Our Mission

What we believe

We believe that the Constitution of the United States is the best political charter yet created by men for governing themselves. It is our belief that the Constitution is designed to guarantee the free exercise of the inherent rights of the individual through strictly limiting the power of government.

What We Believe

What is Conservatism?

Conservatism is the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person.

Believe

What we do

Grow Conservatism
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We grow Conservatism.

CPAC: Every year since 1973, ACU proudly hosts The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives. Elected officials, leading conservative voices and thousands of activists convene in National Harbor, Maryland to deepen and broaden knowledge while equipping conservatives with skills to become more effective activists.
In its 45 year history, CPAC has been honored to present prominent conservatives including Presidents of the United States, Vice Presidents, cabinet officials, Members of Congress, members of the judiciary, conservative thought leaders and foreign officials.


CPAC 365: Conservatism begins at the grassroots with CPAC 365, a year round, nationwide effort to bring CPAC’s intellectual content and activist training to local and international communities. CPAC 365 held over a dozen events in 2017, including events in Tokyo, Japan; Anaheim, California; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Define Conservatism
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We define Conservatism.

Education: The American Conservative Union Foundation, ACUF, is a 501(C)(3) educational foundation that illustrates why conservative policies work better than liberal alternatives to solve the myriad problems facing America. ACUF hosts five Policy Centers—comprising Criminal Justice Reform, Human Dignity, 21st Century Property Rights, Statesmanship and Diplomacy, and Arts & Culture—for which Senior Policy Fellows produce research, write editorials and craft activism training.

Congressional Ratings: Since 1971, ACUF’s Congressional Ratings have become the gold standard in determining how an elected official views the role of government in an individual’s life. Each year ACUF produces scores based on the voting records of every Member of Congress and issues awards to the most conservative Members. ACUF applies the same standard State Legislators and issues scores to 8,000+ Members every year.

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We win for Conservatism.

Political Activity:

Innovative political activists founded ACU to harness the collective strength of the conservative movement and support the campaigns of conservative candidates, notably contributing to Reagan’s presidential campaigns and establishing a primary challenger to Richard Nixon. ACU is deeply connected to American politics and supports candidates who embrace our core values in races where we know we can make a difference. Since reigniting our independent expenditures in 2014, we’ve contributed to scores of winning campaigns, paving the way for future political success.

Who we are

Our Leadership

Matt Schlapp

Matt Schlapp

Chairman

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 and largest conservative grassroots organization. From 2001 to 2005, Schlapp served as President Bush’s political director during the re-election and previously as his deputy political director. During the 2000 presidential campaign he was a Regional Political Director with oversight of Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

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Schneider Bio

Dan Schneider

Executive Director

“Conservatism is the political philosophy which states that sovereignty resides in the person.”

Dan Schneider has been Executive Director of The American Conservative Union (ACU) for nearly five years. He is passionate about conservatism which he defines as “the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person.” He also believes deeply in the unique American experiment which daily tests the proposition whether people can govern themselves.

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Join Us

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Located in the Beltway, and growing

Thanks for your interest in joining our team! We are looking for people who are passionate about spreading the message of hope and  prosperity conservatism offers. Please check out the job openings below and send us your resume if you want to help us accomplish our mission. We look forward to hearing from you.