David Bossie

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David N. Bossie (b. 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts)[1] is an American political activist. Since 2000 he has been President and Chairman of conservative advocacy organization Citizens United.[2]

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Early life

Bossie grew up in Massachusetts to parents he has described as "apolitical". In an interview with Brian Lamb on CSPAN he said that when he went to register to vote for the first time, he left the political affiliation box blank. When an employee explained to him that it was a requirement for registration in Massachusetts, he said that he wanted to be whatever Ronald Reagan was. The employee said that she wasn't permitted to tell him but gave him a newspaper and said, "Here, read this, figure it out and fill in the appropriate box."[1]

Career

Presidential Victory Committee

During the 1992 presidential election, Bossie worked with Floyd Brown on a political action committee, the Presidential Victory Committee. During that time, CBS ran an investigative report "Dirty Tricks," by Eric Engberg on CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, alleging that Bossie and a retired policeman named Jim Murphy used what Engberg called "police state" tactics to harass the family of a young woman in Arkansas, Susann Coleman, in their efforts to prove that she had committed suicide because of an affair with Bill Clinton.[3]

Whitewater investigation

Bossie was hired as chief investigator for the Whitewater hearings held by U. S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, and was an investigator for Representative Dan Burton (R-IN), the chairman of the House investigation into alleged Clinton campaign finance abuses. Bossie was fired from that position at the behest of Newt Gingrich, who found that Bossie had supervised the editing of certain recordings and transcripts so that they portrayed President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Clinton staffer Webster Hubbell in a negative light. Bossie later stated to ABC News that the story was untrue and he had in fact resigned.[4]

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