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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Lincoln Davis 49%
Bill Delahunt 4%
James DeMint 99%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 72%
Norm Dicks 9%
Chris Dodd 8%
Byron Dorgan 16%
David Dreier 91%
Steve Driehaus 12%
Chet Edwards 30%
Vern Ehlers 70%
Brad Ellsworth 28%
Jo Ann Emerson 81%
John Ensign 94%
Bob Etheridge 22%
Russ Feingold 13%
Bob Filner 5%
Barney Frank 4%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Gabrielle Giffords 15%
Charlie Gonzalez 9%
Bart Gordon 28%
Judd Gregg 79%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 56%
John Hall 0%
Debbie Halvorson 20%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 17%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 30%
Baron Hill 20%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
Paul Hodes 5%
Pete Hoekstra 91%
Thomas Holden 39%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Kay Hutchison 90%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 93%
Daniel Inouye 7%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 3%
Tim Johnson 68%
Steve Kagen 7%
Paul Kanjorski 21%
Ted Kaufman 4%
Patrick Kennedy 9%
Dale Kildee 12%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Mary Jo Kilroy 4%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 0%
Larry Kissell 20%
Ron Klein 1%
Herb Kohl 13%
Suzanne Kosmas 20%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 28%
Dennis Kucinich 10%
Jon Kyl 97%
Steve LaTourette 69%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Chris Lee 88%
George LeMieux 86%
Jerry Lewis 82%
Joe Lieberman 16%
Blanche Lincoln 19%
John Linder 96%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 93%
Connie Mack IV 93%
Don Manzullo 96%
Betsy Markey 8%
Jim Marshall 45%
Eric Massa 20%
Thaddeus McCotter 84%
Michael McMahon 16%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 8%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 42%
Brad Miller 5%
Walt Minnick 44%
Harry Mitchell 27%
Alan Mollohan 31%
Dennis Moore 16%
Patrick Murphy 7%
Scott Murphy 11%
Jack Murtha 31%
Sue Myrick 95%
Ben Nelson 47%
Glenn Nye III 32%
Jim Oberstar 11%
Dave Obey 9%
John Olver 2%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 31%
Ron Paul 83%
Donald Payne 3%
Tom Perriello 18%
Todd Platts 76%
Earl Pomeroy 22%
George Radanovich 94%
Denny Rehberg 90%
Silvestre Reyes 23%
Laura Richardson 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 15%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 9%
Mark Schauer 8%
Jean Schmidt 91%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 98%
Heath Shuler 31%
Ike Skelton 46%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Vic Snyder 11%
Mark Souder 90%
Zack Space 17%
Arlen Specter 44%
John Spratt, Jr. 22%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 95%
Bart Stupak 21%
John Sullivan 97%
Betty Sutton 1%
John Tanner 40%
Gene Taylor 66%
Harry Teague 29%
Todd Tiahrt 95%
Ed Towns 4%
George Voinovich 70%
Zach Wamp 92%
Diane Watson 3%
Mel Watt 3%
Jim Webb, Jr. 15%
Anthony Weiner 5%
Robert Wexler 6%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 13%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 10%
Bill Young 88%

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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