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The views expressed in these columns are Karl Frisch's alone and were not prepared, promoted, or approved in his capacity as executive director of Allied Progress.

Over nearly two decades, Karl Frisch 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.

Entries by Karl Frisch

Who on Earth Would Ever Agree to Be Trump's Veep?

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 3:43 PM

There is now a better than even chance that either billionaire reality television star Donald Trump or amateur Grandpa Munster impersonator and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will be the Republican nominee for President of the United States.

The prayers of sleepy Ben Carson's supporters will...

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Redefining 'Moderate' in the Era of Trump and Cruz

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 1:10 PM

In the week leading up to the New Hampshire primary, we were told over and over that while Iowa Republicans are typically more conservative and evangelical, New Hampshire Republicans tend to be more moderate and levelheaded.

Headline after headline celebrated New Hampshire's supposed "moderate" tendencies. The New York...

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What You Get When You Vote Republican 'But Only for the Tax Cuts'

(75) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 12:16 PM

If you are under the age of 40 and have ever discussed politics with your peers, you have no doubt encountered those who identify as Republican, but are quick to tell you that they are not like those other anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-science, anti-Muslim, right-wing extremists. They only vote Republican for...

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Guns Don't Kill People, Complacent Liberals Do

(576) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 10:10 AM

This week a pair of gunmen stormed the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California dressed in dark tactical gear and heavily armed with hand guns, assault-style weapons, and explosive devices. They killed 14 people and injured 17 others.

It will go down as the deadliest mass shooting since...

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Obama Should Do Hillary a Solid and Elevate Cruz

(40) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 8:16 PM

In her memoir published this summer, Claire McCaskill recounts for readers how she confounded political observers who assumed she would lose reelection to the U.S. Senate in right-of-center-leaning Missouri. In order to do that, she poured nearly $2 million of her campaign war chest into an ad blitz designed...

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Payday Lenders Hoping for a Grand Old Party in 2016

(26) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Billed as a "quick cash" solution for life's unexpected financial emergencies, payday lenders peddle this modern-day snake oil to 12 million hardworking men and women each year. For too many, a cycle of seemingly inescapable debt follows. They have fallen victim to an industry that has used harassment, intimidation,...

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I'm With Stupid: Bathroom Politics and the Rise of Ben Carson

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Imagine you are sitting in a focus group of swing voters designed to assess their opinions of the various Republican candidates running for president in 2016.

The moderator reads dryly from a sheet of paper: "Raised by a single mother, this African American husband, father, and grandfather is an entrepreneur...

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GOP's Serious 2016 Alternatives Have Serious Problems of Their Own

(70) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Once every four years when the Republican Party seeks to nominate a new Presidential standard bearer, GOP base voters latch onto extreme candidates and put their right-wing clown fetish on full display for the horror of everyday Americans and the amusement of late-night comedians.

From Donald Trump's...

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Corporate Vultures Circling the Dead for Profit, Seeking to Change Unclaimed Property Laws

(35) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 8:27 AM

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a sprawling, nearly eight thousand-word story detailing for readers the fate of those who die alone in the Big Apple.

Using the life and death of George Bell, who passed away some days before he was discovered in his...

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Message in a Bottle: Romney's Presidency Two Years in

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 2:52 AM

I write this missive in the year 2014 from my small, poorly ventilated office in the Shandong Province of China where my job and millions of others have been outsourced by President Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress.

Now that we are half way through President Romney's...

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The Gay Soccer Dad and Lesbian Costco Mom Vote

(8) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 2:33 PM

The 2012 election may not be decided by gay soccer dads and lesbian Costco moms but their quality of life will be defined by those occupying the White House and Congress in 2013 and beyond.

While much of the conversation surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of late has...

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Debates Should Probe Romney's Economic Insanity

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 1:36 PM

President Obama and Mitt Romney may be scheduled for their first of three debates next week, but there is really no debate when it comes to the progress we have made on jobs and how much further along on the path to recovery we might be if the GOP...

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Mitt Romney's October Surprise Arrives Early

(85) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 3:07 PM

"A bit of a sugar-high..."

That's how Mitt Romney's campaign responded to news this week that a spat of independent national polls have their candidate trailing President Obama by as many as 6 points following the Democratic National Convention.

If Democrats were hocking sweets last weekend in Charlotte, they...

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Feel the "Excitement" of Tampa in August With Mitt Romney

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 3:30 PM

When I first took the plunge and began a career in politics against the advice of my conservative father, I worked for people like Tennessee's Lamar Alexander, former Congressman Jim Nussle, and John McCain during his 2000 campaign for president.

Yes, I was a Republican. But I was young and...

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Mitt Romney and the Temple of Womb

(49) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Republicans today are absolutely obsessed with micromanaging women's -- cover your eyes, my right-wing friends -- vaginas.

Had I said that word aloud on the floor of the Michigan state legislature, I would likely have been banned from speaking any further by the Republican Majority just as to Rep....

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Ryan's 'Youthful Vigor' Won't Slow GOP's Demo Death March

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 2:39 PM

As Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential running mate over the weekend, the Beltway chattering class was quick to trumpet the supposed "youthful vigor" Paul Ryan's selection would inject in a campaign troubled by a summer of Olympic-size gaffes and sinking poll numbers.

In the hours...

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The 12 Republican Days of Christmas

(7) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 5:43 PM

This year, the Republican nominating contest has been the gift that keeps on giving. With Christmas and the Iowa Caucuses just around the corner, and since I was not raised by wolves, I know one should always say thank you after receiving a gift. In the spirit of the season,...

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Meet Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential Running Mate

(59) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 3:10 PM

We are just weeks away from the first votes being cast in the race for the Republican presidential nomination -- which means it is only a matter of time before Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman enter the ranks of presidential...

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Reality Check: Republican Losers Did Not Overreach

(94) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Conventional wisdom pushers and the beltway chattering class have been scrambling to explain the crushing defeat Republicans suffered in last night's off-year election.

To hear them spin it, Republicans lost because they "overreached." The GOP went too far, they say.


Let me say this is as clearly and as...

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Less Vetting Than the Average Godfather's Pizza Delivery Boy

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 4:40 PM

If you haven't yet heard, the so-called "liberal media" is out to get Herman Cain.

To believe conservatives, members of a "liberal media" cabal began conspiring to take down the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza more than a decade ago when he was head lobbyist at the National Restaurant...

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