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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Spending Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 6%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 58%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 96%
AR Governor Mike Beebe Democratic 31%
AZ Governor Jan Brewer Republican 54%
DE Governor Jack Markell Democratic 56%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 62%
IL Governor Pat Quinn Democratic 33%
KY Governor Steve Beshear Democratic 45%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 74%
MA Governor Deval Patrick Democratic 59%
MD Governor Martin O'Malley Democratic 46%
MO Governor Jay Nixon Democratic 55%
NE Governor Dave Heineman Republican 21%
TX Governor Rick Perry Republican 64%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 57%
Haley Barbour 58%
Phil Bredesen 57%
Don Carcieri 61%
Charlie Crist, Jr. 64%
Chet Culver 31%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 25%
Jim Douglas 44%
Jim Doyle III 31%
Dave Freudenthal 72%
Jim Gibbons 55%
Jennifer Granholm 66%
Chris Gregoire 20%
Brad Henry 79%
Ted Kulongoski 33%
Linda Lingle 43%
John Lynch 34%
David Paterson 29%
Tim Pawlenty 65%
Bev Perdue 45%
Sonny Perdue 67%
Jodi Rell 17%
Ed Rendell 41%
Bill Richardson 57%
Bob Riley 79%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 42%
Mike Rounds 41%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 69%
Brian Schweitzer 72%
Ted Strickland 38%

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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