Conservatives Must Pledge Not to Utilize Earmarks

Conservative Action Project — Monday, March 22, 2021

Conservatives are gravely disappointed in the recent decision of the House Republican Conference to return to the practice of earmarking.

As we have detailed in a previous statement, earmarking leads directly to waste and corruption. Moreover, the practice will give the House Democratic majority another tool by which to punish outspoken conservatives while buying off votes for dramatic revisions to how our nation is governed, including a mass amnesty for illegal immigrants, a comprehensive upending of our election laws, and entrenchment of Democratic power via District of Columbia statehood.

Regardless of what the House Republican Conference has decided, we encourage conservatives not to engage in the practice of earmarking. To that end, we urge every House conservative to sign onto the pledge being circulated by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), confirming they will not request earmarks, even when they are dressed up as “community funding projects.”

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
Wesley Denton
Chief Operating Officer
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable Russ Vought
Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
Tom McClusky
March for Life Action
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Lisa B. Nelson L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.
The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
William L. Walton
Council for National Policy
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli II
Former Assistant Deputy Secretary, DHS
Former Virginia Attorney General
David N. Bossie
Citizens United
Charles J. Cooper
Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988
The Honorable Scott Walker
Young America’s Foundation
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
Joel Anand Samy
Co-Host, America’s Roundtable Radio
Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit
Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
Jay Mount
MDS Communications Corporation
Thomas A. Schatz
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Dr. Paige Patterson
Sandy Creek Foundation
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
Robert Keith Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
The Honorable Stephen Stockman
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Texas
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
Adam N. Andrzejewski
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Lori Roman
ACRU Action
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
David Williams
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications
E.W. Jackson Sr
STAND Foundation, Inc.
Lee Beaman
Beaman Ventures
Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values
Mat Staver
Liberty Counsel Action
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
The Honorable Diana Denman
The Reagan Legacy Forum
Steve Berger
Founding Pastor
Grace Chapel
Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government
Richard D. Hayes
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP
Amapola Hansberger
Founder and President
Legal Immigrants for America
The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State House
The Honorable Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
Thomas Jones
American Accountability Foundation
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
Paul Gessing
Rio Grande Foundation
Melvin Adams
Noah Webster Educational Foundation
Joseph A. Morris
Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan / Meese)
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
The Honorable Scott Walker
Young America’s Foundation

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