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  • Heritage Action a Better Measure of Conservatism Than American Conservative Union

    06/13/2014 1:24:54 PM PDT · by Woodland · 4 replies
    BarbWire ^ | John Biver
    The learning curve for those who don’t work in politics or who are relatively new to politics can be steep. Often that learning is never accomplished because of the time needed to digest the huge amount of data that’s important. Even many people within the informed “choir” regularly misjudge things because they’re unfamiliar with the players behind the scenes. “Personnel is policy” is not a cliché, it’s a reality. There are organizations which are well known, have a great name and mission statement, but don’t necessarily deserve the reputation they have. RedState.com’s Erick Erickson made an important point this week...
  • ACU endorses Mitch McConnell (exposing ACU fraud!)

    04/28/2014 9:58:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 4/26/14
    <p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The American Conservative Union's Political Action Committee has endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election.</p> <p>ACU Director of Government Affairs Larry Hart cited McConnell's lifetime ACU rating of 90 out of a possible 100 as demonstrating McConnell's consistent support for conservative principles.</p>
  • Reagan Was Right, ACU Wrong: Atheism Is Enemy of America

    03/05/2014 8:17:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 101 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Are atheism and promoting atheism consistent with American -- let alone conservative -- values and principles? The operational policy of the American Conservative Union now appears to contradict Ronald Reagan's view on this. Reagan believed atheism was not merely wrong, but the enemy of freedom. The ACU has functionally adopted the position that groups promoting atheism can be featured at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference -- so long as they promote godlessness with civility. In the same 1983 speech in which he declared the Soviet Union an "evil empire," Reagan unapologetically spelt out the "ideals and principles" that...
  • Four Women Among Confirmed Speakers at CPAC

    02/26/2014 4:54:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 26, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Four women and 22 men are among the confirmed speakers for next week's Conservative Political Action Conference, taking the stage at a time when conservatives are putting more effort into attracting women to the movement. The American Conservative Union, which sponsors the annual event in Washington, has confirmed that former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin, and American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina will take the stage, The Huffington Post reports. Conservative columnist Ann Coulter is on the lineup March 8, the ACU reports. She is scheduled to debate...
  • Atheist Booth Approved for CPAC, Then Yanked by ACU Hours Later

    02/26/2014 7:53:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/26/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    This morning, American Atheists announced the group would have a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference beginning March 6 in Washington. “‘Conservative’ isn’t a synonym for ‘religious’,” said American Atheists president David Silverman in a statement announcing the booth. “In fact, a fifth of conservatives seldom or never pray, and the same number state religion is not important in their lives.” “If conservatism doesn’t embrace religious neutrality, its influence will wither and die,” Silverman said. “Atheists are a growing constituency—an increasingly united constituency—and conservative legislators ignore our vote and our voice at their own peril. We demand equality and...
  • Bozell Denounces CPAC: ‘No Conservative Should Have Anything to Do With This’

    02/25/2014 9:53:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 25, 2014 - 3:33 PM | Craig Bannister
    Media Research Center Pres. Brent Bozell today denounced the CPAC conference, saying “no conservative should have anything to do with this conference” because it is giving voice to groups, such as American Atheists, that attack conservative principles. […] “American Atheists is an organization devoted to the hatred of God. How on earth could CPAC, or the ACU and its board of directors, and Al Cardenas condone such an atrocity?” …
  • Gay Republican Group to be Allowed at CPAC Event

    02/25/2014 1:40:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A conservative LGBT organization will be part of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference event in Washington, DC after long being banned from the event. GOProud, a pro-gay group that holds several politically conservative views, will participate in CPAC next month as a guest organization. CPAC is an annual gathering of conservative groups held at the nation's Capital and organized by the American Conservative Union. The ACU provided The Christian Post with a statement by their executive director, Dan Schneider, regarding the matter. "We had a constructive meeting with GOProud's leadership last week. The directors have a new vision for...
  • October 14, 2013: The Army’s $5 Billion New Uniform Already Being Replaced

    02/15/2014 7:48:03 PM PST · by Red6 · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 14, 2013 | Caitlin Dickson
    In 2004, the Army decided to scrap the two traditional camouflage uniforms that had long been used by the military—one meant for woodland environments, another for the desert—and claimed to have come up with a universal pattern that could be worn anywhere and blend in with any environment. The $5 billion dollar experiment with the universal pattern is over as the Army is phasing out the uniform after less than a decade of use. But many soldiers and observers are wondering why it took this long and cost this much to replace an item that performed poorly from the start...
  • Respected Leaders Present Info Linking Muslim Brotherhood to American Conservative Union

