During the 1950’s, Cotten lived in Visalia, Orville, and San Francisco CA. He owned and operated the International Securities Corporation aka Investor’s Diversified Services.
In 1963, he began publishing Conservative Viewpoint which he incorporated in January 1965 in Bakersfield CA. It had 2700 subscribers. He also began a radio program with same name which was on 30 stations in 16 states as of 1966.
Cotten resigned as a John Birch Society member in 1965. JBS founder, Robert Welch, sent a message dated 2/22/65 to all JBS Coordinators, Section Leaders, and Chapter leaders to advise them as follows:
“We do not recommend the support by our members of the programs or activities of Mr. Richard Cotten” and Welch listed six reasons – among them that Cotten had supported Korean Kilsoo Haan, along with Paul Revere Associated Yeomen (an anti-semitic group in New Orleans) and Minutemen (the paramilitary right-wing group organized by Robert B. DePugh) and Cotten’s love on sensationalism and his attacks upon the Birch Society.
Cotten was a racist who supported the White Citizens Council movement, along with other racist organizations including Mary Davison’s Council for Statehood,
Los Angeles file 157-1132, serial #31 quotes an informant description of Cotten as a “small, petty, vindictive individual with very little character”and someonewho “hates Negroes, Jews and Communists…”.
Founder, National Documentation Institute – Washington DC
Member National Youth Alliance Advisory Board
Member, Minutemen and Paul Revere Associated Yeomen
Spokesperson for Committee of Christian Laymen of Kern County (California)