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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2008 Spending Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
FL U.S. House 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 78%
Jennifer Granholm 75%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 74%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 74%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 73%
Tim Pawlenty 71%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 70%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 68%
Jim Gibbons 68%
Phil Bredesen 66%
Martin O'Malley 66%
Deval Patrick 64%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 63%
Ted Strickland 60%
Ruth Minner 59%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 57%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 57%
Jim Doyle III 56%
Don Carcieri 55%
Jim Douglas 55%
Chris Gregoire 55%
John Lynch 55%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 54%
Michael Easley 50%
Matthew Blunt 47%
Bob Riley 45%
Brad Henry 44%
Ed Rendell 42%
Mike Beebe 41%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 39%
Rod Blagojevich 38%
Linda Lingle 38%
Kathleen Sebelius 38%
Dave Heineman 37%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 37%
Bill Richardson 36%
Jodi Rell 35%
Janet Napolitano 34%
Haley Barbour 29%
Jon Corzine 27%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 27%
Ted Kulongoski 26%
Chet Culver 16%
Brian Schweitzer 15%
Dave Freudenthal 8%

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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