    02/14/2014 4:48:40 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    Politichicks ^ | February 13, 2014 | by Ann-Marie Murrell
    Late Tuesday, February 11, a group of respected former national security leaders and officials presented evidence against Grover Norquist (President of Americans for Tax Reform) and Suhail Kahn (Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union (ACU) of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. According to Breitbart, the 45-page dossier was issued to ACU lawyer Cleta Mitchell, “who in 2011 cleared Norquist of the allegations initially brought by former high-ranking Reagan official Frank Gaffney”. Signatories include Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former Florida Rep. Allen West, retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, and former chief assistant...
  • American Conservative Union issues statement supporting immigration reform

    05/09/2013 1:16:46 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/9/13 | Charlie Spiering
    The American Conservative Union has just released a statement in support of Sen. Marco Rubio’s bipartisan effort on immigration reform, suggesting that there was widespread conservative support for the bill. “It is an honor to bring together fellow conservatives who feel strongly that we need to act now to fix our broken immigration policies and our borders,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas in the statement. “I congratulate my friend Senator Marco Rubio for his leadership on this issue and believe that conservative support for his efforts is growing.” Cardenas clarified that the bill was “not perfect” but that Rubio was...
  • Fools to the left of us, Fools on the right - stuck in the middle with Amnesty!

    03/22/2013 9:25:43 AM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies
    TheTownCrier ^ | Mar 22, 2013 | TheTownCrier
    We would all do well to acknowledge just who the power brokers are who are pushing amnesty. Please note below from Open Secrets, Microsoft's big issues. Gates gives most of his $$$ to democrats, except for lobbying. He supported Obama, is a fan of amnesty. He likes cheap labor. Microsoft - TOP ISSUES LOBBIED, 2012 1. Taxes 2. Immigration 3. Telecommunications 4. Computers & Information Tech 5. Copyright, Patent & Trademark Do you know who his biggest lobbyists are.....The K St. goons who facilitate his liberal agenda? That might surprise you. [SNIP]”Yesterday, Grover Norquist’s weekly Americans for Tax Reform conclave...
  • Conservative leader says GOP must broaden appeal

    03/14/2013 11:26:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2013 10:37 AM EDT | Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas
    As the GOP struggles to broaden its appeal, the head of the American Conservative Union declared Thursday that the Republican Party is not a home for everyone, as prominent voices in Republican politics gather with thousands of conservatives and tea party activists outside Washington. The Conservative Political Action Conference offers Republican leaders—past and potential presidential contenders among them—a high-profile stage to court their party's most passionate voters. The three-day gathering also shines a spotlight on deep divisions within the Republican Party as it tries to recover from a painful 2012 election season. “I’m a firm believer that if the Republican...
  • Does CPAC matter anymore?

    03/13/2013 1:22:03 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Mar 13, 2013 | Karen Tumulty
    From its founding four decades ago, the Conservative Political Action Conference — known as CPAC and set to get underway Thursday — has come to function as an annual gut check for the political right. At the CPAC gathering of post-Watergate 1975, then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan famously exhorted the demoralized group to raise “a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people.” And CPAC was where, on the heels of his landslide presidential reelection a decade later, Reagan proclaimed: “The tide of history is...
  • Republicans Must Have Vision to Help All Americans

    03/12/2013 11:35:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Rick Santorum
    Republicans don't care. Or at least that's the perception of us. President Barack Obama's convincing re-election in November despite a climate of high unemployment, stagnant economic growth and waning American influence around the globe has caused a great deal of soul-searching for the Republican Party. One of the conclusions some of us have come to is that our problem is not the message or the messengers but our own detachment from the needs of struggling working families and our lack of vision and policies that address them. I was struck reading a recent article in which our presidential nominee, after...
  • American Conservative Union Chair: Legalize Illegal Aliens

    03/04/2013 3:56:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 4, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said he supported a bipartisan Senate effort at immigration reform, stressing that the proposal must include a way for an estimated 11 million illegal aliens to “come out of the shadows” and be given “a legal status where they can be secure in this country for their future and that of their children.” Cardenas made his remarks on the Spanish-language Telemundo show Enfoque on Sunday, noting that immigration is an issue he plans to stress at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., which opens next week. … When asked what...
  • The real reason why Pam Geller was not invited to CPAC

