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Jim Costa's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Animals and Wildlife

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 16, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 16

Animals and Wildlife

2015 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 100%
2015 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 58%
2015 Food Policy Action - Positions 50%
2015 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 33%
2014 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 100%
2014 Food Policy Action - Positions 56%
2014 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 11%
2013-2014 Food Policy Action - Positions 56%
2013-2014 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 33%
2013 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 17%
2013 Food Policy Action - Positions 69%
2012 Sierra Club - Positions on Clean water (House Only) 36%
2012 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 100%
2011-2012 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 0%
2011-2012 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 36%
2011-2012 Food Policy Action - Positions 64%
2011 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 100%
2011 Sierra Club - Positions on Clean Water (House Only) 33%
2010-2011 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 42%
2010 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Animal Welfare Institute - U.S. House Score 50%
2009-2010 Big Cat Rescue - House of Representatives Score 66%
2009-2010 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 57%
2009-2010 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 47%
2009 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 60%
2008 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 100
2007-2008 Animal Welfare Institute - U.S. House Score 66%
2007-2008 Big Cat Rescue - Positions 66
2007-2008 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 63%
2007-2008 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 42%
2007 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 60%
2007 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions on Animal Protection 17%
2006 National Animal Interest Alliance Trust - Positions 100%
2006 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 100%
2005-2006 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 50%
2005-2006 Animal Welfare Institute - U.S. House Score 0%
2005-2006 Big Cat Rescue - Positions 63%
2005-2006 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 40%
2005-2006 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 28%
2005 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 67%
2005 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 0%
2004 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 100%
2001 PawPAC - California’s Political Action Committee for Animals - Positions on Animal Protection D
2000 PawPAC - California’s Political Action Committee for Animals - Positions 75%
1999 PawPAC - California’s Political Action Committee for Animals - Positions 100%
1997-1998 PawPAC - California’s Political Action Committee for Animals - Positions 89%

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