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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 30%
Gary Ackerman 89%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 70%
Bill Archer 20%
Richard Armey 20%
John Ashcroft 10%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
Cass Ballenger 30%
James Barcia 70%
Bob Barr, Jr. 20%
Bill Barrett 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 20%
Charlie Bass 50%
Herbert Bateman 10%
Max Baucus 70%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 40%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 20%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Kit Bond 30%
Henry Bonilla 20%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 13%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
John Breaux 60%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 20%
Jim Bunning 20%
Conrad Burns 10%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 90%
Herbert Callahan 20%
Ben Campbell 30%
Thomas Campbell 50%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
Chris Cannon 10%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 50%
John Chafee 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 80%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 90%
Robert Clement 60%
Michael Collins 20%
Larry Combest 20%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 70%
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%
Barbara Cubin 20%
Randall Cunningham 20%
Patsy Ann Danner 40%
Thomas Daschle 80%
James Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 20%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Thomas DeLay 20%
Peter Deutsch 67%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
Jay Dickey 20%
Norm Dicks 70%
Julian Dixon 90%
Chris Dodd 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
Calvin Dooley 50%
John Doolittle 20%
Byron Dorgan 80%
David Dreier 10%
Jennifer Dunn 20%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 20%
Philip English 20%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 20%
Thomas Ewing 40%
Russ Feingold 90%
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%
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%
William Goodling 20%
Bart Gordon 60%
Slade Gorton 20%
Porter Goss 20%
Daniel Graham 80%
William Phillip Gramm 10%
Rodney Grams 10%
James Greenwood 40%
Judd Gregg 20%
Gilbert Gutknecht 20%
Tony Hall 100%
James Hansen 20%
J. Dennis Hastert 20%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 20%
Joel Hefley 30%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Rick Hill 30%
Van Hilleary 20%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 89%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 20%
Pete Hoekstra 30%
Thomas Holden 60%
Ernest Hollings 50%
Darlene Hooley 70%
Stephen Horn 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 10%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 30%
Kenny Hulshof 40%
Duncan Hunter 20%
Asa Hutchinson 20%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 10%
Kay Hutchison 20%
Henry Hyde 20%
Daniel Inouye 90%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 20%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 70%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 20%
Christopher John 30%
Nancy Johnson 50%
Paul Kanjorski 90%
Sue Kelly 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 80%
Patrick Kennedy 80%
Bob Kerrey 80%
Dale Kildee 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Gerald Kleczka 60%
Ronald Klink 100%
Joseph Knollenberg 20%
Herb Kohl 80%
James Kolbe 30%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
Jon Kyl 10%
John LaFalce 90%
Ray LaHood 20%
Nicholas Lampson 89%
Tom Lantos 80%
Stephen Largent 20%
Steve LaTourette 50%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
Rick Lazio 40%
James Leach 60%
Jerry Lewis 20%
Ron Lewis 20%
Joe Lieberman 80%
John Linder 20%
William Lipinski 78%
Trent Lott, Sr. 10%
Dick Lugar 20%
William Luther 90%
Connie Mack 10%
James Maloney 70%
Don Manzullo 20%
Matthew Martinez 60%
Frank Mascara 70%

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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