    03/03/2013 9:35:41 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 2nd, 2013
    their names are David Keene, Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan. It is Norquist who is blamed for getting Geller kicked off ... “ CPAC Shills For Islamic Terrorists.” . ... Grover Norquist’s troubling ties to Islamic supremacists and jihadists have been known for years. He and his Palestinian wife, Samah Alrayyes, who was director of communications for his Islamic Free Market Institute until they married in 2005, are very active in “Muslim outreach.” Just six weeks after 9/11, The New Republic ran an expose explaining how Norquist arranged for George W. Bush to meet with fifteen Islamic supremacists at the...
  • A Disturbing Event: The American Conservative Union Embraces an Islamist

    08/28/2012 5:10:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 27, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - A Disturbing Event: The American Conservative Union Embraces an IslamistPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On August 27, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 27 Comments Correction: The original post of this article mistakenly cited the Washington Post for the story on Mahboob Khan and Ayman Zawahiri. The correct citation and link is the San Francisco Chronicle.The conservative movement appears to be at a crossroads in its approach to the threat of Islamic supremacism—not only abroad but at home. Does the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood as the dominant force of the “Arab Spring”...
  • The 19 most left-wing members of the U.S. Senate

    07/23/2012 8:54:13 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 16 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 23, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    According to the American Conservative Union, the following 19 Senators compiled the most left-wing voting record in 2011. These scores are based on 20 separate votes that were taken by the U.S. Senate in 2011. A score of 0.00 indicates that the senator voted against the conservative position in each of these 20 votes (in a few instances, the senator did not cast a vote).
  • ACU Chairman: Time for conservatives to unite behind Governor Mitt Romney (Double bag barf alert)

    03/26/2012 11:53:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies · 74+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | March 26, 2012 | Al Cardenas
    We don’t need a fight on the Convention floor in Tampa to justify the strength of the conservative movement. One needs to look no further than the 2010 repossession of the House of Representatives, our big gains in the Senate and 10 big gubernatorial victories as evidence of the power of our conservative principles and ideas. As of today, it is clear neither Senator Santorum nor Speaker Gingrich nor Congressman Paul can amass the majority of delegates required to be the Republican nominee. Their only paths to victory feature a contested, anarchic floor fight just weeks before Americans vote on...
  • Jeb Bush Could Emerge As GOP Nominee At A Brokered Convention, Says Top Republican [Keep Dreamin'!]

    02/10/2012 7:28:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | February 11, 2012 | TOBY HARNDEN and INDERDEEP BAINS
    Jeb Bush Could Emerge As GOP Nominee At A Brokered Convention, Says Top Republican By TOBY HARNDEN 11th February 2012 Al Cardenas, head of the American Conservative Union, has said that Republican turmoil might lead to a brokered convention in which Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, would emerge as a 'possible alternative' party nominee. Mr Cardenas, who is running this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a gathering in Washington of some 10,000 conservatives, told MailOnline that it was not certain that one of the four current Republican candidates would emerge victorious. His comments came as Republicans fretted publicly about...
  • How Conservative is Newt's Actual Voting Record?

    12/02/2011 1:50:20 PM PST · by libertarian neocon · 167 replies
    The folks at Club for Growth has white papers on all the GOP candidates summarizing their public records and does a pretty objective job. Looking at Newt's I really was struck by how conservative Newt's actual voting record was (which of course was mischaracterized by Jennifer Rubin, who I think must have been offered a post in a Romney administration. How else do you explain her going full spittle in support of Romney and anti-Newt?)., with most of the worrisome aspects of his record coming from speeches AFTER he left public office. This is pretty much the exact opposite of...
  • 1998 ACU Ratings: Gingrich 100%, Paul 88%, Santorum 84% [last year all 3 were in Congress]

    12/02/2011 2:04:17 PM PST · by Notwithstanding · 58 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | 12/2/2011 | staff
    1998 was the last year that Gingrich, Paul and Santorum were all in Congress. Gingrich’s annual and lifetime ACU ratings were far better than both of the others: 100% - Gingrich: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (90% Lifetime Rating as of 1998) 88% - Paul: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (88% Lifetime Rating as of 1998) 84% - Santorum: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (83% Lifetime Rating as of 1998) Source: http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/1998/98houseratings.htm
  • ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FL (Sept 23, 2011)

