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Jon Tester

Jon Tester's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Budget, Spending and Taxes

Full Name: Jon Tester
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018

Budget, Spending and Taxes

2013 Bread for the World - Positions 86%
2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 14%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 48%
2013 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 51%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 3%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 15%
2012 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
2012 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 92%
2012 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 86%
2012 FreedomWorks - Positions 8%
2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 11%
2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 11%
2012 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 91%
2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 95%
2011 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2011 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 26%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 63%
2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 6%
2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 16%
2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 16%
2011 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 82%
2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 17%
2010 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 15%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 67%
2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 5%
2010 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 16%
2010 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 79%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 9%
2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 6%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 76%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 93%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
2009 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 8%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 80%
2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 23%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 21%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 10%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 10%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 22%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 45%
2009 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 79
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 19%
2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 100%
2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2008 Americans for Fair Taxation - Positions on the FairTax 0
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 10%
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Lifetime Score 9%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 80
2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 29%
2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D
2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D
2008 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 30%
2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 18%
2007-2008 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2007 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5%
2007 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 9%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 80
2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 8%
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 34%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 11%
2007 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions on Poverty Action B
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 66%
2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 13%

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