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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Spending Score

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

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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