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Douglas Schoen

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Doug Schoen
Born (1953-06-27) June 27, 1953 (age 71)
EducationHarvard University (BA, JD)
University of Oxford (PhD)

Douglas Schoen (born June 27, 1953) is an American lawyer, political analyst, author, lobbyist, and conservative commentator. In 1977, he co-founded the political consulting firm Penn, Schoen & Berland, and was hired by President Bill Clinton and Ukrainian steel oligarch Victor Pinchuk. From 2009-2021 he worked for Fox News, and since 2021 for Newsmax TV.



Schoen attended Horace Mann School in New York City.[1] Schoen went to high school with Mark Penn and then worked together with him on The Harvard Crimson.[citation needed] While still a high school student, he canvassed the Upper West Side for Dick Morris.[2] He graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School.[1][3]



Consulting work


While still at Harvard, Schoen first worked as an independent political consultant for Louis Gigante, who ran for New York City Council in 1973.[4]

In 1977, he co-founded the political consulting firm Penn, Schoen & Berland with political strategists Mark Penn.[4] Michael Berland joined the firm in 1987.[4] Schoen worked for the political campaigns of politicians including Jay Rockefeller, Richard Shelby and Evan Bayh.[4] Following the 1994 United States elections, President Bill Clinton hired Dick Morris, who brought on Schoen and Penn. Schoen worked on the 1996 campaign as well in survey analysis.[2][4] Schoen also began doing corporate work beginning in the 1980s.[4]

In 2000, Ukrainian steel oligarch Victor Pinchuk hired Schoen on a $40,000 per month retainer.[5] In 2004, Schoen introduced Pinchuk to Hillary Clinton.[5] He also did work for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2008 and later became associated with the People United Means Action movement of disaffected Clinton supporters who refused to support Barack Obama.[6][7] Schoen was a consultant for Jeff Greene in the 2010 Florida Senate election.[8]

The firm was sold to WPP plc in 2001.[4] Schoen left the firm later to work for news media.[4] In 2010, Schoen hosted a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate John Gomez.[9]

Pinchuk donated $13.1 million to the Clinton Foundation in the years after Schoen's introduction.[5] In 2011, Schoen registered as a foreign agent lobbying on behalf of Victor Pinchuk.[5] Between September 2011 and November 2012, Schoen arranged nearly a dozen meetings between Pinchuk and senior State Department officials, including Melanne Verveer.[5] In September 2015, Pinchuk donated $150,000 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in exchange for a 20-minute video appearance by Donald Trump shown at a policy conference that year in Kiev.[10] Michael Cohen solicited Schoen for the donation from Pinchuk, which was the largest outside donation the Trump Foundation received that year.[10] In March 2017, former Trump aide Monica Crowley registered as a foreign agent working for Pinchuk under Schoen's direction.[11]



Fox News[4] hired Schoen as a political analyst in 2009[12][13] and Newsmax hired Schoen as a columnist. In 2010, he authored a book on the Tea Party movement with Scott Rasmussen.[4] He has been writing a regular column for Forbes magazine beginning in July 2016 with a column "Donald Trump Through The Years".[14]

Newsmax TV announced that Schoen would be leaving Fox News and on January 19, 2021, Schoen joined Newsmax TV as an Analyst.[15]

It was reported in 2019 that he joined Mike Bloomberg's exploratory 2020 presidential campaign as a pollster.[16]

Schoen served on the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[17][verification needed]



Schoen has identified as a member of the Democratic party, but has frequently criticized the party and taken positions on various political topics at odds with the party's views. Schoen's critics have called his identification as a Democrat "phony" and calculated to help his Fox News career.[18] Steve Benen called Schoen the quintessential "Fox News Democrat" and said he is "actively hostile towards [Democrats] and the party's agenda."[19]

In 2010, Schoen said that lower taxes would be a successful Democratic strategy, opposed President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, and said that President Obama should not run for reelection in 2012.[20][21]

He has stated that President Obama divided the country along partisan lines, and said that the Affordable Care Act has been a "disaster" for the Democratic Party.[20][21]

Schoen has been critical of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. In a 2011 The Wall Street Journal op-ed, he wrote, "President Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement—and it may cost them the 2012 election."[20][22] He believes that the protesters represent "an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence," and that their common bond is "a deep commitment to left-wing policies."[20][22] Schoen believes that the Democratic Party should not appeal to voters who support taxing oil companies and the rich, but rather to voters in the middle who want lower taxes.[19][20][23][24]

In an interview with NPR on January 26, 2021, Schoen advocated against the second impeachment of Donald Trump, claiming it was divisive and distracting.[25]


