|Born||June 27, 1953|
|Education||Harvard University (BA, JD)|
University of Oxford (PhD)
Douglas Schoen (born June 27, 1953) is an American lawyer, political analyst, author, lobbyist, and commentator.
Schoen attended Horace Mann School in New York City. While still a high school student, he canvassed the Upper West Side for Dick Morris. He graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School. Schoen went to high school with Mark Penn and then worked together with him on The Harvard Crimson.
Schoen currently serves on the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.
It was reported in 2019 that he joined Mike Bloomberg's exploratory 2020 presidential campaign as a pollster.
While still at Harvard, Schoen first worked as an independent political consultant for Louis Gigante, who ran for New York City Council in 1973.
In 1977, he co-founded the political consulting firm Penn, Schoen & Berland with political strategists Mark Penn. Michael Berland joined the firm in 1987. Schoen worked for the political campaigns of politicians including Jay Rockefeller, Richard Shelby and Evan Bayh. Following the 1994 United States elections, President Bill Clinton hired Dick Morris, who brought on Schoen and Penn. Schoen worked on the 1996 campaign as well in survey analysis. Schoen also began doing corporate work beginning in the 1980s.
In 2000, Ukrainian steel oligarch Victor Pinchuk hired Schoen on a $40,000 per month retainer. In 2004, Schoen introduced Pinchuk to Hillary Clinton. He also did work for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2008 and later became associated with the People United Means Action movement of disaffected Clinton supporters who refused to support Barack Obama. Schoen was a consultant for Jeff Greene in the 2010 Florida Senate election.
The firm was sold to WPP plc in 2001. Schoen left the firm later to work for news media. In 2010, Schoen hosted a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate John Gomez.
Pinchuk donated $13.1 million to the Clinton Foundation in the years after Schoen's introduction. In 2011, Schoen registered as a foreign agent lobbying on behalf of Pinchuk. Between September 2011 and November 2012, Schoen arranged nearly a dozen meetings between Pinchuk and senior State Department officials, including Melanne Verveer. In September 2015, Pinchuk donated $150,000 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in exchange for a 20-minute video appearance by Donald Trump shown at a policy conference that year in Kiev. Michael Cohen solicited Schoen for the donation from Pinchuk, which was the largest outside donation the Trump Foundation received that year. In March 2017, former Trump aide Monica Crowley registered as a foreign agent working for Pinchuk under Schoen's direction.
Fox News hired Schoen as a political analyst in 2009 and Newsmax hired Schoen as a columnist. In 2010, he authored a book on the Tea Party movement with Scott Rasmussen. He has been writing a regular column for Forbes magazine beginning in July 2016 with a column "Donald Trump Through The Years".
Newsmax TV announced that Schoen would be leaving Fox News and joining them. On January 19, 2021, Schoen joined Newsmax TV as an Analyst.
Schoen has identified as a member of the Democratic party, but has frequently criticized the party and taken positions on various political topics at odds with the party's views. Schoen's critics have called his identification as a Democrat "phony" and calculated to help his Fox News career. Steve Benen called Schoen the quintessential "Fox News Democrat" and said he is "actively hostile towards [Democrats] and the party's agenda."
Schoen says that lower taxes would be a successful Democratic strategy, opposed President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, and said that President Obama should not run for reelection in 2012.
He has stated that President Obama divided the country along partisan lines, and said that the Affordable Care Act has been a "disaster" for the Democratic Party.
Schoen has been critical of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. In a The Wall Street Journal op-ed, he wrote, "President Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement—and it may cost them the 2012 election." He believes that the protesters represent "an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence," and that their common bond is "a deep commitment to left-wing policies." Schoen believes that the Democratic Party should not appeal to voters who support taxing oil companies and the rich, but rather to voters in the middle who want lower taxes.
Schoen advocated against impeachment of Trump in an interview with NPR on January 26, 2021, claiming it was divisive and distracting.
Penn and Schoen are... city bred prodigies. The two attended Horace Mann together and became a political team at Harvard, where they worked on the WeinerCrimson.... As pollsters, the Laurel and Hardy-ish pair are known for a hard quantitative bent.... But if Penn and Schoen are moderates....
5 November 2009 - 21 January 2021