Mark Bragg, The Broadcast Group, Washington, D.C.
After surmounting years of obstruction by the Sierra Club and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of his proposed golf resort in Palm Springs, California, Mr. Bragg founded Victims of the Endangered Species Act to publicize the stories of people who have been hurt by that law.
Mr. Bragg, who heads The Broadcast Group in Washington, D.C., started out as a cub reporter at his father's weekly newspaper, and was educated as a journalist. He served on the Armed Forces radio and television service. Afterwards, he worked for R. K. General in San Francisco and CBS in Los Angeles. In 1974, he founded his own company, where he experienced a startling change from the liberal philosophy. He also got to know Ronald Reagan and worked on the Reagan campaign, followed by a political communications company with Lynn Nofsinger, which they founded in 1982. Later he went into the real estate development business. His proposed $400 million Shadowrock golf resort aroused the ire of the Sierra Club and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which, at a cost to him of millions of dollars, thwarted the project for over fifteen years with lawsuits to protect bighorn sheep. This year, he announced Project VESA, based in Washington, D.C., to publicize the stories of other victims of the Endangered Species Act.