American Conservative Union Names New Executive Director

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:28pm EDT

( - The American Conservative Union, one of the nation's largest and oldest conservative organizations, announced Wednesday it has named Chuck Muth as its new executive director.

Muth most recently served as the national chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Muth has been active in GOP politics for many years. He has served as the Clark County, Nevada, Republican Party chairman, Nevada State Republican Party executive director and was a former Republican candidate for the Nevada State Senate.

He is also a "professional campaign trainer" and "national field instructor" for the Republican National Committee and the Leadership Institute, a Washington based think tank.

He has created political websites over the years as well. One of those is", a political training website and the daily e-mail newsletter "GOP News &Views" where he serves as editor and publisher.

Muth is a Baltimore native and no stranger to the Washington, D.C., area.

ACU Chairman David Keene said he is glad to have Muth on board.

"ACU welcomes Chuck Muth to the organization; I'm confident he has the background, experience and know-how to lead our organization to new levels of success and confidence," Keene said in a statement.

ACU also made another appointment on Wednesday. Peter Cleary will be the organization's new deputy director and will head up the preparation and execution for next year's 30th annual Conservative Political Action Conference known popularly as "CPAC".

Next year's CPAC conference is set for January 30 to February 1 in the Washington suburb of Crystal City, Virginia.

This year's conference attendance broke last year's record, according to ACU officials. Nearly 3,900 attended this year compared to 3,412 last year. Officials said the high attendance indicated a united and energized mood among conservatives nationwide.

Cleary most recently managed public policy communications for the Grocery Manufacturers of America in Washington. He also worked as a reporter for Investor's Business Daily and began his career as staff assistant for Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.).

"ACU welcomes Peter aboard. I know he'll be a great addition to our staff and will help elevate ACU's visibility and effectiveness in a multitude of areas," said Keene.

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