The Tax Revolution Institute (TRI) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to researching and developing innovative, voluntary tax solutions to promote transparency, accountability & integrity in the delivery of public services in the U.S.

TRI will expose and explain how the coerciveness of our current method of funding government lies at the root of some of its greatest flaws – such as waste, inefficiency, incompetence, corruption and even the complication of the tax code and its inhumane enforcement by the IRS. We will provide information about organizations that do the work of government more effectively and efficiently than the government, and about voluntary means of funding and providing the programs and services that our communities need. We educate the American public on where and how they might more effectively spend their tax dollars, and support both grassroots organizations and policymakers in changing the tax system to allow them to do just that.

TRI’s purpose is not political. Rather, it is human and it is humane.

I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.

President Calvin Coolidge, Inaugural Address

Our leadership and staff have diverse backgrounds and political persuasions, but we are united by the conviction that Americans need a better tax system that works for all of us.

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LEADERSHIP

Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Executive Director

“I support a tax revolution because you shouldn’t have to be a special interest to be represented by your government. “

Dan Johnson is the Executive Director of the Tax Revolution Institute. Prior to joining the Tax Revolution Institute, he was the Founder of People Against the NDAA (PANDA), which he grew into one of the largest civil liberties movements in America, and served as President of the Solutions Institute, an activist training center. He has written for over a dozen news outlets, including the Huffington Post, frequently speaks at major events around the country, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows. As TRI’s Executive Director, he has presided over the Tax Revolution Institute’s First Amendment Alliance to protect nonprofit free speech, spearheaded the launch of the Audit the IRS initiative, and is currently lighting the brushfires of a tax revolution.

Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis

Senior Adviser

“I support a tax revolution because it’s high time We the People regained ‘the Power of the Purse’ and because it will encourage the restoration of government of, by and for the People.”

A veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and a four-time cancer survivor, Jeff has the unenviable experience of adapting and overcoming life-threatening situations. Jeffs leadership as co-founder and National Director of the Patriot Coalition, and National Director of the FIRE Coalition, resulted in active legislation and resolutions in Congress, as well as in state and local governments across the country. Over the past decade, Jeff has testified before state legislatures, consulted and advised federal, state, and local officials, as well as candidates for office. Jeff has also conducted briefings for Members of Congress and state legislators, and hosted National Security Conferences. A Naval Nuclear Power School graduate, he holds a degree in Wireless Networking. 

Robert Rodrigo

Robert Rodrigo

Legal Director, Operations Director

“I support a tax revolution because the IRS has shown a pattern of disregard for the rule of law with impunity. I believe their penalty and seizure actions are unconstitutional.”

A long time legal professional, journalist, advocate, and activist, Bobby is Legal and Operations Director for Tax Revolution Institute Inc., Associate Member of the Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Taxation Committees of the American Bar Association, Associate Member of the Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Taxation and Family Law Committees of the International Bar Association, Associate Member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, Associate Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Director of Internet Infrastructure and Security for Coffee Party USA, Director and CFO for the Solutions Institute, National Events’ Coordinator for People Against The N.D.A.A., Associate Member of the National Association of Council for Children, Associate member of the American Constitution Society For Law and Policy, Associate Member of Capitol Area Muslim Bar Association, Associate Member of the National Legal Aid Association. Holds Press Credentials from The Atlanta Press Club, Native American Journalists Association, Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, and the National Press Photographers Association. Member, Advocate, and Adviser for United Coalition of Cannabis Activists, Peachtree NORML, Human Solution International and Colorado NORML. Produces and hosts his radio show I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee and also writes for many media outlets including The Fifth Column, and Anti-Media. He is a long-time business owner and holds degrees in Business Law and Paralegal Studies. Bobby is also a veteran and a single parent. Bobby is also involved in two new projects called “Behind the Smoke” and “The Best Interests of the Child”. More announcements on those projects will be coming very soon.

Meghann Martinez

Meghann Martinez

Corporate Secretary

“I support a tax revolution because the average American should not be afraid of the IRS. More education on what our rights are is necessary to move in the right direction.”

Meghann Martinez is a professional compliance specialist with experience in non-profit administration as well as the mortgage and real estate industries. She lives in Colorado.

Jason Casella

Jason Casella

Program Director

“I support a tax revolution because everyone else has to earn our money, why should the government be any different? Americans should also have the best possible means available to take care of each other and if our government is not providing the best out there, we should be able to choose to send our money to an organization that will.

Jason Casella has over 12 years of financial experience in both the public and private sectors. His wake-up call was the 08 financial collapse. After doing further research, he signed up to take back his town. PANDA is supported by groups across the political spectrum, and is now one of the fastest growing liberty movements in the nation; with over 60 chapters in over 30 states. Successfully passing the Restoring Constitutional Governance Resolution in the first city in his state, followed by the first county in the Country, and the first city to pass the same resolution in one meeting. Focusing locally, Jason Casella’s specialties include municipal and states rights, civil liberties, civic action at the local level, general communication, networking, and Constitutional principles.

Robin Koerner

Robin Koerner

Communications Director

“I support a tax revolution because we should measure our compassion by the good that we do – not the amount of money that we send to the government.”

Robin Koerner is a member of the faculty network of the Foundation of Economic Education (FEE), and a political and economic commentator for the Huffington Post, Truth in Media, and the Independent Voter Network. In 2011, he wrote an article that went viral in which he coined the term “Blue Republican” to refer to liberals and independents who joined the GOP to support Ron Paul, creating the largest single coalition in support of his candidacy. Robin is known for his skills in political psychology, political communication and connection across traditional divides, which he now brings to TRI. He holds an M.A. and B.A. in Physics and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of, “If You Can Keep It: Why We Nearly Lost It and How We Get It Back”, and co-author of “Beauty and Truth:  Frank and Friendly Conversations on Being Human“.

