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E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Business and Consumers

2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions of 112th Congress 59%
2012 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 88%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 63%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 77%
2011-2012 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 78
2011-2012 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions (Senate) 0%
2011-2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 71%
2011-2012 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 55%
2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: International Trade 75%
2011-2012 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 66%
2011-2012 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 67%
2011-2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 55%
2011 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 66%
2011 National Retail Federation - Positions 57%
2011 National Small Business Association - Positions 50%
2011 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 50%
2011 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 75%
2011 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 73%
2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 100%
2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100%
2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 80%
2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 25%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 42%
2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 38%
2009-2010 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 73%
2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 55%
2009-2010 National Small Business Association - Positions (Senate Only) 50%
2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 56%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 50%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 75%
2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 71%
2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 23%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 71%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 77%
2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 60%
2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 75%
2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20%
2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 66%
2007-2008 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 23%
2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 31%
2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 80
2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 28
2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 60%
2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 50%
2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 90%
2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 60%
2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 50%
2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 64%
2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 63%
2006 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100%
2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 83%
2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 18%
2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 83%
2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 18%
2005-2006 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 87%
2005-2006 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 84%
2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 67%
2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 50%
2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 75%
2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 75%
2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 80%
2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 31%
2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 73%
2005 International Sleep Products Association - Positions 100%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 77%
2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 67%
2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 61%
2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 94%
2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 75%
2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 73%
2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 30%
2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 81%
2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 30%
2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 77%
2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 56%
2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 63%
2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 73%
2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 58%
2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 67%
2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 71%
2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 88%
2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 33%
2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 24%
2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 67%
2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 63%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 67%
2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100%
2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50%
2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 88%
2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 9%
2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 86%
2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 43%
2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 90%
2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 63%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 30%
2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 78%
2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 66%
2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 64%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100%
2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 63%
2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 79%
2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 63%
2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 50%
2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 31%
2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 53%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 80%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 42%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 71%
1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 71%
1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 20%

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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