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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 9%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 68%
Gary Ackerman 15%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 62%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 3%
Wayne Allard 84%
Thomas Allen 14%
Rob Andrews 19%
Bill Archer 65%
Richard Armey 60%
John Ashcroft 79%
Joe Baca, Sr. 12%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 54%
Brian Baird 23%
Richard Hugh Baker 57%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 16%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 33%
Cass Ballenger 59%
James Barcia 18%
Bob Barr, Jr. 72%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 36%
Bill Barrett 55%
Roscoe Bartlett 67%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 65%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman 47%
Max Baucus 7%
Evan Bayh 19%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 24%
Bob Bennett 71%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 13%
Douglas Bereuter 49%
Shelley Berkley 16%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 28%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 9%
Judy Biggert 59%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Michael Bilirakis 52%
Jeff Bingaman 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 21%
Rod Blagojevich 17%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 59%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 25%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 55%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 61%
Kit Bond 70%
Henry Bonilla 54%
David Edward Bonior 13%
Mary Bono Mack 54%
Robert Borski, Jr. 18%
Leonard Boswell 21%
Rick Boucher 10%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 10%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 17%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 17%
John Breaux 21%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 14%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 79%
Richard Bryan 9%
Ed Bryant 55%
Jim Bunning 77%
Conrad Burns 73%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 65%
Dan Burton 61%
Steve Buyer 56%
Robert Byrd 10%
Herbert Callahan 53%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 56%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 58%
Ben Campbell 72%
Thomas Campbell 63%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 54%
Chris Cannon 59%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 28%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 14%
Julia Carson 23%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 80%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 58%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 75%
William Clay, Sr. 18%
Eva Clayton 20%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 8%
Robert Clement 16%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 71%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 77%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 74%
Michael Collins 62%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 58%
Larry Combest 59%
Gary Condit 42%
Kent Conrad 7%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 30%
Merrill Cook 63%
John Cooksey 56%
Jerry Costello 25%
Paul Coverdell 75%
Christopher Cox 71%
William Coyne 22%
Larry Craig 78%
Robert Cramer 24%
Philip Crane 73%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 14%
Barbara Cubin 60%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 17%
Randall Cunningham 59%
Patsy Ann Danner 35%
Thomas Daschle 2%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 27%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 51%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 63%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 39%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 26%
Bill Delahunt 27%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 14%
Thomas DeLay 60%
James DeMint 69%
Peter Deutsch 13%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 70%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Jay Dickey 55%
Norm Dicks 14%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 15%
Julian Dixon 13%
Chris Dodd 4%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 36%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 68%
Calvin Dooley 16%
John Doolittle 70%
Byron Dorgan 7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 17%
David Dreier 51%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
Jennifer Dunn 62%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 3%
John Edwards 15%
Chet Edwards 21%
Vern Ehlers 69%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 57%
Jo Ann Emerson 54%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 9%
Philip English 53%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 26%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Lane Evans 17%
Terry Everett 58%
Thomas Ewing 60%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 13%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 19%
Russ Feingold 25%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 3%
Bob Filner 25%
Peter Fitzgerald 79%
Ernest Fletcher 58%
Mark Foley 56%
Michael Patrick Forbes 32%
Harold Ford, Jr. 17%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 63%
Tillie Fowler 53%
Barney Frank 27%
Robert Franks 55%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 54%
William Frist 73%
Jonas Frost III 10%
Elton Gallegly 52%
John Ganske 48%
Sam Gejdenson 20%
George Gekas 55%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 12%
Jim Gibbons 56%
Wayne Gilchrest 54%
Paul Gillmor 53%
Benjamin Gilman 48%
Charlie Gonzalez 11%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 69%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 62%
William Goodling 57%
Bart Gordon 25%
Slade Gorton 76%
Porter Goss 62%
Daniel Graham 16%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 66%
William Phillip Gramm 83%
Rodney Grams 83%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 53%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 78%
Mark Green 72%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 22%
James Greenwood 55%
Judd Gregg 81%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 26%

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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