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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 30%
Gary Ackerman 89%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 70%
Bill Archer 20%
Richard Armey 20%
John Ashcroft 10%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 10%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
Cass Ballenger 30%
James Barcia 70%
Bob Barr, Jr. 20%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 80%
Bill Barrett 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 20%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
Charlie Bass 50%
Herbert Bateman 10%
Max Baucus 70%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 40%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 20%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
Kit Bond 30%
Henry Bonilla 20%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 13%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 60%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 20%
Jim Bunning 20%
Conrad Burns 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 30%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 90%
Herbert Callahan 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
Ben Campbell 30%
Thomas Campbell 50%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
Chris Cannon 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 78%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
John Chafee 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 20%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 80%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 90%
Robert Clement 60%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
Michael Collins 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
Larry Combest 20%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 70%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
Merrill Cook 30%
John Cooksey 20%
Jerry Costello 90%
Paul Coverdell 20%
Christopher Cox 20%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 40%
Philip Crane 20%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 20%
Barbara Cubin 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
Randall Cunningham 20%
Patsy Ann Danner 40%
Thomas Daschle 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
James Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 33%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
Thomas DeLay 20%
Peter Deutsch 67%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 40%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
Jay Dickey 20%
Norm Dicks 70%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
Julian Dixon 90%
Chris Dodd 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
Calvin Dooley 50%
John Doolittle 20%
Byron Dorgan 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 70%
David Dreier 10%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30%
Jennifer Dunn 20%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 20%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 20%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 20%
Thomas Ewing 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Bob Filner 100%
Mark Foley 40%
Michael Patrick Forbes 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 88%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
Tillie Fowler 20%
Barney Frank 78%
Robert Franks 40%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
William Frist 30%
Jonas Frost III 70%
Elton Gallegly 30%
John Ganske 40%
Sam Gejdenson 90%
George Gekas 30%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 78%
Jim Gibbons 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 40%
Paul Gillmor 20%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 22%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
William Goodling 20%
Bart Gordon 60%
Slade Gorton 20%
Porter Goss 20%
Daniel Graham 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
William Phillip Gramm 10%
Rodney Grams 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
James Greenwood 40%
Judd Gregg 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 20%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 30%
Tony Hall 100%
James Hansen 20%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 75%
J. Dennis Hastert 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 20%
Joel Hefley 30%
Jesse Helms 0%

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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