Coalition for a Conservative Majority
The Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM), a 501(c)(4) "entity that bills itself as a grass-roots action and advocacy organization", was co-founded in November 2007 by indicted former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell to "help conservatives better convey their message to voters and take back control of Congress."
"CCM plans to establish several local chapters in major media markets throughout the country (a meeting of the Houston chapter, in DeLay's political backyard, is scheduled for Nov. 27[, 2007]). CCM particularly is targeting those media markets where left-of-center advocacy groups and 527s are operating.
"Through these chapters and Blackwell's personal outreach, CCM plans to 'identify, recruit, train, inspire, activate and mobilize conservative activists to take specific action on policy issues and political causes'."
DeLay's "target is to combat a well-organised coalition of liberal pressure groups led by moveon.org, whose backers include billionaire financier George Soros. ... In one tactic borrowed straight from the opposition playbook, CCM volunteers will be issued with video cameras to pursue Democratic politicians in the hope of capturing a so-called 'YouTube' moment if they say or do something embarrassing or contradictory."
"Democrats said the new group is part of a 'shadow' effort by conservatives, including outlets such as the Majority Accountability Project and Freedom's Watch, who they say are made up of Republicans who were in power when their party began to fall out of favor with independent voters."
Blackwell, CCM's Chairman, is the only one named as "Leadership" on the groups website.
However, according to a November 15, 2007, article published by Roll Call, DeLay "will remain active in CCM, in particular as honorary finance chairman. ... Chris Perkins is serving as CCM's executive director and will be based in Washington, D.C., where he will oversee additional staff. Perkins formerly served as vice president of the now-defunct Free Enterprise Fund and previously worked at Americans for a Republican Majority, the political action committee DeLay ran when he served in the House."
Blackwell "began fundraising and organizing for the group earlier [in 2007]. Members will be required to pay an annual fee of $52, which will go toward funding the group's outreach efforts."
CCM registered as a 501(c)(4) tax exempt charitable organization with the Washington State Secretary of State as the Coalition for a Conservative Majority, Inc. prior to December 2006. CCM stated that it utilized The Richard Norman Company as its "Commercial Fundraisers or Co-Venturers Utilized (past & present)".
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Related SourceWatch articles
- David M. Drucker, "Without DeLay," Roll Call (CCMajority.com), November 15, 2007.
- Eric Pfeiffer, "DeLay founds coalition to polish GOP message," Washington Times, November 16, 2007.
- Philip Sherwell, "Tom DeLay targets US liberals in media war," The Telegraph (UK), November 5, 2007.
- Leadership, CCMajority.org.
- Charitable Solicitations Program Charity Profile Report for Coalition for a Conservative Majority, Inc., Registration #23883, Federal EIN 20-8457008, Secretary of State, Washington. Purpose Categories: Public Safety/Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, and Public Affairs/Society Benefit.
- Interview: "Further DeLay. No Retreat, No Surrender," The National Review Online, March 19, 2007.
- John Fund, "He's a Hammer and the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy Is a Nail," OpinionJournal, November 16, 2007.
- Jackie Kucinich, "DeLay, Blackwell launch activist group," The Hill, November 16, 2007.
- Steve Benen, "The Coalition for a Conservative Majority joins the fray," The Carpetbagger Report, November 16, 2007.
- Bill Berkowitz, ""Mr. Blackwell and The Hammer: Two rejected Republican politicians form new "grassroots" organization aiming to challenge Democrats and regain control of Congress", Media Transparency, November 28, 2007.