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Susan M. Collins

Susan M. Collins's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Full Name: Susan M. Collins
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate
Primary June 10, 2014

Business and Consumers

2014 Population Connection - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 100%
2013 Food Policy Action - Positions 67%
2013 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 75%
2013 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2013 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2013 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 70%
2013 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 66%
2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions of 112th Congress 70%
2012 National Education Association - Positions 75%
2012 National Education Association - Positions 75%
2012 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 66%
2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 80%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 75%
2011-2012 American Association of University Women - Positions 30
2011-2012 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 100
2011-2012 Financial Executives International - Positions 57%
2011-2012 Food Policy Action - Positions 72%
2011-2012 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions (Senate) 50%
2011-2012 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 33%
2011-2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 64%
2011-2012 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 91%
2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: International Trade 50%
2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: Labor (Senate) 100%
2011-2012 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 88%
2011-2012 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 83%
2011-2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 75%
2011-2012 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100%
2011 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 25%
2011 National Education Association - Positions 25%
2011 National Education Association - Positions 25%
2011 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2011 National Retail Federation - Positions 71%
2011 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2011 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 75%
2011 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 75%
2011 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 82%
2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 100%
2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 82%
2009-2010 American Association of University Women - Positions 70%
2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 100%
2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 90%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 78%
2009-2010 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 60%
2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 77%
2009-2010 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 88%
2009-2010 National Small Business Association - Positions (Senate Only) 50%
2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 29%
2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 70%
2009 American Association of University Women - Positions 63%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 50%
2009 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues B
2009 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues B
2009 Population Connection - Committee Votes Score 100%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 100%
2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 86%
2008-2011 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 67%
2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 38%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 80%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 75%
2007-2008 American Association of University Women - Positions 100%
2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 80%
2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 50%
2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 40%
2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 83%
2007-2008 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 42%
2007-2008 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 38%
2007-2008 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 38%
2007-2008 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2007-2008 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100
2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 57
2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 80%
2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 50%
2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 100%
2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 100%
2007-2008 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 80%
2007 American Association of University Women - Positions 100
2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 53%
2007 Consumer Alliance for Energy Security - Positions 0%
2007 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2007 National Association of Elementary School Principals - Positions 100%
2007 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2007 National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession Issues A
2007 Population Connection - Positions on Population Stabilization 100%
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 50%
2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 75%
2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 64%
2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 72%
2006 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 100%
2006 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0%
2006 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Positions 50%
2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 96%
2006 Population Connection - Positions 63%
2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 50%
2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 68%
2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 92%
2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 68%
2005-2006 American Association of University Women - Positions 60%
2005-2006 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 85%
2005-2006 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100%
2005-2006 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 68%
2005-2006 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 88%
2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 67%
2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 40%
2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 38%
2005 American Association of University Women - Positions 50%
2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 52%
2005 International Sleep Products Association - Positions 100%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 70%
2005 National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions 83%
2005 National Association of Elementary School Principals - Positions 0%
2005 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Positions 0%
2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2005 Population Connection - Positions 67%
2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 54%
2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 42%
2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 78%
2004 American Shareholders Association - Positions 90%
2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 93%
2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 67%
2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 93%
2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 65%
2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 94%
2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 65%
2003-2004 American Association of University Women - Positions 75%
2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 75%
2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 70%
2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 60%
2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 65%
2003-2004 National Education Association - Positions 55%
2003-2004 National Education Association - Positions 55%
2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 83%
2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Parent Teacher Association - Positions 20%
2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 86%
2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National School Boards Association - Positions 33%
2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Population Connection - Positions 86%
2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 29%
2003 American Association of University Women - Positions 80%
2003 American Shareholders Association - Positions 82%
2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 67%
2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 60%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 75%
2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100%
2003 National Education Association - Positions 55%
2003 National Education Association - Positions 55%
2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 100%
2003 Population Connection - Positions 86%
2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 55%
2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 17%
2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 78%
2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 62%
2002 National Education Association - Positions 50%
2002 National Education Association - Positions 50%
2002 National School Boards Association - Positions 100%
2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 90%
2002 Population Connection - Positions 40%
2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 50%
2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 85%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 55%
2002 Vote Hemp - Positions on Industrial Hemp Policy Fence Sitter
2001-2002 American Association of University Women - Positions 50%
2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 67%
2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 70%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100%
2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 69%
2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 33%
2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 75%
2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 88%
2001-2002 National Parent Teacher Association - Positions 70%
2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 75%
2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 50%
2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 67%
2001 American Association of University Women - Positions 33%
2001 American Shareholders Association - Positions 83%
2001 National Education Association - Positions 60%
2001 National Education Association - Positions 60%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 80%
2001 Population Connection - Positions 25%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 25%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 75%
2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 25%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 79%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 56%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 86%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 76%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 30%
2000 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 10%
2000 National Education Association - Positions 60%
2000 National Education Association - Positions 60%
2000 Population Connection - Positions 88%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 83%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 80%
1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 92%
1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 100%
1999-2000 American Association of University Women - Positions 50%
1999-2000 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 23%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 50%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 40%
1999 American Association of University Women - Positions 50%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 80%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 77%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 17%
1999 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 23%
1999 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 20%
1999 National Education Association - Positions 50%
1999 National Education Association - Positions 50%
1999 Population Connection - Positions 80%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 76%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 54%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 86%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 50%
1998 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 50%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 70%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 78%
1997-1998 American Association of University Women - Positions 67%
1997-1998 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 38%
1997-1998 National Education Association - Positions 33%
1997-1998 National Education Association - Positions 33%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1997-1998 Population Connection - Positions 83%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 58%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 54%
1997 American Association of University Women - Positions 60%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 71%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 43%
1997 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 40%
1997 National Education Association - Positions 38%
1997 National Education Association - Positions 38%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1997 Population Connection - Positions 75%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 38%
1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 80%

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