BY KENNETH R. CONKLIN, PH.D. — In a news release on August 24, 2011 Presidential candidate Ron Paul announced that he has named Bruce Fein to be his senior advisor on legal matters.
The news release, copied below, describes Mr. Fein’s expertise and distinguished record of public service.
Mr. Fein is a strong opponent of the Akaka bill. During 2005, when it appeared the Akaka bill was headed for passage in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Fein published several major essays opposing it. Those essays came to the attention of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, who spoke about them on the floor of the U.S. Senate and obtained unanimous consent to republish them in the Congressional Record. Bruce Fein also wrote a detailed legal and historical analysis of both the Akaka bill and the 1993 apology resolution, which is repeatedly cited in the Akaka bill as its primary justification.
See “Bruce Fein — 3 published articles opposing Akaka bill inserted into Congressional Record by Senator Kyl on March 17, 2005 as Senator Kyl reaffirms his opposition to the bill” at
See Bruce Fein’s monograph “Hawaii Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand” at
Official Ron Paul news release of August 24, 2011:
RON PAUL CAMPAIGN WELCOMES CONSTITUTIONAL LAW HEAVYWEIGHT BRUCE FEIN AS SENIOR ADVISOR
Commentator, analyst to consult on legal issues
LAKE JACKSON, Texas– The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today that constitutional and international law expert Bruce Fein will join the campaign as senior advisor on legal matters.
“Bruce Fein’s participation adds to our campaign’s already intellectual heft, enabling us to more broadly engage the conversation about constitutionality, civil liberties and the dangers to national security of an increasingly interventionist foreign policy,” said Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
Mr. Fein served as associate deputy attorney and general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission under President Ronald Reagan. He served as Research Director for Republicans on the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran, and on the American Bar Associations Committee on Presidential Signing Statements. He has been a Visiting Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar at American Enterprise Institute. He has advised numerous countries on constitutional reform, including South Africa, Hungary and Russia.
Mr. Fein graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in 1972. He has worked in and out of government in Washington, D.C. for 39 years, and penned a weekly column for The Washington Times for more than two decades. He is a frequent witness before Congress.
Mr. Fein is the founding member of Bruce Fein & Associates, Inc., and is a principal of a public advocacy organization, The Lichfield Group.
He is the author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire Before The Fall.
About his appointment, Mr. Fein stated: “I am honored to advance the Republican presidential aspirations of Ron Paul. He is the only candidate in the field who understands and practices the constitutional principles and philosophy of the Founding Fathers that made this nation a government of the people, by the people, for the people. He is the only candidate who knows that limited government and war are antonyms, not synonyms. He is the only candidate who repudiates aimless, endless wars at extravagant expense. And Dr. Paul is the only candidate that recognizes that the glory of a Republic is liberty, not domination.”