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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Patrick Kennedy 7%
Dale Kildee 8%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 6%
Jack Kingston 74%
Ron Klein 5%
Joseph Knollenberg 58%
Herb Kohl 34%
Dennis Kucinich 10%
John Kuhl, Jr. 41%
Jon Kyl 93%
Ray LaHood 45%
Nicholas Lampson 15%
Mary Landrieu 21%
Tom Latham 61%
Steve LaTourette 47%
Frank Lautenberg 24%
Carl Levin 21%
Jerry Lewis 52%
Ron Lewis 65%
Joe Lieberman 21%
Blanche Lincoln 19%
John Linder 88%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 76%
Connie Mack IV 80%
Tim Mahoney 12%
Don Manzullo 79%
Jim Marshall 24%
Melquiades Martinez 70%
Jim Matheson 39%
Carolyn McCarthy 19%
Thaddeus McCotter 57%
James McCrery III 65%
John McHugh 47%
Mike McIntyre 29%
Buck McKeon 62%
Michael McNulty 10%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 7%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 17%
Mike Michaud 9%
Gary Miller 78%
George Miller 12%
Brad Miller 6%
Harry Mitchell 23%
Alan Mollohan 11%
Dennis Moore 20%
Jim Moran, Jr. 20%
Patrick Murphy 13%
Jack Murtha 12%
Marilyn Musgrave 87%
Sue Myrick 88%
Ben Nelson 18%
Jim Oberstar 9%
Dave Obey 10%
John Olver 7%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 11%
Ed Pastor 7%
Ron Paul 81%
Donald Payne 7%
John Peterson 62%
Tom Petri 83%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 61%
Todd Platts 59%
Earl Pomeroy 16%
Jon Porter, Sr. 39%
Deborah Pryce 62%
Mark Pryor 9%
George Radanovich 73%
Nick Rahall II 7%
James Ramstad 75%
Ralph Regula 51%
Denny Rehberg 57%
Richard Renzi 47%
Silvestre Reyes 9%
Thomas Reynolds 59%
Laura Richardson 2%
Jay Rockefeller IV 13%
Ciro Rodriguez 12%
Mike Rogers 68%
Mike Ross 15%
Steve Rothman 11%
John Salazar 10%
Ken Salazar 16%
William Sali 86%
Jim Saxton 49%
Jean Schmidt 69%
Allyson Schwartz 4%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 8%
John Shadegg 96%
Christopher Shays 61%
Carol Shea-Porter 6%
Heath Shuler 16%
Ike Skelton 25%
Gordon Smith 60%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 12%
Hilda Solis 5%
Mark Souder 69%
Zack Space 5%
Arlen Specter 49%
John Spratt, Jr. 9%
Pete Stark 12%
Cliff Stearns 88%
Ted Stevens 51%
Bart Stupak 8%
John Sullivan 81%
John Sununu 89%
Betty Sutton 3%
Tom Tancredo 93%
John Tanner 31%
Ellen Tauscher 16%
Gene Taylor 48%
Lee Terry 79%
Todd Tiahrt 70%
John Tierney 14%
Ed Towns 9%
Mark Udall 14%
George Voinovich 65%
James Walsh 45%
Zach Wamp 74%
John Warner 71%
Diane Watson 5%
Mel Watt 6%
Henry Waxman 12%
Jim Webb, Jr. 9%
Anthony Weiner 10%
David Weldon 69%
Gerald Weller 59%
Robert Wexler 8%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 4%
Heather Wilson 56%
Frank Wolf 61%
Lynn Woolsey 6%
David Wu 14%
Bill Young 61%

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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