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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Steve Buyer 60%
Robert Byrd 25%
Herbert Callahan 61%
Ben Campbell 65%
Thomas Campbell 86%
Chris Cannon 93%
Julia Carson 26%
Mike Castle 71%
John Chafee 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 69%
William Clay, Sr. 8%
Eva Clayton 11%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 15%
Robert Clement 22%
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%
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%
Tony Hall 19%
James Hansen 68%
J. Dennis Hastert 79%
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%
Asa Hutchinson 79%
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%
Paul Kanjorski 21%
Sue Kelly 64%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 16%
Patrick Kennedy 30%
Bob Kerrey 10%
Dale Kildee 14%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 11%
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%
Tom Lantos 15%
Stephen Largent 89%
Steve LaTourette 61%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
Rick Lazio 67%
James Leach 57%
Jerry Lewis 37%
Ron Lewis 68%
Joe Lieberman 25%
John Linder 82%
William Lipinski 33%
Trent Lott, Sr. 85%
Dick Lugar 90%
William Luther 50%
Connie Mack 80%
James Maloney 39%
Don Manzullo 89%
Matthew Martinez 8%
Frank Mascara 32%
Robert Matsui 18%
Karen McCarthy 29%
Bill McCollum 79%
James McCrery III 64%
John McHugh 68%
Scott McInnis 78%
David McIntosh 89%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 25%
Michael McNulty 21%
Martin Meehan 41%
Carrie Meek 7%
Jack Metcalf 68%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 7%
Dan Miller 96%
David Minge 37%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 7%
John Moakley 11%
Alan Mollohan 7%
Constance Morella 57%
Patrick Moynihan 20%
Frank Murkowski 70%
Jack Murtha 18%
Sue Myrick 82%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 67%
Robert William Ney 61%
Don Nickles 90%
Anne Northup 64%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 82%
James Nussle 86%
Jim Oberstar 4%
Dave Obey 26%
John Olver 21%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 19%
Major Owens 15%
Michael Oxley 67%
Ronald Packard 54%
Ron Paul 89%
Donald Payne 19%
Edward Pease 64%
John Peterson 64%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 59%
Owen Pickett 29%
Richard Pombo 63%
Earl Pomeroy 22%
John Edward Porter 68%

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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