An end-of-the-year message to Americans for Prosperity supporters credits "grassroots activism" for the "good new policy" the legislature approved in 2011. The group's North Carolina director Dallas Woodhouse says "voter education, emails and phone calls to legislatures, rallies at the legislature and visiting elected officials" led to a "free-market, conservative agenda."
The rah-rah email does not appear to slight the Republican lawmakers who took the helm of both legislative chambers for the first time in more than a century and passed sweeping new laws. But the lawmakers would surely take credit for their own work.
AFP, a political advocacy organization with chapters around the country, held rallies in North Carolina to push lawmakers to override Gov. Bev Perdue's vetoes. It also served a key role in keeping the conservative activists -- "liberty-minded people," as the email suggests -- energized after the historic 2010 election.
Woodhouse's message promises "exciting plans" from AFP next year. And whether the group can keep its base motivated will surely help determine how big of a role conservative groups will play in 2012.