America Rising Squared (AR2) is a 501(c)(4) organization focused on advancing conservative principles through cutting-edge research, rapid response communications, a nationwide tracking network, and digital platforms.
AR2 is dedicated to promoting the principles of freedom, limited government, free enterprise, and a strong national security, and pushing back against big government liberal policies and the special interests that support them.
AR2 is a unique platform for engaging in the public policy debate – combining issue, investigative, and field research, rapid response communications, a “war room” for comprehensive media monitoring, a nationwide video tracking network, as well as digital platforms and social media operations.
Who we are
Brian Rogers, Executive Director: Brian Rogers is Executive Director of America Rising Squared (AR2). Prior to joining AR2, Rogers served as Communications Director to U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and previously served as Deputy Communications Director and Research Director for McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and held senior communications and opposition research roles on multiple statewide campaigns across the country, at the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Sarah Dolan, Communications Director: Sarah Dolan is Communications Director at America Rising Squared (AR2). Dolan previously worked as the Director of Media Relations at the National Restaurant Association. In 2016, she served as the Press Secretary for Senator Mark Kirk. Prior to that role, Dolan served as the Rapid Response Director for Governor Chris Christie’s presidential campaign. She joined Governor Christie’s communications team in Trenton, New Jersey in 2012 and served in several roles.
Samantha Cotten, Press Secretary: Samantha Cotten is the Press Secretary at America Rising Squared (AR2). Cotten most recently served as Communications Director for Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY). Prior to that, she was Communications Director for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Cotten also served in various roles in Ohio politics.
Angelo Schildhauer, Research Analyst: Angelo Schildhauer is a Research Analyst at America Rising Squared (AR2). Schildhauer previously worked as a field researcher in North Carolina after graduating from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.