The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a co-sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held March 14-16, 2013 near Washington, D.C.

Visit us in BOOTH #606 in the exhibit hall.

CEI scholars will participate in four CPAC panels. Also at CPAC, CEI Vice President Iain Murray will sign copies of his best-selling book, Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You.

We also will hold our own panel discussion on the need to include diverse voices in coalition efforts to advance the cause of liberty, free markets and limited government. A CPAC event pass is not needed to attend this CEI event.

Book Signing by Iain Murray


2:00 p.m.

Room: Exhibit Hall D-E

Iain Murray will sign copies of his best-selling book, Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You. Thurs, 3/14, 2:00 pm.


Lessons They Have Learned and We Haven’t: The Europeanization of America


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Room: Chesapeake A-C

CPAC discussion of the intersection of American and European politics and policies, featuring Iain Murray, Director of CEI’s Center for Economic Freedom.

• The Honorable Tom Coburn, M.D., U.S. Senator (R-OK)

• His Excellency Vytautas Landsbergis, Member of European Parliament

• Iain Murray, Vice President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

• The Honorable Mike Pompeo, U.S. Representative (KS-4)

• The Honorable Tom Price, U.S. Representative (GA-6)

• Moderator: Alexander Skouras, Former Washington State Director, Ron Paul 2012


Re-Energizing America


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Chesapeake D-F

CPAC discussion of energy policy and politics featuring Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center on Energy & Environment.

• The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Representative (WV-2)

• Myron Ebell, Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute

• The Honorable James Inhofe, U.S. Senator (R-OK)

• Peter Ferrara, Senior Fellow, Entitlement & Budget Policy, The Heartland Institute

• Moderator: Steve Moore, Editorial Board Member, Wall Street Journal


A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet


6:00 – 7:00 PM discussion, 7:00 – 8:00 PM cocktail reception

Room: TBA

Free-market libertarians are used to going it alone – or close to it – when it comes to the issues of the day. So it is particularly important we not reject willing supporters. Yet, with respect to gay conservatives and others, this has been precisely the case. How do we move past old differences and join together to push the ideas we share? How do we achieve acceptance or even affirmation for all who seek liberty in today’s political debate? Join us as a panel of thinkers, writers and activists debate the damage done to our brand and the new opportunities for progress that have emerged. Cocktail reception to follow.

• Fred L. Smith, Jr., CEI Founder and Chairman

• Liz Mair, Founder & President, Mair Strategies, LLC

• Jonah Goldberg, Editor-at-Large, National Review

• Margaret Hoover, CNN Contributor, author of American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party

• Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post’s Right Turn

• Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director, GOProud


How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Plastic Water Bottles, Fracking, Genetically Modified Food, & Big Gulp Sodas


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Room: Potomac Ballroom

CPAC discussion of anti-consumer, nanny-state regulation.

• Julie Gunlock, Director, Women for Food Freedom Project, Independent Women’s Forum

• Angela Logomasini, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

• Jillian Kay Melchior, Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow, Franklin Center for Government

• Jeff Stier, Senior Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research

• Moderator: Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director, Independent Women’s Forum


In the Tank: The Smartest Guys in the Room


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Room: Potomac Ballroom

CPAC panel discussion of the role of think tanks in America’s changing political landscape, featuring CEI President Lawson Bader as moderator.

• John Allison, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cato Institute

• Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute

• Dr. Edwin Feulner, President, The Heritage Foundation

• Moderator: Lawson Bader, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute