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You don't coerce or injure others. Why can politicians do it?

About Us

Our Mission:

We want to foster human progress by reducing State coercion.

Our Team:

Board of Directors: Kent White, Chair – Jim Babka – Laura Carno – Daniel Fylstra – David Ruprecht

Corporate Officers: Jim Babka, President – Linda Slack, Treasurer – Robert Olson, Secretary

Full-time Management Team: Jim Babka, President – Perry Willis, Vice President

Management Consultant: Rick Wiggins, IT Director

Full-time Staff: James Wilson, Assistant Communications Director

Key Part-time Staff: Chris Wagner, Chief Programmer – Kandy Cowling, Office Manager

Support Staff: Hal Dunn, Webmaster – John Markley, Public Affairs Associate – Thomas Anderson, Mail Server Manager – Sue Babka, Office Assistant

Your Questions:

These important documents may answer some of your questions . . .

These FAQs may help with other questions . . .

Technical and Site Usage FAQ:

If you're having difficulty, we're eager to help. Send a message to clearly explaining your issue.

1) How do I unsubscribe from your Consent Chronicle email list?

At the bottom of each Chronicle, in the section we call the footer, you'll find the address to which we originally sent the message. You'll also find a link that you can click to be automatically unsubscribed.

First, confirm that the message was intended to you. Sometimes, friends forward the message and you wouldn't want to unsubscribe your friend. Simply let them know you don't find this information of value.

Next, if you were the actual subscriber, click the link and follow the instructions.

If it's not working like you expected, we want to help — even if that means you'll be leaving us. Send a message with a request to unsubscribe to .

Additional questions to come after we have more experience with our new site.

Downsize DC Philosophy and Strategy FAQ:

Below are some answers to common questions on the Downsize DC approach. If you're having a technical issue, please consult our Technical and Site Usage FAQ above.

  1. Why don't you get on the Jay Leno show (or some other show that the person asking the question likes)?
  2. Are you Republicans or Democrats?
  3. How is the Downsize DC Foundation funded?

1) Why don't you get on the Jay Leno show (or some other show that the person asking the question likes)?

We'd like to get on the Jay Leno show, and every other show too, but doing that lies more in your power than ours. TV and radio shows are like any other business — they tend to do what their customers demand. We can spend lots of money on press releases and making phone calls in an attempt to book ourselves on shows, but none of that is nearly as effective as you calling, or emailing, or writing a letter to a particular show and saying, "Please interview Jim Babka of Downsize DC." In fact, a few calls or letters to a talk show can have far more impact than the same amount of pressure on Congress.

2) Are you Republicans or Democrats?

We're legally non-partisan, but we're temperamentally anti-partisan. We've got no dog in the electoral fight — particularly a yellow dog.

We avoid Partisanship and Personalities. Both are toxic to honesty and critical thinking.

Once you become committed to a person, or a party, then "tribal loyalty" takes over. Soon, "your team" matters more than your principles, and hypocrisy becomes the order of the day. That's why we hate all political parties, and are suspicious of all politicians.

3) How is the Downsize DC Foundation funded?

The Downsize DC Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, public education organization. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible for those who itemize deductions.

Downsize DC accepts no government funding. We are funded entirely by voluntary contributions from mostly small, one-time donors, monthly credit card pledges, a few larger donors, and even fewer contributions from other foundations.

Downsize DC Foundation shares office facilities and staff with, Inc. (Gary Nolan, Chair).

Our budget is modest. We are very frugal. We spend less on basic operations in a year than most organizations spend in a month.