E. Richard West was the president of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1933, and then headed the national organization in 1934. During his time as president of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce he lead a effort to generate a national anti-communist campaign.
As president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, E. Richard Smith guided their efforts to curb communism in 1934, assisted by other organization members, including Leroy D. Owen (realtor of industrial properties) and Judge Kincaid. These members are identified as participants in the "American Crusade" effort in the article "Many Back Red Attack: Junior Chamber Drive Aided," Los Angeles Times, 15 Jul. 1934: A1.
Photograph of E. Richard Smith (center), president of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, flanked by Kent H. Redwine (L) and Leroy D. Owen (R); in the back row are (L to R) Judge Clarence L. Kincaid, Harrison Chandler, an unidentified man, A. C. Stewart, and Leonard Firestone. They stand behind a table with the leftovers of a meal a pile of papers, and there is a mural on the wall behind them.