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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Arc

2007-2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 53%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 92%
Dave Camp 42%
Jeb Hensarling 5%
John Kerry 100%
Jon Kyl 30%

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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