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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 100%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 0%
Ron Paul 17%
Donald Payne 100%
John Peterson 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Todd Platts 14%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 71%
Jon Porter, Sr. 0%
Deborah Pryce 0%
George Radanovich 0%
James Ramstad 0%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Richard Renzi 0%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
Thomas Reynolds 0%
Mike Ross 71%
Steve Rothman 71%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Rick Santorum 14%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 14%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 0%
Christopher Shays 14%
Donald Sherwood 0%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 14%
Ike Skelton 71%
Gordon Smith 29%
Olympia Snowe 57%
Vic Snyder 71%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 71%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Ted Stevens 14%
Ted Strickland 86%
Bart Stupak 100%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 17%
John Sweeney 14%
James Talent 14%
Tom Tancredo 14%
John Tanner 80%
Ellen Tauscher 86%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 57%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Ed Towns 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
George Voinovich 14%
James Walsh 0%
Zach Wamp 14%
John Warner 14%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 86%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 0%
Robert Wexler 100%
Heather Wilson 14%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 83%
Albert Wynn 57%
Bill Young 14%

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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