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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 90%
Gary Ackerman 4%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 67%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 11%
Wayne Allard 85%
Thomas Allen 7%
Rob Andrews 21%
Bill Archer 89%
Richard Armey 89%
John Ashcroft 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 71%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 7%
Cass Ballenger 77%
James Barcia 22%
Bob Barr, Jr. 96%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 29%
Bill Barrett 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 81%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 64%
Max Baucus 21%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 55%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 7%
Douglas Bereuter 54%
Howard Berman 8%
Marion Berry 22%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 11%
Brian Bilbray 61%
Michael Bilirakis 75%
Jeff Bingaman 30%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 21%
Rod Blagojevich 19%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 70%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
Sherwood Boehlert 39%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 78%
Kit Bond 63%
Henry Bonilla 78%
David Edward Bonior 0%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
Robert Borski, Jr. 11%
Leonard Boswell 25%
Rick Boucher 7%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 6%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 74%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 18%
John Breaux 15%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
George Brown, Jr. 8%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 19%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 85%
Richard Bryan 30%
Ed Bryant 71%
Jim Bunning 65%
Conrad Burns 65%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 81%
Dan Burton 72%
Steve Buyer 68%
Robert Byrd 20%
Herbert Callahan 71%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 68%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 75%
Ben Campbell 55%
Thomas Campbell 68%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 68%
Chris Cannon 90%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 16%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 57%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
John Chafee 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 68%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 75%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 4%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 15%
Robert Clement 18%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 81%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 93%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
Michael Collins 89%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
Larry Combest 71%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 20%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
Merrill Cook 74%
John Cooksey 69%
Jerry Costello 11%
Paul Coverdell 70%
Christopher Cox 93%
William Coyne 14%
Larry Craig 65%
Robert Cramer 36%
Philip Crane 93%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 63%
Barbara Cubin 79%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 75%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 15%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
James Davis 11%
Thomas Davis III 52%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 19%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 7%
Bill Delahunt 4%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 86%
Peter Deutsch 18%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Jay Dickey 82%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 4%
Julian Dixon 0%
Chris Dodd 5%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Calvin Dooley 7%
John Doolittle 75%
Byron Dorgan 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 24%
David Dreier 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 93%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 5%
Chet Edwards 11%
Vern Ehlers 61%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 85%
Jo Ann Emerson 75%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 7%
Philip English 64%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
Bob Etheridge 11%
Lane Evans 11%
Terry Everett 71%
Thomas Ewing 64%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 7%
Russ Feingold 45%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 10%
Bob Filner 4%
Mark Foley 71%
Michael Patrick Forbes 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 4%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 82%
Tillie Fowler 64%
Barney Frank 15%
Robert Franks 61%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
William Frist 65%
Jonas Frost III 7%
Elton Gallegly 68%
John Ganske 54%
Sam Gejdenson 4%
George Gekas 69%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 82%
Wayne Gilchrest 57%
Paul Gillmor 67%
Benjamin Gilman 43%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 74%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 86%
William Goodling 81%
Bart Gordon 29%
Slade Gorton 50%
Porter Goss 80%
Daniel Graham 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
William Phillip Gramm 85%
Rodney Grams 90%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 68%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 18%
James Greenwood 54%
Judd Gregg 75%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 11%
Gilbert Gutknecht 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 78%
Tony Hall 19%
James Hansen 81%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 16%
J. Dennis Hastert 79%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 75%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 55%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 93%
Joel Hefley 93%

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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