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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 38%
John Adler 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 3%
Todd Akin 82%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 59%
Rodney Alexander 45%
Jason Altmire 14%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 9%
Steve Austria 78%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 99%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 42%
Brian Baird 7%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 98%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 4%
Roscoe Bartlett 63%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 69%
Max Baucus 5%
Evan Bayh 57%
Melissa Bean 34%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 1%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 4%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 14%
Bob Bennett 70%
Shelley Berkley 2%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 2%
Judy Biggert 43%
Brian Bilbray 63%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 64%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 77%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 4%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 66%
John Boccieri 4%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 91%
Kit Bond 55%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 44%
Mary Bono Mack 69%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 82%
Dan Boren 13%
Leonard Boswell 0%
Rick Boucher 1%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 96%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 1%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 82%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 1%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 0%
Bobby Bright 64%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 48%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 3%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 77%
Ginny Brown-Waite 53%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 54%
Jim Bunning 93%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 92%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
Roland Burris 3%
Dan Burton 91%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 0%
Steve Buyer 62%
Robert Byrd 11%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 46%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 97%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 92%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 8%
Joseph Cao 22%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
Dennis Cardoza 3%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 4%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 12%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 50%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 92%
Mike Castle 60%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 1%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 98%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 95%
Ben Chandler III 2%
Travis Childers 18%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 1%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 2%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 89%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 99%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 55%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 97%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 1%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 47%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 97%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 3%
Kent Conrad 10%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 2%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 65%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 88%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 4%
Jerry Costello 3%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 1%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 91%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 2%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Kathy Dahlkemper 7%
Artur Davis 3%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
Geoff Davis 55%
Lincoln Davis 3%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 4%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 1%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 1%
James DeMint 97%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 36%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 35%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
Chris Dodd 3%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 10%
Byron Dorgan 11%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 0%
David Dreier 43%
Steve Driehaus 11%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 3%
Vern Ehlers 68%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Brad Ellsworth 11%
Bill Emerson 34%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
John Ensign 96%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 0%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 1%
Russ Feingold 49%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 5%
Bob Filner 1%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 90%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 74%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 63%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 99%
Barney Frank 1%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 92%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 30%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
Elton Gallegly 60%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 99%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 45%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 98%
Bart Gordon 3%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 46%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 2%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 1%
Judd Gregg 80%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 9%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 1%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 43%

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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