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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2007-2008 Positions on Animal Protection

State Office District Name Party Rating
Brad Miller 83%
Harry Mitchell 75%
Alan Mollohan 67%
Dennis Moore 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 108%
Patrick Murphy 83%
Jack Murtha 75%
Sue Myrick 25%
Ben Nelson 17%
Jim Oberstar 50%
Dave Obey 58%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
Ed Pastor 67%
Ron Paul 0%
Donald Payne 92%
Tom Petri 33%
Todd Platts 100%
Earl Pomeroy 42%
Mark Pryor 33%
George Radanovich 17%
Nick Rahall II 83%
Denny Rehberg 33%
Silvestre Reyes 67%
Jay Rockefeller IV 33%
Ciro Rodriguez 42%
Mike Rogers 58%
Mike Ross 58%
Steve Rothman 83%
John Salazar 42%
Ken Salazar 50%
William Sali 8%
Jean Schmidt 42%
Allyson Schwartz 92%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 83%
John Shadegg 8%
Carol Shea-Porter 100%
Heath Shuler 67%
Ike Skelton 50%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Vic Snyder 67%
Mark Souder 8%
Zack Space 42%
Arlen Specter 83%
John Spratt, Jr. 67%
Pete Stark 75%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Ted Stevens 83%
Bart Stupak 58%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 0%
Betty Sutton 108%
Tom Tancredo 8%
John Tanner 50%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Gene Taylor 50%
Lee Terry 17%
Todd Tiahrt 8%
John Tierney 92%
Ed Towns 108%
Mark Udall 67%
George Voinovich 0%
Zach Wamp 8%
Diane Watson 67%
Mel Watt 67%
Henry Waxman 92%
Jim Webb, Jr. 17%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 75%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 58%
Frank Wolf 67%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 83%
Bill Young 58%

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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