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Special Interest Groups

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

2008 Positions on Middle Class Advocacy

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 90
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90
Todd Akin 30
Rodney Alexander 30
Wayne Allard 30
Thomas Allen 90
Jason Altmire 100
Rob Andrews 90
Michael Arcuri 90
Joe Baca, Sr. 90
Brian Baird 78
J. Gresham Barrett 20
Roscoe Bartlett 40
Max Baucus 70
Evan Bayh 80
Melissa Bean 80
Bob Bennett 30
Shelley Berkley 90
Howard Berman 89
Marion Berry 80
Judy Biggert 40
Brian Bilbray 40
Jeff Bingaman 90
Kit Bond 56
Jo Bonner, Jr. 30
Mary Bono Mack 56
Dan Boren 80
Leonard Boswell 90
Rick Boucher 89
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70
Nancy Boyda 100
Henry Brown, Jr. 40
Ginny Brown-Waite 50
Jim Bunning 40
Dan Burton 30
Steve Buyer 67
Robert Byrd 78
Chris Cannon 20
Eric Cantor 20
Dennis Cardoza 80
Russ Carnahan 90
Christopher Carney 100
Julia Carson 88
Mike Castle 70
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100
Ben Chandler III 100
Travis Childers 83
Norm Coleman 43
Kent Conrad 78
Jerry Costello 100
Larry Craig 38
Robert Cramer 89
Barbara Cubin 0
Artur Davis 80
David Davis 50
Geoff Davis 40
Lincoln Davis 100
Thomas Davis III 38
Bill Delahunt 100
James DeMint 11
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70
Norm Dicks 89
Chris Dodd 90
Elizabeth Dole 70
Pete Domenici, Jr. 38
John Doolittle 33
Byron Dorgan 90
Thelma Drake 50
David Dreier 30
Chet Edwards 90
Vern Ehlers 60
Brad Ellsworth 80
Jo Ann Emerson 70
Philip English 90
John Ensign 20
Bob Etheridge 90
Terry Everett 29
Tom Feeney 40
Russ Feingold 100
Michael Ferguson 40
Bob Filner 90
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50
Barney Frank 90
Elton Gallegly 50
Gabrielle Giffords 80
Wayne Gilchrest 89
Charlie Gonzalez 90
Virgil Goode, Jr. 40
Bart Gordon 88
Judd Gregg 22
John Hall 90
Phil Hare 90
Jane Harman 90
Robert Hayes 70
Wally Herger, Jr. 20
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 80
Baron Hill 100
Maurice Hinchey 100
David Lee Hobson 50
Paul Hodes 100
Pete Hoekstra 30
Thomas Holden 100
Darlene Hooley 89
Kenny Hulshof 33
Duncan Hunter 50
Kay Hutchison 40
Bob Inglis, Sr. 30
Daniel Inouye 78
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 90
William Jefferson 100
Tim Johnson 60
Steve Kagen 90
Paul Kanjorski 90
Ric Keller 56
Patrick Kennedy 89
Dale Kildee 90
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90
Ron Klein 90
Joseph Knollenberg 60
Herb Kohl 80
Dennis Kucinich 100
John Kuhl, Jr. 33
Jon Kyl 0
Ray LaHood 78
Nicholas Lampson 80
Steve LaTourette 100
Frank Lautenberg 90
Jerry Lewis 30
Ron Lewis 56
Joe Lieberman 70
Blanche Lincoln 60
John Linder 20
Dick Lugar 40
Dan Lungren 10
Connie Mack IV 33
Tim Mahoney 80
Don Manzullo 50
Jim Marshall 70
Melquiades Martinez 50
Thaddeus McCotter 60
James McCrery III 50
John McHugh 80
Michael McNulty 90
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 90
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 90
Brad Miller 90
Harry Mitchell 80
Alan Mollohan 90
Dennis Moore 90
Frank Murkowski 33
Patrick Murphy 90
Jack Murtha 90
Marilyn Musgrave 40
Sue Myrick 33
Ben Nelson 67
Jim Oberstar 90
Dave Obey 90
John Olver 90
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 90
Ron Paul 10
Donald Payne 100
John Peterson 44
Charles Pickering, Jr. 40
Todd Platts 80
Earl Pomeroy 90
Jon Porter, Sr. 89
Deborah Pryce 75
George Radanovich 40
James Ramstad 80
Ralph Regula 70
Denny Rehberg 60
Richard Renzi 78
Silvestre Reyes 89
Thomas Reynolds 22
Laura Richardson 89
Ciro Rodriguez 90
Mike Ross 90
Steve Rothman 100
Ken Salazar 80
William Sali 30
Jim Saxton 40
Jean Schmidt 30
Joe Sestak, Jr. 90
John Shadegg 10
Christopher Shays 80
Heath Shuler 90
Ike Skelton 90
Gordon Smith 67
Olympia Snowe 67
Vic Snyder 89
Hilda Solis 89
Mark Souder 50
Zack Space 90
Arlen Specter 56
John Spratt, Jr. 90
Pete Stark 90
Cliff Stearns 50
Ted Stevens 50
Bart Stupak 100
John Sullivan 30

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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