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Dr. David Rehr is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University.

Rehr is a CEO with over 25 years experience in governance, federal policy, management and fundraising. He is also a Senior Advisor to Leading Authorities, Inc., and, as a Media Commentator on politics and policy representing GSPM. He began his career working on Capitol Hill for former Minnesota Representative Vin Weber and as a professional staff person on the House of Representatives Small Business Committee.

Prior to serving as an Adjunct Professor, David served as the President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). There he was a strong advocate for radio and television broadcasters -- meeting with policymakers, testifying before Congress, and building the NAB Political Action Committee.

With the help of a great team, Rehr increased the effectiveness of the NAB while streamlining its program offerings to reflect the future. He also initiated and led an industry-wide branding effort to “re-set” inaccurate perceptions of the association and the industry from being seen as “old media” to one that embraces “digital media” and the future emerging technologies hold.

At NAB, Rehr was a leading advocate for innovation and advancement in the broadcast business, spearheading a multimillion dollar technology advocacy program for broadcasting, leading the TV industry’s $1.2 billion digital television (DTV) transition marketing campaign and initiating Radio 2020, an initiative that seeks to ensure radio’s value will be recognized well into the future through the Radio Heard Here campaign.

Before joining the NAB, Rehr was President of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). Under his leadership, NBWA’s visibility in the advocacy community soared, and the association was ranked as one of the top ten most influential lobbying organizations by Fortune magazine. The NBWA Political Action Committee raised and distributed over $3 million per election cycle to federal candidates.

Rehr also worked as the Chief House Lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s top advocate for America’s small business community.

Rehr, who has a doctorate in economics from George Mason University, has been named to Washington Life magazine’s Power 100 list, and is annually listed as a Top Association Lobbyist by one of Congress’ “must read” publications, The Hill. He has also been featured in Beachum’s Guide to Key Lobbyists, and has been named one of the top 20 most influential people in radio by Radio Ink magazine.

Rehr also holds a Master’s degree in economics from George Mason and a B.S. in Business Administration/Economics from Saint John’s University.

His extraordinary skill set of experience and education has made him a nationally recognized leader in business advocacy in Washington, DC. International Performance magazine has published two articles by Rehr, “Navigating Change: Leadership in Difficult Times,” and, “Leadership: The Word Becomes an Action.”

Rehr serves on several boards, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the International Conference Foundation, GSPM, and the Board of Regents of Saint John’s University.

He can be reached at davidrehr@gwu.edu.

Entries by David K. Rehr

Sunshine Week Has Come and Gone - Let's Have Real Sunshine in Government Spending

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Sunshine Week was March 16-22. It has come and gone. Kathi Bearden, Board President, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, wrote," Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no Democracy. No transparency, no government accountability."

Much of the focus for the week centers on open...

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The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 10:43 AM

It is only a matter of time before Americans will be able to see in real-time how money is spent and what results are achieved with the investment of tax dollars in programs at all levels of our government.

This will become the new paradigm replacing what scholars have referred...

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What Association "Power and Influence" Really Means in Washington

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 10:12 AM

My good friends at CEO Update (www.CEOupdate.com), the source for association news and executive careers, held one of their premier events recently entitled "CEO Update Live: Power and Influence" at the SunTrust building in Washington, DC. The panel, made up of some of Washington's most celebrated association executives, headhunters and...

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Which Party Will Grab the Mantle of Transparency?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Let's face it. Both parties need new ideas.

Take the Republicans. For years, the Grand Old Party has argued that government should be run more 'like a business' to increase government program efficiencies and to end waste, fraud and corruption. Politicians for national, state and local officials repeat the...

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GSPM FULL SPECTRUM: Picking Susan Rice -- Bad Political Choice

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 10:22 AM

GSPM FULL SPECTRUM -- JUNE 2013

The GSPM FULL SPECTRUM is a monthly survey of timely political, legislative and public affairs events or people conducted by America's top graduate school for politics, advocacy and strategic public relations. The GSPM FULL SPECTRUM surveys the attitudes, insights and experiences of students, alumni,...

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Social Media's Impact on the Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 2:49 PM

Landmark research, released by ORI, a market research and strategic business intelligence firm, and The George Washington Graduate School of Political Management, offers key insights for politics, business and non-profits in their study, "The 2012 Social Media Election Survey: Key Lessons to Inform Decision-Making in Politics & Business." The survey...

