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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Revenue Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
FL U.S. House 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 34%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 54%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 51%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 55%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 63%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 82%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 71%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 62%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 75%
Haley Barbour 49%
Mike Beebe 57%
Steve Beshear 63%
Phil Bredesen 46%
Jan Brewer 27%
Don Carcieri 61%
Chet Culver 53%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 86%
Jim Douglas 66%
Jim Doyle III 30%
Dave Freudenthal 61%
Jim Gibbons 81%
Jennifer Granholm 38%
Chris Gregoire 45%
Dave Heineman 77%
Brad Henry 52%
Bobby Jindal 84%
Ted Kulongoski 0%
Linda Lingle 75%
John Lynch 37%
Jack Markell 39%
Jay Nixon 66%
Martin O'Malley 62%
David Paterson 15%
Deval Patrick 23%
Tim Pawlenty 87%
Bev Perdue 46%
Pat Quinn 0%
Jodi Rell 46%
Ed Rendell 24%
Bill Richardson 61%
Bob Riley 49%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 7%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 35%
Brian Schweitzer 55%
Ted Strickland 52%

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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