American Majority

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American Majority
American Majority (logo).png
Motto "Organizing for freedom"
Formation 2008
Type Non-profit
Legal status Active
Headquarters Purcellville, Virginia
Region served
United States
President
Ned Ryun
Affiliations American Majority Action
Website www.americanmajority.org

American Majority is a nonprofit organization that provides training to conservative activists and political candidates in the United States.[1][2] Registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, American Majority says that it "is dedicated to developing a new generation of American leadership that will reject the self-destructive policies associated with government expansion."[3]

Overview[edit]

American Majority is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.[4] The organization began as an affiliate of the Sam Adams Alliance.[5] The president of American Majority is Ned Ryun, a former presidential writer for George W. Bush and the son of former Republican U.S. Congressman Jim Ryun.[6] Headquartered in Purcellville, Virginia, the organization conducts trainings across the country and has offices in Vermont and Wisconsin.[3] American Majority opened its Wisconsin office in October 2010.[7]

Activities[edit]

The organization makes use of social media to disseminate their opinions and electoral information, and publishes guides illustrating the basics of social media.[8] They provide guides on how to use Twitter and Facebook for political purposes.[9]

In 2010, 8 of 12 school board candidates that the organization trained in Oklahoma were elected. The organization also trained the state’s superintendent of public instruction, Janet Barresi, who was elected in 2010[10]

When the 2011 Wisconsin protests began, American Majority organized a rally in support of Scott Walker in Madison, Wisconsin.[11] American Majority also sponsored training sessions in Wisconsin to assist in efforts to support Governor Walker.[12]

On the one year anniversary of Andrew Breitbart's passing, American Majority hosted a training aimed at equipping activists with tools to carry Breitbart's legacy forward.[13]

In October 2011, American Majority's president, Ned Ryun, called on Michele Bachmann to drop out of the Republican presidential primary.[1]

American Majority Racing was a national program of American Majority.[14][15] The program was designed to target millions of NASCAR fans in an effort to register and urge conservatives to vote in the November elections 2012 elections. Having partnered with NASCAR driver Jason Bowles and car #81 MacDonald Motorsports for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series racing season, the American Majority Racing program was designed to educate Americans about how smaller government and less spending will “Keep America Free.”[16]

In the spring of 2014, American Majority-trained candidates helped flip the Menomonee Falls Village Board and Kenosha Unified School Board from having liberal majorities to conservative control.[17]

As of 2015, American Majority's Wisconsin chapter had trained 128 successful candidates for state or local office and held 140 trainings in the state.[18] Wisconsin elected officials trained by American Majority include Assemblyman Michael Schraa, Ozaukee County Judge Joe Voiland, former Wisconsin State Senator Pam Galloway, Assemblyman Paul Tittl, former Assemblyman Evan Wynn, and Assemblyman Dave Murphy.[19][20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Travis, Shannon (2011-10-27). "Tea party group to Bachmann: Quit the presidential race". CNN. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Hillyer, Quin (2009-06-15). "The American Spectator : After the Tea Parties". Spectator.org. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b "About Us". American Majority. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Parks, Scott (October 5, 2009). "American Majority holds Dallas workshop". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Brant-Zawadzki, Alex; Teo, Dawn (2009-12-11). "Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement: Sam Adams Alliance". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Mencimer, Stephanie (February 18, 2011). "Wisconsin: Tea Partiers, Breitbart Coming To Fight Unions". Mother Jones. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Kittle, M.D. "WI’s ideological candidate schools ‘graduating’ more elected officials". Wisconsin Reporter. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Markon, Jerry (2010-02-01). "New media help conservatives get their anti-Obama message out". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  9. ^ Post, Ponder (2010-10-08). "Metrics of Success". Ponderpost.com. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  10. ^ Samuels, Christina (April 5, 2011). "Tea Partiers Playing a Role in Some School Board Races". Education Week. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "National labor leader to speak here Friday; Tea Party plans Saturday rally". The Cap Times. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  12. ^ Wausau Daily Herald: The tea party gets professional. April 13, 2012.
  13. ^ Dudek, Duane (27 February 2013). "WTMJ's Sykes to speak at conservative activist training seminar". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "American Majority to pay tribute to fallen heroes". March 16, 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Levinthal, David (February 9, 2012). "Conservative group's NASCAR drive". Politico. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  16. ^ Harris, Mike (August 14, 2012). "NASCAR MONTREAL 2012: Canadian-born owner with American Majority car". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Pitrof, Marge (2 April 2014). "American Majority Touts Conservative Election Victories in Kenosha and Menomonee Falls". WUWM. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  18. ^ Woodruff, Betsy (April 16, 2015). "Inside Scott Walker’s Secret Brain Trust". The Daily Beast. 
  19. ^ Craver, Jack (21 October 2013). "American Majority trains candidates in Madison". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Alumni Spotlight: Early Victory for Michael Schraa". Liberty Rising. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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