• Save the Date — 2014 RPV Advance

    Save the Date!  The 31st Annual RPV Advance is set for December 5th-6th at the Westfields Marriott!

    We’ve got a great line-up of speakers and conservative newsmakers, workshops to help you sharpen your message, and of course hospitality suites where the newsmakers, future leaders, and current elected officials meet the grassroots one-on-one!

    UPDATE: Gala tickets are sold out! But tickets for all other events are still available at the door.

    The discounted rate has expired, but you can still book your hotel room!
    Click here,
    or call 1-800-228-9290 or (703) 818-0300.

    Download a Hotel Information Form by clicking here.

    Individual Tickets

    Bronze Level ($65)

    •    Friday Night Welcome Reception
    •    Hospitality Suites
    •    Workshops

    Silver Level ($120)

    •    Friday Night Welcome Reception
    •    Hospitality Suites
    •    Workshops
    •    Saturday Commonwealth Awards Luncheon

    Gold Level ($175)

    •    Friday Night Welcome Reception
    •    Hospitality Suites
    •    Workshops
    •    Saturday Commonwealth Awards Luncheon
    •    Saturday Morning Breakfast

    Reagan Host Committee ($510)

    •    Friday Night Welcome Reception
    •    Hospitality Suites
    •    Access to all workshops
    •    Exclusive Reagan Host Committee workshop
    •    Saturday Commonwealth Awards Luncheon
    •    Saturday Morning Breakfast
    •    Saturday Evening’s RPV Advance Black Tie Gala
    •    Membership into Grassroots Club
    •    Listing in program

    À la carte:

    Black Tie Gala – Saturday Evening ($100)

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Tusk Club ($1,000)

    • Friday Welcome Reception
    • Hospitality Suites
    • Workshops
    • 2 tickets to the Saturday morning Breakfast
    • 2 tickets to the Saturday Luncheon
    • 2 tickets to the Advance Gala VIP Reception
    • 2 tickets to the Advance Gala
    • Listing on event signs and in the program

     Leadership Circle ($2,500)

    • Friday Welcome Reception
    • Hospitality Suites
    • Workshops
    • 2 tickets to the Saturday morning Breakfast
    • 2 tickets to the Saturday Luncheon
    • 2 tickets to the Advance Gala VIP Reception
    • 2 tickets to the Advance Gala
    • Quarter Page Ad in the RPV Advance Program
    • 1 Vendor Table for Corporate/Committee Sponsors
    • Listing on event signs and in the program

    Chairman’s Circle ($5,000)

    • Friday Welcome Reception
    • Hospitality Suites
    • Workshops
    • 2 tickets to the Saturday morning Breakfast
    • 2 tickets to the Saturday Luncheon
    • 2 tickets to the Advance Gala VIP Reception
    • 2 tickets to the Advance Gala
    • 2 tickets to a private roundtable with Elected Officials & Special Guests
    • Quarter Page Ad in the RPV Advance Program
    • 1 Vendor Table for Corporate/Committee Sponsors
    • Listing on event signs and in the program

    Victory Circle ($10,000)

    • Friday Welcome Reception
    • Hospitality Suites
    • Workshops
    • 4 tickets to the Saturday morning Breakfast
    • 4 tickets to the Saturday Luncheon
    • 4 tickets to the Advance Gala VIP Reception
    • 4 tickets to the Advance Gala
    • 4 tickets to a private roundtable with Elected Officials & Special Guests
    • Half Page Ad in the RPV Advance Program
    • 1 Vendor Table for Corporate/Committee Sponsors
    • Listing on event signs and in the program

    Commonwealth Circle ($25,000)

    • Friday Welcome Reception
    • Hospitality Suites
    • Workshops
    • 8 tickets to the Saturday morning Breakfast
    • 8 tickets to the Saturday Luncheon
    • 8 tickets to the Advance Gala VIP Reception
    • 8 tickets to the Advance Gala
    • 8 tickets to a private roundtable with Elected Officials & Special Guests
    • Full Page Ad in the RPV Advance Program
    • 1 Vendor Table for Corporate/Committee Sponsors
    •  Listing on event signs and in the program

