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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2012 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
Sandy Adams 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 97%
Rodney Alexander 78%
Jason Altmire 24%
Rob Andrews 14%
Steve Austria 87%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Michele Bachmann 99%
Spencer Bachus 91%
John Barrow 35%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
Charlie Bass 67%
Max Baucus 14%
Mark Begich 5%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 11%
Howard Berman 5%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 77%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Tim Bishop 3%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
Dan Boren 51%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Bruce Braley 1%
Paul Broun 99%
Scott Brown 53%
Ann Marie Buerkle 98%
Dan Burton 97%
Dave Camp 88%
John Campbell III 93%
Francisco Canseco 84%
Eric Cantor 96%
Dennis Cardoza 21%
Russ Carnahan 3%
Julia Carson 2%
Saxby Chambliss 92%
Ben Chandler III 25%
Hansen Clarke 4%
Howard Coble 90%
Thomas Coburn 98%
Kent Conrad 18%
Jerry Costello 31%
Chip Cravaack 80%
Mark Critz 27%
Geoff Davis 89%
James DeMint 99%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
Norm Dicks 9%
John Dingell 11%
David Dreier 91%
Jo Ann Emerson 78%
John Estrada 5%
Bob Filner 4%
Barney Frank 4%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Jim Gerlach 63%
Phil Gingrey 96%
Henry Gonzalez 7%
Michael Grimm 58%
Kay Hagan 9%
Ralph Hall 85%
Colleen Hanabusa 2%
Tom Harkin 8%
Doc Hastings 94%
Nan Hayworth 64%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
Thomas Holden 37%
Rush Holt, Jr. 4%
Duncan Hunter 98%
Kay Hutchison 88%
Daniel Inouye 6%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 3%
Mike Johanns 81%
Timothy Johnson 16%
Tim Johnson 67%
Dale Kildee 11%
Jack Kingston 96%
Larry Kissell 23%
Herb Kohl 12%
Dennis Kucinich 8%
Jon Kyl 97%
Mary Landrieu 21%
Jeff Landry 98%
Tom Latham 85%
Steve LaTourette 67%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Carl Levin 6%
Jerry Lewis 82%
Joe Lieberman 15%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 91%
Connie Mack IV 94%
Don Manzullo 96%
Jim Matheson 40%
Robert Matsui 1%
Carolyn McCarthy 14%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
Mike McIntyre 50%
Buck McKeon 90%
Mike Michaud 12%
Gary Miller 94%
George Miller 4%
Brad Miller 4%
Jim Moran, Jr. 12%
Sue Myrick 95%
Ben Nelson 43%
Alan Nunnelee 90%
John Olver 2%
Bill Owens 20%
Ed Pastor 3%
Ron Paul 83%
Tom Petri 77%
Todd Platts 72%
Mark Pryor 18%
Ben Quayle 100%
Nick Rahall II 21%
Denny Rehberg 89%
Silvestre Reyes 20%
Laura Richardson 2%
David Rivera 72%
Jay Rockefeller IV 8%
Mike Rogers 90%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 7%
Jon Runyan 60%
Bobby Schilling 76%
Jean Schmidt 90%
Aaron Schock 81%
Allyson Schwartz 4%
Heath Shuler 31%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Steve Southerland 90%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 95%
John Sullivan 95%
Betty Sutton 2%
Lee Terry 89%
John Tierney 3%
Ed Towns 4%
Bob Turner 79%
Mark Udall 8%
Joe Walsh 90%
Mel Watt 3%
Henry Waxman 4%
Jim Webb, Jr. 17%
Allen West 84%
Frank Wolf 80%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
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 6%
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 3%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 3%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 5%
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%
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 4%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 11%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
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 6%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 1%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 21%
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 28%
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 13%
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 1%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 35%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 16%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%

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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