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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 18%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 29%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
David Vitter 100%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 86%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic 29%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 27%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 43%
Mel Watt 43%
Henry Waxman 29%
Jim Webb, Jr. 45%
Anthony Weiner 29%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 29%
Lynn Westmoreland 71%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 9%
Ed Whitfield 86%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 71%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 86%
Frank Wolf 86%
Lynn Woolsey 29%
David Wu 29%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 27%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 29%
Bill Young 100%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 86%

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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