Winter Fest Panelists
  • Peter Schweizer is the William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and a best-selling author. He is a partner in a Washington, D.C. firm which provides speechwriting and communications services for corporate executives and political figures, including work for SarahPAC. His most recent book is Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison. It was the subject of a feature on CBS’ 60 Minutes and Newsweek. Other non-fiction works include Architects of Ruin, Victory, and Makers and Takers, in addition to books about Reagan and the Bushes. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He lives in Florida with his wife and children.

    Rebecca Keefisch is the Lt. Governor of Wisconsin. Elected in 2010, along with Gov. Scott Walker, she has helped institute major reforms in the state’s budget and public employee contracts, turning record deficits into surpluses, and is now facing a recall election along with many reform-minded Republican lawmakers in the state legislature. Rebecca has a background as a small business owner and former news reporter. She serves as Wisconsin’s “Jobs Ambassador,” spearheading the governor’s Small Business Summit, and advocating for small business. She has been holding roundtables designed to spur job creation. Rebecca is a Resolutions Committee member of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association and was recently named one of the nation’s 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45 by the Republican Security Council. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the mother of two daughters, Ella and Violet. She lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, state representative Joel Kleefisch.

     Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is the lead independent director of Telecom Italia and the vice president of the American Finance Association. He is the co-author of Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists, a contributing editor of the City Journal, and author of the forthcoming book, A Capitalism for the People. Zingales was quoted by Governor Palin in her second book, America By Heart. Palin wrote: “Professor Zingales makes the crucial point that there is a difference between being pro-market and being pro-business. Both political parties are at fault in failing to acknowledge this distinction.”

    Adam Andrzejewski is the founder of For The Good Of Illinois, a citizens’ watchdog group demanding transparent, accountable and limited government since 2007. In 2009, he ran for governor, and was endorsed by Polish Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, losing a close primary race in the Republican party. A successful business owner, he has spearheaded a financial transparency movement in Illinois. Adam trained residents to ask local school districts to post their check register online, resulting in more than $1 billion in checks being posted to local websites. He has worked with county auditors and commissioners to post government spending online. Adam founded HomePages directories in 1997, growing the business to employ 150 employees with $20 million in sales. In 2010, he founded For the Good of Illinois PAC to help candidates run on foundational principles. In February 2011, he co-drafted a bill calling for the forensic audit of state workers compensation. In September 2011, he posted the pay and pensions of nearly all Illinois public employees at Open the Books. Adam is married to Kerry. They live in Hinsdale, Ill., and have three daughters. Adam is a violinist, chess player, marathon runner, and a parishioner of St. Isaac Jogues.

    Sarah Nuckles is the commisioner of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. In 2011, she was named a “Taxpayer Hero” by the South Carolina government watchdog blog, “Perhaps more than any other person on our list, Nuckles stuck her neck out for the taxpayers this year,” FitsNews wrote. “By blowing the whistle on a flagrant $344 million vote-buying scam at the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT), she isolated herself from an immensely powerful special interest. Her reward? One of the “Republicans” whose strings are pulled by the corrupt cabal is trying to get her fired. That’s too bad – we need every political appointment in this state to show Nuckles’ level of commitment to taxpayers.” Nuckles owns a small-business accounting, and consulting firm. Her career has included responsibilities as budget officer and internal auditor for a Florida municipal utility, and general manager of several dealerships, and vice president of a flooring company. She has been involved in municipal government for 20 years, serving in both and appointed capacity.

    Scott Beason is running for Congress against 10-term incumbent representative Spencer Bachus, who was recently featured prominently in Peter Schweizer’s Throw Them All Out, for his insider trading activities. Beason is no stranger to taking on the corrupt ruling class. As a state senator, he volunteered to wear a wire for the FBI and assisted the prosecution in a broad vote-buying investigation that led to the indictments of four of his colleagues in the legislature and seven other players in the state’s gambling industry. Beason has served in the Alabama legislature since 1998. As an Alabama state representative, Scott established a clear conservative track record, bucking the establishment within his own party by opposing Amendment One, one of the largest tax increase in state history had it been enacted. Scott was the leading author of the most comprehensive Illegal Immigration law in the United States in 2011.