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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 4%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 70%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 87%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 61%
Rodney Alexander 65%
Wayne Allard 83%
Thomas Allen 6%
Jason Altmire 10%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 4%
Joe Baca, Sr. 2%
Michele Bachmann 79%
Spencer Bachus 67%
Brian Baird 11%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 88%
J. Gresham Barrett 87%
John Barrow 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 76%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 83%
Max Baucus 5%
Evan Bayh 35%
Melissa Bean 21%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 6%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 7%
Marion Berry 9%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 67%
Brian Bilbray 75%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 68%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 76%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 2%
Tim Bishop 4%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 87%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 19%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 75%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 87%
Kit Bond 64%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 70%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 56%
Dan Boren 19%
Leonard Boswell 2%
Rick Boucher 11%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 57%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 10%
Nancy Boyda 8%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 2%
Bruce Braley 7%
Paul Broun 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 67%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76%
Ginny Brown-Waite 61%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 38%
Jim Bunning 74%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 91%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 83%
Dan Burton 87%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 4%
Steve Buyer 61%
Robert Byrd 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 77%
Dave Camp 70%
John Campbell III 95%
Chris Cannon 90%
Eric Cantor 83%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 5%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 9%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 2%
Dennis Cardoza 2%
Russ Carnahan 4%
Christopher Carney 8%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 76%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 0%
Mike Castle 31%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 9%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 23%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 90%
Saxby Chambliss 79%
Ben Chandler III 8%
Travis Childers 27%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 2%
Hillary Clinton 4%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
Howard Coble 72%
Thomas Coburn 95%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 63%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 4%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 65%
Norm Coleman 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 73%
Kent Conrad 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 32%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 70%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 9%
Jerry Costello 6%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 6%
Larry Craig 68%
Robert Cramer 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 72%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 2%
Barbara Cubin 80%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Artur Davis 4%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
David Davis 79%
Geoff Davis 71%
Lincoln Davis 8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 6%
Thomas Davis III 71%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 13%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
Bill Delahunt 2%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
James DeMint 98%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 56%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 38%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 39%
Norm Dicks 4%
John Dingell 0%
Chris Dodd 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 9%
Elizabeth Dole 64%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 54%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 13%
John Doolittle 77%
Byron Dorgan 5%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 2%
Thelma Drake 69%
David Dreier 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 83%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 4%
Vern Ehlers 60%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 2%
Brad Ellsworth 8%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 2%
Jo Ann Emerson 45%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 46%
John Ensign 95%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 6%
Bob Etheridge 2%
Terry Everett 68%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 65%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 2%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Tom Feeney 93%
Russ Feingold 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
Michael Ferguson 56%
Bob Filner 11%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 98%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 74%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 57%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 65%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 10%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 98%
Barney Frank 2%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 98%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
Elton Gallegly 68%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 92%
Jim Gerlach 48%
Gabrielle Giffords 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 20%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
Phil Gingrey 88%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 74%
Charlie Gonzalez 7%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 75%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 71%
Bart Gordon 7%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 78%

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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