Stanford got into politics because he wanted to be a spy. He majored in Russian at Lewis & Clark College. Unfortunately, (well, just for his career), the Cold War ended while he was in college, and the job market for Russian-speaking spies dried up. So in 1992 Jason spent his last semester in Moscow and landed two jobs in journalism. In one, he led a partially successful strike of foreign workers against a Russian boss. In the other, for the Moscow bureau of the Los Angeles Times, he uncovered the diversion of U.S. economic aid to Boris Yeltsin’s political party.
After two years of long, bitter winters and odd career choices, Jason moved to Texas and went to work for Gov. Ann Richards’ re-election campaign against George W. Bush. As a political consultant, he has worked on more than 200 campaigns in 45 states. His clients have included 31 Members of Congress, three Governors, Fortune 500 corporations, the AFL-CIO, and the National Abortion Rights Action League, among many others. At last count, only two of his clients have lost their elective offices due to sex scandals.
Jason has taught seminars at several Campaigns & Elections training conventions, the national convention of the American Association of Political Consultants as well as for the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Berlin. He has also spoken to students at several schools and universities across the country.
Several national media sources have featured Jason’s views on negative campaigning and modern politics. Jason is a regular contributors of op-eds to the Austin American-Statesman, writes a nationally syndicated column, and is often published by Texas Monthly‘s online edition. He has written extensively on politics, contributing an essay called “Balancing Discretion with Glasnost” to Ronald A. Faucheux anthology Winning Elections: Political Campaign Management, Strategy, and Tactics (Campaigns & Elections 2003), as well as articles in various trade publications. He appears regularly on MSNBC and offers twice-weekly political analysis for KTBC, Fox’s Austin affiliate.
Excerpts from interviews have appeared in several books, including BUSH’S BRAIN: HOW KARL ROVE MADE GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL (Wiley, 2003), a best-selling biography of Karl Rove by James Moore and Wayne Slater, House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties (Simon & Shuster, 2004), and MACHIAVELLI’S SHADOW: THE RISE AND FALL OF KARL ROVE (Rodale, 2008).
He also received billing for appearing in the feature-length documentary about the 2006 Texas gubernatorial campaign “Along Came Kinky: A Texas Jewboy For Governor.”