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Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the nation’s original conservative organization. For more than fifty years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. As America’s premier conservative voice, ACU is the leading entity in providing conservative positions on issues to Congress, the Executive Branch, State Legislatures, the media, political candidates, and the public.


What We Do

ACU GROWS CONSERVATISM

accentCPAC: Every year since 1973, ACU proudly hosts CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives. Taking place in Washington, D.C., each year, CPAC educates, brings together and energizes thousands of attendees, leading conservative organizations and speakers who impact conservative thought in the nation. From Presidents of the United States to college students, CPAC is the place to find our nation’s current and future leaders and set the conservative agenda each year.
CPAC 365: ACU’s founders were animated to help shape America at a crucial turning point in our history.  CPAC is now a full time project, a vision we call, “CPAC 365.”  We provide richer intellectual content at our annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), equip attendees with the skills to become more effective activists; and expand this new CPAC from a three-day annual conference to a year-round effort.

ACU DEFINES CONSERVATISM

Congressional Ratings: Since 1971, ACU’s Congressional Ratings have become the gold standard in holding every member of Congress accountable for their voting record by scoring some of the most important issues facing our nation. These votes are not announced in advance, so as to capture how Members vote when no one is looking. As a result, the ACU Ratings of Congress has throughout its 45 editions included a wide variety of issues covering votes on taxes, wasteful government spending, cultural issues, defense and foreign policy.

State Ratings: Standing by voters around the nation, ACU is leading the way to encourage and help the next generation of conservative leaders, beginning at the state level. In 2012, ACU brought its commitment to conservative ideals to the states, by rating members in five legislatures. ACU is now in its third year scoring all 50 state legislatures, totaling over 8,000 legislators.

Education: The American Conservative Union Foundation, ACUF, a 501(c)(3) educational foundation that influences, converts and educates those who may not know they are conservatives as well as informing, inspiring and motivating those who know they are conservatives.

ACU WINS FOR CONSERVATISM

Political Activity: ACU has a long storied tradition of political activity, from establishing a primary challenger to Richard Nixon to being a significant donor of Ronald Reagan campaigns. We know what matters in American politics and support candidates who embrace our core values. We are proud to have supported key conservatives in races where we know we can make a difference. In the 2014 cycle, we reignited our political efforts by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on independent expenditures and contributing to scores of winning campaigns. Our traditions have paved the way for a future of political success.


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ACU Foundation Applauds Movement on Tax Reform, Presses Congress to Keep Promise of Sweeping Cuts

The Senate Finance Committee voted in favor of its tax bill, setting up a pivotal debate and floor vote that we hope will lead to

Foreign Countries’ Manipulation of Antitrust Laws Smother American Innovation

Back in May, I wrote an opinion editorial in The Hill regarding Obama-era Federal Trade Commission (FTC) policies that continue to limit our

ACUF’s 2017 Colorado State Ratings – Rocky Year Sees Moderate Improvement

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings for the 2017 meeting of the Colorado General Assembly. These ratings,

ACU Applauds Reintroduction of Sentencing Reform in the Senate from Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley

ALEXANDRIA- Today, the American Conservative Union (ACU) cheered the reintroduction of Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s legislation to reform our broken sentencing and corrections

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Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the original conservative organization in the nation. For more than fifty years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. As America's premier conservative voice, ACU is the leading entity in providing conservative positions on issues to Congress, the Executive Branch, State Legislatures, the media, political candidates, and the public. Read More

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