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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for a Livable World

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 10%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 70%
Wayne Allard 0%
John Ashcroft 10%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 0%
Max Baucus 80%
Bob Bennett 10%
Joe Biden, Jr. 80%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Kit Bond 0%
Barbara Boxer 90%
John Breaux 70%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 80%
Conrad Burns 0%
Robert Byrd 80%
Ben Campbell 20%
John Chafee 50%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 20%
Kent Conrad 90%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Larry Craig 10%
Thomas Daschle 70%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
Chris Dodd 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
Byron Dorgan 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
William Frist 20%
Slade Gorton 10%
Daniel Graham 70%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
Judd Gregg 10%
Charles Hagel 10%
Tom Harkin 90%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
Jesse Helms 0%
Ernest Hollings 60%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 10%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
Daniel Inouye 40%
James Merrill Jeffords 70%
Timothy Johnson 80%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
Bob Kerrey 90%
John Kerry 90%
Herb Kohl 80%
Jon Kyl 0%
Mary Landrieu 80%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
Carl Levin 90%
Joe Lieberman 40%
Trent Lott, Sr. 10%
Dick Lugar 30%
Connie Mack 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 10%
Barbara Mikulski 60%
Patrick Moynihan 90%
Frank Murkowski 10%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
Don Nickles 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 90%
Harry Reid 90%
Charles Robb 70%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
Jay Rockefeller IV 70%
William Roth, Jr. 20%
Rick Santorum 10%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
Gordon Smith 10%
Bob Smith 10%
Olympia Snowe 20%
Arlen Specter 70%
Ted Stevens 30%
Craig Thomas 10%
Fred Thompson 0%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Robert Torricelli 80%
John Warner 20%
Paul Wellstone 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%

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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