  • Enoch Powell and the Powellites, Palgrave Macmillan, 1977.
  • The Power of the Vote: Electing Presidents, Overthrowing Dictators, and Promoting Democracy Around the World, HarperCollins, 2007[26]
  • Declaring independence: the beginning of the end of the two-party system, New York: Random House, 2008, ISBN 9781400067336, OCLC 173683636
  • The threat closer to home: Hugo Chávez and the war against America, New York: Free Press, 2009, ISBN 9781416594772, OCLC 213839994
  • Hopelessly divided : the new crisis in American politics and what it means for 2012 and beyond, Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012, ISBN 9781442215238, OCLC 759173285
  • The Nixon effect: how Richard Nixon's presidency fundamentally changed American politics, New York; London: Encounter Books, 2016, ISBN 9781594037993, OCLC 891619019
  • America in the age of Trump: opportunities and oppositions in an unsettled world, New York: Encounter Books, 2017, ISBN 9781594039478, OCLC 969830291
  • The End of Democracy: Russia and China on the Rise, America in Retreat, Regan Arts, 2020[27]


  1. ^ a b Weisberg, Jacob (August 7, 1995). "Who is Dick Morris?". New York. pp. 34 et seq. Retrieved November 3, 2010. Penn and Schoen are... city bred prodigies.The two attended Horace Mann together and became a political team at Harvard, where they worked on the WeinerCrimson.... As pollsters, the Laurel and Hardy-ish pair are known for a hard quantitative bent.... But if Penn and Schoen are moderates....
  2. ^ a b Stengel, Richard; Pooley, Eric (November 18, 1996). "Masters of the Message". Time. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "About Doug". powerofthevote.com. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Johnson, Dennis W. (November 7, 2016). Democracy for Hire: A History of American Political Consulting. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190272692.
  5. ^ a b c d e Chozick, Amy (February 13, 2014). "Trade Dispute Centers on Ukrainian Executive With Ties to Clintons". The New York Times. p. A19. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Benen, Steve, "Clinton pollster urges senator to go relentlessly negative" Archived June 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Salon.com, April 16, 2008.
  7. ^ Greenwald, Glenn, "Douglas Schoen and Hillary's slimy pollsters", Salon.com, September 27, 2008.
  8. ^ "Dems worry about a subprime billionaire in Florida", Politico, April 28, 2010.
  9. ^ "Fox News 'Democratic Pollster' Fundraising For GOP". The Huffington Post. October 7, 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Schmidt, Michael S.; Haberman, Maggie (April 10, 2018). "Mueller Investigating Ukrainian's $150,000 Payment for a Trump Appearance". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Gramer, Robbie (March 14, 2017). "One-Time Trump National Security Pick Registers As Foreign Agent for Ukrainian Oligarch". Foreign Policy. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Schoen, Douglas E (November 5, 2009). "What the Voters Said". Fox News. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  13. ^ Schoen, Doug (January 26, 2021). "OPINION: Doug Schoen". Fox News. 5 November 2009 - 21 January 2021
  14. ^ "Doug Schoen, Contributor | Policy", Forbes. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  15. ^ Johnson, Ted (January 19, 2021). "Doug Schoen Joins Newsmax TV As Analyst". Deadline. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  16. ^ Costa, Robert, "Bloomberg builds an all-star political team — and he might not even run". The Washington Post. January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  17. ^ "About | Represent.Us". End corruption. Defend the Republic. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  18. ^ Thrush, Glenn. "Doug Schoen: "Democrat"?". Politico. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  19. ^ a b Benen, Steve (October 18, 2011). "Doug Schoen isn't helping his reputation". Political Animal blog. Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on March 18, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  20. ^ a b c d e Lee, MJ, Schoen warns W.H.: Don't back 'Occupy', Politico, October 18, 2011.
  21. ^ a b Schoen, Douglas E., and Patrick H. Caddell, "Opinion | One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012", The Washington Post, November 14, 2010.
  22. ^ a b Schoen, Douglas, "Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd: In interviews, protesters show that they are leftists out of step with most American voters. Yet Democrats are embracing them anyway", The Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2011.
  23. ^ Paybarah, Azi, "Survey: Many Occupy Wall Street protesters are unhappy Democrats who want more influence", Capital New York, October 19, 2011. Archived October 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Legum, Judd, "Doug Schoen Grossly Misrepresents His Own Poll Results To Smear Occupy Wall Street", Think Progress, October 18, 2011.
  25. ^ McCammon, Sarah (January 26, 2021). "Trump Impeachment Trial Could Further Polarize Nation, Analyst Says". NPR. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  26. ^ "About the book", powerofthevote.com. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  27. ^ "About the book", Simonandschuster.com. Retrieved December 4, 2020.