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Jerry F. Costello's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Business and Consumers

2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions of 112th Congress 53%
2012 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 62%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 36%
2011-2012 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 85
2011-2012 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions (House) 25%
2011-2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 42%
2011-2012 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 31%
2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: International Trade 0%
2011-2012 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 76%
2011-2012 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 50%
2011-2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 35%
2011 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions (House Only) 100%
2011 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 36%
2011 National Retail Federation - Positions 14%
2011 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2011 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 58%
2011 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 20%
2011 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 0%
2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 0%
2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 90%
2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 50%
2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 25%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 26%
2009-2010 National Association for the Self-Employed - U.S. House Score 100%
2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 35%
2009-2010 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 43%
2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 66%
2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 5%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 40%
2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 50%
2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 50%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 36%
2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 67%
2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 33%
2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 62%
2007-2008 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 0%
2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 15%
2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 56
2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 20
2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 0%
2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 68%
2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 70%
2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 60%
2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7%
2007 TechAmerica - Positions 75%
2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 0%
2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 47%
2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 37%
2006 Consumer Action - Positions 0%
2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 59%
2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 73%
2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 73%
2005-2006 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 50%
2005-2006 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 90%
2005-2006 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 80%
2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 25%
2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 50%
2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 43%
2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 40%
2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 38%
2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 41%
2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 54%
2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 65%
2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 28%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 37%
2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 40%
2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 29%
2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 52%
2004 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100%
2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 48%
2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 27%
2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 67%
2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 67%
2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 25%
2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 33%
2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 40%
2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 26%
2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 43%
2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 18%
2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 31%
2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 27%
2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 25%
2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 33%
2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 36%
2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 20%
2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 77%
2003-2004 United States Business and Industry Council - Positions 96%
2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 25%
2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 26%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 26%
2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0%
2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 17%
2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 33%
2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 67%
2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 81%
2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 50%
2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 50%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 70%
2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 46%
2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 18%
2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 13%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 42%
2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 19%
2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 47%
2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 21%
2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 50%
2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 73%
2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 27%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 22%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 50%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 17%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 48%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 55%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 7%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 14%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 78%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 26%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 47%
1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 32%
1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 20%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 15%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 87%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 70%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 16%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 67%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 24%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 79%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 27%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 90%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 25%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 28%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 33%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 58%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 79%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 40%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 2%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 50%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 55%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 1%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 69%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 25%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 38%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 39%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 84%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 74%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 45%

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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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