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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 29%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Wayne Allard 29%
Thomas Allen 67%
Rob Andrews 83%
Bill Archer 50%
Richard Armey 50%
John Ashcroft 14%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 50%
Henry Scott Baesler 83%
Richard Hugh Baker 50%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 67%
Cass Ballenger 33%
James Barcia 67%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 83%
Bill Barrett 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
Charlie Bass 50%
Herbert Bateman 50%
Max Baucus 71%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 14%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 83%
Douglas Bereuter 50%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 67%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 71%
Brian Bilbray 67%
Michael Bilirakis 50%
Jeff Bingaman 57%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 67%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 50%
Kit Bond 29%
Henry Bonilla 50%
David Edward Bonior 67%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 83%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
John Breaux 71%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67%
George Brown, Jr. 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29%
Richard Bryan 57%
Ed Bryant 33%
Dale Bumpers 71%
Jim Bunning 50%
Conrad Burns 29%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 50%
Dan Burton 50%
Steve Buyer 50%
Robert Byrd 86%
Herbert Callahan 50%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 67%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 33%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 67%
Chris Cannon 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 67%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
John Chafee 43%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 67%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 50%
Jon Lynn Christensen 50%
William Clay, Sr. 83%
Eva Clayton 83%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 71%
Robert Clement 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 67%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 29%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 33%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 43%
Michael Collins 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
Larry Combest 50%
Gary Condit 67%
Kent Conrad 86%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 50%
John Cooksey 50%
Jerry Costello 50%
Paul Coverdell 29%
Christopher Cox 50%
William Coyne 83%
Larry Craig 29%
Robert Cramer 67%
Philip Crane 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
Barbara Cubin 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 50%
Alfonse D'Amato 29%
Patsy Ann Danner 67%
Thomas Daschle 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 67%
Thomas Davis III 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 50%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 83%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 83%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 33%
Peter Deutsch 67%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 29%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 67%
Jay Dickey 50%
Norm Dicks 83%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 83%
Julian Dixon 83%
Chris Dodd 71%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 29%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 33%
Byron Dorgan 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 67%
David Dreier 50%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 50%
Jennifer Dunn 50%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
Chet Edwards 67%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
Philip English 50%
John Ensign 67%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 50%
Thomas Ewing 67%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 14%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Harris Fawell 67%
Victor Fazio 83%
Russ Feingold 71%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 86%
Bob Filner 83%
Mark Foley 50%
Michael Patrick Forbes 67%
Harold Ford, Jr. 83%
Wendell Ford 86%
Tillie Fowler 67%
Jon David Fox 67%
Barney Frank 83%
Robert Franks 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
William Frist 29%
Jonas Frost III 67%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Elton Gallegly 50%
John Ganske 50%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 50%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 67%
Paul Gillmor 50%
Benjamin Gilman 67%
John Glenn 71%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 50%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
William Goodling 50%
Bart Gordon 67%
Slade Gorton 29%
Porter Goss 50%
Daniel Graham 71%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
William Phillip Gramm 14%
Rodney Grams 14%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 83%
James Greenwood 67%
Judd Gregg 29%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 29%

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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