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Combat Veterans For Congress PAC Mission Statement
 
The Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee is dedicated to supporting the election of fiscally conservative Combat Veterans For Congress.  We seek Combat Veterans For Congress who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the US Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights.  We support Combat Veterans For Congress who are dedicated to promoting The Free Enterprise System that created the greatest economic engine in the history of mankind, who will provide for a strong national defense, and who will endorse the teaching of US history and the Founding Fathers’ core values in educational institutions.
 
 
 Combat Veterans For Congress-----Embedded Integrity
 
The above listed Mission Statement outlines the principals upon which the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC was co-founded in August 2009 by Congressman Barry Goldwater (Ret) and Capt Joseph R. John, USN/FBI (Ret).  Its purpose is to endorse fiscally conservative Combat Veterans For Congress who would work to rein in the out of control spending by irresponsible members of Congress, will protect the freedoms provided to American citizens in the US Bill of Rights and the US Constitution, and Combat Veterans who previously demonstrated their willingness to “Go Into Harm’s Way” to protect and defend teammates engaged in combat.
 
The PAC is a stand-alone organization, and has no affiliation with any political party; it seeks out Combat Veterans to run for Congress, and after they agree to endorse the above listed Mission Statement, a background investigation is completed on a potential candidate.  To be endorsed, the Combat Veteran is further evaluated to ensure they manifest the intelligence, common sense, integrity, honesty, and willingness to govern in accordance with the precepts laid down in the US Constitution. 
 
Over an 8+ year period, from 2009 to 2018, 444 Combat Veterans from 50 states were interviewed and 114 were endorsed, 82 of them won their primary elections, and 32 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress from 22 states have served in Congress. 

In the 2010 mid-term election, 163 Combat Veterans were interviewed, 46 Combat Veterans For Congress from 35 states were endorsed to run for Congress.  During the 2010 primary season, 27 of the 46 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress in 19 states won their primary races, and 12 of the 27 Combat Veterans For Congress who won their primary races were subsequently elected to Congress (2 US Senators and 10 US Congressmen from 10 states). 
 
In 2012 primary season, 93 Combat Veterans from 43 states were interviewed, 51 Combat Veterans For Congress from 25 states were endorsed, the 2 endorsed US Senators were not up for re-election.  Of the remaining 49 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, 37 won their primary races or were endorsed by their party, and 17 of the 37 Combat Veterans For Congress were elected to the House of Representatives. 

In the 2014 mid-term election, 81 Combat Veterans from 41 stares were interviewed, 24 new Combat Veterans For Congress from 16 states were endorsed to run in their primaries, and 21 elected Combat Veterans For Congress from 16 states were re-endorsed totaling 45 endorsements in 2014; the 2 US Senators were not up for re-election.  Of the remaining 43 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, 31 won their primary elections. In the 2014 General Election, one new Senator was elected from Arkansas, increasing to 3, the number of Combat Veterans For Congress serving in the US Senate, 3 new Congressmen were elected, 14 Congressmen were re-elected, resulting in 20 Combat Veterans For Congress from 15 states elected to 114th Congress. 

For the 2016 general election, 87 newly contacted Combat Veterans from 30 states were interviewed; a new slate of 17 Combat Veterans For Congress from 11 states were endorsed to run in 2016 ( 8 won their primary elections), 18 elected Combat Veterans For Congress from 13 states were re-endorsed, and one US Senator was not standing for re-election.  A total of 38 Combat Veterans For Congress had been endorsed from 24 states in 2016.  In November 2016, 20 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress from 16 states were elected (one Senator was re-endorsed but did not have to run for re-election), and 17 endorsed Combat Veterans for Congress from 12 states were either not elected or retired; they were transferred to the Alumni page.  The Alumni page includes 1 former US Senator, 10 former US Congressmen, and 80 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress who were not elected to Congress. 

For the 2018 Congressional election, 20 newly contacted Combat Veterans from 11 states were interviewed: to date two Combat Veterans For Congress from 2 states has been endorsed to run in 2018; that brings the number of endorsements to 22, and 20 elected Combat Veterans For Congress from 15 states were re-endorsed, including 2 Senators who are not up for election.

The photos and bios of the 20 elected Combat Veterans For Congress from 15 states, are posted on the Endorsements page of the Web site.  The photos and bios for 93 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress from 38 states, are listed on the Alumni page of our Web site.  The 11 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress on the Alumni page who were elected to Congress, have either retired, were elected to other offices in their states, appointed to Cabinet or senior administrative positions, or accepted management positions in corporations. 
 
All endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress must endorse our Mission Statement, as a first step, in order to be considered for endorsement. Conservatives, Independents, Libertarian, and Republicans have been endorsed in the last 5 Congressional races; Democratic candidates have been reluctant to provide us with their views on major issues like the 114 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress have done in the past, and/or they have been reluctant to endorse the Mission Statement of the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC.  In the future, we will continue to recruit, investigate the backgrounds, endorse, and campaign for a new slate of Combat Veterans For Congress to run for Congress in 2018. 
 
 
21 Combat Veterans For Congress in 24 States—--Embedded Integrity
Senator Thomas B. Cotton, Cpt-USA, Esq. (R-AR-Senate)http://www.tomcotton.com/
Senator John McCain, Capt-USN, USNA ’58, (R-AZ-Senate) http://www.countryfirstpac.com 
Cong Duncan D. Hunter, Maj-USMCR (R-CA-50) http://www.hunterforcongress.com 
Cong Steve Pearce, Capt-USAF (R-NM-2) http://www.peopleforpearce.com 
Cong Michael Coffman, Maj-USMC (Ret) (R-CO-6) http://coffmanforcongress.com
Cong Steve Stivers, Lt Col-USANG (R-OH-15) http://www.stivers4congress.com           
Cong Adam Kinzinger, Maj-AFNG (R-IL-11) http://www.electadam.com
Cong Jeff J. Denham, SSgt-USAF (R-CA-10) http://www.DenhamForCongress.com
Cong Paul Cook, Col-USMC (Ret) (R-CA-8) http://www.joinpaulcook.com
Cong Scott G. Perry, Col/PA-ARNG (R-PA-4) http://www.patriotsforperry.com
Cong Brad Wenstrup, Lt Col-USAR (MC) (R-OH-2) http://www.usabrad.com
Cong James Bridenstine, Lcdr-USNR (R-OK-1) http://jimbridenstine.com/
Cong Ron DeSantis, Lcdr-USNR (JAGC) (R-FL-Senate) http://voteron2012.com
Cong Lee M. Zeldin, Maj-USAR (JAG) (R-NY-1) http://www.zeldinforcongress.com    
Cong Steve Russell, USA (Ret) (Ranger) (R-OK-5) http://www.steverussellforcongress.com 
Cong Trent Kelly, Col-MSARNG (R-MS-1) http://www.kellyformississipps.com  
Cong Brian J. Mast, SSgt-USA (Ret) (EOD) (R-FL-18) http://www.mastforcongress.com
Cong Donald J. Bacon, BGen-USAF (Ret) (R-NE-2) http://www.donbacon2016.com
Cong Michael J. Gallagher, Cpt-USMCR, PhD, (R-WI-8) http://www.mikeforwisconsin.com
Cong James E. Banks, Lt-USNR (R-IN-3) http://www.jimbanks.us/
Sgt Daniel Casara, USA (Ret) (WW) (R-CA-52) http://www.casaraforcongress.com 
Cpt Andrew J. Coleman, USAFA '02, USAF, Esq. (R-OK-1)  http://www.AndyColeman.org
 
 

Four major fundraising events have been held to introduce the endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress to the national press corps.  The first event was held in Malibu in February 2010 with Col Buzz Aldrin, USMA'51, USAF (Ret) PhD, (Apollo XI Astronaut) as the highlighted Guest of Honor with Connie Stevens, John Ratzenberger, Dick Van Patten, Deanna Lund, Tony Lo Bianca, Eliya Baskin, Grant Show, CIA Officer Gary Berntsen (USAF) (Ret),  and endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress.  In October 2010 the second event was held at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel in San Diego and the Keynote Speaker was Alaska Governor Sarah Palin with presentations by Alaskan Senate candidate US Federal Judge Joe Miller, Cong Barry M. Goldwater, Norm Crosby, CIA Officer Gary Berntsen (USAF) (Ret),  endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, and actor Chad Everett (USN) was the Master of Ceremonies.  In September 2014 the third event was held in the Atlas Hotel in Mission Valley, San Diego; the Keynote Speaker was Dinesh D’Souza with presentations by Texas Governor Rick Perry (USAF), Pat Boone, Connie Stevens, Cong Barry Goldwater, and KABC National Radio-Talk Show Host Larry Elder, endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, CIA Officer Gary Berntsen (USAF) (Ret),  and One America TV Network Anchor Rick Amato was the Master of Ceremonies.  In 2016 the fourth event was held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley: the Keynote Speaker was Dr. Ben Carson, with presentations by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Cong Duncan L. Hunter (Ret) (Vietnam Combat Ranger), Cong Steve Russell LTC/USA (Ret)(R-OK-5), Col Robert Modrzejewski, USMC (Ret) (MOH), Connie Stevens, Cong Barry M. Goldwater (Ret), CIA Officer Gary Berntsen (USAF) (Ret), endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, and national Radio Talk Show Host Larry Elder was the Master of Ceremonies.
 
