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Rick A. Lazio's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 50%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 80%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 68%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 40%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 55%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 75%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 57%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 17%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 76%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 74%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 64%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 40%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 60%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 89%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 77%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 32%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 74%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 60%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 55%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 50%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 27%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 80%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 86%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 38%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 87%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 64%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 89%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 23%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 58%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 67%

Labor Unions

2000 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
2000 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 50%
1999 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 30%
1999 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 20%
1999 Communications Workers of America - Positions 20%
1999 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
1999 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 40%
1999 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 43%
1999 United Auto Workers - Positions 15%
1998 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 47%
1998 Communications Workers of America - Positions 29%
1998 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 50%
1998 National Farmers Union - Positions 56%
1998 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 80%
1998 United Auto Workers - Positions 33%
1997-1998 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 38%
1997 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 57%
1997 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 50%
1997 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 25%
1997 Communications Workers of America - Positions 25%
1997 National Farmers Union - Positions 57%
1997 United Auto Workers - Positions 38%
1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 46%
1996 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 32%
1996 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 18%
1996 Communications Workers of America - Positions on Workplace Rights 67%
1996 National Farmers Union - Positions 23%
1996 United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 15%
1996 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 33%
1995 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 17%
1995 National Farmers Union - Positions 50%
1995 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 90%
1995 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 14%
1994 National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score 67%
1994 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
1993 National Farmers Union - Positions 67%
1993 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 50%

Socially Conservative

2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 63%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 63%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 73%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 73%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 52%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 52%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 49%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 49%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 53%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 53%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 73%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 73%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 50%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 50%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 67%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 67%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 58%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 58%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 28%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 28%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 40%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 40%
1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 67%
1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 67%
1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 66%
1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 66%
1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50%
1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50%
1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 38%
1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 38%
1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 50%
1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 50%
1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30%
1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30%

Socially Liberal

1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 56%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 56%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 51%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 51%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 36%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 36%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 53%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 53%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 40%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 40%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 20%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 20%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 30%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 30%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 34%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 34%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 15%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 15%
1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 45%
1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 45%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 59%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 59%
1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 20%
1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 20%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 15%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 15%

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