30th Annual CPAC Draws Record Attendance

By Randy Hall | July 7, 2008 | 8:29 PM EDT

Alexandria, Va. (CNSNews.com) - More than 4,000 "motivated and energized activists" took part in the 30th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, according to CPAC Chairman David A. Keene.

This year's total of 4,082 grassroots activists easily broke the 2002 record of 3,876 attendees, Keene added.

"Attendees packed ballrooms for each and every event," he stated, "and the conservative movement as a whole was invigorated by the presence of more than 1,700 student activists who took part in this year's conference."

This year's three-day event, which was covered by approximately 200 members of the news media, included speeches from: Vice President Dick Cheney; Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness; the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.); former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.); and veteran actress Jane Russell.

"Eighty-one co-sponsoring organizations collectively took part in the conference, and their input and involvement every year helps to make our conference a success," said Keene.

"The 30th Annual CPAC was an inspiring three-day event that will undoubtedly assist our grassroots conservative movement in implementing our conservative ideas and achieving additional conservative majorities at both the state and federal level," Keene concluded.

CPAC is a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation, in association with Young America's Foundation and Human Events. The conference is co-sponsored by more than 70 of the nation's leading conservative organizations. For further information on this past weekend's program, visit the CPAC web site.

"CPAC" is not a "political action committee (PAC)" as defined by federal law. The conference name and initials predate the creation of those entities and is merely coincidental.

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