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

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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