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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
Gary Ackerman 78%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 44%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 89%
Rob Andrews 89%
Richard Armey 44%
Joe Baca, Sr. 78%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 44%
Brian Baird 89%
Richard Hugh Baker 33%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 78%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 44%
James Barcia 56%
Bob Barr, Jr. 22%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 44%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 33%
Charlie Bass 56%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 70%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 10%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 78%
Douglas Bereuter 56%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 89%
Marion Berry 78%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Judy Biggert 44%
Michael Bilirakis 78%
Jeff Bingaman 70%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 56%
Rod Blagojevich 89%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 44%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 44%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 33%
David Edward Bonior 89%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
Robert Borski, Jr. 89%
Leonard Boswell 89%
Rick Boucher 78%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 56%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 44%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 89%
John Breaux 60%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 56%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
Ed Bryant 44%
Jim Bunning 10%
Conrad Burns 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 44%
Dan Burton 44%
Steve Buyer 44%
Robert Byrd 80%
Herbert Callahan 33%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 44%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 44%
Ben Campbell 10%
Chris Cannon 44%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 89%
Julia Carson 88%
Mike Castle 67%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 56%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 44%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Eva Clayton 67%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 70%
Robert Clement 44%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 67%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
Michael Collins 44%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 30%
Larry Combest 33%
Gary Condit 56%
Kent Conrad 56%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 89%
John Cooksey 22%
Jerry Costello 78%
Christopher Cox 44%
William Coyne 89%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 44%
Philip Crane 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
Barbara Cubin 22%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 78%
Randall Cunningham 56%
Thomas Daschle 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
James Davis 78%
Thomas Davis III 44%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 33%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
Thomas DeLay 33%
James DeMint 33%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 30%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 67%
Norm Dicks 89%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 78%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
Calvin Dooley 44%
John Doolittle 33%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 78%
David Dreier 44%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 22%
Jennifer Dunn 56%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
John Edwards 90%
Chet Edwards 88%
Vern Ehlers 78%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 67%
Jo Ann Emerson 44%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
Philip English 56%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
Bob Etheridge 78%
Lane Evans 89%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 78%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Bob Filner 78%
Peter Fitzgerald 86%
Ernest Fletcher 44%
Mark Foley 56%
Harold Ford, Jr. 78%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 44%
Barney Frank 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 56%
William Frist 20%
Jonas Frost III 78%
Elton Gallegly 56%
John Ganske 56%
George Gekas 44%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 78%
Jim Gibbons 44%
Wayne Gilchrest 67%
Paul Gillmor 33%
Benjamin Gilman 89%
Charlie Gonzalez 67%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 44%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 33%
Bart Gordon 56%
Porter Goss 56%
Daniel Graham 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 44%
William Phillip Gramm 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 33%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30%
Mark Green 44%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 89%
James Greenwood 56%
Judd Gregg 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89%
Gilbert Gutknecht 56%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 44%
Tony Hall 67%
James Hansen 44%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 33%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
Robert Hayes 44%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 33%
Joel Hefley 33%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 33%
Baron Hill 78%
Van Hilleary 44%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 78%
Maurice Hinchey 89%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 86%
David Lee Hobson 67%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 89%
Pete Hoekstra 56%
Thomas Holden 78%
Ernest Hollings 80%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 89%

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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