About Us

    Operation End Run was founded by Douglas Wilson on July 4, 2016. Its purpose is to identify campaign finance practices that allow or encourage influence-peddling and to persuade candidates for election that they should avoid those practices. Like many nonprofit organizations engaged in advocacy, it consists of two divisions, one for membership and advocacy and one for strictly charitable activities, in our case, research and education. Donations to the latter are tax deductible.

Douglas Wilson, founder, OER president and CEO. He is a Naples, Florida lawyer with long experience in the area of civil liberties, representing clients in discrimination cases and violation of civil rights. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. He was a member of the ACLU Florida board of directors, and of numerous other civic organizations. He has an active interest in fair government. "I founded OER because it looked as if the Citizens United and prior decisions had ensured a permanent American plutocracy. I saw a way around that."

Betsy Lehrfeld, OER vice president. She is a partner in the Washington law firm of Swankin & Turner, focusing on regulatory issues, health care, and corporate and tax matters for businesses and nonprofit organizations. She has appeared before the Food and Drug Administration and has served as general counsel to the Consumer Health Foundation. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), she currently serves as executive director of the National Institute for Science, Law, and Public Policy.

Clark Buchner, OER secretary.He is a Memphis architect, having practiced there for over thirty years. He is a founding board member of Common-Sense, Inc., (curbside recycling for Memphis). He served as a national officer (Council of Club Leaders) for the Sierra Club for six years and chaired the Sustainable Planet Strategy Team. He served as Group Chair for Chickasaw Group Sierra Club, and Chapter Chair for the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club. He is a founding board member of Houston Consortium for the Future, Houston, Texas.

Leslie Withers, OER Treasurer. She has worked in charitable organizations in the Atlanta area throughout her career, including Seeds magazine, Oakhurst Baptist Church, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Clifton Presbyterian Church, Heifer Project International, Institute for Development, Evaluation, Assistance and Solutions, Interfaith Pilgrimage Project. She has served on the boards of Metro Atlanta Hunger Walk, Habitat for Humanity/Dekalb, Atlanta Interfaith AIDS Network, Pathways (network of homeless service providers), Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, Metro Fair Housing, and the Alliance  of  Baptists.