David Y. Copeland
Founding Member

David Y. Copeland is a former State Representative, Tennessee. He is a director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, Director, the founder of the Taxpayers Coalition, and President of the Hamilton County Taxpayer Association. Mr. Copeland was the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Legislator of Year. Mr. Copeland was a member of the 86th, 87th, ,88th, 92nd, 93rd, 94th and 95th General Assemblies of the Tennessee House Representatives, representing District 30, Hamilton County.





M. Stanton Evans
Member of Board of Advisors

ACU Board member M. Stanton Evans is the Director of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. Evans is also publisher of Consumers’ Research Magazine, Chairman of the Education and Research. Evans is also a visiting professor of journalism at Troy State University, and a contributing editor and columnist for Human Events.

M. Stanton Evans graduated from Yale University in 1955, with a B.A. in English. He has done graduate work in economics at New York University and earned an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Syracuse University.

Evans served as chairman of ACU during the sixties and seventies. From 1960 to 1974, he also served as editor for the Indianapolis Star.

During the seventies and eighties, Evans worked as a syndicated columnist as well as a political commentator for Radio America and CBS Radio and Television. He is the author of many renowned books including Revolt on Campus, The Liberal Establishment, The Politics of Surrender, The Future of Conservatism, The Lawbreakers, Clear and Present Dangers, and The Theme is Freedom.

Evans has also been an effective plaintiff in numerous Federal Court cases involving the First Amendment issue of ”freedom of information.“

Steven F. Hayward, Ph.D.
Member of Board of Advisors

Hayward studies the environment, law, political economy and the presidency. He is the coauthor of the annual Index of Loading Environmental Indicators, and writes AEI’s Environmental Policy Outlook. Hayward recently produced and hosted An Inconvenient Truth…or Convenient Fiction? a rebuttal to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. He is an F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow.

Professional experience
– Senior fellow, Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 1992 present
– Henry Salvatori Fellow and Bradley Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, 1993 1994, 1997 -1998
– Member, California Departmental Transportation Advisory Committee, 1996 -2001
– Contributing editor, Reasons magazine, 1990 2001
– Public interest member, California Citizens Compensation Commission, 1990 1995
– Director, Golden State Center for Policy Studies, 1987 1991
– Executive director, Inland Business Magazine, 1985 1990
– Richard M. Weaver Fellow, Intercollegiate Studies Institute 1985 1986
– Director of journalism, Public Research Syndicated (media subsidiary). Claremont Institute, 1984 1987

Lawrence A. Hunter, Ph.D.
Member of Board of Advisors

Dr. Lawrence A. Hunter is a Research Fellow, Institute for Policy Innovation and Chief Economist, Empower America. He served as a member of Presidential candidate Bob Dole’s Task Force on Tax Reduction and Tax Reform.

During the 103rd and 104th Congresses, Dr. Hunter served on the staff of the Joint Economic Committee, first as Republican Staff Director and later as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Vice Chairman where he was the lead staff person in charge of putting together the economic growth and tax cut component of the Contract With America.

Prior to joining the JEC staff in 1993, Dr. Hunter was with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years where he served first as Deputy Chief Economist and later as Chief Economist and Vice President.

Dr. Hunter received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1981.

William A. Niskanen 
Founding Member (Deceased)

William A. Niskanen is chairman emeritus and a distinguished senior economist at the Cato Institute. Between 1985 and 2008, Niskanen was the chairman of the Cato Institute, following service as a member and acting chairman of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Niskanen has served as director of economics at the Ford Motor Company, professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, assistant director of the federal Office of Management and Budget, a defense analyst at the Rand Corporation, the director of special studies in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the director of the Program Analysis division at the Institute of Defense Analysis. He has written on many public policy issues including corporate governance, defense, federal budget policy, regulation, Social Security, taxes, and trade. Niskanen’s 1971 book Bureaucracy and Representative Government is considered a classic.


Frank Shakespeare
Founding Member

Francis J. Shakespeare (born April 9, 1925, in New York City) is an American diplomat and media executive. He was the president of CBS Television before entering public service. He served as the United States Ambassador to Portugal and the United States Ambassador to the Holy See.

In 1946 Shakespeare graduated (B.S.) from Holy Cross College. He was president of CBS Television in New York from 1950 to 1969, when was appointed Director of the United States Information Agency and served there until 1973 also as director of Radio Free Europe. Later served as vice president of Westinghouse in New York.

In 1975 he became vice chairman of RKO General. From 1981 to 1985, he was chairman, Board for International Broadcasting. He was also appointed United States Ambassador to Portugal from 1985 – 1986.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946 and received many honorary degrees: in engineering from Colorado School of Mines on 1975, in commercial science from Pace University on 1979, in law from Sacred Heart University on 1985. He is also an honorary member of the board of trustees for the Heritage Foundation, an influential Washington, D.C.-based public policy research institute.

Wm. Craig Stubblebine
Founding Member

Craig Stubblebine is a thirty-seven year resident of California. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a Ph.D. in Economics. He now is an emeritus professor at the Claremont Colleges where he held a chair in political economy and was director of a research institute. He is the author of articles on property rights and public finance. He has been a director of a mutual fund and a savings and loan association. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Economics.

Richard K. Vedder, Ph.D.
Member of Board of Advisors

Richard K. Vedder is Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Economics and Faculty Associate, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University. Professor Vedder is co-author (with Lowell Gallaway) of The Independent Institute book, Out of Work, the recipient of both the 1994 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and 1994 Mencken Award Finalist for Best Book, and the Institute monograph, Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?

Professor Vedder received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and he has been Senior Economist at the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, and he has taught at the University of Colorado, Claremont Men’s College, and MARA Institute of Technology. His other books include Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much, The American Economy in Historical Perspective; Poverty, Income Distribution, the Family and Public Policy (with L. Gallaway); Essays in Nineteenth Century Economic History; Essays in the Economy of the Old Northwest; Economic Impact of Government Spending: A Fifty State Analysis, and Variations in Business and Economic History. His hundreds of articles and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Washington Times, and Investor’s Business Daily.

Robert B. Carleson
Founding Member (Deceased)

Robert B. Carleson (1931 – 2006), was as responsible as anyone for the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Though his friends and fellow conservatives understood his key role in changing the course of history, he was little known to the general public.

As his fellow “Reaganaut” Edwin Meese (former Attorney General) declared at a memorial in Carleson’s honor, if there had been no Bob Carleson, “there would have been no President Reagan.”

Carleson advised the 1976 and 1980 Reagan for President campaigns, and he organized the Reagan transition team for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

From 1981 to 1984, Carleson worked on the White House staff as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development. He was a special advisor for Federalism policy and was the Executive Secretary of the Cabinet Council on Human Resources. He was the author of the 1981 Welfare Reforms in the 1981 Budget Reconciliation Act.

Carleson continued to write prolifically about welfare reform in the 1990s, and was a leading voice for reform prior to the Welfare Reform of 1996 that was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton.

Milton Friedman
Founding Member (Deceased)

Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006) was an American economist, statistician, and a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is best known among scholars for his theoretical and empirical research, especially consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy.[1] He was an economic adviser to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Over time, many governments practiced his restatement of a political philosophy that extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with little intervention by government. As a professor of the Chicago School of Economics, based at the University of Chicago, he had great influence in determining the research agenda of the entire profession. Friedman’s many monographs, books, scholarly articles, papers, magazine columns, television programs, videos and lectures cover a broad range of topics of microeconomics, macroeconomics, economic history, and public policy issues. The Economist magazine praised him as “the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century…possibly of all of it.”