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Mark McKinnon

Creator, Executive Producer, Co-Host of Showtime’s: The Crisis; Co-Founder of The Bipartisan Group No Labels; Former Chief Media Advisor to George W. Bush and John McCain

Travels From:
Washington, D. C.
Fee Range:
$15,000 - $25,000

Mark McKinnon shares his unique perspective on politics and communications with audiences and reveals the implications and opportunities for them and their enterprises.

Mark McKinnon is the co-host of the hit Showtime weekly documentary series The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, which provides unique access and insights into the 2016 presidential campaign and the Trump presidency. As the former lead media strategist for five winning presidential primary and general election campaigns, McKinnon reveals the strategies behind successful political campaigns. And as a co-founder of the bipartisan group No Labels, McKinnon provides a view into how reform efforts are working to heal the political breach in America.

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Mark McKinnon is an American political advisor, reform advocate, media columnist and television producer. He was the chief media advisor to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns, and is a co-founder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to bipartisanship and political problem solving. He served as vice chairman of Public Strategies, Inc., which was acquired by the international communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton Strategies, and was president of Maverick Media. McKinnon is the co-creator, co-executive producer, and co-host of Showtime's The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth and consulted on the HBO series The Newsroom and Netflix's House of Cards. He was a regular columnist for The Daily Beast and The Daily Telegraph (London).

McKinnon has worked for many causes, companies and candidates, including former President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Late Texas Governor Ann Richards, Congressman Charlie Wilson, and musician and philanthropist Bono. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations dedicated to reforming the influence of money in politics. McKinnon was on the advisory board of Americans Elect, a defunct political organization known primarily for its efforts to stage a national online primary for the 2012 United States presidential election. In 2014, McKinnon launched Mayday PAC to force ethics reform in the United States Congress, along with Larry Lessig and tech moguls Steve Wozniak, Fred Wilson, Peter Thiel, and Reid Hoffman. McKinnon and Julian Castro served as co-chairs of Southerners for the Freedom to Marry before Obergefell v. Hodges affirmed that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples. He currently serves on the boards of Take Back Our Republic and the Austin Film Society, as well as the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.

Using fascinating historical ads and clips from U.S. politics, Mark McKinnon dissects the foundational elements of successful campaigns, lessons that apply to any company or organization seeking to communicate a clear and compelling message.


Mark McKinnon shows clips from his hit show The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth and analyzes how and why the 2016 presidential election became the most unique and surprising in American history. And how that has translated into the Trump presidency.


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