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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Mary Jo Kilroy 4%
Jack Kingston 96%
Mark Kirk 58%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 0%
Ann Kirkpatrick 36%
Larry Kissell 20%
Ron Klein 1%
John Kline 94%
Herb Kohl 13%
Suzanne Kosmas 20%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 28%
Dennis Kucinich 10%
Jon Kyl 97%
Mary Landrieu 23%
Tom Latham 86%
Steve LaTourette 69%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Chris Lee 88%
George LeMieux 86%
Carl Levin 7%
Jerry Lewis 82%
Joe Lieberman 16%
Blanche Lincoln 19%
John Linder 96%
Dick Lugar 77%
Cynthia Lummis 100%
Dan Lungren 93%
Connie Mack IV 93%
Dan Maffei 0%
Don Manzullo 96%
Betsy Markey 8%
Jim Marshall 45%
Eric Massa 20%
Jim Matheson 41%
Carolyn McCarthy 16%
Thaddeus McCotter 84%
Jim McDermott 3%
Mike McIntyre 50%
Buck McKeon 90%
Michael McMahon 16%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 8%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 42%
John Mica 94%
Mike Michaud 15%
Barbara Mikulski 6%
Candice Miller 79%
Gary Miller 94%
George Miller 4%
Jeff Miller 96%
Brad Miller 5%
Walt Minnick 44%
Harry Mitchell 27%
Alan Mollohan 31%
Dennis Moore 16%
Jim Moran, Jr. 13%
Patrick Murphy 7%
Scott Murphy 11%
Jack Murtha 31%
Sue Myrick 95%
Ben Nelson 47%
Randy Neugebauer 96%
Glenn Nye III 32%
Jim Oberstar 11%
Dave Obey 9%
John Olver 2%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 31%
Bill Owens 14%
Ed Pastor 3%
Ron Paul 83%
Donald Payne 3%
Tom Perriello 18%
Tom Petri 77%
Joe Pitts 97%
Todd Platts 76%
Earl Pomeroy 22%
Mark Pryor 17%
Adam Putnam 92%
George Radanovich 94%
Nick Rahall II 21%
Charlie Rangel 4%
Denny Rehberg 90%
Harry Reid 19%
Silvestre Reyes 23%
Laura Richardson 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 9%
Ciro Rodriguez 15%
Mike Rogers 91%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 9%
John Salazar 23%
Loretta Sanchez 9%
Mark Schauer 8%
Jean Schmidt 91%
Aaron Schock 92%
Allyson Schwartz 5%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 98%
Heath Shuler 31%
Ike Skelton 46%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Vic Snyder 11%
Mark Souder 90%
Zack Space 17%
Arlen Specter 44%
John Spratt, Jr. 22%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 95%
Bart Stupak 21%
John Sullivan 97%
Betty Sutton 1%
John Tanner 40%
Gene Taylor 66%
Harry Teague 29%
Lee Terry 90%
Todd Tiahrt 95%
John Tierney 3%
Ed Towns 4%
Mark Udall 9%
David Vitter 94%
George Voinovich 70%
Zach Wamp 92%
Diane Watson 3%
Mel Watt 3%
Henry Waxman 5%
Jim Webb, Jr. 15%
Anthony Weiner 5%
Lynn Westmoreland 98%
Robert Wexler 6%
Ed Whitfield 88%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 13%
Frank Wolf 80%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 10%
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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