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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 18%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
Frank Lautenberg 18%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 18%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 18%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 18%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 18%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 18%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 17%
Jane Harman 17%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 17%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 17%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 9%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 9%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 9%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 9%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 9%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 9%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 9%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 9%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 9%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 0%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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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