Press Releases

College Republican National Committee Announces New Leadership for the 2013-2014 Election Cycle

WASHINGTON, DC – Alex Smith, newly elected Chairman of the College Republican National Committee, announced the hiring of her new staff for the 2013-2014 election cycle. Alex, a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, attended The Catholic University of America where she served as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. Prior to being the first female elected National Chairman, Alex was a second-year student at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Matthew Donnellan will be serving as National Executive Director. Originally from New York, Matt moved to California for college and served as the Chairman of the California College Republicans. While in California, Matt managed several targeted candidate and ballot initiative campaigns and worked as a leader in grassroots politics and youth mobilization for California based Revolvis Consulting.

Gus Portela will be serving as National Political Director. A native of Puerto Rico, Portela served previously as the Chairman of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans and the CRNC’s Midwestern Vice Chair. Portela worked on multiple campaigns in Michigan and on Rick Santorum’s Delegate Operation Team, and previously worked for the Michigan based firm Strategic National.

Amanda Miller will be serving as National Field Director, overseeing the design and implementation of the 2013-2014 Field Program. Previously, Amanda served as the CRNC’s 2012 Western Regional Political Director. Amanda has also worked on several campaigns in her native state of Texas.

Greg Matz will be serving as the Office Manager in the national office based in Washington D.C. Greg previously interned for Congressman Lou Barletta and the College Republican National Committee.

Lindsay Conrad of Conrad Consulting has been retained to serve as the CRNC’s fundraising consultant.

CAP Public Affairs, led by former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins, will be serving as the general consultants for the CRNC. The CRNC’s digital outreach will be overseen by former Romney digital director Zac Moffatt of Targeted Victory.

For additional information or booking requests, please contact Gus Portela at gus@www.crnc.org

College Republicans Launch New Initiative; OOMPH! (Out of My Parents’ House!)

Washington, DC – September 19, 2012 – Today, the College Republican National Committee launched a new education initiative, OOMPH! (Out Of My Parents’ House), to bring attention to the plight of young people in the Obama economy.

OOMPH! will include a nationwide paid advertising and social media campaign to educate young people on why another four years of Obama’s economic policies will not get them out of their parent’s homes and onward to independence.

Efforts, including advertising targets, will be specifically focused on eight swing states: CO, FL, IA, NC, NH, NV, OH, & VA.

The launch of OOMPH! includes a new commercial, “Perspective,” showing the point-of-view of many young Americans as they struggle to gain independence and move out of their parents’ homes. The commercial can be viewed here. OOMPH! will also include a microsite (www.crnc.org/OOMPH) and a tumblr (outofmyparentshouse.com) with fresh content aimed at younger voters.

“Young people are pushing off taking steps towards building their futures and their independence at a historic level today because of the crippling economic situation that President Obama has failed to fix after four years,” said Alex Schriver, Chairman of the College Republican National Committee.

“Record numbers of young people are moving back in with mom and dad and our generation deserves better,” he continued.

According to the Pew Research Center study, 3 in ten young people are moving back in with their parents after graduating college. Recent studies show that millenials are delaying major life decisions because of financial instability, including purchasing a car, putting a down payment on a first home, and getting married as a result of high student loan debt and a poor job market.
The average per student debt in this country is $22,900. The unemployment among young people ages 18-24 is at 15.4% and underemployment is nearly twice that.

For additional information or booking requests, please contact: Alyssa Farah (afarah@www.crnc.org)

National Debt Hits $16 Trillion While Obama Pleads for Another Term

The U.S. National Debt is set to hit the $16 trillion dollar marker later this evening during the kick off of the Democratic National Convention.

The National Debt increased more during the first 3 years and two months of the Obama presidency than both of President Bush’s terms combined.

The average per-citizen debt now sits at $51,000, much higher than the median annual income in the United States.

Since assuming office, President Obama is responsible for signing into law some of the most costly pieces of policy in U.S. history including the Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“I hope the irony of the U.S. National Debt hitting $16 trillion dollars while President Obama makes his case for why he deserves another term is not lost on my peers and colleagues,” Alex Scrhiver, Chairman of the College Republican National Committee, said.

“We are a nation on the brink of economic catastrophe. Under this President we have seen record high national debt, record high student loan debt, a credit downgrade and month after month of disappointing jobs reports,” Schriver added.

“My generation deserves better. We need a man in office who will make the hard choices rather than keep forcing more and more debt on the backs of my generation.”

