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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 38%
Gary Ackerman 25%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 53%
Wayne Allard 18%
Thomas Allen 29%
Rob Andrews 54%
Richard Armey 38%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17%
Brian Baird 29%
Richard Hugh Baker 25%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 46%
Cass Ballenger 29%
James Barcia 25%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 54%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 33%
Charlie Bass 50%
Max Baucus 41%
Evan Bayh 59%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 33%
Bob Bennett 18%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 21%
Douglas Bereuter 46%
Shelley Berkley 33%
Howard Berman 29%
Marion Berry 21%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 76%
Judy Biggert 38%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 41%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
Rod Blagojevich 33%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 46%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 25%
Kit Bond 24%
Henry Bonilla 21%
David Edward Bonior 38%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Robert Borski, Jr. 17%
Leonard Boswell 17%
Rick Boucher 21%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 65%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 21%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 42%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 17%
John Breaux 35%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 21%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 42%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29%
Ed Bryant 38%
Jim Bunning 12%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 29%
Dan Burton 46%
Steve Buyer 17%
Robert Byrd 65%
Herbert Callahan 13%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 29%
Ben Campbell 18%
Chris Cannon 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 38%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 42%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
Julia Carson 29%
Mike Castle 54%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 71%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 76%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 38%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 25%
Eva Clayton 21%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 59%
Robert Clement 13%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 29%
Michael Collins 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
Larry Combest 42%
Gary Condit 29%
Kent Conrad 41%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 42%
John Cooksey 25%
Jerry Costello 29%
Christopher Cox 71%
William Coyne 25%
Larry Craig 18%
Robert Cramer 8%
Philip Crane 46%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 29%
Barbara Cubin 25%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
Randall Cunningham 46%
Thomas Daschle 35%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 38%
James Davis 25%
Thomas Davis III 46%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 54%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 63%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50%
Bill Delahunt 46%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 21%
Thomas DeLay 50%
James DeMint 42%
Peter Deutsch 46%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 41%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 29%
Norm Dicks 21%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25%
Chris Dodd 53%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 18%
Calvin Dooley 13%
John Doolittle 17%
Byron Dorgan 53%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 17%
David Dreier 21%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
Jennifer Dunn 29%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
John Edwards 59%
Chet Edwards 13%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 42%
Jo Ann Emerson 21%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
Philip English 38%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 42%
Bob Etheridge 17%
Lane Evans 38%
Terry Everett 25%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 38%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 25%
Russ Feingold 82%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 59%
Bob Filner 38%
Peter Fitzgerald 41%
Ernest Fletcher 29%
Mark Foley 42%
Harold Ford, Jr. 21%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 46%
Barney Frank 42%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
William Frist 24%
Jonas Frost III 21%
Elton Gallegly 33%
John Ganske 58%
George Gekas 25%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 29%
Jim Gibbons 29%
Wayne Gilchrest 29%
Paul Gillmor 29%
Benjamin Gilman 38%
Charlie Gonzalez 17%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 50%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
Bart Gordon 8%
Porter Goss 42%
Daniel Graham 53%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
William Phillip Gramm 29%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 21%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
Mark Green 50%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 38%
James Greenwood 33%
Judd Gregg 35%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 42%
Gilbert Gutknecht 54%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 33%
Tony Hall 25%
James Hansen 33%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 33%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 25%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 18%
Robert Hayes 33%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 46%
Joel Hefley 63%
Jesse Helms 18%
Wally Herger, Jr. 42%
Baron Hill 33%
Van Hilleary 42%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 25%
Maurice Hinchey 42%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 8%
David Lee Hobson 21%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 33%
Pete Hoekstra 67%
Thomas Holden 17%
Ernest Hollings 35%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 50%

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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