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Citizens for the Republic

Citizens for the Republic is a 501(c)(4) political action committee originally founded in 1977 by Ronald W. Reagan, five months after he narrowly lost his bid for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination to Gerald R. Ford, Jr. The committee was first directed by the Reagan aide Lyn Nofziger.[1]

Organizational history

According to the CFTR website, "Reagan took the tired, run-down GOP [of the Ford-Nixon years] and turned it into a vibrant political force which drew sustenance from the millions of conservative Americans who believed in these principles."[2]

By the time Reagan unseated

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CFTR directors include for Alexandria, Virginia.[6]

In June 2013, CFTR announced support for the author and columnist Quin Hillyer, a former press secretary to former U.S. Representative Bob Livingston of Louisiana. Hillyer is a Republican candidate in Alabama's 1st congressional district special election, 2013 to succeed Jo Bonner, who resigned in August to take a position as vice chancellor with the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. [5] Hillyer was eliminated after finishing fourth in the Republican primary.

CFTR endorses political candidates. In 1978, in one of its more surprising actions, it supported Texas' 19th congressional district seat. Bush defeated Reese and then lost to the Democrat Kent Hance.

In the summer of 2013, CFTR announced that it was developing a new political rating system of lawmakers. Its website said scores would be based on loyalty to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and the protection of liberty.[4]


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