About Us

What is Conservatism?

Conservatism is the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person.

We believe that the Constitution of the United States is the best political charter yet created by men for governing themselves. It is our belief that the Constitution is designed to guarantee the free exercise of the inherent rights of the individual through strictly limiting the power of government.

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Our Efforts

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We Define Conservatism.

Education: The American Conservative Union Foundation, ACUF, is a 501(C)(3) educational foundation that illustrates why conservative policies work better than liberal alternatives to solve the myriad problems facing America. ACUF hosts five Policy Centers—comprising Criminal Justice Reform, Human Dignity, 21st Century Property Rights, Statesmanship and Diplomacy, and Arts & Culture—for which Senior Policy Fellows produce research, write editorials and craft activism training.

Congressional Ratings: Since 1971, ACUF’s Congressional Ratings have become the gold standard in determining how an elected official views the role of government in an individual’s life. Each year ACUF produces scores based on the voting records of every Member of Congress and issues awards to the most conservative Members. ACUF applies the same standard State Legislators and issues scores to 8,000+ Members every year.

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We Grow Conservatism.

CPAC: Every year since 1974, ACU proudly hosts The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives. Elected officials, leading conservative voices and thousands of activists convene in National Harbor, Maryland to deepen and broaden knowledge while equipping conservatives with skills to become more effective activists.
In its 45 year history, CPAC has been honored to present prominent conservatives including Presidents of the United States, Vice Presidents, cabinet officials, Members of Congress, members of the judiciary, conservative thought leaders and foreign officials.

CPAC On the Road: Conservatism begins at the grassroots with the America vs Socialism: CPAC Tour, a year round, nationwide effort to bring CPAC’s intellectual content and activist training to local and international communities. Some of our most recent travels across the country have included: Tennessee, Georgia, Nevada, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania and more. We have also taken the message of freedom abroad in: Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and more! Visit our events page to see where we're headed next.


We Win for Conservatism.

Political Activity:

Innovative political activists founded ACU to harness the collective strength of the conservative movement and support the campaigns of conservative candidates, notably contributing to Reagan’s presidential campaigns and establishing a primary challenger to Richard Nixon. ACU is deeply connected to American politics and supports candidates who embrace our core values in races where we know we can make a difference. Since reigniting our independent expenditures in 2014, we’ve contributed to scores of winning campaigns, paving the way for future political success.

Who We Are

Our Leadership

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Matt Schlapp


Matt Schlapp is the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, the nation’s original grassroots conservative organization. During his five-year tenure as chairman, ACU has almost tripled in size, expanded CPAC to reach 25 million live viewers and 1 billion Twitter impressions at the most recent CPAC. ACU also hosts dozens of additional events, including Battleground CPACs in the US and international CPACs abroad.

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Dan Schneider

Executive Director

Dan Schneider has been Executive Director of The American Conservative Union (ACU) for nearly five years. He is passionate about conservatism which he defines as “the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person.” He also believes deeply in the unique American experiment which daily tests the proposition whether people can govern themselves.

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Located in the Beltway, and growing

Thanks for your interest in joining our team! We are looking for people who are passionate about spreading the message of hope and prosperity conservatism offers. Please check out the job openings below and send us your resume if you want to help us accomplish our mission. We look forward to hearing from you.