[4][5], Each publication of Congressional and State Ratings contains a statement from Chairman Matt Schlapp about the philosophy guiding the ratings as one of conservatism: "We begin with our philosophy (conservatism is the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person) and then apply our understanding of government (its essential role is to defend life, liberty, and property). Priscilla has served for over 20 years as a board member of the Wichita Center for the Arts (now Mark Arts), and has recently been named as a lifetime honorary trustee. [18] Founders included Frank S. Meyer, William F Buckley Jr, and Robert E. Bauman, who organized the first meeting. "[26], In 1980, the ACU estimated that it would cost roughly $1.8 million to defeat SALT II; together with other conservative groups, SALT opponents outspent supporters 15:1. He has served on a variety of cultural, economic development, educational and arts boards. She has served as a leader in development at the Wichita Collegiate School. In the years since Schlapp was elected chairman ACU, has spent $120,000 on lobbying. in taxation from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (’96). Mr. Smith is also a partner in the government and public relations firm Atlas Advocacy. Our goal is to have a positive impact on the financial and moral trajectory of the state. A former Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, Hipp served as a member of the Presidential Electoral College, and introduced Newt Gingrich at the 1988 Republican National Convention. Bob is also a frequent political and public policy commentator across the nation. Senate. ACU Board member Morton Blackwell (Photo courtesy of Leadership Institute) (Update: Another ACU Board member has responded to CNSNews.com's question about the propriety of allowing atheists to sponsor a booth at CPAC.) [17], The ACU was founded in December 1964 in response to the predominance of liberalism in America as evidenced by the defeat of Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign. She is the 2nd Vice President of the National Rifle Association, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the NRA Foundation, Benefactor and serves on the Legislative Policy Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, State & Local Affairs Subcommittee and Site Selection Committee of the NRA. [9] These scores are often used in political science research, in news stories and in election campaigns. The American Conservative Union Foundation is proud to present our ratings of the 2017 meeting of the North Carolina General Assembly. [30] Donald Bruce served as the first chairman from 1964 to 1966,[31] succeeded by John Ashbrook from 1966 to 1971. Jackie Arends is a partner at a global executive search firm. Carolyn Meadows is the 2nd Vice Chairman of the ACU board and a member of the ACUF board. [27] Additionally, they produced a half-hour-long anti-SALT television program called Soviet Might/American Myth: The United States in Retreat, which was aired on 200 television stations around the country. KT MCFARLAND, author of America’s Next Revolution: Trump, Washington and We the People (Feb 2020 PostHill Press). Correspondence, notes, newsletters, memoranda, meeting minutes, charters, bylaws, resolutions, and miscellaneous items. She owns Coleman Principle-ly Consulting and a year-round Christmas store, Tis The Season. [29], Founding members include: William F. Buckley, Jr. Rep. Donald Bruce (R.-Ind. Education: The American Conservative Union Foundation, ACUF, is a 501(C)(3) educational foundation that illustrates why conservative policies work better than liberal alternatives to solve the myriad problems facing America.ACUF hosts five Policy Centers—comprising Criminal Justice Reform, Human Dignity, 21 st Century Property Rights, … He has been married over twenty years and has three children. There's new blood at the American Conservative Union, which has expanded its board of directors by nine; the distinguished population now includes a … The ACU annually rates politicians according to how they vote on key issues, providing a numerical indicator of how much the lawmakers agreed with conservative ideals. Under the circumstances, the leadership of the ACU will be wholly distinct from that of the John Birch Society. Her knowledge of direct mail political fundraising is deep and her clients have included Reagan’s first Interior Secretary James Watt, Congressman Allan West and Congressman Ryan Zinke. (Published 2012)", "Goldwater, the John Birch Society, and Me", "CPAC Over 30 Years: Conservatives Have Come a Long Way", "Conservative Body Elects Rep. Bruce As First Chairman", "M. Stanton Evans, Who Helped Shape Conservative Movement, Is Dead at 80", "M. Stanton Evans, guiding force in modern conservatism, dies at 80", "Philip M. Crane, stalwart Illinois Republican and 1980 presidential candidate, dies at 84", "American Conservative Union Lobbying Profile", "Letter, June 30, 2009, from ACU Executive Vice President Dennis Whitfield to Rick Rogers, FedEx", "Letter to Frederick W. Smith, President, Chairman & CEO, FedEx Corp", "Exclusive: Conservative group offers to sell endorsement for $2M", "Press release: Statement from ACU regarding false headline by Washington publication POLITICO", Former Manager At The American Conservative Union Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement, National Center for Charitable Statistics, Bibliography of conservatism in the United States, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=American_Conservative_Union&oldid=990314321, Conservative organizations in the United States, Political organizations based in the United States, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2018, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 