Paul Erickson is a Christian and an entrepreneur whose lifelong avocation has been supporting democratic resistance movements around the world in their battles against communism in all of its forms. His companies have developed hotels, housing projects, senior living communities, energy plays, consumer marketing and a series of Hollywood feature films.
While an undergraduate at Yale, he was extensively involved in Republican politics around the nation, serving in President Reagan’s White House in 1981 as national director of the College Republicans. Paul has maintained his political avocation over the years, focused mostly on presidential campaigns here and abroad. After being responsible for much of the youth campaign operation for President Reagan’s reelection campaign in 1984, he managed Pat Buchanan’s first presidential bid in 1992. He went on to serve as a senior advisor to both of Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He structured President Trump’s presidential transition in 2016.
Most recently, Paul was a subject of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. Believing the failure of that investigation had made him a political and prosecutorial target, in November 2019, he decided the best course was to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with a real estate development project and was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on July 6, 2020. He was granted a full pardon by President Trump on January 20, 2021.