He is a senior advisor to the American Principles Project and principal of Capital City Partners, LLC of Washington DC, a respected public affairs firm. Benko was called upon by the U.S. Treasury Department to testify before the U.S. Gold Commission on the constitutional history of American monetary policy, founded the Prosperity Caucus gathering of supply-side and free-market economists; served on detail as a deputy general counsel to the President’s Commission on Privatization and on White House agency staff under President Reagan; and holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Boston University Law School and is admitted to the bar of the State of New York. He has served twice as judge for the Templeton Freedom Awards at the Atlas Foundation for the Innovative New Media.
He is a member of the Tea Party Patriots and is self-described as a populist conservative Republican (although some of his best friends are liberal Democrats) and speaks frequently on populism, on human dignity, and on effective Web design, development, and management practices.