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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 14%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 80%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 90%
Thomas Allen 25%
Rob Andrews 52%
Bill Archer 86%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 90%
Spencer Bachus 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 61%
Cass Ballenger 69%
James Barcia 39%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Bill Barrett 67%
Roscoe Bartlett 79%
Charlie Bass 89%
Herbert Bateman 44%
Max Baucus 15%
Bob Bennett 63%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 15%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Howard Berman 13%
Marion Berry 39%
Brian Bilbray 75%
Michael Bilirakis 71%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Rod Blagojevich 39%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 63%
Sherwood Boehlert 44%
Kit Bond 65%
Henry Bonilla 59%
David Edward Bonior 12%
Robert Borski, Jr. 15%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 25%
John Breaux 25%
Richard Bryan 30%
Ed Bryant 79%
Jim Bunning 68%
Conrad Burns 74%
Dan Burton 78%
Steve Buyer 60%
Robert Byrd 25%
Herbert Callahan 61%
Dave Camp 64%
Ben Campbell 65%
Thomas Campbell 86%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 71%
Chris Cannon 93%
Julia Carson 26%
Mike Castle 71%
John Chafee 60%
Saxby Chambliss 71%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 69%
William Clay, Sr. 8%
Eva Clayton 11%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 15%
Robert Clement 22%
Howard Coble 86%
Thomas Coburn 81%
Michael Collins 88%
Larry Combest 68%
Gary Condit 64%
Kent Conrad 10%
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%
Barbara Cubin 73%
Randall Cunningham 79%
Patsy Ann Danner 43%
Thomas Daschle 5%
James Davis 29%
Thomas Davis III 54%
Bill Delahunt 15%
Thomas DeLay 79%
Peter Deutsch 33%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 57%
Jay Dickey 71%
Norm Dicks 19%
John Dingell 4%
Julian Dixon 7%
Chris Dodd 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 65%
Calvin Dooley 25%
John Doolittle 76%
Byron Dorgan 20%
David Dreier 71%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
Chet Edwards 21%
Vern Ehlers 74%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 93%
Jo Ann Emerson 68%
Philip English 57%
Bob Etheridge 18%
Lane Evans 14%
Terry Everett 61%
Thomas Ewing 54%
Russ Feingold 35%
Bob Filner 7%
Mark Foley 86%
Michael Patrick Forbes 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 14%
Tillie Fowler 79%
Barney Frank 25%
Robert Franks 79%
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%
William Goodling 89%
Bart Gordon 43%
Slade Gorton 70%
Porter Goss 96%
Daniel Graham 15%
William Phillip Gramm 90%
Rodney Grams 75%
James Greenwood 68%
Judd Gregg 80%
Gilbert Gutknecht 89%
Charles Hagel 75%
Ralph Hall 61%
Tony Hall 19%
James Hansen 68%
Tom Harkin 20%
J. Dennis Hastert 79%
Doc Hastings 75%
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%
Maurice Hinchey 18%
David Lee Hobson 79%
Pete Hoekstra 89%
Thomas Holden 29%
Ernest Hollings 35%
Darlene Hooley 29%
Stephen Horn 64%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 32%
Kenny Hulshof 86%
Duncan Hunter 78%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 90%
Kay Hutchison 80%
Henry Hyde 57%
Daniel Inouye 5%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 86%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 18%
William Jefferson 13%
James Merrill Jeffords 55%
William Lewis Jenkins 68%
Christopher John 39%
Nancy Johnson 46%
Timothy Johnson 15%
Paul Kanjorski 21%
Sue Kelly 64%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 16%
Patrick Kennedy 30%
Bob Kerrey 10%
Dale Kildee 14%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 11%
Jack Kingston 86%
Gerald Kleczka 30%
Ronald Klink 21%
Joseph Knollenberg 57%
Herb Kohl 50%
James Kolbe 71%
Dennis Kucinich 21%
Jon Kyl 95%
John LaFalce 15%
Ray LaHood 43%
Nicholas Lampson 18%
Mary Landrieu 20%
Tom Lantos 15%
Stephen Largent 89%
Tom Latham 68%
Steve LaTourette 61%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
Rick Lazio 67%
James Leach 57%
Carl Levin 15%

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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