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Thomas 'Tom' Richard Carper

Thomas 'Tom' Richard Carper's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Budget, Spending and Taxes

Full Name: Thomas 'Tom' Richard Carper
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2000
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018

Budget, Spending and Taxes

2013 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 82%
2013 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2013 Bread for the World - Positions 86%
2013 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 6%
2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 0%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 39%
2013 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 59%
2013 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 94%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 7%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 10%
2012 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 80%
2012 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
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 17%
2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 17%
2012 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 91%
2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 90%
2011 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 90%
2011 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 29%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 53%
2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 17%
2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 13%
2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 13%
2011 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100%
2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 14%
2010 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 5%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 67%
2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 0%
2010 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 12%
2010 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 93%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 7%
2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 3%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 86%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 70%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 79%
2009 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 12%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 82%
2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 17%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 9%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 9%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 9%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 11%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 60%
2009 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 93
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 87%
2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 8%
2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 81%
2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
2008 Americans for Fair Taxation - Positions on the FairTax 0
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Lifetime Score 0%
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 0%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 70
2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 25%
2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2008 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 7%
2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 8%
2007-2008 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2007 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 90%
2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 0%
2007 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 6%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89
2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 0%
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 44%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 18%
2007 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions on Poverty Action A+
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 91%
2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 14%
2006 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 90%
2006 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 15%
2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 17%
2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 21%
2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 21%
2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 88%
2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 6%
2006 The Retired Enlisted Association - Retired Military Benefits Issues Score 0%
2005-2006 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 29%
2005-2006 Citizens for Tax Justice - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 23%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 20%
2005-2006 Population Action International - Positions on Reproductive Health 100%
2005 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 25%
2005 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 29%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 63%
2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 25%
2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 22%
2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 22%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 25%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 43%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 60%
2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 62%
2005 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 40%
2004 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2004 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10%
2004 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 13%
2004 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 17%
2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 17%
2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 25%
2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2004 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 30%
2003-2004 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2003-2004 FreedomWorks - Positions 7%
2003-2004 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 16%
2003-2004 Population Action International - Positions 67%
2003 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 60%
2003 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10%
2003 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 24%
2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 16%
2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 16%
2003 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 35
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 35
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 35
2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 92%
2002 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 70%
2002 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10%
2002 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 13%
2002 Emergency Committee for American Trade - Positions 57.1%
2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 26%
2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 26%
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 41
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 41
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 41
2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 80%
2002 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 18%
2001-2002 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Concord Coalition - Positions 98%
2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 100%
2001-2002 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 15%
2001 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
2001 American Benefits Council - Positions 0%
2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 15%
2001 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 15%
2001 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 27%
2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 21%
2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 21%
2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 29%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 81%
2001 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 33%
1999 National Foreign Trade Council - Positions 50%

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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.

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