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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Revenue Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AR Governor Mike Beebe Democratic 57%
AZ Governor Jan Brewer Republican 27%
DE Governor Jack Markell Democratic 39%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 54%
IL Governor Pat Quinn Democratic 0%
KY Governor Steve Beshear Democratic 63%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 84%
MA Governor Deval Patrick Democratic 23%
MD Governor Martin O'Malley Democratic 62%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 51%
MO Governor Jay Nixon Democratic 66%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 82%
NE Governor Dave Heineman Republican 77%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 71%
TX Governor Rick Perry Republican 63%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 75%
Haley Barbour 49%
Phil Bredesen 46%
Don Carcieri 61%
Charlie Crist, Jr. 34%
Chet Culver 53%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 86%
Jim Douglas 66%
Jim Doyle III 30%
Dave Freudenthal 61%
Jim Gibbons 81%
Jennifer Granholm 38%
Chris Gregoire 45%
Brad Henry 52%
Ted Kulongoski 0%
Linda Lingle 75%
John Lynch 37%
David Paterson 15%
Tim Pawlenty 87%
Bev Perdue 46%
Sonny Perdue 55%
Jodi Rell 46%
Ed Rendell 24%
Bill Richardson 61%
Bob Riley 49%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 7%
Mike Rounds 62%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 35%
Brian Schweitzer 55%
Ted Strickland 52%

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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