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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Anthony Beilenson 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Cardiss Collins 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Gerry Studds 100%
Harry Johnston 94%
Paul Simon 94%
Russ Feingold 93%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
Patrick Moynihan 93%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 93%
Paul Sarbanes 93%
Rob Andrews 92%
Robert Borski, Jr. 92%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
William Coyne 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
Floyd Flake 92%
Barney Frank 92%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 92%
Patrick Kennedy 92%
John LaFalce 92%
William Luther 92%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 92%
Paul McHale 92%
John Olver 92%
Major Owens 92%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 92%
Ed Towns 92%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
Sidney Yates 92%
Louis Stokes 89%
Bill Bradley 88%
Ronald Coleman 88%
Barbara-Rose Collins 88%
Cleo Fields 88%
Harold Ford, Sr. 88%
Pat Schroeder 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Jeff Bingaman 86%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
Richard Bryan 86%
Dale Bumpers 86%
Robert Byrd 86%
Kent Conrad 86%
Wendell Ford 86%
John Glenn 86%
Daniel Inouye 86%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 86%
Frank Lautenberg 86%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 85%
Gary Ackerman 85%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 85%
Howard Berman 85%
David Edward Bonior 85%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
George Brown, Jr. 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
Eva Clayton 85%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
Norm Dicks 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
Lane Evans 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
Bob Filner 85%
Thomas Foglietta 85%
Elizabeth Furse 85%
Sam Gejdenson 85%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
Paul Kanjorski 85%
Joseph Kennedy II 85%
Dale Kildee 85%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
William Lipinski 85%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
Thomas Manton 85%
Matthew Martinez 85%
Frank Mascara 85%
Karen McCarthy 85%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 85%
Martin Meehan 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 85%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 85%
John Moakley 85%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 85%
Donald Payne 85%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
Martin Olav Sabo 85%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 85%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
David Skaggs 85%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 85%
Pete Stark 85%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 85%
Esteban Edward Torres 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
Bruce Vento 85%
Mel Watt 85%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 85%
Lynn Woolsey 85%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
Tony Hall 83%
David Pryor 81%
Thomas Daschle 79%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
Ernest Hollings 79%
Bob Kerrey 79%
Paul Wellstone 79%
Henry Scott Baesler 77%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 77%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Rick Boucher 77%
William Clay, Sr. 77%
Robert Clement 77%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
Patsy Ann Danner 77%
Ronald Dellums 77%
Julian Dixon 77%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
Chet Edwards 77%
Victor Fazio 77%
Henry Gonzalez 77%
Lee Hamilton 77%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 77%
William Jefferson 77%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 77%
Gerald Kleczka 77%
Tom Lantos 77%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 77%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
Robert Matsui 77%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 77%
Carrie Meek 77%
David Minge 77%
Alan Mollohan 77%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 77%
Jim Oberstar 77%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 77%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 77%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
John Spratt, Jr. 77%
Karen Thurman 77%
James Traficant, Jr. 77%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 77%
Albert Wynn 77%
John Bryant 75%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Claiborne Pell 75%
Bill Richardson 75%
Ray Thornton 75%
Michael Ward 75%
Max Baucus 71%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 71%
John Breaux 71%
Chris Dodd 71%
Byron Dorgan 71%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
Charles Robb 71%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 71%
James Barcia 69%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
Gary Condit 69%
Jerry Costello 69%
Robert Cramer 69%
Peter Deutsch 69%
Jonas Frost III 69%
Bart Gordon 69%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 69%
Jane Harman 69%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 69%
W.G. Hefner 69%
Thomas Holden 69%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 69%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 69%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 69%

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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