The Endorsee of PAC page of the Web site lists over 500 famous Americans, celebrities, business & industry leaders, military personnel, Veterans, show business personalities, press & media personnel, Radio and TV personalities, Political Organizations, Members of previous Administrations, US Senators, US Congressmen, Law Enforcement Officers, Flag & General Officers, elected state and local officials, doctors, lawyers, West Point Alumni, Naval Academy Alumni, Air Force Academy Alumni,  Merchant Marine Academy Alumni,  PACs, Foundations, Vietnam POWs, Medal of Honor recipients, Tea Party Organizations, etc. who have endorsed the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC and its Mission Statement. 
 
The Board of Directors, listed below, bios and photos are posted on the Leadership Page of the Web site.  Among the members of the Board of Directors are Actress/Singer Connie Stevens, two Congressmen, an Admiral, a Major General, three Navy Captains (one is a Navy SEAL, another is a Trustee of the US Naval Academy Foundation, a third is Former FBI), the Past National Commander of the America Legion, a distinguished Green Beret Officer, a CIA Senior Operations Officer, a world famous businessmen, and other well respected Americans Patriots. The Treasurer is a well-known attorney who is the recipient of the Buckley Leadership Award, and the Senior Advisor to the Board is a well know member of the Reagan administration and a Vietnam POW.
 
Combat Veterans For Congress PAC Board of Directors:
 
Congressman Barry M. Goldwater (Ret), The Goldwater Talpin Group, Phoenix, AZ
Congressman Robert R. Simmons (Ret) (Col-USAR/CIA/Ret), Stonington, CT
Rear Admiral Edward S. McGinley, ’61, USN (Ret), Blue Ridge Summit, PA
MajGen Carroll D. Childers, USA (Ranger) (Ret), Fredricksburg, VA
Capt R. Buddy Wellborn ’59, N*, USN (Ret), Trustee, US Naval Academy Foundation, Dickinson, TX
Capt Joseph R. John ’62, USNR/FBI (Ret), President/CEO, JRJ And Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA
Capt Larry W. Bailey, USN (SEAL) (Ret), Special Operations Speaks, Chocowinity, NC
Michael J. Kazanjian (USN), Chairman, Kazanjian Bros, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA
Connie Stevens, Producer, Business Executive, Actress, Singer, Studio City, CA
Joseph J. Frank (USA), Past National Commander of the American Legion, St. Louis, MO
Senior Operations Officer Gary Berntsen, USAF/CIA, Security Consultant, Apollo Beach, FL
Amy South, PAC Secretary, IT Director, and Web Master, Ventura, CA 
 
PAC Attorney and Treasurer
Dan Backer, Esq., PAC Counsel, D B Capital Strategies, Alexandria, VA 
 
Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors:
Hon Orson Swindle, III, Past Federal Trade Commissioner, Lt Col-USMC(Ret) (POW), Alexandria, VA

We will continue to present the truth on vital issues of importance to the Republic and to the American people that the left of center liberal media establishment continues to intentionally misrepresent or ignore. We will call attention of the American Citizens, whenever the Rule of Law and/or the US Constitution is violated by the administration or members of Congress, and will actively recruit a new slate of Combat Veterans For Congress to run for the US Senate and the US House of Representatives.   The elected Combat Veterans For Congress will continue to honor their sacred oath they swore to uphold, when they were inducted into the US Armed Forces, raised their right hand, and swore to protect and defend the US Constitution.  The Combat Veterans For Congress will endeavor to rein in the out of control spending by irresponsible members of Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff facing the Republic, and will protect the freedoms provided to us and our posterity by
the Founding Fathers in the US Bill of Rights.  
We encourage all American citizens to endorse our efforts to protect the Republic, financially support the Combat Veterans For Congress, and to forward our E-mails to those in your address book who will support our efforts to protect and defend the US Constitution. The endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable “to The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including their lives”; they deserve the support of the American voters.
Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184
San Diego, CA 92108
 
Fax: (619) 220-0109
 
 
 
  

Neither military information, military branch logos, nor photographs imply endorsement of the Combat Veterans For Congress by the Department of Defense or their particular Military Departments

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2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184
San Diego, CA  92108