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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Common Cause

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 50%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Max Baucus 50%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Bennett 0%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Kit Bond 0%
John Breaux 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Robert Byrd 100%
Ben Campbell 0%
Jean Carnahan 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
Jon Corzine 100%
Larry Craig 0%
Thomas Daschle 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Byron Dorgan 100%
John Edwards 100%
John Ensign 0%
Russ Feingold 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 100%
William Frist 0%
Daniel Graham 100%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Judd Gregg 0%
Jesse Helms 0%
Ernest Hollings 0%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 50%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Daniel Inouye 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
Jon Kyl 0%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 100%
Zell Bryan Miller 100%
Frank Murkowski 0%
Ben Nelson 0%
Don Nickles 0%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Gordon Smith 0%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Arlen Specter 100%
Ted Stevens 50%
Craig Thomas 0%
Fred Thompson 100%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Robert Torricelli 50%
George Voinovich 0%
John Warner 0%
Paul Wellstone 100%

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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