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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Karen McCarthy 15%
James McCrery III 74%
John McHugh 58%
Scott McInnis 76%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 15%
Michael McNulty 19%
Martin Meehan 27%
Carrie Meek 8%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 4%
Dan Miller 96%
Zell Bryan Miller 50%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 0%
Alan Mollohan 13%
Dennis Moore 41%
Constance Morella 48%
Frank Murkowski 79%
Jack Murtha 24%
Sue Myrick 89%
Ben Nelson 25%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 78%
Robert William Ney 63%
Don Nickles 90%
Anne Northup 81%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 65%
James Nussle 78%
Jim Oberstar 12%
Dave Obey 4%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 30%
Thomas William Osborne 67%
Doug Ose 67%
Major Owens 15%
Michael Oxley 78%
Ron Paul 84%
Donald Payne 11%
John Peterson 77%
David Phelps 26%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 70%
Todd Platts 64%
Richard Pombo 74%
Earl Pomeroy 15%
Deborah Pryce 70%
Jack Quinn 50%
George Radanovich 77%
James Ramstad 78%
Ralph Regula 59%
Denny Rehberg 70%
Silvestre Reyes 11%
Thomas Reynolds 67%
Bob Riley 74%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 19%
Ciro Rodriguez 19%
Timothy Roemer 30%
Mike Ross 26%
Steve Rothman 16%
Marge Roukema 62%
Jim Ryun 85%
Martin Olav Sabo 11%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 26%
Rick Santorum 79%
Paul Sarbanes 5%
Jim Saxton 54%
Robert Schaffer 81%
Edward Schrock 89%
John Shadegg 100%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 81%
Christopher Shays 81%
Donald Sherwood 78%
Ronnie Shows 41%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 59%
Joseph Skeen 74%
Ike Skelton 44%
Gordon Smith 80%
Nick Smith 81%
Bob Smith 95%
Olympia Snowe 55%
Vic Snyder 19%
Hilda Solis 11%
Mark Souder 81%
Arlen Specter 60%
John Spratt, Jr. 8%
Pete Stark 16%
Cliff Stearns 89%
Charles Stenholm 41%
Ted Stevens 68%
Ted Strickland 7%
Bob Stump 81%
Bart Stupak 8%
John Sununu 89%
John Sweeney 63%
Tom Tancredo 93%
John Tanner 46%
Ellen Tauscher 26%
William Tauzin 81%
Charles Taylor 70%
Gene Taylor 41%
Craig Thomas 68%
William Thomas 80%
Fred Thompson 90%
Karen Thurman 7%
Strom Thurmond 80%
Todd Tiahrt 85%
Robert Torricelli 20%
Ed Towns 19%
James Traficant, Jr. 59%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 12%
James Turner 31%
George Voinovich 79%
James Walsh 62%
Zach Wamp 85%
John Warner 75%
Wesley Watkins 78%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 7%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 81%
Anthony Weiner 19%
David Weldon 78%
W. Curtis Weldon 54%
Gerald Weller 78%
Paul Wellstone 10%
Robert Wexler 0%
Heather Wilson 70%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 15%
Albert Wynn 12%
Bill Young 78%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 7%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 7%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 15%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 31%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 15%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 19%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 15%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 15%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 26%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 19%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 11%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 26%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 19%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 11%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 27%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 19%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 11%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 15%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 10%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 22%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 19%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 11%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 13%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 5%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 30%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 30%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 30%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 19%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 7%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 10%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 11%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 41%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 27%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 15%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 7%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 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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