    08/03/2011 6:37:50 PM PDT · by Syncro · 9 replies
    Conservative.Org ^ | Aug 3, 2011 | Staff
    ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FL For Immediate Release: August 3, 2011Contact: Kristy Campbell, (703) 836-8602, KCampbell@conservative.org   ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FLAll-star Panels to Feature Bill Kristol, Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed and Jim Talent ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced eight-time New York Times’ bestselling author Ann Coulter will be a headliner at CPAC FL – the organization’s first in an inaugural series of regional events expanding on the legacy of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Additionally, ACU announced several national conservative leaders will serve on CPAC FL panels, including the founder...
  • Join Us in Florida for the ACU's First Ever Regional CPAC (September 23rd, Orlando)

    06/29/2011 1:00:19 PM PDT · by AnyStreetFL · 20 replies
    www.conservative.org ^ | 06/29/1938 | ACU
    The American Conservative Union is taking CPAC on the road! As our inaugural regional event in Orlando, Florida, CPAC FL will bring national and state conservative leaders and regional grassroots activists together for a day of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities -- all celebrating the shared principles of limited government, a strong national defense and traditional values. This is the don't miss event of the year! Register today!
  • American Conservative Union reaches out to tea party

    04/18/2011 5:39:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Turning the tradition of seniority in politics on its head, the 20-month-old tea party movement suddenly finds itself courted by the 47-year-old American Conservative Union. "To bring America back and defeat President Obama next year will require humility and gratitude by those of us who have toiled in the vineyards of the conservative movement for decades and suddenly find ourselves as outsiders by some in the tea party who are rightfully skeptical of all which occurred before their uprising," ACU Chairman Alberto Cardenas told The Washington Times in announcing staff changes at the organization. His words are calculated to counter...
  • DeLay declares ‘victory’ in war on budget fat (2005)

    04/07/2011 7:05:48 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, September 14, 2005 | The Washington Times
    House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an “ongoing victory,” and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget. Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans’ choice to borrow money and add to this year’s expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn’t seem possible... Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, “Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority...
  • 'Conservative' joins homosexual lobby

    02/15/2011 5:19:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 14, 2011 | WorldNetDaily
    The former executive director for the American Conservative Union has agreed to serve on the advisory council for GOProud, a homosexual lobby that has approved of same-sex "marriage" and the repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that allowed homosexuals to serve in the military if they didn't make an issue of their lifestyle choice even though the law banned that. According to an announcement today from GOProud, Chuck Muth, the former executive director of the ACU, is joining the GOProud leadership team. Christopher Barron, chairman of GOProud's board, said in a prepared statement the organization was honored to...
  • ACU Chief on Palin, Huckabee: 'Not Serious' [David Keene's replacement speaks]

    02/11/2011 5:46:12 PM PST · by Al B. · 34 replies
    National Journal Hotline ^ | February 11, 2011 | Lindsey Boerma
    Take Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee out of the 2012 presidential mix, says Al Cardenas, new chair of the American Conservative Union: If they were serious about running, "they'd probably be here." Interviewed at the end of the second busy day of his organization's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Cardenas dismissed the chances of the two high-profile no-shows. "Both Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin would be formidable contenders, but are unlikely to be nominees," he told On Calll. "But my sense I they're not serious about running because I would think they'd probably be here if they were."
  • MAGILL: Defend CPAC from phony conservatives

    02/09/2011 8:23:41 PM PST · by AustralianConservative · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Scott Magill
    Many conservative organizations have chosen to boycott this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), but Veterans in Defense of Liberty will be there in force. Our group is going to CPAC to fulfill our sworn and solemn oath to “defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” Unfortunately, the nation’s pre-eminent grass-roots conservative gathering has become a showcase for the enemies of the American tradition. The American Conservative Union‘s (ACU) board of directors, led by Grover Norquist, Suhail Khan and until he stepped down yesterday, David Keene, seems to have forgotten the constitutional grounding of American society....
  • Keene steps down as American Conservative Union Chairman the night before CPAC

    02/09/2011 7:20:02 PM PST · by STARWISE · 118 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-9-11 | Steve Nelson
    David Keene, the longtime chairman of the American Conservative Union, stepped down on Wednesday as the leader of the organization, one day ahead of the first of its annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Keene had chaired the organization since 1984 and will still preside over the annual conservative gathering. His impending exit had been anticipated, but not the timing. Al Cardenas was selected to succeed Keene. Cardenas was born in Cuba in 1948, and has been a player in conservative politics since the Reagan presidency. “I look forward to taking advantage of the new energies we see today in...
  • Al Cardenas Elected President of American Conservative Union, But Is He Conservative Enough?

