Jonathan Bydlak

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Jonathan Bydlak
Jonathan Bydlak speaks at Campaign for Liberty's LPAC 2013.
Jonathan Bydlak speaking at LPAC in September 2013.
Born Jonathan Bydlak
(1983-08-23) August 23, 1983 (age 33)
Springfield, Massachusetts,[1] U.S.
Nationality United States
Education A.B. in Economics, 2005
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Political
Organization Coalition to Reduce Spending
Known for Ron Paul presidential campaign, 2008, Coalition to Reduce Spending
Home town Westfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Board member of indysci dot org
Spouse(s) Rebekah Bydlak
Awards Red Alert Politics 30 under 30 for 2013.[2]

Jonathan Bydlak (born August 21, 1983) is founder and president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, an organization that advocates that all federal government spending be open for reduction and that increases in spending be met with equal offsets. He is the primary promoter of the "Reject the Debt Pledge," a pledge signed by candidates and elected officials who promise not to increase spending that is not offset elsewhere and not to vote for budgets that do not lead to balance.[3]

Early life[edit]

Bydlak grew up in Westfield, Massachusetts and enrolled in Princeton University in 2001. Following a career in the financial sector as a hedge fund analyst, Bydlak joined the Ron Paul presidential campaign, 2008, serving in the capacity of fundraising director. He is also the founder of an independent consulting firm, Bydlak & Associates, LLC, whose clients ranged from federal and state political candidates to advocacy organizations and other non-profits.[4]

Public life[edit]

Bydlak has written for numerous state and local media, including USA Today[5], Rare[6], The Hill[7], Forbes[8], and others. Red Alert Politics has profiled Bydlak, characterizing him as the "next Grover Norquist".[9] This comparison was echoed by ReasonTV's Nick Gillespie, who profiled Bydlak in a piece which characterized him as "The Grover Norquist of Spending Cuts."[10] Business Insider[11] and The Fiscal Times[12] have profiled Bydlak as well. John Stossel [13] wrote a column highlighting the work of the Coalition in a syndicated column featured in Human Events, Reason Magazine,, The Washington Examiner, and the New Hampshire Union Leader

Bydlak has also appeared on TheBlaze TV with Andrew Wilkow.[14] and on Fox Business Network's STOSSEL[15] He has been featured on various regional and nationally syndicated radio shows, including The Jason Lewis Show,[16] The Peter Schiff Show,[17] Butler on Business (Atlanta),[18] Price of Business (Houston),[19][20] and The Guy Benson Show (Chicago).[21][22]

Bydlak has also spoken at numerous public events. In 2015, he spoke on a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2015 moderated by commentator Deroy Murdock and joined by House Budget Chairman Tom Price. He has also been a featured speaker at Campaign for Liberty's Liberty Political Action Conference, sharing the stage with speakers including Rand Paul, Rep. Thomas Massie, and Morton Blackwell.[23]

Coalition to Reduce Spending[edit]

In 2012, Bydlak founded the Coalition to Reduce Spending (CRS).

The primary policy goal of CRS is to advocate for reduced government spending. The Coalition's advocacy centers upon its Reject the Debt candidate pledge and its voter pledge. The candidate pledge states:

I pledge to the citizens of my state and to the American people that, except when related to a congressional authorization of force, I will:

ONE, consider all spending open for reduction and vote only for budgets that present a path to balance; and

TWO, vote against any appropriations bill that increases total spending and against the authorization or funding of new programs without offsetting cuts in other programs.[24]

The Coalition is funded entirely through private donors.[25]

Reject the Debt Pledge[edit]

In its first year of existence, the pledge garnered 24 signatories nationwide, and an additional 38 have signed in 2013 in the runup to the 2014 election cycle. Notable pledge signers include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1), and Rep. Jim Banks (IN-3).[26][edit]

In February 2017, the Coalition launched the first-ever database tracking federal spending votes in real time. The tool is hosted publicly at and cross-references Congressional Budget Office scores and public voting record to assign each member of Congress a unique "number," or total new spending he or she is responsible for. The tool has been profiled by FreedomWorks,,[27] the Cato Institute's Daily Podcast,[28] and others.


  1. ^ Shira Schoenberg (November 30, 2012). "Springfield native Jonathan Bydlak works in Washington to convince Congress to reduce spending". The Republican. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Red Alert Politics (2013). "Jonathan Bydlak". Red Alert Politics. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Reject the Debt". Coalition to Reduce Spending. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Leadership". Coalition to Reduce Spending. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Bydlak". Rare. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan Bydlak". Rare. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  7. ^ Jordan, Chuck (2017-03-01). "How to miss the point and make Americans pay". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  8. ^ Flows, Capital. "Bloated Defense Budgets Put America's Troops At Risk". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  9. ^ "A one-on-one with Jonathan Bydlak: The next Grover Norquist?". RedAlert Politics. April 29, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Gillespie, Nick; Winkler, Amanda (April 29, 2013). "The Grover Norquist of Spending Cuts: Jonathan Bydlak and the Coalition to Reduce Spending". ReasonTV. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Wyler, Grace (December 17, 2012). "This 29-Year-Old Princeton Grad Wants To Be The Next Grover Norquist — But He Doesn't Care At All About Taxes". Business Insider. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ Boak, Josh (December 4, 2012). "The 29-Year-Old Who Wants to Be the Next Norquist". The Fiscal Times. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ Stossel, John (December 19, 2012). "It's the Spending, Stupid!". Creators Syndicate. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Wilkow and Guests Discuss New Candidate Pledge to Reduce Government Spending". Season 2013. Episode 147. December 13, 2012. Fox Business Network. Retrieved February 19, 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  15. ^ "Obama: Part II". Season 2013. Episode 147. January 24, 2013. Fox Business Network. Retrieved February 19, 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  16. ^ "The Jason Lewis Show,". June 19, 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  17. ^ "The Peter Schiff Show,". December 10, 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  18. ^ "Butler on Business,". June 15, 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  19. ^ "Price of Business,". July 20, 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  20. ^ "Price of Business,". January 8, 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  21. ^ "The Guy Benson Show,". Episode 7. October 3, 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  22. ^ "The Guy Benson Show,". Episode 8. January 27, 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  23. ^ "Liberty Political Action Conference: Speakers". Campaign for Liberty. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Reject the Debt". Coalition to Reduce Spending. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Notice." Coalition to Reduce Spending. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  26. ^ "Signatories". Coalition to Reduce Spending. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Tool tracks freewheeling congressional spending -". 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  28. ^ "How Much Does Your Congress Critter Vote to Spend?". Cato Institute. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 

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