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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1998 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 10%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 12%
Bill Archer 92%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 40%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 76%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 63%
Herbert Bateman 86%
Max Baucus 5%
Bob Bennett 64%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 4%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 28%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Rod Blagojevich 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 24%
Kit Bond 72%
Henry Bonilla 92%
David Edward Bonior 16%
Mary Bono Mack 95%
Robert Borski, Jr. 12%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
John Breaux 20%
George Brown, Jr. 0%
Richard Bryan 8%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 84%
Dan Burton 96%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 16%
Herbert Callahan 96%
Ben Campbell 76%
Thomas Campbell 52%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 88%
Chris Cannon 95%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 42%
John Chafee 32%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 92%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 0%
Robert Clement 24%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 56%
Kent Conrad 16%
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%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 52%
Thomas Daschle 4%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 64%
Bill Delahunt 8%
Thomas DeLay 96%
Peter Deutsch 4%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 68%
Jay Dickey 96%
Norm Dicks 0%
Julian Dixon 0%
Chris Dodd 4%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70%
Calvin Dooley 4%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 12%
David Dreier 92%
Jennifer Dunn 96%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 56%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 92%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
Philip English 68%
Bob Etheridge 28%
Lane Evans 16%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 91%
Russ Feingold 12%
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%
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%
William Goodling 92%
Bart Gordon 36%
Slade Gorton 72%
Porter Goss 91%
Daniel Graham 4%
William Phillip Gramm 96%
Rodney Grams 88%
James Greenwood 48%
Judd Gregg 76%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
Tony Hall 21%
James Hansen 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Rick Hill 79%
Van Hilleary 96%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 8%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
David Lee Hobson 88%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 24%
Ernest Hollings 33%
Darlene Hooley 12%
Stephen Horn 56%
John Nathan Hostettler 92%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 29%
Kenny Hulshof 88%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Asa Hutchinson 92%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
Kay Hutchison 88%
Henry Hyde 92%
Daniel Inouye 9%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 95%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 8%
William Jefferson 13%
James Merrill Jeffords 24%
William Lewis Jenkins 100%
Christopher John 45%
Nancy Johnson 16%
Paul Kanjorski 12%
Sue Kelly 48%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 12%
Bob Kerrey 0%
Dale Kildee 16%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Gerald Kleczka 20%
Ronald Klink 13%
Joseph Knollenberg 96%
Herb Kohl 4%
James Kolbe 72%
Dennis Kucinich 20%
Jon Kyl 96%
John LaFalce 8%
Ray LaHood 60%
Nicholas Lampson 16%
Tom Lantos 8%
Stephen Largent 92%
Steve LaTourette 52%
Frank Lautenberg 4%
Rick Lazio 52%
James Leach 32%
Jerry Lewis 75%
Ron Lewis 100%
Joe Lieberman 16%
John Linder 100%
William Lipinski 48%
Robert Livingston 96%
Trent Lott, Sr. 92%
Dick Lugar 68%
William Luther 4%
Connie Mack 80%
James Maloney 32%

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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