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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 7%
Gary Ackerman 6%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 8%
Todd Akin 89%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 72%
Rodney Alexander 42%
Wayne Allard 83%
Thomas Allen 8%
Jason Altmire 14%
Rob Andrews 18%
Michael Arcuri 3%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 87%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 69%
Brian Baird 14%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 8%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 82%
J. Gresham Barrett 92%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 80%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
Max Baucus 20%
Evan Bayh 25%
Melissa Bean 40%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 19%
Howard Berman 9%
Marion Berry 22%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 22%
Judy Biggert 64%
Brian Bilbray 78%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 61%
Jeff Bingaman 21%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 71%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 7%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 91%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 68%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 72%
Kit Bond 59%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 55%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 59%
Dan Boren 23%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Rick Boucher 14%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 42%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 12%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 24%
Nancy Boyda 6%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 76%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 8%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 5%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 99%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 57%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 3%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 82%
Ginny Brown-Waite 66%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 51%
Jim Bunning 78%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 74%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
Dan Burton 78%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 4%
Steve Buyer 70%
Robert Byrd 16%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 66%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 85%
Chris Cannon 85%
Eric Cantor 73%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 44%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 3%
Dennis Cardoza 16%
Russ Carnahan 5%
Christopher Carney 12%
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 63%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 6%
Mike Castle 57%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 6%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 23%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 97%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 77%
Ben Chandler III 9%
Travis Childers 27%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 2%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 10%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 5%
Hillary Clinton 9%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 80%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 94%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 56%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 3%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 59%
Norm Coleman 38%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 68%
Kent Conrad 18%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 9%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 43%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 66%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 13%
Jerry Costello 17%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 5%
Larry Craig 70%
Robert Cramer 32%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 58%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
Barbara Cubin 71%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 22%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 66%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 6%
Artur Davis 12%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
David Davis 86%
Geoff Davis 62%
Lincoln Davis 29%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 9%
Thomas Davis III 57%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 84%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 18%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11%
Bill Delahunt 10%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 6%
James DeMint 96%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 62%
Norm Dicks 8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 6%
Chris Dodd 14%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 23%
Elizabeth Dole 68%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 57%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 16%
John Doolittle 64%
Byron Dorgan 15%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 13%
Thelma Drake 53%
David Dreier 66%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 87%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 18%
Vern Ehlers 60%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 3%
Brad Ellsworth 13%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 6%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6%
Philip English 55%
John Ensign 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 13%
Bob Etheridge 14%
Terry Everett 67%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 5%
Tom Feeney 95%
Russ Feingold 40%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 16%
Michael Ferguson 52%
Bob Filner 7%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 97%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 65%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 50%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 79%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 10%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 77%
Barney Frank 13%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 94%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
Elton Gallegly 61%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 94%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 39%
Gabrielle Giffords 11%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 72%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 66%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 75%
Bart Gordon 27%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 63%

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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