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President:David Avella
Chairman:Frank Donatelli
Year created:1978
GOPAC is an organization that identifies and supports promising Republican candidates seeking elected office.[1]
."..Republicans must champion the ideas that unite voters around a vision of creating jobs, getting government spending under control, making government more effective, and keeping America safe. This is why Republicans turn to GOPAC for coaching and best practices on effective ways to communicate conservative ideas and solutions. GOPAC has proven success at building a healthy roster of prepared, tested Republican leaders ready to run for higher office."[1]


GOPAC was founded in 1978 by Deleware Governor Frank Du Pont in response to Republican failures to overturn Democratic majorities in the 1978 elections. Du Pont's strategy to was to build an organization that could "cultivate promising young leaders within the Republican ranks and build a 'farm team' of candidates with the knowledge and drive to become a governing majority party."[2]

To accomplish this goal, GOPAC began making direct contributions to promising candidates in local and state elections across the country.[2]

Under the Chairmanship of Newt Gingrich, GOPAC significantly increased the scope of its operations. In addition to its support of candidates running for local and state offices, GOPAC funded TV shows and workshops espousing Republican principles. Gingrich also used GOPAC and affiliated organizations to support his "Renewing American Civilization" course, a tactic for which he was ultimately sanctioned by a Select Committee of the House Ethics Committee and fined $300,000.[3]

However, many credit Gingrich and his work with GOPAC as "being a key catalyst of the Republican Revolution that stormed the nation in 1994, sweeping in the first GOP congress in four decades and leaving a record number of governorships and statehouses in Republican hands."[2]


GOPAC's Chairman is long-time political activist Frank J. Donatelli. Donatelli also works as Executive Vice President and Director of Federal Public Affairs for McGuireWoods Consulting and counsel to McGuireWoods LLP.[4]

David Avella is GOPAC's President. Avella is a "seasoned communications professional and political operative," and is a frequent pundit on national radio and television.[5]

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