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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Revenue Score

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

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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