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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1997 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 20%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 4%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 22%
Bill Archer 80%
Richard Armey 88%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 96%
Henry Scott Baesler 36%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
Cass Ballenger 83%
James Barcia 64%
Bob Barr, Jr. 96%
Bill Barrett 79%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 80%
Herbert Bateman 64%
Max Baucus 4%
Bob Bennett 68%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 13%
Douglas Bereuter 68%
Howard Berman 9%
Marion Berry 44%
Brian Bilbray 76%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Rod Blagojevich 16%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 75%
Sherwood Boehlert 32%
Kit Bond 76%
Henry Bonilla 95%
David Edward Bonior 12%
Robert Borski, Jr. 17%
Leonard Boswell 28%
Rick Boucher 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 44%
John Breaux 20%
George Brown, Jr. 4%
Richard Bryan 4%
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 4%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 88%
Dan Burton 96%
Steve Buyer 83%
Robert Byrd 16%
Herbert Callahan 88%
Dave Camp 84%
Ben Campbell 72%
Thomas Campbell 68%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 92%
Chris Cannon 96%
Julia Carson 9%
Mike Castle 56%
John Chafee 24%
Saxby Chambliss 88%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 96%
Jon Lynn Christensen 92%
William Clay, Sr. 9%
Eva Clayton 4%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 8%
Robert Clement 25%
Howard Coble 88%
Thomas Coburn 95%
Michael Collins 83%
Larry Combest 92%
Gary Condit 52%
Kent Conrad 16%
Merrill Cook 88%
John Cooksey 91%
Jerry Costello 25%
Paul Coverdell 92%
Christopher Cox 96%
William Coyne 0%
Larry Craig 84%
Robert Cramer 48%
Philip Crane 96%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Alfonse D'Amato 56%
Patsy Ann Danner 56%
Thomas Daschle 4%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 72%
Bill Delahunt 0%
Thomas DeLay 88%
Peter Deutsch 21%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 72%
Jay Dickey 88%
Norm Dicks 17%
John Dingell 8%
Julian Dixon 12%
Chris Dodd 4%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 60%
Calvin Dooley 12%
John Doolittle 96%
Byron Dorgan 16%
David Dreier 88%
Jennifer Dunn 92%
Chet Edwards 28%
Vern Ehlers 67%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 72%
Jo Ann Emerson 88%
Philip English 76%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Etheridge 32%
Lane Evans 16%
Terry Everett 96%
Thomas Ewing 84%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 92%
Harris Fawell 60%
Victor Fazio 12%
Russ Feingold 8%
Bob Filner 8%
Mark Foley 84%
Michael Patrick Forbes 70%
Harold Ford, Jr. 8%
Wendell Ford 12%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Tillie Fowler 84%
Jon David Fox 72%
Barney Frank 4%
Robert Franks 64%
William Frist 72%
Jonas Frost III 20%
Elizabeth Furse 9%
Elton Gallegly 80%
John Ganske 76%
Sam Gejdenson 12%
George Gekas 88%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 14%
Jim Gibbons 91%
Wayne Gilchrest 71%
Paul Gillmor 84%
Benjamin Gilman 40%
Newt Gingrich 75%
John Glenn 0%
Henry Gonzalez 11%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 84%
William Goodling 88%
Bart Gordon 36%
Slade Gorton 60%
Porter Goss 88%
Daniel Graham 8%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 100%
James Greenwood 50%
Judd Gregg 76%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
Charles Hagel 80%
Ralph Hall 96%
Tony Hall 21%
Lee Hamilton 28%
James Hansen 91%
Tom Harkin 12%
Jane Harman 25%
J. Dennis Hastert 88%
Doc Hastings 92%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 96%
Joel Hefley 96%
W.G. Hefner 23%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Rick Hill 92%
Van Hilleary 100%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 10%
Maurice Hinchey 8%
David Lee Hobson 80%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Thomas Holden 54%
Ernest Hollings 8%
Darlene Hooley 16%
Stephen Horn 44%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 33%
Kenny Hulshof 92%
Duncan Hunter 88%
Asa Hutchinson 88%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
Kay Hutchison 92%
Henry Hyde 68%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 100%
Daniel Inouye 4%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
William Jefferson 17%
James Merrill Jeffords 21%
William Lewis Jenkins 88%
Christopher John 64%
Jay Johnson 20%
Nancy Johnson 36%
Timothy Johnson 12%
Paul Kanjorski 12%
Sue Kelly 64%
Dirk Kempthorne 88%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 4%
Joseph Kennedy II 4%

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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