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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Business-Industry Political Action Committee

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 3%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 84%
Gary Ackerman 7%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 7%
Rob Andrews 7%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 92%
Joe Baca, Sr. 23%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 81%
Brian Baird 14%
Richard Hugh Baker 89%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 11%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 3%
Cass Ballenger 96%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 82%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 7%
Bill Barrett 96%
Roscoe Bartlett 89%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 92%
Charlie Bass 78%
Herbert Bateman 92%
Max Baucus 15%
Evan Bayh 15%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 7%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 75%
Shelley Berkley 14%
Howard Berman 8%
Marion Berry 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15%
Judy Biggert 96%
Brian Bilbray 55%
Michael Bilirakis 85%
Jeff Bingaman 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
Rod Blagojevich 7%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 10%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 46%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 0%
Mary Bono Mack 85%
Robert Borski, Jr. 0%
Leonard Boswell 22%
Rick Boucher 25%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 57%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
John Breaux 25%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 7%
Ed Bryant 96%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 82%
Dan Burton 88%
Steve Buyer 92%
Robert Byrd 7%
Herbert Callahan 88%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 96%
Ben Campbell 91%
Thomas Campbell 60%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 89%
Chris Cannon 96%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 18%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 3%
Julia Carson 8%
Mike Castle 57%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 89%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 7%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 7%
Robert Clement 46%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 3%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 73%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 81%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
Michael Collins 89%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 76%
Larry Combest 96%
Gary Condit 46%
Kent Conrad 8%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 7%
Merrill Cook 78%
John Cooksey 80%
Jerry Costello 14%
Christopher Cox 95%
William Coyne 0%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 60%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 3%
Barbara Cubin 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 55%
Thomas Daschle 8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
James Davis 14%
Thomas Davis III 78%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 82%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 3%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 10%
Bill Delahunt 3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 10%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 84%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
Jay Dickey 85%
Norm Dicks 7%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 14%
Julian Dixon 11%
Chris Dodd 16%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 92%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 82%
Byron Dorgan 7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 7%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 71%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 7%
John Edwards 7%
Chet Edwards 32%
Vern Ehlers 75%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 74%
Jo Ann Emerson 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 67%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 21%
Bob Etheridge 17%
Lane Evans 0%
Terry Everett 92%
Thomas Ewing 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 3%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 3%
Russ Feingold 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 15%
Bob Filner 3%
Peter Fitzgerald 61%
Ernest Fletcher 96%
Mark Foley 67%
Michael Patrick Forbes 21%
Harold Ford, Jr. 21%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 92%
Tillie Fowler 92%
Barney Frank 10%
Robert Franks 62%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
William Frist 92%
Jonas Frost III 21%
Elton Gallegly 75%
John Ganske 40%
Sam Gejdenson 3%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 71%
Wayne Gilchrest 60%
Paul Gillmor 89%
Benjamin Gilman 29%
Charlie Gonzalez 7%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 89%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
William Goodling 92%
Bart Gordon 37%
Slade Gorton 83%
Porter Goss 85%
Daniel Graham 7%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 66%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 96%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
Mark Green 96%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 14%
James Greenwood 52%
Judd Gregg 84%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 3%

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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