Thomas 'Tom' M. Barrett's Special Interest Group Ratings

Office: Mayor (Milwaukee, WI) - At-Large, Democratic
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Business and Consumers

2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 33% 2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 95% 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 95% 2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0% 2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7% 2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 100% 2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 6% 2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38% 1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 5% 1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 93% 1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100% 1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0% 1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7% 1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 92% 1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 12% 1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100% 1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 18% 1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 80% 1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 15% 1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 17% 1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 31% 1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 89% 1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100% 1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 40% 1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7% 1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 83% 1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 40% 1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 91% 1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40% 1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 3% 1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 85% 1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 25% 1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 29% 1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 24% 1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 92% 1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 95% 1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 33%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2001 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 100% 2001 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100% 2001 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 91% 2001 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 93% 2000 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 71% 2000 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 100% 2000 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100% 1999-2000 Common Cause - Lifetime Score 0% 1999-2000 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100% 1999-2000 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100% 1999 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 77% 1999 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100% 1999 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100% 1998 National Organization for Women - Positions 85% 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 80% 1997-1998 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100% 1997-1998 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 92% 1997-1998 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 92% 1997 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 67% 1996 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 69% 1995-1996 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 89% 1995-1996 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 95% 1995-1996 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 73%

Fiscally Conservative

2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10% 2001 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 29% 2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 13% 2000 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10% 2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0% 2000 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 0% 2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 42% 1999-2000 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 15% 1999-2000 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 67% 1999-2000 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 60% 1999 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 12% 1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40% 1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 36% 1998 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5% 1998 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 0% 1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 42% 1997-1998 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 8% 1997-1998 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 44% 1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30% 1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 43% 1996 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 11% 1995-1996 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 5% 1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 10% 1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 35% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Positions on Agriculture 100% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Taxes Score 0% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Trade Score 100% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Spending Score 23% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Deregulation Score 14% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Environment Score 0% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Budget Score 29% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Total Score 21% 1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 20%

Foreign Affairs

2001 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 79% 2001 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 96% 2001 Peace Action - Positions 63% 2001 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 100% 2000 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 91% 2000 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 10% 2000 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 85% 2000 Peace Action - Positions 70% 1999-2000 PeacePAC - Positions 100% 1999 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 64% 1999 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 22% 1999 Peace Action - Positions 72% 1998 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 95% 1998 National Journal - Liberal on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 98% 1998 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 0% 1998 Peace Action - Positions 88% 1997-1998 PeacePAC - Positions 100% 1997 Center for Security Policy - Positions 20% 1997 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 93% 1997 Peace Action - Positions 100% 1996 Center for Security Policy - Positions 21% 1996 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign\Defense Policy 90% 1996 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 0% 1996 Peace Action - Positions 90% 1996 PeacePAC - Positions 90% 1995-1996 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Peace and Justice Score 93% 1995 Peace Action - Positions 100% 1993-1994 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 20%

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 Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 86% 2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100% 2000 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100% 2000 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100% 2000 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100% 2000 Communications Workers of America - Positions 100% 2000 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100% 2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 71% 2000 United Auto Workers - Positions 100% 2000 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 100% 1999-2000 National Farmers Union - Positions 75% 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% 1999 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 67% 1998 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100% 1998 Communications Workers of America - Positions 100% 1998 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 83% 1998 National Farmers Union - Positions 67% 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 79% 1997 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100% 1997 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 63% 1997 Communications Workers of America - Positions 75% 1997 National Farmers Union - Positions 43% 1997 United Auto Workers - Positions 86% 1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 92% 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 33% 1996 National Farmers Union - Positions 73% 1996 United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 95% 1996 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100% 1995 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 92% 1995 National Farmers Union - Positions 90% 1995 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 90% 1995 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 95% 1994 National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score 89% 1994 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 88% 1993 National Farmers Union - Positions 89% 1993 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 88%

Socially Conservative

2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 23% 2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 23% 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 100% 2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100% 2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 25% 2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 25% 2000 Family Research Council - Positions 100% 2000 Family Research Council - Positions 100% 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 24% 2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 24% 2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 42% 2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 42% 2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 22% 2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 22% 1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7% 1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7% 1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 5% 1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 5% 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 0% 1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0% 1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 20% 1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 20% 1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 26% 1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 26% 1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 13% 1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 13% 1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50% 1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50% 1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 20% 1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 20% 1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 22% 1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 22% 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 30% 1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 30% 1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 21% 1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 21% 1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 22% 1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 22% 1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 13% 1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 13% 1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 39% 1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 39% 1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 10% 1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 10% 1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 20% 1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 20%

Socially Liberal

2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 90% 2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 90% 2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 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 90% 2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 90% 2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 75% 2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 75% 2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 74% 2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 74% 2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 92% 2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 92% 1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100% 1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100% 1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 87% 1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 87% 1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91% 1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91% 1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 76% 1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 76% 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 95% 1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 77% 1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 77% 1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 75% 1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 75% 1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 78% 1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 78% 1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 90% 1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 90%

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