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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1998 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 12%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 96%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 10%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 12%
Bill Archer 92%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 84%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 4%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 40%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 4%
Bill Barrett 76%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Charlie Bass 63%
Herbert Bateman 86%
Max Baucus 5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 64%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 4%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 28%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 4%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
Rod Blagojevich 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 24%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 96%
Kit Bond 72%
Henry Bonilla 92%
David Edward Bonior 16%
Mary Bono Mack 95%
Robert Borski, Jr. 12%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 4%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
John Breaux 20%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 4%
George Brown, Jr. 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 92%
Richard Bryan 8%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 84%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
Dan Burton 96%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 16%
Herbert Callahan 96%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 96%
Ben Campbell 76%
Thomas Campbell 52%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 88%
Chris Cannon 95%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 42%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
John Chafee 32%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 96%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 92%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 0%
Robert Clement 24%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 96%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 76%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 56%
Kent Conrad 16%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
Merrill Cook 84%
John Cooksey 96%
Jerry Costello 25%
Paul Coverdell 92%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 4%
Larry Craig 84%
Robert Cramer 44%
Philip Crane 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 52%
Thomas Daschle 4%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 64%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
Bill Delahunt 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
Thomas DeLay 96%
Peter Deutsch 4%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 64%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 68%
Jay Dickey 96%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 8%
Julian Dixon 0%
Chris Dodd 4%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70%
Calvin Dooley 4%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 12%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 25%
David Dreier 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
Jennifer Dunn 96%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 56%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 92%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
Philip English 68%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 28%
Lane Evans 16%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Russ Feingold 12%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
Bob Filner 4%
Mark Foley 80%
Michael Patrick Forbes 46%
Harold Ford, Jr. 14%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 96%
Tillie Fowler 88%
Barney Frank 4%
Robert Franks 52%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 52%
William Frist 80%
Jonas Frost III 8%
Elton Gallegly 76%
John Ganske 64%
Sam Gejdenson 9%
George Gekas 84%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 12%
Jim Gibbons 92%
Wayne Gilchrest 44%
Paul Gillmor 68%
Benjamin Gilman 38%
Newt Gingrich 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 83%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 92%
Bart Gordon 36%
Slade Gorton 72%
Porter Goss 91%
Daniel Graham 4%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
William Phillip Gramm 96%
Rodney Grams 88%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 16%
James Greenwood 48%
Judd Gregg 76%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 72%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 96%
Tony Hall 21%
James Hansen 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 5%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%

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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