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Jack Burkman


At a Glance:

Jack Burkman, founder and president of JM Burkman & Associates, LLC (the #1 lobbying firm in DC according to The Hill), is a Washington, DC based political consultant and syndicated radio talk show host.

Rick Gates Fundraiser

On December 18, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia, Burkman hosted a fundraiser to benefit Rick Gates and his efforts to fight federal charges against him by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mr. Gates appeared at the fundraiser on video screen and on Facebook live to thank contributors because he was on house detention and was not able to attend in person.

That appearance bothered Judge Amy Berman Jackson who asked Mr. Gates to explain his relationship with Burkman and why recording such a video did not violate her gag order in the case. Mr. Gates was “ORDERED to show cause by December 27, 2017, why the court should not find that his reported personal participation in the creation of a fundraising video to be shown to journalists and disseminated on social media, in which, according to multiple press accounts, defendant makes reference to ‘the cause’ and the goal of ‘ensuring that our supporters from across the United States her our message and stand with us,’ would not violate this court’s order…”

Outraged, Burkman responded with a statement, picked up in part by media outlets including POLITICO: ““The actions by this judge to curtail First Amendment free speech rights are nothing short of Stalin-esque. I stand by what I said that night and my inalienable right to be able to say it.

“No one told me to opine or make any comments—certainly not Rick Gates, a man I never met or even spoke to before the event. Any suggestion to the contrary is not only completely false but foolish.

“Having worked in Washington for years, I’ve known of Mr. Gates and his work. I am raising money for him because I believe that Mr. Gates must be afforded the tools necessary to mount a competitive legal defense against the government which appears to have unlimited resources to prosecute this case.

“In our country we are presumed innocent. And that is how I see Mr. Gates.

“Though Mr. Gates has not been convicted of anything, incredibly he was not free to attend his own fundraiser because he’s on home confinement. So he appeared via video to thank his supporters for their help so he can fight the charges.

“The way Mr. Gates is being treated, and the way the judge reacted to a short benign video where he doesn’t even talk about the case against him, really worries me and should worry everyone else too.

“These developments change nothing for me. I will continue to exercise my right to Free Speech here, and wherever I believe my voice and resources can be leveraged to advance and benefit a worthy cause.”

Representing Sexual Harassment Victim M. Reese Everson

Jack Burkman addresses media with M. Reese Everson at the Arlington, Virginia news conference. (Dec. 15, 2017)

Represented by Burkman, an attorney, a former fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation accused Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., on Dec. 15, 2017 of harassing her in 2013.

Burkman stood at her side as M. Reese Everson said she was wrongfully terminated after the alleged harassment. It was the the latest charge of sexual misconduct leveled against a member of Congress.

“I was propositioned to have a sexual relationship with my boss that I did not want,” she said at a news conference in a Washington suburb. “I was retaliated against, I was wrongfully terminated and I was blackballed,” Everson told the gathered media.

Mr. Scott denied the allegation. Burkman has formally asked the House Committee on Ethics to formally investigate Ms. Everson’s allegations. But so far, the Committee has not responded to Burkman’s letter.

Trump for President and Never Trump

In May, 2016 he announced the first fundraising event for Donald Trump for President, hosted by him and his wife in Arlington, Virginia to coalesce D.C. lobbyists and government contractors. However, the event was abruptly cancelled after Burkman received what he considered a “bullying” letter from attorneys from the for-profit Trump Organization. Burkman quickly went from a would-be supporter, to a leader and organizer of the anti-Trump movement. On July 8, 2016, Burkman hosted a fundraiser for Free the Delegates, in which 500 people attended and where he raised over $500-thousand for the anti-Trump effort, with more events and fundraising planned.

Murder of Seth Rich

In September, 2016, Burkman offered a $100,000 reward to help solve the murder of Seth Rich, a staffer with the Democratic National Committee. He has been assisting the Rich family to find justice in the July murder of their son, who was shot in the back as he walked home. In late November, Burkman joined Seth’s parents at a news conference in the neighborhood where Seth lived and died to canvass and hand out Rich Billboard Webflyers. And in December, 2016, Burkman upped the reward another $5,000, bringing the total to $130,000, including $25,000 from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, making it the highest reward ever for a homicide. In January, 2017, Burkman announced a new website, and that bus depot billboards will soon go up in the neighborhood to help find the killer or killers. In February, Burkman called on the U.S. Congress to investigate a possible Russian connection to the murder.

