Fred Karger is an American political consultant, activist, watchdog, political pundit, writer, public speaker, author, former actor and 2012 candidate for the Republican nomination for President. Karger has worked on ten presidential campaigns and served as a senior consultant during the campaigns of President’s Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.
Karger was a partner in the Dolphin Group, a California based political consulting firm for 27 years.
Fred’s running for the Republican nomination for president in 2012 made him the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major political party in American history. He was the only Californian running for president four years ago and was the first Jewish Republican candidate to ever run for president and appear on state ballots.
He appeared on six state ballots; New Hampshire, Michigan, Puerto Rico, Maryland, California and Utah. Fred beat Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in New Hampshire and Congressman Ron Paul in Puerto Rico. He campaigned in over 30 states and received widespread praise for paving the way for future LGBT candidates.
Karger has been interviewed on numerous national, international and local television, radio and web shows including; Rachel Maddow; David Frost; Thomas Roberts; Chris Matthews; Lawrence O’Donnell and Comedy Central. He has appeared on Fox Business Channel, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Current TV, Russian TV, BBC’s HARDtalk, HuffPost Live, Sky News, Univision, Nippon Television, ABC News – Australia, Fox News Radio - The Alan Colmes Show, SiriusXM – The Michelangelo Signorile Show, Al Jazeera America and NPR.
He’s been featured in hundreds of newspaper stories and blogs including: The Washington Post; New York Times; Los Angeles; Times; Chicago Tribune; Boston Globe; Politico; The Hill; Times of London; The Guardian; Jerusalem Post; Puerto Rico Daily Sun; Detroit Free Press; The Atlantic; Daily Beast; Jewish Journal and the Sacramento Bee.
Fred has also been a frequent contributor to: The Huffington Post; The Guardian; Alan Colmes’ Liberaland; Fox & Hounds; The Advocate; David Mixner’s, Live from Hell’s Kitchen and David Frum’s, Frum Forum.