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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 38%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40%
Todd Akin 25%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Wayne Allard 20%
George Allen 10%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
Brian Baird 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 12%
J. Gresham Barrett 38%
Roscoe Bartlett 25%
Charlie Bass 62%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 40%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 10%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 62%
Marion Berry 12%
Judy Biggert 25%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
Sherwood Boehlert 38%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 12%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Leonard Boswell 25%
Rick Boucher 38%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
Henry Brown, Jr. 12%
Ginny Brown-Waite 25%
Jim Bunning 10%
Conrad Burns 10%
Dan Burton 25%
Steve Buyer 12%
Robert Byrd 50%
Chris Cannon 0%
Dennis Cardoza 25%
Julia Carson 12%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 50%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 12%
Hillary Clinton 60%
Norm Coleman 10%
Kent Conrad 40%
Jon Corzine 70%
Jerry Costello 12%
Christopher Cox 50%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 25%
Barbara Cubin 12%
Randall Cunningham 12%
Artur Davis 25%
James Davis 62%
Jo Ann Davis 25%
Lincoln Davis 25%
Thomas Davis III 12%
Bill Delahunt 38%
Thomas DeLay 25%
James DeMint 25%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 12%
Norm Dicks 38%
Chris Dodd 50%
Elizabeth Dole 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
John Doolittle 12%
Byron Dorgan 50%
David Dreier 12%
Chet Edwards 25%
Vern Ehlers 38%
Jo Ann Emerson 12%
Philip English 38%
John Ensign 50%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 25%
Terry Everett 12%
Tom Feeney 38%
Russ Feingold 70%
Michael Ferguson 38%
Bob Filner 38%
Mark Foley 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 25%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 25%
Barney Frank 62%
William Frist 10%
Elton Gallegly 12%
Jim Gibbons 25%
Wayne Gilchrest 25%
Paul Gillmor 25%
Charlie Gonzalez 25%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 25%
Bart Gordon 38%
Mark Green 50%
Judd Gregg 60%
Gilbert Gutknecht 38%
Jane Harman 62%
Katherine Harris 25%
Melissa Hart 12%
J. Dennis Hastert 50%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 50%
Joel Hefley 25%
Wally Herger, Jr. 12%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 33%
Maurice Hinchey 38%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 25%
Thomas Holden 38%
Darlene Hooley 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 38%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 25%
Kay Hutchison 30%
Henry Hyde 25%
Daniel Inouye 40%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 12%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 50%
William Jefferson 25%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Nancy Johnson 38%
Tim Johnson 25%
Paul Kanjorski 38%
Ric Keller 12%
Sue Kelly 38%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Mark Kennedy 25%
Patrick Kennedy 38%
Dale Kildee 50%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 50%
Joseph Knollenberg 12%
Herb Kohl 60%
James Kolbe 25%
Dennis Kucinich 75%
Jon Kyl 50%
Ray LaHood 0%
Tom Lantos 50%
Steve LaTourette 12%
Frank Lautenberg 70%
James Leach 12%
Jerry Lewis 12%
Ron Lewis 12%
Joe Lieberman 30%
Blanche Lincoln 30%
John Linder 38%
Trent Lott, Sr. 30%
Dick Lugar 0%
Don Manzullo 25%
Jim Marshall 38%
Thaddeus McCotter 12%
James McCrery III 12%
John McHugh 25%
Michael McNulty 50%
Martin Meehan 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 25%
Brad Miller 62%
Alan Mollohan 25%
Dennis Moore 38%
Jack Murtha 38%
Marilyn Musgrave 25%
Sue Myrick 38%
Ben Nelson 20%
Robert William Ney 12%
Anne Northup 25%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 25%
James Nussle 12%
Jim Oberstar 38%
Dave Obey 62%
John Olver 50%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 12%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
Major Owens 50%
Michael Oxley 12%
Ron Paul 62%
Donald Payne 50%
John Peterson 25%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 12%
Todd Platts 25%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 25%
Jon Porter, Sr. 38%
Deborah Pryce 25%
George Radanovich 12%
James Ramstad 62%
Ralph Regula 12%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Richard Renzi 38%
Silvestre Reyes 12%
Thomas Reynolds 12%
Mike Ross 25%
Steve Rothman 50%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 50%
Rick Santorum 20%
Paul Sarbanes 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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