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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Patrick Kennedy 4%
Dale Kildee 4%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 2%
Jack Kingston 87%
Ron Klein 4%
Joseph Knollenberg 58%
Herb Kohl 2%
Dennis Kucinich 6%
John Kuhl, Jr. 53%
Jon Kyl 98%
Ray LaHood 34%
Nicholas Lampson 39%
Mary Landrieu 14%
Tom Latham 67%
Steve LaTourette 35%
Frank Lautenberg 2%
Carl Levin 0%
Jerry Lewis 74%
Ron Lewis 68%
Joe Lieberman 2%
Blanche Lincoln 7%
John Linder 95%
Dick Lugar 66%
Dan Lungren 81%
Connie Mack IV 91%
Tim Mahoney 7%
Don Manzullo 77%
Jim Marshall 20%
Melquiades Martinez 62%
Jim Matheson 33%
Carolyn McCarthy 4%
Thaddeus McCotter 63%
James McCrery III 77%
John McHugh 34%
Mike McIntyre 13%
Buck McKeon 80%
Michael McNulty 2%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 2%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 6%
Mike Michaud 10%
Gary Miller 75%
George Miller 4%
Brad Miller 4%
Harry Mitchell 23%
Alan Mollohan 0%
Dennis Moore 4%
Jim Moran, Jr. 4%
Patrick Murphy 10%
Jack Murtha 2%
Marilyn Musgrave 77%
Sue Myrick 80%
Ben Nelson 5%
Jim Oberstar 0%
Dave Obey 2%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 12%
Ed Pastor 0%
Ron Paul 88%
Donald Payne 7%
John Peterson 70%
Tom Petri 71%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 58%
Todd Platts 54%
Earl Pomeroy 4%
Jon Porter, Sr. 30%
Deborah Pryce 59%
Mark Pryor 2%
George Radanovich 76%
Nick Rahall II 2%
James Ramstad 48%
Ralph Regula 46%
Denny Rehberg 63%
Richard Renzi 48%
Silvestre Reyes 4%
Thomas Reynolds 60%
Laura Richardson 2%
Jay Rockefeller IV 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 17%
Mike Rogers 69%
Mike Ross 6%
Steve Rothman 9%
John Salazar 4%
Ken Salazar 2%
William Sali 79%
Jim Saxton 55%
Jean Schmidt 78%
Allyson Schwartz 6%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 11%
John Shadegg 98%
Christopher Shays 42%
Carol Shea-Porter 8%
Heath Shuler 11%
Ike Skelton 2%
Gordon Smith 44%
Olympia Snowe 21%
Vic Snyder 4%
Hilda Solis 2%
Mark Souder 64%
Zack Space 4%
Arlen Specter 55%
John Spratt, Jr. 4%
Pete Stark 16%
Cliff Stearns 92%
Ted Stevens 51%
Bart Stupak 4%
John Sullivan 70%
John Sununu 90%
Betty Sutton 4%
Tom Tancredo 97%
John Tanner 4%
Ellen Tauscher 4%
Gene Taylor 13%
Lee Terry 77%
Todd Tiahrt 70%
John Tierney 9%
Ed Towns 2%
Mark Udall 4%
George Voinovich 45%
James Walsh 40%
Zach Wamp 79%
John Warner 58%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Henry Waxman 10%
Jim Webb, Jr. 2%
Anthony Weiner 2%
David Weldon 80%
Gerald Weller 47%
Robert Wexler 5%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 4%
Heather Wilson 77%
Frank Wolf 68%
Lynn Woolsey 10%
David Wu 4%
Bill Young 81%

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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