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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2008 Revenue Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
FL U.S. House 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 100%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 21%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 52%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 57%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 56%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 87%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 50%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 27%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 72%
Haley Barbour 53%
Mike Beebe 61%
Rod Blagojevich 0%
Matthew Blunt 64%
Phil Bredesen 49%
Don Carcieri 47%
Jon Corzine 33%
Chet Culver 33%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 65%
Jim Douglas 48%
Jim Doyle III 41%
Michael Easley 47%
Dave Freudenthal 66%
Jim Gibbons 60%
Jennifer Granholm 32%
Chris Gregoire 43%
Dave Heineman 100%
Brad Henry 71%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 82%
Ted Kulongoski 23%
Linda Lingle 74%
John Lynch 35%
Ruth Minner 35%
Janet Napolitano 67%
Martin O'Malley 0%
Deval Patrick 40%
Tim Pawlenty 49%
Jodi Rell 31%
Ed Rendell 37%
Bill Richardson 77%
Bob Riley 14%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 32%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 43%
Brian Schweitzer 51%
Kathleen Sebelius 57%
Ted Strickland 61%

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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