Welcome to Friends of Abe, the legendary private organization of Hollywood conservatives.
To join FOA, one must have provable bona fides as a conservative and as a member of the entertainment industry. For the latter, an IMDB page, or any other independent link confirming your role in “the biz,” is necessary. For the former, you need to either be publicly known as a conservative, or have someone already in FOA who can vouch for your political views. It’s okay to be a “secret” conservative. Many people in the entertainment industry are forced by necessity to remain “in the closet.” We understand that all too well. But there still has to be a member to vouch for you (or, if not a member, at least a reasonably well-known conservative).
There are no fees and no dues. Once you’re in, you’re in. Once you’re in, you’re family.
Q: What type of conservatives are welcomed by FOA?
A: Any type. Fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, religious conservatives, foreign policy conservatives, Eisenhower conservatives, “South Park” conservatives, libertarian-leaning conservatives...you get the idea.
Q: What about Trump? What if I like him? What if I dislike him? What if I’m deeply suspicious of him? What if I’m cautiously optimistic about him?
A: We’re not about purity tests. That’s the left, not us. We recognize that Republicans/conservatives are divided about Trump. We live in interesting times, and FOA is not about taking a stand on any one particular politician or candidate. We’re a place where people in Hollywood who are right-of-center can meet, have a few drinks, make friends, network, and have fun. Your opinions will be respected. We’re all friends here!
Q: You say there are no fees or dues. Is everything free?
A: Unfortunately, no. The VIP dinners, which in the past have featured Dick Cheney, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Rush Limbaugh, Greg Gutfeld, Ann Coulter, Condoleezza Rice, Justice Antonin Scalia, Dennis Prager, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Mark Levin, Charles Krauthammer, Darrell Issa, Herman Cain, Allen West, Michele Bachmann, Karl Rove, David Horowitz, John Boehner, Larry Elder, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry, are not free. Each event costs around $80 (which includes a full dinner). On the second Tuesday of every month, we hold a free mixer at a venue known only to members and their guests. All members are invited, and there is no charge to get in.
Q: Once I’m in, can I bring in my friends?
A: Absolutely. Once you’re in, you have full “bring in” privileges, as long as your friends meet the above criteria (the same criteria you had to meet...although now you can vouch for them).
Q: How many members does FOA have?
A: It hovers around 1,800. FOA does occasionally prune the membership list for deadwood. Leadership encourages active involvement from all members.
Q: If I become a member, can I tell everyone I know, from my mechanic to my mailman?
A: Although FOA has been discussed in the press (more times than we'd have liked, to be honest), and its existence is publicly known, FOA leadership prefers that members show discretion when discussing the group in outside circles. The use of recording devices is strictly prohibited at FOA events, and any violation of the rules can be grounds for dismissal.
Q: What famous people are members?
A: You’ll learn that when you join! However, as it is a matter of public record, the organization was founded by Gary Sinise, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Patricia Heaton, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, and writer Lionel Chetwynd.
Q: I’m sold! Where do I sign up?
A: Start by sending your info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will get back to you shortly.
Also, you can visit the FOA Facebook page here.