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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1999 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 4%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 88%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 4%
Wayne Allard 95%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 20%
Bill Archer 87%
Richard Armey 96%
John Ashcroft 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 84%
Brian Baird 4%
Richard Hugh Baker 80%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 4%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
Cass Ballenger 80%
James Barcia 52%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 4%
Bill Barrett 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 91%
Charlie Bass 68%
Herbert Bateman 76%
Max Baucus 4%
Evan Bayh 12%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 84%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 62%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 29%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 4%
Judy Biggert 60%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 28%
Rod Blagojevich 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 87%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 91%
Kit Bond 84%
Henry Bonilla 91%
David Edward Bonior 4%
Mary Bono Mack 76%
Robert Borski, Jr. 12%
Leonard Boswell 32%
Rick Boucher 21%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 8%
John Breaux 17%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 95%
Richard Bryan 0%
Ed Bryant 88%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 96%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 87%
Dan Burton 95%
Steve Buyer 91%
Robert Byrd 20%
Herbert Callahan 91%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 80%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 79%
Ben Campbell 88%
Thomas Campbell 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 80%
Chris Cannon 92%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 44%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 80%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 100%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 0%
Robert Clement 32%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 84%
Michael Collins 92%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 64%
Larry Combest 96%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 16%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 8%
Merrill Cook 84%
John Cooksey 62%
Jerry Costello 24%
Paul Coverdell 96%
Christopher Cox 95%
William Coyne 0%
Larry Craig 96%
Robert Cramer 41%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
Barbara Cubin 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 88%
Patsy Ann Danner 52%
Thomas Daschle 8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
James Davis 12%
Thomas Davis III 56%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 92%
James DeMint 91%
Peter Deutsch 8%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 84%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 64%
Jay Dickey 87%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 12%
Julian Dixon 0%
Chris Dodd 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 88%
Calvin Dooley 8%
John Doolittle 91%
Byron Dorgan 12%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 16%
David Dreier 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
Jennifer Dunn 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
John Edwards 8%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 83%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 72%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
Bob Etheridge 24%
Lane Evans 0%
Terry Everett 91%
Thomas Ewing 68%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Russ Feingold 8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
Bob Filner 0%
Peter Fitzgerald 92%
Ernest Fletcher 84%
Mark Foley 64%
Michael Patrick Forbes 44%
Harold Ford, Jr. 4%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 83%
Tillie Fowler 72%
Barney Frank 0%
Robert Franks 64%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 48%
William Frist 92%
Jonas Frost III 4%
Elton Gallegly 79%
John Ganske 44%
Sam Gejdenson 0%
George Gekas 84%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 84%
Wayne Gilchrest 52%
Paul Gillmor 80%
Benjamin Gilman 52%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 92%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
William Goodling 84%
Bart Gordon 36%
Slade Gorton 84%
Porter Goss 80%
Daniel Graham 4%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
William Phillip Gramm 96%
Rodney Grams 92%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 78%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
Mark Green 87%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 26%
James Greenwood 41%
Judd Gregg 91%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 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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