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Edward 'Ted' M. Kennedy, Sr.

Edward 'Ted' M. Kennedy, Sr.'s Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Budget, Spending and Taxes

Full Name: Edward 'Ted' M. Kennedy, Sr.

Budget, Spending and Taxes

2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 0%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 47%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 6%
2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 96%
2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2008 Americans for Fair Taxation - Positions on the FairTax -1
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 0%
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Lifetime Score 16%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 3%
2007-2008 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2007 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 0%
2007 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 3%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89
2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 0%
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 6%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 41%
2007 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions on Poverty Action A+
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 83%
2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 9%
2006 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2006 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5%
2006 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 75%
2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 8%
2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 10%
2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 10%
2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 0%
2006 The Retired Enlisted Association - Retired Military Benefits Issues Score 35%
2005-2006 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 8%
2005-2006 Citizens for Tax Justice - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 0%
2005 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5%
2005 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 8%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 0%
2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 7%
2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 7%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 32%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 10%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 21%
2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2005 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 60%
2004 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2004 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10%
2004 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 25%
2004 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 15%
2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 15%
2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 15%
2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2004 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 60%
2003-2004 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2003-2004 FreedomWorks - Positions 0%
2003-2004 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0%
2003-2004 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2003 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 89%
2003 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 0%
2003 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 8%
2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 17%
2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 17%
2003 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 28
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 28
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 28
2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2002 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2002 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5%
2002 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 0%
2002 Emergency Committee for American Trade - Positions 0%
2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 13%
2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 13%
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 18
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 18
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 18
2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 91%
2002 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 36%
2001-2002 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Concord Coalition - Positions 63%
2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 100%
2001-2002 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0%
2001 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 100%
2001 American Benefits Council - Positions 0%
2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10%
2001 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 20%
2001 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 3%
2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 9%
2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 9%
2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 10%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2001 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 40%
2000 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 10%
2000 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2000 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 16%
2000 Concord Coalition - Positions 39%
2000 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 100%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 18%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2000 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 65%
1999-2000 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 100%
1999-2000 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0%
1999-2000 United Seniors Association - Positions 11%
1999 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 50%
1999 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 0%
1999 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
1999 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 9%
1999 Concord Coalition - Positions 38%
1999 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 100%
1999 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 100%
1999 National Foreign Trade Council - Positions 33%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 0%
1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 7%
1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 7%
1999 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 37
1999 United Seniors Association - Positions 0%
1998 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 0%
1998 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
1998 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 16%
1998 Concord Coalition - Positions 43%
1998 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 100%
1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 9%
1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 9%
1998 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 44%
1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 0%
1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 0%
1997-1998 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 100%
1997-1998 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 3%
1997 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
1997 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 16%
1997 Concord Coalition - Positions 36%
1997 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 100%
1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 10%
1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 10%
1997 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 56%
1996 Bread for the World - Positions on Addressing World Hunger 100%
1996 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 29%
1996 Concord Coalition - Positions 33%
1996 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 100%
1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 6%
1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 6%
1995-1996 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 100%
1995-1996 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 14%
1995 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 23%
1995 Concord Coalition - Positions 40%
1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 16%
1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 16%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Budget Score 5%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Spending Score 8%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Taxes Score 0%

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