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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2004 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 5%
Todd Akin 100%
Rodney Alexander 48%
Wayne Allard 96%
George Allen 92%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 12%
Brian Baird 17%
Richard Hugh Baker 88%
J. Gresham Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
Charlie Bass 56%
Max Baucus 29%
Evan Bayh 20%
Bob Beauprez 92%
Bob Bennett 88%
Shelley Berkley 8%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 36%
Judy Biggert 64%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Jeff Bingaman 12%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
Kit Bond 96%
Henry Bonilla 92%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 95%
Mary Bono Mack 56%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Rick Boucher 32%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 46%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
Ginny Brown-Waite 96%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 96%
Robert Byrd 8%
Chris Cannon 100%
Dennis Cardoza 25%
Julia Carson 0%
Edward Case 20%
Mike Castle 52%
Chris Chocola 96%
Hillary Clinton 0%
Norm Coleman 84%
Kent Conrad 20%
Jon Corzine 4%
Jerry Costello 36%
Christopher Cox 100%
Larry Craig 96%
Robert Cramer 50%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Artur Davis 24%
James Davis 4%
Jo Ann Davis 88%
Lincoln Davis 56%
Thomas Davis III 80%
Bill Delahunt 0%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 83%
Norm Dicks 13%
Chris Dodd 4%
Elizabeth Dole 92%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 95%
John Doolittle 92%
Byron Dorgan 20%
David Dreier 88%
Chet Edwards 48%
Vern Ehlers 67%
Jo Ann Emerson 76%
Philip English 68%
John Ensign 92%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Lane Evans 4%
Terry Everett 92%
Tom Feeney 100%
Russ Feingold 8%
Michael Ferguson 67%
Bob Filner 9%
Mark Foley 68%
Harold Ford, Jr. 21%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 78%
Barney Frank 4%
William Frist 92%
Elton Gallegly 96%
Jim Gibbons 96%
Wayne Gilchrest 56%
Paul Gillmor 84%
Charlie Gonzalez 20%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 96%
Bart Gordon 42%
Mark Green 88%
Judd Gregg 88%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
Jane Harman 13%
Katherine Harris 92%
Melissa Hart 92%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Robert Hayes 88%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 96%
Joel Hefley 92%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 31%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
David Lee Hobson 88%
Pete Hoekstra 96%
Thomas Holden 48%
Darlene Hooley 16%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
Kenny Hulshof 91%
Duncan Hunter 87%
Kay Hutchison 84%
Henry Hyde 75%
Daniel Inouye 8%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 17%
James Merrill Jeffords 4%
William Lewis Jenkins 91%
Nancy Johnson 56%
Tim Johnson 64%
Paul Kanjorski 21%
Ric Keller 100%
Sue Kelly 56%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Mark Kennedy 92%
Patrick Kennedy 8%
Dale Kildee 16%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Joseph Knollenberg 84%
Herb Kohl 4%
James Kolbe 56%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
Jon Kyl 100%
Ray LaHood 71%
Tom Lantos 9%
Steve LaTourette 71%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
James Leach 43%
Jerry Lewis 88%
Ron Lewis 84%
Joe Lieberman 0%
Blanche Lincoln 20%
John Linder 100%
Trent Lott, Sr. 96%
Dick Lugar 84%
Don Manzullo 100%
Jim Marshall 48%
Robert Matsui 13%
Thaddeus McCotter 88%
James McCrery III 96%
John McHugh 64%
Michael McNulty 16%
Martin Meehan 4%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 9%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 9%
Brad Miller 8%
Alan Mollohan 24%
Dennis Moore 20%
Jack Murtha 30%
Marilyn Musgrave 100%
Sue Myrick 100%
Ben Nelson 52%
Robert William Ney 92%
Anne Northup 83%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 100%
James Nussle 80%
Jim Oberstar 12%
Dave Obey 4%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 28%
Thomas William Osborne 84%
Major Owens 0%
Michael Oxley 96%
Ron Paul 78%
Donald Payne 0%
John Peterson 83%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 92%
Todd Platts 84%
Richard Pombo 100%
Earl Pomeroy 28%
Jon Porter, Sr. 76%
Deborah Pryce 83%
George Radanovich 100%
James Ramstad 76%
Ralph Regula 88%
Denny Rehberg 96%
Richard Renzi 88%
Silvestre Reyes 26%
Thomas Reynolds 92%
Mike Ross 44%
Steve Rothman 5%
Jim Ryun 96%
Martin Olav Sabo 0%
Rick Santorum 96%
Paul Sarbanes 0%

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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