Launch of The Profiling Project

Profiling Project LogoOn March 23, 2017, in the neighborhood where Rich lived and was murdered, Burkman announced the launch of The Profiling Investigative Center. Funded by him, “The Profiling Investigative Center” is an autonomous and independent unit investigating the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. The Profiling Investigative Center is housed in separate office space by design. The news conference was held in front of a billboard erected by Burkman as part of his ongoing commitment to Seth’s parents and to the community to investigate what happened to Mr. Rich. The Profiling Investigative Center was formally led by Kevin Doherty and Jennifer Rohrer, Ph.D and for a semester staffed by The Student Association for Forensic Psychology (SAFP) at George Washington University. It is a student organization comprised of graduate students pursuing a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. Visit The Profiling Project for more information, photos.


Media Experience

Burkman is host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Behind the Curtain with Jack Burkman,” airing in 185 markets, on Radio America and simulcast on Newsmax TV. Each week, he focuses on news stories that are under the surface or are not being covered at all by the mainstream media. Featuring strong investigative reporting and analysis, Burkman uses his experience to reveal the secrets that K Street tries to hide from the public. The program is also simulcast on Newsmax TV.

Burkman also is a former Fox News conservative political analyst who routinely appears on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC and others.


Jack Burkman on CTV – October 17, 2013

Jack Burkman on CTV – October 16, 2013

Jack Burkman on Al Jazeera America – October 3, 2013

Press Releases:

Jack Burkman News:

January 17, 2017: Reteurs Republican lobbyist tied to controversial causes attacked in Virginia

December 31, 2017: N.Y. Daily News Partisans, Wielding Money, Begin Seeking to Exploit Harassment Claims

December 28, 2017: N.Y. Daily News Rick Gates-Supporting Conspiracy Theorist Rips Judge As ‘Stalin-esque’ For Questioning If Gag Order Was Violated

December 28, 2017: Politico Rick Gates: Fundraiser Video Did Not Violate Gag Order

December 28, 2017: Talking Points Memo GOP Lobbyist Who Held Fundraiser For Rick Gates Calls Judge ‘Stalin-esque’

December 22, 2017: Bloomberg Judge Orders Rick Gates To Explain Fundraising Video

December 22, 2017: N.Y. Daily News Ex-Trump Campaign Official Rick Gates May Have Violated Gag Order With ‘Thank You’ Video To Legal Defense Donors

December 22, 2017: U.S. News & World Report Judge Questions Whether Gates Fundraiser Broke Gag Order

December 22, 2017: Politico Judge Irked By Gates Legal Defense Fundraiser

December 22, 2017: CNN Judge Wants Rick Gates to Explain Video And Tie To Republican Lobbyist

December 20, 2017: Big League Politics Jack Burkman Hosts Fundraiser For Manafort Associate Rick Gates

December 19, 2017: Huffington Post Ex-Trump Aide Facing Felonies Teams Up With Eccentric Lobbyist Who Wants Mueller Fired

November 16, 2017: Your Black World Donna Brazile Sued Following Comments About Seth Rich In Her Book

November 16, 2017: American News Hub GOP Lawyer Is Convinced He Discovered Answer to Seth Rich’s Death — Heads Straight to Court

November 15, 2017: Clear Politics Jack Burkman Filed Lawsuit Against Donna Braziel Alleging the DNC Knows Why Rich Was KilledNovember 14, 2017: Got News EXCLUSIVE: Donna Brazile Now Listed As Defendant In DNC Lawsuit After Latest Seth Rich Bombshell

November 15, 2017: Redstate Journalist Burkman Filed Lawsuit Against Donna Brazile Claiming The DNC Knows The Truth About Rich’s Murder


November 14, 2017: Restoring Liberty Lawsuit Demands Brazile ‘Tell All’ About Seth Rich Murder


October 25, 2017: Daily Mail Black Men for Bernie organizer has sued Hillary Clinton and DNC for FRAUD…


September 25, 2017: Washingtonian The Guy Who Recreated Seth Rich’s Murder Wants Robert Mueller to Get Involved in the Case

September 25, 2017: Fast Forward Why Does Ad About Seth Rich Murder Include Russian Subtitles?




