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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Spending Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 6%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 41%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 58%
FL U.S. House 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 64%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 96%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 62%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 64%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 57%
Haley Barbour 58%
Mike Beebe 31%
Steve Beshear 45%
Phil Bredesen 57%
Jan Brewer 54%
Don Carcieri 61%
Chet Culver 31%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 25%
Jim Douglas 44%
Jim Doyle III 31%
Dave Freudenthal 72%
Jim Gibbons 55%
Jennifer Granholm 66%
Chris Gregoire 20%
Dave Heineman 21%
Brad Henry 79%
Bobby Jindal 74%
Ted Kulongoski 33%
Linda Lingle 43%
John Lynch 34%
Jack Markell 56%
Jay Nixon 55%
Martin O'Malley 46%
David Paterson 29%
Deval Patrick 59%
Tim Pawlenty 65%
Bev Perdue 45%
Pat Quinn 33%
Jodi Rell 17%
Ed Rendell 41%
Bill Richardson 57%
Bob Riley 79%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 42%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 69%
Brian Schweitzer 72%
Ted Strickland 38%

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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