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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 100%
Ronald Klink 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
John LaFalce 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
James Maloney 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Karen McCarthy 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Paul McHale 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
George Miller 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Major Owens 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
David Skaggs 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
John Tierney 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Sidney Yates 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
Robert Byrd 86%
Kent Conrad 86%
Thomas Daschle 86%
Byron Dorgan 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 86%
Wendell Ford 86%
Ernest Hollings 86%
Daniel Inouye 86%
Timothy Johnson 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 86%
Frank Lautenberg 86%
Carl Levin 86%
Joe Lieberman 86%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 86%
Paul Sarbanes 86%
Paul Wellstone 86%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
Rob Andrews 83%
Henry Scott Baesler 83%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 83%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
Rick Boucher 83%
George Brown, Jr. 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
William Clay, Sr. 83%
Eva Clayton 83%
William Coyne 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 83%
Bill Delahunt 83%
Norm Dicks 83%
John Dingell 83%
Julian Dixon 83%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
Victor Fazio 83%
Bob Filner 83%
Harold Ford, Jr. 83%
Barney Frank 83%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 83%
Lee Hamilton 83%
Jane Harman 83%
Maurice Hinchey 83%
Darlene Hooley 83%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 83%
William Jefferson 83%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 83%
Paul Kanjorski 83%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 83%
Gerald Kleczka 83%
Nicholas Lampson 83%
Tom Lantos 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 83%
William Luther 83%
Thomas Manton 83%
Matthew Martinez 83%
Robert Matsui 83%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 83%
Michael McNulty 83%
Carrie Meek 83%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 83%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 83%
John Moakley 83%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 83%
Robert William Ney 83%
Jim Oberstar 83%
Dave Obey 83%
John Olver 83%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 83%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 83%
Donald Payne 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
Nick Rahall II 83%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 83%
Silvestre Reyes 83%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 83%
Timothy Roemer 83%
Martin Olav Sabo 83%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 83%
Christopher Shays 83%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 83%
Louis Stokes 83%
Ted Strickland 83%
Ellen Tauscher 83%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 83%
Karen Thurman 83%
Bruce Vento 83%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 83%
Mel Watt 83%
Henry Waxman 83%
Bob Weygand 83%
Jim Gibbons 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
Ciro Rodriguez 75%
Max Baucus 71%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 71%
John Breaux 71%
Dale Bumpers 71%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 71%
Chris Dodd 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
Russ Feingold 71%
John Glenn 71%
Daniel Graham 71%
Tom Harkin 71%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 71%
Mary Landrieu 71%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 71%
Patrick Moynihan 71%
Charles Robb 71%
Jay Rockefeller IV 71%
Robert Torricelli 71%
Thomas Allen 67%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 67%
James Barcia 67%
Marion Berry 67%
Brian Bilbray 67%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 67%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
David Edward Bonior 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67%
Dave Camp 67%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 67%
Mike Castle 67%
Saxby Chambliss 67%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 67%
Gary Condit 67%
Robert Cramer 67%
Patsy Ann Danner 67%
James Davis 67%
Peter Deutsch 67%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 67%

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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