00:33. [3] While the scorecard was novel to conservatism, Americans for Democratic Action has utilized a liberal rubric for liberalism since 1947. See the details. Ed focuses his practice on taxation and corporate work, and has represented and advised a wide variety of tax exempt organizations. Although her firm specializes in the challengers, our races are consistently at the top of the list each cycle for more gross dollars raised than any other candidate – and that includes the incumbents! All Rights Reserved. These policy centers are mainly blogs which post articles regarding their topic area. Ron Robinson has served as Young America’s Foundation’s president for more than three decades. [23] They used a mass mailing campaign, sending out around 2.4 million letters. AIFD promotes reform-minded Muslim voices for liberty, and is shaking the hold which Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood have upon Muslim leadership. The directors of the ACU take a view of world affairs substantially at variance with that taken by Mr. Robert Welch in his most publicized writing. Speakers regularly include sitting and former presidents and other famous conservatives. Since the late 1990s, Equinox Partners has had large weightings in precious metals miners, emerging markets, and E&P companies. The magazine ran interviews and articles that provided a conservative perspective on the issues of the day. [8] Politicians are given a percentile rating, anyone with a rating of over 80% is considered to be an "ACU Conservative". Like our Congressional Ratings, which date back 46 years, these ratings are meant to reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. The ACU Foundation seeks to educate the next generation of conservative leaders by providing them the intellectual tools necessary to learn about the conservative movement, its leaders, its leading organization and especially its principles. Kimberly Bellissimo. † Founded in 2011, the N.C. He has been active in Republican politics having served as the finance chair for several Congressional campaigns. Bill Walton, Managing Partner of Rappahannock Ventures and Chairman of Rush River Entertainment, has an extensive background in finance, general management, private equity, public policy, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending, entrepreneurship, private sector educational services and arts management. 21%. He and his family have strong ties to the American Muslim community, having helped lead mosques in Wisconsin, Arkansas, Virginia and Arizona. Kimberly was volunteering for Ronald Reagan long before she could vote for him. See also: American Conservative Union Foundation The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) is the 501(c)(3)branch of the ACU. The ACU tracks a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which issues and votes serve as a dividing line to help those members of U.S. House and Senate who protect liberty as a conservative and those who are truly liberal. 1.1. [18] Membership grew to 7,000 within 9 months, and 45,000 by the end of 1972. 2012 State Legislative Ratings . [20][21][22], The ACU spent roughly $1.4 million opposing the ratification of the Panama Canal treaties in 1977. Carolyn is the Governor’s appointee as Chairman of the Stone Mountain Board of Directors, Republicans Overseas Advisory Board, Council on National Policy Board, former three-term Georgia Republican National Committeewoman. ACU is the nation's oldest conservative grassroots organization and seeks to preserve and protect the values of life, liberty, and property for every American. [5] CPAC has an annual attendance of thousands. [30] David A. Keene was chairman from 1984 until 2011, succeeded by Al Cardenas, who served until 2014. During a time of increasing polarization between liberals and conservatives, activists began to build a well-organized conservative movement, forming organizations such as Young … The American Conservative exists to advance a Main Street conservatism. [18] In the initial meetings, a 50-member board of directors was appointed, whose members included Lammot Copeland, Peter O'Donnell, John A. Howard, Donald C. Bruce, and John Dos Passos. She serves as an advisor to Governor Sam Brownback. Since 1973, the ACU has hosted the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. [43], Diana Hubbard Carr, ACU's former administrative director and ex-wife of David Keene, pleaded guilty in June 2011 to embezzling between $120,000 and $400,000 from 2006 to 2009, during her time as bookkeeper for the group. [14], The American Conservative Union was one of many conservative organizations formed in the 1960s as part of the resurgence of conservatism. Ed Yevoli holds a BA and a JD from the University of Notre Dame (’90 and ’93), and an LL.M. The American Conservative Union Foundation is proud to present our ratings of the 2017 meeting of the Maine State Legislature. He also serves as a consultant and market research strategist to Fortune 500 companies. This is an excellent opportunity to seize control of the Republican Party. [36] Mickey Edwards served as chairman from 1979 to 1983. 