One of the publications that President Reagan was referring to is ACU’s distinguished annual Rating of Congress¸ the gold standard of conservative congressional ratings. This publication scores key votes each year in order to determine the commitment of each Representative and Senator to conservative principles. ACU’s ratings are cited in publications worldwide to describe the voting patterns of Senators and Members of Congress (shown by either a high or low conservative rating).
ACUF’s largest educational event is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), widely recognized as the premier gathering of conservatives worldwide. More than 6,000 registrants attended the 2007 conference. CPAC 2008 will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC February 7-9, 2008. For registration and additional information, visit www.cpac.org.
Of CPAC, Vice President Dick Cheney says: “CPAC has consistently over the years championed those ideas that have made America great: limited government, free enterprise, low taxes and a strong national defense.” The conference is seen by all as an educational event providing a broad forum of learning and discussion about conservative principles and how those principles apply to present-day public-policy issues.
The Los Angeles Times calls CPAC “…A showcase of the heart and soul of American conservatism.” CPAC 2008 invited speakers include Mike Pence, George Will, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Duncan Hunter, Rudy Giuliani, Jeb Hensarling, Tom Tancredo, and Mike Huckabee, to name just a few.
ACU, ACUF and programs such as CPAC play vital roles in educating and energizing the conservative movement. Shortly after the November 2006 election, ACU Chairman David A. Keene commented:
“We would be better off as a nation and as conservatives if the leaders of the two parties in and out of Congress would fight out their differences on substantive questions for the simple reason that most Americans have the common sense and intelligence to support the conservative position on important issues when there is a fair debate. The Democrats acknowledged this themselves this year by running candidates who they urged to support many of the substantive positions their Republican opponents were articulating, because they knew—as we must remember—that while the American people were willing to reject the feckless and halfhearted leadership they saw from Republicans in Congress, they want to support people who share their conservative values.”
CPAC and our other educational resources help keep the voting public informed on the critical issues facing our nation today. In doing so, we are helping prepare the next generation of conservative leaders with the information they need to continue fostering the goals and values we all share.
By supporting the ACUF through the Combined Federal Campaign, you will be helping strengthen the conservative movement in the important year ahead and beyond.
There are many other ways to get involved with the ACU and ACUF including various levels of membership and free e-mail action alerts. Be sure to visit ACU and ACUF online at www.conservative.org.