    02/09/2011 4:42:57 PM PST · by Mozilla · 6 replies
    New Times ^ | 2/09/11 | Kyle Munzenrieder,
    Al Cardenas is one of Miami's top political insiders. He's a former two-term chair of the state GOP, and a former member of the nation-wide Executive Committee of the Republican Party. The guy even gave Marco Rubio his first break in politics. The Cuban-American has just been named the president of the influential American Conservative Union, and while he's about as Republican as they come, some insiders are gasping that he may not be conservative enough. Cardenas, now a prominent Miami lawyer and lobbyist who previously served as the group's treasurer, will be the ACU's first new president in more...
  • Why Palin snubbed CPAC

    02/03/2011 12:27:59 PM PST · by onyx · 193 replies
    politico ^ | Updated: 2/3/11 2:04 PM EST | Andy Barr
    The news that Sarah Palin won’t be attending CPAC next week doesn’t come as much surprise. For those keeping score, she’s now been invited three times — and said no thanks each time. A Palin aide did not immediately return a request to explain why, but her reasoning is pretty evident. A Palin source bashed CPAC and its leader David Keene in an interview last year with POLITICO announcing that the former governor wouldn’t be attending – even though CPAC had listed her as an invited guest for the second year in a row. The source called the annual...
  • Conservative Conference Beset By Accusations of Pro-Gay Takeover, Muslim Agenda

    01/19/2011 11:18:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 16, 2011 | Kelley Vlahos
    WASHINGTON -- Allegations of a pro-gay takeover, boycotts, embezzlement and terrorist-loving board members. Sounds like a Hollywood version of a conspiracy thriller, but it's not. It's the buzz around this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, the nation's single largest annual congregation of conservative leaders. Conservatives riding a new wave of momentum thanks to the strength of the Tea Party movement and big wins in the November midterm election should be riding high ahead of this year's CPAC,scheduled to take place in Washington on Feb. 10-13. But the conference, which has met for 38 years, has found itself beset by conflict...
  • A conservative civil war over CPAC

    01/08/2011 9:41:24 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/08/2011 | Ben Smith and Byron Tau
    Friction between parts of the social conservative and libertarian wings of the conservative movement has escalated into a shooting war in the run-up to the 28-year old Conservative Political Action Conference, with accusations of embezzlement (true), homosexuality (true), and creeping sharia (disputed) hurled against the 28-year old conservative institution. CPAC’s leaders respond that its foes’ real gripe is that it won’t give a platform to their lunatic conspiracy theories about presidential birth certificates (disputed). ...Two of the heavyweight groups of the broader right, the Heritage Foundation and the Media Research Center, have dropped out of CPAC and are expected, planners...
  • CPAC host hit with scandal

    12/14/2010 8:57:10 PM PST · by editor-surveyor · 11 replies · 1+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 14, 2010 | Brian Fitzpatrick
    David A. Keene WASHINGTON – The non-profit organization responsible for the largest annual conservative gathering in the U.S. is under investigation for embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donor money over several years, WND has learned. The American Conservative Union, headed by David Keene and best known for its organization of the Conservative Political Action Conference each year in the nation's capital, has been embroiled in controversies in recent years, but this one is shaking the foundations of the Washington institution. The American Conservative Union reported to the Internal Revenue Service last month a "material diversion of...
  • CPAC changes sponsorship rules for GOProud

    10/23/2010 11:22:44 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 22, 2010 | Brian Fitzpatrick
    WASHINGTON -- “What's "in the closet" at the American Conservative Union? ACU staffers repeatedly declined to respond to questions about a report that the organization changed the status of GOProud, a homosexual activist organization that claims to be "conservative," for the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference. GOProud is listed on ACU's website as an "affiliate" for the 2011 CPAC conference. But sources reported GOProud was a "sponsor" last year, a higher status that provides greater influence over conference planning and selection of speakers.
  • Dave Keene: Democrats in Free Fall, Fighting Each Other

