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Benjamin 'Ben' L. Cardin

Benjamin 'Ben' L. Cardin's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Full Name: Benjamin 'Ben' L. Cardin
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018

Business and Consumers

2014 Population Connection - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 100%
2014 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 92%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Other) 25%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 71%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Infrastructure) 86%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Taxes) 33%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Labor) 27%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores 35%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Environment) 0%
2013-2014 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 100%
2013-2014 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 0%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Other (Senate Only) 100%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Labor 0%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Budget/Tax 100%
2013-2014 National Small Business Association - Positions 100
2013-2014 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 83
2013 Food Policy Action - Positions 83%
2013 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0%
2013 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2013 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2013 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 50%
2013 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2013 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 66%
2013 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
2013 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 36%
2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions of 112th Congress 33%
2012 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2012 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2012 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 77%
2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 35%
2011-2012 American Association of University Women - Positions 100
2011-2012 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 70
2011-2012 Financial Executives International - Positions 43%
2011-2012 Food Policy Action - Positions 100%
2011-2012 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions (Senate) 0%
2011-2012 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 25
2011-2012 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2011-2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 43%
2011-2012 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 36%
2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: Labor (Senate) 0%
2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: International Trade 25%
2011-2012 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 66%
2011-2012 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 50%
2011-2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 25%
2011-2012 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
2011 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2011 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2011 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2011 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 44%
2011 National Retail Federation - Positions 42%
2011 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2011 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 50%
2011 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 75%
2011 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 45%
2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 40%
2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 27%
2009-2010 American Association of University Women - Positions 90%
2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 80%
2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 30%
2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 0%
2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 14%
2009-2010 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 15%
2009-2010 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 9%
2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 22%
2009-2010 National Small Business Association - Positions (Senate Only) 50%
2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 4%
2009 American Association of University Women - Positions 88%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 9%
2009 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2009 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2009 Population Connection - Committee Votes Score 100%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 50%
2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 43%
2008-2011 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 33%
2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 35%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 63%
2007-2008 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 50%
2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 50%
2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20%
2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 66%
2007-2008 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 14%
2007-2008 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 7%
2007-2008 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 23%
2007-2008 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2007-2008 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 55
2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 57
2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 40%
2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 50%
2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 100%
2007-2008 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 90%
2007 American Association of University Women - Positions 100
2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 13%
2007 Consumer Alliance for Energy Security - Positions 0%
2007 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2007 National Association of Elementary School Principals - Positions 100%
2007 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2007 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2007 Population Connection - Positions on Population Stabilization 100%
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 91%
2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 50%
2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 45%
2006 Consumer Action - Positions 0%
2006 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2006 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Positions 50%
2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 41%
2006 Population Connection - Positions 100%
2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 95%
2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 95%
2005-2006 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 5%
2005-2006 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 17%
2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 10%
2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 25%
2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 38%
2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 22%
2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 94%
2005 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 11%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 19%
2005 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 88%
2005 National Association of Elementary School Principals - Positions 100%
2005 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Positions 33%
2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 13%
2005 Population Connection - Positions 100%
2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 20%
2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
2004 American Shareholders Association - Positions 30%
2004 Financial Executives International - Positions 50%
2004 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 67%
2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 37%
2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 40%
2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 90%
2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 43%
2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 90%
2003-2004 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 25%
2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 10%
2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 16%
2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 8%
2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 14%
2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 23%
2003-2004 National Education Association - Positions 95%
2003-2004 National Education Association - Positions 95%
2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 38%
2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 17%
2003-2004 National Parent Teacher Association - Positions 92%
2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 17%
2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 31%
2003-2004 National School Boards Association - Positions 60%
2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 36%
2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 10%
2003-2004 Population Connection - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 62%
2003-2004 School Nutrition Association - Positions 67%
2003-2004 United States Business and Industry Council - Positions 35%
2003 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 8%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 19%
2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0%
2003 National Education Association - Positions 91%
2003 National Education Association - Positions 91%
2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 31%
2003 National School Boards Association - Positions 80%
2003 Population Connection - Positions 100%
2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 100%
2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 37%
2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 95%
2002 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2002 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 33%
2002 Population Connection - Positions 100%
2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 55%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 95%
2001-2002 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 15%
2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 9%
2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 4%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 42%
2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 14%
2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 100%
2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 18%
2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 14%
2001-2002 National Parent Teacher Association - Positions 75%
2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 0%
2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 82%
2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 0%
2001 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
2001 American Shareholders Association - Positions 0%
2001 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2001 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 11%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 33%
2001 Population Connection - Positions 90%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 91%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 0%
2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 35%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 90%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 7%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 3%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 89%
2000 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 90%
2000 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2000 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2000 Population Connection - Positions 100%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 71%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 20%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 42%
1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 24%
1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 20%
1999-2000 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
1999-2000 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 92%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 10%
1999-2000 National Parent Teacher Association - Positions 100%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 73%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 80%
1999 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 16%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 58%
1999 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 90%
1999 National Education Association - Positions 90%
1999 National Education Association - Positions 90%
1999 Population Connection - Positions 100%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 28%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 84%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 80%
1998 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 100%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 10%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 25%
1997-1998 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
1997-1998 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 100%
1997-1998 National Education Association - Positions 93%
1997-1998 National Education Association - Positions 93%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 20%
1997-1998 Population Connection - Positions 100%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 58%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 84%
1997 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 40%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 9%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 100%
1997 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 90%
1997 National Education Association - Positions 93%
1997 National Education Association - Positions 93%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 40%
1997 Population Connection - Positions 100%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 55%
1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 85%
1996 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 90%
1996 National Education Association - Positions 86%
1996 National Education Association - Positions 86%
1996 Population Connection - Positions 100%
1996 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 25%
1995-1996 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 21%
1995-1996 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 91%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 30%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 80%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 84%
1995-1996 United States Student Association - Positions 64%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 25%
1995 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 95%
1994 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 88%
1993 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 88%

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