Blackwell, as it turns out, is one of the founding members of the ugly side of the American Conservative movement. He was there at the creation with jokers like Brent Bozell, William F. Buckley, and Phyllis Schlafly. His "non-partisan" Leadership Institute has trained thousands of conservative footsoldiers, including Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed, and Jack Abramoff. When they were young adults, he taught them, "A stable movement requires a healthy, reciprocal I.O.U. flow among its participants." He was also a major supporter of Tom DeLay in DeLay's last days in the U.S. House of Representatives. (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1374139/posts)
So, he's no mere activist like your local Rotarians or county NRA secretary-treasurer. He's in the inner circle of Republican power, having worked his way in as a leader in the Draft Goldwater movement and bought his way in with thousands of dollars in contributions ($16000 over the last four years alone; see the FEC database).
* Heres initial info link from a DailyKos Diary
* Heres another DailyKos Diary
* Virginia GOP National Committeeman Morton Blackwell, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Is this the same Morton Blackwell ?
This guy Blackwell is a long time GOP operative. Started as a Young Republican and since the 70's has run an outfit called the Leadership Institute. I wonder who gave him the $8,230,655 budget they spent in 2000 grooming young people to train tens of thousands of students to be GOP activists?