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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 96%
Rodney Alexander 84%
Jason Altmire 24%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 4%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Brian Baird 4%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
Max Baucus 8%
Evan Bayh 29%
Melissa Bean 20%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 13%
Judy Biggert 84%
Brian Bilbray 92%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Kit Bond 75%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 83%
Mary Bono Mack 74%
Dan Boren 24%
Leonard Boswell 4%
Rick Boucher 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 12%
Henry Brown, Jr. 83%
Ginny Brown-Waite 77%
Jim Bunning 88%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 0%
Eric Cantor 92%
Dennis Cardoza 8%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 20%
Mike Castle 28%
Ben Chandler III 12%
Travis Childers 41%
Hillary Clinton 11%
Norm Coleman 48%
Kent Conrad 0%
Jerry Costello 13%
Artur Davis 12%
Geoff Davis 96%
Lincoln Davis 12%
Bill Delahunt 10%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 52%
Norm Dicks 0%
Chris Dodd 4%
Byron Dorgan 8%
David Dreier 86%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 61%
Brad Ellsworth 16%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
John Ensign 92%
Bob Etheridge 0%
Russ Feingold 24%
Bob Filner 12%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 92%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Bart Gordon 4%
Judd Gregg 83%
John Hall 0%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 28%
Baron Hill 20%
Maurice Hinchey 12%
Paul Hodes 12%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Thomas Holden 16%
Kay Hutchison 76%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 84%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
Tim Johnson 68%
Steve Kagen 16%
Paul Kanjorski 12%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Ron Klein 4%
Herb Kohl 4%
Dennis Kucinich 8%
Jon Kyl 96%
Steve LaTourette 52%
Frank Lautenberg 4%
Jerry Lewis 84%
Joe Lieberman 8%
Blanche Lincoln 8%
John Linder 100%
Dick Lugar 63%
Dan Lungren 88%
Connie Mack IV 100%
Don Manzullo 92%
Jim Marshall 28%
Melquiades Martinez 60%
Thaddeus McCotter 72%
John McHugh 40%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 4%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 12%
Brad Miller 0%
Harry Mitchell 32%
Alan Mollohan 4%
Dennis Moore 4%
Patrick Murphy 12%
Jack Murtha 4%
Sue Myrick 91%
Ben Nelson 16%
Jim Oberstar 4%
Dave Obey 0%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 17%
Ron Paul 90%
Donald Payne 8%
Todd Platts 68%
Earl Pomeroy 4%
George Radanovich 87%
Denny Rehberg 84%
Silvestre Reyes 8%
Laura Richardson 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 24%
Mike Ross 12%
Steve Rothman 8%
Ken Salazar 4%
Jean Schmidt 87%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 96%
Heath Shuler 24%
Ike Skelton 4%
Olympia Snowe 12%
Vic Snyder 5%
Mark Souder 72%
Zack Space 12%
Arlen Specter 42%
John Spratt, Jr. 4%
Pete Stark 13%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Ted Stevens 50%
Bart Stupak 12%
John Sullivan 92%
John Sununu 75%
Betty Sutton 4%
John Tanner 13%
Ellen Tauscher 0%
Gene Taylor 24%
Todd Tiahrt 91%
Ed Towns 0%
George Voinovich 52%
Zach Wamp 96%
Diane Watson 4%
Mel Watt 0%
Jim Webb, Jr. 8%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Robert Wexler 5%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 4%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 4%
Bill Young 88%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 8%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 12%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 12%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
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%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 4%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 9%
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%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 9%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 9%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 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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