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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 0%
John Adler 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 3%
Todd Akin 82%
Rodney Alexander 45%
Jason Altmire 14%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 9%
Steve Austria 78%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Brian Baird 7%
J. Gresham Barrett 98%
Roscoe Bartlett 63%
Max Baucus 5%
Evan Bayh 57%
Melissa Bean 34%
Bob Bennett 70%
Shelley Berkley 2%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 2%
Judy Biggert 43%
Brian Bilbray 63%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
John Boccieri 4%
Kit Bond 55%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 44%
Mary Bono Mack 69%
Dan Boren 13%
Leonard Boswell 0%
Rick Boucher 1%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 5%
Bobby Bright 64%
Henry Brown, Jr. 48%
Ginny Brown-Waite 53%
Jim Bunning 93%
Roland Burris 3%
Dan Burton 91%
Steve Buyer 62%
Robert Byrd 11%
Eric Cantor 92%
Joseph Cao 22%
Dennis Cardoza 3%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 4%
Mike Castle 60%
Ben Chandler III 2%
Travis Childers 18%
Kent Conrad 10%
Jerry Costello 3%
Kathy Dahlkemper 7%
Artur Davis 3%
Geoff Davis 55%
Lincoln Davis 3%
Bill Delahunt 1%
James DeMint 97%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 36%
Norm Dicks 0%
Chris Dodd 3%
Byron Dorgan 11%
David Dreier 43%
Steve Driehaus 11%
Chet Edwards 3%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Brad Ellsworth 11%
Bill Emerson 34%
John Ensign 96%
Bob Etheridge 0%
Russ Feingold 49%
Bob Filner 1%
Barney Frank 1%
Elton Gallegly 60%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Bart Gordon 3%
Judd Gregg 80%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 9%
John Hall 0%
Debbie Halvorson 21%
Phil Hare 1%
Jane Harman 1%
Wally Herger, Jr. 95%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 6%
Baron Hill 3%
Maurice Hinchey 1%
Paul Hodes 8%
Pete Hoekstra 95%
Thomas Holden 3%
Kay Hutchison 81%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 91%
Daniel Inouye 1%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
Tim Johnson 86%
Steve Kagen 2%
Paul Kanjorski 1%
Ted Kaufman 12%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 1%
Mary Jo Kilroy 2%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 6%
Larry Kissell 5%
Ron Klein 0%
Herb Kohl 9%
Suzanne Kosmas 11%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 20%
Dennis Kucinich 6%
Jon Kyl 97%
Steve LaTourette 21%
Frank Lautenberg 3%
Chris Lee 52%
George LeMieux 86%
Jerry Lewis 39%
Joe Lieberman 14%
Blanche Lincoln 15%
John Linder 99%
Dick Lugar 82%
Dan Lungren 87%
Connie Mack IV 90%
Don Manzullo 81%
Betsy Markey 8%
Jim Marshall 14%
Melquiades Martinez 89%
Eric Massa 9%
Thaddeus McCotter 84%
John McHugh 10%
Michael McMahon 12%
Carrie Meek 2%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 6%
Brad Miller 0%
Walt Minnick 83%
Harry Mitchell 37%
Alan Mollohan 1%
Dennis Moore 0%
Patrick Murphy 7%
Scott Murphy 12%
Jack Murtha 0%
Sue Myrick 95%
Ben Nelson 8%
Glenn Nye III 32%
Jim Oberstar 0%
Dave Obey 0%
John Olver 1%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 1%
Ron Paul 86%
Donald Payne 1%
Tom Perriello 9%
Todd Platts 52%
Earl Pomeroy 3%
George Radanovich 66%
Denny Rehberg 43%
Silvestre Reyes 0%
Laura Richardson 2%
Ciro Rodriguez 2%
Mike Ross 3%
Steve Rothman 0%
Mark Schauer 27%
Jean Schmidt 94%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 100%
Heath Shuler 8%
Ike Skelton 3%
Olympia Snowe 53%
Vic Snyder 0%
Mark Souder 67%
Zack Space 4%
Arlen Specter 22%
John Spratt, Jr. 0%
Pete Stark 10%
Cliff Stearns 90%
Bart Stupak 2%
John Sullivan 82%
Betty Sutton 0%
John Tanner 5%
Ellen Tauscher 0%
Gene Taylor 28%
Harry Teague 11%
Todd Tiahrt 57%
Ed Towns 0%
George Voinovich 50%
Zach Wamp 87%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Jim Webb, Jr. 19%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Robert Wexler 0%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 2%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 0%
Bill Young 37%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 4%
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%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 1%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 1%

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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