Tonight, First Lady Michelle Obama is the planned Keynote speaker.

For additional information or booking requests, please contact: Alyssa Farah: afarah@www.crnc.org

CRNC Chairman Alex Schriver to Address 2012 RNC Convention

Washington, DC – August 24, 2012 – Today, the Republican National Committee announced that College Republican National Committee Chairman Alex Schriver has been selected to address the 2012 Republican National Convention. Schriver will speak on Monday, August 27th, during the afternoon session. The theme of Monday’s schedule is “We Can Do Better.”

“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to share the message of 250,000 College Republicans at the 2012 Republican National Convention,” said Schriver. “Young Americans have been disappointed and disillusioned by the failed policies of President Obama. We are excited about the Romney/Ryan plan to help our country and know that our generation can do better,” he added.

CRNC Releases New Video: “Our Generation”

Washington, DC – August 22, 2012 – Today the College Republican National Committee released a moving new video depicting the plight of young Americans under the Obama Administration.

View Video Here.

“Our Generation” shows disillusioned recent college graduates struggling to find jobs and pay off their student loans. It contrasts their struggles with clips of President Obama’s campaign rhetoric and then further with clips of disappointing jobs reports.

The video shows CRNC Chairman Alex Schriver on MSNBC declaring on behalf of his generation, “more and more young people are seeing that we are NOT better off four years later.”

This past year student loan debt rose to a historic high, hitting the $1 trillion mark, surpassing credit card and auto loan debt combined. Currently youth unemployment is nearly twice the national average.

Due to the shaking economic future recent graduates encounter, 3 in 10 graduates are now moving back into their parents’ homes, the highest rate since the 1950s.

“’Our Generation’ shows the battle young people are facing in the Obama economy to find their independence and begin building their futures,” said CRNC Chairman Alex Schriver.

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For additional information or booking requests, please contact Alyssa Farah (afarah@www.crnc.org; 2o2-262-6323)

College Republicans Launch Historic Youth Grassroots Effort for GOP

Washington, DC – August 20, 2012 – Today the College Republican National Committee launched 63 full-time, paid field representatives into targeted races in battleground states across the country to campaign for GOP candidates.The program, “Operation Red November,” will be headquartered in Washington and managed by Brad Alexander, the CRNC’s National Field Director. He will be aided by four Regional Political Directors, Kial Vidic, Amanda Miller, Travis Holler and Elliott Echols. Each of these operatives come to the CRNC with extensive backgrounds in national, state and local campaigns.

The national field program will be the CRNC’s largest in its 120-year history, and is expected to be yield over 6 million live voter contacts, 100,000 volunteer hours, and 50,000 new College Republicans.

“The CRNC’s quarter million members provide the boots on the ground for the Republican Party. We will utilize our existing membership and our trained field staff to mobilize a youth effort that has never been seen before in our organization’s history,” CRNC Chairman Alex Schriver said.

“We’ve specifically chosen battleground states where winning the youth vote will make or break this election. Our field staff will be working every day to show young adults why a vote for a Republican is a vote for a better future,” said Alexander.

The CRNC has divided its 63 field representatives among 25 states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, North Dakota, California, Montana and Washington.

For additional information or booking requests, please contact: Alyssa Farah: afarah@www.crnc.org

Another Failed Obama Jobs Report

Washington, DC, July 6, 2012— Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released another abysmal jobs report, showing unemployment remained at 8.2 percent in the month of June and the economy only added 80,000 jobs.

A further breakdown shows that many of these jobs added were temporary positions. Additionally, unemployment among African Americans has hit 14.4 percent, with unemployment among 18-24 year olds up to 15.4 percent, an increase from 15 percent in May.

“How will President Obama make the case, especially to young people, that the economy is on the right track and there’s no need for change when we continue to be disappointed month after month by his failed recovery?” CRNC Chairman Alex Schriver said.

Governor Romney called these latest jobs numbers another “kick in the gut” for the already struggling American people.

“Where will my generation be four years from now if we have to endure another Obama Presidency? Governor Romney has offered job-creating solutions, such as slicing regulations and cutting taxes. Obama continues to offer the same failed policies,” Schriver added.

According to a Harvard Institute of Politics study, 74 percent of young people consider jobs and the economy to be the number one voting issue in 2012.

