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Russ Feingold's Ratings and Endorsements

Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

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 issue 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.

With rare exceptions, Vote Smart displays interest group ratings as a 0-100 percentage. While many interest groups use percentages as ratings to begin with, please note that Vote Smart has translated some ratings to a percentage from a different rating system for consistency and ease in understanding. Please visit the group's website, email us at ratings@votesmart.org or call our Voter Information Hotline at 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

7%
2009
3%
2007-2008
4%
2005-2006
5%
2003-2004
3%
2003
13%
2001-2002
15%
1999-2000
20%
2003-2004
100%
2009
100%
2008
100%
2007
100%
2006
75%
2005
100%
2004
93%
2003
0%
2001
100%
2000
100%
1999
94%
1997
100%
1996
0%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
9%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999
7%
1997-1998
8%
1997
0%
1996
100%
2008
100%
2006
100%
2001
100%
1999
100%
1996-2003
100%
1995-1998
100%
1993-1996
0%
2009-2010
100%
2002
64%
2007-2008
17%
2005-2006
33%
2000
40%
1999
21%
1995-1996
11%
1993-1994
0%
2007
100%
2007-2008
25%
2001-2002
25%
2001-2002
100
2007-2008
100
2007-2008
80%
2005-2006
80%
2005-2006
78%
2003-2004
78%
2003-2004
70%
2001-2002
70%
2001-2002
58%
1999-2000
58%
1999-2000
60%
1998
71%
1997
73%
1996
90%
1995
89%
1994
89%
1993
80%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2005
100%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
75%
2000
80%
2003
80%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2009
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2004
91%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
67%
2009
67%
2007-2008
75%
2007
60%
2005-2006
60%
2005
80%
2004
80%
2003
100%
2001-2002
60%
1999-2000
75%
1999
75%
1995-1996
50%
1995
70%
1993-1994
70%
2003
70%
2003
25%
2004
100%
2002
0%
2010
0%
2010
34%
2010
34%
2010
47%
2010
47%
2010
66%
2010
66%
2010
57%
2010
57%
2010
65%
2010
65%
2010
47%
2009
47%
2009
48%
2009
48%
2009
52%
2009
52%
2009
47%
2009
47%
2009
56%
2009
56%
2009
52%
2009
52%
2009
53%
2009
53%
2009
41%
2009
41%
2009
58%
2008
58%
2008
65%
2008
65%
2008
35%
2008
35%
2008
9%
2008
40%
2008
40%
2008
48%
2008
48%
2008
47%
2008
47%
2008
80%
2008
80%
2008
14.5%
2007
14.5%
2007
94%
2007
94%
2007
23%
2007
23%
2007
13%
2007
13%
2007
76%
2007
76%
2007
0%
2007
79%
2007
79%
2007
85.5%
2007
85.5%
2007
22%
2006
22%
2006
75%
2006
75%
2006
86%
2006
86%
2006
88%
2006
88%
2006
12%
2006
12%
2006
8%
2006
15.5%
2006
15.5%
2006
84.5%
2006
84.5%
2006
83%
2005
83%
2005
23%
2005
23%
2005
5%
2005
76%
2005
76%
2005
85%
2005
85%
2005
15%
2005
15%
2005
90%
2005
90%
2005
10%
2005
10%
2005
86%
2004
86%
2004
67%
2004
67%
2004
31%
2004
31%
2004
90%
2004
90%
2004
8%
2004
7%
2004
90%
2003
90%
2003
15%
2003
15%
2003
90%
2003
90%
2003
90%
2003
90%
2003
79%
2003
79%
2003
0%
2003
11%
2003
11%
2003
7%
2003
20%
2002
20%
2002
15%
2002
15%
2002
12%
2002
12%
2002
0%
2002
73%
2002
73%
2002
85%
2002
85%
2002
82%
2002
82%
2002
85%
2002
85%
2002
40%
2001
40%
2001
79%
2001
79%
2001
32%
2001
32%
2001
60%
2001
60%
2001
65%
2001
65%
2001
19%
2001
19%
2001
21%
2000
21%
2000
94%
2000
94%
2000
4%
2000
31%
2000
31%
2000
