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Stephen 'Steve' Ira Cohen

Stephen 'Steve' Ira Cohen's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Budget, Spending and Taxes

Full Name: Stephen 'Steve' Ira Cohen
Current Office: U.S. House - District 9, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
Primary Aug. 7, 2014
Floyd Alberson
(Running)
Independent
Herbert Bass
(Running)
Independent
Charlotte Bergmann
(Running)
Republican
Paul Cook
(Running)
Independent
Isaac Richmond
(Running)
Democratic
Ricky Wilkins
(Running)
Democratic

Budget, Spending and Taxes

2013 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 100%
2013 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2013 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2013 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 13%
2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 30%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 0%
2013 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 91%
2013 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 16%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 7%
2012 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 100%
2012 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2012 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 93%
2012 FreedomWorks - Positions 25%
2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 15%
2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 15%
2012 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100%
2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 95%
2011 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2011 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 17%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 11%
2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 17%
2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 17%
2011 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100%
2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 12%
2010 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 2%
2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 6%
2010 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 8%
2010 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 93%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 100%
2009 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 1%
2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 5%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 2%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 2%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 0%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 23%
2009 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 100
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 0%
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 - Lifetime Score 3%
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 4%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89
2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 0%
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 100%
2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 0%
2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2007 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10%
2007 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 2%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 100
2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 5%
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 38%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 12%
2007 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions on Poverty Action A+
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 2%
2006 Church World Service - Positions 0

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