"The American Conservative Union ordinarily does not announce in advance the votes that will be used in our Annual Ratings of Congress. These ratings are meant to reflect where each member of Congress stood in a given year on fundamental conservative principles. We make exceptions on issues of overwhelming importance in safeguarding those principles," Dan Schneider, ACU executive director, wrote in a letter sent to Congress Wednesday.
"Along with life and liberty, the protection of property rights is one of the most fundamental principles of conservatism. Americans must stand up for patent protection and oppose any effort to undermine those rights," Dan Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union, said Thursday.