Faith and Freedom Coalition

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Faith and Freedom Coalition
Faith and Freedom Coalition Logo.jpg
Founded 2009
Founder Ralph E. Reed, Jr.
Type 501(c)(4) non-profit
Focus Education, Voter Registration, Religious Freedom, Personal Liberty
Location
Area served United States
Members 975,000
Revenue $6,819,684.06
Slogan Restoring America's Greatness & Founding Principles
Website www.ffcoalition.com

The Faith and Freedom Coalition is an American ecumenical, social conservative 501(c)(4)[1] non-profit organization. Faith & Freedom Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to mobilizing, training and equipping faith-based citizens for effective civic action. This includes mobilizing them to influence public policy and pass sound legislation at every level of government, from the school board to the state legislature to the Congress and White House. It also includes insuring that every person of faith who shares their conservative values is registered to vote, educated on where the candidates stand, and goes to the polls on Election Day.

Faith & Freedom Coalition believes the greatness of America lies not in Washington, DC, or in the federal government, but in the character of the American people.

Organization[edit]

History[edit]

The organization was founded in 2009 by Christian Coalition founder Ralph E. Reed, Jr., who described it as "a 21st century version of the Christian Coalition".[2] Reed designed the coalition as a bridge between the Tea Party movement and evangelical voters.[3] The organization has grown quickly with hundreds of thousands of supporters and several hundred local chapters.[2]

Utilizing its large network of engaged grassroots voters,[4] FFC played a large role in the 2010 and 2012[5] election cycles. Since its inception, FFC has distributed over 5 million voter guides, 10 million pieces of voter education mail, thousands of radio and television ads sponsored and paid for by FFC, and has placed millions of Get-Out-The-Vote calls.[6]

Positions[edit]

The coalition promotes the pro-life movement, strong families, traditional marriage, limited government, lower taxes, and education reform. They work to help the less fortunate while supporting a vibrant free market. The coalition also stands up for a strong national defense while supporting American allies including Israel.[7]

Affiliations[edit]

In August 2014, Faith & Freedom Coalition had more than 975,000 members and supporters, over 400 local chapters in 50 states, and is considered to be one of America’s more influential political lobbies. Notable public figures who support the mission of the Faith & Freedom Coalition include Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, Sen. Marco Rubio, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Sen. Rand Paul.

Voter Action[edit]

VoterTrak Technology[edit]

In 2009, Faith & Freedom Coalition patented their VoterTrak voter ID technology. VoterTrak is FFC’s in-house voter database and targeted grassroots technology program used to identify faith-based voters in key battleground states. The program locates and focuses on voters within specific neighborhoods and is a pivotal key for all grassroots organizers. Its usage allows leaders to efficiently plan their grassroots initiatives, provides volunteers with essential tools for effective outreach execution, and compiles information into an organized database for up-to-date reports and efficient voter turnout. The program is used at the National, state, and local chapter level.

Citizen Action Seminars[edit]

In 2009, FFC launched their Citizen Action Seminars (CAS) to train the next generation of grassroots leaders. Citizen Action Seminars offer activists the opportunity to learn how to organize local chapters, identify & register voters,[8] work with other citizen activists, turn out the vote, and work with the faith community. CAS’s goal is to prepare activists to influence public policy, register and educate voters, and help turn out the largest group of pro-family and pro-freedom voters in the history of modern elections.

Conferences[edit]

Faith and Freedom Conference & Strategy Briefing[edit]

Not to be confused with the Faith and Freedom Conference hosted by the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan[9].

FFC held its first conference in September 2010 in Washington, D.C.,[10] with prominent speakers Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, and Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia.[2][11] Other well-known attendees included Gary Bauer, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Richard Land, Rep. Randy Forbes, Herman Cain, Rep. Tom Price, Dinesh D’Souza, and Rick Santorum.

The 2011 conference was also held in Washington in June with several hundred attendees.[12][13] Nearly all the Republican 2012 presidential hopefuls spoke, including Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Rick Santorum,[14] and Ron Paul.[15] The Associated Press described the conference as a "tryout for candidates hoping to fill a void left by former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, an ordained Baptist minister who won the 2008 Iowa caucus but is not running for the 2012 Republican nomination."[15] The Los Angeles Times said Bachmann was the most enthusiastically received by the crowd.[3] Haley Barbour and Donald Trump, both of whom considered running but decided not to do so, also spoke.[16][17] Cain was the keynote speaker at the closing banquet.[18] Commentator Glenn Beck was scheduled to speak at the conference but canceled after his father-in-law was rushed to the hospital with an unspecified condition.

