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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Albert Wynn 44%
Bill Young 37%

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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