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Paul D. Tonko's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Animals and Wildlife

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 20, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Independence, Women's Equality, Working Families for U.S. House - District 20

2016 Endorsements

Animals and Wildlife

2015 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 50%
2015 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100%
2015 Food Policy Action - Positions 100%
2015 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100%
2014 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 50%
2014 Food Policy Action - Positions 90%
2014 Goldwater Institute - Positions 91%
2014 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Food Policy Action - Positions 90%
2013-2014 Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 91%
2013 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 83%
2013 Food Policy Action - Positions 85%
2013 Goldwater Institute - Positions 88%
2012 Sierra Club - Positions on Clean water (House Only) 100%
2012 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0%
2011-2012 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 67%
2011-2012 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100%
2011-2012 Food Policy Action - Positions 100%
2011-2012 Goldwater Institute - Positions 100%
2011 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 33%
2011 Goldwater Institute - Positions 100%
2011 Sierra Club - Positions on Clean Water (House Only) 100%
2010-2011 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100%
2010 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Animal Welfare Institute - U.S. House Score 100%
2009-2010 Big Cat Rescue - House of Representatives Score 100%
2009-2010 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Goldwater Institute - Positions 100%
2009 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100%
2009 Goldwater Institute - Positions 77%
2003-2004 Humane Society of New York - Positions 80%

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