David Sugarman launched into the political/social activism spotlight in 2013 after he launched the #BringBaeBack campaign to raise awareness for American Kenneth Bae, who is imprisoned in North Korea. Sugarman’s goal in creating this campaign was to create more public support for the release of Bae. Through this initiative, Sugarman has met with top-tier government, political and social figures that include US Representative Charles Rangel (NY-D), Reverend Jesse Jackson and other members of the State Department, plus the US Ambassador for North Korea.
In this role as an activist Sugarman has been asked to speak in public forums, appear on television news shows and hosting events. Through his various appearances on CNN, Sugarman has gained a following of supporters on social media that are often asking his advice and counsel.