Heritage Action’s Week in Review 3-9-12

It was another busy week for Heritage Action. We released a brand new video, “The Fight For Freedom,” and four amendment key votes to the Senate transportation bill. Our video was cross-posted at Florida Political Press and The B.S. Report, and our opposition to one particular amendment, which would insert the infamous and long-stalled NAT GAS Act into the transportation bill, has been picked up in the media as well:

The Hill: A suite of conservative groups including Americans for Prosperity, Heritage Action (an arm of the Heritage Foundation), the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Freedom Action and the Club for Growth oppose the tax credits, calling the proposal unneeded government meddling into energy markets.

The Hill: But groups influential in GOP circles including Heritage Action (an arm of the Heritage Foundation), the Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform and Americans for Prosperity have long been battling the natural-gas plan.

We were also mentioned in The Hill for our opposition to the Export-Import bank:

“But conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action say the Export-Import Bank subsidizes politically favored companies with taxpayer dollars and argue the services should be left to the private sector.”

Now, on to scorecard news!

After the National Journal released its scorecard, we noted that its rankings were far off from ours, and it turns out Politico noticed it as well:

“Unlike Heritage, Club For Growth, and a host of other conservative groups, National Journal bases its rankings off of how congressmen vote relative to the party leadership, which means that House and Senate members actual ideologies are frequently overlooked.

“‘It’s more ‘loyalty’ rankings than conservative/democratic rankings,’ one Republican campaign adviser told me. ‘It’s as if they haven’t updated their system to reflect the way the parties are changing. Voting 100% with Dems makes you the most liberal, voting 100% with the GOP makes you the most conservative.’”

Our Legislative Scorecard continues to be used as a measure of conservatism in Illinois’ primaries. Chicago Business, Capitol Fax, and the McHenry County Blog continue to cite our scorecard in this heated primary.

And finally, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) mentioned our scorecard in an op-ed for The Huntsville Times:

“Heritage Action ranks your congressman No. 1 in the Alabama congressional delegation on ‘principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.’”

Knowing that we’re helping to influence the political conversation as well as the continued use of our scorecard as the measure of conservatism is a huge win, and it’s all thanks to supporters like you who work to hold Congress accountable.


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