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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2000 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 12%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 92%
Gary Ackerman 13%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 12%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 4%
Rob Andrews 20%
Bill Archer 95%
Richard Armey 92%
John Ashcroft 96%
Joe Baca, Sr. 16%
Spencer Bachus 88%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 75%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 8%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 56%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 8%
Bill Barrett 87%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Max Baucus 16%
Evan Bayh 16%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 48%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 16%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 87%
Kit Bond 92%
Henry Bonilla 82%
David Edward Bonior 8%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Robert Borski, Jr. 16%
Leonard Boswell 41%
Rick Boucher 29%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 12%
John Breaux 40%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 9%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 16%
Ed Bryant 95%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 87%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
Dan Burton 91%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 28%
Herbert Callahan 69%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
Dave Camp 84%
Ben Campbell 96%
Thomas Campbell 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
Chris Cannon 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 68%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
Linc Chafee 12%
Saxby Chambliss 91%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 95%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 16%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 24%
Robert Clement 40%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
Howard Coble 86%
Thomas Coburn 95%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
Michael Collins 96%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 76%
Larry Combest 88%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 29%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
Merrill Cook 90%
John Cooksey 73%
Jerry Costello 33%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 8%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 40%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Patsy Ann Danner 56%
Thomas Daschle 8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 70%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 8%
Bill Delahunt 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
Thomas DeLay 88%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 28%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56%
Jay Dickey 92%
Norm Dicks 8%
John Dingell 16%
Julian Dixon 9%
Chris Dodd 13%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 12%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 95%
Calvin Dooley 20%
John Doolittle 88%
Byron Dorgan 16%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 20%
David Dreier 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
Jennifer Dunn 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
John Edwards 12%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 64%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 88%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 22%
Philip English 56%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 8%
Bob Etheridge 28%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 90%
Thomas Ewing 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Russ Feingold 8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 28%
Bob Filner 0%
Peter Fitzgerald 95%
Ernest Fletcher 84%
Mark Foley 68%
Michael Patrick Forbes 45%
Harold Ford, Jr. 24%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80%
Tillie Fowler 84%
Barney Frank 12%
Robert Franks 68%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 56%
William Frist 92%
Jonas Frost III 12%
Elton Gallegly 72%
John Ganske 73%
Sam Gejdenson 12%
George Gekas 87%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 13%
Jim Gibbons 88%
Wayne Gilchrest 58%
Paul Gillmor 76%
Benjamin Gilman 43%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 88%
Bart Gordon 44%
Slade Gorton 96%
Porter Goss 96%
Daniel Graham 16%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
Mark Green 84%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
James Greenwood 60%
Judd Gregg 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 9%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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.

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