The GOPAC Newsletter: April 2013

This month, GOPAC had the pleasure of hosting and learning from many accomplished state legislators, and we are looking forward to announcing our newest class of Emerging Leaders in the coming weeks.

We’re hard at work to advance conservatives principles throughout the country, so read on for a quick peek at what we’ve been up to!

Annual Charter Member Meeting and 35th Anniversary Reception

We had an incredibly constructive Charter Member Meeting this past weekend. Legislators from around the country gathered at the J.W. Marriott in Washington D.C. to share insights and experiences on policy decisions being made at the state level across the country.

Legislators shared their victories and ongoing battles during our legislative panels. Attendees heard about right to work, education reform, balanced budgets, and many more pressing policy issues. Lawmakers also had the opportunity to exchange strategies and best practices for promoting conservative solutions nationwide.

That evening, friends of GOPAC from every decade, including notable Washington figures, members of Congress, and state legislators, all came out to pay tribute to GOPAC’s many accomplishments at the 35th Anniversary Reception.

The photos below feature some highlights of the event, but check the GOPAC website in the coming days for videos and more photos.

GOPAC Recognized for Excellence

This month, GOPAC’s Education Initiative was recognized for successfully registering tens of thousands of conservative minded voters. The campaign utilized online ads and groundbreaking technology to identify and register like-minded individuals who believe in small government and fiscal responsibility in key states.

For that effort, GOPAC was awarded a silver Pollie Award, the political equivalent of an Oscar or Emmy. We’re very proud of the work we did in the last election and are looking forward to many more, equally successful drives in the future!

Chairman Donatelli on Battle Line

Chairman Donatelli joined Alan Nathan on his radio show Battle Line. They discussed gun control legislation at the state and federal levels, protecting individual liberties, immigration, and the ongoing debate over the budget.

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Chairman Donatelli Reacts to March Jobs Report: Another Month of Disappointing Growth

Chairman Donatelli shared the following statement today in response to the U.S. Labor Department’s report that the economy added 88,000 jobs in March and the labor force participation rate declined to 63.3%, the lowest since 1979:

The disappointing job growth reported today shows exactly what effect President Obama’s policies are having on the economy. His massive tax increases beginning this year have clearly had a strong negative impact on job growth. Worse, if economic growth slows, his huge budget deficits will grow even more. With more tax increases planned for the coming years to pay for Obamacare, it’s hard to see how his fiscal policies can produce anything better than our current struggling economy. We desperately need a new direction that encourages private sector job creation through a smaller federal government.

Many states across our nation run by Republicans, have adopted pro-growth policies that streamline regulation and reduce taxes. Businesses in these states are building, investing and hiring. The Obama administration needs to follow the examples set by these states. Only by decreasing taxes and burdensome regulations will we finally see relief from stagnation.

Our recovery will be led by the private sector, but only if this administration will eliminate crippling uncertainty and unnecessary government burden.

Chairman Donatelli on CNN Newsroom: Remembering the Iron Lady

Chairman Donatelli appeared on CNN Newsroom to offer his personal memories of the special bond between President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the days following her death.

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