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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 9%
Gary Ackerman 9%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 71%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Wayne Allard 89%
Thomas Allen 4%
Rob Andrews 25%
Richard Armey 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 78%
Brian Baird 17%
Richard Hugh Baker 71%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
Cass Ballenger 78%
James Barcia 38%
Bob Barr, Jr. 92%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 83%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
Charlie Bass 83%
Max Baucus 11%
Evan Bayh 16%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 4%
Bob Bennett 78%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 4%
Douglas Bereuter 63%
Shelley Berkley 42%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 21%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 26%
Judy Biggert 63%
Michael Bilirakis 67%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 48%
Rod Blagojevich 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
Sherwood Boehlert 42%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 70%
Kit Bond 79%
Henry Bonilla 70%
David Edward Bonior 4%
Mary Bono Mack 63%
Robert Borski, Jr. 0%
Leonard Boswell 25%
Rick Boucher 26%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 7%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 35%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 83%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 4%
John Breaux 37%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 13%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 89%
Ed Bryant 92%
Jim Bunning 83%
Conrad Burns 74%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
Dan Burton 75%
Steve Buyer 75%
Robert Byrd 26%
Herbert Callahan 64%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 58%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 83%
Ben Campbell 74%
Chris Cannon 83%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
Julia Carson 8%
Mike Castle 67%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 47%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 67%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
Eva Clayton 17%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 32%
Robert Clement 33%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 79%
Michael Collins 83%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 68%
Larry Combest 75%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 21%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 8%
John Cooksey 62%
Jerry Costello 22%
Christopher Cox 86%
William Coyne 5%
Larry Craig 79%
Robert Cramer 46%
Philip Crane 95%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 13%
Barbara Cubin 78%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 74%
Thomas Daschle 5%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
James Davis 13%
Thomas Davis III 74%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 22%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
Bill Delahunt 13%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 86%
James DeMint 96%
Peter Deutsch 29%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 79%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Norm Dicks 4%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 9%
Chris Dodd 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 25%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 72%
Calvin Dooley 33%
John Doolittle 67%
Byron Dorgan 11%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 13%
David Dreier 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
Jennifer Dunn 67%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 11%
John Edwards 11%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 67%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 88%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 5%
Philip English 71%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 13%
Bob Etheridge 29%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 74%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 4%
Russ Feingold 16%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 44%
Bob Filner 4%
Peter Fitzgerald 79%
Ernest Fletcher 67%
Mark Foley 67%
Harold Ford, Jr. 17%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 83%
Barney Frank 25%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 71%
William Frist 89%
Jonas Frost III 4%
Elton Gallegly 54%
John Ganske 75%
George Gekas 70%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 71%
Wayne Gilchrest 68%
Paul Gillmor 52%
Benjamin Gilman 41%
Charlie Gonzalez 4%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 79%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 86%
Bart Gordon 43%
Porter Goss 88%
Daniel Graham 16%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
William Phillip Gramm 89%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 57%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 89%
Mark Green 92%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 13%
James Greenwood 71%
Judd Gregg 83%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 4%
Gilbert Gutknecht 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 63%
Tony Hall 8%
James Hansen 73%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 11%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 8%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 79%
Robert Hayes 71%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 92%
Joel Hefley 92%
Jesse Helms 79%
Wally Herger, Jr. 87%
Baron Hill 9%
Van Hilleary 92%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 9%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 4%
David Lee Hobson 63%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 8%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
Thomas Holden 21%

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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