Top 10 Conservative Advocacy Groups

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Advocacy groups are one of the best ways for concerned Americans to get involved in the political process. The goal of these groups, also known as lobby groups or special interest groups, is to organize activists, establish goals for policy, and influence lawmakers. 

While some advocacy groups get a bad rap for their ties to powerful interests, others are more grassroots in nature, mobilizing ordinary citizens who otherwise might not have​ an impact on the political process. Advocacy groups conduct polls and research, provide policy briefings, coordinate media campaigns, and lobby local, state, and federal representatives about key issues.

The following are some of the key conservative political advocacy groups:

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The American Conservative Union

Founded in 1964, ACU is one of the first groups established to advocate for conservative issues. They are also the host of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which each year sets the conservative agenda for those lobbying Washington. As stated on their website, ACU's primary concerns are liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and a strong national defense. 

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American Family Association

The AFA is primarily concerned with strengthening the moral foundations of American culture by adhering to Biblical principles in all aspects of life. As champions of Christian activism, they lobby for policies and actions that strengthen traditional families, that hold all life sacred, and that act as stewards of faith and morality.

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Americans For Prosperity

This advocacy group mobilizes the power of ordinary citizens — at last count, it had 3,200,000 members — to affect change in Washington. Its mission is primarily fiscal: To ensure greater prosperity for all Americans by petitioning for lower taxes and less government regulation.

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Citizens United

As stated on their website, Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring citizen control of the government. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grassroots organization, they seek to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Their ultimate goal is to restore the founding father's vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.

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The Consesrvative Caucus

The Conservative Caucus (TCC) was founded in 1974 to mobilize grassroots citizen activism. It is pro-life, anti-gay marriage, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and supports the repeal of Affordable Care Act. It also favors abolishing the income tax and replacing it with a low-revenue tariff.

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Eagle Forum

Founded by Phyllis Schalfly in 1972, Eagle Forum uses grassroots political activism to build a stronger, better educated America through traditional family values. It advocates for American sovereignty and identity, the primacy of the Constitution as law, and on-going parental involvement in their children's education. Its efforts were key in the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, and it continues to oppose the infiltration of what it calls radical feminism into traditional American life.

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Family Research Council

The FRC envisions a culture in which all human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives. To that end, according to its website, the FRC "...champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society."

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Freedom Watch

Founded by lawyer Larry Klayman in 2004 (Klayman is also the founder of Judicial Watch), Freedom Watch is concerned with fighting corruption at all levels of government in the US as well as turning the tide of what it believes to be an impending economic crisis due to years of Euro-socialist-style policies. 

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Freedom Works

With its motto "Government fails, freedom works," this advocacy group has been fighting for individual liberty, free markets, and a Constitution-based limited government since 1984. It operates as both a think tank that publishes papers and reports as well as a grassroots organization that puts ordinary concerned citizens in touch with beltway insiders.

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John Birch Society

In the fifty years and counting since its founding, the John Birch Society has been steadfast in its opposition to communism and any form of totalitarianism, in both the US government and that of other nations. With its motto, "Less government, more responsibility, and — with God's help — a better world," it advocates for conservative issues ranging from preserving the 2nd Amendment to convincing lawmakers to withdraw the US from NAFTA.