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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2008 Fiscally Conservative Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Donald Payne F
Tom Petri B
Joe Pitts A
Todd Platts C
Earl Pomeroy F
Mark Pryor F
Adam Putnam C+
George Radanovich B-
Nick Rahall II F
Charlie Rangel F
Denny Rehberg B-
Harry Reid F
Silvestre Reyes F
Laura Richardson F
Jay Rockefeller IV F
Ciro Rodriguez F
Mike Rogers B-
Mike Ross F
Steve Rothman F
John Salazar F
Loretta Sanchez F
Jean Schmidt B-
Allyson Schwartz F
Joe Sestak, Jr. F
John Shadegg A
Heath Shuler D
Ike Skelton F
Olympia Snowe F
Vic Snyder F
Mark Souder C
Zack Space F
Arlen Specter D
John Spratt, Jr. F
Pete Stark D
Cliff Stearns A
Bart Stupak F
John Sullivan B
Betty Sutton F
John Tanner F
Ellen Tauscher F
Gene Taylor F
Lee Terry B
Todd Tiahrt B
John Tierney F
Ed Towns F
Mark Udall F
David Vitter A
George Voinovich C-
Zach Wamp B
Diane Watson F
Mel Watt F
Henry Waxman F
Jim Webb, Jr. F
Anthony Weiner F
Lynn Westmoreland A
Robert Wexler F
Ed Whitfield B-
Charlie Wilson, Jr. F
Frank Wolf C
Lynn Woolsey F
David Wu F
Bill Young B

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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