    10/01/2010 11:56:53 AM PDT · by Signalman · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/1/2010 | Ronald Kessler
    Democrats are in for ugly blowback once they realize how soundly they are defeated in November, Dave Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, tells Newsmax. Already, because of a belief they will lose, the Democratic leadership has gone into “triage mode” by deciding to cut off support for 30 members of Congress seeking re-election, Keene says. “Once that happens to those members, it’s no longer the Republicans’ fault, it's no longer the tsunami that is approaching, it’s their leaders who have sold them out, and you can see the results already,” Keene says. “On the Hill, they are fighting...
  • Just What Is Mike Castle’s Voting Record? (Without the histrionics)

    09/13/2010 6:05:13 AM PDT · by tlb · 64 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | September 7, 2010 | Jim Geraght
    ...a state registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 329,000 to 179,000. Castle voting history suggests he will vote with conservatives 52 percent of the time. If Coons is elected and votes in a pattern similar to Delaware’s other senator, he will vote the conservative 12 percent; if he emulates current Democratic senator Ted Kaufman, he will vote the conservative position 4 percent. Over his 17 complete years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Castle has voted the conservative position, as defined by the American Conservative Union, about 52 percent of the time. In 2009, ACU scored Castle at 56. Castle opposed the...
  • Little ACORN That Voted

    08/13/2010 6:50:13 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 13, 2010 | Kristin Theresa Jaroma
    The Heritage Foundation Bloggers Briefing on August 10, 2010 welcomed guest speaker David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, speaking on his organization’s recently launched project aimed at exposing ACORN spin-offs, and unmasking what they have done in the past. Given the political situation the country is currently facing today, the American Conservative Union puts forth the questions of what are we [America] going to be facing this fall, and further, what role will ACORN play? ACORN is a community organizing group which was found to have forged thousands of voter registration cards in dozens of states. Former employees...
  • With Health Care Vote, Liberals in Congress Destroy Freedom in America.....

    03/22/2010 12:27:23 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 10 replies · 409+ views
    Washington, DC – David Keene, Chairman of the largest and oldest conservative organization in America, the American Conservative Union, today commented on the decision by Washington liberals in the House to pass the Obama / Pelosi / Reid health bill. “With this vote, the U.S. House has chosen big government over freedom and bureaucracy over people,” said David Keene, “The American Conservative Union has opposed this bill from the start because of its massive cost and red tape. The more we learn and Americans learn about the devil in the details of this bill the more disgust among Americans will...
  • CPAC sells out? Sodomy, the ACLU, Ron Paul and the conservative movement

    02/26/2010 6:50:09 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 58 replies · 914+ views
    http://www.worldtribune.com ^ | February 26, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid for Accuracy in Media
    <p>But what many people don’t realize is that Sorba’s “outburst” was provoked by a speaker who preceded him, Alexander McCobin of Students For Liberty (SFL). McCobin went out of his way to use valuable time from the podium to thank the American Conservative Union, the main CPAC organizer, for making the controversial decision to approve GOProud’s participation.</p>
  • Mike Huckabee Rips CPAC For Becoming ‘More Libertarian’ (Yay mike)

    02/26/2010 11:44:15 AM PST · by presidio9 · 126 replies · 1,677+ views
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | February 26, 2010
    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has criticized the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), whose recent conference he refused to attend, alleging it has departed from its conservative principles. Speaking on Fox News last weekend, Huckabee said that CPAC has become "more libertarian and less Republican over the last few years, one of the reasons why I [did not attend the event] this year." The former GOP presidential candidate also suggested that the popularity of the Tea Party nation movement and its events all over the country have caused the influence of the CPAC to rapidly decline, and the organization is...
  • CPAC Now to Be Known as TPAC

    02/23/2010 12:09:06 PM PST · by jazminerose · 6 replies · 332+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 2/23/2010 | Joy Tiz
    What’s expanding faster than the federal government? CPAC! Last year the diminutive crowd of a mere 8500 overwhelmed the traditional venue, the Omni Shoreham in Washington. This year, the conference was held across the street at the ginormous Marriot, which also became overwhelmed when the crowd swelled to over 10,000. About 5000 attendees were college students, which accounts for the freakish straw poll victory by Ron Paul Perot. Growing even faster than the federal deficit or CPAC, is the Tea Party Movement whose presence was felt throughout the convention. Conservative ideals have always been appealing to most Americans. The problem...
  • The HomoCon Tipping Point: Why CPAC Was a Milestone Weekend for Gays

