|White House Director of Communications|
March 6, 2017 – June 2, 2017
|Preceded by||Sean Spicer|
|Succeeded by||Sean Spicer (Acting)|
April 18, 1970 |
Hamburg, New York, U.S.
|Education||Hamilton College, New York
Michael D. Dubke (born April 18, 1970) is an American entrepreneur and political aide who was the White House Communications Director for U.S. President Donald Trump. until his resignation effective June 2, 2017.
Dubke worked in political affairs since the 1980s. He founded Crossroads Media, which serves as the media services arm of American Crossroads, and co-founded the Black Rock Group, a public relations firm.
According to Dubke, he has been involved in political affairs since 1988. Several of the organizations that he has worked for operate out of the same office building at 66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 555, Alexandria, Virginia. Questions about election ethics have been raised based on the organizations' various connections to political campaigns.
Dubke held the position of executive director of both the Ripon Society, a national organization of moderate Republicans, and the Ripon Educational Fund. Dubke stated he and the Ripon Society publicly endorsed Senator Bob Dole for president during the 1996 election. In 1996, Dole stated in an interview with Peter Jennings that he would vote against the Human Life Amendment, then reversed course and affirmed his pro-life stance. Dubke, on behalf of the Ripon Society, urged Bob Dole's campaign to give way to a more tolerant position on abortion and to incorporate it into the Republican Party platform.
Michael Dubke, David Carney, and several business groups helped start Americans for Job Security in 1997. Dubke was the first executive director and then president of Americans for Job Security until April 2008.
In 2001, Dubke founded the Republican media services firm Crossroads Media. It was brought it to a level of national prominence during the 2008 presidential campaign. The company provides services for American Crossroads, a super PAC founded by Karl Rove. While at Crossroads Media, Dubke worked on the campaign of New York congressman Chris Collins.
Dubke co-founded the Black Rock Group with political operative Carl Forti. Dubke also served as a partner at the firm, which served overall strategists and consultants for Senator Lisa Murkowski's re-election effort in 2016. Dubke also handled media for Republican Dan Sullivan's successful senatorial campaign in Alaska.
President Donald Trump offered Dubke the role of White House Director of Communications. He began on 6 March 2017. The White House announced he had submitted his resignation on May 30, 2017, approximately three months later. The White House did not announce his exact date of departure nor who would be replacing him. Dubke originally should remain as communications director to assist in selecting his successor, according to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. However, his last day had been on June 2. Sean Spicer resumed the post as acting Director.
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