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Orly Taitz
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Attorney General of California
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 3, 2014
Campaign $$128,998 (3 races)
Term limitsN/A
J.D.Taft Law School
OtherDDS, Hebrew University
Date of birthAugust 30, 1962
Place of birthKishinev, Moldava
ProfessionLawyer, businesswoman
Campaign website
Orly Taitz (b. August 30, 1962, in Kishinev, Moldavian SSR, USSR) was a candidate for Attorney General of California in the 2014 elections.[1] In her statement of candidacy, Taitz said she wanted to use the office to "uphold constitutional and civil rights of Californians."[2] Taitz was eliminated from the race in the top-two primary election on June 3, 2014.

Taitz previously ran for election in 2012, as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. She lost in the June 5 primary election. She was also a candidate for California Secretary of State in the 2010 elections.


Taitz was born in the former communist USSR (in present day Chișinău, Moldova) and raised by her Jewish parents, both of whom worked as science teachers. In 1981, Taitz relocated to Israel, where she earned her D.D.S. from Hebrew University. She immigrated to the United States in 1987 with her Latvian-born husband, Yosef, and obtained citizenship in 1992. Taitz later received her law degree from William Howard Taft University and was admitted to the California Bar in 2002.[3][4]

Beside practicing law and dentistry, Taitz is a political activist and blogger dedicated to issues of "constitutional law, politics, economy, constitutional education of our youth."

She serves as president of Defend Our Freedoms Foundation and editor of the blog.

Taitz is best known for her legal and activist work to undermine and discredit the presidency of Barack Obama. Specifically, she attracted considerable attention for her leadership on behalf of the "birther" campaign against the president, which centers on the allegation that Obama was not born in the United States but in Kenya, and is therefore ineligible for the office. She made headlines beginning in late 2008 for her efforts to "expose" the falsification of Obama's birth certificate, earning herself the nickname "Queen of the birthers."[4][5]

Taitz ignited further controversy by insinuating that Obama is corrupt because of his background, pointing to his past experiences with the Muslim faith as well as with factors of Chicago organized crime. She claims his upbringing and early career affiliations have imprinted him as extremist: "I believe [Obama] is the most dangerous thing one can imagine, in that he represents radical communism and radical Islam: He was born and raised in radical Islam, all of his associations are with radical Islam, and he was groomed in the environment of the dirty Chicago mafia," she was quoted as saying in August 2009.[6]


  • Doctor of Dental Surgery - Hebrew University
  • Juris Doctor - William Howard Taft University Law School



See also: California attorney general election, 2014

Taitz ran for election to the office of Attorney General of California.[1] She lost in the blanket primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Attorney General of California, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKamala Harris Incumbent 53.2% 2,177,480
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Gold 12.3% 504,091
     Republican Phil Wyman 11.7% 479,468
     Republican David King 9% 368,190
     Republican John Haggerty 8.2% 336,433
     Nonpartisan Orly Taitz 3.2% 130,451
     Libertarian Jonathan Jaech 2.4% 99,056
Total Votes 4,095,169
Election Results via California Secretary of State.



Campaign themes:

According to Taitz' 2014 candidate statement, if elected attorney general, she will seek the nullification of the following:[2]

  • "unconstitutional NSA spying on law abiding citizens of CA"
  • "use by NSA of Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others as a tool in unconstitutional data gathering on citizens of CA, as well as candidates for office, elected officials and judges;" *"an unconstitutional discriminatory Obamacare tax levied on some of the citizens of Ca and waived for corporations;"
  • "EPA mandates which destroy businesses and agriculture in CA and deprive the state of water badly needed for farming;"
  • "CA provisions of trade agreements, such as TPP, TAFTA, NAFTA, WTO-GATT which deprive citizens of work and environmental protection, as well as jobs, wages and benefits;"
  • "NDAA provisions which allow indefinite incarceration without trial;"
  • "unfunded Federal mandates which bankrupt businesses and state;"

Her 2014 campaign will also focus on these issues and/or priorities:[2]

  • "homeowner and creditor assistance from recovered mortgage proceeds instead of funneling the funds to cronies and targeted extortion and shake downs;"
  • "end elections fraud, remove invalid voter registrations from databases, seek legitimacy of candidates, prosecute state officials who ignored all evidence brought by law enforcement and experts, showing Obama to possess citizenship of Indonesia, fabricated Selective Service certificate, fabricated birth certificate and a CT Social Security number, which failed both E-verify and SSNVS."


See also: United States Senate elections in California, 2012

Taitz ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing California. She was defeated in the June 5 open primary.[7][8]


See also: California Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Damon Dunn 74.3%
     Republican Party Orly Taitz 25.7%
Total Votes 1,447,827

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Taitz is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Taitz raised a total of $5,314 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 11, 2015.[10]

Orly Taitz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 Attorney General of California Defeated $5,314
Grand Total Raised $5,314


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Orly Taitz's donors each year.[11] Click [show] for more information.


As of February 2014, Taitz has been married for 23 years, and has three sons ranging in age from 16 to 20 years old.[2]

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