Karl Frisch is executive director of Allied Progress, a national non-profit organization that uses hard-hitting research and creative campaigns to hold powerful special interests accountable and empower hardworking Americans.
Over nearly two decades, he has earned a national reputation for creative strategies and effective execution of both advocacy and electoral communications campaigns.
A fixture on the progressive talk radio circuit, Karl appears Thursday mornings on the Stephanie Miller Show and has guest hosted for the likes of Thom Hartmann, Bill Press, Leslie Marshall, and Ring of Fire — all nationally syndicated. He writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column and has been widely quoted in print and interviewed on various broadcast and cable news programs.
Karl landed his first political job in college, working for conservatives first at the local level and later on the national stage. In 2000, he traveled across the country doing press advance and field work for Senator John McCain‘s first presidential campaign. Afterwards, Karl came out of two closets at once as a gay man and a progressive. Doubly liberated, he served as field director for Jim Hahn‘s 2001 come-from-behind victory as Mayor of Los Angeles, and in 2002 as deputy communications director of the California Democratic Party when it swept every statewide office for the first time in nearly a century.
He next joined the renowned new media team of Howard Dean‘s 2004 presidential campaign, which revolutionized the use of the Internet as an organizing, communications, and political fundraising tool.
In 2005, Karl was named press secretary for Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter of New York and Democrats on the House Rules Committee. He was instrumental that year in helping to expose corruption and a pattern of ethics abuses by Congressional Republicans – issues that would define the next election. He then served as national press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2006 election cycle that saw Democrats regain the Senate majority.
Karl is perhaps best known for his work of nearly five years as communications director and then as a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, the nations premier progressive media watchdog. Karl developed the organization’s long-term strategy to target Fox News as a political actor and was instrumental in building the backbone of the organization’s rapid response communications structure, establishing a state of the art operation that has since become a model of best practices for progressive organizations throughout the country.
A Californian by birth and a longtime resident of our nation’s capital, Karl currently lives with his boyfriend in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.
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11/19/2015 Time For Obama to Back Ted Cruz?
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10/17/2012 Message In A Bottle: Romney's Presidency Two Years In
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9/26/2012 Presidential Debates Should Probe Romney's Economic Insanity
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8/29/2012 The 'Excitement' of Romney in Tampa
8/22/2012 Mitt Romney and the Temple of Womb
8/13/2012 Ryan's 'Youthful Vigor' Won't Slow GOP's Demo Death March
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11/9/2011 Reality Check: Republican Losers Did Not Overreach
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9/27/2011 Tea Partiers Should Seriously Consider Holding Their Applause
9/20/2011 Republican Class Genocide
9/14/2011 How Republicans Crippled the United States Postal Service
9/7/2011 Reagan Would Not Be Invited to the GOP Tea Party
8/31/2011 Republican Party a Disaster when It Comes to Disasters
8/24/2011 Bachmann's Silence and the Waterloo Murder of a Gay Teen
8/17/2011 Fringe Iowa Straw Pollers Sure Know How to Pick a Winner
8/10/2011 GOP Hits Perry Wrinkle in Quest for White House
8/3/2011 How the GOP is Fast Becoming the Poll Taxing Party of Jim Crow
7/28/2011 Norway and the Stateside Islamophobia of Fox News
7/20/2011 The Hardly Humble Hackery of Rupert Murdoch
7/13/2011 Deadbeat Congressional Republicans Manufactured Our Default Crisis
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7/1/2011 GOPride and Prejudice
1/11/2011 Arizona Aftermath: Real Second Amendment Remedies
12/8/2010 Happy Holidays from the Ho Ho Hopelessly Anti-Science GOP
12/1/2010 They Were Asked and They Told, But Will McCain Listen?
11/24/2010 How does Congressman Glenn Beck sound
11/4/2010 Fox News Wins 2010 Election
10/27/2010 A Republican Majority would be all Trick and No Treat
10/6/2010 Chamber Campaign Stash Awash in Foreign Cash
9/29/2010 Diluting The Tea Party Gene Pool
9/22/2010 Republicans Do Not Support Our Troops
9/15/2010 The Cowardice of Sarah Palin
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