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Assess and Focus on Building Your Reputation

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 2:10 PM

If you are in marketing, sales or hold a leadership position in an enterprise, you spend your entire day helping create positive perceptions for your company and your clients. You help build and manage brands, communicate value, and monitor social media to see how people are experiencing your client online....

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GSPM Horse Race: Rubio, Clinton Lead the Pack for President in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:25 PM

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released its post-election Horse Race survey which found that 75 percent of respondents were not surprised by the presidential election outcome. Additionally, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were identified as early...

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Majority of K Street Lobbyists' Former Capitol Hill Staff

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 4:44 AM

Newly released data from the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University reveal, for the first time, that nearly 55 percent of lobbyists are former employees of the U.S. Congress, while only 26 percent formerly worked for the executive branch of government.

The survey, released on Oct....

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GSPM Presidential Horse Race: Split Decision on 'Swing" States

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 11:41 AM

The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management Survey Finds "Swing States" a Split Decision for President Obama and Governor Romney.

Yesterday, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released the 14th installment of its weekly Horse Race poll, which found that President Barack Obama bested...

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Landmark Research Released on How Washington Lobbyists View Federal Lobbying Disclosure Laws

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:08 AM

New research by the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University partnering with Lobbyist.INFO, and marketing research firm, ORI, reveal how the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act has affected lobbying in the corridors of the U.S. Congress.

Background

In September 2007, ten months after lobbyist Jack...

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Romney Momentum Continues in GSPM Horse Race Survey

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Today, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released the 12th installment of its weekly Horse Race poll, which found that Gov. Mitt Romney bested President Barack Obama for the fourth week in a row.

Full survey results for the week ending Sunday, Oct. 28, are as...

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Momentum Continues for Romney in GPSM Horse Race, Wins 3rd Week in a Row

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 2:28 PM

The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released the 12th installment of its weekly Horse Race poll, which found that Gov. Mitt Romney bested President Barack Obama for the third week in a row.

Full survey results for the week ending Sunday, Oct. 21, are as follows:

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Gov. Romney Bests President Obama, According to GSPM Horse Race

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 3:51 PM

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released the 11th installment of its weekly Horse Race poll, which found that Gov. Romney's campaign bested President Obama's campaign for the second week.

Forty-nine percent of respondents believe Joe Biden won last week's vice...

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Gov. Romney Bests President Obama on Strength of Debate Performance, According to GWU Survey

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 2:22 PM

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released the 10th installment of its weekly Horse Race poll, which found that Gov. Romney's campaign bested President Obama's campaign for the first time in a month.

Full survey results for the week ending Sunday, Oct....

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Obama Campaign Wins 4th Week in a Row Ending on Sept. 30, According to GSPM HORSE RACE

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:19 PM

The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released the ninth installment of its weekly Horse Race poll, which found that President Obama's campaign bested Gov. Romney's campaign for the fourth week in a row.

Full survey results for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 30, are as follows:

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Obama Campaign Wins Week of Sept. 23, According to GSPM THE HORSE RACE

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 10:52 AM

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released the seventh installment of its weekly Horse Race poll, which found that President Obama's campaign bested Gov. Romney's campaign for the third week in a row.

Top findings for the week ending Sunday,...

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Message to Romney/Ryan: "Don't Take Small Business for Granted"

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 9:36 AM

As the presidential campaign continues, a new poll suggests that the Romney campaign should not assume small business owners are monolithic in their support for the campaign.

The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University and Thumbtack.com conducted a survey on how small business view...

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Obama Campaign Wins Week Ending on Sunday, September 16, According to The Horse Race of 'Political Insiders'

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 12:00 PM

The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) released the seventh installment of its weekly Horse Race poll, which found that President Obama's campaign bested Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) campaign for the second week in a row.

Top findings for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 16, include:

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Obama Campaign Wins Week but Majority Believe Acceptance Speech Didn't Provide Enough Details or Vision

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 9:53 PM

The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management Survey called The Horse Race Finds that President Obama's Campaign Wins Week 6.

Fifty-Eight Percent Find President Obama Not Providing Enough 'Vision/Details' for Second Term in Acceptance Speech

Top findings for the week ending Sunday, September 9th include:

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