    As per usual RPV Policy, all ticket sales are considered contributions and are non-refundable.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Passes Hurt Bill to Help Small Companies Access Capital

    Congressman Robert Hurt released the following statement after the House passage of H.R. 5405, Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, which combines the text of 11 bills to remove unnecessary federal regulations hindering job growth.  H.R. 4164, the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act, which was introduced by Hurt and Representative Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) in March 2014, was incorporated into H.R. 5405:

    “Overregulation of small businesses undoubtedly stands in the way of job creation across Virginia and across our great nation.  At a time when millions of Americans are out of work, we must be laser-focused on enacting policies that will spur job creation.  The Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act is a vital step in removing unnecessary federal regulations and allowing small companies to innovate and expand, creating the jobs we so desperately need.

    “Representative Sewell and I introduced the bipartisan Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act, which is included in H.R. 5405, to remove burdensome regulations for small public companies and require the SEC to perform a cost benefit analysis on the rule’s impact on these companies.  This bill offers a practical step forward to ensure that our regulatory structure does not disproportionately burden smaller companies and dis-incentivize start-ups from accessing the public markets. Instead of being forced to comply with these duplicative, unnecessary regulations, small companies will now be able focus on innovating, expanding, and creating jobs.

    “I was pleased to see the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act pass the House today, and I thank my colleagues for joining me in this effort to grow our economy and create much-needed jobs throughout Virginia and America.”

  • Mark Warner, Perpetual Tax Hiker

    Mark Warner loves higher taxes. He just doesn’t like to use those words.

    He’ll talk about “tax reform” and backing those who “do revenues.” He’s very touchy about the subject, too. When a reporter wrote that Warner favored tax increases to help the national debt, a “correction” was requested:

    “A story about the Hob Nob political rally in Saturday’s newspaper should have said that U.S. Sen. Mark Warner favored tax reform, not tax increases, as a way of reducing the national debt.

    Taxpayer wallets could not be reached for comment regarding the difference between the two terms…

    Yet his Senate record is replete with tax hikes — more than $1 trillion of them.

    From PolitiFact:

    “Sen. Warner promised us fiscal responsibility, but he’s voted for nearly $1 trillion in new taxes and $7 trillion in new debt.” Gillespie said in a video last month…

    … We rate his statement True. ”

     
    Time and time again, Mark Warner raises taxes… after saying he won’t, or it shouldn’t happen.

    In 2008, Warner Said “We Should Not Increase Any Kind Of Taxes On Small Business.” WARNER: “And I also continue to believe we should not increase any kind of taxes on small business and maintain differential rates on capital gains. We’ve got to make sure we continue to spur economic growth.” (Virginia Senate Debate, Fairfax County, VA, 9/18/08)

    But as you all know, Mark Warner voted for Obamacare… which contained a TON of tax hikes on small businesses…

    *ObamaCare Increases The Medicare Payroll Tax On Income Above $200,000 For Single Filers And $250,000 For Joint Filers From 2.9% To 3.8% – “A Direct Tax Hike In The Marginal Income Tax Rate Paid By The Self-Employed, General Partners, And On The Wage Component Of Subchapter-S Earnings.” “Under Obamacare, the Medicare payroll tax for wages and self-employment earnings in excess of $250,000 ($200,000 singles) will rise from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent. This is a direct tax hike in the marginal income tax rate paid by the self-employed, general partners, and on the wage component of Subchapter-S earnings. And since the majority of small employer profits are taxed in brackets that exceed $250,000, this is also a direct marginal tax increase on the majority of small employer profits.” (Americans For Tax Reform Website, www.atr.org, Accessed 12/23/13)

