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Ray H. LaHood's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Business and Consumers

2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 82%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 87%
2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 64%
2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100%
2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 89
2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 66%
2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 90%
2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 42%
2007 TechAmerica - Positions 75%
2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 100%
2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 83%
2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 81%
2006 Consumer Action - Positions 0%
2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 82%
2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 27%
2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 87%
2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 27%
2005-2006 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 75%
2005-2006 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 87%
2005-2006 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 87%
2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 88%
2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 86%
2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 90%
2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 62%
2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 81%
2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association - Positions 77%
2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 24%
2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 83%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 88%
2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 90%
2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 92%
2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 92%
2004 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 33%
2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 82%
2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 87%
2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 24%
2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 85%
2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 24%
2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 91%
2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 91%
2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 71%
2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 85%
2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 69%
2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 83%
2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 73%
2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association - Positions 80%
2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 0%
2003-2004 United States Business and Industry Council - Positions 25%
2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 91%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 89%
2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0%
2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 100%
2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 0%
2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 89%
2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 29%
2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 100%
2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 89%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 40%
2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 85%
2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 81%
2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 86%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 71%
2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 90%
2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 82%
2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 14%
2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 73%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 100%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 75%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 86%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 15%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 92%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 77%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 78%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 86%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 95%
1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 76%
1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 60%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 78%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 13%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 20%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 90%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 84%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 17%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 84%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 21%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 64%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 20%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 60%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 83%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 70%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 11%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 21%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 60%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 80%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 67%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 0%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 80%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 80%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 31%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 88%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 79%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 86%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 23%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 21%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 83%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project 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 issues 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.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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