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Benjamin 'Ben' L. Cardin's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: National Security

Office: U.S. Senate (MD) - Jr, Democratic

National Security

2014 Peace Action West - Positions (June 3, 2014) 75%
2013-2014 Center for Security Policy - Positions 0%
2013-2014 National Association of Police Organizations - Positions 73%
2013-2014 National Iranian American Council - Positions 25%
2013 Peace Action West - Positions (Nov. 20, 2013) 67%
2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 0%
2011-2012 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 30%
2011-2012 Center for Security Policy - Positions 0%
2011 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 40%
2010 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 0%
2009-2012 Council for a Livable World - Positions (Senate) 100%
2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 50%
2009-2010 Center for Security Policy - Positions 8%
2009-2010 Council for a Livable World - Positions 100%
2009 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 30%
2007-2008 ACT! for America - Positions 50%
2007-2008 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 60%
2007-2008 Center for Security Policy - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Council for a Livable World - Positions 80%
2007 Council for a Livable World - Positions 90%
2005-2006 ACT! for America - Positions 41%
2005-2006 Center for Security Policy - Positions 42%
2005 PeacePAC - Positions 77%
2003-2004 ACT! for America - Positions 62.5%
2003-2004 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 50%
2003-2004 PeacePAC - Positions 100%
2002 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 25%
2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 13%
2001-2002 Council for a Livable World - Positions 100%
1999-2000 PeacePAC - Positions 57%
1998-2002 Center for Security Policy - Positions 44%
1997-1998 PeacePAC - Positions 75%
1997 Center for Security Policy - Positions 45%
1996 Center for Security Policy - Positions 58%
1996 PeacePAC - Positions 40%
1993-1994 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 30%

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