Aakash Raut's Accomplishments
This page (and
most of this website) was originally created
for important events that took places this past summer (2009), and
pertain mainly to Aakash's work at a conservative youth political
Aakash Raut served as a College Republican Executive Board officer or member for eight years (through junior college, undergraduate school, and graduate school).
He has served as the Lobbying Director for the Illinois College Republican Federation (ICRF), and has been a delegate or registered participant at the ICRF Conventions of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, & 2008.
For 3 years, Aakash was the Chairman
of the College
Republicans at the University of
Illinois at Springfield (UIS CRs),
after which that organization was nationally-recognized
as one of the most active and
influential CR chapters in the
During his 3 years as
UIS CR Chairman, and 1 year as
Executive Director, the UIS CRs made 8
trips to Washington, D.C., for major events. Aakash has helped
coordinate 3 additional
Washington, D.C. conference trips
since then (during this past year), the last one being for CPAC 2009,
at which 12 members of
his CR organization attended (this was the 3rd CPAC
UIS CRs have traveled to, in the past 4 years).
Overall, the UIS CRs made 11
trips to Washington, D.C., for major events, in only
Aakash's leadership, the UIS CRs had the largest Illinois delegation at most
of the major national and regional conservative conferences and events, including:
The 2004 Young
Conservative Student Conference (Aakash was one of those
quoted in Time Magazine,
because of this event.)
The 2005 Presidential Inauguration (for which Aakash and the UIS CRs were featured on the WICS TV-20 news, and in major newspapers such as the Hartford Courant, Newsday, and The Chicago Tribune)
The Leadership Institute's first-ever Campus Leadership Program (CLP) Conference (in 2005)
The 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
The 2007 Young America's Foundation (YAF) Midwest Conference (in Minneapolis)
The 2007 College Republican National Committee (CRNC) Biennial Convention
The Iowa Straw Poll (one of the most major events of the presidential primary season)
The 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
The 2008 Leadership Institute Summer Student Activism Conference
The Vice-Presidential (Sarah Palin v. Joe Biden) Debate & Post-Debate Rally in St. Louis
The 2nd-Annual (2008) "Defending the American Dream" Summit
The 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
conservative activism and effective
Republican leadership - at the local, statewide, regional, and
national levels - have been recognized by elected officials and GOP
leaders throughout the United States, as well as by major organizations
such as the American
Conservative Union, Americans
for Prosperity, Americans for Tax
American Cause, Team America
PAC, Eagle Forum,
Conservative Caucus, Rockford
von Mises Institute, the Caucus for Conservative Action, the National Black
Republican Association, RenewAmerica,
Conservative, The American Conservative, The American Spectator, Human Events, the Sam Adams
Alliance, the United
Republican Fund, and
the Family Taxpayers
Foundation, as well as Young
America's Foundation, the Leadership
Institute, the Intercollegiate
Studies Institute, Accuracy in
for Life of America, and of course, the College
Republican National Committee (CRNC).
Aakash's leadership of the UIS College Republicans, that
capital-city CR chapter quadrupled in
size. Despite UIS being a small
university, largely with a commuter-based
regular meetings of the UIS CR chapter had a typical attendance of 25
40 students, almost every time. When campus-wide or
community-wide events were held, there would
often be anywhere between 70 to 200
people in attendance (depending on what the structure and format
was, and what the guest speaker, campaign, or organization
Those attending the on-campus meetings and events of the UIS CRs
included students of all academic levels (from Capital Scholar, to
part-time commuter, to graduate student), ages, and backgrounds, as
well as some alumni and members of the public.
the 3 years Aakash was Chairman, the UIS College
Republicans typically hosted (or were major contributors to) around 8 to 12 major events every single month.
Examples of activities, projects, and programs that
Aakash arranged and coordinated include:
- - - Bringing large delegations of students to major regional and national events, in other states, and in Washington, D.C. [see above], as well as throughout his own state
- - - Coordinating key volunteer efforts, for GOP candidates at the local, county, statewide, and federal office levels:
Grassroots Student Effort Key in Capital-City GOP Victories, April 2007
It is not just in
area election efforts that Aakash
& his CR organization have assisted. In Fall 2006, in
conjunction with the CRNC's Field
Program, Aakash coordinated volunteer
work in the Chicago area (4 hours away from Springfield), for the
bellwether U.S. Congressional races that were deemed the most
competitive (by the RNC & CRNC). In the process of
the 6th (Peter Roskam) and 8th
(David McSweeney) Congressional
Districts, Aakash & the CRNC Field Representative also arranged
attendance at major events in that area featuring top Republicans, such as President George W. Bush & House
Speaker Dennis Hastert; RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman; Rudy Giuliani and Jim Edgar; U.S.
