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Young Conservatives was founded in May 2009 by Josh Riddle and David Rufful during their first year as undergraduate students at Dartmouth College. These two friends, Ivy League students, division one college basketball players and editors of The Dartmouth Review created the website www.youngcons.com and uploaded Christian and conservative music videos on YouTube. These videos went viral and launched Josh and David into the national spotlight on television shows such as The O’Reilly Factor, TheBlaze TV, The Strategy Room, Fox & Friends, The Frank Pastore Show, HuckabeeThe Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher and more. After graduating from Dartmouth in 2012, Josh and David established their partnership as Young Conservatives LLC and continue their work by creating videos, writing articles, endorsing candidates, making media appearances and speaking at events. Their mission statement is available here.

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 4.49.54 PM(Co-Founder) Joshua Riddle is a graduate of Dartmouth College, former editor of The Dartmouth Review, former division one college basketball player and co-founder of Young Conservatives, LLC. Josh was named a Rockefeller Center Leadership Fellow and has served as producer to The Laura Ingraham Show. He has written on a number of policy issues as a contributor at Ricochet.com and new media associate for Acculturated.com and PowerlineBlog.com. Josh has appeared on several nationally syndicated radio stations, major web outlets and national television programs, including Huckabee, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, The Strategy Room, The Big Picture, TheBlaze TV and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. 1(Co-Founder) David Rufful is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he studied American politics and Arabic. He is a former editor of The Dartmouth Review, former captain of the Dartmouth men’s basketball team and co-founder of Young Conservatives, LLC. David has worked on a number of public policy issues as a Research Fellow in Dartmouth’s Political and Law Fellowship, and he is currently directing a documentary film. David has appeared on several nationally syndicated radio stations, major web outlets and national television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, TheBlaze TV, Huckabee, Fox & Friends, The Strategy Room,  and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

 

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