By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com January 07 2011 5:20 PM ET
The Heritage Foundation and Media Research Center have joined groups including
Concerned Women for America in dropping out of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in part because the gay Republican group G)Proud will be in
RightWingWatch.org reports that Media Research Center announced Friday that it would not participate because CPAC is "not conservative enough." The Heritage Foundation reached a similar conclusion on Wednesday.
Both Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council announced in late December that they also would not participate at CPAC next month, among other groups.
"We've been very involved in CPAC for over a decade and have managed a couple of popular sessions," Tom McClusky, senior vice president for FRCAction, the lobbying arm of Family Research Council, told WorldNetDaily. "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.