Conservative Women's Network Features Lala Mooney
May 13, 2010
Conservative Women's Network Features Lala Mooney
On Friday, May 14, 2010 at noon, the Conservative Women's Network Luncheon will feature Lala Mooney. In her talk titled "Just Back from Cuba: Why Women Want Freedom for Cuba" Lala will share the struggles and suffering her own family faced under Castro and discuss how to ensure freedom for the people of Cuba in the future. The luncheon is free of charge and will be held in the Lehrman Auditorium of The Heritage Foundation. Please RSVP to Camille Hart at 703-318-0730 by May 13.
Dinner Honors Leader of Conservative Seniors Group
May 10, 2010
Dinner Honors Leader of Conservative Seniors Group
The 60 Plus Association will host a tribute dinner in honor of Jim Martin on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill. Martin is stepping down after 18 years at the helm of the conservative seniors organization. Often viewed as the conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons, 60 Plus Association is a leading grassroots organization that has long supported free enterprise, less government, and lower taxes for seniors. Individual tickets for the dinner are available now as well as sponsorship opportunities. To learn more, contact Stacie Rumenap at srumenap@60plus.org or 202-248-7052.
Do You Live in a Rich or Poor State?
May 7, 2010
Do You Live in a Rich or Poor State?
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently released the third edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” which outlines the fiscal policies of all 50 states. This edition is particularly enlightening because it shows how states with rampant spending and high taxes have spiraled out of control during the current economic downturn. Conversely, states that have reigned in spending while also promoting pro-growth tax policies have done quite well. According to ALEC the five most-prosperous states are Utah, Colorado, Arizona, South Dakota, and Florida. California, Illinois, New Jersey, Vermont and New York are at the bottom. To see where your state is or to take a closer look at the overall research, go to www.alec.org and click on the “Rich States, Poor States” tab on the left side of the page.
Senator DeMint Addresses LI Friends and Family
May 5, 2010
Senator DeMint Addresses LI Friends and Family
Senator Jim DeMint spoke to LI staff, faculty, graduates, and donors on the morning of May 5, 2010 at the Leadership Institute's Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast. He addressed the crowd of over 100 about the importance of electing conservatives to Congress in November. Senator DeMint also stressed the value of groups like the Leadership Institute who train newly engaged conservatives to be effective. To see Senator DeMint's entire talk, please click here.
LI Holds Two Classic Trainings
May 4, 2010
LI Holds Two Classic Trainings
The Leadership Institute held its second Campaign Manager School of the year during the week of April 26-30, 2010. Fifty-nine students from around the United States, Japan, Nigeria, and Germany attended the training. LI's all-star lecturers taught students how to build coalitions, craft an effective message, and use technologies to get-out-the-vote in November. Additionally, over 40 students attended the corresponding Political Voter Mail Workshop on Tuesday evening, where they learned tips on creating and distributing effective political voter mail.
The Youth Leadership School is Coming to a City Near You!
April 30, 2010
The Youth Leadership School is Coming to a City Near You!
Attend the Leadership Institute's renowned Youth Leadership School (YLS) in a city year near you! Join the ranks of Senator Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Congressman McHenry and 12,000 others who got their start at the YLS. Be the next conservative who learns to win for their candidates and causes. For more information on dates and locations click here or call 703-247-2000.
LI Takes Training to Wyoming
April 29, 2010
LI Takes Training to Wyoming
Braving a spring Rockies blizzard and several closed highways, 26 students showed up for the Leadership Institute's latest Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership School in Laramie, Wyoming on Saturday and Sunday, April 24th and 25th. Although predominantly comprising students from the University of Wyoming, the school included parents, activists, students from other colleges, and one very brilliant home schooler. One student drove eight hours from Montana, and an LI donor drove over six hours from Utah to attend the training. The instructors were Michael Thompson from L.I.'s Campus Services Program and Christopher Doss from the Grassroots Training Division.
Develop your Strategy. Own your Message.
