About Citizens in Charge, a 501(c)(4)

Citizens in Charge is a 501 (c) (4) citizen-powered advocacy organization that serves as a partner to Citizens in Charge Foundation in protecting and expanding the initiative and referendum process.

The organization works with activists, legislators, media, opinion leaders and voters to protect the initiative and referendum process where it exists in 26 states and to expand the process to the 26 states where voters currently lack that right.

There never has been a more important time to defend the initiative process. Voters increasingly turn to initiatives to make needed reforms, while legislators increasingly seek to impose limitations on this process.

Board of Directors

The current members of the Board of Directors for Citizens in Charge are:

Paul Jacob pj

Paul is a leading national expert on initiative & referendum and a board member of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge.


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob, PresidentPaul Jacob, a leading national figure in Initiative & Referendum, is president of Citizens In Charge.

Paul has worked on over 100 initiative and ballot access campaigns in nearly every state. An acclaimed multi-media commentator, Paul hosts an online, radio, and print opinion program, Common Sense, which reaches a growing list of over 15,000 e-mail subscribers and is aired daily by more than 150 stations in 48 states.

Eric O’Keefe

Eric O’Keefe is a private investor, and Chairman and CEO of the Sam Adams Alliance (SAM).  He also Chairs the board of a new organization, the Health Care Compact Alliance, which is working to move regulation and funding of health care from the federal government to the states.

The Sam Adams Alliance hosts the annual Sammies awards to recognize and celebrate extraordinary citizens and their work to advance liberty.  SAM is currently researching American leadership through the lens of iconic leaders such as Ronald Reagan.
SAM launched Judgepedia, Ballotpedia, and Sunshine Review, Wikipedia-style websites that have had more than 68 million page views for their 284,000 pages of politically relevant information. 

Dennis Polhill

D PolhillDennis Polhill is a Senior Fellow in Public Infrastructure at the Independence Institute, Colorado’s public policy think tank, and a long-time citizen activist. He writes extensively on infrastructure and transportation issues, as well as on economics, role-of-government, and democracy.

John Tillman

John TillmanJohn Tillman serves as CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute. A successful entrepreneur, John has built and led organizations in the arenas of political activism, retailing, e-commerce, and internet access.

William "Bill" Redpath

William Redpath is the current treasurer and immediate past chairman of the Libertarian Party, as well as the Vice President of a financial consulting firm.