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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Coalition for Ethanol

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 67%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 33%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 33%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 67%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 67%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 33%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 33%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 67%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 33%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Bennett 33%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
Kit Bond 100%
John Breaux 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Robert Byrd 67%
Ben Campbell 67%
Hillary Clinton 0%
Kent Conrad 100%
Jon Corzine 0%
Larry Craig 100%
Thomas Daschle 100%
Chris Dodd 67%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 67%
Byron Dorgan 100%
John Edwards 100%
John Ensign 33%
Russ Feingold 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 100%
William Frist 100%
Daniel Graham 100%
Judd Gregg 67%
Ernest Hollings 67%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Daniel Inouye 33%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Herb Kohl 67%
Jon Kyl 0%
Joe Lieberman 67%
Blanche Lincoln 100%
Trent Lott, Sr. 100%
Dick Lugar 100%
Zell Bryan Miller 67%
Ben Nelson 100%
Don Nickles 0%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Gordon Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 33%
Arlen Specter 0%
Ted Stevens 100%
Craig Thomas 33%
George Voinovich 100%
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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