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Robert Garagiola's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2013 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 38%
2013 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Lifetime Scores 36%
2013 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Committee Score 77%
2013 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Total Score 82%
2013 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Floor Score 86%
2012 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 13%
2012 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Total Score 88%
2012 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Floor Score 100%
2012 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Committee Score 75%
2011-2014 Maryland National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 20%
2011-2014 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (State Legislatures) 20%
2011 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 27%
2011 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Floor Score 100%
2011 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Total Score 93%
2011 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Committee Score 85%
2010 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Lifetime Score 39%
2010 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 33%
2010 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - Senate Finance Committee Score 75%
2010 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - House of Delegates Score 88%
2010 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition - State Senate Score 88%
2009 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 40%
2009 Restaurant Association of Maryland - Positions 66%
2008 Restaurant Association of Maryland - Positions 0%
2007-2010 Maryland National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 25%
2007-2009 Restaurant Association of Maryland - Cumulative Score 57%
2007 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 50%
2007 Restaurant Association of Maryland - Positions 60%
2006 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 36%
2005-2006 Maryland National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 29%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 40%
2004 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 38%
2003-2004 Maryland National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 30%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 40%

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