About the Summit

Join us in Washington, DC for a two-day grassroots summit on conservatism's meaning & the path to a more principled future for our country.

Leading the fight for principled conservatism


Principles First is excited to announce a two-day grassroots summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on February 26-27, 2022 focused on discussing and advancing a more principled politics in the United States. We look forward to bringing together conservative and independent speakers, thought leaders, and grassroots activists for two days of panels, speeches, networking, and substantive discussion about what conservatism means today and the future of our movement.


The National Press Club is located at 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045.


This will build on the success of our 2020 Summit, which convened over 300 principled Americans from 30 states, also at the National Press Club. The speakers lined up for this gathering will be some of the leading thinkers in the principled lane and many of our #PrinciplesFirst grassroots activists from around the country are planning to travel in for the event. It will be the first time since the 2020 election and the onset of COVID that the principled movement has gathered in one place.



Who We Are


Principles First is a 501(c)(4) grassroots organization built by citizens disillusioned with the current state of our politics. Together, we are committed to revitalizing and championing conservative principles in the 21st century.


We are a purely volunteer, anti-grift operation. No one draws a salary off our efforts. Every dollar we raise goes directly into growing our movement and spreading our message.

How We Began


In early 2019, a few Republicans concerned about the health of conservatism organized a series of meet-ups across the country alongside CPAC. The aim was to start a conversation about the future of the conservative movement. Those initial gatherings led to over 50 meetings around the country, open letters to Congress, and a Summit on Principled Conservatism that convened more than 300 grassroots activists in Washington, DC.



We Are Building a Grassroots Movement Around Ideas


1. We gather

We aren't keyboard warriors. ​We build community and grow support for our principles person-to-person.


2. We debate ideas

We advance our cause through the power of civil discourse and mutual respect.


3. We speak up

We hold elected officials accountable in person, on social media, and with open letters