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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1996 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 95%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 5%
Wayne Allard 100%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 95%
Henry Scott Baesler 25%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
William Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 10%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 47%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 5%
Bill Barrett 95%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 89%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 85%
Max Baucus 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Anthony Beilenson 0%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Howard Berman 0%
Tom Bevill 41%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 20%
Brian Bilbray 74%
Michael Bilirakis 90%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
Peter Blute 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 90%
Henry Bonilla 85%
David Edward Bonior 5%
Sonny Bono 95%
Robert Borski, Jr. 10%
Rick Boucher 15%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
Bill Bradley 5%
John Breaux 20%
Bill Brewster 68%
Glen Browder 58%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
George Brown, Jr. 0%
Hank Brown 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 10%
Ed Bryant 100%
John Bryant 0%
Dale Bumpers 0%
Jim Bunn 65%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 95%
Robert Byrd 15%
Herbert Callahan 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 95%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 95%
Ben Campbell 78%
Thomas Campbell 60%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 11%
Mike Castle 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
John Chafee 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
Jim Chapman 14%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 95%
Jon Lynn Christensen 100%
Dick Chrysler 95%
William Clay, Sr. 6%
Eva Clayton 5%
Robert Clement 30%
William Clinger 83%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 5%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 89%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 94%
William Cohen 59%
Ronald Coleman 0%
Barbara-Rose Collins 0%
Cardiss Collins 0%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 95%
Gary Condit 70%
Kent Conrad 15%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
Wes Cooley 95%
Jerry Costello 30%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 0%
Larry Craig 95%
Robert Cramer 55%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 95%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Alfonse D'Amato 75%
Patsy Ann Danner 45%
Thomas Daschle 0%
Thomas Davis III 79%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 5%
E. Kika de la Garza 36%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Ronald Dellums 0%
Peter Deutsch 18%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 85%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25%
Julian Dixon 0%
Chris Dodd 10%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
Robert Dole 87%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 85%
Calvin Dooley 15%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 20%
Robert Dornan 95%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 32%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 85%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 20%
Vern Ehlers 79%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 100%
Bill Emerson 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 74%
John Ensign 85%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Lane Evans 0%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 100%
Jim Exon 32%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Harris Fawell 85%
Victor Fazio 0%
Russ Feingold 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
Cleo Fields 0%
Jack Fields, Jr. 100%
Bob Filner 0%
Floyd Flake 6%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 80%
Thomas Foglietta 5%
Mark Foley 90%
Michael Patrick Forbes 84%
Harold Ford, Sr. 7%
Wendell Ford 40%
Tillie Fowler 95%
Jon David Fox 65%
Sheila Frahm 100%
Barney Frank 0%
Gary Franks 90%
Robert Franks 63%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 75%
Dan Frisa 80%
William Frist 95%
Jonas Frost III 10%
David Funderburk 100%
Elizabeth Furse 5%
Elton Gallegly 100%
John Ganske 83%
Sam Gejdenson 0%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 6%
Pete Geren 76%
Sam Gibbons 6%
Wayne Gilchrest 80%
Paul Gillmor 84%
Benjamin Gilman 45%
Newt Gingrich 100%
John Glenn 10%
Henry Gonzalez 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 95%
William Goodling 95%

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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