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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2008 Fiscally Conservative Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie F
Gary Ackerman F
Daniel Akaka, Sr. F
Todd Akin A
Rodney Alexander B-
Jason Altmire F
Rob Andrews F
Michael Arcuri F
Joe Baca, Sr. F
Michele Bachmann A
Spencer Bachus C+
Brian Baird F
J. Gresham Barrett A
John Barrow D
Roscoe Bartlett B
Max Baucus F
Evan Bayh F
Melissa Bean F
Bob Bennett C+
Shelley Berkley F
Howard Berman F
Marion Berry F
Judy Biggert B-
Brian Bilbray B
Jeff Bingaman F
Tim Bishop F
Kit Bond C
Jo Bonner, Jr. B-
Mary Bono Mack C-
Dan Boren F
Leonard Boswell F
Rick Boucher F
Allen Boyd, Jr. F
Bruce Braley F
Paul Broun A
Henry Brown, Jr. C+
Ginny Brown-Waite B-
Jim Bunning A
Dan Burton A
Steve Buyer B-
Robert Byrd F
Dave Camp C+
John Campbell III A
Eric Cantor B
Dennis Cardoza F
Russ Carnahan F
Christopher Carney F
Mike Castle D
Saxby Chambliss C+
Ben Chandler III F
Travis Childers D
Howard Coble B
Thomas Coburn A
Kent Conrad F
Jerry Costello F
Artur Davis F
Geoff Davis B
Lincoln Davis F
Bill Delahunt F
James DeMint A
Lincoln Diaz-Balart C-
Norm Dicks F
John Dingell F
Chris Dodd F
Byron Dorgan D
David Dreier B-
Chet Edwards F
Vern Ehlers C
Brad Ellsworth F
Jo Ann Emerson C-
John Ensign B+
Bob Etheridge F
Russ Feingold D
Bob Filner F
Barney Frank F
Elton Gallegly B
Jim Gerlach C-
Gabrielle Giffords F
Phil Gingrey B+
Charlie Gonzalez F
Bart Gordon F
Judd Gregg B
John Hall F
Ralph Hall B
Phil Hare F
Tom Harkin F
Jane Harman F
Doc Hastings B
Wally Herger, Jr. B
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin F
Baron Hill F
Maurice Hinchey F
Paul Hodes F
Pete Hoekstra B
Thomas Holden F
Rush Holt, Jr. F
Kay Hutchison C+
Bob Inglis, Sr. B
Daniel Inouye F
Jesse Jackson, Jr. F
Tim Johnson C
Timothy Johnson D
Steve Kagen F
Paul Kanjorski F
Patrick Kennedy F
Dale Kildee F
Carolyn Kilpatrick F
Jack Kingston B+
Ron Klein F
Herb Kohl F
Dennis Kucinich F
Jon Kyl A
Mary Landrieu D
Tom Latham B-
Steve LaTourette C-
Frank Lautenberg F
Carl Levin F
Jerry Lewis B-
Joe Lieberman F
Blanche Lincoln F
John Linder A
Dick Lugar C
Dan Lungren B
Connie Mack IV A
Don Manzullo B
Jim Marshall F
Melquiades Martinez C-
Jim Matheson C-
Carolyn McCarthy F
Thaddeus McCotter C+
John McHugh D
Mike McIntyre D
Buck McKeon B
Kendrick Meek, Sr. F
Charlie Melancon, Sr. F
Mike Michaud F
Gary Miller B
George Miller F
Brad Miller F
Harry Mitchell D
Alan Mollohan F
Dennis Moore F
Jim Moran, Jr. F
Patrick Murphy F
Jack Murtha F
Sue Myrick B
Ben Nelson F
Jim Oberstar F
Dave Obey F
John Olver F
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. F
Ed Pastor F
Ron Paul A
Donald Payne F
Tom Petri B
Todd Platts C
Earl Pomeroy F
Mark Pryor F
George Radanovich B-
Nick Rahall II F
Denny Rehberg B-
Silvestre Reyes F
Laura Richardson F
Jay Rockefeller IV F
Ciro Rodriguez F
Mike Rogers B-
Mike Ross F
Steve Rothman F
Jean Schmidt B-
Allyson Schwartz F
José Serrano F
Joe Sestak, Jr. F
John Shadegg A
Carol Shea-Porter F
Heath Shuler D
Ike Skelton F
Olympia Snowe F
Vic Snyder F
Mark Souder C
Zack Space F
Arlen Specter D
John Spratt, Jr. F
Pete Stark D
Cliff Stearns A
Bart Stupak F
John Sullivan B
Betty Sutton F
John Tanner F
Ellen Tauscher F
Gene Taylor F
Lee Terry B
Todd Tiahrt B
John Tierney F
Ed Towns F
Mark Udall F
George Voinovich C-
Zach Wamp B
Diane Watson F
Mel Watt F
Henry Waxman F

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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