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2008 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 71.3% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 73% 2007-2009 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 53% 2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 74% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 53% 2007 American Conservative Union - Positions 80% 2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 81% 2007 ConservAmerica - Positions 13 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 94% 2007 GOPUSA - Positions 16% 2007 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 81.3% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 72% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 50% 2006 American Conservative Union - Positions 80% 2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0% 2006 ConservAmerica - Positions 17 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 100% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 53% 2006 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 63.2% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 41% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2005 American Conservative Union - Positions 92% 2005 ConservAmerica - Positions 0 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 79% 2005 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 66% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 55% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 64% 2005 The John Birch Society - Positions 38% 2004 American Conservative Union - Positions 91% 2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 99% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 83% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 86% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 70% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring) 50% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 97% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2003 American Conservative Union - Positions 88% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 58% 2003 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 72% 2003 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer) 38% 2002 American Conservative Union - Positions 96% 2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 87% 2002 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 73% 2002 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 67% 2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 50% 2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 89% 2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 86% 2001 American Conservative Union - Positions 92% 2001 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 69% 2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 65% 2000 American Conservative Union - Positions 96% 2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 92% 2000 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 78% 2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 61% 1999 American Conservative Union - Positions 84% 1999 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 80% 1999 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 73% 1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 57% 1998 American Conservative Union - Positions 88% 1998 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 75% 1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 45% 1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 100% 1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75% 1997 American Conservative Union - Positions 92% 1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 45%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.