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The John Birch Society Not Invited to Participate in CPAC 2012
So long CPAC! We hardly knew you!
APPLETON, WIS. – August 1, 2011 – It’s official. The John Birch Society “will not be invited to participate in a formal role for CPAC events scheduled during the 2012 election cycle.” While the media received the letter before the Society did, CEO Art Thompson confirms receipt of the letter on Monday morning via email.
The letter did not mention why JBS is being excluded, but media reports indicate that members of the American Conservative Union board had “long-standing” issues with JBS that go back to the early 1960s when JBS Founder Robert Welch published his views on President Dwight Eisenhower in “The Politician.”
JBS Public Relations Manager Bill Hahn finds this unfortunate, as he had a nice chat with a member of the board at CPAC 2011 who said he was happy JBS was there and appreciated its work. “He did mention that other board members were much more critical of the organization, but did not get into why. We certainly are disappointed with the ACU’s decision and will seek other opportunities to connect with conservatives and Constitutionalists.”
The letter concludes with the ACU welcoming and encouraging JBS members to attend as individual registrants. “While it’s nice for them to extend the invitation, we won’t be promoting the event as we did the last two years when we were exhibitors. We do plan on covering CPAC 2012 through our media channels,” said Hahn.
“The John Birch Society has a history of working with organizations as long as the Society’s principles are not abrogated in any way,” said CEO Art Thompson. “We plan to continue this despite this bump in the road.”
Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, members have a strong sense of duty, and their educational efforts have played a continuous and pivotal role in exposing legislation and policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens. Visit JBS.org for more information.