April 27, 2010
Develop your Strategy. Own your Message.
There is still time to register for the May 10-12, 2010 Advanced Public Relations School! The training will be held in the evening from 6:30-10:00 p.m. at the Steven P.J. Wood Building in Arlington, VA. The topics discussed will provide you with practical instruction to tackle communications issues and generate positive media for your product, candidate, or organization. Participants will be divided into communications teams to conduct mock press conferences and work through strategy and message development. For more information on this or any of LI's Communications Training classes, please contact Rachel Phillips at 703-247-2000.
LI Trains over 30 in Arlington
April 27, 2010
LI Trains over 30 in Arlington
The Leadership Institute trained 33 conservative fundraisers on April 20-21, 2010 at the High-Dollar Fundraising School and the Event Planning Workshop. The students left with tips on all aspects of high-dollar fundraising, including one-on-one solicitation, grant writing, and planned giving.
LI Holds Training in the United Kingdom
April 22, 2010
LI Holds Training in the United Kingdom
The Institute just completed a highly successful International School of Fundraising at Wellington College in the United Kingdom. On March 30 to April 3, 2010, 81 participants representing 23 countries shared an intensive time of give and take on fundraising issues. Topics ranged from Crafting a Successful Letter of Inquiry to Developing a Database of Donors, to Getting and Keeping Major Donors. Substantial time was devoted to systems, processes, methods, technology, and technical issues that are indispensable when managing a large list of donors, even if the organization is a start up.
Carroll George Runs for Freedom
April 20, 2010
Carroll George Runs for Freedom
On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Leadership Institute co-sponsored the first DC Freedom 5K, a project of this year's Koch Associate Program. The race was held in Rock Creek Park at 8 am on Saturday morning. Almost 200 runners came out for the event, including a long-time supporter of LI, Mr. Carroll George. At 90 years old, Mr. George was the oldest runner and finished the race in about 40 minutes. He was presented with the "Freedom Fighter" award and gave an impromptu acceptance speech in which he praised the Leadership Institute and the work LI does.
Join LI at the DC Freedom 5K
April 12, 2010
Join LI at the DC Freedom 5K
The DC Freedom 5K, an event hosted by Americans for Prosperity and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, is a 3.1 mile race for all ages to celebrate freedom in a fun, nontraditional environment. Along with the Leadership Institute, several free-market organizations will be in attendance, all of which serve the community and our nation by promoting liberty in unique ways to numerous audiences. On April 17, join in the fun by running, walking, or volunteering at the race. While recovering and waiting for awards, enjoy visiting the booths of sponsors and learning more about opportunities to get involved. Race details: Location: Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC Race start time: 8:00 a.m. Packet pick-up: 6:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Race will be held rain or shine! This is a certified course.
National Rifle Association is Hiring Field Representatives
April 9, 2010
National Rifle Association is Hiring Field Representatives
The National Rifle Association, the nation's premiere grassroots organization, is looking to hire campaign field staff to organize gun owners this election season. The ideal candidate will have previous campaign experience, with emphasis on voter registration, field work and grassroots organization. Activities will include, but not be limited to: volunteer recruitment; voter registration; phone banks; door-to-door; yard sign and bumper sticker distribution; letters to editor; event organization; and GOTV & Election Day activities. Additionally, candidates: - must be willing to dedicate attention to this job on full-time basis, including weekends and evenings; - must be self-starter, able to work independently with little direct oversight, and meet strict deadlines and reporting requirements; - must be in harmony with NRA's mission and able to work in support of a candidate irrespective of partisan affiliation. Competitive monthly stipend, based on experience. Expenses, including travel, lodging, food, and the like will NOT be reimbursed. Duration will be approximately July 12, 2010 (not final)–November 6, 2010. Please send résumé, campaign vitae, salary requirements, references, and direct any further questions to: Glen Caroline, Director, NRA-ILA Grassroots Division gcaroline@nrahq.org 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, VA 22030 Direct dial: (703) 267-1172 Toll Free: (800) 392-VOTE (8683)
The Frederick Douglass Foundation: Educating, Enhancing, and Empowering
April 7, 2010
The Frederick Douglass Foundation: Educating, Enhancing, and Empowering
On Friday, March 19, 2010, the Leadership Institute trained a dynamic group of national black conservative leaders and candidates at the Frederick Douglass Foundation's Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. Students learned how to develop their message, organize their grassroots, and raise the money needed to win in November. Please visit the Frederick Douglass Foundation's website to learn more about this incredible organization. Also check out this fascinating article on the challenges facing black conservatives.
