Allen West sums it up in a recap of CPAC 2013, Allen West Guardian Fund and more


Dear Friends

Between launching the Allen West Guardian Fund and speaking at and attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) just outside Washington, DC, it’s been an eventful week. You’re probably surprised to hear from me again, but I promise I won’t ask you for money today. I simply want to recap what’s happened over the past 5 days.

  • On Tuesday, we announced the Guardian Fund and our goal to raise $5 million over the next two years to elect 12 hard-charging, constitutional conservatives to Congress. Thanks to your unwavering support and that of thousands of patriots like you, we’re well on the way to meeting our goal.
  • On Thursday, I gave one of the opening addresses at CPAC and outlined what we as conservatives must do to start winning elections again and reminded the audience why we must combat the Obama administration’s radical leftist agenda at every turn. I encourage you to check out the speech here, because the one-liners the media have reported don’t do it justice.
  • I spent the remainder of CPAC meeting with activists and listening to the concerns, ambitions, and plans conservatives across America have for the next few years. I returned home to Florida last night with a renewed sense of hope and today, my faith in our conservative movement is greater than ever.

I’m very excited about what the next two years will bring for conservatives, and of course the Guardian Fund. We have our work cut out for us, but I’m confident that our values will prevail over the radical left and we’ll succeed in our mission.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

Steadfast and loyal,

Allen West
Lt. Col. Allen B. West, USA (ret)
U.S. Congressman (2011-2013)

Rep. Allen West Celebrates Thanksgiving – Scheduled Events within his District

Congressman West will be participating in the following Thanksgiving events:

Project Holiday Packing
Sunday, November 20th
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Delray Beach Community Center
50 NW 1st Avenue (adjacent to City Hall)
* Congressman West joins volunteers to pack 300-400 care packages for soldiers deployed overseas.

Big Heart Brigade Meal Prep
Tuesday, November 22nd

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Palm Beach Gardens Fire Station #3
5161 Northlake Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens
*Congressman West joins volunteers to help achieve this year’s goal of preparing 100,000 meals for the needy.

Turkey Trot 5k run
Thursday, November 24th
7:30 am to 9:00 am
429 S. AIA (start and finish line in front of Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company)
Ft. Lauderdale
*Congressman West will participate in the 5k run.


Congressman Allen West – Legislative Update 11/7/11


Legislative Update:

Improving Small Business Capital Formation — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, by a vote of 407-17, I VOTED YES. The bill would remove SEC restrictions on “crowdfunding” so entrepreneurs can raise capital from a large pool of small investors who may or may not be considered “accredited” by the SEC. H.R. 2930 would permit “crowdfunding” to finance new businesses by allowing companies to accept and pool donations up to $5 million without having to register with the SEC.

Also on Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2940, the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act, by a vote of 413-11, I VOTED YES. The bill would remove the regulatory ban that prevents small, privately held companies from using advertisements to solicit investors—a Depression-era regulation that unnecessarily limits the pool of investors and severely restricts the ability of small companies to raise capital. Both of these bills would change and update Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations to promote, rather than hinder, small business access to equity financing—a key mechanism for business expansion in light of tightened lending standards which make a commercial bank loan an increasingly difficult option.

*These are two more bipartisan pieces of legislation, which are part of the GOP Plan for American Job Creators that join over 15 other pieces of legislation sitting on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk.

Highlights of the Week:

Monday, 31 October, Happy Halloween, flew back to Washington and welcomed the Fort Lauderdale Chamber Fly-In with a fireside chat at the Wasie Foundation.

Tuesday, 1 November, Gave opening remarks to Fort Lauderdale Chamber and introduced Israeli Ambassador Oren at National Press Club, participated in House Armed Services Committee Panel on Department of Defense business, attended members-only classified briefing on national security with Security of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended Fort Lauderdale Chamber reception at Florida House, introduced Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Ted Deutch.

Wednesday, 2 November, meeting with former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr, welcome remarks to Fort Lauderdale Chamber on Capitol Hill Day, signed Holiday Mail for Heroes cards sponsored by American Red Cross, attended House Armed Services Committee full hearing on Defense sequestration with Chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Commandant of the Marines, lunch with members of the Afghanistan National Assembly, spoke to them about developing a plan for their nation, participated in a special GOP Members meeting on deficit and appropriations, attended Fort Lauderdale Chamber reception at home of Chilean Ambassador – trade and visa policies dominated the conversation.

Thursday, 3 November, gave closing remarks for Fort Lauderdale Chamber visit and introduced United States Secretary of Labor Chao, participated in House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on Irregular Warfare capabilities, received phone call from Federal Aviation Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt regarding an issue I have been working on with Nova Southeastern University, taped remarks for Veterans Committee video for Veteran’s Day release.

Friday, 4 November, recorded weekly video address, interviewed by former alumnus of The Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, FL) and current George Washington University student, Cory Weinberg, for a student assignment, took picture with The Benjamin School students on East Capitol steps, flew back to South Florida after final votes.

– Saturday, 5 November, attended the 4th ANGLICO Marine Corps Birthday Ball reception, attended the Take Flight Award Gala for the homeless Veterans Home known as Stand Down house.

-Sunday, 6 November, church, family and football day!



U.S. Rep. Allen West speaks at GOP dinner in Greencastle


Franklin County Commissioner David S. Keller talks to U.S. Rep. Allen West Thursday night at the Franklin County (Pa.) Republican Party's first Eisenhower Day Dinner. West was the kenote speaker at the event which was held at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle, Pa. (By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer)

Freeland, a Mercersburg, Pa., resident, started paying attention to the freshman congressman’s interviews in the national media months ago. He was excited to learn West would be visiting Franklin County.

“I think he speaks very directly. He speaks from a good, solid background,” Freeland said.

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said he invited West to attend the event at Green Grove Gardens after the Franklin County GOP asked for assistance in finding a speaker. Shuster and West both serve on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee as well as a newly formed panel that focuses on defense spending and private businesses.

“He says what he thinks,” Shuster said of West. “That’s his style, and it works very well.”