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Eric Sapp, a native of Durham, NC, was Senior Partner at Common Good Strategies (CGS) prior to founding The Eleison Group. CGS received significant national attention following the ’06 cycle for its groundbreaking faith outreach and messaging work for the DSCC, Senators Casey and Brown, Governors Strickland, Granholm, and Sebelius, Rep. Shuler, and the Michigan, Kansas, and Oregon State Democratic Parties. CGS clients significantly out-performed Democrats nationally (normally by double-digits) with Protestants, evangelicals, Catholics, and weekly church attenders. Dr. John Green, Sr. Fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, said about CGS’s work that “if Democrats learn a lesson from ’06 and are able to duplicate these efforts more widely…we could potentially see historic shifts in voting blocks that would dramatically change the relationship between faith and politics in this country.” Eric has been a regular speaker on faith and politics on television and radio shows, most often providing a Democratic perspective on conservative programs. Eric’s background also includes stints with Representative David Price (D-NC), where he handled faith and politics, budget, tax, and homeland security issues. Before that, he worked for Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Eric has a Master of Divinity and Master of Public Policy from Duke. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Julie.

Values or Partisanship? TV Ad calls out Graham for caving on climate

posted by Eric Sapp

by Keely Brewster It was disappointing that Lindsey Graham changed his mind, values, and opinions surrounding climate legislation. Lindsey Graham was right when he discussed the need to decrease our dependence on foreign oil for reasons of national security, economic […]

FOX NEWS Funds Research to Discredit Progressive Pastors

posted by Eric Sapp

There is a great post by Burns Strider today on Huffington about how Glenn Beck is using Fox News staff and resources to run his smear campaign against Rev. Jim Wallis.  I’d encourage you to read the entire thing, but […]

The On-Going Call for Justice in Vieques

posted by Eric Sapp

Following CNN’s evocative 2-part primetime series on the health crisis in Vieques last month, there has been an on-going buzz in the media and blog community about the issue.  Over 60 participants recently joined a press call with scientists and the […]

A DC Christmas Poem

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross posted on American Values Network)   Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city Politicians were scrambl’n, it wasn’t very pretty. Health care and climate were up in the air, But try as Reid might, the votes […]

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