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Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Business and Consumers

2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 40%
2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 22%
2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 71%
2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 40%
2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 0%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 25%
2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 8%
2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 22%
2009-2010 National Small Business Association - Positions (Senate Only) 50%
2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 37%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 50%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 75%
2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 71%
2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 91%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 86%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 66%
2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 90%
2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 100%
2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 40%
2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 66%
2007-2008 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 91%
2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 58%
2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 91
2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 57
2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 40%
2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 50%
2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 60%
2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 87%
2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 73%
2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 75%
2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 82%
2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 100%
2006 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0%
2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 70%
2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 36%
2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100%
2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 36%
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 82%
2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 86%
2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 50%
2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 42%
2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 31%
2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 77%
2005 International Sleep Products Association - Positions 100%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 82%
2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 80%
2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 68%
2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 88%
2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 47%
2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 93%
2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 30%
2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 87%
2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 30%
2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 56%
2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 57%
2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 86%
2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 91%
2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 75%
2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 67%
2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 57%
2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 75%
2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 67%
2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 12%
2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 67%
2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 86%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 78%
2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100%
2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50%
2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 75%
2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 9%
2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 87%
2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 43%
2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 90%
2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 85%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 45%
2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 67%
2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 83%
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 81%
2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 71%
2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 75%
2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 46%
2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 67%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 67%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 80%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 75%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 79%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 50%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 14%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 23%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 60%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 33%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 53%
1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 58%
1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 20%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 25%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 58%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 33%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 44%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 33%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 47%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 46%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 33%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 50%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 45%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 60%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 71%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 50%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 46%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 40%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 43%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 57%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 60%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 50%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 50%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 38%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 57%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 77%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 60%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 76%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 57%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 61%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 71%

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