Attorney Michael McCray
Federal Funds Misappropriation Whistleblower
Michael McCray is known as a tenacious advocate and champion for the underdog; one who fights for the rights of others . . . with a never say die mentality. A native Arkansan, Michael traveled to Washington, D.C. with the Clinton Administration and began his community development career working on the Presidential Empowerment Initiative. Also known as the Federal Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities (EZ/EC) Initiative where he served with distinction as community development specialist and a National Speaker on community economic development issues and technology for USDA. McCray toured the country conducting technology training and speaking engagements at three White House Empowerment Zone Conferences and four Regional Enterprise Community Meetings across the country. Other featured speakers at these events included Vice President Al Gore, Secretary Andrew Cuomo, Secretary Rodney Slater, and Carol Rasco, Special Assistant to the President.
As a civil rights lawyer and federal whistleblower, Michael became known as the “$40,000,000 Whistleblower” when he reported over $40 million in government waste, fraud and abuse at the United States Department of Agriculture. Latter Michael became a Judicial Reform Activist when he reported significant judicial misconduct against U.S. v. Microsoft Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and the Ashcroft Justice Department. Michael’s judicial complaint contributed to Judge Jackson’s early retirement.
McCray is the chairperson of the 3-5-7 Commission, a judicial reform association dedicated to exposing judicial misconduct through quantifiably and statistically verifiable methods, to ensure that American citizens receive fair hearings and tribunals as provided for in the U.S. Constitution and declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a member of Amnesty International, Michael is engaged in the international struggle for human rights and he fights for full implementation of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" which was first adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. As co-chair of the International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW), a sponsoring organization for Washington Whistleblower Week.
Michael McCray is the author of Race, Power and Politics—Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower, in which he chronicles the rise and fall of the once venerable Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). He is also the Host of The Fifth Estate, the only show about whistleblowers made by whistleblowers, which airs on Pacifica Radio Network.