At 35, Raj Peter Bhakta has gained experience as a historian, businessman, TV personality, and politician. His upbringing, as a first generation American in an entrepreneurial Indian-Irish family, engendered a great love of country and interest in business, while his schooling cultivated a commitment to the study and application of the lessons of history.
Consistent with his historical interests, Raj wrote a 150 page thesis on the Austro-Hungarian Empire during WWI. Raj concluded that the headstrong and naive policies of President Wilson helped destroy an ancient regime much preferable to its successor states.
Armed with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in History from
At the age of 24, Raj founded Automovia.com, which provided online technology solutions for the wholesale automobile industry. In conjunction with a
Thereafter, Raj turned his energies to real estate, purchasing and redeveloping a hotel, retail and condominium complex in Vail, Colorado in 2003, increasing the property’s value from $5.3 to $25 million in four years.
In 2005, Raj appeared on the “The Apprentice.” Thereafter, he launched the Coalition for the Advancement of the Republic (CAR), an organization devoted to involving young people in the political process. As CAR’s founder and spokesperson, Raj appeared frequently on major cable news networks to discuss current events.
As a result of his accomplishments, GOP leaders recruited Raj as a dynamic young candidate for United States Congress in a traditionally swing district. Raj ran a highly unconventional, innovative campaign, directing pointed criticism at the Republican establishment for having lost-touch with thier core values of small, clean government and a prudent foreign policy. Campaigning against a well-financed incumbent, Raj was successful in gaining the media attention his incumbent opponent could afford to purchase.
Frustrated by the porous US-Mexico border, for example, Raj highlighted the haplessness of current policy by processing along the
Raj raised more money independently than any GOP candidate in the nation, and led the Republican ticket in his district. Though unable to unseat his well-financed incumbent opponent in an anti-GOP cycle, he still received over 74,000 votes of 180,000 cast.
Since the 2006 election, Raj
Raj’s variety of experience has cemented his determination to express his deep concern for the state of affairs in
To that end, he is launching the GoAmericaGo! Corporation. GoAmericaGo! will pursue a highly innovative strategy dedicated to raising public awareness of the serious challenges facing the country. Uniquely, the company’s profits, derived from the beverage industry and merchandizing, will be dedicated to taking direct action to strengthen
Christine A. Matava, Director of Fundraising, has had a successful career on Wall Street for the last decade, predominantly in the bond market in