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The American Conservative Union (ACU) was founded in 1964 to promote the principles of liberty and the strength of the Constitution. As the nation’s largest and strongest grassroots conservative organization, the ACU serves as the umbrella organization for conservatives in America. The ACU tracks a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which issues and votes serve as a dividing line to help separate those members of the U.S. House and Senate who protect liberty as conservatives and those who are truly liberal. Since 1971, the Congressional ratings have been 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. ACU is dedicated to supporting the efforts of courageous conservative leaders fighting for limited government, promoting prosperity and individual freedom, and defending traditional values. As a result, the ACU Ratings of Congress has throughout its 42 editions included a wide variety of issues covering votes on taxes, wasteful government spending, cultural issues, defense and foreign policy. 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 2011, ACU brought its commitment to conservative ideals to the states, by rating members in five legislatures. In 2012, ACU scored 15 states, as part of its five-year plan to bring ratings to all 50 states — scoring every legislature in every state, every session.

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Real Patent Reform Should Strengthen Property Rights, Not Weaken Them
"Preserving America’s spirit of invention and the dynamism of our economy requires the constant vigilance Reagan called for..." [read more]
- Carly Fiorina

Patent Reform Comes At The Expense of Entrepreneurship And The American Worker
“I have long been a critic of China for, among many things, its trade abuses and currency manipulation..." [read more]
- Rick Santorum

Cruz opposes PATENT Act in Senate Judiciary Committee
“We have in our economy I think a particular obligation to protect innovators. To protect the little guy who is inventing the next great invention that will transform the world that we don’t know what it is we don’t understand where it might be going and yet it represents a threat to the status quo. A threat to the giant corporations of today because they are in their garage starting the company that will become the giant corporation of tomorrow.”
- Sen. Ted Cruz

Congress should protect patent system, not weaken it
“In my opinion, the Innovation Act threatens American inventors, particularly individual inventors and those working at small businesses and startups..." [read more]
- Rep. Thomas Massie

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ACU Endorses Jim Banks

ACU Endorses Jim Banks

Washington, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced its endorsement of Jim Banks, the leading conservative in Indiana’s race

ACUF Announced Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the West Virginia Legislature

American Conservative Union Foundation to Announce Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the West Virginia Legislature

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) has announced

ACUF Announced Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the New Hampshire General Court

American Conservative Union Foundation to Announce Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the New Hampshire General Court

WASHINGTON DC – In the 2015 session

ACUF Announced Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the Maine State Legislature

American Conservative Union Foundation to Announce Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the Maine State Legislature

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THE ROAD TO CPAC

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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