Richard Viguerie Writes Tribute to Howard Phillips, A Key Founder of the Modern Conservative Movement

Apr 23, 2013, 19:32 ET from

MANASSAS, Va., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, wrote a tribute to Howard Phillips, a key founder of the modern day conservative movement, who recently died.

Viguerie's article, which is posted on his website, states in part:

"During the 1970s and 1980s, Howard Phillips was one of a small group of conservative leaders who set out to change the Republican Party. They did and, in the process, helped change America and much of the world.

"Howard was present at the beginning of the modern conservative movement, including the founding of Young Americans for Freedom at Bill Buckley's family estate in Sharon, Connecticut in September 1960 and helped lead YAF in its early years…

"President Nixon appointed Howie to be the director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) with the goal of shutting down much of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs.  But by mid-1973, Nixon was under siege because of Watergate and decided to switch positions and fund LBJ's Great Society programs in an attempt to buy peace with the Democrats.  Howie promptly resigned.

"Shortly thereafter, he approached me with the idea to start a national grassroots conservative public policy organization to be called The Conservative Caucus.  The Viguerie Company quickly launched a national direct-marketing campaign seeking members and financial support.  It wasn't long before the Caucus, with Howie as Chairman and over 300,000 supporters, was the largest and most effective grassroots conservative organization of the time...

"In 1979, Howie was one of four conservatives who met with Reverend Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia, in a meeting that led directly to the formation of the Moral Majority organization, which in turn launched the religious right movement.

"During the 1970s and 1980s, Howard Phillips was one of the most articulate, important, effective, and high-profile conservatives opposing both big-government Republicans and Democratic policies and programs to expand government and reduce liberty..."

Viguerie's article provides much more about Phillip's life, including some very interesting inside stories.  The entire article is online at

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (Washington Times).  He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.

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