Today marks the start of CPAC Hungary, an international iteration of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The event, hosted by the American Conservative Union and the Hungarian right-wing think tank Center for Fundamental Rights, will bring far-right extremists in Congress and across the American conservative political movement overseas for a meeting of the minds to take notes from a foreign authoritarian government. 

At a time when far-right initiatives like Project 2025 are threatening our democracy, it’s alarming that American elected officials and leaders are traveling abroad to learn from a foreign authoritarian government. Not only are conservatives working to turn back the clock here at home, but they’re drawing inspiration from one of the most right-wing nations in Europe – taking notes from their Hungarian counterparts to bring heightened extremism into the United States.”

Accountable.US executive director Tony Carrk

Over the next couple of days, the event will invite MAGA members of Congress and leaders of extremist groups to take the international stage and network and strategize with members of Hungary’s far-right. Those slated to speak include:

  • Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
  • Representative Keith Self (R-TX)
  • Representative Andy Harris (R-MD)
  • Chad Wolf, President of the America First Policy Institute
  • Matt Schlapp. American Conservative Union’s and CPAC Foundation’s chair
  • Mercedes Schlapp, Trump’s former strategic communications director
  • Matt Whitaker, former acting US Attorney General
  • Rick Santorum, former Senator and Republican presidential candidate

Learn more about the America First Policy Institute and American Conservative Union at



back to top