Conservative Victory Committee

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The Conservative Victory Committee (CVC) (Committee ID C00218172) is an independent multi-candidate political action committee dedicated to electing conservative candidates to every level of public office, its website states.

The CVC has been described as "Individuals promoting the U.S. conservative political movement. Advocates a strong national defense, reductions in nondefense spending to achieve a balanced federal budget, lower taxes, and the hegemony of state and local governments in social policy matters. Supports conservative candidates for office at the federal level and lobbies for conservative issues and causes. Leads a grass roots organization in the effort to promote candidates and causes."[1]


Funding

In its first year, 1988, the Conservative Victory Committee raised over $1 million in support of candidates and causes. In 1990, it was the second largest conservative PAC in America.[2]

Activities

In 1993, the Taxpayers Defense Committee was a "joint project of the Citizens United and the Conservative Victory Committee."[3]

In October 1994, the Conservative Victory Committee withdrew its support of Mitt Romney, who was then running against Massachusetts incumbent Senator Ted Kennedy for his seat in Congress. Brent Bozell, CVC Executive Director, "said the organization had urged its members to donate money to help Mr. Romney defeat Mr. Kennedy. ... But he said he changed his mind after seeing [a Kennedy-Romney] debate ... 'Mitt Romney Republicans are no different than Ted Kennedy Democrats when it comes to cultural issues,' Mr. Bozell said."[4]

"The group said Romney's nationally televised debate performance against Sen. Edward M. Kennedy showed he is 'anti-family' and running away from conservative Republican themes. ... 'It makes no difference who wins (the Senate race)' [Bozell said] ... 'Romney is not going to be a fighter for a conservative agenda.'"[5]

In 1998, Triad Management Services, Inc. finance director Meredith O'Rourke testified in Congress that, in 1996, "Triad worked to raise funds for individual candidates"; that Triad "was in regular contact with individuals who worked for the PACs"; and that "either she or" Carolyn Malenick "was in contact with people at the Faith Family and Freedom PAC, the Conservative Victory Committee, the Eagle Forum, the Conservative Campaign Fund, Citizens United, the Republican National Coalition for Life, the Madison Project, and the Sacramento-based Citizens Allied for Free Enterprise and Americans for Free Enterprise".[6]

In September 1998, the Conservative Victory Committee and Citizens United "broadcast television commercials laden with vicious personal attacks on two Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden), which risked antagonizing those who were sitting in judgment" of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.[7]

Contributors and supported candidates

A partial list of CVC's contributors and supported candidates can be found here.

Personnel / members

The following are either former or current CVC personnel.

Contact information

325 South Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703 684-6603

Resources and articles

References

  1. Conservative Victory Committee, AllBusiness.com, accessed July 5, 2007.
  2. Profile: L. Brent Bozell III, Conservative Chronicle, undated 2007.
  3. Michael Clark, "Selling issues - political consultants," Campaigns & Elections (FindArticles.com), April-May 1993. See page 4.
  4. "Romney Loses Group's Backing," New York Times, October 26, 1994.
  5. Joe Battenfeld, "Conservative group yanks its support for Mitt," Boston Herald, October 27, 1994. (Romney Files. Vintage '94 articles reveal the 'old mitt' posted by thedailybackground.com).
  6. "Investigation of Illegal or Improper Activities in Connection with 1996 Federal Election Campaigns," 105th Congress; 2nd Session, U.S. Senate Report 105-167 Part 5, Ordered to be printed March 10, 1998.
  7. William L. Benoit and Dawn M. Hill, "A critical analysis of Judge Clarence Thomas' statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee," Communications Studies (FindArticles.com), Fall 1998. See page 3.
  8. Oliver North, Council for National Policy Selected Member Biographies, SeekGod (Canada), undated.
  9. Profile: Richard Kimble, The Public Eye, accessed July 5, 2007.

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