1.1K likes. Mr. Schilling has worked in communications, development, grassroots, and management positions with Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), various state and local candidates as well as managing the race for his father, Rep. Bobby Schilling, in his race for Congress in Illinois. Charlie Gerow serves as the First Vice Chairman of the American Conservative Union and as Chairman of the Nominating Committee. Morton Blackwell is President of the Leadership Institute, which he founded in 1979. It was founded in 1973. ... With the recent decline of several rival conservative groups, the Board of Directors had reason to believe that their goal of leading a united conservative movement would soon become a reality. It is classified as an educational foundation. She was elected the organization's president in April 2019 after then-president Oliver North was forced out of the position. Dr. Jasser is a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander with 11 years of service, including a tour as the Staff Internist to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. Contributions or gifts to the American Conservative Union (ACU) a 501c4, are not refundable or transferable, and are not deductible contributions for federal income tax purposes. In 1986, Coleman joined the Jack Kemp for President Campaign. Peter is the founder and president of LRAP Association, a former management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and a graduate of Yale Law School. The current editor is W. James Antle III. Senators, 10 Governors, numerous Mayors and scores of other elected officials. Mr. Gerber is also involved in global political activism, and was the key citizen activist behind the passage of the Taylor Force Act, a bipartisan and paradigm shifting anti-terrorism bill. Sincerely, Al Cardenas, Chairman American Conservative Union. The American Conservative Union was one of many conservative organizations formed in the 1960s as part of the resurgence of conservatism. ), Rep. John Ashbrook (R.-Ohio), Rep. Katherine St. George (R.-N.Y.), William A. Rusher, Frank Meyer, Thomas S. Winter, John A. Howard and L. Brent Bozell. [32][33] M. Stanton Evans then served six years from 1971 to 1977,[34][35] succeeded by a two-year term served by Philip Crane from 1977 to 1979. [18], As part of ACU's mission to unite conservatives, William F. Buckley and Robert Bauman led an initiative to declare ACU's views of the John Birch Society. Jonathan Garthwaite. Kimberly Bellissimo, President and CEO of ForthRight Strategy, a direct mail marketing firm for nonprofit advocacy groups, charities, PACs as well as candidates running for national office. [38], In 2009, ACU offered FedEx the option of paying as much as $3.4 million for e-mail and other services for "an aggressive grass-roots campaign" to stop a legislative provision being considered by the U.S. Terry Schilling is a native of Geneseo, Illinois, and a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he studied political science. During his five-year tenure as chairman, ACU has almost tripled in size, expanded CPAC to reach 25 million live viewers and 1 billion Twitter impressions at … An accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Ryan has been honored as one of the top attorneys in the country. Dates: 1965-1980. The American Conservative Union (ACU)describes itself as America's original conservative organization. She is the 2nd Vice President of the National Rifle Association, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the NRA Foundation, Benefactor and serves on the Legislative Policy Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, State & Local Affairs Subcommittee and … Timothy Ryan is the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation at First Solar, Inc., the nation's largest manufacturer of utility scale solar panels. ICU exists to build and maintain a coalition of conservative organizations and grassroots activists throughout the state of Illinois. Mike Rose has an extensive record of managing Republican political campaigns and supporting voter advocacy initiatives. 01 We Define Conservatism. [2], The ACU comprises three entities: The American Conservative Union, a 501(c)(4) organization which conducts lobbying; The American Conservative Union Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization best known for hosting the Conservative Political Action Conference; and The American Conservative Union Political Action Committee, a PAC that formally endorses and funds conservative candidates for federal office. While in college at Notre Dame, Ed helped found a conservative magazine called Dialogue. Kimberly earned a degree in Political Communications from George Washington University. Jim McLaughlin is a nationally recognized public opinion expert, strategic consultant and political strategist who has helped to elect a US President, Prime Ministers, a Senate Majority Leader and a Speaker of the House. If you have any questions, we can be reached at 202-347-9388 or at [email protected] He was Barry Goldwater’s youngest elected Delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention, and he served for three years on the White House Staff of President Ronald Reagan. Phone: (202) 347-9388 / Fax: (202) 347-9389, 1199 N Fairfax St Suite 500Alexandria, VA 22314. Matt Smith is the president of Catholic Advocate, a leading grassroots organization he co-founded in Washington, D.C. to engage and encourage faithful Catholics to actively participate in the political process to support elected officials and policies that remain consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. [37], According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the American Conservative Union spent roughly $20,000 on lobbying in 2001, $400,000 in 2003, and $1,100,000 in 2005. [25] They also produced a thirty-minute-long television ad which aired on 150 television station in eighteen states, and took out newspaper ads in thirty states, encouraging citizens to write to their senators to oppose the treaties. The ACU works in conjunction with the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), a 501(c)(3) “educational foundat… He is also a licensed soccer coach and fan of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tottenham Hotspur FC of the Barclay’s Premier league. Hipp was also named by then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney as Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy. [41] Whitfield said that Keene had endorsed the second letter as an individual, even though the letter bore the logo of ACU. He is a member of the Florida and New York bars. It's not just the issue itself we're fighting for. The American Conservative exists to advance a Main Street conservatism. As one spokesperson for the ACU once noted, "clear-cut distinctions between liberals and conservatives [occur] if you have Crane, Ashbrook, and Kemp go a certain way and Burton goes the other".