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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 8%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 96%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 72%
Rodney Alexander 84%
Jason Altmire 24%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 4%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 84%
Brian Baird 4%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 96%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 24%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 96%
Max Baucus 8%
Evan Bayh 29%
Melissa Bean 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 13%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 84%
Brian Bilbray 92%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 88%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 12%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
Kit Bond 75%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 83%
Mary Bono Mack 74%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 84%
Dan Boren 24%
Leonard Boswell 4%
Rick Boucher 8%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 83%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 12%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76%
Ginny Brown-Waite 77%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 60%
Jim Bunning 88%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 96%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
Dan Burton 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 12%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 86%
Eric Cantor 92%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 48%
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 8%
Dennis Cardoza 8%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 20%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 96%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 8%
Mike Castle 28%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 9%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 76%
Ben Chandler III 12%
Travis Childers 41%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 4%
Hillary Clinton 11%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 68%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 88%
Norm Coleman 48%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 92%
Kent Conrad 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 9%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 20%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 83%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 9%
Jerry Costello 13%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 8%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 5%
Artur Davis 12%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
Geoff Davis 96%
Lincoln Davis 12%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 10%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
James DeMint 100%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 56%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 52%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 52%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 4%
Chris Dodd 4%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 28%
Byron Dorgan 8%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 0%
David Dreier 86%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 7%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 61%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Brad Ellsworth 16%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
John Ensign 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 0%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Russ Feingold 24%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
Bob Filner 12%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 91%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 84%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 100%
Barney Frank 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
Elton Gallegly 92%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 48%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 23%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 96%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
Bart Gordon 4%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 76%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 26%
Judd Gregg 83%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 73%
John Hall 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 84%
Phil Hare 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 4%
Jane Harman 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 96%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 28%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 4%
Baron Hill 20%
Maurice Hinchey 12%

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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