Press Release: The Madison Project Endorses Jim Banks for Congress

Friday, June 12th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2015

Madison Project Endorses Jim Banks for U.S. Congress 

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding the race in Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District:


“The 3rd Congressional District of Indiana needs a strong conservative like it has in Marlin Stutzman, and that’s why we’re endorsing Jim Banks for U.S. Congress today,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Jim is a dedicated leader who has proudly served our country in Afghanistan as a Navy Reserves officer. As well as putting his life on the line for our freedom, he has fought for limited government and conservative values in the Indiana State House. Jim is a proven conservative who will work to preserve our principles in Washington, even if it means opposing his own party. We look forward to standing with Jim Banks to defend our Constitution and freedoms.”

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The Madison Project Endorses Jim Banks for Congress

Friday, June 12th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Uncategorized

As an Indiana state Senator since 2010, Jim Banks’ resume is one filled with several conservative accomplishments. Ranked one of the top conservatives in the entire Indiana state legislature, Jim is a Navy reserve officer who took a leave of absence from his state Senate seat to serve our country in Afghanistan last year.

He is not just committed to promoting freedom through supporting limited government; he’s actually fighting on the battle lines to preserve it.

More importantly to us, as we have chatted with him, it is clear that Jim understands the current dynamics in Washington, D.C. and is not afraid to commit to opposing the status quo even if it means standing up to his own party when he wins this race for Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District.

During his time in the Indiana state legislature, Jim has co-authored or co-sponsored bills that repeal the death tax, created a statewide voucher system and introduced Right to Work to Indiana. Coupled with his fiscal conservatism, Jim has maintained a 100% pro-life voting record during his tenure, co-authoring numerous pro-life bills along the way.

Jim Banks has proven himself in the legislative trenches and it is time for us to move him from the political bench of the state legislature and into the game of federal level politics.

As we have continually noted, the change needed in Washington, D.C. is not going to take place overnight. It’s going to be a process of multiple election cycles that becomes twofold: electing new conservatives to office and defending the ones who continue to prove their mettle once elected.

It is without hesitation that we endorse Jim Banks in his run for U.S. Congress and look forward to helping him win not only his primary, but the general election as well.

Why the Ex-Im Fight Is Worthwhile

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Uncategorized

Part of the problem for conservatives is the disconnect that many American taxpayers have with Washington, D.C. and the decisions made there. The average American taxpayer knows something is wrong, but because they are working to make ends meet (several working two or more jobs) they don’t know all of the specifics when it comes to legislation being considered or passed. This disconnect is also partly due to the fact that so much goes wrong in Washington, D.C. The inside baseball discussion of legislation takes place every day and many taxpayers are not part of that conversation.

Such is not the case of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).

Created by executive order by FDR, the Ex-Im Bank’s charter was “to create and sustain U.S. jobs by financing sales of U.S. exports to international buyers.”

However, in recent years, the Ex-Im Bank has become a slush fund for corporations that don’t need the money, but would rather not shoulder the risk. The risk is, however, placed in the lap of the American taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars of loans subsidized each year with taxpayer dollars.

Loans like the $126 million one to the China National Nuclear Power Corporation or the millions of dollars in loan guarantees to customers purchasing Boeing aircraft. It is the essence of corporate welfare and a slush fund used to manipulate the free market.

While defenders of the Ex-Im Bank will argue that the bank helps level the playing field for small businesses in America, the fact of the matter is that in 2012, 82% of the bank’s loan guarantees went to Boeing’s customers.

At the end of this month, the Ex-Im Bank is up for reauthorization and its future is in jeopardy. Why? Because the foundation on which its current iteration is built (Congress) is shifting underneath it. A new breed of conservatives have been elected to office the last few election cycles, many of whom are Madison Project endorsed. As proponents of the actual free market, not a manipulated one, they are fighting to let the authorization for the Ex-Im Bank lapse at the end of this month.

It’s as simple as that. But make no mistake – there will be a fight over the next few weeks as the GOP leadership attempts to ram it through Congress, potentially attempting to attach it to the Defense Reauthorization bill to create a conundrum for the Ex-Im Bank’s critics.

Stopping it could be a huge win for the conservative movement, but we’re going to need all hands on deck to stop it and begin rolling back the largesse of the big government/big business crowd that has become far too comfortable playing with the American taxpayers’ money.

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #7

Monday, June 1st, 2015 and is filed under Blog

In today’s episode of How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun of the Madison Project delves deeper into the value of local elections and the easier point of entry that these elections provide for first time conservative candidates.

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #6

Monday, May 18th, 2015 and is filed under Blog

In today’s podcast, episode #6 in our series How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun discusses local offices and why they are so important to conservatives.


How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #5

Monday, May 11th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Today, in Episode #5 of our series, How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun finishes up his series within a series on precinct work, GOTV and how Mitt Romney narrowly lost the Presidential election in 2012.

The Madison Project Endorse Marlin Stutzman for Senate

Monday, May 11th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Back in 2010, Marlin Stutzman was a rising star in Indiana politics. After serving for six years in the Indiana House of Representatives, he ran for and won a seat in the Indiana State Senate in 2008. There he continued his strong conservative voting record, and then in 2010, answered the call when the conservative movement needed a candidate for the vacated senate seat left by Democrat Senator Evan Bayh. Losing to Dan Coates in the Republican Primary, Marlin was given another chance to run for federal office when then Congressman Mark Souder abruptly retired in 2010. Winning a special party caucus in June of that year, Marlin went on to win the general election by 30 points.

