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Special Interest Groups

National Special Interest Groups

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Arts, Entertainment, and History

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2013 N/A American Library Association
2012 N/A Americans for the Arts Action Fund
2002 N/A California Park & Recreation Society
2013 N/A National Journal

Business and Consumers

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A N/A American Association of University Professors
2012 N/A American Association of University Women
N/A N/A American College of Surgeons
2012 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies
2008 N/A American Forest and Paper Association
2004 N/A American Shareholders Association
2008 2012 Associated Builders & Contractors
2014 N/A Associated General Contractors of America
2008 2014 Business-Industry Political Action Committee
2006 N/A Consumer Action
2007 N/A Consumer Alliance for Energy Security
2000 N/A Consumer Federation of America
2012 N/A Financial Executives International
2013 N/A Food Policy Action
2012 N/A Independent Electrical Contractors
2013 N/A International Foodservice Distributors Association
2005 N/A International Sleep Products Association
2010 N/A International Warehouse Logistics Association
2005 N/A Maryland Business for Responsive Government
2014 N/A National Association for College Admission Counseling
2010 N/A National Association for the Self-Employed
2007 N/A National Association of Elementary School Principals
2006 N/A National Association of Government Contractors
2006 N/A National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
2012 N/A National Association of Manufacturers
2002 2012 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
2000 N/A National Council of Senior Citizens
2013 2014 National Education Association
2013 2014 National Education Association
2013 N/A National Electrical Contractors Association
2013 2014 National Federation of Independent Business
N/A 2014 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
2004 N/A National Parent Teacher Association
2006 N/A National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
2008 N/A National Restaurant Association
2014 N/A National Retail Federation
2004 N/A National School Boards Association
2011 N/A National Small Business Association
2012 N/A National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
2006 N/A Partnership for America
2012 N/A Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association
2014 N/A Population Connection
2006 N/A Public Citizen's Congress Watch
2010 N/A School Nutrition Association
2012 2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
2012 N/A Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
2006 N/A State PIRGs Working Together
2007 N/A TechAmerica
2012 N/A The Center for Education Reform
2013 N/A The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
2014 2014 United Food & Commercial Workers
2004 N/A United States Business and Industry Council
2013 2013 United States Chamber of Commerce
2006 N/A United States Public Interest Research Group
1996 N/A United States Student Association
2012 N/A Vote Hemp

Campaign Finance and Elections

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2013 Citizens United Political Victory Fund
2001 N/A Common Cause
N/A N/A MoveOn.org Political Action
N/A N/A Move to Amend
1990 2014 National Women's Political Caucus
2006 N/A Public Citizen's Congress Watch
N/A 2012 Right March
N/A 2012 Term Limits America Political Action Committee

Conservative

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
1998 2014 60 Plus Association
2013 2012 American Conservative Union
2010 N/A American Family Association
2014 N/A Americans for Prosperity
2014 N/A Americans for Prosperity
2014 2014 Campaign for Working Families
2014 2014 Campaign for Working Families
N/A 2012 Can Do Conservatives
N/A 2010 Catholic Families USA
2004 N/A Christian Action Network
2011 N/A Christian Coalition of America
1992 N/A Christian Voice
N/A 2013 Citizens United Political Victory Fund
N/A 2012 Combat Veterans for Congress
N/A 2012 Combat Veterans for Congress
2014 N/A Competitive Enterprise Institute
2013 2012 Concerned Women for America
2013 2012 Concerned Women for America
N/A 2012 Concerned Women PAC
2009 2012 ConservAmerica
N/A 2010 Conservative Congress
N/A 2010 DC Works For US
2014 2014 Eagle Forum
N/A 2013 GOPAC
N/A 2012 GOProud
2007 N/A GOPUSA
2007 N/A GOPUSA
2007 N/A GOPUSA
N/A 2013 Government is Not God Political Action Committee (GING-PAC)
2014 N/A Heritage Action for America
2014 N/A Heritage Action for America
2014 N/A Heritage Action for America
N/A 2014 Huck PAC
N/A 2014 Huck PAC
N/A 2010 Independence Caucus
2010 N/A Keep America Safe
2000 N/A Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby)
2000 N/A Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby)
2010 N/A Liberty Central
N/A 2010 LibertySlate
N/A 2014 Maggie's List PAC
N/A 2014 Maggie's List PAC
N/A 2014 National Defense PAC
N/A 2014 National Defense PAC
2010 N/A National Tax Limitation Committee
2012 N/A National Taxpayers Union
N/A 2012 One Nation PAC
N/A 2012 One Nation PAC
2006 N/A Partnership for America
2006 N/A Partnership for America
2009 2013 Republican Liberty Caucus
2009 2013 Republican Liberty Caucus
N/A 2010 Republican Majority Campaign PAC
N/A 2012 Right March
N/A 2012 Senate Conservatives Fund
N/A 2012 Senate Conservatives Fund
N/A 2012 Tea Party Express
N/A 2012 Tea Party Express
2010 N/A The Cato Institute
2014 N/A The John Birch Society
2014 N/A The John Birch Society
1995 N/A The Libertarian Party
2013 N/A The New American
N/A 2013 The Tea Party Leadership Fund
2007 N/A Traditional Values Coalition
2007 N/A Traditional Values Coalition

Federal, State and Local Relations

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2008 N/A National Association of Counties

Gambling and Gaming

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2010 N/A The Poker Players Alliance

