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Congressman Dale Kildee, D-Flint

U.S. Representative Dale Kildee was among the worst 22 politicians in the U.S. Congress in 2011 when it came to looking out for taxpayers, according to a national tax watchdog group.

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) released its 2011 Congressional Ratings, which looked at the voting records of all 535 members of Congress. The CCAGW says its ratings expose members of Congress who consistently voted against the fiscal interest of taxpayers.

Rep. Kildee, D-Flint, was the lowest-rated Michigan member in Congress with a score of 5 percent. That put him in a group labeled as "hostile" to taxpayer interests with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, who also serves as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Kildee Spokesman Peter Karafotas didn't respond to a request for comment.

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, received a 94 percent rating, making him the highest-rated Michigan politician currently in office. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also was rated at 94 percent. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, received a 98 percent score. Only Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., received 100 percent scores.

Rep. Kildee’s 5 percent rating was his highest since 2006. In 2006, Rep. Kildee received a 0 percent rating and got 0 percent again in 2009. Rep. Kildee's highest rating of 55 percent was in 1993, but he has been in single digits since 2004.

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