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2009-2010 Alzheimer's Impact Movement - Positions 33% 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 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75% 2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 39% 2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 80% 2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75% 2007-2008 The American Geriatrics Society - Elderly Health Advocacy Score B- 2007 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 30% 2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 41% 2006 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 56% 2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 62% 2006 The Retired Enlisted Association - Retired Military Benefits Issues Score 24% 2005-2006 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 0% 2005 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 25% 2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42% 2004 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 29% 2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 67% 2003-2004 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 67% 2003-2004 Retire Safe - Positions 78% 2003 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2003 Leading Age - Positions 67% 2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 33% 2002 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 60% 2002 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 100% 2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 50% 2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 53% 2001 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 30% 2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 43% 2000 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 50% 2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42% 1999-2000 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 50% 1999-2000 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 46% 1999-2000 United Seniors Association - Positions 67% 1999 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 46% 1999 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 50% 1999 United Seniors Association - Positions 70% 1998 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 80% 1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 40% 1997-1998 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 54% 1997 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 60% 1996 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 30% 1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 71% 1995-1996 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 40% 1995-1996 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 36%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.