66%
2000
66%
2000
66%
2000
66%
2000
69%
1999
69%
1999
20%
1999
20%
1999
54%
1999
54%
1999
75%
1999
75%
1999
28%
1999
28%
1999
45%
1999
45%
1999
74%
1998
74%
1998
73%
1998
73%
1998
21%
1998
21%
1998
36%
1998
36%
1998
0%
1998
61%
1998
61%
1998
19%
1996
19%
1996
92%
1996
92%
1996
7%
1996
89%
1996
89%
1996
0%
1996
14%
2005-2006
25%
2003-2004
0
2007
25%
2009
0%
2009-2010
0%
2005
10%
2003
10%
2003
8%
2007-2008
11%
2005-2006
13%
2003-2004
13%
2001-2002
25%
2005-2006
43%
2003-2004
0%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
12%
2003-2004
12%
2003
50%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
100%
2010
100%
2010
94%
2003-2004
94%
2003-2004
82%
2003
82%
2003
88%
2001-2002
88%
2001-2002
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
83%
1997-1998
83%
1997-1998
75%
1997
75%
1997
95%
1995-1996
95%
1995-1996
67%
2007-2008
67%
2007-2008
90%
2007
75%
2005-2006
75%
2005-2006
60%
2004
67%
2003
60%
2001-2002
60%
2001-2002
100%
2001
100%
2001
94%
2003-2004
94%
2003-2004
82%
2003
82%
2003
88%
2001-2002
88%
2001-2002
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
83%
1997-1998
83%
1997-1998
75%
1997
75%
1997
95%
1995-1996
95%
1995-1996
93%
2007-2008
86
2007
100%
2005-2006
89%
2003-2004
80%
2001-2002
75%
2001
86%
2000
83%
1999
83%
1997-1998
67%
1997
82%
1996
100%
2001
100%
2001
100%
2009
100
2008
100
2007
75%
2006
100%
2005
86%
2004
100%
2003
33%
2006-2012
33%
2006-2012
90%
2007-2008
90%
2007-2008
89%
2005-2006
89%
2005-2006
88%
2003-2004
88%
2003-2004
86%
2001-2002
86%
2001-2002
80%
2001
71%
1999-2000
71%
1999-2000
83%
1999
83%
1997-1998
83%
1997-1998
89%
1995-1996
89%
1995-1996
100%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
6%
1995-1996
6%
1995-1996
7%
2009
3%
2007-2008
4%
2005-2006
5%
2003-2004
3%
2003
13%
2001-2002
15%
1999-2000
4%
2004
6%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
7%
2003-2004
0%
2003
38%
2001-2002
29%
2000
25%
1997-1998
50%
1995-1996
19%
2009
19%
2009
25%
2008
25%
2008
5%
2007
5%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2006
25%
2005
25%
2005
40%
2004
40%
2004
7%
2003
7%
2003
17%
2002
17%
2002
18%
2009-2010
6%
2007
6%
2007
7%
2001-2010
7%
2001-2010
F
2010
37%
2009-2010
37%
2009-2010
33%
2009-2010
33%
2009-2010
40%
2009-2010
40%
2009-2010
35%
2009
30%
2009
40%
2009
20%
2007-2008
20%
2007-2008
10%
2007
27%
2006
20%
2004
50%
2002
25%
2001
33%
2000
42%
1999
20%
1998
25%
1997
29%
1995-1996
29%
1995-1996
92%
2001-2002
91%
2009-2010
5
2009-2010
87%
2009
81%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
83%
2007-2008
4%
2007-2008
8%
2005-2006
25%
1998-2002
14%
1997
14%
1996
100%
2007-2008
95%
2007
91%
2005-2006
88%
2005
92%
2001-2004
88%
2000
88%
1999-2000
86%
1999
90%
1997-1998
100%
1997
91%
1996
100%
1995
7%
2001-2010
7%
2001-2010
90%
2009
90%
2009
100%
2008
100%
2008
100%
2007
100%
2007
89%
2006
89%
2006
78%
2005
78%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2004
100%
2003
100%
2003
100%
2002
100%
2002
86%
2001
86%
2001
100%
2000
100%
2000
84%
1999
84%
1999
67%
1998
67%
1998
92%
1997
92%
1997
91%
1996
91%
1996
92%
1995
92%
1995
24%
2007-2008
24%
2007-2008
8%
2007
100%
2006
7%
2009
3%
2007-2008
4%
2005-2006
5%
2003-2004
3%
2003
13%
2001-2002
15%
1999-2000
63%
2000
100%
1999
100%
1999
79%
1998
71%
1997
45%
1996
52%
1995
0%
2001
77%
2003-2004
100%
2003
89%
2001-2002
6%
1995-1996
6%
1995-1996
0%
2001