Bulldog Finance Group's mission is to enable Democratic political campaigns and nonprofits to exceed their fundraising potential.
Bulldog Finance Group has established a novel and cost-effective approach to fundraising for Democratic political campaigns and nonprofit organizations scaling local, state and national levels.
Through an exclusive methodology that combines modern and proven fundraising tactics with precise communications, micro-targeted donor prospecting and resilient networking, Bulldog Finance Group provides a comprehensive value that far exceeds that of traditional Democratic political fundraisers.
Our tactical approach to fundraising is designed to not only reach significant financial milestones, but is devised to initiate the building of strategic relationships between our clients and targeted leaders and influencers. This approach is not only conducive to raising significant capital, but is also a strategic means to generate awareness of the issues, values, missions and legislative platforms at the core of our clients candidacies and organizations.
Most importantly, Bulldog Finance Group is passionate, persistent and progressive about not just meeting, but exceeding our clients fundraising goals. Our professional experience serves to stress the importance of finding solutions to unforeseen problems, while not impeding our ability to showcase tangible results.
We are Bulldog Finance Group – the NEW BREED of fundraisers for Democrats and Nonprofits.
Scott Dworkin, Founder & CEO (aka Bulldog)
Scott became inspired to create Bulldog Finance Group after witnessing first-hand the demand for a more modern approach to political fundraising for Democrats. To date, Scott has fundraised in all 50 states.
Prior to starting Bulldog Finance Group, Scott served as the Deputy Director of the Real People Project for President Obama's Inaugural Committee. In 2006, Scott served as the chief fundraiser on the Christine Jennings for Congress campaign in Sarasota, FL, in which he helped raise over $1.9 million dollars in fewer than 60 days. Throughout his career, Scott has managed over 300 campaign and finance staffers in the positions of finance director, deputy finance director, events manager and finance assistant.
Scott is an innovator and recognized thought leader in political fundraising, having been featured in numerous publications including, Time Magazine, US News & World Report, BusinessWeek and Campaigns & Elections among others. Scott received a BA in Political Science and Sociology at North Carolina State University.
In addition to his role at Bulldog Finance Group, Scott recently joined the Advisory Board for the New Leaders Council, and the Advisory Board for Democratic GAIN. He was named to the Campaign's & Elections Magazine Rising Star class of 2011.
Sam Jones, President (aka Samwise)
Sam Jones has worked with over 100 campaigns, organizations, and causes during his decade in politics, beginning in college when he founded chapters of both the Young Democrats and College Democrats at the University of North Texas. Sam has held campaign positions in management, finance and field operations.
A graduate of the University of North Texas, Sam served as a North Texas Regional Coordinator for the 2006 gubernatorial campaign of Chris Bell. He later served as Field Director for a Dallas mayoral candidate and, in 2007, he worked on the campaign staff of Chris Dodd’s presidential campaign in Iowa. Returning to Dallas, he served as Finance Director/Deputy Campaign Manager for the re-election campaign of Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the first Lesbian and first Latina elected Sheriff in the United States. Later, as Campaign Manager for Mark Critz—who succeeded the late Congressman Jack Murtha—Sam ran a successful $2 million bid for a full congressional term during the very difficult 2010 midterms. After 2010, Sam transitioned to a law firm in Dallas as Director of Receiverships, where he was responsible for managing multiple million-dollar budgets. He went on to serve as Finance Director for three additional campaigns and managed an education PAC in Dallas. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Sam lives there with his wife, Victoria, and their son, Aidan.
Jerald Lentini, Senior Vice President for Communications (aka J.R.)
Jerald Lentini is a fundraising and communications strategist for political campaigns and non-profit organizations.
Jerald has designed and executed digital communications programs for nationally targeted House and Senate campaigns as both a staff member and an outside adviser, and he has provided communications services for national non-profit and labor organizations. Prior to joining Bulldog, he worked as a political writer for the AFL-CIO, crafting messaging strategies and producing materials for hundreds of races across the country in 2012.
Jerald holds a J.D. from Georgetown Law, and is licensed to practice in both Maryland and Connecticut. He focuses on political law, including election administration, campaign finance and voting rights. In 2012, he oversaw a team of attorneys conducting voter protection in Duval County, Florida, as part of the AFL-CIO’s “My Vote, My Right” program. While at Georgetown, he interned for two national election law non-profits. He also holds a B.A. in political science from New College of Florida.
Additionally, Jerald serves on the board of Logan’s List, a DC-based non-profit that provides school supplies and sports equipment for our service members stationed overseas to distribute to local children.
Brad Kennedy, Vice President (aka Scott, Jr.)
Brad Kennedy is a Vice President at Bulldog Finance Group. He operates out of offices in Raleigh, NC.
Brad first joined BFG as a Fellow in 2011, remaining with the firm through the 2012 cycle. He became active in politics in 2007, working as a volunteer with the Obama campaign in Georgia and Florida. While an undergraduate, Brad served as an intern with the Progressive Democrats of America, helping to organize and coordinate PDAs activities at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. He has since worked in North Carolina for the State Party and on multiple state & local campaigns.
Brad holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor History from North Carolina State University.
Sarah Cogan Vice President, Communications
Sarah has over five years of messaging and media relations experience in both the political and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to joining Bulldog, Sarah handled public and government relations at The Optical Society – a science-related membership association – where she was responsible for managing the society’s grassroots advocacy efforts and issue awareness campaigns. From 2008 to 2011, Sarah worked on Capitol Hill as a communications aide for then Congressman Chris Carney, assisting with press outreach, messaging strategy, and constituent correspondence.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Marine Biology from the University of New England and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Brian Sullivan, Vice President (aka Sully)
Brian started his own field consulting firm, Progressive Contacts, in January of 2010. He has helped dozens of candidates across the country execute their field campaigns through paid telephone programs.
Prior to starting his own firm, Brian ran the border state operation for the Obama for America, New Hampshire Primary campaign team. He managed a small team of organizers and together they were able to recruit thousands of volunteers to travel to New Hampshire and get involved with the voter contact efforts. After the NH primary, he traveled to 5 other Primary states to help with their field campaign operations. He has managed field voter contact programs on the regional, congressional and city level. Brian has spent years learning how field programs work and the best way to execute them.
His direct work experience includes Tim Kaine for Governor, Jon Tester for Senate, Obama for America, Michael Skelly for Congress and Peter Brown for Mayor. Brian received a BA in Political Science from SUNY Buffalo and currently resides in Baltimore, MD.
Leonard Rubin, Senior Associate (aka Lenny)
Lenny got his start on former Rep. Chris Carney's reelection campaign in 2008. With a 13-point victory that year, Carney became the first Democrat to be reelected in Pennsylvania's 10th District since 1950. In 2009, Lenny took a three-year hiatus from politics (also known as "law school") and is glad to be back. Before joining BFG, he worked as an Associate Counsel for Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, and he is member of the bar in Pennsylvania.
Lenny holds a BA in Government from Cornell University and a JD from The George Washington University. In his spare time, he sings with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and he is two degrees from Kevin Bacon.
Work at BFG
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