Phil Kerpen

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Phil Kerpen is an American free-market policy analyst.


Policy analysis and debate[edit]

Kerpen was a policy analyst for the Club for Growth.[1][better source needed] Until June 23, 2006, he was Policy Director for the Free Enterprise Fund, a United States free market advocacy group.[2][better source needed] Until April 12, 2012, he was vice president of Americans for Prosperity.[3] 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. Kerpen is president of American Commitment.[4][better source needed] Kerpen has published policy debate-related websites, including Cross-X for high school debaters,[5] and eDebate, a discussion list for college policy debate.[6]


Kerpen wrote a book Democracy Denied: How Obama is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America – and How to Stop Him.[7] In it, he contends that President Barack Obama was ignoring the results of the 2010 election and the people's desire for "smaller, less intrusive government." and 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."[page needed]


A native of Brooklyn, Kerpen currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their three children.[8] His brother is social media entrepreneur Dave Kerpen.[9]


  1. ^ Edwards, Chris with Stephen Moore, and Phil Kerpen (2003-02-12) States Face Fiscal Crunch after 1990s Spending Surge,
  2. ^ Ambinder, Marc (2006-06-29) It's Hard Out There For A Budget Hawk, The Hotline
  3. ^ AFP Commends Phil Kerpen,
  4. ^ About,
  5. ^ Cross-X,
  6. ^ eDebate
  7. ^ Phil Kerpen (October 18, 2011). website Democracy Denied Check |url= value (help). BenBella Books Inc. 
  8. ^ About,
  9. ^ John Helyar (August 2006). "Living in a Fantasy World". ESPN: The Magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 

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