April 8, 2012Mr. Reince PriebusChairman, Republican National Committee310 1
Street, SEWashington, DC 20003Dear Chairman Priebus,On behalf of the millions of grassroots conservatives around the country that our organizations represent, we arewriting in support of the efforts of our friend and colleague Morton Blackwell, outlined in the letter he sent toyou last month. Your work to turn around the RNC financial situation has been commendable. Movementconservative leaders and grassroots activists have supported much of it. We urge you not to betray thatgoodwill and earned respect by failing to enact the positive reforms that would undo the rules power grab donein Tampa last year.Like you, we believe that the strength of the Conservative Movement and Republican Party lies in the strengthof our ideas and the millions of citizens who believe in them and work tirelessly through the political process on behalf of our shared principles. Enacting rules changes that centrally consolidate power not only violates our political principles, it will alienate the very people who have been the most loyal foot soldiers in support of Republican candidates.
We also ask you to carefully consider any proposed changes recommended in the “Growth and OpportunityProject.” Conservatism and the Reagan coalition that created the modern Republican Party represents the
fusion of economic conservatives, social conservatives, and national security conservatives. Rather thanallowing political consultants and other elite minorities to shed our principles in the name of politicalexpediency, we must reaffirm our commitment to these timeless American principles and the work that it willtake to again make them relevant to a majority of our citizens.Thank you for your efforts and for your attention to these requests.Sincerely,Edwin Meese IIIGeneral ChairmanConservative Action ProjectThe Honorable Ken BlackwellPresidentConstitutional Congress, Inc.Colin HannaPresidentLet Freedom RingMarjorie Dannenfelser PresidentSusan B. Anthony ListBob ReccordExecutive Director Council for National PolicyThe Honorable David McIntoshFormer Member of CongressIndianaTony PerkinsPresidentFamily Research CouncilErick EricksonEditor RedStateT. Kenneth CribbFormer Reagan DomesticAdvisor Becky Norton DunlopArlington County, Virginia,RepublicanStuart EppersonPresidentCouncil for National PolicyMike NeedhamCEOHeritage Action for AmericaWilliam L. WaltonPresidentRappahannock VenturesAlfred S. RegneryFormer Publisher American Spectator Al CardenasFormer ChairmanRepublican Party of Florida