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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for a Livable World

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 88%
Russ Feingold 88%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 88%
Herb Kohl 88%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 88%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 88%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 88%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 75%
Byron Dorgan 75%
Ernest Hollings 75%
James Merrill Jeffords 75%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 75%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 75%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 75%
Frank Lautenberg 75%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 75%
Joe Lieberman 75%
Blanche Lincoln 75%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 75%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 63%
Max Baucus 63%
Evan Bayh 63%
Jeff Bingaman 63%
John Breaux 63%
Thomas Daschle 63%
Chris Dodd 63%
John Edwards 63%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 63%
Daniel Inouye 63%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 63%
Paul Sarbanes 63%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 63%
Robert Byrd 57%
Kent Conrad 50%
Daniel Graham 50%
Gordon Smith 50%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 33%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
Kit Bond 13%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 13%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 13%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 13%
Jon Kyl 13%
Dick Lugar 13%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 13%
Rick Santorum 13%
Olympia Snowe 13%
Arlen Specter 13%
George Voinovich 13%
Wayne Allard 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Ben Campbell 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Larry Craig 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
William Frist 0%
Judd Gregg 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
Kay Hutchison 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
Don Nickles 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
Ted Stevens 0%
Craig Thomas 0%
John Warner 0%

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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