LI Trains over 100 in Delaware
April 7, 2010
LI Trains over 100 in Delaware
On Saturday, March 27, 2010, over 120 enthusiastic activists from Delaware and as far away as upstate New York descended on Dover for a rollicking day of training on topics related to communications, voter contact, organizing, and volunteer recruitment and deployment. While many were veterans of past campaigns, there were likewise a good number of participants who were only recently drawn into politics by current events in Washington and in their state capitals. Several participants have already inquired about further, specialized training.
Wake Up Right with LI on April 7th
April 1, 2010
Wake Up Right with LI on April 7th
Join Leadership Institute staff, faculty, and graduates at the April Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast next week. On Wednesday, April 7th Virginia Thomas, founder of Liberty Central, will talk to the crowd about "activism for liberty." Breakfast begins at 7:30 am and the program kicks off at 8. Registration is only $15 per person, which includes breakfast. For more information or to register, please click here.
LI Trains at Americans for Prosperity State Summit
March 31, 2010
LI Trains at Americans for Prosperity State Summit
The Leadership Institute's Department of Political Training trained over 150 activists at the Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream State Summit in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The Institute hosted an Internet Activist Workshop training activists how to employ new media strategies to help with their campaigns and grassroots advocacy. Activists learned how to harness the power of social networking, blogging, online video, social action networks, text messaging, and other online utilities to enhance their cause. The Leadership Institute is proud to partner with AFP to provide conservative activists with the political technology they need to win.
LI Takes Campaign School to Tennessee
March 31, 2010
LI Takes Campaign School to Tennessee
On Saturday, March 27, 2010, the Leadership Institute brought their world-renowned training to the volunteer state, conducting a campaign school in Nashville, TN. Over 100 candidates, party activists, and movement conservatives learned how to win elections. The audience included multiple congressional candidates as well as a many state legislative and local candidates. Training was provided by LI staffer Robert Arnakis and faculty member Joel Mowbray. Campaign school attendee Denise Burnett of Springfield, TN had this to say about the training: “Excellent & highly informative. I will definitely recommend this to anyone who is considering volunteering in a campaign or working for a conservative cause.” State House Candidate Darrell Woodcock of Hendersonville, TN said “This class has made my decision to run for an office less frightening. I have a ton more confidence then when I entered the class.”
The Heritage Foundation's Own Becky Norton Dunlop Addresses LI Staff and Interns
March 30, 2010
The Heritage Foundation's Own Becky Norton Dunlop Addresses LI Staff and Interns
On Friday, March 26, 2010, Becky Norton Dunlop of The Heritage Foundation spoke at a luncheon for LI staff and interns. Mrs. Dunlop's topic was American energy policy. She addressed the necessity of the US to attain energy security in order to have economic security. To view Mrs. Dunlop's entire speech, please click here.
LI Graduate Makes a Splash in St. Louis
March 29, 2010
LI Graduate Makes a Splash in St. Louis
Jonathon Burns, an LI graduate and former field representative, is gaining recognition in St. Louis as he fights a proposal to raise the sales tax in St. Louis County. STLToday.com ran a story about Mr. Burns' battle in the March 28, 2010 issue. The article highlights how Mr. Burns is rallying Tea Party activists to fight the sales tax bump with him. He has even debated a local mayor on the subject. For more information on Mr. Burns' activities and his organization, Citizens for Better Transit, click here.
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