Super PAC profiles

Published — January 30, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

PAC profile: Revolution

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Introduction

Type of organization: Super PAC

Supports: Ron Paul

Founded: July 14, 2011

Website: revolutionpac.com

Social media: YouTube channel, Facebook page, Twitter profile

Principals:

  • Gary Franchi (treasurer): Web-TV host and director of Restore the Republic, an online clearinghouse and social media site for Ron Paul followers.
  • Lawrence W. Lepard (advisory board member): Venture capital investor at Equity Management Associates.
  • Penny Langford Freeman (advisory board member): Paul’s former political director.

Profile:

One of three Ron Paul-alligned super PACs active during the 2012 GOP presidential primary, Revolution PAC shared a number of donors with Endorse Liberty, its larger cousin, including technology mogul and investor Peter Thiel.

The Illinois-based super PAC made a name with Ron Paul action figures and bumper stickers that mash up the word revolution to reveal “love” spelled backward. Their website says Paul is offering a third option to the left’s “soft socialism” and the right’s “centralized, big-spending warfare state.”

Revolution board members hosted a live webcast during the South Carolina primary that drew 20,000 viewers. The PAC hosted another for the Florida primary.

Despite these attention grabbing moves, the super PAC did not have a major impact on the election, and their preferred candidate lost the Republican party’s nomination contest to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

See more data on Revolution at OpenSecrets.org.

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  • One of Revolution’s ads featured a Gulf War Marine veteran and pointed out that Paul “receives more donations from active duty military than all other Republican candidates combined.”

Last Updated: Jan. 15, 2013

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