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2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 8% 2011-2012 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 40% 2011-2012 Center for Security Policy - Positions 25% 2011 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 50% 2010 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 10% 2009-2012 Council for a Livable World - Positions (Senate) 92% 2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 50% 2009-2010 Center for Security Policy - Positions 8% 2009-2010 Council for a Livable World - Positions 100% 2009 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 30% 2007-2008 ACT! for America - Positions 50% 2007-2008 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 80% 2007-2008 Center for Security Policy - Positions 13% 2007-2008 Council for a Livable World - Positions 80% 2007 Council for a Livable World - Positions 95% 2005-2006 ACT! for America - Positions 33% 2005-2006 Center for Security Policy - Positions 24% 2005-2006 Council for a Livable World - Positions 66% 2005 PeacePAC - Positions 88% 2003-2004 ACT! for America - Positions 50% 2003-2004 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 33% 2002 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 75% 2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 17% 2001-2004 Council for a Livable World - Positions 83% 2000 Council for a Livable World - Positions 88% 1999-2000 PeacePAC - Positions 88% 1999 Council for a Livable World - Positions 71% 1998-2002 Center for Security Policy - Positions 35% 1997-1998 Council for a Livable World - Positions 80% 1997 Center for Security Policy - Positions 7% 1997 Council for a Livable World - Positions 83% 1996 Center for Security Policy - Positions 21% 1996 Council for a Livable World - Positions 91% 1993-1994 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 20%

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