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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2006 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 8%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 92%
Rodney Alexander 80%
Wayne Allard 88%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 16%
Joe Baca, Sr. 20%
Brian Baird 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
Roscoe Bartlett 84%
Max Baucus 8%
Evan Bayh 16%
Melissa Bean 48%
Bob Bennett 72%
Shelley Berkley 13%
Howard Berman 8%
Marion Berry 56%
Judy Biggert 64%
Brian Bilbray 94%
Jeff Bingaman 8%
Kit Bond 80%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Dan Boren 72%
Leonard Boswell 44%
Rick Boucher 36%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 63%
Henry Brown, Jr. 84%
Ginny Brown-Waite 88%
Jim Bunning 96%
Dan Burton 88%
Steve Buyer 83%
Robert Byrd 21%
Chris Cannon 90%
Eric Cantor 92%
Dennis Cardoza 46%
Russ Carnahan 12%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 52%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Hillary Clinton 8%
Norm Coleman 68%
Kent Conrad 33%
Jerry Costello 48%
Larry Craig 88%
Robert Cramer 68%
Barbara Cubin 91%
Artur Davis 44%
Geoff Davis 84%
Jo Ann Davis 80%
Lincoln Davis 80%
Thomas Davis III 56%
Bill Delahunt 12%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Norm Dicks 8%
Chris Dodd 8%
Elizabeth Dole 96%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 75%
John Doolittle 84%
Byron Dorgan 12%
Thelma Drake 88%
David Dreier 72%
Chet Edwards 68%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Jo Ann Emerson 72%
Philip English 80%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Etheridge 44%
Terry Everett 88%
Tom Feeney 96%
Russ Feingold 8%
Michael Ferguson 64%
Bob Filner 12%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 75%
Barney Frank 12%
Elton Gallegly 84%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 84%
Charlie Gonzalez 16%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 88%
Bart Gordon 60%
Judd Gregg 72%
Jane Harman 12%
J. Dennis Hastert 88%
Robert Hayes 88%
Wally Herger, Jr. 92%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 60%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
David Lee Hobson 76%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
Thomas Holden 64%
Darlene Hooley 24%
Kenny Hulshof 80%
Duncan Hunter 88%
Kay Hutchison 84%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 84%
Daniel Inouye 8%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
William Jefferson 35%
Tim Johnson 76%
Paul Kanjorski 29%
Ric Keller 88%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 10%
Dale Kildee 20%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Joseph Knollenberg 75%
Herb Kohl 16%
Dennis Kucinich 4%
John Kuhl, Jr. 83%
Jon Kyl 92%
Ray LaHood 80%
Tom Lantos 9%
Steve LaTourette 72%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Jerry Lewis 67%
Ron Lewis 84%
Joe Lieberman 17%
Blanche Lincoln 8%
John Linder 96%
Trent Lott, Sr. 88%
Dick Lugar 64%
Dan Lungren 84%
Connie Mack IV 84%
Don Manzullo 91%
Jim Marshall 72%
Melquiades Martinez 84%
Thaddeus McCotter 83%
James McCrery III 88%
John McHugh 75%
Michael McNulty 20%
Martin Meehan 0%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 8%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 76%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 8%
Brad Miller 17%
Alan Mollohan 46%
Dennis Moore 23%
Jack Murtha 28%
Marilyn Musgrave 96%
Sue Myrick 92%
Ben Nelson 64%
Jim Oberstar 22%
Dave Obey 20%
John Olver 4%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 40%
Ron Paul 76%
Donald Payne 4%
John Peterson 88%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 84%
Todd Platts 72%
Earl Pomeroy 38%
Jon Porter, Sr. 80%
Deborah Pryce 72%
George Radanovich 88%
James Ramstad 68%
Ralph Regula 71%
Denny Rehberg 83%
Richard Renzi 84%
Silvestre Reyes 36%
Thomas Reynolds 87%
Mike Ross 60%
Steve Rothman 8%
Ken Salazar 17%
Jim Saxton 68%
Jean Schmidt 88%
John Shadegg 100%
Christopher Shays 36%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 72%
Olympia Snowe 36%
Vic Snyder 17%
Hilda Solis 4%
Mark Souder 88%
Arlen Specter 43%
John Spratt, Jr. 44%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 96%
Ted Stevens 64%
Bart Stupak 28%
John Sullivan 92%
John Sununu 88%
Tom Tancredo 92%
John Tanner 58%
Ellen Tauscher 12%
Gene Taylor 68%
Craig Thomas 96%
Todd Tiahrt 84%
Ed Towns 8%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 4%
George Voinovich 56%
James Walsh 63%
Zach Wamp 88%
John Warner 64%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 4%
Anthony Weiner 8%

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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