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Personal Politics – From the Man Who Got Paul, Cruz, and Rubio Into Office
Personal Politics – From the Man Who Got Paul, Cruz, and Rubio Into Office

For Brendan Steinhauser, politics is personal.

“Politics for me is about real world issues that affect us every day,” said Brendan, campaign manager for Senator John Cornyn of Texas. 

Since playing an integral part in the organization of the tea party in 2010, Brendan has helped elect many prominent conservative politicians, including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and many others.

Brendan isn’t alone in his effort to make conservative politics personal.  He helps recruit and train new grassroots activists for a growing movement.  And it’s paying off.

With a Republican majority in Congress, many incumbent and newly-elected conservative politicians have local grassroots efforts to thank.  More importantly, they have the people behind those efforts to...

West Virginia Congressman-Elect Shares His Winning Strategy
West Virginia Congressman-Elect Shares His Winning Strategy

He didn’t leave anything to chance.  He knew what was needed to win.

West Virginia Congressman-elect Alex Mooney knows politics well enough to know a good heart isn’t all it takes to win an election. 

The first Hispanic elected to Congress in West Virginia history, Alex is a Leadership Institute (LI) grad who will join a U.S. House of Representatives with a Republican majority.  Owning a majority brings expectations, and Alex is excited to do his part in meeting those.

“With the strong majority I will be joining in the U.S. House of Representatives, voters are going to expect us to fight for them and deliver results,” he said.

One of Alex’s primary focuses is scaling back...

"Freeing the world from its socialistic ropes"

Few activists have accomplished as much as Carl Andersen has at his age.

The son of a successful construction entrepreneur and raised on a chicken farm in South Jutland, Denmark, Carl has begun fighting for the conservative cause in his home country. 

Despite being a 19-year-old recent high school graduate, Carl is already very involved in Danish politics.

“I have been a member of Liberal Alliance and Liberal Alliance Youth since 2009, and have risen in the party on every single level,” he said.  “I am on some boards at local, regional, and national levels, and run some campaigns for our candidates.  I got elected to the county board in Vejen last year.  I am now sitting as a member of the Technique and Environment Committee.”

In September 2014, Carl began working as an intern at the Leadership Institute (LI).  As an intern, he has been able to take trainings he believes will help him continue advancing conservative principles in Denmark. 

“Especially, I like that LI is an international organization; LI does not only focus on Americans and America, but on freeing the world from...

Soviet Refugee Works to Protect Prosperity and Freedom in the US
Soviet Refugee Works to Protect Prosperity and Freedom in the US

Recalling his life in the Soviet Union, Igor Birman paints a dreary picture.

“Imagine every aspect of your life from the cradle to the grave being dictated to you by government,” said Igor.  “No matter your talents or wishes, you had little say in your own future.”

Igor Birman was born in the Soviet Union in 1981.  After a decade of Soviet refusals for exit permits, his family arrived in California in 1994.

Igor first felt compelled to defend conservative principles as a student columnist at UC Davis, where he studied Political Science.

“My parents risked everything to get me out of the Soviet Union where freedom did not exist and into the United States, which was founded on the notions of personal responsibility, limited government and individual liberty,” said Igor.  “How could I possibly not dedicate my life to ensuring...

"Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose" is Nonsense

It is not always enough to be right -- as in correct -- candidates have to know how to win.  It takes preparation.

Since 1979, future candidates have attended Leadership Institute trainings.  At LI, they learn the tools to win -- persuade voters, effectively fundraise, and get-out-the vote.

Because they graduated from LI training, many winning candidates in 2014 understood how to effectively run and win. 

"Thanks to you Morton and LI staff, there are countless conservatives making a difference in public policy across the country," said soon to be Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.  "As one of your earliest students, I know firsthand what a wonderful foundation the Leadership Institute’s education provides for someone involved in public service."

Here are some of the many LI and Morton Blackwell trained candidates who won accross the United States in 2014...

Homeschool Mom – Online Activist
Homeschool Mom – Online Activist

Paula Bolyard knew something was wrong. 

