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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

2009 Lifetime Scores

State Office District Name Party Rating
Larry Kissell 5%
Ron Klein 3%
John Kline 79%
Herb Kohl 31%
Suzanne Kosmas 11%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 20%
Dennis Kucinich 9%
Mary Landrieu 19%
Tom Latham 58%
Steve LaTourette 44%
Frank Lautenberg 21%
Chris Lee 52%
George LeMieux 86%
Carl Levin 19%
Jerry Lewis 53%
Joe Lieberman 20%
Blanche Lincoln 18%
John Linder 89%
Dick Lugar 77%
Cynthia Lummis 100%
Dan Lungren 78%
Connie Mack IV 82%
Dan Maffei 2%
Don Manzullo 79%
Betsy Markey 8%
Jim Marshall 23%
Melquiades Martinez 72%
Eric Massa 9%
Jim Matheson 36%
John McCain III 89%
Carolyn McCarthy 15%
Thaddeus McCotter 61%
Jim McDermott 8%
John McHugh 42%
Mike McIntyre 25%
Buck McKeon 61%
Michael McMahon 12%
Carrie Meek 6%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 15%
John Mica 71%
Mike Michaud 8%
Barbara Mikulski 9%
Candice Miller 47%
Gary Miller 75%
George Miller 11%
Jeff Miller 91%
Brad Miller 5%
Walt Minnick 83%
Harry Mitchell 28%
Alan Mollohan 10%
Dennis Moore 18%
Jim Moran, Jr. 19%
Patrick Murphy 11%
Scott Murphy 12%
Tim Murphy 40%
Jack Murtha 10%
Sue Myrick 89%
Ben Nelson 23%
Randy Neugebauer 82%
Glenn Nye III 32%
Jim Oberstar 9%
Dave Obey 8%
John Olver 6%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 10%
Ed Pastor 5%
Ron Paul 81%
Donald Payne 6%
Tom Perriello 9%
Tom Petri 84%
Joe Pitts 89%
Todd Platts 58%
Earl Pomeroy 14%
Tom Price 92%
Mark Pryor 8%
Adam Putnam 61%
George Radanovich 71%
Nick Rahall II 7%
Charlie Rangel 5%
Denny Rehberg 55%
Harry Reid 17%
Silvestre Reyes 8%
Laura Richardson 2%
Jay Rockefeller IV 12%
Ciro Rodriguez 10%
Mike Rogers 69%
Mike Ross 13%
Steve Rothman 9%
John Salazar 8%
Loretta Sanchez 12%
Mark Schauer 27%
Jean Schmidt 74%
Aaron Schock 53%
Allyson Schwartz 3%
Jeff Sessions III 84%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 5%
John Shadegg 96%
Heath Shuler 13%
Ike Skelton 21%
Louise Slaughter 7%
Olympia Snowe 49%
Vic Snyder 11%
Mark Souder 67%
Zack Space 4%
Arlen Specter 48%
John Spratt, Jr. 8%
Pete Stark 12%
Cliff Stearns 87%
Bart Stupak 7%
John Sullivan 82%
Betty Sutton 2%
John Tanner 29%
Ellen Tauscher 13%
Gene Taylor 45%
Harry Teague 11%
Lee Terry 79%
Todd Tiahrt 67%
Pat Tiberi 71%
John Tierney 12%
Ed Towns 8%
Mark Udall 15%
David Vitter 73%
George Voinovich 62%
Zach Wamp 75%
Diane Watson 5%
Mel Watt 5%
Henry Waxman 10%
Jim Webb, Jr. 10%
Anthony Weiner 9%
Lynn Westmoreland 92%
Robert Wexler 6%
Ed Whitfield 59%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 3%
Frank Wolf 58%
Lynn Woolsey 5%
David Wu 13%
Bill Young 60%

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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