The annual conservative Value Voter Summit is well underway this weekend at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington and has had its usual quota of controversy. But at a point in the GOP primary season that guarantees the appearance of Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, it may be difficult for any other messages to work their way into the conference.

Not so for The Heritage Foundation.

As the only think tank on the program and a major sponsor of the summit, Heritage (along with its lobbying wing Heritage Action for America) managed to share the presidential spotlight with one plenary session two breakout sessions and a sponsored breakfast. In addition, Heritage distinguished fellow and former attorney general Ed Meese will be honored at a gala dinner this evening.

Heritage communications director Rory Cooper said that “the enthusiasm for Heritage is unprecedented at this year’s event.”

“We’ve found the audience that comes together for this conference cares just as much about our national security and the Constitution as they do the growing burden of our national debt and the need to reform our entitlement programs and tax system,” said Cooper.

He added: “Like the presidential candidates who appear on the program, we find attendees to be influential leaders within their communities.”

Heritage’s role at the Value Voter Summit includes the following:

Saving the American Dream: Stuart Butler, Distinguished Fellow and Director, Center for Policy Innovation, The Heritage Foundation; Nina Owcharenko, Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation; Dr. Matt Spalding, Vice President, American Studies and Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, The Heritage Foundation; Genevieve Wood, Vice President, Leadership for America Operations, The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation Breakfast (ticketed event): American Renewal: The Case for Reclaiming Our Future (Speaker - Dr. Matt Spalding,Vice President, American Studies and Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics)

How the Welfare State Erodes the Family: Kiki Bradley, Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Christine Kim, Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation; Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Policy, Action and Accountability: How to Make a Difference on the Front Lines: Jessica Anderson, Deputy Political Director, Heritage Action for America; Michael Needham, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Action for America; Russell Vought, Political Director, Heritage Action for America

•Faith, Family, and Freedom Gala Dinner: Honoring Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman for the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation--Regency Ballroom (black-tie optional, ticketed event)

Visit the conference website for the full schedule.