|Affiliated with:||American Majority Action 501(c)(4)|
- 1 History
- 2 Leadership
- 3 Programs
- 4 2012 elections
- 5 State offices' impact
- 6 Training
- 7 By the Numbers
- 8 Activism
- 9 New Leaders Project
- 10 AM Podcasts
- 11 Nonprofit status
- 12 NASCAR
- 13 Recent news
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
American Majority is a nonprofit, political training organization for the political Right. Founded with an initial investment by the Sam Adams Alliance, it is sustained by individual donors. The organization provides political training to conservative activists and candidates in state and local elections. Registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the group describes itself as "a nonpartisan political training institute whose stated mission is to train and equip a national network of leadership committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market."
American Majority was founded in 2008 by Ned Ryun, a former presidential writer for George W. Bush, the son of former Republican Rep. Jim Ryun. Headquartered in Purcellville, Virginia, the organization trains across the country with staffed offices in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Florida, Illinois, and Texas. Until the spring of 2011, American Majority operated state offices in Kansas, Arkansas, Minnesota and Missouri.
The leadership of American Majority includes:
- President and CEO: Ned Ryun
- Executive Director: Matt Robbins
American Majority has four programs that support its mission as a political training institute:
- The Candidate Training Program is geared toward people who are seeking public office, especially at the local and state levels. At one-day seminars, candidates and their staff members are taught campaign basics, beginning with how to file the proper paperwork and register as a candidate. Topics addressed include the use of social media, effective communication, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. American Majority has created manuals with state specific information about becoming a candidate and campaigning for positions on the local school board and city council.
- The Activist Training Program is focused on teaching citizens how to become community leaders by advocating American Majority's goals of increased freedom and limited government. Attendees are trained how to organize coalitions and hold successful events, how to send FOIA requests to government bodies, hold elected officials accountable, use new media to communicate their message, and volunteer for issue advocacy groups, think tanks, and political campaigns.
- Campus Majority partners with American Majority to provide activist trainings on college campuses. Along with addressing many of the same topics as the Activist trainings, the Campus Majority events also include discussions about how to effectively promote limited government ideals on a college campus, and how to become involved in student government.
- The Fellowship Program will begin in 2009 and will be focused on business and community leaders. They will learn how to use their positions in the community to “advance liberty” and have the opportunity to network with “other liberty-minded individuals.”
According to OpenSecrets.org, American Majority contributed $500 in the 2012 election cycle, $250 each to Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney. The organization made $221,312 in independent expenditures, $200,2777 to oppose Democrats and $21,035 in support of Republicans.
In the 2012 election cycle, the American Majority supported the following candidates:
Contributions and expenditures
|Top American Majority Contributions 2011-2012 Election Cycle|
|Top American Majority Independent Expenditures 2011-2012 Election Cycle|
State offices' impact
Mark Darr and his future campaign manager attended an American Majority training in December 2009. Mark faced a formidable primary opponent but won his primary to face a long-term incumbent that had a loyal following on both sides of the aisle. Mark’s opponent was overwhelmingly popular in is district and surrounding areas, but Mark applied what he learned through American Majority and won his campaign for Lt. Governor in November of 2010 by just over two points.
In the spring 2009 local elections, 23 of 54 American Majority trained candidates won. Fall 2010 victories include Terry Calloway who was identified and trained by American Majority in hopes that he would challenge a very liberal state house incumbent who had voted for the second-largest tax increase in Kansas history. Calloway handily beat a primary challenger, then went on to win the general election with 52% of the vote. In addition, his campaign manager was trained through American Majority’s Campus Majority program, as was his online director, who created Calloway’s website and managed his new media. American Majority has also held successful activist trainings across Kansas that covers various topics and factors in political activism such as coalitions, holding events, the structure of government in Kansas, holding elected officials accountable, and how to effectively use wikis, blogs, and social media.
Washington County Commissioner Lisa Weik was identified and trained by American Majority and is currently in her first term on the commission board. She opposed a recent ½ cent sales tax increase, and has been very vocal in her support of rescinding a tax on transit projects. Lisa recently came out strongly against the city administrator’s proposal to raise property taxes in Washington County’s 2011 budget. American Majority has continued to expand its presence in Minnesota by training 37 conservative candidates in 2010.
In spring 2009 local elections, 17 of 27 candidates trained by American Majority were victorious. Victories in 2010 include Josh Brecheen, who attended an American Majority candidate training in Oklahoma City in the spring of 2010, declaring, “Guys, I have no idea what I’m doing but I’m gonna do the best I can.” He ran against a two-term and very popular incumbent state senator, Jay Paul Gumm. Brecheen’s campaign manager was also trained by American Majority. As they report, they ran their race based on what American Majority taught them and executed it flawlessly. Breechen defeated Gumm by double-digits in Oklahoma’s “Little Dixie,” where Republicans have never won a state senate race. In the same year eight 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.
