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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 6%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 88%
Gary Ackerman 15%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 8%
Wayne Allard 82%
Rob Andrews 49%
Bill Archer 80%
Richard Armey 86%
John Ashcroft 84%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 74%
Richard Hugh Baker 59%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 9%
Cass Ballenger 71%
James Barcia 31%
Robert Barr, Jr. 85%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 43%
Bill Barrett 74%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 76%
Charlie Bass 83%
Herbert Bateman 49%
Max Baucus 44%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 13%
Bob Bennett 50%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 9%
Douglas Bereuter 66%
Howard Berman 20%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 44%
Brian Bilbray 69%
Michael Bilirakis 83%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 14%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 66%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 16%
Sherwood Boehlert 54%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 74%
Kit Bond 52%
Henry Bonilla 67%
David Edward Bonior 11%
Robert Borski, Jr. 11%
Rick Boucher 11%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 20%
John Breaux 17%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 6%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 29%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 94%
Richard Bryan 32%
Ed Bryant 71%
Jim Bunning 83%
Conrad Burns 56%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
Dan Burton 79%
Steve Buyer 80%
Robert Byrd 20%
Herbert Callahan 63%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 66%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 82%
Ben Campbell 48%
Thomas Campbell 63%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 66%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 26%
Mike Castle 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 97%
John Chafee 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 74%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 79%
William Clay, Sr. 20%
Eva Clayton 6%
Robert Clement 26%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 3%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 86%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 74%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 48%
Michael Collins 77%
Larry Combest 71%
Gary Condit 57%
Kent Conrad 20%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
Jerry Costello 31%
Paul Coverdell 68%
Christopher Cox 86%
William Coyne 20%
Larry Craig 68%
Robert Cramer 26%
Philip Crane 86%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
Barbara Cubin 79%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 24%
Randall Cunningham 86%
Patsy Ann Danner 49%
Thomas Daschle 8%
Thomas Davis III 57%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 77%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
Thomas DeLay 76%
Peter Deutsch 29%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 76%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
Jay Dickey 80%
Norm Dicks 6%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 9%
Julian Dixon 9%
Chris Dodd 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 26%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 64%
Calvin Dooley 18%
John Doolittle 79%
Byron Dorgan 28%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 40%
David Dreier 77%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 17%
Chet Edwards 11%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 86%
Jo Ann Emerson 62%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 15%
Philip English 77%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 33%
Lane Evans 14%
Terry Everett 69%
Thomas Ewing 71%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 6%
Russ Feingold 56%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 16%
Bob Filner 9%
Mark Foley 74%
Michael Patrick Forbes 65%
Tillie Fowler 70%
Barney Frank 29%
Robert Franks 74%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 63%
William Frist 80%
Jonas Frost III 3%
Elton Gallegly 73%
John Ganske 79%
Sam Gejdenson 17%
George Gekas 71%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 57%
Paul Gillmor 69%
Benjamin Gilman 43%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 83%
William Goodling 77%
Bart Gordon 34%
Slade Gorton 56%
Porter Goss 86%
Daniel Graham 16%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
William Phillip Gramm 82%
Rodney Grams 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 13%
James Greenwood 60%
Judd Gregg 88%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 24%
Gilbert Gutknecht 84%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 49%
Tony Hall 28%
James Hansen 71%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 36%
J. Dennis Hastert 71%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 9%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 71%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 64%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 89%
Joel Hefley 80%
Jesse Helms 68%
Wally Herger, Jr. 77%
Van Hilleary 83%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 3%
Maurice Hinchey 20%
David Lee Hobson 77%
Pete Hoekstra 97%
Thomas Holden 47%
Ernest Hollings 12%
Stephen Horn 53%
John Nathan Hostettler 82%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 41%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 9%
Duncan Hunter 74%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 86%
Kay Hutchison 84%
Henry Hyde 66%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 84%
Daniel Inouye 4%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 83%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 17%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
William Jefferson 9%
James Merrill Jeffords 40%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 3%
Nancy Johnson 40%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 79%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 26%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 74%
Paul Kanjorski 17%

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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