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College Republicans

College Republican
National Committee
Chairman Alexandra Smith (PA)
Co-Chairman Ted Dooley (MA)
Executive Director Gus Portela (MI)
Political Director Catharine Cypher (MI)
Founded 1892
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Mother party Republican Party

The College Republican National Committee (CRNC) is a national organization for

  • College Republican National Committee – official website
  • College Republican National Committee's IRS Filing Forms

External links

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During the election season, the CRNC focuses on developing a "mass based youth effort" directed toward electing Republican candidates.[2] The CRNC often sends paid field representatives to individual campuses to assist in organizing the election efforts. Generally the hired field representative or chapter chair begins the school year with membership tables on campus for recruitment. Members use door-to-door canvassing and word of mouth to identify and register as many Republican voters among the student body as possible.[2] These individuals are encouraged to vote through an absentee ballot and assist the candidates with election day Get Out The Vote efforts. Chapters occasionally run student mock elections and other special events as a means to gain positive earned media attention for a candidate.[2]

During the election season, campus chapters are responsible for organizing and implementing the campus issue advocacy and lobbying efforts, welcome conservative guest speakers to campus, and organize social events and other recruitment activities.

The CRNC organizes election-year field representative programs to send paid staffers to recruit and train students and chapters nationwide. Former national chair Jack Abramoff founded the field representative program in 1981.[2] The program faltered during the 1980s and was revived during the late 1990s.

Recruiting new members at The Ohio State University.


Listed alphabetically by last name

Notable College Republicans

chairpersons. Greek chapter and dormitory The campus chapter leadership team might include many members, with administrative responsibilities delegated to [18], other student groups, and in the surrounding administration, and representing the College Republicans when dealing with constitution The chapter chairperson and leadership team are responsible for maintaining the campus club's credentials and [18] The college and university-based chapters of the College Republicans operate in a dual capacity as

Campus chapters

There are 52 College Republican state federations, each administering the College Republican activities at the non-profit associations that are not legally affiliated with the Republican Party.[18]

State federations

The College Republican National Committee (CRNC), is the national steering organization and oversight body for all 50 state federations, 1,500 campus chapters, and 250,000 College Republicans in the country.[18][19] The CRNC National Chairman and his or her national leadership team, including an executive director, political director, finance director, comptroller, national field director, national treasurer, national secretary, and 4 regional vice-presidents, are elected at the bi-annual College Republican Convention and are assisted by a full-time office staff.[19]

College Republican National Committee


The College Republicans adhere to the 2012 Republican Party platform on social issues, including the GOP's pro-life stance and stance for traditional marriage.[16][17]

The College Republican National Committee is a member of the International Young Democrat Union.

In 2013 Alexandra Smith became the first elected female national chair of the College Republicans organization, and the first female national chair of the CRNC.[15]

election 2006 was placed on probation by the CRNC after suggesting several controversial events might be held on the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Campus, to that school's student newspaper, the Michigan Daily. The events included, "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day" and "Fun with Guns Day," where students were to shoot cardboard cutouts of prominent Democrats.[8] This incident ultimately became a major news story on several national media outlets.[9][10] Several sources, including the Michigan Daily incorrectly identified Ms. Wilkins as an employee of the Republican National Committee, rather than the CRNC, eliciting an outcry from Democratic National Committee Chairman, Howard Dean.[11] In return, GOP Chairman Ken Mehlman condemned Wilkins' activities, as well as Governor Dean.[12] Keith Olbermann named Wilkins his "Worst Person in the World."[13] She was suspended for the incident, and later fired by the CRNC for later creating a Facebook group in which she promised to make out with individuals who signed up volunteers for get out the vote efforts.[14]

The CRNC was criticized for its relationship with Response Dynamics, a Virginia-based direct mail company. [6] The relationship became an issue during the 2005 election for National Chairman, which was won by former CRNC Treasurer, Paul Gourley, whose signature was on the questionable fundraising letters.[7]

[5] Prompted by the 2002

By 1980, only 20 active College Republican chapters remained. By the US Presidential election in 1980, that number had increased to 1,000 active clubs, helping Reagan win 98 of 105 mock elections and recruiting thousands of voters. This success led to $290,000 in financial assistance from the RNC, mainly to implement Jack Abramoff's field representative program.[2] Abramoff's fund-raising efforts brought in an additional $1,160,000 during the next two years. By 1983, only 10% of the CRNC's budget came from the RNC.[2]

"College Republicans are a vital force in conservative politics. You are the vanguard of the Republican Party. I know that the strength of young people's support for our Party will ensure the continued success of Republican goals as you begin to assume leadership roles in the Party and in our Nation."

Ronald Reagan to the College Republican National Committee, June 2, 1987[2]

[4] In 1973,

In 1970, the Young Republican National Federation was permanently spun off from the College Republicans in 1970 to prevent counter-productive infighting among the two groups.[2] In 1972 the Republican National Committee made the College Republican National Committee an auxiliary arm of the RNC.[2]

and Louie Nunn himself credited the efforts of Blackwell's volunteers. New York Times On election day, Nunn became the first Republican Governor of Kentucky in 20 years. The [2] In 1967,

Modern history

The relative dominance of the Democratic party through the 1930s through the 1960s coincided with a precipitous drop in the membership and effectiveness of the College Republicans.[2] In 1931, the College Republicans were absorbed as an arm of the [3] In 1935, the College Republicans were merged into the newly created Young Republican National Federation, encompassing both college students and young professionals.[3] College Republican operations continued under the Young Republicans until the 1965 founding of the "College Republican National Committee."[3]

[2] The College Republicans were financed, at least in part, by the

James Francis Burke, 1901.

The College Republicans quickly pursued a strategy of sending college students to vote in their home districts and registering others to vote where they schooled to swing closely contested districts.[2] This strategy was successfully implemented for the 1900 presidential election between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan, helping win Bryan's home state of Nebraska for McKinley.[2]

The College Republicans were founded as the American Republican College League on May 17, 1892 at the James Francis Burke, who would later serve as a Congressman from Pennsylvania.[2] The inaugural meeting was attended by over 1,000 students from across the country, from Stanford University in the west to Harvard University in the east. Contemporary politicians also attended the meeting, including Judge John M. Thurston, Senator Russell A. Alger, Congressman J. Sloat Fassett, Congressman W. E. Mason, John M. Langston, and Abraham Lincoln's successor in the Illinois State Legislature, A. J. Lester. Then-Governor of Ohio William McKinley gave a rousing keynote speech.[2]

"There is no such school for political education as the college and university. What is inculcated here penetrates every corner of the country where the college man goes. He goes everywhere and where he goes he is a mighty force in making and molding public sentiment."

William McKinley at the founding of the American Republican College League in 1892.[2]

Founding and early history



  • History 1
    • Founding and early history 1.1
    • Modern history 1.2
  • Governance 2
    • College Republican National Committee 2.1
    • State federations 2.2
    • Campus chapters 2.3
  • Notable College Republicans 3
  • Activities 4
  • Gallery 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

The Republican National Committee, the College Republicans now operate as an independent 527 group. After the Young Republican National Federation was spun off from the College Republicans organization in 1972, the groups operate independent of one another.


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