CHQ - Ed Meese here with an update on the Conservative Movement

Dear Fellow Conservative,

What an Election Night it was for constitutional conservatives everywhere!  We showed that a united conservative movement can win, and win big.

We need the conservative movement to remain united as we head into the presidential primaries to choose the right candidate and ultimately defeat Obama in 2012.

That's why for the last year and a half I have been the Chairman of a group of about 100 conservative leaders called the Conservative Action Project (CAP).  

One of the first successes of the CAP was The Mount Vernon Statement of Constitutional Conservatism.  Signed in February, conservatives in races across the nation have campaigned on these principles -- leading in large part to our success yesterday.  I would like for you to add your name to the The Mount Vernon Statement by downloading the statement and reply form (.pdf), which you can do by clicking this link.

CAP began after a private gathering of about 50 prominent conservatives convened under the auspices of the Council for National Policy (CNP), but separate from it.  The purpose of CAP is something that I believe is also one of your passions: to promote unity and vigorous activity within the conservative movement.  

While liberals and Leftists under strong leadership put aside their differences and united behind the organizing efforts of George Soros and the candidacy of Barack Obama, conservatives have at times allowed differences and "turf battles" to divide them.  CAP was formed to provide leadership and reopen the channels of communication and cooperation among the various segments of the conservative movement.

The CAP Coordinating Committee puts a considerable amount of time and effort into our work, because we are convinced that a united and successful conservative movement is essential to preserving our personal liberty, national security and free-market economy - indeed, our constitutional republic -- all of which are under unrelenting attack from the Obama Administration.  

We meet regularly at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday in a conference room at the Family Research Council.  Most of the members of the Coordinating Committee attend in person, but some call in on a conference line.  All of them consider their involvement in CAP to be among their most important activities, even though they are all very busy running their own organizations.  

You know or have heard of most all of the Coordinating Committee: Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council; Gene Meyer of the Federalist Society; Becky Norton Dunlop of The Heritage Foundation; Ken Cribb of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute; Herman Pirchner of the American Foreign Policy Council; Cliff May of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America; Al Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator; Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center; businessman & philanthropist Bill Walton; Mike Grebe of the Bradley Foundation; and myself, along with a few others.

The overall goal of CAP is both simple and far-reaching: To provide leadership and promote unity throughout the conservative movement so that we are positioned once again to lead the nation's public policy debate and ultimately to restore the Founders' and Framers' vision of limited government, personal responsibility and free markets.  Those are tall orders, to be sure, but nonetheless noble goals worth pursuing with a renewed sense of purpose.

Twice -- once in May of 2009 and again in February of 2010 -- CAP has gathered close to 90 leaders of conservative organizations and activists to strategize and plan. Two of the immediate products of this work have been The Mount Vernon Statement of Constitutional Conservatism, as I mentioned earlier (please download the reply form (.pdf) and add your name to The Mount Vernon Statement) and Five Standards, or Principles, which the two main Tea Party national organizations have adopted as guidelines for all nominees to Federal courts, in particular the United States Supreme Court.  In both cases, we have been successful in drawing the various elements of the conservative movement together in support of these statements, auguring well for progress toward our larger goal of seeking a more cooperative, harmonious and effective movement in defense of liberty.

On a regular basis, usually about once a week, CAP produces "Memos for the Movement," succinct policy statements or strategic positioning briefs that several legislators have cited as valuable in their work.  On at least one occasion, a Senator has even quoted directly from a Memo to the Movement in a floor speech.  

These "Memos for the Movement" receive far reaching distribution via our members' websites, by email to the millions of their supporters, bloggers, national, state and local media, talk radio, etc.  

There are costs to this work, of course, and the main purpose of this letter is to invite you to become one of a small number of major donors to the Conservative Action Project.  The 2011 budget is surprisingly modest ($280,000) in part because the CNP provides office space and virtually all of the members of the Coordinating Committee contribute significant sums through their organizations' work in carrying out CAP's projects. 

Also, as we head into the 2012, our work output needs to increase .  But, we are short of the money to take full advantage of the many opportunities to get the conservative message out to the millions of Independents.

One of the immediate needs is to unite major conservative organization CEO's to assess the results and plan for the new Congress. In addition we would like to expand our communications capacity to educate and mobilize conservative organizations and activists for the policy debates of 2011 and beyond.

Although any amount will be genuinely appreciated and gratefully received, I will be bold enough to ask you for a significant amount.  

We need 150 people to give $500 = 
We need 300 people to give $250 = 
We need 300 people to give $100 = 

This can be either a 501(c)(3) (tax-deductible) contribution to Council for National Policy, or a 501(c)(4) (non-deductable) contribution to CNP Action, Inc. -- as you see fit. 

Please please download the response form (.pdf) and make your most generous contribution today, and if you have any questions you may call me at 202-608-6180.

Ed Meese
Edwin Meese, III

P.S.  The Conservative Movement is back and ready to lead after last week's historical victory. Candidates nationally ran on the limited government principles of our Founding Fathers, as stated in The Mount Vernon Statement, leading to major victories.   You can add your name to the historical The Mount Vernon Statement by downloading the reply form (.pdf). 

After confirming your conservative principles by signing The Mount Vernon Statement , please make the most generous donation you can using the reply form you can download here (.pdf).  We need 100 people to make a  $1,000 donation, 150 to make a $500 donation, 300 to make a $250 donation, and 300 to make a $100 donation.  Your donation will help unite the Conservative Movement as we head into the 2012 election -- making the nomination of a true conservative for president who can ultimately defeat Obama possible.

For those who give $5,000 or more, we will have in the first part of 2011 an afternoon briefing followed by dinner on the status of the conservative movement and the conservative election prospects for 2012.  I expect our dinner speaker to be a major conservative elected official.