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Larry Beasley

Larry Beasley became President and CEO of The Washington Times (TWT) in October 2012 just after the company celebrated its 30th anniversary.  Mr. Beasley joined

The Hon. Bob Beauprez


The Honorable Bob Beauprez is a former member of the House of Representatives, where he represented Colorado’s 7th district and served on the House Ways and

Kimberly Bellissimo

Kimberly Bellissimo is the co-founder, President and CEO of Base Connect, a direct mail fundraising company that helps federal and state conservative candidates, conservative nonprofit

Kimberly Bellissimo


Kimberly Bellissimo, President and CEO of ForthRight Strategy, a direct mail marketing firm for nonprofit advocacy groups, charities, PACs as well as candidates running for

Morton C. Blackwell

Morton Blackwell is President of the Leadership Institute, which he founded in 1979.  He has served as the National Committeeman of the Republican Party of

The Hon. John R. Bolton

The Honorable John Bolton was appointed as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on August 1, 2005 and served until his resignation in December

Amanda Bunning

Director of Government Affairs

Amanda Bunning serves as the Director of Government Affairs for the American Conservative Union (ACU). Working closely with the Chairman and Executive Director, Amanda will

Jose Cardenas

Mr. José R. Cárdenas has nearly thirty years of experience in the Washington political process and inter-American relations. He has served in senior positions in

José Cárdenas

Mr. José R. Cárdenas has nearly thirty years of experience in the Washington political process and inter-American relations. He has served in senior positions in

The Hon. Ron Christie

Ron Christie is an American government relations expert and Republican political strategist. From 2001 – 2004 he served as Deputy Assistant to Vice President Cheney

Muriel Coleman

Muriel Coleman is a lifelong Madison, Wisconsin resident and conservative activist. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she was the first female state chairman of

Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway is Founder and President of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend a privately-held, woman-owned corporation founded in 1995. The firm is headquartered in Washington,

The Hon. Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay graduated from the University of Houston in 1970 with a BS degree in biology and immediately went to work in the pest control

John Eddy

John is an operations expert, with decades of experience in grassroots marketing, political strategy and media communications and finance.  In addition to his role with

Francis Finnegan

Government Relations Associate and CPAC Speaker Coordinator

Francis Finnegan serves as the Government Relations Associate and CPAC Speaker Coordinator for American Conservative Union.

The Hon. Luis Fortuno

The Honorable Luis Fortuno is the former Governor of Puerto Rico. He is also a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson, where

Amy Noone Frederick


Amy Noone Frederick is President of the 60 Plus Association and represents the interests of senior citizens nationally, with a focus on healthcare, energy, and

Jonathan Garthwaite

Jonathan Garthwaite is VP & General Manager of Townhall Media which encompasses Townhall.com, HotAir.com, Twitchy.com, BearingArms.com, RedState.com, HumanEvents.com and print magazine, Townhall Magazine. Garthwaite joined Townhall

Charlie Gerow

1st Vice Chair

Charlie Gerow serves on the Board of Directors of the ACU . Charlie is CEO of Quantum Communications, a public relations and issue advocacy firm. Recently named

The Hon. Tim Goeglein

The Honorable Tim Goeglein is the Senior Advisor to the president and Vice President of External Relations at Focus on the Family, based in Washington

Alan M. Gottlieb

Alan Gottlieb is Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, serves on the

Millie Hallow

Millie Hallow is the Vice-Chair of the ACU Foundation and is the Managing Director, Executive Operations at the National Rifle Association. She is also a

Colin A. Hanna

Colin Hanna is President of Let Freedom Ring USA, Inc., a non-profit public policy organization committed to promoting Constitutional government, economic freedom and traditional values.

The Hon. Van D. Hipp, Jr.

The Honorable Van Hipp Jr. is Chairman of American Defense International, Inc. (ADI), a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), a think tank dedicated to protecting American national

James V. Lacy

James V. Lacy is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel’s “Varney and Company” and is author of “Taxifornia: Liberal’s Laboratory to Bankrupt America.”

Willes Lee

Willes Lee is the Hawaii Republican Assembly National Director, National Federation of Republican Assemblies Pacific Region Vice President and a former Hawaii Republican Party Chairman.

Michael R. Long

Michael R. Long is a small businessman in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and is currently Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party. He began his political

Ed McFadden

Carolyn D. Meadows

2nd Vice Chair

Carolyn Meadows is a member of The ACU and The ACUF Boards, Benefactor and  Board of Directors member of the National Rifle Association and serves on

Grace Morgan

Development Manager

Grace Morgan serves as the Development Manager for the American Conservative Union (ACU). Working closely with the Chairman and Executive Director, Grace will oversees all

Grover G. Norquist

Grover G. Norquist, a native of Massachusetts, has been one of most effective issues management strategists in Washington for three decades.

Mr. Norquist is president of

Becky Norton Dunlop

Becky Norton Dunlop  is Vice President for External Relations at The Heritage Foundation. Dunlop served as a senior official in the Reagan White House and

Denise Passero

Financial Manager

Denise Passero serves as the Financial Manager at the American Conservative Union.

At the start of her accounting career, Denise worked for Ernst & Young

Ron Robinson

Ron Robinson has served as Young America’s Foundation’s president for more than three decades. Time magazine wrote that Young America’s “Foundation—run by a former Reagan Administration advisor, Ron

Mike Rose

Ned Ryun

Ned Ryun is the founder and CEO of Voter Gravity, a map and mobile-based voter contact technology that turns data into votes. A former writer for

Peter Samuelson

Monica Sansonetti

Coordinator of Events & Conferences

Monica Sansonetti is the Coordinator of Events and Conferences at the American Conservative Union. She serves as sponsor liaison for CPAC.

 Monica joined

The Hon. Matt Schlapp

Chairman, ACU

On June 19, 2014 the board of the American Conservative Union unanimously voted to elect Matt Schlapp as the ninth Chairman of the nation’s oldest

Dan Schneider

Executive Director

Dan Schneider serves as Executive Director of the American Conservative Union (ACU), America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. He has dedicated his career to

Fred L. Smith, Jr.

Fred L. Smith, Jr. is President and Founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market public policy group established in 1984. Mr. Smith combines

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the president of Catholic Advocate, a leading grassroots organization he co-founded in Washington, D.C. to engage and encourage faithful Catholics to actively

Jessica Springer

Executive Assistant and Human Resource Director

Jessica Springer is the main point of contact for the Chairman of the ACU and the ACUF as well as for the Executive Director Dan

Carin Walters

Director of Events & Conferences

Carin Walters serves as the Director of Events and Conferences for the American Conservative Union.

Previously, she held internships at the Leadership Institute and Clear

Thomas S. Winter

Executive Committee Member

Thomas Winter has for more than four decades been the guiding force behind Human Events, the national conservative weekly that was Ronald Reagan’s favorite publication. He became the Edi­tor

Edward Yevoli

Ed Yevoli holds a BA and a JD from the University of Notre Dame (’90 and ’93), and an LL.M. in taxation from the University

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