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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 85%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 21%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Wayne Allard 8%
Rob Andrews 92%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 15%
John Ashcroft 14%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 23%
Henry Scott Baesler 77%
Richard Hugh Baker 23%
William Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 77%
Cass Ballenger 8%
James Barcia 69%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 85%
Bill Barrett 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 8%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman 23%
Max Baucus 71%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 77%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 14%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 31%
Howard Berman 85%
Tom Bevill 38%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 71%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
Jeff Bingaman 86%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Peter Blute 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 8%
Kit Bond 21%
Henry Bonilla 23%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Sonny Bono 15%
Robert Borski, Jr. 92%
Rick Boucher 77%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
Bill Bradley 88%
John Breaux 71%
Bill Brewster 19%
Glen Browder 25%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
George Brown, Jr. 85%
Hank Brown 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 15%
Richard Bryan 86%
Ed Bryant 15%
John Bryant 75%
Dale Bumpers 86%
Jim Bunn 31%
Jim Bunning 15%
Conrad Burns 14%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
Dan Burton 15%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 86%
Herbert Callahan 15%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 23%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 38%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 31%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
Mike Castle 54%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 23%
John Chafee 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 15%
Jim Chapman 31%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 15%
Dick Chrysler 6%
William Clay, Sr. 77%
Eva Clayton 85%
Robert Clement 77%
William Clinger 13%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 21%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 23%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 23%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 7%
William Cohen 63%
Ronald Coleman 88%
Barbara-Rose Collins 88%
Cardiss Collins 100%
Michael Collins 23%
Larry Combest 15%
Gary Condit 69%
Kent Conrad 86%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
Wes Cooley 13%
Jerry Costello 69%
Paul Coverdell 7%
Christopher Cox 15%
William Coyne 92%
Larry Craig 21%
Robert Cramer 69%
Philip Crane 15%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 8%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 0%
Barbara Cubin 8%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 15%
Alfonse D'Amato 29%
Patsy Ann Danner 77%
Thomas Daschle 79%
Thomas Davis III 46%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 31%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
E. Kika de la Garza 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
Thomas DeLay 15%
Ronald Dellums 77%
Peter Deutsch 69%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 29%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 46%
Jay Dickey 8%
Norm Dicks 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 54%
Julian Dixon 77%
Chris Dodd 71%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
Robert Dole 20%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 21%
Calvin Dooley 54%
John Doolittle 15%
Byron Dorgan 71%
Robert Dornan 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
David Dreier 23%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 38%
Jennifer Dunn 25%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
Chet Edwards 77%
Vern Ehlers 31%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 15%
Bill Emerson 6%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
Philip English 31%
John Ensign 38%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Lane Evans 85%
Terry Everett 15%
Thomas Ewing 15%
Jim Exon 63%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
Harris Fawell 38%
Victor Fazio 77%
Russ Feingold 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
Cleo Fields 88%
Jack Fields, Jr. 0%
Bob Filner 85%
Floyd Flake 92%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 13%
Thomas Foglietta 85%
Mark Foley 38%
Michael Patrick Forbes 31%
Harold Ford, Sr. 88%
Wendell Ford 86%
Tillie Fowler 38%
Jon David Fox 54%
Barney Frank 92%
Gary Franks 13%
Robert Franks 62%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 62%
Dan Frisa 0%
William Frist 29%
Jonas Frost III 69%
David Funderburk 6%
Elizabeth Furse 85%
Elton Gallegly 23%
John Ganske 23%
Sam Gejdenson 85%
George Gekas 23%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 85%
Pete Geren 13%
Sam Gibbons 63%
Wayne Gilchrest 46%
Paul Gillmor 15%
Benjamin Gilman 46%
John Glenn 86%
Henry Gonzalez 77%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 31%
William Goodling 31%
Bart Gordon 69%
Slade Gorton 36%

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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