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2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions of 112th Congress 89% 2012 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 55% 2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 87% 2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 88% 2011-2012 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 67 2011-2012 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions (Senate) 25% 2011-2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 93% 2011-2012 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: International Trade 100% 2011-2012 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 77% 2011-2012 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 83% 2011-2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 100% 2011 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2011 National Retail Federation - Positions 85% 2011 National Small Business Association - Positions 50% 2011 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 100% 2011 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 50% 2011 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 80% 2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 40% 2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 70% 2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 100% 2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 85% 2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 92% 2009-2010 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 91% 2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 88% 2009-2010 National Small Business Association - Positions (Senate Only) 50% 2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 40% 2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 96% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 100% 2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 100% 2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 71% 2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 100% 2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 87% 2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 63% 2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 40% 2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 75% 2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100% 2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 66% 2007-2008 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 100% 2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 83% 2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 91 2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 85 2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 80% 2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 50% 2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 60% 2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 55% 2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 93% 2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 75% 2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 60% 2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 100% 2006 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0% 2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 41% 2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 9% 2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 92% 2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 9% 2005-2006 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 85% 2005-2006 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 50% 2005-2006 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 75% 2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 89% 2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 50% 2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 88% 2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 100% 2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 87% 2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 80% 2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 8% 2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 89% 2005 International Sleep Products Association - Positions 50% 2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 89% 2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 100% 2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 83% 2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 60% 2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 100% 2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 5% 2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 88% 2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 5% 2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 83% 2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 80% 2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 42% 2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 95% 2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100% 2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 87% 2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 67% 2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 100% 2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 100% 2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 100% 2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 67% 2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 12% 2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 83% 2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 95% 2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 96% 2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100% 2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 100% 2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 27% 2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 96% 2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 14% 2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 83% 2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 90% 2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 0% 2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 78% 2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 83% 2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 100% 2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100% 2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 100% 2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 58% 2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 100% 2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 4% 2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 93% 2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 100% 2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 92% 2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 0% 2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100% 2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 92% 2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 20% 2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 100% 2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 85% 1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 45% 1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 40% 1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 8% 1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 0% 1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100% 1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 100% 1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 17% 1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 82% 1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 8% 1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 86% 1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 10% 1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 90% 1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 76% 1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83% 1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 17% 1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 8% 1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 80% 1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 95% 1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 14% 1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 80% 1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 12% 1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 70% 1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 100% 1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 21% 1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100% 1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 96% 1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 14% 1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 0% 1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%

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.

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