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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 0%
John Adler 16%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 100%
Rodney Alexander 88%
Jason Altmire 20%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 16%
Steve Austria 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 4%
Brian Baird 12%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
Max Baucus 20%
Evan Bayh 40%
Melissa Bean 16%
Bob Bennett 84%
Shelley Berkley 0%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 22%
Judy Biggert 80%
Brian Bilbray 88%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
John Boccieri 8%
Kit Bond 76%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 92%
Mary Bono Mack 79%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 0%
Rick Boucher 14%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 13%
Bobby Bright 72%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
Ginny Brown-Waite 84%
Jim Bunning 96%
Roland Burris 0%
Dan Burton 96%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 21%
Joseph Cao 55%
Dennis Cardoza 8%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 20%
Mike Castle 56%
Ben Chandler III 20%
Travis Childers 40%
Kent Conrad 13%
Jerry Costello 12%
Kathy Dahlkemper 13%
Artur Davis 20%
Geoff Davis 92%
Lincoln Davis 29%
Bill Delahunt 0%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
Norm Dicks 0%
Chris Dodd 0%
Byron Dorgan 12%
David Dreier 92%
Steve Driehaus 12%
Chet Edwards 16%
Vern Ehlers 76%
Brad Ellsworth 32%
Jo Ann Emerson 72%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Etheridge 4%
Russ Feingold 24%
Bob Filner 0%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 96%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Bart Gordon 16%
Judd Gregg 81%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 56%
John Hall 0%
Debbie Halvorson 20%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 20%
Baron Hill 20%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
Paul Hodes 4%
Pete Hoekstra 96%
Thomas Holden 16%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Kay Hutchison 96%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 92%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
Tim Johnson 80%
Steve Kagen 0%
Paul Kanjorski 8%
Ted Kaufman 4%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 4%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Mary Jo Kilroy 4%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 0%
Larry Kissell 20%
Ron Klein 0%
Herb Kohl 8%
Suzanne Kosmas 20%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 28%
Dennis Kucinich 12%
Jon Kyl 92%
Steve LaTourette 68%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Chris Lee 88%
George LeMieux 86%
Jerry Lewis 84%
Joe Lieberman 20%
Blanche Lincoln 24%
John Linder 100%
Dick Lugar 68%
Dan Lungren 100%
Connie Mack IV 100%
Don Manzullo 96%
Betsy Markey 8%
Jim Marshall 32%
Eric Massa 20%
Thaddeus McCotter 84%
Michael McMahon 16%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 0%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 27%
Brad Miller 0%
Walt Minnick 44%
Harry Mitchell 40%
Alan Mollohan 13%
Dennis Moore 0%
Patrick Murphy 4%
Scott Murphy 11%
Jack Murtha 4%
Sue Myrick 96%
Ben Nelson 44%
Glenn Nye III 32%
Jim Oberstar 4%
Dave Obey 4%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 12%
Ron Paul 91%
Donald Payne 0%
Tom Perriello 18%
Todd Platts 76%
Earl Pomeroy 8%
George Radanovich 100%
Denny Rehberg 92%
Silvestre Reyes 4%
Laura Richardson 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 12%
Mike Ross 20%
Steve Rothman 0%
Mark Schauer 8%
Jean Schmidt 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 100%
Heath Shuler 24%
Ike Skelton 21%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Vic Snyder 4%
Mark Souder 91%
Zack Space 20%
Arlen Specter 20%
John Spratt, Jr. 4%
Pete Stark 10%
Cliff Stearns 96%
Bart Stupak 16%
John Sullivan 100%
Betty Sutton 0%
John Tanner 20%
Gene Taylor 56%
Harry Teague 29%
Todd Tiahrt 96%
Ed Towns 0%
George Voinovich 71%
Zach Wamp 96%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Jim Webb, Jr. 20%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Robert Wexler 0%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 13%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 0%
Bill Young 92%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 4%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 12%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown 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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