At the June 2012 conference, Reed said that Romney had answered questions about his religious beliefs during his 2008 presidential bid.[19] Romney, an early front-runner in the Republican Party primary campaign,[20] has been the subject of conjecture about whether his Mormon faith will hinder his campaign.[19] A Pew Research Center poll revealed that one-third of white evangelical voters would not back a Mormon presidential candidate.[21] Reed expressed confidence that Romney's faith would not be a problem: "I think he is much more likely to have to answer questions about Massachusetts health care now."[19]

In May 2012, the organization announced a Jewish outreach component. At the June 2012 conference, a Shabbat program was held, with traditional, kosher Shabbat meals and Orthodox Jewish prayer services.[22]

Road to Majority[edit]

In 2012, the Faith & Freedom Coalition started the annual policy conference called Road to Majority. This conference launched with a purpose to organize Christians and conservatives to become more politically active and speak out more strongly on the key issues of the day. The conference is held in Washington, DC. Topics discussed include the government’s assault on faith, family, and freedom in America. The inaugural conference featured speakers such as Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul, Glenn Beck, Mitt Romney,[23] and other members of the United States House and Senate.

The 2013 Road to Majority featured many speakers from the U.S. House and Senate, along with an appearance by Sarah Palin and entertainment by Grammy and Dove Award winning artist Sandi Patty. Dr. Pat Robertson was awarded the Winston Churchill Award for Conservative Leadership for his work in advancing the conservative movement.

June 19, 2014 marked the 5th annual Road to Majority conference in Washington, DC.[24] The event was attended by national grassroots activists and featured notable speakers such as Gov. Bobby Jindal, Monica Crowley, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Mike Huckabee. Historic conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly received the Winston Churchill Award for Conservative Leadership for her immense achievement, strong moral character, and compelling faith in conservative activism.

Prayer breakfast[edit]

Faith & Freedom Coalition holds Prayer Breakfast events in many states annually.[25] These breakfasts serve as a time of prayer and reflection for our country, worship, and the opportunity to hear from national conservative leaders. Notable speakers include Rick Santorum, Jim Bob Duggar[26] & Michelle Duggar, Gov. Rick Perry, and Eric Metaxas

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilgoff, Dan (June 23, 2009). "Exclusive: Ralph Reed Launches New Values Group: 'Not Your Daddy's Christian Coalition'". Politics & Policy: God & Country. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ralph's way: The Wunderkind returns". The Economist. September 16, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Republican contenders compete for Christian conservatives
  4. ^ Kroll, Andy. "Evangelicals and Abortion Foes Dive Into Wisconsin Recalls". http://www.motherjones.com/. Mother Jones. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Resnikoff, Ned (November 5, 2012). "Ryan: Obama’s agenda ‘compromises Judeo-Christian values’". http://www.msnbc.com/. MSNBC. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Derby, Kevin. "GOP Hopefuls Kick Off P-5 With Pre-Debate Rally". http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/. Sunshine State News. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ About the Faith and Freedom Coalition
  8. ^ Gizzi, John (March 13, 2014). "Faith & Freedom Coalition Stirred Pro-Family Voters in Fla. House Win Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Politics/FaithandFreedom-Reed-Jolly-Sink/2014/03/13/id/559432/#ixzz3CMjZ7YK1 Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!". http://www.newsmax.com/. Newsmax. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ Nolan, Hamilton. "My Kasual Kountry Weekend With the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan". Gawker. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Mohel, Dave (August 13, 2010). "Grassroots to Gather at Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing". http://www.christiannewswire.com/. Christian Newswire. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ Bob McDonnell 'tip of the spear'
  12. ^ "GOP Candidates Woo Social Conservatives". http://www.p2012.org/. Beltway Happenings. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Iowa Gets First Big 2012 GOP Forum". http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/. Fox News. December 29, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ Glover, Mike (March 7, 2011). "Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Forum Brings 5 Mulling GOP Presidential Bids To Stage". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/politics/. Huffington Post. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Conference Offers Tryout for Hopefuls
  16. ^ Barbour, RNC Chair Warn Conservatives
  17. ^ Donald Trump dings Eric Cantor, reprises birther talk
  18. ^ Herman Cain says 2012 is his to lose
  19. ^ a b c McLaughlin, Seth (June 2, 2011). "Romney's in; Mormon faith still a hurdle". The Washington Times. p. 2. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  20. ^ Babington, Charles (June 4, 2011). "2012 Republican hopefuls court religious right". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  21. ^ Kaleem, Jaweed (June 4, 2011). "Faith And Freedom Conference: How Will Religion Affect Evangelical Votes?". HuffPost Religion. The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  22. ^ http://spectator.org/archives/2012/06/18/renaissance-of-faith
  23. ^ Perry, Mitch. "Ralph Reed's Faith & Freedom Coalition to hold event at Tampa Theater before RNC". http://cltampa.com/. Creative Loafing Tampa. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  24. ^ Allen, Mike. "Chris Christie to speak to ‘pro-family’ group". http://www.politico.com/. Politico. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  25. ^ Weber, Katherine. "Gov. Bob McDonnell at Prayer Breakfast: GOP Must Practice Humility". http://www.christianpost.com/. Christian Post. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  26. ^ "JIM BOB DUGGAR TO SPEAK AT 2013 NCGOP CONVENTION". http://www.ncgop.org/. North Carolina Republican Party. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 

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