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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Steve Rothman 33%
Marge Roukema 50%
Jim Ryun 42%
Martin Olav Sabo 25%
Loretta Sanchez 29%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 17%
Rick Santorum 24%
Paul Sarbanes 65%
Thomas Sawyer 21%
Jim Saxton 50%
Joe Scarborough 50%
Robert Schaffer 58%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 42%
Christopher Shays 67%
Donald Sherwood 25%
Ronnie Shows 29%
Norman Sisisky 13%
Joseph Skeen 17%
Ike Skelton 17%
Gordon Smith 24%
Nick Smith 50%
Bob Smith 24%
Olympia Snowe 41%
Vic Snyder 17%
Mark Souder 29%
Arlen Specter 59%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 25%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
Pete Stark 50%
Cliff Stearns 54%
Charles Stenholm 33%
Ted Stevens 18%
Ted Strickland 33%
Bob Stump 25%
Bart Stupak 17%
John Sununu 63%
John Sweeney 21%
Tom Tancredo 75%
John Tanner 25%
Ellen Tauscher 21%
William Tauzin II 33%
Charles Taylor 13%
Gene Taylor 54%
Lee Terry 50%
Craig Thomas 24%
William Thomas 21%
Fred Thompson 29%
Karen Thurman 25%
Strom Thurmond 18%
Todd Tiahrt 25%
John Tierney 54%
Robert Torricelli 35%
Ed Towns 29%
James Traficant, Jr. 25%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 25%
James Turner 13%
Mark Udall 54%
David Vitter 33%
George Voinovich 35%
James Walsh 21%
Zach Wamp 42%
John Warner 24%
Wesley Watkins 17%
Mel Watt 33%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 33%
Henry Waxman 33%
Anthony Weiner 33%
David Weldon 38%
W. Curtis Weldon 29%
Gerald Weller 33%
Paul Wellstone 65%
Robert Wexler 42%
Ed Whitfield 38%
Heather Wilson 21%
Frank Wolf 25%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
David Wu 38%
Albert Wynn 21%
Bill Young 17%

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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