Brendan Steinhauser

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Brendan Steinhauser, a former student activist at the University of Texas, is the author of The Conservative Revolution: How to Win the Battle for College Campuses. The book is a guide for right-wing activists, and calls on them to "launch a conservative revolution on college campuses."

An alum of the Young Conservatives of Texas, Steinhauser established a sister organisation to YCT, the Young Conservatives of California.[1] These groups are known for their in-your-face style. They have put on events like affirmative action bake sales, professor watchlists, Straight Pride days, and Texas Independence Day celebrations. The groups also lobby the state legislatures of Texas and California.

Ryan Sorba, a controversial College Republican at California State University--San Bernardino, is the Chairman of YCC. Steinhauser has written on his blog about their antics on campuses, and published a piece on about Sorba's attempt to establish a Christian club at CSUSB that discriminates against homosexuals and non-Christians.

According to his bio on and, Steinhauser is affiliated with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Leadership Institute. His website indicates that he teaches "grassroots methods" for LI throughout the country. Steinhauser also is affiliated with the right-wing Collegiate Network, funded by ISI. The CN pours money into conservative campus newspapers and journals such as the Dartmouth Review and UT-Austin's Contumacy.

Steinhauser has published other articles in right-wing publications Human Events,, Front Page Magazine, Intellectual Conservative and The Austin Review. His articles have attacked Noam Chomsky, PETA, progressive professors and students, university administrators and the peace movement.

Steinhauser was the Washington, D.C. chapter leader of the right-wing protest group, Protest Warrior. He led the counter-protest against the anti-war movement's mobilization on September 24, 2005. The group's confrontational and provocative methods have caused incidents at numerous peace rallies. Steinhauser also led an "infiltration" of a peace rally in San Diego in March of 2005, and protests of Michael Moore in Crawford, Texas and San Diego, California. He brags about making short films of his provocative "infiltrations" and distributes them to other activists.

Steinhauser writes for a blog called "Reagan's Children." The blog includes young conservative writers Ben Shapiro and Hans Zeiger, as well as ISI Membership Director Francisco Gonzalez. Shapiro and Zeiger both have published books and are apparently in the process of writing another.

Steinhauser was employed as the grassroots manager and then director for state and federal campaigns for Dick Armey's advocacy group FreedomWorks in Washington, D.C. This organization claims 800,000 members and works on privatization of social security, tax cuts, deregulation, tort "reform" and spending "restraint." FreedomWorks claims credit for pushing Telecom "reform" through the Texas and Indiana legislatures in 2005 and 2006. Steinhauser quit[1] in the wake of Armey's resignation, and joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation as director of communications for the Right on Crime Initiative.[2]

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  1. Janie Lorber, "Top FreedomWorks Staffers Depart in Wake of Armey's Resignation" Roll Call, December 4, 2012
  2. Robert Garrett, "FreedomWorks official who vowed to help topple Straus takes Austin think tank post" The Dallas Morning News Trail Blazers blog, January 2, 2013