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Principles First in The Washington Post

Heath Mayo, Founder of Principles First, spoke with The Washington Post on August 3: Heath Mayo, an attorney and founder of an anti-Trump nonprofit group called Principles First, said Republicans are contradicting themselves by accusing Biden of weaponizing the Justice Department while at the same time pledging to crush the…
August 3, 2023
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Principles First in The Bulwark

Heath Mayo, founder of Principles First, was featured in The Bulwark’s Not My Party: As Heath Mayo, a founder of Principles First, a traditional conservative activist group, put it, “The loudest applause lines . . . that we should give Russia the Donbas, that we should defund the FBI, that…
July 20, 2023
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Political Theater Podcast: “Hope and Despair on the Campaign Trail ’24”

The Political Theater Podcast recorded an episode with former Rep. Barbara Comstock focused on the 2023 Summit: Trump-first Republicans have CPAC. Never Trumpers have Principles First. And on one magical weekend, the twain did meet, or at least met at roughly the same time. Roll Call political writers Mary…
March 8, 2023
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POLITICO on the Principles First Summit

POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick covered our annual 2023 summit: Over the course of some 20 panels and speeches, the tone bounced from upbeat to nostalgic to despondent. One group debated whether Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would be a worse nominee (no consensus was reached). At times, the proceedings had…
March 6, 2023
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The Bulwark Podcast, Live from Principles First

Charlie Sykes recorded a live version of The Bulwark Podcast on stage at the 2023 Summit: John Bolton thought he could create a coherent foreign policy for Trump, but now sees he was naive. Plus, Charlie Sykes asks Bolton about his early defense of Trump’s relations with Putin —…
March 6, 2023
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Politico: “Never Trumpers rally in DC”

Ally Mutnick published a story in Politico around of this year’s Summit: Donald Trump used his primetime stage at the CPAC conference this Saturday to taunt the Bush Republicans, globalists and neocons. A dozen miles away, at a lower-profile gathering in downtown D.C. the remnants of that bygone GOP…
March 6, 2023
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Roll Call: “Trump wows one GOP group as another dreads his return in 2024”

Mary Ellen McIntire and Daniela Altimari of Roll Call covered the 2023 Principles First Summit: The conference heard from former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Sunday morning, but while his videotaped message talked about moving beyond “angry, divisive politics,” it didn’t include the news that broke that morning that he would…
March 6, 2023
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The Hill: “GOP critics of Trump to gather in DC”

Mychael Schnell published a story in The Hill ahead of the 2022 Summit: Republican figures opposed to former President Trump will gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend for an event that has been subbed “counterprogramming” of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which is also set to take place…
February 21, 2022
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CBS News: “Trump’s GOP critics gather in Washington”

Robert Costa of CBS News published a story ahead of Principles First’s annual Summit: A group of Republican critics of former President Donald Trump will gather in Washington, D.C., this week to cheer on the two GOP members of the House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on…
February 21, 2022