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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 13%
Gary Ackerman 11%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 70%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Todd Akin 95%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 76%
Rodney Alexander 32%
Wayne Allard 80%
George Allen 76%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 14%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 78%
Brian Baird 13%
Richard Hugh Baker 86%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 13%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 13%
Cass Ballenger 69%
J. Gresham Barrett 95%
Roscoe Bartlett 87%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 89%
Charlie Bass 76%
Max Baucus 17%
Evan Bayh 36%
Bob Beauprez 87%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 11%
Chris Bell 16%
Bob Bennett 63%
Douglas Bereuter 43%
Shelley Berkley 14%
Howard Berman 14%
Marion Berry 26%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 33%
Judy Biggert 55%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 24%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 73%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 13%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 13%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 76%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 68%
Kit Bond 58%
Henry Bonilla 64%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 68%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 68%
Leonard Boswell 24%
Rick Boucher 11%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 12%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 84%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 13%
John Breaux 21%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 14%
Henry Brown, Jr. 66%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 14%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76%
Ginny Brown-Waite 76%
Jim Bunning 80%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 81%
Conrad Burns 56%
Max Burns 68%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 70%
Dan Burton 81%
Steve Buyer 86%
Robert Byrd 16%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 65%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 71%
Ben Campbell 54%
Chris Cannon 89%
Eric Cantor 74%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 20%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 55%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 26%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 16%
Dennis Cardoza 24%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 24%
Brad Carson 28%
Julia Carson 14%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 71%
Edward Case 21%
Mike Castle 53%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 95%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 72%
Chris Chocola 82%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 18%
Hillary Clinton 16%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 16%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 84%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 64%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 68%
Norm Coleman 72%
Michael Collins 87%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 64%
Kent Conrad 8%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 18%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 76%
Jon Corzine 20%
Jerry Costello 25%
Christopher Cox 94%
Larry Craig 72%
Robert Cramer 35%
Philip Crane 89%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 71%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 66%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 13%
Barbara Cubin 76%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 74%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 12%
Randall Cunningham 79%
Thomas Daschle 4%
Artur Davis 16%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 16%
James Davis 13%
Jo Ann Davis 79%
Lincoln Davis 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 8%
Thomas Davis III 62%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 21%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
Bill Delahunt 13%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 11%
Thomas DeLay 77%
James DeMint 95%
Peter Deutsch 21%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 72%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 58%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 87%
Norm Dicks 8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 16%
Chris Dodd 16%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 22%
Elizabeth Dole 72%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 58%
Calvin Dooley 37%
John Doolittle 68%
Byron Dorgan 4%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 11%
David Dreier 68%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 87%
Jennifer Dunn 68%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
John Edwards 13%
Chet Edwards 27%
Vern Ehlers 54%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 13%
Jo Ann Emerson 71%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 13%
Philip English 47%
John Ensign 88%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 19%
Bob Etheridge 16%
Lane Evans 11%
Terry Everett 81%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 5%
Tom Feeney 92%
Russ Feingold 44%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
Michael Ferguson 70%
Bob Filner 11%
Peter Fitzgerald 80%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
Mark Foley 65%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 76%
Harold Ford, Jr. 15%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 87%
Barney Frank 13%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 89%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 53%
William Frist 68%
Jonas Frost III 11%
Elton Gallegly 68%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 89%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 43%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 55%
Jim Gibbons 87%
Wayne Gilchrest 54%
Paul Gillmor 63%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 74%
Charlie Gonzalez 16%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 71%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 76%
Bart Gordon 24%
Porter Goss 64%
Daniel Graham 25%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 68%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 72%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 84%

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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