Who We Are

Conservative Connections is an innovative firm that does things differently. We offer a top- to- bottom approach to running races. We are able to provide effective and efficient services from local city races, up to the large structure needed for a statewide race.

What We Do

We offer General Consulting for our clients. In this role we  handle strategic planning, and vendor relations. We also offer campaign management, as well as vendor services like digital targeting, grass roots, and many more services. To see our full list, check out our services page.

Why We Are Different

Conservative Connections is a innovative firm with battle tested partners. We are familiar with the tried- and- true techniques of grass roots management and traditional campaign techniques. We are on the cutting edge of data analytics, micro-targeting, and the next generation of software platforms that offer a completely new and innovative way of targeting and reaching voters. Our partners understand that we must use effective techniques that have been around for centuries, and incorporate new technologies and strategies to stay ahead of the opposition.

Our Team

Conrad Pogorzelski III, Founder

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Conrad is a native of North Carolina, and grew up in Gaston County.

His first job in politics was knocking on doors for his Congressman where he learned how to talk to voters, and the importance of grass roots. 

Conrad attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he graduated with honors, earning a Bachelors of Science in Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During his studies he wrote two thesis’, the first on Free Trade, and the second on Redistricting and Gerrymandering. 

While attending the university, he was involved in Model United Nations, serving as a delegate on the globally renowned team where he was able to put his political skills to good use, attending conferences as a delegate and competing against other top universities. 

At UNCC, Conrad served first as the secretary for College Republicans, and then as the Chairman during the 2016 election cycle. As Chairman, he worked with county parties, and campaigns from the local level, up to the presidential campaign.

After his experience in college, Conrad went on to work with campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. Conrad founded Conservative Connections to use his experience and passion to get Republicans elected. 

Conrad has appeared in a variety of local, national, and international publications including the Charlotte Observer, the News and Observer, Politifact, the Singapore Times, NPR, The Gaston Gazette, The Richmond Journal, and the BBC.

Nathan Lewis, Consultant

Nathan Lewis is a life long conservative who is from Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Nathan first started in politics in highs school and continued in college, working with campaigns at every level. He attended University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned a degree in Political Science. 

After graduation, Nathan joined Conservative Connections working to get Republicans elected across the state. Nathan specializes in grass roots organization, coalition building, and event planning. 

Currently Nathan works with one of our statewide candidates as the Political Director. He connects with our county party chair’s with volunteers, and coordinates the grassroots efforts for the entire state of North Carolina.


John Wesley Waugh, Digital Director

John Wesley is a lifelong North Carolinian, and has grown up in Statesville.

He has worked in congressional, municipal, and senate races. He has worked as a field representative and digital communications. 

John Wesley currently attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is a senior working towards a Bachelor’s in Mass Media Communications, while also adding on two minors in American Studies and Political Science. 

John Wesley is a former College Republicans Chairman and also serves on the university’s 49er Democracy Committee that worked very closely with the Host Committee for the 2020 Republican National Committee. 

Waugh has been interviewed and appeared in local, national and international news outlets such as The Charlotte Observer, Spectrum News, New York Times, NPR, and Maclean’s Canadian News Magazine.”

Parker Thorneburg, Data Analyst

Parker Thorneburg is a lifelong North Carolinian, and has grown up in Charlotte. She has worked on campaigns at the local and state level.

Parker currently attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she is a senior working towards a Bachelor’s in Political Science, while also adding on two minors in Sociology and American Studies. 

As a Data Analyst with Conservative Connections, Parker conducts fundraising analysis to spot trends to improve fundraising operations, conducted on behalf of clients. In addition, she works on a team at Conservative Connections in order to build an in- house fundraising file. 

Parker is currently serving as the Vice President of the UNC-Charlotte College of Republicans, a delegate for Model United Nations, and as a Senator for the UNC-Charlotte Student Government Association.

Ashton Jarrell, Fundraiser

Ashton Jarrell is a lifelong North Carolinian and has grown up in Archdale.

Ashton currently attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she is a senior working towards a Bachelors in Health Systems Management.

As a fundraiser, Ashton ensures that our clients always have viable contact information for potential donors. In addition, Ashton works on our team dedicated to creating and maintaining a Conservative Connections donor file.