[7]. Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and twice Republican nominee for Colorado governor. [24] This brought in roughly $15,000 a day in support of conservative candidates who opposed the treaties. The American Conservative was founded by Pat Buchanan, Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos in 2002 in opposition to the Iraq War. [28][4], In 1985, the ACU sent out roughly 100,000 pieces of mail in support of Nicaraguan contra aid in 1985. Since he began his professional career in Idaho, working for Congressman Helen Chenoweth, Mike has worked on over 30 political campaigns across the country ranging from statewide races to presidential campaigns to managing a national issue campaign called “FairTax.” In addition to his campaign experience, he served as Executive Director of a State Republican Party and as a member of several international political delegations. Alan Gottlieb is Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the ACU. For over 35 years, Mr. Ryan was in private practice with a national law firm where he served in a variety of leadership positions, including as the firm-wide CEO for twelve years. Carolyn Meadows is the 2nd Vice Chairman of the ACU board and a member of the ACUF board. ACU's founding documents state that, .mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}, There is no relation between the two organizations. "[16] During a time of increasing polarization between liberals and conservatives, activists began to build a well-organized conservative movement, forming organizations such as Young Americans for Freedom and the ACU. [15] As conservative activist M. Stanton Evans predicted, "Historians may well record the decade of the 1960s as the era in which conservatism, as a viable political force, finally came into its own. It received financial support from ACU board members, including Phyllis Schlafly and Brent Bozell. ACU is the nation's oldest conservative grassroots organization and seeks to preserve and protect the values of life, liberty, and property for every American. [citation needed], Dating back to 1971, ACU has implemented its own scoring system which annually rates politicians on their conservatism. American Conservative Union: Board of Directors files, 1964-1980. He is a founding partner of the AV rated law firm of PBYA, PL, a law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. © 2020 American Conservative Union. He has had successful careers as a community banker, real estate developer, dairy farmer, and currently a family bison breeding ranch. ACU Foundation. During his five-year tenure as chairman, ACU has almost tripled in size, expanded CPAC to reach 25 million live viewers and 1 billion Twitter impressions at the most recent CPAC. ACUF Board Member. for members of the Michigan Legislature. Carolyn Dodgen Meadows is an American conservative activist, currently serving as president of the National Rifle Association (NRA). [39] The letter said the ACU's campaign could include "Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU’s Chairman David Keene and/or other members of the ACU’s Board of Directors. American Conservative Union: National Office Staff files. "[6], Unlike other congressional ratings that take positions on pending legislation, ACU Foundation rates votes already cast by lawmakers. She is an ordained deacon and elder of Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison. Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), a think tank dedicated to protecting American national security against the global threat of Islamism. He has served as the National Committeeman of the Republican Party of Virginia since 1988. We at the American Conservative Union thank you for all you do to advance conservative principles. Like our Congressional Ratings, which date back 46 years, these ratings are meant to reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. American Conservative Union Foundation NC (ACU), 2019: 34%, 34% (cum.) Dr. Jasser and his wife and three children live in Scottsdale, Arizona. Matt Schlapp is the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, the nation’s original grassroots conservative organization. Jim has helped to elect over 70 members of Congress, 16 U.S. Jeremy Beer is the Chairman of the Board of the American Ideas Institute. The Honorable Van Hipp Jr. is Chairman of American Defense International, Inc. (ADI), a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations. Sander Gerber is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Hudson Bay Capital, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund that invests in markets worldwide. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she was the first female state chairman of the Wisconsin Young Republicans and Administrative Assistant to leadership in the Wisconsin State Assembly. [40] The letter included, at its top, logos from ACU and the other organizations. [29] They also escorted Nicaraguan refugees around Capital Hill in order to persuade undecided politicians to support Reagan's contra aid request. Gordon Chang. Illinois Conservative Union. She graduated from St. Mary’s College Notre Dame, with a degree in political science.
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