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Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Budget, Spending and Taxes

Full Name: Arlen Specter

Budget, Spending and Taxes

2010 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 2%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 50%
2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 0%
2010 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 7%
2010 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 93%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 95%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 44%
2009 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 22%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 82%
2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 15%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 50%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 26%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 26%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 17%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 45%
2009 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 86
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 30%
2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 39%
2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80%
2008 Americans for Fair Taxation - Positions on the FairTax -1
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Lifetime Score 49%
2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 55%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 56
2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 36%
2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D
2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D
2008 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 67%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 39%
2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 63%
2007-2008 Population Action International - Positions 100%
2007 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 30%
2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 65%
2007 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 29%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 50
2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 33%
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 49%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 54%
2007 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions on Poverty Action B
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 41%
2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 13%
2006 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 56%
2006 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 70%
2006 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 0%
2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 42%
2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 51%
2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 51%
2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 62%
2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 40%
2006 The Retired Enlisted Association - Retired Military Benefits Issues Score 24%
2005-2006 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 57%
2005-2006 Citizens for Tax Justice - Positions 0%
2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 64%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 90%
2005-2006 Population Action International - Positions on Reproductive Health 100%
2005 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 25%
2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 70%
2005 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 57%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 29%
2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 44%
2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 50%
2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 50%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 79%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 66%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 53%
2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42%
2005 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 20%
2004 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 29%
2004 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 85%
2004 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 43%
2004 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 50%
2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 50%
2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 50%
2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 76%
2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 67%
2004 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 20%
2003-2004 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2003-2004 FreedomWorks - Positions 79%
2003-2004 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 83%
2003-2004 Population Action International - Positions 33%
2003 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0%
2003 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 85%
2003 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 40%
2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 83%
2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 65%
2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 65%
2003 Population Action International - Positions 50%
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 80
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 80
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 80
2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 33%
2002 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 60%
2002 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 65%
2002 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 44%
2002 Emergency Committee for American Trade - Positions 85.7%
2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 42%
2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 42%
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 75
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 75
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 75
2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 50%
2002 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 18%
2001-2002 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Concord Coalition - Positions 8%
2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 53%
2001-2002 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 56%
2001 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 30%
2001 American Benefits Council - Positions 29%
2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 70%
2001 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 60%
2001 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 41%
2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 59%
2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 59%
2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 58%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 43%
2001 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 40%
2000 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 75%
2000 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2000 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 65%
2000 Concord Coalition - Positions 30%
2000 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 50%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 55%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42%
2000 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 59%
1999-2000 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 46%
1999-2000 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 60%
1999-2000 United Seniors Association - Positions 67%
1999 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 40%
1999 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 45%
1999 Bread for the World - Positions 75%
1999 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 42%
1999 Concord Coalition - Positions 41%
1999 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 46%
1999 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 50%
1999 National Foreign Trade Council - Positions 33%
1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 38%
1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 38%
1999 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 36
1999 United Seniors Association - Positions 70%
1998 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 45%
1998 Bread for the World - Positions 67%
1998 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 39%
1998 Concord Coalition - Positions 47%
1998 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 80%
1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 44%
1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 44%
1998 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 36%
1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 40%
1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 40%
1997-1998 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 54%
1997-1998 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 48%
1997 Bread for the World - Positions 80%
1997 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 55%
1997 Concord Coalition - Positions 35%
1997 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 60%
1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 51%
1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 51%
1997 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 28%
1996 Bread for the World - Positions on Addressing World Hunger 29%
1996 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 60%
1996 Concord Coalition - Positions 68%
1996 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 30%
1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 71%
1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 71%
1995-1996 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 36%
1995-1996 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 79%
1995 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 57%
1995 Concord Coalition - Positions 44%
1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 68%
1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 68%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Taxes Score 0%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Budget Score 38%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Spending Score 46%

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