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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 will 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, starting with the 100 days leading up to the conference with our Road to CPAC.

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 41 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. Last year ACU brought its commitment to conservative ideals to the states, by rating members in five legislatures. In 2013 ACU is on track to score 20 states, as part of its five-year plan to bring ratings to all 50 states — scoring every legislature in every state, every year.

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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WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union (ACU) applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman

ACU: Vote YES on HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act

Dear Member of Congress,

On behalf of the American Conservative Union (ACU), I urge you to vote “YES” when HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights

American Conservative Union Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 meeting of the Michigan Legislature

WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released its 2016 ratings of the Michigan Legislature. In our fifth year of rating the state,

ACU: We’re glad FCC Chairman Pai slammed the brakes on predecessor’s regulatory takeover

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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