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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

1998 Spending Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 90%
Jon Kyl 88%
Ron Paul 88%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 87%
Philip Crane 83%
Pete Hoekstra 83%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 83%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 82%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 82%
Robert Schaffer 82%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 81%
Bob Smith 81%
John Ashcroft 80%
Don Nickles 80%
Stephen Largent 79%
Bob Stump 79%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 78%
Dan Miller 78%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 77%
Joe Scarborough 77%
Bob Barr, Jr. 76%
John Shadegg 76%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 75%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 75%
Christopher Cox 75%
Wayne Allard 74%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 74%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 74%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 73%
William Phillip Gramm 73%
Rodney Grams 73%
Wally Herger, Jr. 73%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 73%
Sue Myrick 73%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 73%
Porter Goss 72%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 72%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 72%
Joel Hefley 72%
Craig Thomas 72%
Jesse Helms 71%
Zach Wamp 71%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 70%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 70%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 70%
Fred Thompson 70%
Cass Ballenger 69%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 69%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 69%
Rick Santorum 69%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 69%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 68%
Thomas Campbell 68%
Frank Murkowski 68%
Christopher Shays 67%
Roscoe Bartlett 66%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 66%
Henry Bonilla 66%
Paul Coverdell 66%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 66%
Duncan Hunter 66%
David McIntosh 66%
Cliff Stearns 66%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 66%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 65%
Bill Archer 65%
Larry Craig 65%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 65%
David Lee Hobson 65%
George Radanovich 65%
Conrad Burns 64%
Kay Hutchison 64%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 64%
Connie Mack 64%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 64%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 64%
Barbara Cubin 63%
Judd Gregg 63%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 63%
James Kolbe 63%
Dick Lugar 63%
Don Manzullo 63%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 63%
Mark Souder 63%
John Warner 63%
Bill Young 63%
Chris Cannon 62%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 62%
Nick Smith 62%
Charles Taylor 62%
Strom Thurmond 62%
Bill Barrett 61%
Michael Collins 61%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 61%
Van Hilleary 61%
Henry Hyde 61%
Trent Lott, Sr. 61%
Bill McCollum 61%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 60%
Mark Foley 60%
James McCrery III 60%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 59%
William Frist 59%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 59%
James Rogan 59%
William Roth, Jr. 59%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 58%
John Nathan Hostettler 58%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 57%
Thomas DeLay 57%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 57%
Todd Tiahrt 57%
Slade Gorton 56%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 56%
James Hansen 56%
Richard Pombo 56%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 56%
John Sununu 56%
Richard Armey 55%
John Doolittle 55%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 55%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 55%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 55%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 54%
Ben Campbell 54%
Mike Castle 54%
Randall Cunningham 54%
David Dreier 54%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 54%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 54%
Deborah Pryce 54%
Jim Ryun 54%
Gordon Smith 54%
Ted Stevens 54%
Wesley Watkins 54%
David Weldon 54%
Michael Bilirakis 53%
Kit Bond 53%
Mary Bono Mack 53%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 53%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 53%
John Linder 53%
Scott McInnis 53%
Floyd Spence 53%
Gene Taylor 53%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 53%
Brian Bilbray 52%
Larry Combest 52%
Jim Gibbons 52%
William Goodling 52%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 52%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 52%
Marge Roukema 52%
E.G. Shuster 52%
William Thomas 52%
Richard Hugh Baker 51%
Dan Burton 51%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 51%
Jay Dickey 51%
Jennifer Dunn 51%
Vern Ehlers 51%
Jo Ann Emerson 51%
Terry Everett 51%
J. Dennis Hastert 51%
Ron Lewis 51%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 51%
Edward Pease 51%
John Peterson 51%
John Edward Porter 51%
James Talent 51%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 51%
W. Curtis Weldon 51%
Bob Bennett 50%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
Ed Bryant 50%
Herbert Callahan 50%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50%
Thomas Ewing 50%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
Robert Franks 50%
Asa Hutchinson 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 50%
Joseph Knollenberg 50%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 50%
Ronald Packard 50%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 50%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 50%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 49%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 49%
Gary Condit 49%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 49%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 49%
Jack Metcalf 49%

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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