    *ObamaCare Institutes A 3.8% Surcharge On Investment Income For Single Filers Over $200,000 And Joint Filers Over $250,000. “Obamacare in 2013 also imposes a 3.8 percentage point surtax on ‘investment income.’ Some of this so-called ‘investment income’ is actually small business profits. Notably, investors in small businesses (limited partners and passive shareholders in Subchapter-S corporations) will face this tax. Active trade or business income is excluded, but of course most of that will face the higher Medicare tax described above. This provision will make it harder for employers to raise capital in order to create jobs and expand business operations.” (Americans For Tax Reform Website, www.atr.org, Accessed 12/23/13)

    * NFIB Said “These Taxes Will Be Especially Detrimental To Small Business.” “These taxes will be especially detrimental to small business. Most small businesses are pass-throughs that report their income on their household IRS Form 1040s. So, for example, business earnings that the owner saves for future business expansion will be taxed immediately.” (NFIB Website, www.nfib.com, Accessed 12/23/13)

    * Warner Voted To Keep A Sunset Provision For Certain Small Business Tax Credits In ObamaCare. “Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Hutchison, R-Texas, amendment no. 3634 that would strike the sunset for certain small business tax credits that are due to expire two years after implementation of the health insurances exchanges contained in the 2010 health care overhaul law.”

    (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #103: Motion agreed to 55-43: R 0-40; D 53-3; I 2-0, 3/25/10, Warner Voted Yea)

    And in July 2012, he voted for MORE small biz tax increases…

    * In July 2012, Warner Voted To Increase Taxes On Single Filers Making Over $200,000 And Joint Filers Making Over $250,000. “Passage of the bill that would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for one year on taxable income of up to $200,000 for single filers or up to $250,000 for joint filers. The bill would set the tax rate for adjusted gross income above $250,000 at 33 percent and for adjusted gross income above $400,000 at 35 percent. It also would expand the child tax credit and extend the college tuition tax credit and the earned income tax credit. It would set tax rates for long-term capital gains and dividends at 20 percent. The bill also would allow a business property deduction of $250,000 and extend the alternative minimum tax provisions for 2012 income.” (S. 3412, CQ Vote #184: Passed 51-48: R 0-46; D 50-1; I 1-1, 7/25/12, Warner Voted Yea)

    * A 2012 Ernst & Young Study Determined Would Impact 2.1 Million Business Owners. “Commissioned by a host of pro-business advocacy groups, Ernst & Young conducted this latest study in an effort to predict the long-term economic impact of letting the top rates increase at year’s end – and the findings stand in stark contrast to the repeated assurances from Democrats that their proposal would have minimal effect on small business owners. Researchers determined the plan would actually subject 2.1 million business owners to higher rates; specifically, those who pay pass-through taxes, like most partnerships, LLCs and S-Corporations.” (J.D. Harrison, “Obama Plan To Lift Top Tax Rates Would Plague Millions Of Small Businesses, Study Warns,” The Washington Post , 7/17/12)

    * According To An NFIB Small Business Poll, 75 Percent Of Small Businesses . . . Must Pay Tax On Their Business Income At The Individual Rate. “According to an NFIB National Small Business Poll, 75 percent of small businesses are structured as pass-through entities (S corporations, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships or partnerships) that must pay tax on their business income at the individual rate. Most small businesses do not pay the corporate tax.” (NFIB, Accessed 8/28/13)

    He also voted for the 2014 budget, which called for nearly $1 trillion in new taxes.At the bottom line, Mark Warner raises taxes. No matter what he says or promises, when it comes time to vote — or sign legislation — with Mark Warner, taxes are going up.

