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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2001 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
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%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 96%
Cass Ballenger 88%
James Barcia 48%
Robert Barr, Jr. 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
Charlie Bass 60%
Max Baucus 28%
Evan Bayh 32%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 24%
Douglas Bereuter 72%
Shelley Berkley 12%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 52%
Judy Biggert 56%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
Rod Blagojevich 12%
Sherwood Boehlert 32%
Kit Bond 88%
Henry Bonilla 92%
David Edward Bonior 20%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Robert Borski, Jr. 20%
Leonard Boswell 24%
Rick Boucher 16%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
John Breaux 48%
Henry Brown, Jr. 92%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 96%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 96%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 91%
Ben Campbell 92%
Chris Cannon 100%
Jean Carnahan 28%
Brad Carson 48%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 48%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 36%
Robert Clement 36%
Hillary Clinton 12%
Michael Collins 96%
Larry Combest 92%
Gary Condit 24%
Kent Conrad 36%
John Cooksey 96%
Jon Corzine 0%
Jerry Costello 44%
Christopher Cox 96%
William Coyne 0%
Larry Craig 96%
Robert Cramer 65%
Philip Crane 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 96%
Thomas Daschle 8%
James Davis 12%
Jo Ann Davis 100%
Thomas Davis III 60%
Bill Delahunt 4%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 8%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 84%
Norm Dicks 8%
Chris Dodd 16%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 90%
Calvin Dooley 32%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 36%
David Dreier 84%
Jennifer Dunn 88%
John Edwards 16%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 76%
Jo Ann Emerson 83%
Philip English 68%
John Ensign 84%
Bob Etheridge 36%
Lane Evans 0%
Terry Everett 100%
Russ Feingold 20%
Michael Ferguson 58%
Bob Filner 0%
Peter Fitzgerald 78%
Ernest Fletcher 96%
Mark Foley 64%
Harold Ford, Jr. 8%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 88%
Barney Frank 0%
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%
Bart Gordon 42%
Porter Goss 80%
Daniel Graham 16%
William Phillip Gramm 96%
Mark Green 88%
James Greenwood 48%
Judd Gregg 88%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 80%
Gilbert Gutknecht 96%
Tony Hall 29%
James Hansen 100%
Jane Harman 20%
Melissa Hart 88%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Robert Hayes 96%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 96%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Baron Hill 32%
Van Hilleary 96%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 16%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
David Lee Hobson 80%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 0%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Thomas Holden 48%
Ernest Hollings 29%
Darlene Hooley 4%
Stephen Horn 48%
John Nathan Hostettler 92%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 30%
Kenny Hulshof 92%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 92%
Kay Hutchison 96%
Henry Hyde 92%
Daniel Inouye 9%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 21%
James Merrill Jeffords 29%
William Lewis Jenkins 96%
Christopher John 63%
Nancy Johnson 32%
Tim Johnson 68%
Paul Kanjorski 36%
Ric Keller 96%
Sue Kelly 40%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 4%
Mark Kennedy 88%
Patrick Kennedy 4%
Brian Kerns 92%
Dale Kildee 32%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Gerald Kleczka 4%
Joseph Knollenberg 92%
Herb Kohl 16%
James Kolbe 60%
Dennis Kucinich 20%
Jon Kyl 100%
John LaFalce 16%
Ray LaHood 72%
Nicholas Lampson 21%
Tom Lantos 8%
Steve LaTourette 72%
James Leach 25%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Ron Lewis 100%
Joe Lieberman 28%
Blanche Lincoln 28%
John Linder 96%
William Lipinski 55%
Trent Lott, Sr. 96%
Dick Lugar 92%
William Luther 4%
James Maloney 24%
Don Manzullo 92%
Frank Mascara 56%
Robert Matsui 0%
Karen McCarthy 4%
James McCrery III 92%

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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