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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Henry Scott Baesler 77%
Richard Hugh Baker 23%
William Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 8%
James Barcia 69%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman 23%
Max Baucus 71%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 14%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 31%
Howard Berman 85%
Tom Bevill 38%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
Jeff Bingaman 86%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
Peter Blute 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
Kit Bond 21%
Henry Bonilla 23%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Sonny Bono 15%
Robert Borski, Jr. 92%
Rick Boucher 77%
Bill Bradley 88%
John Breaux 71%
Bill Brewster 19%
Glen Browder 25%
George Brown, Jr. 85%
Hank Brown 0%
Richard Bryan 86%
Ed Bryant 15%
John Bryant 75%
Dale Bumpers 86%
Jim Bunn 31%
Jim Bunning 15%
Conrad Burns 14%
Dan Burton 15%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 86%
Herbert Callahan 15%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 38%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 31%
Mike Castle 54%
John Chafee 50%
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%
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%
Wes Cooley 13%
Jerry Costello 69%
Paul Coverdell 7%
Christopher Cox 15%
William Coyne 92%
Larry Craig 21%
Robert Cramer 69%
Philip Crane 15%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 0%
Barbara Cubin 8%
Randall Cunningham 15%
Alfonse D'Amato 29%
Patsy Ann Danner 77%
Thomas Daschle 79%
Thomas Davis III 46%
E. Kika de la Garza 50%
Thomas DeLay 15%
Ronald Dellums 77%
Peter Deutsch 69%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 46%
Jay Dickey 8%
Norm Dicks 85%
Julian Dixon 77%
Chris Dodd 71%
Robert Dole 20%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 21%
Calvin Dooley 54%
John Doolittle 15%
Byron Dorgan 71%
Robert Dornan 0%
David Dreier 23%
Jennifer Dunn 25%
Chet Edwards 77%
Vern Ehlers 31%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 15%
Bill Emerson 6%
Philip English 31%
John Ensign 38%
Lane Evans 85%
Terry Everett 15%
Thomas Ewing 15%
Jim Exon 63%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 7%
Harris Fawell 38%
Victor Fazio 77%
Russ Feingold 93%
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%
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%
William Goodling 31%
Bart Gordon 69%
Slade Gorton 36%
Porter Goss 23%
Daniel Graham 64%
William Phillip Gramm 7%
Rodney Grams 14%
Enid Greene 0%
James Greenwood 46%
Judd Gregg 29%
Steven Gunderson 6%
Gilbert Gutknecht 23%
Tony Hall 83%
Lee Hamilton 77%
Melton Hancock 0%
James Hansen 23%
Jane Harman 69%
J. Dennis Hastert 15%
Mark Hatfield 31%
James Hayes 6%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 23%
Joel Hefley 8%
W.G. Hefner 69%
Fredrick Kenneth Fred' Heineman 6%
Jesse Helms 7%
Wally Herger, Jr. 8%
Van Hilleary 31%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 77%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
David Lee Hobson 23%
Pete Hoekstra 23%
Martin Hoke 13%
Thomas Holden 69%
Ernest Hollings 79%
Stephen Horn 54%
John Nathan Hostettler 15%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 54%
Duncan Hunter 15%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 23%
Kay Hutchison 14%
Henry Hyde 31%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 23%
Daniel Inouye 86%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 15%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 92%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 69%
William Jefferson 77%

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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