Bruce F. Freed

Bruce F. Freed is president and co-founder of the Center for Political Accountability. In addition to heading the Center, he is a member of the advisory board of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Transparency International–USA’s Policy Advisory Council.

Mr. Freed has over 30 years of experience in politics, strategic public affairs, and journalism. As the business and politics columnist from 1998 to 2003 for The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress, he was the first to explore the implications of the absence of transparency and accountability in corporate soft money giving. Mr. Freed also commented on business and politics on Public Radio International's Marketplace.

He spent a decade on Capitol Hill as chief investigator for the Senate Banking Committee, staff director of a House subcommittee, and a senior aide to two members of the House leadership. Mr. Freed began his career as a journalist with the Baltimore Sun Papers, Congressional Quarterly, and Wall Street Journal

Contact Bruce at or (202) 464-1570 ext. 102

Karl Sandstrom

Karl Sandstrom is the Center's counsel. In addition to being Of Counsel in the political law practice of Perkins Coie, he is an adjunct professor at American University's Washington College of Law and is a member of the advisory board of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Previously, Mr. Sandstrom was a member of the Federal Election Commission from 1998 to 2002 where he also served as vice chair and was staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives elections subcommittee.

Dan Carroll

Dan Carroll is the Center’s Vice President for Programs. Prior to joining the Center, Dan spent six years on Capitol Hill, advising a senior House member on campaign finance issues, the judiciary, and tax policy. Dan also tracked judicial nominations, researched and analyzed federal appellate court decisions, and created advocacy materials for a national non-profit advocacy organization, and served in the chambers of a federal magistrate judge. He earned a degree in Public Policy from Hamilton College and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where he was a fellow at the Institute of Bill of Rights Law.

Contact Dan at or (202) 464-1570 ext. 103

Donna G. Thomas

Donna Thomas is the Center’s Vice President for Advancement and Operations. She has held several senior level development positions at Capitol Technology University, the China Institute and New York Law School. She received a doctorate in psychology from Tufts University and a B.A. and M.A. from Simmons College.

Carlos Holguin

Carlos Holguin is the Center’s Research Associate. He previously worked as an intern for the Center. A recent graduate of Bowdoin College, he was involved in researching various forms of racial and socio-economic inequality and working under Professor Marcos López—a researcher of migrant laborers. He earned a degree in Sociology and Anthropology Cum Laude.

Contact Carlos at or (202) 464-1570 ext. 100.

Peter Hardin

Peter Hardin is a writer and editor for the Center. He previously worked as a journalist for more than 30 years, including 15 years as Washington correspondent for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, covering Congress and the executive branch. Hardin was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative series on eugenics and its history in Virginia. He has written for a range of non-profit groups including the Center and several health advocacy organizations.

Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman is a communications strategist for the Center. In 2015, he was recognized for his work and named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine - a prestigious honor for up-and-coming political professionals.

Ben Becker

Ben Becker is the Center’s Werner Brandt Research Fellow. The position was created to honor the late long-time aide to House Speaker Thomas Foley. An incoming senior at Colgate University, Ben is a double major in Political Science and Computer Science and started at CPA as an intern in the spring of 2019. He  became an integral part of the Center’s groundbreaking 527 Mapping Project where he helped create research methodologies and collect data on contributions to and spending by political groups known as 527 committees over the past decade.

For inquiries regarding the CPA-Zicklin Index, please contact Dan Carroll.

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