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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2001 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 8%
Gary Ackerman 4%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 13%
Todd Akin 100%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 96%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 20%
Richard Armey 96%
Joe Baca, Sr. 24%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 96%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 96%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 4%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
Cass Ballenger 88%
James Barcia 48%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 96%
Charlie Bass 60%
Max Baucus 28%
Evan Bayh 32%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 24%
Douglas Bereuter 72%
Shelley Berkley 12%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 52%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 12%
Judy Biggert 56%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 39%
Rod Blagojevich 12%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
Sherwood Boehlert 32%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 96%
Kit Bond 88%
Henry Bonilla 92%
David Edward Bonior 20%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Robert Borski, Jr. 20%
Leonard Boswell 24%
Rick Boucher 16%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 16%
John Breaux 48%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 8%
Henry Brown, Jr. 92%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 96%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 96%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 96%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 91%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 91%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 96%
Ben Campbell 92%
Chris Cannon 100%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 4%
Jean Carnahan 28%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 24%
Brad Carson 48%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 48%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 44%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 36%
Robert Clement 36%
Hillary Clinton 12%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 88%
Michael Collins 96%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 64%
Larry Combest 92%
Gary Condit 24%
Kent Conrad 36%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
John Cooksey 96%
Jon Corzine 0%
Jerry Costello 44%
Christopher Cox 96%
William Coyne 0%
Larry Craig 96%
Robert Cramer 65%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
Barbara Cubin 100%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
Randall Cunningham 96%
Thomas Daschle 8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
James Davis 12%
Jo Ann Davis 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 12%
Thomas Davis III 60%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 4%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 8%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 72%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 84%
Norm Dicks 8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 24%
Chris Dodd 16%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 90%
Calvin Dooley 32%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 36%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 32%
David Dreier 84%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
Jennifer Dunn 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
John Edwards 16%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 76%
Jo Ann Emerson 83%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
Philip English 68%
John Ensign 84%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 36%
Lane Evans 0%
Terry Everett 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Russ Feingold 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 12%
Michael Ferguson 58%
Bob Filner 0%
Peter Fitzgerald 78%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
Ernest Fletcher 96%
Mark Foley 64%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 100%
Harold Ford, Jr. 8%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 88%
Barney Frank 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 60%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 25%
Elton Gallegly 88%
John Ganske 63%
George Gekas 84%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 13%
Jim Gibbons 96%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 79%
Benjamin Gilman 36%
Charlie Gonzalez 4%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 96%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
Bart Gordon 42%
Porter Goss 80%
Daniel Graham 16%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
William Phillip Gramm 96%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 88%
Mark Green 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
James Greenwood 48%
Judd Gregg 88%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
Gilbert Gutknecht 96%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 84%

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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