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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Tax Reform

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 5%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 90%
Gary Ackerman 15%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 10%
Rob Andrews 40%
Bill Archer 88%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 65%
Brian Baird 10%
Richard Hugh Baker 75%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 10%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 8%
Cass Ballenger 75%
James Barcia 30%
Bob Barr, Jr. 78%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 12%
Bill Barrett 62%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 65%
Max Baucus 10%
Evan Bayh 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 15%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 30%
Douglas Bereuter 50%
Shelley Berkley 22%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 25%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 5%
Judy Biggert 82%
Brian Bilbray 57%
Michael Bilirakis 70%
Jeff Bingaman 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
Rod Blagojevich 12%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 22%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 80%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
Kit Bond 95%
Henry Bonilla 80%
David Edward Bonior 0%
Mary Bono Mack 92%
Robert Borski, Jr. 10%
Leonard Boswell 22%
Rick Boucher 15%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 15%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 5%
John Breaux 30%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 12%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 5%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 0%
Ed Bryant 80%
Jim Bunning 95%
Conrad Burns 95%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 80%
Dan Burton 72%
Steve Buyer 68%
Robert Byrd 5%
Herbert Callahan 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 88%
Dave Camp 85%
Ben Campbell 90%
Thomas Campbell 65%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 75%
Chris Cannon 92%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 22%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
Julia Carson 5%
Mike Castle 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
Lincoln Chafee 68%
Saxby Chambliss 70%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 72%
William Clay, Sr. 10%
Eva Clayton 10%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 5%
Robert Clement 30%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 5%
Howard Coble 88%
Thomas Coburn 85%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 85%
Michael Collins 82%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
Larry Combest 90%
Gary Condit 42%
Kent Conrad 10%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 10%
Merrill Cook 90%
John Cooksey 70%
Jerry Costello 10%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 75%
William Coyne 10%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 30%
Philip Crane 98%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 10%
Barbara Cubin 70%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 10%
Randall Cunningham 90%
Patsy Ann Danner 35%
Thomas Daschle 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 12%
James Davis 15%
Thomas Davis III 72%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 75%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 15%
Bill Delahunt 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 5%
Thomas DeLay 92%
James DeMint 90%
Peter Deutsch 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Jay Dickey 70%
Norm Dicks 20%
John Dingell 10%
Julian Dixon 10%
Chris Dodd 5%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 22%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 75%
Calvin Dooley 20%
John Doolittle 80%
Byron Dorgan 5%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 5%
David Dreier 78%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
Jennifer Dunn 75%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 5%
John Edwards 10%
Chet Edwards 20%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 75%
Jo Ann Emerson 75%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 10%
Philip English 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 20%
Bob Etheridge 35%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 85%
Thomas Ewing 82%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 15%
Russ Feingold 5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 5%
Bob Filner 10%
Peter Fitzgerald 90%
Ernest Fletcher 95%
Mark Foley 85%
Michael Patrick Forbes 45%
Harold Ford, Jr. 25%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 90%
Tillie Fowler 60%
Barney Frank 12%
Robert Franks 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 75%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 15%
Elton Gallegly 85%
John Ganske 42%
Sam Gejdenson 10%
George Gekas 75%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 10%
Jim Gibbons 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 70%
Paul Gillmor 80%
Benjamin Gilman 65%
Charlie Gonzalez 20%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 78%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 88%
William Goodling 75%
Bart Gordon 30%
Slade Gorton 95%
Porter Goss 88%
Daniel Graham 5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 70%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 90%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 90%
Mark Green 82%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
James Greenwood 70%
Judd Gregg 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 2%

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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