About Us

The Committee For Small Government is a non-partisan, grass roots organization with thousands of generous and enthusiastic volunteers and donors. Their efforts put an End the Income Tax in Massachusetts initiative on the ballot in 2002. It won an unprecedented 45% of the vote - in a state that's a hotbed of Big Government.

Carla Howell and Michael Cloud sponsored the ballot initiative to End the Income Tax ballot Initiative in Massachusetts in 2002. Now they've re-formed the committee to run it again in 2008.

Carla Howell is also the President and Co-founder of the Center For Small Government.

In 2002 she also ran as candidate for Governor, making the case for Ending the Income Tax in six televised debates.

In 2000 she ran against Ted Kennedy and won 308,860 votes - the highest vote total of any third party U.S. Senate candidate running against both a Democrat and Republican in recent history. In 1998, she ran for State Auditor and received the endorsement of the Boston Herald.

Carla Howell is also a political songwriter. In 2001 she released her spoof song How Could I Live Without Filing Taxes? In 2003 she published a unique song-and-booklet package on the topic of education freedom called Maybe We Would Be Amazed .

Michael Cloud is Co-founder of the Center For Small Government. In 2002 he also ran for US Senate against 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, winning 19% of the vote - the highest vote for a Libertarian US Senate candidate ever.

Michael Cloud was C.E.O. of the 2000 Carla Howell for U.S. Senate campaign. In 1996 he organized the Harry Browne for President campaign, and was fund-raiser and advisor for both his 1996 and 2000 campaigns.

Michael Cloud has been politically active since 1976 and has raised over $8 million for small government candidates, projects, and initiatives.

Michael Cloud is a speechwriter and the Master of libertarian communication. He writes the Persuasion Power Points column for over 70,000 readers of the Advocates for Self-Government Liberator Online and is author of the powerful book Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion.

Carla Howell and Michael Cloud also consult numerous local, state, and federal small government campaigns and initiatives in and outside Massachusetts.

Attorney Peter Kuntz is chief counsel for the Committee For Small Government and drafted the legal text for the Small Government Act to End the Income Tax - both the 2002 and 2008 versions.