“Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the oldest and largest grassroots 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.”
The ACU Foundation, which was established in 1973, has a primary mission to inform, inspire, motivate, and reach out to those who are conservatives, especially young Americans. It is refreshing to see large groups of Americans break out into sessions of interest and workshops. Educating voters and office-holders, the conference strives to offer solutions to current problems that face the nation.
From thoughtful discussions, workshops, and panel questions and answer sessions emerge solutions that would work best for our country when and if they are applied.
Speakers include conservative media personalities such as Laura Ingraham, conservative members of State legislatures, current governors like Scott Walker, former governors such as Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Diane Black, Sen. Ben Sasse, and other leaders who influence conservative thought and key policy issues. Potential presidential candidates for 2016 and their platforms will be evaluated and vetted by the public and a straw poll will take place. Dr. Ben Carson will help launch the ACU Activism Boot Camp.
ACU’s Chairman Schlapp said, “Republican presidential nomination starts here.” ACU Foundation’s Chairman, Carly Fiorina, stated that she supports candidates focused on job creation and economic growth policy. “Grassroots individual empowerment” is an important goal to pursue.
ACU describes on its website their mission:
“We aim to elevate policy discussion and inform Americans on issues across the spectrum, with the annual Conservative Action Political Action Conference, policy roundtable events across the country and our annual ratings of Congress and state legislatures. Our inaugural Center for Criminal Justice Reform will be joined by several more centers in the coming year, ranging from the humanities to defense policy.” http://conservative.org/#sthash.rvkTha6p.dpuf
The Reagan Dinner this year will open with Janine Stange who is known for singing our National Anthem in all 50 states.
Participants from the media include Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Phil Robertson, Dana Loesch, Laura Ingraham, and Donald Trump.
Other speakers include Nigel Farage, a member of the European Parliament for the South East region of the UK and leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Former and current politicians, former Ambassador John Bolton, former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, Governor Bobbi Jindal of Louisiana, former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, Sen. Rand Paul, Governor Mike Pence, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, Heritage Foundation’s President Jim DeMint, Rep. Mia Love, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rick Santorum, Sen. Joni Ernst, and Governor Rick Perry round the speakers roster.
The topics of discussion will include immigration, porous and insecure borders, amnesty, cyber security, Internet, national debt, elections, unemployment, national security, and the global threat of jihad.