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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2000 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 92%
Gary Ackerman 13%
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%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 75%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 56%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 87%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Max Baucus 16%
Evan Bayh 16%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 48%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Kit Bond 92%
Henry Bonilla 82%
David Edward Bonior 8%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Robert Borski, Jr. 16%
Leonard Boswell 41%
Rick Boucher 29%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
John Breaux 40%
Richard Bryan 16%
Ed Bryant 95%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 87%
Dan Burton 91%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 28%
Herbert Callahan 69%
Ben Campbell 96%
Thomas Campbell 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
Chris Cannon 100%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 68%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 95%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 16%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 24%
Robert Clement 40%
Michael Collins 96%
Larry Combest 88%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 29%
Merrill Cook 90%
John Cooksey 73%
Jerry Costello 33%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 8%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 40%
Philip Crane 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Patsy Ann Danner 56%
Thomas Daschle 8%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 70%
Bill Delahunt 8%
Thomas DeLay 88%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 28%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56%
Jay Dickey 92%
Norm Dicks 8%
Julian Dixon 9%
Chris Dodd 13%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 95%
Calvin Dooley 20%
John Doolittle 88%
Byron Dorgan 16%
David Dreier 92%
Jennifer Dunn 88%
John Edwards 12%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 64%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 88%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
Philip English 56%
Bob Etheridge 28%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 90%
Thomas Ewing 91%
Russ Feingold 8%
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%
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%
William Goodling 88%
Bart Gordon 44%
Slade Gorton 96%
Porter Goss 96%
Daniel Graham 16%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 100%
Mark Green 84%
James Greenwood 60%
Judd Gregg 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
Tony Hall 21%
James Hansen 95%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Robert Hayes 76%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 95%
Baron Hill 16%
Rick Hill 92%
Van Hilleary 92%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 12%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
David Lee Hobson 72%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 8%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Thomas Holden 32%
Ernest Hollings 20%
Darlene Hooley 16%
Stephen Horn 56%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 52%
Kenny Hulshof 96%
Duncan Hunter 76%
Asa Hutchinson 83%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 91%
Kay Hutchison 96%
Henry Hyde 76%
Daniel Inouye 23%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
William Jefferson 13%
James Merrill Jeffords 36%
William Lewis Jenkins 91%
Christopher John 41%
Nancy Johnson 56%
Paul Kanjorski 16%
Sue Kelly 56%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 12%
Patrick Kennedy 16%
Bob Kerrey 16%
Dale Kildee 20%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 8%
Gerald Kleczka 20%
Ronald Klink 20%
Joseph Knollenberg 80%
Herb Kohl 20%
James Kolbe 68%
Dennis Kucinich 16%
Steven Kuykendall 60%
Jon Kyl 100%
John LaFalce 12%
Ray LaHood 72%
Nicholas Lampson 24%
Tom Lantos 4%
Stephen Largent 95%
Steve LaTourette 68%
Frank Lautenberg 4%
Rick Lazio 63%
James Leach 58%

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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