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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2006 Spending Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 37%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 55%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 58%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 39%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 53%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mitt Romney Republican 50%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 30%
Haley Barbour 45%
Rod Blagojevich 43%
Kathleen Blanco 29%
Matthew Blunt 66%
Phil Bredesen 49%
Jeb Bush 36%
Don Carcieri 46%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 48%
Jim Douglas 34%
Jim Doyle III 36%
Michael Easley 39%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 41%
Ernest Fletcher 30%
Dave Freudenthal 32%
Jennifer Granholm 47%
Chris Gregoire 45%
Kenny Guinn 28%
Dave Heineman 41%
Brad Henry 61%
Mike Huckabee 49%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 31%
Ted Kulongoski 51%
Linda Lingle 40%
John Lynch 60%
Ruth Minner 28%
Janet Napolitano 23%
Bill Owens 55%
George Pataki 49%
Tim Pawlenty 52%
Jodi Rell 47%
Ed Rendell 52%
Bill Richardson 52%
Bob Riley 43%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 60%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 49%
Brian Schweitzer 8%
Kathleen Sebelius 39%
Bob Taft 49%
Thomas Vilsack 55%

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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