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E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson

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

Full Name: E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson

Conservative

2012 American Conservative Union - Ratings of Congress 20%
2012 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 43%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 25%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 28%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 28%
2012 Family Research Council - Positions 14%
2012 FreedomWorks - Positions 15%
2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Economic) 49%
2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Foreign) 43%
2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Composite Score) 49%
2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Social) 52%
2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 16%
2012 The Club for Growth - Positions 16%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 33%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 33%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 23%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 23%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 23%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 23%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 53%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 53%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 20%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 20%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 20%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 41%
2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 20%
2011 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 45%
2011 American Conservative Union - Positions 25%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 30%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 6%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 6%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 14%
2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 33%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 50%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 51%
2011 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 51%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 49%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 53%
2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25%
2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 29%
2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 31%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 20%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 35%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 20%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 35%
2011 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 35%
2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 48%
2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 47%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 57%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 57%
2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 35%
2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 58%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 53%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 58%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 41%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 58%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 50%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 50%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 50%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 32%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 8%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 8%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 29%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 29%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 33%
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 57%
2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 37%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 33%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 33%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 27%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 27%
2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 47%
2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 44%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 41%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 41%
2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 23%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 50%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 50%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 56%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 61%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 58%
2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 59%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 66%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 27%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 45%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 39%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 39%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 45%
2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 30%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 40%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 30%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 40%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 30%
2008 American Conservative Union - Positions 16%
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 50%
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 50%
2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 14%
2008 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 50.2%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 53%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 47%
2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 11%
2007-2009 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 21%
2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 66%
2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 6%
2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 6%
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 44
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 44
2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 51%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 51%
2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 88%
2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 85%
2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 28%
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 21%
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 21%
2007 American Conservative Union - Positions 32%
2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 16%
2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 16%
2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5%
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 70%
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 70%
2007 Family Research Council - Positions 85
2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 9%
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 10%
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 10%
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 10%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 52%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 55%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 51%
2007 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 53.3%
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 34%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 34%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 33%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 33%
2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 7%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 40%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 40%
2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 66
2006 American Conservative Union - Positions 64%
2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 71%
2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 71%
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 100%
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 100%
2006 Family Research Council - Positions 87%
2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 50%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 69%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 46%
2006 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 54.7%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 46%
2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 57%
2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 49%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 80%
2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 66%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 76%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 76%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 89%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 89%
2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 75%
2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 60%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 80%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 80%
2005 American Conservative Union - Positions 60%
2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 55%
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 44%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 52%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 49%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 48%
2005 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 50%
2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 41%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 58%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 75%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 40%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 40%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 75%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 58%
2004 American Conservative Union - Positions 52%
2004 American Family Association - Positions 100%
2004 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 50%
2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 80%
2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 83%
2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 80%
2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 80%
2004 Family Research Council - Positions 67%
2004 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 46%
2004 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 45%
2004 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 54%
2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 34%
2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 55%
2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 55%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 70%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 70%
2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 72%
2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 72%
2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 92%
2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 92%
2003-2004 FreedomWorks - Positions 43%
2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 91%
2003-2004 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 43%
2003-2004 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 60%
2003-2004 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 0%
2003 American Conservative Union - Positions 42%
2003 American Family Association - Positions 100%
2003 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 45%
2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 77%
2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 77%
2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 83%
2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100%
2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100%
2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 73%
2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 73%
2003 Family Research Council - Positions 86%
2003 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 48%
2003 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 46%
2003 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 50%
2003 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 53%
2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 42%
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2002 American Conservative Union - Positions 55%
2002 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 40%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 33%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 33%
2002 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 50%
2002 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 49%
2002 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 55%
2002 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 52%
2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 35%
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 35%
2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 35%
2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 66%
2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 47%
2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 47%
2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 62%
2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 62%
2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 44%
2001-2002 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
2001-2002 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 9%
2001-2002 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 25%
2001-2002 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 75%
2001 American Conservative Union - Positions 56%
2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 35%
2001 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 60%
2001 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 49%
2001 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 43%
2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 52%
2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 52%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 55%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 55%

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