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Robert 'Bob' W. Schaffer's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 100%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 5%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 57%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 67%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 100%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 73%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 10%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 92%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 44%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 93%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 84%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 13%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 5%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 85%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 0%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 80%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 0%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 91%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 10%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 95%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 78%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 32%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 0%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 91%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 50%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 36%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 90%

Federal, State and Local Relations

2000 National Association of Counties - Positions 42%

Impartial/Nonpartisan

1999-2000 Common Cause - Lifetime Score 0%

Labor Unions

2001 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 7%
2001 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 8%
2001 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 11%
2001 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 0%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 18%
2001 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 14%
2001 United Auto Workers - Positions 15%
2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
2000 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 10%
2000 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 38%
2000 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 14%
2000 Communications Workers of America - Positions 33%
2000 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 40%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 28%
2000 United Auto Workers - Positions 25%
1999-2000 National Farmers Union - Positions 33%
1999 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 10%
1999 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
1999 Communications Workers of America - Positions 17%
1999 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 20%
1999 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 29%
1999 United Auto Workers - Positions 8%
1998 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 0%
1998 Communications Workers of America - Positions 0%
1998 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 17%
1998 National Farmers Union - Positions 56%
1998 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 20%
1998 United Auto Workers - Positions 17%
1997-1998 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 0%
1997 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 21%
1997 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 0%
1997 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
1997 Communications Workers of America - Positions 13%
1997 National Farmers Union - Positions 71%
1997 United Auto Workers - Positions 7%
1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 15%

Socially Conservative

2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 93%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 93%
2001 Family Research Council - Positions on Conservative Issues 100%
2001 Family Research Council - Positions on Conservative Issues 100%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 100%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 100%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 15%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 15%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 93%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 93%
2000 Family Research Council - Positions 100%
2000 Family Research Council - Positions 100%
2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 33%
2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 33%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 74%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 74%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 88%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 88%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 80%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 80%
1999-2000 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 89%
1999-2000 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 89%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 93%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 93%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 80%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 80%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 84%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 84%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 82%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 82%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 70%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 70%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 78%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 78%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 80%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 80%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 67%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 67%

Socially Liberal

2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 5%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 5%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 6%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 6%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 0%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 0%
2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 23%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 23%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 40%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 40%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 15%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 15%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 15%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 15%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 27%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 27%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 21%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 21%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 5%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 5%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%

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.

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