With no financial backing, Young Conservatives LLC was founded in May 2009 by Josh Riddle and David Rufful in their freshman dorm room at Dartmouth College. Today, the website is one of the largest in the country with over 26 million monthly unique readers and 75 million monthly page views. The site was ranked #61 by Quantcast in July 2015. The website has undergone four major revisions since its original creation.
Josh and David are now Ivy League graduates, former division one college basketball players and former editors of the preeminent conservative college newspaper, The Dartmouth Review. In defense of their conservative values, they have appeared on numerous television shows, including The O’Reilly Factor, TheBlaze TV, The Strategy Room, Fox & Friends, The Frank Pastore Show, Huckabee, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann and HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. Riddle and Rufful currently oversee all operations at Young Conservatives and actively participate in creating videos, writing articles, endorsing candidates, making media appearances and speaking at events.
Staff, Contributors and Content
In April 2014, Young Conservatives partnered with The Comical Conservative, Aaron Windeknecht. Aaron helps manage content development and the site’s social media presence. Young Conservatives has new media relationships with Allen West, Chicks On The Right, Right Wing News, The Tea Party and The Federalist Papers.
Young Conservatives has over 7 contributors, including Michael Cantrell, John Roberts, Hannah Bleau and Derryck Green. The site mainly provides commentary on breaking news and politics, but also culture, faith, entertainment and sports.
Business Model and Operations
The site has been profitable through its entire history.
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(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 as well as a 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.
(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.
Aaron Windeknecht (Partner)