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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Business-Industry Political Action Committee

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 20%
Gary Ackerman 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 62%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Todd Akin 77%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 100%
Rodney Alexander 90%
Jason Altmire 10%
Rob Andrews 25%
Michael Arcuri 20%
Joe Baca, Sr. 11%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 90%
Brian Baird 20%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 20%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 92%
J. Gresham Barrett 90%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 80%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 80%
Max Baucus 7%
Evan Bayh 23%
Melissa Bean 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 100%
Howard Berman 20%
Marion Berry 40%
Judy Biggert 80%
Brian Bilbray 70%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 80%
Jeff Bingaman 7%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 77%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 22%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 100%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 100%
Dan Boren 90%
Leonard Boswell 22%
Rick Boucher 30%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 7%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 10%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
Henry Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 15%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 92%
Ginny Brown-Waite 71%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 70%
Jim Bunning 92%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 77%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 80%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 0%
Steve Buyer 66%
Robert Byrd 16%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 100%
Eric Cantor 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 0%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 7%
Dennis Cardoza 20%
Russ Carnahan 20%
Christopher Carney 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 7%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 14%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 80%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
Mike Castle 50%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
Ben Chandler III 0%
Travis Childers 20%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 20%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 10%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 20%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 90%
Kent Conrad 8%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 30%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 83%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40%
Jerry Costello 0%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 77%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 10%
Artur Davis 20%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 20%
Geoff Davis 80%
Lincoln Davis 10%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 22%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
James DeMint 91%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 70%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Norm Dicks 20%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 20%
Chris Dodd 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 40%
Byron Dorgan 15%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 20%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 20%
Chet Edwards 20%
Vern Ehlers 90%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
Brad Ellsworth 30%
Jo Ann Emerson 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 20%
Bob Etheridge 20%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
Russ Feingold 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 7%
Bob Filner 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 80%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 62%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 60%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 28%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 80%
Barney Frank 20%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 90%
Elton Gallegly 80%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 77%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 40%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 80%
Bart Gordon 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 40%
Judd Gregg 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
John Hall 20%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 80%
Phil Hare 20%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 7%
Jane Harman 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 10%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 20%
Baron Hill 10%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 40%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 10%
Paul Hodes 0%
Pete Hoekstra 90%
Thomas Holden 0%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 22%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20%
Kay Hutchison 100%

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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