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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Deborah Pryce 79%
Jack Quinn 64%
George Radanovich 81%
James Ramstad 82%
Ralph Regula 57%
Silvestre Reyes 23%
Bob Riley 68%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 29%
Charles Robb 35%
Ciro Rodriguez 16%
Timothy Roemer 32%
James Rogan 88%
William Roth, Jr. 70%
Steve Rothman 21%
Marge Roukema 75%
Jim Ryun 93%
Martin Olav Sabo 4%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 29%
Rick Santorum 79%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
Jim Saxton 64%
Joe Scarborough 92%
Robert Schaffer 79%
John Shadegg 100%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 82%
Christopher Shays 82%
E.G. Shuster 64%
Norman Sisisky 30%
Joseph Skeen 54%
Ike Skelton 40%
Gordon Smith 75%
Nick Smith 86%
Bob Smith 90%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Vic Snyder 21%
Mark Souder 93%
Arlen Specter 55%
Floyd Spence 57%
John Spratt, Jr. 11%
Pete Stark 14%
Cliff Stearns 93%
Charles Stenholm 46%
Ted Stevens 63%
Ted Strickland 30%
Bob Stump 82%
Bart Stupak 14%
John Sununu 100%
James Talent 89%
John Tanner 29%
Ellen Tauscher 32%
William Tauzin 52%
Charles Taylor 77%
Gene Taylor 57%
Craig Thomas 90%
William Thomas 68%
Fred Thompson 85%
Karen Thurman 21%
Strom Thurmond 75%
Todd Tiahrt 96%
Robert Torricelli 15%
Ed Towns 15%
James Traficant, Jr. 57%
James Turner 36%
Bruce Vento 25%
James Walsh 54%
Zach Wamp 79%
John Warner 75%
Wesley Watkins 68%
Mel Watt 11%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 79%
David Weldon 77%
W. Curtis Weldon 68%
Gerald Weller 64%
Paul Wellstone 20%
Robert Wexler 22%
Bob Weygand 30%
Bob Wise, Jr. 7%
Lynn Woolsey 11%
Albert Wynn 11%
Bill Young 50%

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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