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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2011 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
Sandy Adams 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 97%
Rodney Alexander 78%
Jason Altmire 23%
Rob Andrews 14%
Steve Austria 89%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Michele Bachmann 99%
Spencer Bachus 92%
John Barrow 31%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
Charlie Bass 69%
Max Baucus 14%
Mark Begich 5%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 10%
Howard Berman 5%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 78%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Tim Bishop 2%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 89%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Bruce Braley 2%
Paul Broun 99%
Scott Brown 62%
Ann Marie Buerkle 100%
Dan Burton 97%
Dave Camp 88%
John Campbell III 92%
Francisco Canseco 80%
Eric Cantor 96%
Dennis Cardoza 22%
Russ Carnahan 2%
Saxby Chambliss 93%
Ben Chandler III 22%
Hansen Clarke 8%
Howard Coble 90%
Thomas Coburn 98%
Kent Conrad 18%
Jerry Costello 31%
Chip Cravaack 88%
Mark Critz 26%
Geoff Davis 90%
James DeMint 99%
Norm Dicks 9%
John Dingell 11%
David Dreier 91%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
Bob Filner 5%
Barney Frank 4%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Jim Gerlach 62%
Gabrielle Giffords 14%
Phil Gingrey 96%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Michael Grimm 52%
Kay Hagan 8%
Ralph Hall 85%
Colleen Hanabusa 0%
Tom Harkin 8%
Doc Hastings 94%
Nan Hayworth 72%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
Thomas Holden 37%
Rush Holt, Jr. 4%
Kay Hutchison 90%
Daniel Inouye 6%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 3%
Mike Johanns 82%
Timothy Johnson 17%
Tim Johnson 68%
Dale Kildee 11%
Jack Kingston 96%
Larry Kissell 15%
Herb Kohl 13%
Dennis Kucinich 9%
Jon Kyl 96%
Mary Landrieu 21%
Jeff Landry 96%
Tom Latham 85%
Steve LaTourette 68%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Carl Levin 6%
Jerry Lewis 83%
Joe Lieberman 16%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 92%
Connie Mack IV 93%
Don Manzullo 96%
Jim Matheson 39%
Carolyn McCarthy 14%
Thaddeus McCotter 83%
Mike McIntyre 49%
Buck McKeon 90%
Mike Michaud 12%
Gary Miller 94%
George Miller 4%
Brad Miller 4%
Jim Moran, Jr. 12%
Frank Murkowski 68%
Sue Myrick 94%
Ben Nelson 45%
Alan Nunnelee 83%
John Olver 2%
Bill Owens 14%
Ed Pastor 3%
Ron Paul 83%
Donald Payne 3%
Tom Petri 77%
Todd Platts 72%
David Pryor 19%
Ben Quayle 100%
Nick Rahall II 21%
Denny Rehberg 90%
Silvestre Reyes 21%
Laura Richardson 2%
David Rivera 72%
Jay Rockefeller IV 8%
Mike Rogers 90%
Mike Ross 34%
Steve Rothman 7%
Jon Runyan 64%
Bobby Schilling 76%
Jean Schmidt 91%
Aaron Schock 83%
Allyson Schwartz 3%
Heath Shuler 28%
Olympia Snowe 49%
Steve Southerland 96%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 95%
John Sullivan 95%
Betty Sutton 2%
Lee Terry 90%
John Tierney 3%
Ed Towns 4%
Mark Udall 9%
Joe Walsh 92%
Mel Watt 3%
Henry Waxman 5%
Jim Webb, Jr. 14%
Allen West 88%
Frank Wolf 80%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 9%
Bill Young 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 3%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 5%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 3%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 7%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 5%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 11%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 2%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 1%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 2%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 4%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 1%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 3%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 27%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 3%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 14%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 6%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 17%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 4%

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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