction of David Bossie at the 2018 Republican National Lawyers Conference". C-Span. April 27, 2018.
  28. ^ Wooten, Don (February 7, 1999). "Turning channel on impeachment soap opera"". The Dispatch. p. 5.
  29. ^ "The POLITICO 50 - 2017 - David Bossie, Charlie Spies". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved June 8, 2017.

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