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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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What happened to Chief Justice Roberts?

The Hill By: Charles N. W. Keckler

Ten years ago, a promising conservative jurist outlined the principle by which King v. Burwell should have been

“Today’s opinion creates the Church of the Supreme Court,” says ACU’s Schlapp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 26, 2015

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp on today’s Supreme Court decision in “Obergefell v. Hodges”:

“The

ACU’S Schlapp on King v. Burwell: “Justice Roberts and the other concurring five justices have disgraced their office, sprayed graffiti on the Constitution, and set America on a path toward a constitutional crisis.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2015

For More Information Contact: Ian Walters iwalters@conservative.org 202.347.9388

(Washington, DC) Today, The American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman

ACU’s Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy Hosts Panel On Iran Nuclear Deal As Their First Event

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The Iran Nuclear Deal:  What Can We Expect?

This summer, President Obama and Secretary Kerry seek to establish a nuclear

Hillary Clinton’s Voting Rights Speech Forgets Veterans, Ignores Popular Opinion

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Written By: Spencer Brown

In a speech on voting rights in Houston, Texas, Thursday afternoon, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outlined three groups of disenfranchised

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“The people I see at Conservative events contain vast numbers of young activists.”

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Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the original conservative organization in the nation. For more than forty 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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