Gwynne Beatty

Gwynne Beatty

Development Director

I support the Tax Revolution because I have been an activist and supporter of nonprofit efforts for the last 20 years and I would give my tax dollars to a nonprofit in an instant if that were an option.” 

Gwynne Beatty is a seasoned strategist in business development and communications in the US, international and emerging markets. She co-founded an HR services company in Haiti, Haiti Staffing & Business Resources. As Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Trilogy International Partners, Gwynne managed and marketed 30+ social development projects in education, sports, environment and health per year to the direct benefit of over 31,000 people per year, mainly youth. Trilogy was the winner of the Award for Corporate Excellence by the State Dept. As Director at Orsa Consultants and serving as Director of non-profit Yele Haiti, she raised an average of $1.2 million per year in funds to run social programs in Haiti in education, sports, environment and media. She served as Director of Communications at Via Max for pop artist Peter Max. As Director of Digital Entertainment at Rogers & Cowan, she provided public relations services to tech companies such as Microsoft. On a volunteer basis, she provides consulting services to animal welfare organizations.

Guillermo Jimenez

Guillermo Jimenez

Editor-in-Chief

“I support a tax revolution because government has squandered the public’s trust and treasure for far too long, and the time has come to strike at the root of the problem.”

Guillermo Jimenez is a writer and podcast producer based in Austin, Texas, with years of experience working as an editor, translator, and columnist at various publications. A fluent Spanish speaker, Guillermo’s work has focused primarily on issues dealing with Latin America, civil liberties in the United States, the national security state, the drug war, and immigration. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in psycholinguistics. As the host of Traces of Reality, Demanufacturing Consent, and the WhoWhatWhy Podcast, Guillermo has conducted over 200 interviews with prominent writers, activists, politicians, authors, and artists from around the world.

Ford Fischer

Ford Fischer

Videographer

“I support a tax revolution because government has completely lost sight of accountability and purpose. A tax revolution strikes at its roots and could begin to fix the inefficiencies, waste, scope and oppression of the state.”

Ford Fischer is a filmmaker and newsgatherer, and the managing editor of News2Share. His work has been featured on every major American news network (CNN, Fox, NBC, ABC) and around the globe. His coverage primarily follows politics and activism. He has also edited two feature films slated for release in 2017.

Philip D. Schlosser

Philip D. Schlosser

Tax Policy Analyst

“I support a tax revolution as our present system patently violates our most basic rights; while revealing itself as antithetical to growth and a monumental waste of time, effort, and money.”

Philip D. Schlosser is an economic policy analyst specializing in monetary and fiscal policy issues. Phil served as a Tax Policy Analyst with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and the American Legislative Exchange Council; home of supply-side icons Jonathan Williams, Art Laffer, and Stephen Moore. Phil’s work has been published with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Michigan Capitol Confidential, Institute for Justice, Northwood University Press, American Legislative Exchange Council, Tax Analysts Magazine, and more. His current work is in queue with the National Tax Journal, which challenges Thomas Piketty’s infamous, yet deeply flawed “U-curve of inequality.” He holds a degree in economics from Northwood University, and is presently pursuing his PhD from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Anita MonCrief

Anita MonCrief

Adviser

“I support a tax revolution…”

Anita MonCrief is a Senior Trainer and Curriculum Manger for Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Academy. She has over seventeen years of grassroots advocacy and issue-based community organizing experience and has collaborated with numerous organizations.

MonCrief attended the University of Alabama where she majored in political science and history. She has worked with the Grameen Foundation, American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI); in 2002, she partnered with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on a mission to Macedonia as an election observer.

In 2008, she came forward as a confidential source to the New York Times, and then publicly, to expose ACORN, and gained notoriety as the ACORN whistle blower.

Jenna Pacic

Jenna Pacic

Researcher

“I support the Tax Revolution, because as the U.S. government has grown in size and scope, so too has the inefficient bureaucracy that administers it. To create a more transparent government accountable to the people, while optimizing the impact of our tax dollars, a significant paradigm shift is needed.”

A Metro Detroit native, currently dwelling in Washington D.C., Jenna is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the principles of a free and just society: individual liberty, voluntary cooperation, and equal protection under the law for all. With experience working for Stand Together and Dow Corning, her primary emphasis has been in marketing communications, project development, and innovation-focused research. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Advertising from Northwood University.

 

Deborah Furgason

Deborah Furgason

Victims' Advocate

“I support a tax revolution because filing taxes and dealing with the IRS should never be dreadful for anyone.”

Deborah Furgason is an administrative professional with a broad skill set. After a decade as a 911 police and fire dispatcher, she provided support to top-level executives in law enforcement, higher education, and private business. Most recently she stepped in as co-owner with her late husband of his small business where she kept the books and delivered front-line sales and customer service in automotive repair. Deborah lost both her mother and her husband to cancer, which fueled her passion as an advocate for cancer-victim caretakers and later to young widows. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Redlands.

 

Doug Guetzloe

Doug Guetzloe

Coalitions Adviser

“I’ve supported a tax revolution for over thirty years because American taxpayers have all become victims, and the foundations of our Constitutional Republic must be re-established in the rule of law.”

Doug Guetzloe began his political activism at age thirteen canvassing door-to-door. His company, Advantage Consultants, has successfully advised hundreds of candidates, and built effective coalitions for liberty causes throughout the United States. Best known by media and allies for his work establishing the “Ax the Tax” movement in 1982, Doug has helped taxpayers save over $55 billion in proposed taxes through 19 successful campaigns. As an expert in building coalitions to defeat unjust and wasteful taxes, Guetzloe provides a very specific skill set and a lifetime of experiences to benefit the Revolution. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Government and History from Florida State University.

 

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