The GOPAC Newsletter: August


As fall approaches, campaigns are switching into high gear and political debate across the country is already beginning to heat up. As Congress returns from recess, the budget debate will once again be front and center, only emphasizing the importance of having legislators at all levels of government willing and able to fight for conservative principles that will spur job growth and end the stagnation continuing to plague our economy.

Here at GOPAC, we are working harder than ever to ensure legislators have the tools and support necessary to run for office and legislate effectively. September will mark our 6th Annual State and Local Summit, during which legislators from across the country will gather in Nashville to learn about effective conservative policies and trade best practices for implementing a conservative agenda. Also, our new Called Up program, which aims to support proven state leaders as they run for higher office, is off to a great start in Alabama.

Read on to learn more about Alabama State Rep. Chad Fincher and everything we have planned for Nashville!

Called Up: Meet Chad Fincher for AL-01

The inaugural candidate in GOPAC’s Called Up program is Alabama State Representative Chad Fincher who is running for Congress in a special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. We are confident of his conservative credentials as well as his ability to lead in Washington. We know he’ll be a strong advocate for the free-market principles that make our country great.

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Chad Fincher is a small business owner from Semmes, Alabama who has been a strong leader in the Alabama House since being elected in 2006. This past session, Fincher took the lead in fighting the teachers’ unions to put the power back in the hands of the parents and provide school choice.

In 2004 Chad transitioned from a career in forestry to open what would become a successful real estate agency, Fincher & Associates, Inc, which he still owns and oversees today. After several years of active service in local Republican organizations, including a year as the Chairman of the Mobile Young Republicans, Chad decided to enter public service as a State Representative.

In 2006, he won election for Alabama’s 102nd House District, and was reelected in 2010. As a Representative, Chad serves as the Chairman of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee, and also on the ever-critical General Fund Budget Committee, where he has led efforts to cut wasteful spending from the state budget and ensure that the state lives within its means.

Chad has become known for his work ethic and advocacy for conservative values during his time in the Alabama House. In 2011, he sponsored the Student’s First Act, reforming Alabama’s tenure and fair dismissal laws. Most notably, he recently sponsored the Alabama Accountability Act, which has been praised as transformational education legislation that will bring school choice to Alabama and give school systems unprecedented flexibility to innovate and improve. Throughout his time in office, Chad has also championed economic development legislation, sponsoring and supporting bills credited with bringing jobs to Southern Alabama.

Learn more about Called Up and see our mailer supporting Rep. Fincher by visiting our website.

GOPAC’s Called Up Program in the News

The GOPAC NewsletterAL-01: Who Will Make GOP Runoff for Bonner’s Seat?

The longest Republican-held district in Alabama isn’t in any danger of falling to Democrats: the Mobile area 1st CD gave President Obama just 37 percent of the vote in 2012. But GOP Rep. Jo Bonner’s decision to resign August 2 to take a position with the University of Alabama system has created a rare special election opportunity for ambitious Republicans. …

Fincher is a realtor and state legislator from the rural town of Tanner Williams and has represented West Mobile (not considered the geographic heart of the AL-01 GOP base) in the state house since 2006. He has a young, attractive family and is considered the "Montgomery" favorite in the race, since he has served in the legislature since 2006 and has good relationships with state-level lobbyists.

Fincher could get strong support from agricultural interests – especially timber – because he’s worked on ag issues and is also a licensed forester. But his biggest boost in the race may have come last week, when he secured the backing of GOPAC, a longstanding Republican group committed to helping conservative state legislators rise the ranks. GOPAC is slated to spend independently for Fincher as a test run for their new "Called Up" program to promote local officials to higher office.

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GOPAC Branches Into Federal Races for 2014

GOPAC, the organization that aims to build the local Republican bench, will announce on Wednesday a new initiative to push its candidates to seek federal office in 2014.

Called Up is a program that will direct a larger portion of GOPAC’s resources to federal elections …

"Much like in Major League Baseball, we have diligently worked to foster the talents of young leaders and build a deep bench of battle-tested candidates," GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli said in a news release. "These rising conservative stars have proven themselves on the state and local levels, and it is now time to call them up to higher office."

The first candidate the group will endorse and help this cycle is state Rep. Chad Fincher, who is running in a crowded special-election primary in Alabama’s 1st District.

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Fincher picks up major endorsement from GOPAC in AL01 Race

GOPAC, one of the premier organizations in the national conservative movement, officially announced this morning that they are endorsing State Rep. Chad Fincher in the race to succeed Rep. Jo Bonner as Alabama’s First District representative in the United States Congress. …

Fincher told Yellowhammer Wednesday morning that he’s excited about GOPAC’s endorsement and believes it’s an indication of the momentum his campaign is experiencing.

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ALABAMA SPECIAL – GOPAC began a direct-mail campaign late last week promoting Republican Chad Fincher and reminding voters of the primary date in Alabama’s first district, where Jo Bonner vacated a seat.

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GOPAC releases mailer touting Fincher’s conservative credentials

As the first independent expenditure of its "Called Up" program, GOPAC released a new direct mail ad today that touts the conservative credentials of Alabama State Representative Chad Fincher, who GOPAC has endorsed in his bid to succeed Jo Bonner as Alabama’s First District representative in Congress.

"Due to his long established conservative accolades and his involvement with GOPAC’s state-focused training and education programs in the past, Rep. Fincher is the first candidate to be highlighted in GOPACs new program, Called Up, which promotes promising state and local leaders to higher office," GOPAC said in a release.

The GOPAC NewsletterGOPAC backs Chad Fincher in AL-01 congressional race

A national political group that works to promote young Republican leaders is stepping up its efforts on behalf of state Rep. Chad Fincher’s campaign for Congress.

GOPAC, which describes itself as "the premier training organization for Republican candidates," endorsed Fincher as a candidate in the special election for Alabama’s 1st District Congressional seat. This week, the Washington-based political organization began distributing campaign cards touting Fincher to voters across the district in southwest Alabama.

GOPAC Education Fund Partners with ACU for CPAC STL

The GOPAC Education Fund is proud to announce that we are partnering with the American Conservative Union to highlight up-and-coming conservative leaders under the age of 40 during CPAC St. Louis. The movers and shakers that are selected will address the event from the main stage in St. Louis and reach thousands of like-minded conservatives.

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If you have suggestions for rising stars that deserve this unique recognition, please visit the Education Fund’s website to submit a nomination. There are only 10 slots available, so get your suggestions in to us as soon as possible!

Please help us make this partnership a success by submitting a nominee for the 10 Under 40 program today. If you are interested in attending CPAC St. Louis, visit the ACU website.

GOPAC’s 6th Annual State and Local Summit

Next month, GOPAC’s Sixth Annual State and Local Summit will take place in Nashville, TN and will be hosted by Tennessee Lt. Governor and Senate President Ron Ramsey. The event will focus on utilizing conservative principles to create a "Path to Job Growth." Policy discussions will involve best practices and new ideas to create jobs, get government spending under control, and make government more effective in delivering public services.

The event is surely not to be missed as attendees will have the opportunity to interact with legislators and fellow conservatives from over 30 states.

Speakers will include:

  • Economist Art Laffer
  • U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
  • Drive Capital Partner Mark Kvamme
  • Curb Records & Curb Racing Chairman Mike Curb
  • State legislators, policy experts, and business leaders

We’re excited to hear about all of the exciting new conservative initiatives being implemented across the country!