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Michael Huffington has a distinguished career as a dedicated public servant, successful business executive and generous philanthropist whose charitable activities span the globe. As a public servant, he was at the forefront of efforts to improve educational and healthcare opportunities for children. In 1998, he was the co-chairman of a successful California ballot initiative to raise the price of cigarettes by 50 cents a pack, providing hundreds of millions dollars of tax revenue to be used every year to improve healthcare for children under the age of six. Mr. Huffington was the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from California in 1994, losing by less than 1.6% of the vote to Diane Feinstein. He served as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995. In 1993 and 1994, he donated his entire Congressional salary to programs that would help the children who lived in his Congressional district. And prior to that was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy by President Reagan. He is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Mr. Huffington’s business experience includes serving as an executive-producer in the film industry, a business executive, and a merchant banker. From 1991 to 2000 he was the co-owner of Crest Films Limited, a full-service film production company known for its Emmy-Award winning commercials, documentaries, adventure films and work on behalf of non-profit organizations. Prior to that he was Vice Chairman of the Huffington Corporation, a family-owned international energy company, where he oversaw the computer, finance, real estate and tax departments. He was co-founder of the international merchant bank Simmons & Huffington, Inc., and is currently a limited partner of the Gerson International Law Group. He is an executive producer of For the Bible Tells Me So a documentary that was chosen to compete at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2007.

Mr. Huffington’s philanthropic activities and commitments are varied and worldwide. A partial list of those organizations that he has supported financially, and on which he has served on the Board of Directors, include: the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the Culver Educational Foundation in Culver, Indiana, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of America in New York City, the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City, the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1972 with an MBA in Finance, and he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Stanford University in 1970.

Blog Entries by Michael Huffington

Turkey Has No Place in the European Union

Posted December 21, 2009 | 09:50:34 (EST)

Last night on 60 Minutes there was a 14-minute segment about Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). It was an honest look at religious freedom (or lack thereof) inside one of America's military allies. It is a story that should be seen by the leaders of the free...

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For What Profits A Man If He Gains The Whole World But Loses His Own Soul

Posted April 26, 2008 | 17:24:04 (EST)

Christians of the western churches celebrated Easter five weeks ago. At midnight tonight Orthodox Christians light candles around the world to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. And most of the rest of the world will go on with business as usual.

For those of us who are Christian it is...

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Seeking Leadership for Iraq

Posted September 30, 2007 | 15:48:05 (EST)

This is reunion weekend at Harvard Business School, and I am here for my 35th. Since I only feel 35 years old so I can't figure out how this could be my 35th reunion. But since many of us have graying hair I guess it must be true.

Today...

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Why Does AT&T Need My Social Security Number to Connect My iPhone?

Posted September 15, 2007 | 01:00:03 (EST)

Birthday parties are a wonderful thing.....especially if they are celebrating the beginning of a new decade. Not only do you get to see all the members of your family, but many of your closest friends show up. And a few even bring presents.

At my most recent birhday party...

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New Security Scanner Shows All

Posted February 27, 2007 | 19:43:09 (EST)

There was an AP story out last week titled "Security scanner can see through clothes": "The Phoenix airport on Friday became the first in the United States to test new X-ray technology that can see through people's clothes and show the body's contours with blush-inducing clarity." It goes on...

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My Road to Damascus Led to the Sundance Film Festival

Posted January 16, 2007 | 10:17:58 (EST)

A documentary called For the Bible Tells Me So will premiere on Sunday, January 21, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It's prophetic that my own life's journey led me to my role as an executive producer of this ground-breaking film.

Thirty years ago I...

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The Enlightened General

Posted January 2, 2007 | 21:32:11 (EST)

In a New York Times op-ed today, General John M. Shalikashvili (ret.) wrote a well-reasoned article about rethinking the U.S. policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in regard to gays serving in the military. I applaud him for this act of courage and common sense.

When I was...

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My New Year's Resolution

Posted December 31, 2006 | 18:20:53 (EST)

My New Year's resolution is to eat a vegan diet whenever I have the opportunity to do so. This may not seem like a big deal to some. To many, it may sound radical.

I remember when my sister told me that she was a vegetarian in college: I thought...

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Surviving Prostate Cancer

Posted December 6, 2006 | 23:28:11 (EST)

I am 59 years old. Every year I go to the doctor's office for a physical exam. For the past 15 years, I have had a PSA test included in my screening blood work. The Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) is a screening test for prostate cancer. My dad had been...

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