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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%
Kelly Ayotte 86%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Michele Bachmann 99%
Spencer Bachus 91%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 88%
John Barrow 35%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
Charlie Bass 67%
Max Baucus 14%
Mark Begich 5%
Dan Benishek 84%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 11%
Howard Berman 5%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 77%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Tim Bishop 3%
John Boehner 90%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
Dan Boren 51%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 91%
Barbara Boxer 3%
Bruce Braley 1%
Paul Broun 99%
Corrine Brown 7%
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%
Jason Chaffetz 97%
Saxby Chambliss 92%
Ben Chandler III 25%
Hansen Clarke 4%
Dan Coats 90%
Howard Coble 90%
Thomas Coburn 98%
Kent Conrad 18%
Jerry Costello 31%
Chip Cravaack 80%
Ander Crenshaw 87%
Mark Critz 27%
Geoff Davis 89%
James DeMint 99%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
Norm Dicks 9%
John Dingell 11%
Bob Dold 40%
David Dreier 91%
Donna Edwards 3%
Renee Ellmers 88%
Jo Ann Emerson 78%
John Estrada 5%
Sam Farr 3%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 2%
Bob Filner 4%
Stephen Fincher 90%
Mike Fitzpatrick 56%
John Fleming, Jr. 99%
Randy Forbes 94%
Barney Frank 4%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Scott Garrett 100%
Jim Gerlach 63%
Chris Gibson 46%
Phil Gingrey 96%
Henry Gonzalez 7%
Michael Grimm 58%
Frank Guinta 86%
Kay Hagan 9%
CA Supervisor 4 Janice Hahn 0%
Ralph Hall 85%
Richard Hanna 52%
Tom Harkin 8%
Doc Hastings 94%
Nan Hayworth 64%
Joe Heck, Jr. 66%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 16%
Thomas Holden 37%
Rush Holt, Jr. 4%
Mike Honda 3%
Tim Huelskamp 92%
Duncan Hunter 98%
Robert Hurt 90%
Daniel Inouye 6%
Steve Israel 10%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 3%
Mike Johanns 81%
Timothy Johnson 16%
Tim Johnson 67%
John Kerry 5%
Dale Kildee 11%
Jack Kingston 96%
Mark Kirk 58%
Larry Kissell 23%
John Kline 94%
Herb Kohl 12%
Dennis Kucinich 8%
Jon Kyl 97%
Mary Landrieu 21%
Tom Latham 85%
Steve LaTourette 67%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Carl Levin 6%
Jerry Lewis 82%
Joe Lieberman 15%
Dick Lugar 77%
Cynthia Lummis 96%
Dan Lungren 91%
Connie Mack IV 94%
Don Manzullo 96%
Jim Matheson 40%
Robert Matsui 1%
Carolyn McCarthy 14%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
Jim McDermott 2%
Mike McIntyre 50%
Buck McKeon 90%
John Mica 94%
Mike Michaud 12%
Barbara Mikulski 5%
Candice Miller 78%
Gary Miller 94%
George Miller 4%
Jeff Miller 96%
Brad Miller 4%
Jim Moran, Jr. 12%
Sue Myrick 95%
Ben Nelson 43%
Randy Neugebauer 97%
Rich Nugent 86%
Alan Nunnelee 90%
John Olver 2%
Bill Owens 20%
Ed Pastor 3%
Ron Paul 83%
Tom Petri 77%
Joe Pitts 95%
Todd Platts 72%
Mike Pompeo 94%
Tom Price 98%
Mark Pryor 18%
Ben Quayle 100%
Nick Rahall II 21%
Charlie Rangel 4%
Denny Rehberg 89%
Harry Reid 17%
Silvestre Reyes 20%
Reid Ribble 90%
Laura Richardson 2%
Scott Rigell 82%
David Rivera 72%
Jay Rockefeller IV 8%
Mike Rogers 90%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 7%
Jon Runyan 60%
Loretta Sanchez 8%
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%
Marlin Stutzman 100%
John Sullivan 95%
Betty Sutton 2%
Lee Terry 89%
John Tierney 3%
Ed Towns 4%
Bob Turner 79%
Mark Udall 8%
David Vitter 93%
Joe Walsh 90%
Mel Watt 3%
Henry Waxman 4%
Jim Webb, Jr. 17%
Allen West 84%

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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