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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2004 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
Gary Ackerman 4%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 5%
Todd Akin 100%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 92%
Rodney Alexander 48%
Wayne Allard 96%
George Allen 92%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 12%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 96%
Brian Baird 17%
Richard Hugh Baker 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
J. Gresham Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 96%
Charlie Bass 56%
Max Baucus 29%
Evan Bayh 20%
Bob Beauprez 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 88%
Shelley Berkley 8%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 36%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 64%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Jeff Bingaman 12%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 4%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 9%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 96%
Henry Bonilla 92%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 95%
Mary Bono Mack 56%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 96%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Rick Boucher 32%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 46%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 8%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 96%
Ginny Brown-Waite 96%
Jim Bunning 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 96%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 87%
Dan Burton 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 0%
Steve Buyer 96%
Robert Byrd 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 88%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 88%
Chris Cannon 100%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 8%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Dennis Cardoza 25%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 12%
Julia Carson 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 96%
Edward Case 20%
Mike Castle 52%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 96%
Chris Chocola 96%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
Hillary Clinton 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 96%
Norm Coleman 84%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 68%
Kent Conrad 20%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 13%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
Jon Corzine 4%
Jerry Costello 36%
Christopher Cox 100%
Larry Craig 96%
Robert Cramer 50%
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 9%
Barbara Cubin 100%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 96%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Artur Davis 24%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
James Davis 4%
Jo Ann Davis 88%
Lincoln Davis 56%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 4%
Thomas Davis III 80%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
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 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 68%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 83%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 96%
Norm Dicks 13%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 4%
Chris Dodd 4%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
Elizabeth Dole 92%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 95%
John Doolittle 92%
Byron Dorgan 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 12%
David Dreier 88%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
Chet Edwards 48%
Vern Ehlers 67%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 76%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
Philip English 68%
John Ensign 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 12%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Lane Evans 4%
Terry Everett 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Tom Feeney 100%
Russ Feingold 8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
Michael Ferguson 67%
Bob Filner 9%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 96%
Mark Foley 68%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 100%
Harold Ford, Jr. 21%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 78%
Barney Frank 4%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
William Frist 92%
Elton Gallegly 96%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 68%
Jim Gibbons 96%
Wayne Gilchrest 56%
Paul Gillmor 84%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 96%
Charlie Gonzalez 20%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 96%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
Bart Gordon 42%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 91%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 92%
Mark Green 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
Judd Gregg 88%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 8%
Jane Harman 13%
Katherine Harris 92%
Melissa Hart 92%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 96%
Robert Hayes 88%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 96%
Joel Hefley 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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