Republican Liberty Caucus
|Headquarters||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Matt Nye (FL), Chairman
Eduardo J. Lopez-Reyes (CT), Vice Chairman
Eric Miller (FL), Treasurer
Laura Ebke (NE), Secretary
The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) is a political action organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of individual liberty, limited government and free market economics within the Republican Party in the United States. It is part of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. It also operates a political action committee, the RLC-USA PAC.
The organization was founded in 1991 and has chapters in many states. In 2011, the organization hosted its National Convention in Arlington, Virginia. The 2013 convention was held in Austin, Texas and the 2015 National Convention will be hosted in Portland, Maine.
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The RLC works within the Republican Party to influence the party to adopt the RLC's agenda. As one activist put it, "We're trying to reintroduce the Republican platform to the Republican Party."
The RLC favors individual freedom and limited government. Specifically, the RLC favors reduced government intrusion, lower taxes, elimination of federal agencies, less regulation, a strong national defense with fewer military bases abroad, and no foreign aid.
The Republican Liberty Caucus' process for endorsing presidential candidates is described in the organization's Bylaws and Rules:
A candidate for President of the United States may be endorsed by the Caucus by a 2/3 vote of the active and voting Chartered state’s executive committees. The national Secretary shall notify all Chartered states of a favorable national board proposal for endorsement and state executive officers shall inform the Secretary of the approval or denial by their executive committee within 60 days.
Since the Caucus' founding in 1991, only two candidates have reached this level of support: Steve Forbes 1996 and Ron Paul in 2012. When Forbes ran again in 2000, the organization remained neutral in that primary and did not endorse another specific Republican candidate in any presidential primary until December 30, 2011 when the RLC endorsed Ron Paul for President.
Notable 2012 endorsements
On November 2, 2011, the Republican Liberty Caucus announced its first two endorsements in the 2012 election: Barry Hinckley, ran in the Republican primary in Rhode Island, and Brian K. Hill, ran in the Republican primary in Connecticut. The Republican nominee in Rhode Island challenged Democratic United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse while the Republican nominee in Connecticut ran for an open seat being vacated by independent United States Senator Joseph Lieberman.
- Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul from Texas
- Ted Cruz of Texas for U.S. Senate
- Barry Hinckley of Rhode Island for U.S. Senate
- U.S. Representative Tom McClintock for California's Congressional District 4
- Judge Executive Thomas Massie for Kentucky's Congressional District 4
- U.S. Representative Justin Amash for Michigan's Congressional District 3
- Kerry Bentivolio for Michigan's Congressional District 11
- Sheriff Richard Mack for Texas' Congressional District 21
- Steve Stockman for Texas' Congressional District 36
- Karen Kwiatkowski for Virginia's Congressional District 6
- Floyd Bayne for Virginia's Congressional District 7
- Dan Halloran for New York's Congressional District 6
Notable 2014 endorsements
- Matt Bevin of Kentucky for U. S. Senate
- Milton R. Wolf of Kansas for U. S. Senate
- Owen Hill of Colorado for U. S. Senate
- Lee Bright of South Carolina for U. S. Senate
- Pat McGeehan of West Virginia for U. S. Senate
- Bruce Poliquin for Maine's 2nd congressional district
- Libertarian Republican
- Libertarian conservatism
- South Park Republican
- Cale Case
- Democratic Freedom Caucus
- Republican Liberty Caucus – Home
- Hallow, Ralph (21 May 2001). "GOP will court its libertarian wing New group forms amid fears of splitting party strength". Washington Times. p. A4.
- RLC-USA PAC
- History of the Republican Liberty Caucus. 2-20-2011. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
- Republican Liberty Caucus Celebrates Twenty Years. 2-15-2011. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
- Guinta, Peter. GOP warns dissident wing. Quoting William Westmiller, former RLC National Chair. Palm Beach Post, 7-2-2008. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Scott, Sam. Ron Paul Cured Their Apathy. Star News, 5-3-2008. Quoting Tom Heitman, Cape Fear RLC. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Moffett gets support of Republican Liberty Caucus. Lexington Herald-Leader, 4-14-2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Guinta, Peter. GOP warns dissident wing. Palm Beach Post, 7-2-2008. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Mataconis, Doug. Texas RLC Denounces Anti-Gay Planks in Party Platform. UnitedLiberty.org, 6-26-2010. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- The Republican Liberty Caucus Library, Republican Liberty Caucus: Background and Early History, accessed November 24, 2011.
- The Republican Liberty Caucus, History of our Movement, accessed November 24, 2011.
- Bylaws and Rules of the Republican Liberty Caucus
- Republican Liberty Caucus endorses Ron Paul
- Elected Officials | Republican Liberty Caucus
- 2012 Endorsed Candidates | Republican Liberty Caucus
- Republican Liberty Caucus Announces First Endorsements for 2012