“I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don’t know it’s over until you’re in a body bag.”

Ralph Eugene Reed Jr. (born June 24, 1961) is a conservative American political activist, best known as the first executive director of the Christian Coalition during the early 1990s. Failing at politics, Reed started the Faith and Freedom Coalition in June 2009.

Reed interned at the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) in the early 80’s. At the CRNC, Jack Abramoff, Norquist and Reed formed what was known as the “Abramoff-Norquist-Reed triumvirate.” Abramoff promoted Reed in 1983, appointing him to succeed Norquist as Executive Director of the CRNC.

The Triumvirate Does Siegelman

In the late nineties, one of the “triumvirate’s” most successful projects was eliminating the Democratic threat posed by popular Alabama politician and Governor, Don Siegelman. Working with Abramoff and Grover Norquist, and funded to the tune of 20M by the Mississippi Choctaw, Reed set about laundering the tribe’s gambling money through Christian organizations and churches for the Alabama GOP. The anti-gambling Alabama Christians needed to be shielded from the source of the money and Reed was adept at doing that.

The Deceptions of Ralph Reed

Photo of Ralph Reed By Gage Skidmore – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Related Characters


  • Karl Rove

    Directed the Siegelman Prosecution from D.C.

  • Jack Abramoff

    Financed the “machine” that took out Siegelman

  • Michael Scanlon

    Helped Abramoff cheat the Choctaw and bribe officials

  • Ralph Reed

    Laundered gambling money to Christian organizations

  • Grover Norquist

    Funneled gambling money from MS to Alabama GOP

  • Judge Bill Pryor

    Initiated the investigation of Siegelman in ’99

  • Winton Blount III

    Hosting planning meeting for Siegelman prosecution

  • Leura Canary

    Alabama US Attorney appointed to “get” Siegelman

  • William Canary

    Brokered access between D.C. and Alabama GOP

  • Rob Riley

    One of the operatives central to the Siegelman Prosecution

  • Bob Riley

    Exploited Alabama for the Riley family’s benefit