American Majority trained Dr. Pam Galloway. Despite not having held any prior political office, she definitively beat Wisconsin State Senate’s Majority Leader Russ Decker, who was a five-term incumbent, by ten points. Pam’s victory was called one of the most stunning results of election night in Wisconsin.
American Majority has been a leader in encouraging anti-union protests in Wisconsin, coordinating the “I Stand With Walker” rally in Madison, W.I. on February 19, 2011..
Lt. Colonel Brian Birdwell attended an American Majority candidate training in the summer of 2009 and was encouraged to pursue public office at the state level. He won a tough election for state senator in 2010 against the establishment favorite, with many of his campaign volunteers trained through American Majority’s activist workshops.
The organization's main focus is training. Offering three “tracks” including activists, candidates and college students, American Majority seeks to transition the tea party movement from protests to local activism. Trainings cover a variety of topics from the history of our political system to effective ways to campaign online.
Constitution Day Training Bomb
In July of 2011, American Majority announced its first ever Constitution Day "Training Bomb," which took place on September 17th, 2011. The concept of the Training Bomb is based on the popular "money bomb" fundraising strategy employed by political candidates such as Ron Paul, in which donors are asked to contribute money to reach a usually ambitious target amount in a single day. Applying this concept to its primary function, American Majority aims to train hundreds of activists and candidates across thirteen cities on the same day. American Majority president Ned Ryun has dubbed the Training Bomb "the biggest one-day training of conservative activists ever." In coordination with the initial announcement, American Majority established the website TrainingBomb.com, on which information is posted about trainings, locations, and schedules.
By the Numbers
Since January 2009, American Majority has trained 21,136 activists on how to hardwire precincts, build coalitions, be effective online, and work for greater transparency and accountability in our government. They have also trained 2,014 candidates on how to run for office and win politically so that the new leaders can implement policies that reflect free enterprise, limited government and fiscal responsibility and conducted 553 trainings in 44 states.
Training numbers for 2012:
- 604 Events
- 21,136 Activists trained
- 2,014 Candidates trained
American Majority launched several websites as part of its political operations, including AftertheTeaParty.com, and the now-closed RecessRally.com. The former is a site designed to encourage the public to subscribe to its mailing list. The latter was a tool for coordinating additional protests during the 2010 August congressional recess.
New Leaders Project
On November 16, 2010, American Majority announced the New Leaders Project. Working with local tea party leaders, American Majority aims to identify and train 10,000 new leaders by the 2012 elections.
American Majority's free podcasts offers the acclaimed "Running for Office" series to practical political guides on how to "Hardwire Your Precinct" and how to hold elected officials accountable.
American Majority is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Legally the organization is only able to keep this status by not explicitly endorsing any party or candidate, the organization openly admits its conservative views and "identifies" conservative candidates for its members.
American Majority Racing is a national program of American Majority, the nation’s leading conservative grassroots training organization. The program is designed to target millions of NASCAR fans from all political backgrounds in an unprecedented effort to engage them in the electoral process. Having teamed up with NASCAR driver Jason Bowles and car #81 MacDonald Motorsports for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series racing season, the American Majority Racing program is designed to educate Americans about how smaller government and less spending will “Keep America Free.” Through PledgetoVote.com, American Majority Racing encourages all Americans to register and vote in the 2012 elections.
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Social Networking and Blog Posts:
- Red Dirt Report blog post
- Facebook page
- Blue Stem Prairie Blog Post
- Voice for Liberty in Wichita
- LinkedIn Profile and Group
- Kansas Meadowlark
- Spectator.org, "The American Spectator : After the Tea Parties," accessed February 10, 2010
- American Majority, "About," accessed December 16, 2013
- Activist Training Page (dead link)
- Fellowship Program Page
- Open Secrets, "About American Majority," accessed December 16, 2013
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- Witchita Liberty.org. "American Majority Acitivist Training a Success,"
- Minnesota Democrats Exposed.com, "American Majority Becoming Political Force in Minnesota,"
- EdWeek.org, "Tea Partiers Playing a Role in Some School Board Races," accessed January 2, 2014
- "Tea Party plans Wisc. Protest to Counter Unions". http://newsbusters.org. 2011-02-18. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/lachlan-markay/2011/02/18/tea-party-plans-wisc-protest-counter-unions. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
- American Majority, "Training," (timed out)
- Keystone Conservative.com, "American Majority schedules Candidate Training in Broomball PA," accessed February 22, 2010
- American Majority.org, "American Majority's Training Bomb September 17, 2011"
- American Majority, "American Majority's Training Bomb September 17th 2011,"
- Redstate.com, "Metrics of Success," accessed February 23, 2010
- American Majority, "American Majority main page," accessed May 30, 2012
- Scribd.com, "American Majority announces New Leaders Project," accessed February 22, 2011
- Hotair.com, "Organization for Freedom: American Majority and the New Leaders Project
- iTunes, "American Majority Podcast,"
- Dallas News, "American Majority holds Dallas workshop," accessed February 10, 2010 (dead link)
- American Majority Racing, "American Majority Racing main page," May 30, 2012