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ACU and Announce Two New Speakers for CPAC Alaskan Cruise August 27, 2011

/ Alexandria, VA - July 27, 2011 -- and the American Conservative Union announced today that two Tea Party leaders—Todd Cefaratti and Donna Wiesner Keene—are joining the 2011 CPAC Alaska Cruise as speakers. This second annual destination cruise leaves from Seattle on August 27 and returns September 3.

Todd Cefaratti founded with his college friend, Ron Dove, as he watched Tea Party members take to the streets protesting a government that was not listening to its people. A School Board member of one of the largest and most successful Christian Schools in Arizona, Cefaratti recently sold his successful marketing company. He is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and after the cruise will attend Harvard University's Digital Marketing Program.

Donna Wiesner Keene is the Washington liaison for and a senior fellow with the Independent Women's Forum. She has held positions in the Reagan, Bush and Bush Administrations, for the U.S. House when the Republicans took over the House for the first time in 40 years in 1994, and in Richmond, Virginia, was an aide to a then-unknown but well-respected House of Delegates member now the Governor of Virginia.

Al Cardenas, Chairman of ACU and former Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, said, "As we discuss and debate the most pressing policy issues of today, Todd's and Donna's insights will be a critical piece of the conservative dialogue. The core values at the heart of the Tea Party movement are as vital to politics today as the Campaign for Liberty, the Christian Coalition and the Reagan Revolution additions were in their times. As the American Conservative Union continues expanding our successful CPAC initiative, our annual cruise is a unique opportunity for families and individuals from across the country to closely interact with leaders of the conservative movement in one of America's most beautiful locations."

Other CPAC Cruise speakers include President of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist; former Secretary of Defense and Congressman, Donald Rumsfeld; President of the National Rifle Association and Vice-Chairman of CPAC, David A. Keene; former head of the Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, Cofounder and Partner of Public Opinion Strategies, Glen Bolger; Founder and Executive Director of the League of American Voters, Bob Adams; and Founder and president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, Lew Uhler. Governor Parnell of Alaska will host the cruisers in Juneau.

CPAC Cruise cosponsors include the American Conservative Union, The Washington Times, and Americans for Tax Reform.  -

To register for this event or learn more about the speakers and agenda, visit the CPAC Alaska Cruise website.


The American Conservative Union is growing the CPAC initiative beyond its marquee convention of 11,000 conservatives—the nation's largest gathering of conservatives—held each year in Washington, DC, to include cruises to various locations and the inaugural series of regional CPACs in 2011. is an Internet-based Tea Party resource with more than 400,000 members and up to one million hits a month, including a free national calendar, free petition software, and free educational Cyber Tour interviews.

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