Speakers and Advertisers Are Fleeing the Conservative CPAC Conference and Trump May Not Even Show up
For a number of years, the Conservative Political Action Conference has been held in Washington DC. The event usually features a who’s who of Republican speakers including Presidents and powerful lawmakers.
This, however, is a different kind of year for Republicans as the ex-President just incited an insurrection. Since so many GOP lawmakers took part in the election challenge, the party has become toxic. As a result, plans for the CPAC conference are in turmoil as advertisers and speakers flee.
Politico reports, “President Donald Trump’s election loss has created hurdles around programming and guest booking. Stringent coronavirus guidelines in Maryland have pushed the conference outside of the Washington, D.C. area for the first time in nearly 50 years.”
Gabby Orr and Daniel Lippman continue, “Previous sponsors aren’t yet committed or have decided to forgo sponsorship entirely due to changes to the event’s format or disappointment in the return on their investment last year. And the president that attendees adored so much may not show up to the event at all.”
Politico reporters were calling CPAC's regular sponsors and asking if they were supporting this year's conference – or if the January 6 Capitol riots had given them pause. https://t.co/W99n1UYtbI
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) January 27, 2021
The report concludes, “As for this year’s sponsors, some of whom spent as much as $250,000 in past years for exclusive benefits and branding opportunities, several said they were still evaluating the benefits or had decided not to sponsor at all due to mediocre returns on the investment or changes to the conference structure.”
This year’s CPAC conference is set to take place between February 25th-February 28th.