Craig Alan Huey (born June 16, 1950) is a business owner, marketing expert, author, and former American Republican Party candidate who owns two direct marketing companies as well as several websites that provide guidelines for voting.
Huey is the author of 23 Equity Crowdfunding Secrets, The Deep State: 15 Surprising Dangers You Should Know and the e-book 17 Special Advertising Insights for Marketing to Seniors. He is also a frequent guest on TV, including Fox News, and the radio, speaking as a small business expert. Huey is the president of JudegVoterGuide.com, CraigHuey.com, and ElectionForum.Org..
Huey is the publisher of Direct Marketing Update, an industry newsletter that educates readers about marketing strategies that help them generate new leads and increase profits through integrated marketing, including direct mail and digital marketing.
Early life and education
Huey grew up in Hawthorne, California, and graduated from El Segundo High School. He attended California State University, Long Beach, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with minors in history and economics.
Huey became wealthy running direct marketing firms. He was said to be an expert in direct mail marketing in the 1990s, later gaining expertise and recognition for his internet marketing. He is president of Creative Direct Marketing Group of Torrance and InfoMat.
Although the 2011 special election was his first run for office, he has been involved in politically related activities for years before his run. He served on party committees including the Republican Central Committee, and has been an informal adviser to candidates. He runs three non-profit voter advisory websites for evangelical Christians including the 2011 California Election Forum Website, which has the stated purpose of "Helping Christians vote for, not against, their Biblical values" by describing the candidates' views on various social issues from the point of view of a conservative Christian.
After college, Huey began work at InfoMat, a mailing list-market segmentation company, and became the owner and president of the company three years later. In 1984, he founded Creative Direct Marketing Group, Inc. (CDMG), a firm that provides direct mail, direct marketing websites, direct response television, infomercials, radio commercials and web-based marketing services. CDMG's client list of more than 200 companies includes many large corporations. Huey pioneered the magalog, created a proprietary direct marketing system and developed the internet landing page as a tool for marketers. He has been recognized for his effective use of viral marketing and list segmentation. His agencies have received 73 marketing awards; including the 2011 Best of Show Email Message WebAward from the Web Marketing Association.
Publishing and public speaking activities
In 1977, Huey launched the industry newsletter Direct Response and in 2001, the Direct Marketing Update e-zine. Articles by and about Huey have appeared in Inc., USA Today, Target Marketing, Christianity Today and Adweek. In 2010 he published an article about the inefficiencies of the United States Postal Service, arguing for full privatization. He has given numerous speeches at the national Direct Marketing Association (DMA) annual meeting, as well as for DMA affiliates and other organizations listed in his company profile. In early 2011, he spoke for the third time at the FreedomFest World Economic Summit in Nassau, Bahamas.
Huey has founded three voter information and political discussion websites: JudgeVoterGuide.com, CraigHuey.com, and ElectionForum.org. JudgeVoterGuide.com educates Conservative and Christian voters on how to vote for judges that share their value systems. CraigHuey.com is a Conservative news site, sending weekly email newsletters to over 38,000 subscribers on topics such as the current political climate, the free market, the Deep State, and more. ElectionForum.org is a site that provides weekly news and current events from a Biblical perspective to over 47,000 subscribers. ElectionForum.org frequently shares political news as well as updates about the worldwide persecuted church.
Huey founded three voter information and political discussion websites: JudgeVoterGuide.com, LAVoterGuide.com, and ElectionForum.org. He publishes the twice-monthly Reality Alert online newsletter. He has also appeared on Los Angeles' Fox 11 News as a political analyst, and has been a frequent guest on radio programs for the LA market and Internet syndication.
Huey’s book on equity crowdfunding marketing, 23 Equity Crowdfunding Secrets, is the first of its kind on the market, offering specific marketing strategies for entrepreneurs or business owners hoping to raise capital under the JOBS Act.
Huey’s book on the Deep State, The Deep State: 15 Surprising Dangers You Should Know, is a 262-page expose of corruption and ideological influence in government, media, non-profits, large corporations, and more. The book relies on an extensive body of research that undergirds its claims about bureaucratic inefficiencies, corruption in intelligence agencies, voter fraud, and more.
Huey has also appeared on Los Angeles' Fox 11 News as a political analyst, and has been a frequent guest on nationally syndicated TV, internet, and radio programs for the LA market and Internet syndication. Locally, he has served on committees, including as chairman (a rotating chairmanship) of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Measure P Parcel Tax Committee and as president of Peninsula Residents for a Better Community. His op-eds have been published in the South Bay weekly newspaper, The Daily Breeze.
He has served on local committees, including as chairman (a rotating chairmanship) of the [[Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Measure P Parcel Tax Committee and as president of Peninsula Residents for a Better Community. His op-eds have been published in the South Bay weekly newspaper, The Daily Breeze.
Huey was first married to Angela Combs; the couple eventually separated and divorced circa 1991. Huey has five adult children from the marriage who have all graduated from college.
Huey and his wife Shelly live in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside the 36th District. (Residency within the district is not required to run for the office, and Huey has indicated his home was once in the district but was gerrymandered out of it). He also believes that redistricting in 2011 will bring his residence back into the district. He and Shelly attend Calvary Chapel South Bay and Kings Harbor Church, an Evangelical Christian church. He met Shelly at a Bible studies class. He has served as a youth pastor for junior high and high school students, and as a teacher for single adults.