August 2, 2017 DCist Lawsuit: Fox News And GOP Supporter Cooked Up Bogus Seth Rich Story

August 2, 2017 CNN The tragic death and horrible politicization of Seth Rich, explained

August 2, 2017: Daily Caller Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting denies conspiracy claim that she received emails from Seth Rich



June 23, 2017: The GW Hatchet Students researching murder of DNC staffer find hitman or serial killer likely responsible

June 23, 2017: Daily Mail Was DNC staffer Seth Rich murdered by a hitman? Washington D.C. forensic students claim evidence points to a ‘hired killer’ and NOT a robbery gone wrong

June 23, 2017: WND Private investigators: Seth Rich murder evidence vanishing

June 22, 2017: Breitbart Independent Report Casts Doubt on Police Theory of Seth Rich Murder

June 20, 2017: The Daily Caller Report On Murder Of DNC Staffer Seth Rich Speculates ‘Hired Killer’ May Have Done It

June 20, 2017: Heavy New Seth Rich Profiling Project Report Into Murder



June 20, 2017: WJLA READ: Independent group releases new report on Seth Rich’s murder investigation

6/1/2017: The Washington Post Investigative group files lawsuit seeking police information on Seth Rich slaying

6/1/2017: Allen West Republic New Lawsuit Filed In Seth Rich Murder Mystery

6/1/2017: Young Conservatives Attorney To File Lawsuit To Force Police To Release Information In Seth Rich Murder Mystery

6/1/2017: The Gateway Pundit DC Attorney to File Lawsuit to Force DC Police to Release Information Related to Murder of Seth Rich

6/1/2017: Restoring Liberty Investigator, Working With University Forensic Psychology Group, Files Suit in Seth Rich Murder Case; Family Demands Answers

6/1/2017: Your News Wire Washington Police Sued For Stonewalling Seth Rich Investigation

6/1/2017: The Libertarian Republic Attorney Files Lawsuit In Seth Rich Murder Mystery

6/1/2017: WJLA Lawsuit filed against D.C. by The Profiling Project in Seth Rich murder investigation

6/1/2017: The Washington Post Lawsuit filed to force D.C. police to turn over information in Seth Rich slaying

6/1/2017: Radar Online ‘Time Is Running Out!’ DC Investigator Sues Cops For Files On Seth Rich

5/31/2017: Western Journalism Lawsuit Seeks To Force Police To Disclose Details Of Seth Rich Murder Case

5/31/2017: Heatstreet Lobbyist Sues DC Police to Force Them to Open Up Seth Rich Investigation

5/31/2017: The Daily Caller Group Sues Mayor, Police, For Details Of Seth Rich Murder Investigation

5/26/2017: WND World News Daily DC Mayor: Of course Seth Rich murdered uring one of our robberies

5/26/2017: The Daily Caller Martin Shkreli Drops $100K Bounty For Info On Seth Rich’s Murderer

5/25/2017: WND World News Daily Investigator: Cops hid evidence, halted Seth Rich probe

5/24/2017: The Daily Caller Family Of Seth Rich Demands That Police Release Information To The Public

5/24/2017: Esquire How a Fringe Conspiracy Theory Made Its Way to Sean Hannity’s Broadcast

5/24/2017: Los Angeles Times How Seth Rich’s death became an Internet conspiracy theory

5/17/2017: Newsweek FBI not probing DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder, despite WikiLeaks claim

5/16/2017: U.K. Daily Mail Did he or didn’t he? Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich ‘had WikiLeaks links’ according to private investigator – but the victim’s family have dismissed the PI’s claims as ‘fake evidence’

