Carl DeMaio

Carl DeMaio

At a time when too many politicians cave in on their principles, or merely pay lip-service to their constituents, Carl DeMaio is a fighter who takes action for what he believes in.

A successful businessman, DeMaio founded his first company by age 24, his second by age 29, and sold both by age 33. Since then, he has hosted a popular news/talk radio show on NewsRadio 600 KOGO and founded and has led Reform California – a grassroots campaign advocates for government accountability reforms and has blocked over $3 billion in tax hikes.

That’s why Carl DeMaio is the most-recognized reformer and taxpayer advocate in California.

Now Carl DeMaio is running for US Congress with a plan to shake it up by advancing a bold, fresh Reform Agenda and recruiting other principled reformers to run for office.

Carl DeMaio sees his campaign as larger than just one seat in Congress. DeMaio is fighting to take back California from the Democrat’s Super-Majority and their socialist agenda. That’s why DeMaio is activating a grassroots army across the state to not only win the 50th Congressional District that DeMaio is running for, but to capture other seats as well.

Carl DeMaio is no stranger to adversity. Carl’s mother passed away two weeks after his father abandoned the family. At age 14, DeMaio was taken in by Jesuits and given the opportunity to earn his way to Georgetown University. “I learned from a young age that no matter how bad things get, there is always a way to overcome any challenge,” said DeMaio. “I’m grateful to the Jesuits for instilling in me both a disciplined work ethic and a strong sense of public service – fighting for what you believe in no matter what the consequences are.”

Right out of college Carl DeMaio founded two successful businesses before the age of thirty. DeMaio built the Performance Institute into one of the largest government reform think tanks in the nation and the leading authority on performance-based management in government, law enforcement, non-profits and schools. In 2003, DeMaio founded the American Strategic Management Institute (ASMI), which provides training and education in corporate financial and performance management. In late 2007, DeMaio sold both his companies to Thompson Publishing Group. From 2014 to 2019 he returned as President of The Performance Institute, reacquiring and reselling the company during that period of time.

Since 2004, DeMaio has led campaigns that have defeated over $2 billion in tax hikes. In addition, DeMaio has authored several citizens’ ballot initiatives that have been approved by voters. In 2006 and in 2012 DeMaio led the campaign to pass ballot measures to require fair and open competitive bidding on all city and county contracts.

In 2012, DeMaio authored the Pension Reform Initiative to cap city government employee pensions and switch new hires to 401k retirement accounts. DeMaio led the campaign to collect over 150,000 signatures to place the item on the ballot and voters passed it with a 65% vote.

In 2017, DeMaio launched a campaign to oppose an increase in the California gas and car tax. DeMaio filed a Recall against State Senator Josh Newman for casting the deciding vote on approving the gas and car tax and DeMaio led the coalition campaign to successfully remove him from office in June 2018. DeMaio also led the campaign to collect nearly 1 million signatures to place the gas tax repeal on the November 2018 ballot.

With the City of San Diego teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, in 2008 Carl DeMaio was elected to the San Diego City Council. DeMaio made history by becoming the first openly-gay man elected to the San Diego City Council and by the largest margin for a non-incumbent candidate to that point. While on the City Council, DeMaio authored the Roadmap to Recovery Plan to balance the city’s budget without tax hikes. DeMaio’s plan is credited with saving taxpayers billions while improving services.

DeMaio led reform in San Diego by example: he rejected all the perks of office and turned down the politician pension benefit. During his four years in office, DeMaio returned over $600,000 to the city treasury by cutting his own budget. In 2012 the San Diego Union Tribune reflected on Carl DeMaio’s time as a San Diego City Councilman by noting “DeMaio has a record of getting things done — the right things.”

In keeping with his reputation as a common-sense and fearless government reformer, Carl DeMaio is now proposing a three-part strategy to fix our broken political system. First, DeMaio proposes to Reform Congress by forcing them to live under the same laws as the rest of us – no special exemptions. Second, DeMaio seeks to force votes on his Reform Agenda to stop unfair and unnecessary taxes, cut wasteful spending, respect personal freedoms, and secure the border. Third, DeMaio has committed to recruit and support reformers to take back the Majority to get these important reforms done.