    Mark Warner: Reliably treating your wallet like a government ATM since 2004!
  • Comstock Receives Endorsement of National Association of Women Business Owners

    Today, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) announced they have endorsed Barbara Comstock in the 10th Congressional District Race. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America’s more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy:

    Delegate Barbara Comstock released the following statement after receiving the endorsement: “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the National Association of Women Business Owners. I have always made creating jobs and growing the economy my number one priority and will continue to do so in Congress. The Obama economy is not working for women.  Women are losing ground with the number of women employed today worse than in 2010. Today, more women are in poverty than when Barack Obama was elected. I understand the struggles that today’s women entrepreneurs are facing in the Obama economy. We need to lessen the burden on hardworking Virginia taxpayers, repeal and replace ObamaCare with patient centered reforms and pass legislation that will create jobs and get the economy moving again. I thank NAWBO for their leadership on this front and I am pleased to have their support.”

    NAWBO National Board Chair Darla Beggs released the following statement: “We are pleased to announce Barbara Comstock as one of the NAWBO endorsed candidates for 2014. NAWBO has a long history of advocating on behalf of women small business owners. It is exciting to be able to lend our endorsement to a local small businesswoman, Barbara Comstock, in her bid for Congress in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. As a small businesswoman herself, she understands the important role entrepreneurs play in our economy. We are confident that Barbara will represent the interests of small business owners well in Congress.”

    She has been endorsed by the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National and Virginia Realtors, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Association of Builders and Contractors, Virginia Credit Union League, and many Virginia business, community and elected leaders across the District.

  • Morgan Griffith Receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award

    Congressman Morgan Griffith has been awarded the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for his commitment to farmers and agriculture.

    “Agriculture is still the basis of much of America’s economy, and these hard-working folks deserve a government that helps rather than get in the way,” said Griffith. “I am honored to receive this award.”

    The award is based on Congressman Griffith’s voting record on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s priority issues, which have been selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. Individuals who received this award were first nominated by their respective state Farm Bureau and approved by the Board of Directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

  • Congressman Hurt: We Must Work Together to Combat the Threat of ISIL

    On Wednesday, the President addressed our nation regarding the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  Coming just one day before the thirteenth anniversary of that tragic morning of September 11, 2001, it was essential that he engage with the American people about this very real, pervasive threat.

    Like all Americans, I have become increasingly concerned by ISIL’s growing presence in Iraq and Syria.  It is a radical organization that has committed itself to brutality and the killing of innocent people.  I was especially horrified and saddened by the beheadings of American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.  However, the dangers ISIL presents far exceed these despicable acts, and there is no doubt that ISIL, left unchecked, poses a serious threat to our national security at home and our friends and allies abroad.

    I understand the need to dismantle and destroy ISIL, but I also believe that Congress should conduct a full and open debate to authorize the use of force against them.  The best decisions are made when government can be held accountable for the choices that officials make.  In no circumstance is that more imperative than in the consideration of the authorization of military action in which we put American servicemen and women in harm’s way.  While I respect the President’s authority as the Commander-in-Chief of our military personnel, Congress is charged with the constitutional responsibility to provide for the national defense.  It is vital that we be given the opportunity to act on behalf of the people we represent in a transparent way by debating and voting whether to commit America to war against ISIL.

    Moving forward, the President must continue to keep Congress and the American people informed about ISIL and the threat it presents to our security.  He must explicitly define our nation’s strategy with identifiable goals and measuring posts, resolve unanswered questions regarding the rebels in Syria he plans to train and arm, and maintain a comprehensive long-term plan.  Furthermore, we need to fully understand how we are going meet this challenge and achieve our goals.  I urge the President to continue to communicate with Congress and the American people about the strategy he seeks to employ against ISIL and seek Congressional approval to require any further military action.

    ISIL has perpetrated considerable acts of terror against innocent people and against Americans, and we must take bold action to ensure that we destroy ISIL.  It is an ever-growing threat to the Middle East region and U.S. security interests, and its threat to our national security will not be tolerated.  I look forward to a robust debate in the House on authorizing force against ISIL in order to eradicate this terrorist organization and protect America’s national security.

    If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.

