We wanted to update you on some exciting activities from our group. We have hosted several tremendously successful events in New York, Charlotte and Washington with plans for several more in the coming weeks. Below we have laid out information for how to obtain your absentee ballot, our thoughts on the key races this fall, provided an update on our recent and upcoming events, showcased our latest media coverage, and included more information on how you can get involved with C51 -- first and foremost you can join us here, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Before getting into the rest of the program, we wanted to share one quick anecdote from a participant at a recent C51 event:
At a recent Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting, the question was raised: what is the single greatest threat facing America?
One would expect an Army general to cite a foreign enemy or conflict...China, Syria, Egypt, Iran, the list goes on; instead, without missing a beat Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey stated: our national debt.
Get Your Absentee Ballot!
Mitt Romney for President
As we draw near the election we cannot stress enough how important it is that our members and followers obtain their absentee ballots from their home state if they are not registered to vote in their current city. The presidential race will be decided in a handful of states and a good portion of our followers are registered to vote in these states so we urge you to make your vote count!
The deadlines for each state are different and many are upcoming in the next week or two - you can find out all the relevant information at this website here: http://www.longdistancevoter.org/
Our efforts do not mean anything unless we vote for candidates that support our core issues. So please take the time to look up the process and deadlines for your home state!
RACES WE LIKE
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth
As President Obama said recently, now more than any time in recent memory we as voters are faced with two distinct paths forward for our country. As hard working young professionals, the choice could not be clearer -- we must support the candidate that will best position ourselves and our country for the future. It really comes down to one core issue -- and its impact on the economic, national security and energy concerns: the national debt. Mitt Romney has made it abundantly clear that he will work tirelessly to balance our budget and get our country back on track to prosperity and independence. Concord 51 is proud to support Governor Romney and we encourage all of our members and followers to do the same.
- New York 19th
Congresswoman Hayworth has done an exceptional job of representing New York's Hudson Valley and working on behalf of all of us on the Financial Services committee. We were fortunate enough to have Nan join us for an event this Spring and we are grateful for her steadfast embrace of our three core issues in Congress. We are proud to support Nan and we believe she will continue to be an excellent representative for New York in Washington. Randy Altschuler for Congress
- New York 1st
Randy Altschuler is a remarkable candidate whose life experience provides him an excellent foundation to represent the voters of Long Island. A successful entrepreneur who knows how to create jobs and drive economic growth, Randy is committed to our core issues and is well poised to beat his opponent having lost the closest race in the country in 2010. His 10-point job creation plan is among the most concrete and promising that we have seen. Concord 51 is thrilled to add to the chorus of endorsements from leading Republican and Independent groups and we are confident that Randy will prevail in this critical race.
It's First Friday (10/5) - Washington, DC
Concord 51 is proud to host October's It's First Friday, the YP conservative monthly drinks get together, at the Union Pub in Washington (10/5).
There will be an OPEN BAR from 5:30 to 7:30 onwards at the Union Pub. More details on the event here.
C51 is expanding rapidly in Washington and we hope you'll come join us tomorrow and bring your friends. See you there!!
The Hunt (10/20) - Far Hills, NJ
Concord 51 will have an awesome plot at this epic annual tradition. Stop by if you are heading out for it!
Atlanta Election Briefing (10/23)
We will be hosting an election briefing in Atlanta on October 23 for Atlanta young professionals and Concord 51 followers. Speakers to include a prominent Atlanta business leader and an update from the Romney camp. More details to be disclosed imminently.
2nd Annual Christmas Bash (early December) - New York
Concord 51 is thrilled to announce it's 2nd Annual Christmas Ball. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
Oxford, U.K.-based Jack Carlson appeals to more pragmatic heads in his compelling piece on why Sean Bielat, a Marine Reserve officer and small business CEO should defeat Joseph Kennedy, an inexperienced socialite, in Massachusetts' 4th District at The Daily Caller.
DC-based Eric Wind and Jack Carlson criticize the opulent and wasteful, not to mention distasteful proposal for the Eisenhower Memorial at The Weekly Standard.
Reid Pillifant previews the No Labels / Concord 51 fundraiser for Senator Bob Corker in Capital New York.
KEY ARTICLES ON YOUTH VOTE
David Laska who works with New York State GOP Chairman Ed Cox penned an excellent analysis of the waning state of youth support for President Obama, underscoring the same trends that C51 is seeing first hand in conversations with young professionals in metropolitan areas across the country. Hard working college graduates deserve better than a pitiful array of opportunities open to graduating classes. It is an opportunity for Governor Romney to renew the faith of hard working students that their hard work will deliver returns. More from Laska here.
