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Suzanne M. Kosmas's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 50%
2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 25%
2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 50%
2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 0%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 33%
2009-2010 National Association for the Self-Employed - U.S. House Score 100%
2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 50%
2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 50%
2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 55%
2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 14%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 60%
2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 53%
2004 Associated Industries of Florida - Positions 67%
2003 Associated Builders and Contractors - Positions 78%
2003 Associated Industries of Florida - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 66
2002 Associated Industries of Florida - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 54
2001-2002 Florida National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 60%
2001 Associated Industries of Florida - Positions 41%
2000 Associated Industries of Florida - Positions 80%
1999 Associated Industries of Florida - Positions 86%
1999 Florida Chamber of Commerce - Positions 79%
1997-1998 Florida National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 79%
1997 Florida Chamber of Commerce - Positions 89%

Campaign Finance and Elections

2009-2010 Arab American Institute - Positions 5%

Conservative

2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 9%
2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 15%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 43%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 38%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 25%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 25%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 8%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 13%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 17%
2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 20%
2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 20%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 27%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 18%
2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 49%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 53%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 15%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2003-2004 Christian Coalition of Florida - Positions 27%
2002 Christian Coalition of Florida - Positions 40%
2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 54%
1999 Christian Coalition of Florida - Positions 30%
1998 Christian Coalition of Florida - Positions 36%

Foreign Affairs

2010 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 30%
2010 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score B+
2010 Latin America Working Group - Positions (House only) 0%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 56%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 38%
2010 Peace Action - Positions 38%
2010 Peace Action West - Positions 38%
2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 50%
2009-2010 Council for a Livable World - Positions 33%
2009-2010 PeacePAC - Positions (PeacePAC is sister organization of Council for a Livable World rating House Only) 33%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -7%
2009-2010 USA Engage - Positions 40%
2009-2010 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 10%
2009 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 60%
2009 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 33%
2009 Latin America Working Group - Positions 0%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 45%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 53%
2009 NewPolicy.org - Positions on International Middle East Policy Advocacy 0%
2009 Peace Action West - Positions 31%
2009 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4%
2008 Resolve Uganda - Lifetime Score F
2007-2009 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score B+
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 0%

Labor Unions

2010 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 80%
2010 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 92%
2010 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2010 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
2010 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - House of Representatives Score 50%
2009-2010 Communications Workers of America - Positions 67%
2009-2010 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 80%
2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 22%
2009-2010 National Farmers Union - Positions 75%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 83%
2009 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 85%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 86%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 86%
2009 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 67%
2009 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
2009 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 90%
2009 United Auto Workers - Positions 80%
2009 Women Employed - Positions 50%
2004 Florida AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 19
2003 Florida AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 19
2001 Florida AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 105
2000 Florida AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 91
1999 Florida AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 87
1998 Florida AFL-CIO - Positions 56%
1997 Florida AFL-CIO - Positions 55%

Socially Conservative

2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 25%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 25%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 10%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 10%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 8%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 8%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 17%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 17%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 13%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 13%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 27%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 27%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 18%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 18%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 33%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 29%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 33%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 29%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 15%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 15%

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