Marlin has a 93% on the Heritage Action scorecard this past Congress, and a 93% lifetime on the Club for Growth scorecard and he outpaces the rest of the Indiana delegation by a wide margin on the Madison Project’s Performance Index.

With over 4 years in Washington, Marlin has proven his conservative bona fides by casting many tough votes like voting against John Boehner for Speaker, and by opposing executive amnesty and fighting to repeal Obamacare. Because of this, we are excited to endorse him (again) in his run for the United States Senate.

Madison Project: GOTV And Why We Do It

Friday, May 8th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

This past election cycle the Madison Project endorsed and worked in many races from Idaho to Pennsylvania, California to Georgia, and states in between. From direct candidate support to bundling money for our endorsed candidates to radio ads and GOTV work, our support runs the spectrum of what it takes to get good conservatives elected to office.

During the 2014 election we had the opportunity we were pleased to work with Peter Baergen, a young homeschooler who loves politics, in Kentucky and Mississippi some of the GOTV Campaigns that Madison Project funded in 2014. We believe that training the youth of today in effective procedure and planning will produce better leaders for tomorrow.

Below is his recounting of his experience with us (thanks for doing this, Peter!).


“5 days. 42 students. Over 18,000 voters contacted and an initial victory of less than 1,400 votes.

Those are the numbers that resulted from a Madison Project student get-out-the-vote effort that I helped organize in Mississippi in early June of 2014, supporting constitutional conservative Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate in his primary election race against 36-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran.  In less then a week, we worked with 42 middle and high school students to knock on doors in the Jackson, MS area, contacting nearly twenty thousand voters in an election that Chris McDaniel would initially win by less than 1,400 votes.

With Madison Project staffers and voter contact software Campaign Sidekick we connected with the Republican primary voters most likely to support Chris McDaniel.  Each morning, we gathered for breakfast and an update about the day’s plans before dividing into smaller teams and climbing into minivans, ready to hit the road.

Armed with walk lists, literature, and plenty of bottled water, we spent the majority of our time knocking on doors and talking to voters about why Chris McDaniel was the best candidate for the United States Senate.  Each evening, we’d gather together again to hear any updates on the race and tell stories from the day — like the time that one of our guys knocked on a door that, unknown to him, had already been knocked on by a different team.  A man answered the door and, referring to the team that had been there earlier, commented, “If you see them, tell them I’m sorry… but I had such fun giving them a hard time!”

He was, he added, a strong supporter of Chris McDaniel.

McDaniel, a state senator, faced an uphill battle against an entrenched incumbent and the Republican establishment in Mississippi.  However, with the help of the Madison Project and other groups, he overcame the political establishment in Mississippi and across the nation to force a six-term incumbent U.S. Senator into a runoff — a feat that gained nationwide attention and the chagrin and dismay of the liberal GOP Establishment.  It is generally acknowledged that had Democrats not been recruited to vote in the “open primary” run-off election by the Haley Barbour and his nephews, Chris McDaniel would have won the run-off as well.

The students that we worked with for this campaign, as well as other get-out-the-vote efforts funded by the Madison Project, were young conservatives concerned about the direction our nation is headed and willing to work hard to change it.  After our work in Mississippi, they are still eager (many of them even more eager!) to make a difference — but now, they have valuable knowledge on how they can most effectively use their time and energy to make a difference.  They have experienced what it takes to make a Get-Out-The-Vote operation work — from the phone calls and walk lists to the yard signs and Facebook posts.  They have seen the attacks and manipulative tactics, and learned how to effectively combat them.  Many of them returned to put their new-found knowledge to work within a few weeks of the primary campaign, joining us for our efforts in the run-off election on June 24.

This is how elections are won — by informed and engaged citizens interacting one-on-one with voters on doorsteps across America, answering their questions and asking for their vote.  The Madison Project is doing great work across the country, building a strong ground game for the conservative movement — a ground game that is vital if we want to elect principled, constitutional conservatives to public office.”

If you would like to help fund our GOTV efforts with great kids like Peter, click here to make a donation today. Early money means we can hit the ground earlier in key races and states!

The Madison Project Endorses Ron DeSantis for Senate

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

It’s not many times that we see candidates elected on campaign promises that then go to Washington, DC and keep them.

Modern politics seems to be more about who regresses less than who advances.

This is not the case of Ron DeSantis.

In 2012, we were one of the first conservative PACs to endorse Ron in his run for the United States Congress based on his sterling credentials. A Yale and Harvard Law graduate, Ron distinguished himself as a Navy JAG lawyer during his time in the military. As a candidate, he checked all the boxes, giving all the right answers to our difficult questions during our candidate interview.

However, you never really know how good a candidate is going to be until they are put to the test.

As a freshman Congressman, Ron scored 95% on the Club for Growth’s scorecard and 100% on the Heritage Action scorecard. Often times, he took hard votes, standing with his constituents and against GOP leadership.

This is the kind of leadership that we want to see in Washington, D.C. and during his short time in the House, Ron DeSantis has only confirmed our 2012 endorsement of him.

This is why we are happy to endorse him for his run for the United States Senate and look forward to helping him win in 2016!

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #4

Monday, May 4th, 2015 and is filed under Blog

In this week’s episode of How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun of the Madison Project delves further into precinct level strategies for grassroots activists and candidates at all levels.