The American Conservative Union (ACU) is a large conservative political lobbying group in the United States. They are well-known for their annual ranking of politicians according to how they voted on key issues, providing a numerical indicator of how much the lawmakers agreed with conservative ideals. These scores are often used in political science research. The ACU publishes Battleline magazine quarterly to inform its members of issues important to the conservative movement. American conservatism is a constellation of political ideologies within the United States under the blanket heading of conservative. ... It has been suggested that Interest representation: Academic overview be merged into this article or section. ... Political science is the field of the social sciences concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ...
Perhaps the ACU's most famous event is the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). CPAC has an annual attendance of over 4,000 people from around the world. Speakers regularly include sitting and former presidents and other famous conservatives. While speaking to the ACU at CPAC on March 2nd, 2007, Ann Coulter called Democratic candidate John Edwards a "faggot." Many of the people in attendance applauded. Conservative Political Action Conference is an annual political conference attended by some 5000+ conservatives, activists, and elected officials from across the United States. ... Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American best-selling author, columnist and political commentator. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... This article is about the American attorney and politician. ...
The current chairman of the ACU is David Keene, who has held that position since 1984. ...
ACU is a multi-issue, umbrella organization that specializes in grassroots organizing as well as organizing and supporting conservative leadership.
ACU’s director Donald Devine led a country-wide bus tour, called the “National Health Care Truth Tour.” Hillary Clinton herself stated that ACU’s activities were largely responsible for the defeat of the administration’s health plan proposal in 1993.
ACU opposes the Patriot Act and in March 2005, joined the "Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances," coalition which includes groups ranging from the Americans for Tax Reform and the American Civil Liberties Union.
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