American Conservative Union

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The American Conservative Union (ACU) describes itself as "the nation's oldest conservative lobbying organization."[1]

"ACU's purpose is to effectively communicate and advance the goals and principles of conservatism through one multi-issue, umbrella organization. The Statement of Principles makes clear ACU's support of capitalism, belief in the doctrine of original intent of the framers of the Constitution, confidence in traditional moral values, and commitment to a strong national defense," its website states.[1]

"Over the years, ACU has been on the cutting edge of major public policy battles. Among ACU's significant efforts, past and present, are fighting to keep OSHA off the back of small businesses, opposing the Panama Canal giveaway, opposing the SALT treaties, supporting aid to freedom fighters in Marxist countries, promoting the confirmation of conservative Justices to the Supreme Court, battling against higher taxes, and advocating the need for near-term deployment of strategic defenses," it states on its website.

"In 1994, through its Citizens Against Rationing Health coalition, sponsorship of national 'town meetings,' and a 'Health Care Truth Tour,' ACU spearheaded the conservative response on the health reform issue. Whether fighting for lower taxes and less government spending, more effective and efficient military protection, or the cause of freedom world-wide, by speaking for the entire conservative movement the American Conservative Union is always 'Your Conservative Voice in Washington'," its website states.[1]


According to the ACU website, "since 1973, the ACU Foundation has hosted the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, where thousands of conservative activists and leaders from across the country join together for a three-day event to discuss current issues and policies and to set the agenda for the future of the conservative movement. CPAC is open to the general public and offers a distinguished cast of participants, speakers and panelists. Among the most notable guests: Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush; Vice Presidents Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney; former Senate GOP leader Bob Dole; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Senators Zell Miller, Rick Santorum and George Allen; as well as numerous other congressional members, Cabinet officers, media correspondents, international celebrities and key political figures."

Officers and Executive Staff


Contact details

1007 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703 836-8602
Fax: 703 836-8606
Email: acu AT


  • Allan C. Brownfeld, The financiers of revolution: A special study of how foundations and organizations are using Federal "tax exemption" laws to promote political and social upheaval in America (American Conservative Union, 1969).


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 American Conservative Union, "About ACU", The American Conservative Union website, accessed July 2009.

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