    02/23/2010 12:24:11 PM PST · by DesertRenegade · 139 replies · 1,801+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | Feb 23, 2010 | Bruce Carroll
    (excerpt) This moment at CPAC is even more important for the conservative movement as it happened at an important time when there is already a generational change going on in America. Boomers are fading, Xer’s are ruling, and Millenials are finding their way. Forty-eight percent of those who participated in the CPAC straw poll last week identified themselves as students. They are the future of conservativism. And they shouted down an anti-gay bigot. There will surely be other homocon-related clashes within the conservative movement, just as the Democrat Party has regularly used the gay community as pawns in their re-election...
  • Tea Party Backlash Unites CPAC 2010

    02/23/2010 10:53:52 AM PST · by Fenix Guy · 23 replies · 611+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | February 22, 2010 | Rachel Alexander
    The few controversial parts of CPAC 2010 were outweighed by the momentum driving the various factions on the right together - opposition to the federal government's spending, bailouts, and attempted takeover of healthcare. 10,000 turned out for CPAC 2010 this year, 1500 more than last year. With Republicans out of power in Washington and Tea Partiers revolting against the Obama administration's massive spending and bailouts, conservatives are coming together stronger than ever. Although there was a National Tea Party convention earlier this month in Nashville featuring Sarah Palin, attended by 1500, it was clear that Tea Partiers were unified with...
  • The Gay Infiltration of the Conservative Movement

    02/22/2010 9:06:23 PM PST · by DesertRenegade · 347 replies · 3,439+ views
    Right Side News ^ | Feb 23, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    California Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chairman Ryan Sorba generated a media controversy when he was shown at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) denouncing the organizers for inviting a homosexual Republican group, GOProud, into the event as an official sponsor. In "controversial" remarks, Sorba said homosexuality was unnatural and that he welcomed more debate and discussion about the subject from his political adversaries. But what many people don't realize is that Sorba's "outburst" was provoked by a speaker who preceded him, Alexander McCobin of Students For Liberty (SFL). McCobin went out of his way to use valuable time from...
  • Has CPAC Gone Gay?

    02/22/2010 7:36:29 PM PST · by publius321 · 45 replies · 1,121+ views
    http://www.ThurstonHowell.NET ^ | February 22, 2010 | Thurston Howell
    When I attend many conservative functions in my early 20's, I was usually the young "whipper snapper" in the room. Now that I am 39 years of age, one troubling thing that I have noticed is that I am -STILL- the young Whipper Snapper in the room. Morality is dying off with the “greatest generation”. As I look into this CPAC audience I noticed something a little different than the conservative functions to which I am accustomed. I see allot of...
  • American Conservative Union 2009 Congressional Ratings

    02/22/2010 4:51:36 PM PST · by Impy · 32 replies · 489+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | Febuary 22, 2010 | Impy
    http://www.acuratings.org/ They were released last week. Currently they're only available in PDF format. They aren't the be all end all but they are a usual barometer among many. They look at 25 votes for each house across a wide spectrum of issues. In 2008 there was a huge lurch to the left according to their scores. Some called their ratings outliers because of this. 2009 saw a general improvement of scores more in line with other years.
  • CPAC Speaker Condemns CPAC For Allowing Gay Conservative Group (VIDEO)

    02/19/2010 6:06:35 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 57 replies · 1,415+ views
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | February 19, 2010 | Eric Kleefeld
    During a CPAC segment to recognize student conservative activists from across the country, one particular conservative, Ryan Sorba of the California Young Americans for Freedom, denounced CPAC for allowing the gay conservative group GOProud to co-sponsor the event and host a booth. After finishing his short speech against homosexuality as being contrary to the concept of natural rights -- amidst booing from the crowd -- he walked off the stage. "Just to change the subject for just a second, I'd like to condemn CPAC for bringing GOPride (sic) to this event," said Sorba. The young activist crowd erupted into booing,...
  • An inconvenient question about the Mount Vernon Statement

    02/18/2010 6:37:27 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 29 replies · 1,094+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | February 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Today is the opening of the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) — the storied annual gathering of the Right. As I noted the other day, it’s also the season for a bumper crop of conservative manifestos, action plans, and ideological contracts. The Mount Vernon Statement, which lays out broad principles for “constitutional conservatism,” has garnered the most buzz. An elegant tribute to limited government and the Founding Fathers, the document carries the signatures of movement leaders, Beltway heavyweights, and veteran activists. Two of the most prominent backers: the American Conservative Union’s David Keene and Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist....