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Karen L. Thurman's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 33%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 85%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 42%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 11%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 33%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 0%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 35%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 60%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 10%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 100%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 13%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 57%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 10%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 73%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 65%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 8%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 67%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 29%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 58%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 27%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 90%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 15%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 39%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 31%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 42%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 58%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 40%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 4%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 83%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 40%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 27%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 60%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 77%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 25%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 31%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 43%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 65%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 47%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 36%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2001 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 77%
2001 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2001 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 82%
2001 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 93%
2000 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 77%
2000 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 90%
2000 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 87%
1999-2000 Common Cause - Lifetime Score 0%
1999-2000 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
1999-2000 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 88%
1999 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 75%
1999 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
1999 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 82%
1998 National Organization for Women - Positions 90%
1997-1998 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 81%
1997-1998 Campaign for a Color Blind America - Positions 0%
1997-1998 Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions 20%
1997-1998 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 88%
1997-1998 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 96%
1997-1998 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 83%
1997 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 83%
1996 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 53%
1995-1996 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 44%
1995-1996 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 75%
1995-1996 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 70%

Federal, State and Local Relations

2000 National Association of Counties - Positions 71%

Fiscally Conservative

2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5%
2001 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 19%
2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 11%
2000 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 15%
2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 16%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 24%
1999-2000 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 23%
1999-2000 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 0%
1999-2000 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 89%
1999 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%
1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 16%
1998 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10%
1998 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 34%
1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 27%
1997-1998 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 29%
1997-1998 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 11%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30%
1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 27%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 28%
1995-1996 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 25%
1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 20%
1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 28%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Total Score 31%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Trade Score 0%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Positions on Agriculture 0%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Environment Score 52%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Taxes Score 0%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Deregulation Score 86%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Budget Score 15%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Spending Score 27%
1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 70%

Impartial/Nonpartisan

1999-2000 Common Cause - Lifetime Score 0%

Labor Unions

2001 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
2001 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100%
2001 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
2001 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 83%
2001 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 100%
2001 United Auto Workers - Positions 92%
2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100%
2000 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 91%
2000 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 90%
2000 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 85%
2000 Communications Workers of America - Positions 88%
2000 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 80%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 57%
2000 United Auto Workers - Positions 93%
1999-2000 National Farmers Union - Positions 83%
1999 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
1999 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
1999 Communications Workers of America - Positions 83%
1999 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
1999 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 80%
1999 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 86%
1999 United Auto Workers - Positions 100%
1998 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 87%
1998 Communications Workers of America - Positions 86%
1998 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 83%
1998 National Farmers Union - Positions 100%
1998 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 100%
1998 United Auto Workers - Positions 92%
1997-1998 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 100%
1997 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 93%
1997 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 88%
1997 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 75%
1997 Communications Workers of America - Positions 88%
1997 National Farmers Union - Positions 86%
1997 United Auto Workers - Positions 86%
1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 85%
1996 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
1996 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 92%
1996 Communications Workers of America - Positions on Workplace Rights 44%
1996 National Farmers Union - Positions 93%
1996 United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 95%
1996 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100%
1995 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 70%
1995 National Farmers Union - Positions 80%
1995 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 100%
1995 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 78%
1994 National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score 100%
1994 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 88%
1993 National Farmers Union - Positions 100%
1993 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 100%

Socially Conservative

2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 40%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 40%
2001 Family Research Council - Positions on Conservative Issues 10%
2001 Family Research Council - Positions on Conservative Issues 10%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 23%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 23%
2000 Family Research Council - Positions 66%
2000 Family Research Council - Positions 66%
2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0%
2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 29%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 29%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 24%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 24%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 21%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 21%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 8%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 8%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 10%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 10%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 31%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 31%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 8%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 8%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 25%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 25%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 15%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 15%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 26%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 26%
1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7%
1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 36%
1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 36%
1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 20%
1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 20%
1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 70%
1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 70%

Socially Liberal

2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 87%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 87%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 60%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 60%
2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 93%
2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 93%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 70%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 70%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 58%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 58%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 93%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 93%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 69%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 69%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 73%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 73%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 80%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 80%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 83%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 83%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 73%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 73%
1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 67%
1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 67%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 85%

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