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Political consultant Ralph Reed to speak at Dartmouth

Posted 05/07/98

Ralph Reed, a widely quoted political consultant and former executive director of the Christian Coalition, will speak on "Values and Politics" on Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Cook Auditorium in Dartmouth's Murdough Center. Overflow seating will be in adjacent rooms in the Murdough Center.

The event is free and open to the public but admission to Cook will be restricted until 7:10 p.m. to those with Dartmouth IDs. From 7:10 p.m. on, Dartmouth IDs will not be required for admission.

Reed is president of Century Strategies, a strategic marketing and campaign consulting company with offices in Atlanta and Washington that advises conservative candidates throughout the United States. He appears regularly on such network television news and commentary shows as Meet the Press and ABC Nightline, and his columns have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and National Review. He is the author of two books, most recently Active Faith.

Charlie Cook, columnist for the influential political journal Roll Call, has called Reed "one of the smartest, shrewdest and most effective political players on the national political scene." Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal has labeled him "one of the main people responsible for the Republicans taking Congress." Reed has consulted on more than two dozen campaigns nationwide, including four presidential campaigns.

Reed led the Christian Coalition from 1989 to 1997, building an organization of 2 million members in 2,000 local chapters. During the last presidential election, these members distributed voter guides in 125,000 churches. Over the span of Reed's tenure, the organization's annual budget grew from $200,000 to $27 million. He also broadened the organization's platform to include the promotion of strong families, better schools and safer neighborhoods.

Reed was named by Newsweek as one of the top newsmakers of 1996, by Time magazine as one of the 50 future leaders of the nation and by Life magazine as one of the 20 most influential figures of his generation. From 1982-84, he served as executive director of the College Republican National Committee.

Reed's appearance is being sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, with co-sponsorship by the Rockefeller Public Issues Forum and the Conservative Union at Dartmouth.

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