5/16/2017: ABC 7 Washington ‘No facts, no evidence’ supporting claim slain DNC staffer tied to WikiLeaks, family says

5/16/2017: Daily Beast The Big-Money PR War Over Seth Rich’s Death

3/24/2017: ABC 7 Washington: New private investigation into the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich

02/27/2017: Daily Mail (United Kingdom) – EXCLUSIVE: Republican lobbyist says he has ‘evidence’ that 27-year-old DNC analyst Seth Rich was murdered after discovering Russian operatives had hacked the DNC and has asked Congress for investigation

02/16/2017: WJLA – ABC Washington – GOP lobbyist asks Congress to investigate possible Russian link to murder of DNC staffer

01/19/2017: NBC Washington – ‘Who Murdered Seth Rich?’: Billboards, Ads to be Posted in Search of Killer

01/19/2017: Washington Post – Seth Rich wasn’t just another D.C. murder victim. He was a meme in the weirdest presidential election of our times

01/16/2017: WJLA – The search for DNC staffer Seth Rich’s killer continues with billboards and website

01/07/2017: The Daily Caller – DC Lobbyist Behind Campaign To Solve Seth Rich Murder Mystery

01/03/2017: WJLA-Washington – Billboards, bus bench ads to be posted to find out who murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

12/27/2016: Forward – For Parents of Murdered DNC Staffer, Conspiracy Theories Deepen the Grief

12/6/2016: NBC4 Washington – Republican Lobbyist Increases Reward for Information in Slain DNC Staffer’s Case

11/23/2016: Omaha World Herald – Parents of DNC staffer Seth Rich vow to find his killer; reward now $125,000

11/22/2016: La Rampa di Napoli – Murdered DNC Staffer’s Parents Ask Public For Help

11/21/2016: WJLA Washington –  Parents of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich address search for son’s killer

11/21/2016: Daily Mail – Parents of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich plead for the public’s help as the reward is increased to $125,000

11/21/2016: WUSA9 – Parents search for answers in DNC staffer’s murder

11/21/2016: New York Daily News – Parents of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich ups reward, call for public’s help 

11/21/2016: Fox5 Washington – Mother of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich pleads for public’s help

11/17/2016: Forward- Going Door to Door, Family and Friends of Slain Democratic Staffer Hope to Find Clues

9/16/2016: Newsweek – Seth Rich’s death: Why a GOP lobbyist will pay $100,000 to learn who killed the DNC staffer

11/06/2016: Fox News – GOP lobbyist joins quest to solve murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich

9/16/2016: Morning News USA – Seth Rich Murder: Republican Lobbyist Offers $100,000 Reward For DNC Staffer’s Killer
9/15/2016: Biz Pac Review – GOP lobbyist offers big reward for information into murder of DNC’s Seth Rich

9/15/2016: DCist- GOP Lobbyist Now Offering $100,000 For Information On DNC Staffer’s Murder

9/14/2016: Fox5 Washington – Republican lobbyist offers $100K reward in murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich

9/14/2016: The Hill – GOP lobbyist offers $100K reward for info in DNC staffer’s death

9/14/2016: Washington Examiner – Republican offers $100K for answers on DNC staffer’s murder

9/14/2016: WRC-TV Washington, D.C. – GOP Lobbyist Offers $100K Reward for Information in Slaying of DNC Staffer

9/13/2016: Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal – Congressional Democrats call for investigation of Bondi

8/22/2016: The Orlando Sentinel GOP lobbyist wants Trump-Bondi donation probe

07/15/2016: ThinkProgressRNC Crushes Coup Attempt Against Donald Trump, Angering Some Delegates

07/14/2016: Reason.comFear, Feminism and Freeing the Delegates: Inside a Last-Ditch #NeverTrump Fundraiser

07/12/2016: Boston Herald‘Never Trump’ forces wage delegate battle

07/11/2016: Daily Caller‘Never Trump’ Convention Delegates Win In Court

07/11/2016: Houston ChronicleDump Trump forces arrive in Cleveland, buoyed by Virginia court ruling

07/11/2016: Rolling StoneInside the Desperate Final Days of the ‘Stop Trump’ Effort

07/10/2016: NBC NewsAnti-Trump Forces Unleash Plan to Pick Vice President at Convention

07/10/2016: NJ.comMeet the N.J. politician seeking to stop Trump at GOP convention

07/08/2016: Tribune News Service via Toledo Blade – GOP lobbyist backs ‘Free the Delegates’ plan

07/08/2016: Roll Call – GOP Lobbyist Backs ‘Free the Delegates’ After Butting Heads with Trump

07/07/2016: Buzzfeed News – D.C. Lobbyist Who Once Supported Trump Now Says He’ll Raise Money For Anti-Trump Effort

05/18/2016: CNBCDonald Trump is coming to Wall Street

05/18/2016:One America NewsLobbyist Jack Burkman raising funds to Trump

05/18/2016:NewsmaxTVJack Burkman on Donald Trump’s decision to use fundraisers to fund his campaign

05/17/2016:DADDYHOODWill billionaire businessman Donald Trump take money from lobbyist Jack Burkman and friends?

05/17/2016:POLITICOLobbyists for Trump

05/16/2016: Huffington PostA Notorious Washington Lobbyist Wants to Raise Money for Trump

05/16/2016: U.S. News and World ReportD.C. Lobbyists Look to Fund Trump

05/04/2016: Fox 5 DC Trump’s open path to nomination causes agony for some in GOP

04/25/2016: Washington Examiner Former critic plans ‘Lobbyists for Trump’ fundraiser

04/25/2016: BreitbartLobbyists for Trump: Beltway Insiders Plan to Raise $200-million to Back the Donald in General Election

08/10/2015: WJLA Washington D.C.That Was The Week That Was

09/04/2014: Huffington Post – Anti-Gay Group To Protest Michael Sam, Cowboys In The Name Of ‘Family Values’

09/04/2014: CBS Local (Dallas/Fort Worth) Protests Planned Over Sam Joining Cowboys

09/04/2014: The Christian Times – Conservative Group To Protest Dallas Cowboys And Michael Sam

5/16/2014: Advocate – Lobbyist Urges Boycott of Rams, Visa, Over Michael Sam

5/15/2014: Huffington Post – Michael Sam and the Fight Against the Christian Right

5/15/2014: Washington Post – Oprah’s OWN will produce Michael Sam docuseries

5/09/2014: Daily Mail – Extreme Christian lobbyist threatens ‘relentless national boycott’ of whichever NFL team drafts openly gay rookie Michael Sam

5/08/2014: Christian Post – NFL Team That Drafts Openly Gay Player Michael Sam Will Face Boycott, Says D.C. Lobbyist Seeking to Ban Gays From League

2/25/2014: Huffington Post – A Republican Lobbyist Is Trying To Get Gay Football Players Banned From The NFL

2/25/2014: BuzzFeed – Lobbyist “Projects” Dozens Of Members Of Congress Will Back Bill To Ban Gays From NFL

2/25/2014: ChristianPost – Washington Lobbyist Jack Burkman Preparing Bill to Ban Gays From NFL; ‘We Are Losing Our Decency as a Nation’ He Says

2/24/2014: Daily Beast – Lobbyist Has An Indecent Proposal for Gays in the NFL

2/25/2014: Daily Mail – ‘We are losing our decency as a nation’: Washington lobbyist moves to ban gay players from the NFL after college star Michael Sam came out ahead of declaring for draft

2/25/2014: Pro Football Talk – Lobbyist plans to introduce bill aimed at banning gay NFL players . . . seriously

2/25/2014: Sports Illustrated –D.C. Lobbyist Reportedly Prepares Legislation Banning Gay Players from the NFL

2/25/2014: Washington Post– Banning gay players from NFL is absurd

2/25/2014: Slate – Conservative Lobbyist Hyping a Ban on Gay NFL Players

2/25/2014: Yahoo! Sports – Lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay players such as Michael Sam from NFL

01/24/2014: The HillLobby firms sweep up new clients

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