For additional information or booking requests, Contact: Alyssa Farah, AFarah@CRNC.org

The College Republican National Committee is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most active youth political organization. The independent 527 group is more than 120 years old and boasts more than 250,000 members on over 1,800 campuses.

Healthcare Ruling: Why We Need Mitt Romney in the White House

Washington, DC, June 28, 2012— Today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act only heightens our country’s need to oust President Obama in November.

While the Supreme Court upheld the ruling, polling data from this month shows that the majority of Americans — 54 percent — strongly oppose Obamacare, according to Rasmussen Reports.

“Obamacare brings on $500 billion in new taxes. Those taxes will fall to the feet of young people in particular, who will be footing the bill for this policy for decades to come,” Schriver pointed out.

Obamacare doesn’t just heap a huge burden on taxpayers, it has also been shown to stifle job growth in an already grim labor market. More than 1,200 waivers from the Affordable Care Act have been granted to businesses who knew their ability to hire would be significantly impacted by the overly-burdensome policy.  But many other businesses across the nation were not so lucky.

“We need market-based solutions that are tailored to individual needs for an issue as intimate as healthcare. Governor Romney’s plan for healthcare reform provides this without bringing in the federal government and racking up the outrageous costs and new taxes under the Affordable Care Act,” Schriver said.

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For additional information or booking requests, please contact Alyssa Farah at the College Republican National Committee. 

The College Republican National Committee is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most active youth political organization. The independent 527 group is more than 120 years old and boasts more than 250,000 members on over 1,800 campuses.

College Republicans to DCCC: Stop Deflecting Blame

Washington, DC, June 21, 2012 — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) launched a new attack website StudentLoanCountdown.com this week, aimed to deflect blame regarding impending student loan interest rate hikes on to Republicans.

House Republicans passed an extension that would keep interest rates from rising to 6.8 % on July 1st. However, before the Senate voted on the measure, President Obama vowed to veto the bill.  So we ask Jennifer Crider and Jesse Ferguson at the DCCC: who is truly to blame?

“This site launched by DCCC is political spin at its worst. It’s intended to deflect blame from President Obama who has yet again failed to demonstrate leadership in regards to student loans and remains in a perpetual state of campaigning,” CRNC Chairman Alex Schriver said.

“House and Senate Republicans have offered bills to keep interest rates low for student borrowers for another year. Remember, it was President Obama who vowed to veto the House bill,” Schriver said.

“This is an epidemic. Seven million of my peers are facing skyrocketing interest rate hikes in a matter of days and the Democrats are more concerned about playing politics than working with Republicans to find a solution,” he continued.

The average per student debt is an all-time-high of $22,900. As of March of this year, national student loan debt hit the $1 trillion mark, surpassing credit card debt and auto loan debt combined.

College Republican National Committee Staffs Up for 2012

Washington, DC, June 12, 2012 — The College Republican National Committee has hired four full-time Regional Political Directors (RPDs) to oversee the CRNC’s field program that will be working to get Republican candidates elected in battleground states this fall. 



The CRNC is gearing up to launch the largest field program in the organization’s 120-year history, with 60 paid field representatives working in targeted states across the country. The four RPDs will work under the direction of National Field Director Brad Alexander.

“Our program will recruit 50,000 new College Republicans and make 6 million voter contacts in swing states leading up to November 2012,” Alexander said. “We’re excited to welcome four more professional political operatives to the College Republican National Committee and look forward to the experience they bring to our team,” he continued. 



Travis Holler, Amanda Miller, Elliott Echols, and Kial Vidic have joined the CRNC to oversee what will be the largest youth grassroots operation in the 2012 race. 



Travis Holler, a graduate of the George Washington University, most recently served as Regional Field Director for Rick Perry’s 2012 Presidential Campaign. He had previously served as an Iowa Regional Field Director for Tim Pawlenty for President and as an Intern in the Executive Office of the President at the White House.



Amanda Miller, a graduate of Texas A&M University, formerly served as Dr. Greg Bonnen’s Campaign Manager in his run for State Representative in Texas. She previously served as Regional Victory Coordinator for the Republican Party of Kentucky in 2011.



Elliott Echols previously served as a staffer for Congressman Tom Graves’ campaign. He also served as State Chairman of the Georgia Association of College Republicans and as Communications Director for Chad Whitefield’s State Senate campaign.



Kial Vidic, a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, most recently served as Campaign Manager for Texas State House Candidate Sonal Bhuchar. She had previously worked for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Republican Party of New Mexico, and the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.