Rachel Bovard

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Date published 2021-08-17
Curation date 2021-08-17
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Summary Rachel Bovard is a conservative, devout practicing Catholic, Trump-supporting Republican, lobbyist and political strategist who formerly worked for Rand Paul (R-KY), was formerly associated with the dark money organization The Heritage Foundation, and currently works for the dark money groups the Internet Accountability Project, and the Conservative Partnership Institute (anti-big tech; Jim DeMint).
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Rachel Bovard
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Rachel Bovard, a conservative policy leader and former top U.S. Senate and House aide.


Rachel Bovard on Twitter, 2021-08-18.
Note Catholic self-description.
Name Rachel Bovard
Born 1984-01-17 (date from Politico.com; year inferred from age in news items)
Birthplace Dansville, New York, USA
Nationality American
Occupation lobbyist
  • Grandfather: Presbyterian pastor, Caledonia-Mumford, New York
  • Source: interview
  • Sommelier (instructor)
  • Muay Thai (martial art)
  • Chloe (dog, Terrier-Retriever mix, animal rescue)
  • Hiking
  • Source: interview
Social media Twitter: @RachelBovard


Notable Dark Money Group Associations

Conservative Partnership Initiative

  • Main article: Conservative Partnership Institute

  • Source for this subsection: Conservative Partnership Initiative  |  local copy

  • Rachel has over a decade of experience fighting for conservative policies in Washington. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul.

    Rachel Bovard went on to serve as policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Mike Lee, where she advised Committee members on strategy related to floor procedure and policy matters. In the United States House of Representatives, Rachel Bovard worked as Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Donald Manzullo, and Congressman Ted Poe. Rachel Bovard also served as director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation.

    In 2013, Rachel Bovard was named one of National Journal's Most Influential Women in Washington under 35. Her policy analysis and punditry appear widely in print and on television. Rachel serves on USA Today’s Board of Contributors, and is also the senior tech columnist for The Federalist.

    Along with Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)'s Chairman, former Senator Jim DeMint [and former President, The Heritage Foundation], Rachel Bovard is the co-author of Conservative: Knowing What To Keep:  "America is on the road to tyranny and socialism, and only a national return to transcendent values and proven traditions will bring us back to freedom and prosperity. ....

    Rachel Bovard also serves on the board of Council for National Policy Action, the advisory board of American Moment, and both the advisory board and board of The American Conservative.

    Born and raised in Dansville, New York, Rachel Bovard received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude from Grove City College in 2006. She also holds a master's degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. In addition to her public policy pursuits, Rachel is an accomplished sommelier, a wine educator, and a diploma candidate in the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

    Council For National Policy

  • Main article: Council For National Policy

  • Source for this subsection: [Washington Post, 2020-10-14] Videos show closed-door sessions of leading conservative activists: 'Be not afraid of the accusations that you're a voter suppressor'.  |  local copy

  • CNP: Background

    ... In an interview, Bob McEwen, CNP's Executive Director, said the Washington-based organization complies with IRS regulations and does not itself "do anything."CNP doesn't do ad campaigns. It doesn't do brochures. It is a meeting of leaders," said McEwen, who is also president of Council for National Policy Action (CNP Action), the related social welfare group. "Anything that's done is done by the membership, not by the Council for National Policy."

    The sessions are closed to the public, and participants are told not to talk to the media about the group or its proceedings. "It absolutely could be open to the media, except that the media is known to be left, and then creates a distorted vision of their conversations," McEwen said.

    The Council for National Policy was launched during the Reagan administration by figures in the religious right to bring more focus and force to conservative advocacy. It has attracted conservative luminaries and front-line activists from across the country, according to internal directories obtained by The Post. In the years leading up to Trump's election, members included Stephen K. Bannon and Kellyanne Conway. The videos make clear that CNP maintains strong links to the White House.

    Some participants spoke of a CNP-associated delegation that meets weekly with White House officials. They said the group, the Conservative Action Project, has helped to choose loyalists to run federal agencies and coordinate outside messages with nonprofit organizations to support administration policies and leaders. "It's kind of this little secretive huddle that meets every Wednesday morning," Paul Teller, a Trump deputy and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Vice President Mike Pence, told the audience in August, 2020.

    ... A White House spokesman said Teller declined to comment.

    CNP: Rachel Bovard

    In February 2020, during three days of meetings in Southern California, a CNP member named Rachel Bovard described the Conservative Action Project (CAP)'s influence in helping the Trump administration select political appointees for the executive branch. She said the Conservative Action Project coordinated closely on these and other efforts with Council For National Policy (CNP) members and the Conservative Partnership Institute, a tax-exempt charity run by former Senator and Tea Party leader Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

    "We work very closely - CAP does and then we at CPI also - with the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House to try and get good conservatives in the positions because we see what happens when we don't vet these people," she said.

    Bovard cited as examples two figures who testified against Trump last year in the House impeachment hearings: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, former Director for European Affairs at the United States National Security Council, and Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. "All these people that led the impeachment against President Trump shouldn't have been there in the first place," Bovard told the CNP audience. "We want to prevent that from happening."

    In addition, Bovard described Ginni Thomas as a crucial link to the White House. "She is one of the most powerful and fierce women in Washington," Bovard said. "She is really the tip of the spear in these efforts."

    Bovard and Thomas did not respond to requests for comment.

    The Heritage Foundation

  • Main article: The Heritage Foundation

  • Internet Accountability Project

    Additional Reading

  • Rachel Bovard - Compendium of Interviews

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