Senator John McCain; and First
Lady Laura Bush.
Today, we're ending the nonsense, Nov. 2, 2006
One year earlier (Fall
2005), there were no
races in Illinois on that November Election Day, so Aakash sent UIS CR
members to other states, to
assist with the bellwether election races. The key
nationally-watched election for
November 2005 was the Virgina gubernatorial race,
UIS CR members volunteered, at the request of the Republican National Committee.
Aakash and other UIS CRs helped with the
special election in suburban
St. Louis, at the request of the Missouri
Republican Party, for the MO House of Representatives.
UISGOP goes national: Bellwether elections in VA & MO, November 2005
- - - Hosting major
speakers and candidates on campus, at events
attended by large audiences, of students and community members.
These include U.S. Senate
nominee Dr. Alan Keyes; U.S. House nominee
Andrea Zinga; business
leader Jim Oberweis (candidate
for Governor); the Hon. Steve
Rauschenberger (President of the National
Conference of State
Legislatures, candidate for Lt. Governor, President of the United
Republican Fund, & national
conservative GOP leader); the Hon.
Christine Radogno (candidate for State Treasurer, and currently IL Senate GOP Leader);
Raymond Poe (candidate for Lt. Governor, and leading member of
IL House); the Hon. Candice Trees
(Capital Township Trustee, & first
African-American woman elected Circuit
Clerk in IL); the Hon. Neil
Williamson (longtime Sheriff and leading law
enforcement official); nationally-renowned pro-life leader and syndicated
columnist Jill Stanek;
conservative leader and radio
host Bruno Behrend (of FreedomWorks &
MyConservativePrecinct); nationally-renowned conservative
movement leader Bay Buchanan;
(television commenator, author, and former Treasurer of the United
States); and others.
- - - Organizing major issue-based events and functions, such as a U.S. flag display and public screening of the "United 93" film, for the five-year anniversary of 9/11 (the UIS CRs were one of only 4 CR chapters in the United States recognized by the CRNC, for this occasion); commemorating "World Freedom Week" and Veterans Day, all three years he was Chairman, through events and flyer campaigns; organizing Student Government candidate forums (including the largest-attendance one that UIS has ever had); holding a public screening of "Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution" (at the request of the National Black Republican Association); co-sponsoring the Illinois Education Reform Forum (with Americans for Prosperity), and a U.S. House candidate Republican primary debate (with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce); arranging a gathering of Illinois CRs at the Ronald Reagan Museum, the day after the Gipper passed away; hosting two military send-off luncheons, attended by prominent area leaders (in addition to students), for Sgt. Josh Pomeroy, who served as Treasurer and Fundraising Committee leader in the UIS CRs under Aakash's leadership, and was admitted to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point).
- - - Leading community-service projects for the UIS CRs, including as Captain of a College Republicans Team in the Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), every year the "Area Colleges" event was held; assisting the Red Cross, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and coordinating annual Thanksgiving Food Drives, for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
- - - Aakash has coordinated a number of other events and activities, for the College Republicans, on campus, in the state capital, in other parts of the state, in other states, and in Washington, D.C.
extremely-high level of activity (from the state capital to the
nation's capital, and many places in between!) naturally requires continuous fundraising.
Aakash's fundraising methods (which
include a combination of traditional methods such as direct mail and
phone calls, along with more newfangled electronic techniques), have
been recognized by the Founder of the Illinois Policy Institute
State Coalitions Director of Americans
for Tax Reform. He has
raised thousands of dollars, in short periods of times, to finance many
of the above-mentioned activities (especially the D.C. trips, for the
large UIS delegations at Conferences and Conventions, and other events).
university's Student Government
being majority liberal), chose to grant the UIS College Republicans
(during Aakash's middle year as Chairman), its award for "Outstanding Student Organization of the Year"
- This is the only time that a CR organization has ever received an
award from a public university in Illinois.
of Aakash's final year as UIS CR Chairman, he was presented with a
plaque for "Distinguished Service to
the Republican Party" by the Sangamon County Republican Central
Committee and the Illinois
Republican Party. He is the only
College Republican leader to
have ever received this award.
a full list of titles and recognitions Aakash has held, please see our awards page.