CPAC Losing Social Conservative Crowd

BY Advocate.com Editors

December 29 2010 9:20 AM ET

The Conservative Political Action Conference has veered too liberal in inviting the gay Republican group GOProud, according to two national antigay organizations that will not attend the February event in Washington, D.C.

Both Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council will not participate at the 2011 CPAC, according to WorldNetDaily

"We've been very involved in CPAC for over a decade and have managed a couple of popular sessions," said Tom McClusky, senior vice president for FRCAction, the lobbying arm of Family Research Council. "However, we will no longer be involved with CPAC because of the organization's financial mismanagement and movement away from conservative principles."

Concerned Women for America president Penny Nance told WND her group would not participate in CPAC "in part" because of GOProud.

GOProud's participation in CPAC has irked social conservatives before: Last year groups led by Liberty University School of Law revoked their sponsorship when event organizers refused to disinvite the gay organization.

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