Conserving America's
liberal tradition

Our Story

In 2019, principled Americans who were concerned about the health of conservatism organized a series of meet-ups around the country during Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). They believed that CPAC - once the intellectual home of the conservative movement - had become a grift, and set out to start a conversation about the future of the center-right in America. Those initial gatherings led to over a hundred grassroots meetings around the country, half a dozen open letters to Congress, and three national Summits that have brought thousands of grassroots activists to Washington, D.C.

Our Partners

Championing principles instead of politicians takes a village. Principles First helps lead the growing principled lane in our politics with these great partners in the movement.

Our Team


Heath Mayo


Sadaqat Ahmad

Executive Director

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Important Essays

The Cruelty Is the Point

The Cruelty Is the Point

President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.

Adam Serwer, The Atlantic - October 2018

An Exit From Trumpocracy

An Exit From Trumpocracy

If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy.

David Frum, The Atlantic - January 2018


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