David Kusnet

From KeyWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
David Kusnet

David Kusnet works for the Podesta Group. He is "is an accomplished author and a former presidential speechwriter, has extensive experience creating speeches, reports, and opinion pieces, as well as authoring or co-authoring five books. David works with clients to craft compelling messages and develop strategic plans. He also contributes to research projects and other written materials for the firm."[1]


David was chief speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton and was a speechwriter for former presidential candidates Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis. During the Clinton administration, Kusnet also did consulting work for the Department of Labor, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Census Bureau, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the United States Information Agency, and other agencies. From 1985 through 1991, he was vice president for communications of People For the American Way. David Kusnet is the author of Love the Work, Hate the Job (Wiley, 2008) and Speaking American (Thunders Mouth, 1992), among other books. [2]

John Sweeney was a national health- care adviser to Bill Clinton in 1992, and his new book, America Needs a Raise, was ghosted by David Kusnet, Clinton's chief speechwriter from 1992-94.[3]

DSOC supporter

The original Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee publication was called Newsletter of the Democratic Left. Those listed as helping produce the October 1973 issue were David Bensman, Henry Bayer, Gretchen Donart, David Gaberman, Tom Kramer, David Kusnet, Jon Ratner, Ronnie Steinberg Ratner, Mark Schaeffer, Nancy Shier.[4]

Democratic Agenda

More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'

The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.

Workshops included The Media and Social Change - Dave Kusnet, moderator; Don McClure, Connie Page, Alexander Cockburn.[5]

Debs Dinner greetings

1987 Chicago DSA, Debs Dinner program

David Kusnet sent greetings to Chicago Democratic Socialists of America's 1987 Debs Dinner event.

Ghosted Sweeney book

John Sweeney was a national health- care adviser to Bill Clinton in 1992, and his new book, America Needs a Raise, was ghosted by David Kusnet, Clinton's chief speechwriter from 1992-94.[6]

In These Times

Over the years, socialist journal In These Times has published the work of a wide range of noted writers, including fiction by Alice Walker and Kurt Vonnegut; reporting by Clinton speechwriter David Kusnet, former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan, and current Salon Editor-in-Chief Joan Walsh; and political commentary by former presidential candidate George McGovern, environmentalist Sandra Steingraber, the late Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, novelists Barbara Kingsolver and Dorothy Allison, and a number of contemporary members of the House of Representatives who contribute to the magazine’s “House Call” column.

The late Sen. Paul Wellstone, one of the first subscribers to In These Times, put it this way: “Meaningful democracy cannot survive without the free flow of information, even (or especially) when that information threatens the privileged and the powerful. At a time of growing media concentration, In These Times is an invaluable source of news and information that the corporate media would too often prefer to ignore.”[7]

Campaign for America's Future

In 1996 David Kusnet, former White House speechwriter, was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future.[8]

Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

We Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a 2018 letter signed by several Democratic Socialists of America members mainly from the DSA North Star in response to attacks on Ocasio-Cortez over remarks she made on Palestine.

A recent petition circulated by some DSA members criticizes Ocasio-Cortez for supporting a two state solution to the Palestine-Israel question and not aligning with a long list of demands regarding Palestine and Israel. Should Ocasio-Cortez fail to agree with this list of demands, the petitioners are calling for DSA to revoke her endorsement. These attacks on Ocasio-Cortez have come despite the fact that she has staked out positions which will make her one of the strongest advocates of Palestinian rights and self-determination in Congress.
We stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The position she has taken on Israel and Palestine are principled stances, worthy of a democratic socialist, in its recognition of both Palestinian humanity and rights and Israeli humanity and rights. On this issue, as many, she will be a voice for the voiceless in Congress.

Signatures included David Kusnet.[9]

DSA North Star


In 2018 David Kusnet was an original signatory of the DSA North Star founding principles statement.


  1. [1] Podesta group website, accessed May 18, 2010
  2. [2] Podesta group website, accessed May 18, 2010
  3. [3] JOHN SWEENEY AND THE STATE OF HIS UNION, Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard October 21, 1996
  4. [4] Newsletter of the Democratic Left, October 1973, page 7
  5. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
  6. [5] JOHN SWEENEY AND THE STATE OF HIS UNION, Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard October 21, 1996
  7. [6] In These times, About US, accessed May 27, 2010
  8. CAF Co-Founders
  9. [7]