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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Todd Akin 11%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 55%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
J. Gresham Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 22%
Max Baucus 10%
Evan Bayh 50%
Melissa Bean 77%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 55%
Judy Biggert 11%
Jeff Bingaman 22%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 22%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
Dan Boren 33%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 33%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 77%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 10%
Dan Burton 11%
Steve Buyer 11%
Robert Byrd 40%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
Russ Carnahan 88%
Julia Carson 66%
Mike Castle 77%
Ben Chandler III 88%
Hillary Clinton 50%
Norm Coleman 11%
Kent Conrad 44%
Jerry Costello 55%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 22%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Artur Davis 55%
Geoff Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 55%
Thomas Davis III 11%
Bill Delahunt 87%
James DeMint 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 22%
Norm Dicks 66%
Chris Dodd 44%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 33%
Thelma Drake 11%
David Dreier 0%
Chet Edwards 22%
Vern Ehlers 44%
Jo Ann Emerson 11%
Philip English 11%
John Ensign 11%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Terry Everett 11%
Tom Feeney 11%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 33%
Bob Filner 88%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 11%
Barney Frank 88%
Elton Gallegly 11%
Wayne Gilchrest 33%
Charlie Gonzalez 44%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 11%
Bart Gordon 55%
Judd Gregg 70%
Jane Harman 87%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 11%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 44%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 44%
Darlene Hooley 88%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 11%
Kay Hutchison 10%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 22%
Daniel Inouye 30%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
William Jefferson 44%
Tim Johnson 66%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
Ric Keller 11%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
Dale Kildee 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 40%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
Jon Kyl 60%
Ray LaHood 33%
Tom Lantos 88%
Steve LaTourette 22%
Frank Lautenberg 60%
Jerry Lewis 0%
Ron Lewis 11%
Joe Lieberman 25%
Blanche Lincoln 20%
John Linder 11%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 10%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 22%
Don Manzullo 0%
Jim Marshall 55%
Melquiades Martinez 30%
Thaddeus McCotter 11%
James McCrery III 0%
John McHugh 22%
Michael McNulty 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 33%
Brad Miller 77%
Alan Mollohan 33%
Dennis Moore 77%
Jack Murtha 33%
Marilyn Musgrave 11%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 10%
Jim Oberstar 66%
Dave Obey 88%
John Olver 87%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 25%
Ron Paul 85%
Donald Payne 83%
John Peterson 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 11%
Todd Platts 37%
Earl Pomeroy 44%
Jon Porter, Sr. 11%
Deborah Pryce 0%
George Radanovich 0%
James Ramstad 50%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Richard Renzi 22%
Silvestre Reyes 44%
Thomas Reynolds 11%
Mike Ross 25%
Steve Rothman 88%
Ken Salazar 30%
Jim Saxton 77%
Jean Schmidt 0%
John Shadegg 22%
Christopher Shays 77%
Ike Skelton 55%
Gordon Smith 20%
Olympia Snowe 30%
Vic Snyder 66%
Hilda Solis 88%
Mark Souder 11%
Arlen Specter 20%
John Spratt, Jr. 66%
Pete Stark 88%
Cliff Stearns 11%
Ted Stevens 0%
Bart Stupak 75%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 90%
Tom Tancredo 11%
John Tanner 66%
Ellen Tauscher 77%
Gene Taylor 77%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Ed Towns 42%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 88%
George Voinovich 10%
James Walsh 22%
Zach Wamp 11%
John Warner 0%
Diane Watson 88%
Mel Watt 88%
Anthony Weiner 88%
David Weldon 11%
Gerald Weller 0%
Robert Wexler 77%
Heather Wilson 33%
Lynn Woolsey 88%
David Wu 88%

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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