An Ohio native and Toledo graduate, Paula got her start in online activism with her work on education.  Following a series of articles bashing homeschooling published in a large local newspaper, Paula began educating others on homeschooling through emails, message boards, and blogs. 

“Homeschooling crosses all demographic lines and there is also an incredible amount of variety and diversity in the education styles we see in homeschooling families,” Paula said.

After receiving nationwide attention, Paula launched her own blog, primarily focusing on homeschooling and education.

Eventually, the exposure she generated led to...

Hard Work: From Kentucky Tomatoes to Conservative Politics
Hard Work: From Kentucky Tomatoes to Conservative Politics

Robert Stuber has known the value of hard work since his childhood.

Currently the Director of Development and Direct Marketing at Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Rob began his career on a farm in Louisville, KY, when he was 12.  He and his father decided to grow extra tomato plants and sell them on the side of the road.  After two years of success, Rob recalls, “We were going to become rich and planted hundreds of plants and worked our butts off, but so did everyone else and the price of tomatoes collapsed to almost nothing.  I learned a lot about free markets…and never ate a tomato again.”

Since that early entrepreneurial experience, Rob has continued working hard to help the conservative movement thrive.  He was elected...

Bachmann’s Press Sec – LI Grad Goes to Capitol Hill
Bachmann’s Press Sec – LI Grad Goes to Capitol Hill

Be the change you want to see.

As press secretary for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Mikayla Hall is doing just that.

Mikayla’s earliest political memory is of accidentally voting for Bill Clinton in 1996 during a mock election at her elementary school. 

“I went home and cried because I thought my fake vote made him win,” she said.

Born in Minnesota, Mikayla also considers Washington state one of her home states, having spent a decade in both. 

While studying Communication at the University of Washington, Mikayla joined Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) as a freshman after being recruited by a Leadership Institute (LI) field rep.  Eventually, she became YAL’s first Northwest Regional Director, organizing students in 10 states.

“LI is a toolkit.  You can use its material to build yourself the steps to a career in politics, with opportunities to practice through their internship and field program,” she said.

Serving to Protect the Last Best Hope for Mankind
Serving to Protect the Last Best Hope for Mankind

For Army veteran Larry Provost, the call to action, “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country” was all it took for him to feel the need to get involved.

This military veteran wasn’t always a conservative.  In fact, his mother was liberal.  It wasn’t until Ronald Reagan became president in the 1980’s that Larry began to see what conservatism was really about.

“As time went on I saw that, on an overall scale, government policies were hurting, and slowly, almost imperceptibly, taking away the dignity, freedoms, and prosperity of the very people they were supposed to help.  Reagan was the first President I remember, and he shaped my idea of what a President could be,” Larry said.

In addition to his previous work in the U.S. Army, Larry also serves as an advisor to several conservative groups, and as a Chaplain for the American Legion in Washington, DC.

His enthusiasm for helping the conservative movement is something to be admired.  Larry battles the left by contributing to conservative blogging sites like Townhall.com.  Many of his articles share his view on what makes this country great and how to preserve it.

The ‘Viral Genius’ Journalist
The ‘Viral Genius’ Journalist

He lives in New York City, grew up on the West Coast, and went to college in California, but Oliver Darcy isn’t your typical liberal journalist – he works for Glenn Beck.

“Oliver Darcy is a viral – twitter, facebook, social media – genius,” said fellow journalist Josiah Ryan, who worked with Oliver at the Leadership Institute’s CampusReform and now at Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.

In just one month this year, Oliver drove 25 million page views to TheBlaze.

“My interest in writing was reignited while at the Leadership Institute when I started writing...

 

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The Leadership Institute offers over 40 types of training programs, working with more than 1,441 conservative campus groups, and helping employers connect with conservative jobseekers. Since the Institute’s 1979 founding, more than 143,000 conservative activists, students, and leaders have been trained. Graduates include members of Congress, state legislators, local officials, media personalities, and conservative organization leaders. For more information, please visit: www.LeadershipInstitute.org

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