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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2010 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Jerry Costello 31%
Mark Critz 36%
Kathy Dahlkemper 15%
Artur Davis 21%
Geoff Davis 92%
Lincoln Davis 46%
Bill Delahunt 4%
James DeMint 99%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 72%
Norm Dicks 9%
Charles Djou 38%
Chris Dodd 7%
Byron Dorgan 16%
David Dreier 91%
Steve Driehaus 10%
Chet Edwards 30%
Vern Ehlers 69%
Brad Ellsworth 24%
Jo Ann Emerson 81%
John Ensign 94%
Bob Etheridge 21%
Russ Feingold 13%
Bob Filner 4%
Barney Frank 4%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Gabrielle Giffords 14%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Bart Gordon 27%
Judd Gregg 78%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 76%
John Hall 0%
Debbie Halvorson 14%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 16%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 28%
Baron Hill 17%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
Paul Hodes 7%
Pete Hoekstra 91%
Thomas Holden 38%
Kay Hutchison 90%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 93%
Daniel Inouye 7%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 3%
Tim Johnson 69%
Steve Kagen 6%
Paul Kanjorski 20%
Patrick Kennedy 8%
Dale Kildee 12%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Mary Jo Kilroy 2%
Larry Kissell 14%
Ron Klein 1%
Herb Kohl 13%
Suzanne Kosmas 15%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 21%
Dennis Kucinich 9%
Jon Kyl 97%
Steve LaTourette 69%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Chris Lee 88%
George LeMieux 89%
Jerry Lewis 83%
Joe Lieberman 16%
Blanche Lincoln 21%
John Linder 96%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 93%
Connie Mack IV 93%
Don Manzullo 96%
Betsy Markey 13%
Jim Marshall 45%
Thaddeus McCotter 85%
Michael McMahon 15%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 7%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 37%
Brad Miller 4%
Walt Minnick 43%
Harry Mitchell 27%
Alan Mollohan 30%
Dennis Moore 14%
Patrick Murphy 6%
Scott Murphy 12%
Sue Myrick 95%
Ben Nelson 47%
Glenn Nye III 31%
Jim Oberstar 10%
Dave Obey 9%
John Olver 2%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 31%
Ron Paul 84%
Donald Payne 3%
Tom Perriello 13%
Todd Platts 75%
Earl Pomeroy 21%
George Radanovich 95%
Denny Rehberg 91%
Silvestre Reyes 21%
Laura Richardson 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 12%
Mike Ross 35%
Steve Rothman 8%
Mark Schauer 8%
Jean Schmidt 92%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 98%
Heath Shuler 29%
Ike Skelton 45%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Vic Snyder 11%
Zack Space 16%
Arlen Specter 42%
John Spratt, Jr. 21%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 95%
Bart Stupak 20%
John Sullivan 97%
Betty Sutton 1%
John Tanner 39%
Gene Taylor 65%
Harry Teague 19%
Todd Tiahrt 96%
Ed Towns 4%
George Voinovich 69%
Zach Wamp 92%
Diane Watson 2%
Mel Watt 3%
Jim Webb, Jr. 14%
Anthony Weiner 5%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 11%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 9%
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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