Nov 12, 2014

The American Conservative Union (ACU) is saddened by the loss of former ACU chairman and conservative pioneer Representative Phil Crane.

Illinois Congressman Philip M. Crane was elected ACU chairman in February 1977. While the Reagan defeat had temporarily taken the wind out of the movement’s sails, ACU was nonetheless firmly cemented on the political scene as the flagship of the conservative movement. Under Crane, it turned its attention to activism on high-profile, high-stakes national issues with less heed paid to squabbles with the GOP or other conservative groups. The task...

Nov 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today, President Obama released his Statement on Net Neutrality and said, “We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.”

In his statement, Obama strategically employs conservative-sounding rhetoric, but with one key difference: Conservatives believe that government should not pick winners and losers.

The American Conservative Union (ACU) believes that it is the free-market’s job to decide winners and losers...

Nov 6, 2014

Last week, ACU joined with other conservative experts to discuss the importance of patents and intellectual property to our economy and discuss the dangers of a rush to pass so-called patent reform.  On Tuesday, October 28th, ACU’s Executive Director, Dan Schnieder, participated in a Capitol Hill panel discussion organized by Eagle Forum titled “A Fresh Conservative Look at Patent Issues.” Also on the panel were: Adam Mossoff, law professor and founder of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University; Alden Abbott, Deputy Director of the Heritage...

Nov 5, 2014

Washington, D.C.- – The 2014 midterm elections led to sweeping historic victories involving conservatives and Republicans, including one former member of the American Conservative Union Board of Directors.

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp stated: 

“Candidates who embraced conservative solutions won last night.  Americans rejected President Obama, his Chicago-style political machine tactics, and the so-called ‘War on Women.’ ...

Nov 4, 2014

Washington, D.C.- The American Conservative Union (ACU) ramped up its involvement in political races this election cycle by endorsing more candidates than ever before, placing nearly 100,000 live calls to get out the vote in targeted races, running a TV ad campaign, and sending out nearly 300,000 pieces of political direct mail.

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said that ACU is reengaging in campaigns:

“The message from the voters is clear. They want an end to the Obama era and they are willing to give solution-oriented conservatives another shot. So ACU...

Nov 2, 2014

The American Conservative Union has endorsed former ACU board member Asa Hutchinson for governor of Arkansas. ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said Hutchinson will bring to the governor’s office a lifetime of dedicated public service.

“As a congressman, a member of the George W. Bush Administration and as a board member of ACU, Asa Hutchinson has worked to promote conservative values,” Schlapp said. “His lifetime ACU rating of “84” out of “100” reflected support for conservative principles on a wide variety of issues. He is committed to tax relief to promote economic growth,...

Nov 2, 2014

The American Conservative Union has endorsed Jeff Bell for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey. ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said Bell has devoted his life to promoting conservative values.

“Jeff Bell was one of the pioneers of the modern conservative movement,” Schlapp said. “When he won the Republican nomination for the Senate from New Jersey in 1978 over an incumbent Senator, it helped lay the groundwork for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1980 and was the first campaign to win on a platform of tax cuts. As a co-founder of the American Principles Project and a board member of...

Nov 2, 2014

The American Conservative Union has endorsed ACU board member Bob Beauprez for governor of Colorado. ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said Beauprez’s lifetime ACU rating of 94 as a member of Congress shows that he will bring a strong commitment to conservative principles to the Colorado governor’s office.

“John Hickenlooper was elected as a moderate, but his record is anything but. He has endorsed the far left agenda of the legislature, which spent more time implementing gun control than promoting economic growth, resulting in an unemployment level higher than surrounding states," Schlapp...

Oct 31, 2014

The American Conservative Union said although Congressman Rick Nolan says his goal is to “expand the middle class,” his record in Congress shows he would do just the opposite.  ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp says that Nolan’s ACU rating of “8” out of “100” means he has voted with the Obama high tax regulatory agenda 92 percent of the time.

“Rick Nolan supports Obamacare’s middle class tax increases such as the tax on medical devices, refused to oppose a carbon tax that would drive up energy prices for middle class families and supports the heavy-handed regulatory agenda of the...

Oct 31, 2014

The American Conservative Union says that while Congressman Bill Keating claims to “protect and promote” small businesses in Massachusetts, his record shows he has done just the opposite.  ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said Keating’s ACU lifetime rating of “5” out of “100” means he has supported the anti-small business tax and regulatory agenda of the Obama Administration 95 percent of the time.

“Congressman Keating has fought every attempt to reform Obamacare, reform Project Labor Agreements that make it difficult for small businesses to obtain government contracts and refused to...