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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Jack Murtha 4%
Sue Myrick 91%
Ben Nelson 16%
Randy Neugebauer 96%
Barack Obama II 17%
Jim Oberstar 4%
Dave Obey 0%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 17%
Ed Pastor 4%
Ron Paul 90%
Donald Payne 8%
Tom Petri 80%
Joe Pitts 100%
Todd Platts 68%
Earl Pomeroy 4%
Mark Pryor 4%
Adam Putnam 83%
George Radanovich 87%
Nick Rahall II 8%
Charlie Rangel 0%
Denny Rehberg 84%
Harry Reid 16%
Silvestre Reyes 8%
Laura Richardson 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 24%
Mike Rogers 84%
Mike Ross 12%
Steve Rothman 8%
John Salazar 12%
Ken Salazar 4%
Loretta Sanchez 8%
Jean Schmidt 87%
Allyson Schwartz 0%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 96%
Heath Shuler 24%
Ike Skelton 4%
Olympia Snowe 12%
Vic Snyder 5%
Mark Souder 72%
Zack Space 12%
Arlen Specter 42%
John Spratt, Jr. 4%
Pete Stark 13%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Ted Stevens 50%
Bart Stupak 12%
John Sullivan 92%
John Sununu 75%
Betty Sutton 4%
John Tanner 13%
Ellen Tauscher 0%
Gene Taylor 24%
Lee Terry 92%
Todd Tiahrt 91%
John Tierney 4%
Ed Towns 0%
Mark Udall 13%
David Vitter 84%
George Voinovich 52%
Zach Wamp 96%
Diane Watson 4%
Mel Watt 0%
Henry Waxman 4%
Jim Webb, Jr. 8%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Lynn Westmoreland 100%
Robert Wexler 5%
Ed Whitfield 78%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 4%
Frank Wolf 79%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 4%
Bill Young 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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