Paul Conway, Head of Generation Opportunity, the non-partisan group mobilizing young voters on economic issues is cited in Newsmax stating that while young voters propelled Obama to victory in 2008, his administration's tactics to offer healthcare reforms and student loan incentives don't cut it this cycle: he says only a job creation strategy will work: "You can’t plan for the future — and you can’t pay your bills — if you don’t have the prospect of full-time meaningful jobs in the career path of your choice." Check out the article here and learn more about Generation Opportunity here.
On Monday September 24 we hosted a tremendously successful luncheon alongside the respected bipartisan group No Labels
for three candidates who are working across the aisle to reach consensus on our core issues, including Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) who has been an outspoken advocate on our issues and the need for both parties to come to a firm resolution on the budget. With nearly 100 attendees the luncheon raised nearly $200,000
for the candidates in attendance. We continue to support No Labels' work and we encourage you to check out what they are doing
to put our government back to work. Charlotte Breakfast Concord 51 hosted an election breakfast during the DNC in Charlotte drawing close to 100 young professionals and more distinguished guests alike. Concord 51 Chairman Matthew Swift and Board Policy lead Billy Fennebresque presented an overview of Concord 51 with remarks from leaders of the North Carolina Republican Party including the next Governor of NC and former Mayor of Charlotte, Pat McCrory, and NC Republican Chairman Robin Hayes. John Fennebresque, Vice Chairman of McGuire Woods, and host of the breakfast said: "Concord 51 is a hugely impressive organization that does precisely what the GOP needs, which is a smart and engaging marketing campaign to get more young folks into politics and supporting Republican candidates. As a longtime Republican supporter, I think Concord 51 is paving the way forward for the next generation of conservative leaders." NYC August Rooftop Party
Concord 51 hosted a blowout rooftop party on August turning out over 100 folks for a night of fun. Some pics included below, more here on Facebook
Concord 51 has supported a number of politicians that stand up for our causes and we host events to engage both the politically minded and the unengaged in our core cities. It’s critical to have the funding necessary to plan and run these events and we thank our supporters for recognizing the value of these undertakings. There’s no minimum donation, and donations to Concord 51 can be made quickly and easily on our website. Your donation will not only support Concord 51 and all the great things we've been working on, but also ensure that you're invited to our fantastic events and parties, with a number of exciting events coming up over the next few months.
1. Web Member ($50 annual pledge)
With only a $50 annual pledge, you can count yourself among Concord 51’s Members. As a Web Member, you will receive:
- Concord 51’s Monthly Newsletter and access to certain policy papers published by Concord 51
- Updates on upcoming events
- One free ticket to an event of your choice
2. College Member ($100 one-time fee)
Being a College Member requires paying a one-time fee of $100, and is limited to students that are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Concord 51 College Members are students that are committed to and would like to support Concord 51's three core issues.
As a College Member, you will receive:
- Free admission to all Concord 51 events on your campus
- One free ticket to a Concord 51 off-campus event of your choice
- One free guest pass to every Concord 51 social event on your campus
- A special Concord 51 gift to express our gratitude
- Career advice from members of the Concord 51 Board
- An opportunity to apply for leadership positions on your Concord 51 Campus Committee
- Access to certain research and policy papers published by Concord 51.
3. Concord Club ($250 annual pledge)
With a $250 annual pledge, you are eligible to be a member of the Concord Club. The Concord Club represents the core of our membership and is critical for sustaining Concord 51’s operations.
As a member of the Concord Club, you will receive:
- All research and policy papers published by Concord 51
- One ticket to THREE Concord 51 events of your choice
- An invitation to Concord 51's Annual Ball
- Invitations to special Concord Club level events
- Recognition in marketing and event materials
- A special Concord 51 gift to express our gratitude
- Eligibility to serve on Concord 51's Leadership Committee.
4. Concord Club 500 ($500 annual pledge)
With a $500 annual pledge, you are eligible for Concord Club 500 status.
As a member of the Concord Club, you will receive:
- All of the privileges given to Concord Club members
- Tickets for one guest to TWO events of your choice (in addition to your THREE event tickets)
- An opportunity to take an play role in your regional Concord 51 Committee, participating in Concord 51 events and outreach programs that take place in your region.
- An opportunity to work with the Concord 51 Board in pursuit of your regional Concord 51 Committee’s goals.
5. Elite 51 ($1500 annual pledge)
Elite 51 status requires a $1500 annual commitment (please note that there is a maximum donation of $5000 per year). Elite 51 status is the highest tier of membership within Concord 51, and is reserved for individuals that demonstrate outstanding loyalty to Concord 51’s three core issues.
As an Elite 51 Member, you will receive:
- All benefits awarded to Concord Club 500 members
- Free Access to ALL Concord 51 events
- Elite voting privileges on the Endorsement Committee (to help select officials that Concord 51 supports)
- Access to exclusive events for Elite 51 Members.