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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 14%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 80%
Gary Ackerman 4%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 68%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 90%
Thomas Allen 25%
Rob Andrews 52%
Bill Archer 86%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 90%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 61%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
Cass Ballenger 69%
James Barcia 39%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 39%
Bill Barrett 67%
Roscoe Bartlett 79%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 80%
Charlie Bass 89%
Herbert Bateman 44%
Max Baucus 15%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
Bob Bennett 63%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 15%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Howard Berman 13%
Marion Berry 39%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 32%
Brian Bilbray 75%
Michael Bilirakis 71%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 21%
Rod Blagojevich 39%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 63%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
Sherwood Boehlert 44%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
Kit Bond 65%
Henry Bonilla 59%
David Edward Bonior 12%
Robert Borski, Jr. 15%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 8%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 25%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 78%
John Breaux 25%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 15%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 90%
Richard Bryan 30%
Ed Bryant 79%
Jim Bunning 68%
Conrad Burns 74%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 71%
Dan Burton 78%
Steve Buyer 60%
Robert Byrd 25%
Herbert Callahan 61%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 57%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 64%
Ben Campbell 65%
Thomas Campbell 86%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 71%
Chris Cannon 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 32%
Julia Carson 26%
Mike Castle 71%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
John Chafee 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 71%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 69%
William Clay, Sr. 8%
Eva Clayton 11%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 15%
Robert Clement 22%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 86%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 81%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
Michael Collins 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
Larry Combest 68%
Gary Condit 64%
Kent Conrad 10%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 23%
Merrill Cook 64%
John Cooksey 63%
Jerry Costello 22%
Paul Coverdell 80%
Christopher Cox 96%
William Coyne 7%
Larry Craig 85%
Robert Cramer 32%
Philip Crane 93%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 61%
Barbara Cubin 73%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 21%
Randall Cunningham 79%
Patsy Ann Danner 43%
Thomas Daschle 5%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 14%
James Davis 29%
Thomas Davis III 54%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 82%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 32%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 26%
Bill Delahunt 15%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 21%
Thomas DeLay 79%
Peter Deutsch 33%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 57%
Jay Dickey 71%
Norm Dicks 19%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 4%
Julian Dixon 7%
Chris Dodd 10%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 39%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 65%
Calvin Dooley 25%
John Doolittle 76%
Byron Dorgan 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 36%
David Dreier 71%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 82%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 10%
Chet Edwards 21%
Vern Ehlers 74%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 93%
Jo Ann Emerson 68%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 14%
Philip English 57%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 30%
Bob Etheridge 18%
Lane Evans 14%
Terry Everett 61%
Thomas Ewing 54%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 7%
Russ Feingold 35%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
Bob Filner 7%
Mark Foley 86%
Michael Patrick Forbes 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 14%
Tillie Fowler 79%
Barney Frank 25%
Robert Franks 79%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 75%
William Frist 70%
Jonas Frost III 11%
Elton Gallegly 68%
John Ganske 82%
Sam Gejdenson 26%
George Gekas 68%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 83%
Wayne Gilchrest 59%
Paul Gillmor 67%
Benjamin Gilman 43%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 54%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 75%
William Goodling 89%
Bart Gordon 43%
Slade Gorton 70%
Porter Goss 96%
Daniel Graham 15%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 75%
William Phillip Gramm 90%
Rodney Grams 75%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 29%
James Greenwood 68%
Judd Gregg 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 18%
Gilbert Gutknecht 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 61%
Tony Hall 19%
James Hansen 68%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 20%
J. Dennis Hastert 79%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 14%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 75%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 63%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 96%
Joel Hefley 89%
Jesse Helms 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 67%
Rick Hill 68%
Van Hilleary 82%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 7%

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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