Voting Scorecards

Set for next week in CQ Weekly, an interesting article on Voting Scorecards, a comparison of interest group scorecard votes and the biggest groups using them.


Advocacy groups have used congressional scorecards to hold members accountable for decades, but in recent years they’ve both gained influence and been put to the test.

Some organizations, such as conservative anti-tax groups, are using scorecards as a club to threaten GOP lawmakers in primaries. Others, such as the National Rifle Association, are seeing their own scorecards used against them as public opinions shift.

For advocacy groups on both sides of the aisle, congressional report cards are only as powerful as the constituents willing to carry them into town hall meetings and voting booths.