  • Robert Hurt Votes to Allow Americans to Keep their Healthcare Plans

    Congressman Robert Hurt’s, R-5th, released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3522, the Employee Healthcare Protection Act of 2014, which would allow health insurance plans that were on the group market during the 2013 year be offered through 2018:

    “The President promised the American people repeatedly that if they liked their healthcare plan, they could keep it once his signature health care law was implemented.  Despite his word, millions of Americans lost their plans, and a NBC 29 news report yesterday indicated that 250,000 more Virginians will have their plans cancelled this fall due to the President’s healthcare law. They, too, will be forced to obtain more expensive plans that, in many cases, do not allow them to see their own doctor.  This bill takes an important step in repairing the President’s broken promises and ensures that many of the hardworking Americans who were assured they would be able to keep their plans can in fact do so.  I was pleased to see this bill pass the House with bipartisan support, and I remain committed to continuing to fight to protect Americans from the harmful effects of the President’s healthcare law.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on the 13th Anniversary of 9-11

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “It seems like so very long ago that we all woke up on a beautiful, clear September morning and watched our world change forever. No one who saw that day with their own eyes was ever the same.

    “And yet the scars, physical for some, mental for many, and emotional for us all, remain fresh and unchanging. I watched as classmates from Columbia vanished in a flash of tragedy, huddled with an assistant and dear friend as we waited to learn if her husband’s meeting at the Pentagon had left her a widow.”

    “The windows rattled at our Annandale church as the day reached its awful climax, as a memorial service for one of our fallen veterans yielded to the day’s events – a funeral on hold as we all waited to see how many more funerals this horror would create.”

    “Time has passed. Broken buildings have been repaired, and memorials now mark what became hallowed ground, a pilgrimage made by many of us more than once. But the pain of that day will never completely heal, even as the memories of those we lost will never truly be absent. We remember those who left for work but never came home, and those who ran toward the sound of danger, hoping to save lives, only to lose their own. We remember a day when uncommon heroism was common, with thankful hearts and tearful eyes.”

    “Those who would do us harm sought to destroy the fabric that knits us together as a nation — what Lincoln called the ‘mystic chords of memory.’ They sought to hurt us, wound us, and make us weaker. And while they did hurt us, they failed utterly. They made us stronger. For the first time in many of our lives, all differences were set aside. We were neighbors, even if we’d never met before. ”

    “When the call went out for help, we responded as one. In attempting to destroy us, they reminded us of who we are. They showed us that underneath all of our differences, we are one people, who were and remain ready to answer the calls of our country, our Commonwealth, and our neighbors.”

    “We are all Americans. And we will always remember. “

  • Ed Gillespie Commends Scott Rigell for Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Unlawful Taliban Leader Transfer

    Ed Gillespie issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed Scott Rigell’s resolution condemning the unlawful transfer of five senior Taliban leaders earlier this year.

    “The President’s actions were unlawful and I commend Scott Rigell for his bipartisan resolution holding him accountable for the release of five senior Taliban leaders. As Senator, I will partner with Scott Rigell and our Virginia delegation to hold the executive branch accountable for any actions that could threaten our national security.”

  • Robert Hurt Votes for Resolution of Disapproval of the President’s Unlawful Prisoner Exchange

    Congressman Robert Hurt, R-5th, released the following statement after voting in favor of H.Res. 644, a resolution of disapproval of the Obama administration’s failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement of notifying Congress 30 days prior to the release of detainees from the United States Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

    “In transferring five senior members of the Taliban to the government of Qatar and failing to give Congress the appropriate notice, the Obama administration broke the law.  The administration’s failure to notify Congress of the prisoner exchange was not only unlawful but also a clear and present danger to our national security.  Unfortunately, this is an example of the President’s acting unilaterally and disregarding laws and Constitutional constraints.  I was proud to cosponsor this resolution and see it pass the House with bipartisan support as a signal to the President that Congress will not tolerate the administration’s efforts to ignore U.S. law.”

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