Senator Donald 'Don' Benton's Special Interest Group Ratings

Office: State Senate (WA) - District 17, Republican Deputy Majority Caucus Leader
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Business and Consumers

2014 Association of Washington Business - Labor Score 13% 2014 Association of Washington Business - Lifetime Score 88% 2014 Association of Washington Business - Positions 92% 2013-2014 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2013 Association of Washington Business - Positions 95% 2013 Association of Washington Business - Lifetime Score 88% 2013 Association of Washington Business - Labor Score 28% 2012 Association of Washington Business - Positions 80% 2011-2012 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 75% 2011 Association of Washington Business - Positions 75% 2010 Association of Washington Business - Lifetime Score 89% 2010 Association of Washington Business - Positions 96% 2009-2010 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 75% 2009 Association of Washington Business - Positions 86% 2008 Association of Washington Business - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 91 2007-2008 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 85 2007 Association of Washington Business - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 67 2007 Building Industry Association of Washington - Housing Industry Advocacy Score 73 2006 Association of Washington Business - Positions 93% 2005-2006 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 85% 2005 Association of Washington Business - Positions 82% 2005 Building Industry Association of Washington - Positions 86% 2004 Association of Washington Business - Positions 80% 2003-2004 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 85% 2003 Association of Washington Business - Positions 93% 2002 Association of Washington Business - Positions 84% 2001-2002 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 87% 2001 Association of Washington Business - State Senate Score 94% 1999-2000 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83% 1997-1998 Washington National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%

Labor Unions

2014 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Lifetime Scores 27% 2014 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 13% 2013 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Lifetime Score 28% 2013 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 0% 2012 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 42% 2012 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Lifetime Scores 30% 2011 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Postions 76% 2011 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Lifetime Scores 29% 2010 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 29% 2010 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Lifetime Score 26% 2008 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 40 2007 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 70 2006 Washington Public Employees Association - Positions 90% 2006 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 67% 2005 Washington Public Employees Association - Positions 60% 2005 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 29% 2004 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 27% 2003-2004 Washington Public Employees Association - Positions 59% 2003 Washington Public Employees Association - Positions 50% 2003 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 0% 2002 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 32% 2001 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 13% 1998 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 0% 1997 Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO - Positions 7%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.