Citizens for the Republic

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Citizens for the Republic (CFTR), a political action committee formed in 1977 "to attract conservative support"[1] by then-Governor Ronald Reagan, in Santa Monica, CA,[2] and "created with money and mailing lists left over" from Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign,[3] resurfaced in 2007 "to reanimate the Republican Party by reviving the organization that brought Reagan to power" by a "group of former aides ... [f]ed up with neocons, theocons and convict cons." CFTR "plans to launch before the [2008] presidential primaries," Marc Ambinder wrote October 5, 2007, in The Atlantic.[4]

CFTR "has already secured $17 million in solid financial commitments, according to an official involved in raising money for the organization," Ambinder wrote.[4]

"Craig Shirley, a Republican strategist and historian, has agreed to serve as chairman of the board. Others who will participate or who have agreed to raise money are Paul Laxalt, the former Nevada Senator and close Reagan friend;[5] former Reagan [national security advisor] Richard Allen;[6] former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and conservative activists Brent Bozell and Gary Bauer."[4]

"The new CFTR is predicated on the belief that 'the conditions of the party today are almost identical to what they were in 1977,' the official said. 'By 1977, the party had been betrayed by corruption and betrayal of conservative principles'," Ambinder wrote.[4]


In 1977, using "about $1 million in leftover money" from his 1976 campaign, Ronald Reagan "set up a political action group called Citizens for the Republic,"[7] TIME Magazine reported in November 1977. "Its executive director is Lyn Nofziger, a longtime Reagan sidekick, and its steering committee sports almost every key Reagan adviser from the '76 campaign, including Campaign Manager John Sears. So far the committee has added about $250,000 in contributions, to be distributed to conservative candidates for Congress and state offices next year.

"The group has hired Pollster Richard Wirthlin, who worked for Reagan in '76, to analyze every congressional district in the country. Reagan can also call for help from an active old boy network. It includes G.O.P. state chairmen and national committee members in 28 states. Beyond that, Reagan backers from ten Western states have formed their own organization. Says a top adviser: 'All they are waiting for is for him to say 'Go'," TIME wrote.[7]

"Though aspects of CFTR were later determined to be illegal, the notion of using nonprofits between election cycles to pave the way for presidential campaigns has since become commonplace." CFTR routinely sold its mailing lists for "extra cash".[3]

Key personnel

1993 resuscitation

In February 1993, Bay Buchanan, who served as CFTR controller, "resuscitated Citizens for the Republic", "changed the group's name to The American Cause and moved it to the Virginia office from which she had run the campaign. Just as it had done for Reagan, the nonprofit promoted conservative causes and kept [her brother] Pat Buchanan's name in front of conservative voters between elections."[3]


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Marjorie Hunter and Warren Weaver, Jr., "Tilting an 'Election'," New York Times, March 23, 1985.
  2. Nominations & Appointments, May 8, 1984, Reagan Library, University of Texas. See entry for Robin C. Gray.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Monte Paulson, "Buchanan Inc.: How Pat and Bay Built an Empire on Our Money," The Nation, November 4, 1999 (November 22, 1999 issue).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Marc Ambinder, "Reagan’s Disciples Plan Relaunch Of Conservative Movement," The Atlantic Online, October 5, 2007.
  5. Warren Weaver, Jr., "Laxalt Joins G.O.P. Race for President," New York Times, April 29, 1987.
  6. Richard V. Allen is incorrectly identifed in Ambinder's article.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Doing the Republican Jostle," TIME, November 28, 1977.
  8. Trustees, Yorktown University.
  9. Profile: Wendy H. Borcherdt, California State Bar.
  10. Roger M. Grace, "Defenses of Pirozzi Appointment Are Lame, Governor’s Office Statement Is Sham," Perspectives, July 30, 2007.
  11. Nomination of Angela M. Buchanan To Be Treasurer of the United States, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, February 12th, 1981.
  12. Full biography: L. Keith Bulen,
  13. Newsroom: "On the Threshold of Independence," National Council on Disability, 1988.
  14. Allan Nairn, "Reagan Administration's Links to Guatemala's Terrorist Government," Covert Action Quarterly magazine (, Summer 1989.
  15. Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Nov 27, 1977 - "John Laxalt, brother of Sen. Paul Laxalt, Reagan's 1976 campaign chairman, is the group's full time Washington lobbyist..."
  16. Lyn Nofziger, Former White House Press Secretary, Major Issues Lecture, Topic: Predictions: The Consequences of Four Years of Bill Clinton, Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, December 3, 1992.
  17. "'80 Reagan Groups Pay For Campaign Violations," Associated Press (New York Times), March 29, 1984.
  18. The Businessmakers: Gloria E.A. Toote, The History Makers.

External articles

External resources

  • Lyn Nofziger in the Wikipedia: In 1980, served "as executive vice-chairman of Citizens for the Republic, a political action committee founded by Reagan."