Government Operations

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
1998 2014 60 Plus Association
1998 2014 60 Plus Association
2013 2011 Alliance for Retired Americans
N/A N/A American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
2002 N/A American Bar Association
2002 N/A American Benefits Council
2010 N/A American Immigration Lawyers Association
2012 N/A Americans for Fair Taxation
2007 N/A Americans for Tax Reform
2013 N/A Bread for the World
2006 N/A Church World Service
2013 N/A Citizens Against Government Waste
2013 N/A Citizens Against Government Waste
2012 2014 Citizens for Global Solutions
2006 N/A Citizens for Tax Justice
2001 N/A Common Cause
2013 2014 FreedomWorks
2013 2014 FreedomWorks
2000 2012 Home School Legal Defense Association
N/A 2014 Huck PAC
2014 N/A Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress
N/A N/A Move to Amend
2002 2012 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
2000 N/A National Council of Senior Citizens
2005 N/A National Criminal Justice Association
N/A 2014 National Defense PAC
2007 N/A National Employment Lawyers Association
2010 N/A National Tax Limitation Committee
2012 N/A National Taxpayers Union
2012 N/A National Taxpayers Union
N/A 2012 One Nation PAC
2002 N/A People for the American Way
2008 N/A Population Action International
2009 2013 Republican Liberty Caucus
2013 N/A Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
2012 2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
2005 N/A Taxpayers for Common Sense
2013 2014 The Club for Growth
2013 2014 The Club for Growth
2006 N/A The Retired Enlisted Association
2000 N/A United Seniors Association

Health and Health Care

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2008 N/A Academy of General Dentistry
2012 N/A AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Advocacy Association
2008 N/A AIDS United
2007 N/A Alliance For Headache Disorders Advocacy
2010 N/A Alzheimer's Impact Movement
2006 N/A American Academy of Emergency Medicine
2007 N/A American Academy of Family Physicians
N/A N/A American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
2004 N/A American College of Emergency Physicians
N/A N/A American College of Surgeons
2011 N/A American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
2010 N/A American Hospital Association
2001 N/A American Medical Association
2011 2014 American Nurses Association
2013 N/A American Public Health Association
2010 N/A American Society for Radiation Oncology
2003 N/A American Society of Anesthesiologists
2014 N/A American Veterinary Medical Assoctiation
2011 N/A Association of University Centers on Disabilities
2004 N/A Citizens for Health
2004 N/A Citizens for Health - Whole Person Health Rating
2007 N/A Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
2013 N/A Food Policy Action
2013 N/A Food Policy Action
2003 N/A Global AIDS Alliance
2013 N/A International Foodservice Distributors Association
2008 N/A National Association for Addiction Professionals (formerly National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors)
2010 2010 National Association of Social Workers
2014 N/A National Breast Cancer Coalition
2002 2012 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
2000 N/A National Council of Senior Citizens
2010 N/A National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
N/A 2014 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
2014 2014 National Right to Life Committee
2006 N/A National Rural Health Association
2006 N/A Parkinsons Action Network
2006 N/A Partnership for America
2014 2014 Planned Parenthood Action Fund
2006 N/A Protect Patients Now!
2012 2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
1996 N/A Smokefree Action
2010 N/A St. Joseph Health System
2005 N/A The American College of Physicians
2008 N/A The American Geriatrics Society
2011 N/A The Children's Health Fund
2008 N/A The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
2014 2014 United Food & Commercial Workers
2012 N/A Vote Hemp

Housing and Property

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2007 N/A American Land Rights Association (formerly League of Private Property Voters)
2003 N/A Leading Age
N/A 2013 National Association of Realtors
1992 N/A National Housing Institute

Legislative Branch

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2012 Iraq Veterans for Congress
2005 N/A National Committee for an Effective Congress
N/A 2012 Term Limits America Political Action Committee

National Security

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2012 N/A ACT! for America
2012 N/A American Security Council Foundation
2012 N/A Center for Security Policy
2014 2014 Council for a Livable World
2010 N/A Keep America Safe
2014 2012 Peace Action West
2012 N/A PeacePAC

Social

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2012 N/A ACT! for America
2002 N/A American Bar Association
2010 N/A American Family Association
2010 N/A American Family Association
2004 N/A American Humane Association
2010 N/A American Immigration Lawyers Association
2004 N/A American Muslims for Jerusalem
2012 N/A Americans for Democratic Action
2013 N/A Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
2013 N/A Bread for the World
2006 N/A Campaign for America's Future
2014 2014 Campaign for Working Families
2012 N/A Catholic Advocate
N/A 2010 Catholic Families USA
N/A 2010 Catholic Families USA
2003 N/A Center for Reclaiming America
2011 N/A Children's Defense Fund
2004 N/A Christian Action Network
2012 N/A Christian and Jews United for Israel
2011 N/A Christian Coalition of America
2011 N/A Christian Coalition of America
1992 N/A Christian Voice
1992 N/A Christian Voice
2006 N/A Church World Service
N/A 2012 Combat Veterans for Congress
2013 2012 Concerned Women for America
2013 2012 Concerned Women for America
N/A 2012 Concerned Women PAC
N/A 2012 Concerned Women PAC
2005 N/A Council on American-Islamic Relations
2012 N/A Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org
2012 2012 Family Research Council
2006 N/A Freedom Democrats
2014 N/A Friends Committee on National Legislation
2007 N/A GOPUSA
N/A 2013 Government is Not God Political Action Committee (GING-PAC)
N/A 2013 Government is Not God Political Action Committee (GING-PAC)
2014 N/A Heritage Action for America
2000 2012 Home School Legal Defense Association
2005 N/A Hope for Peace and Justice
N/A 2014 Huck PAC
N/A 2012 J Street
N/A 2014 Maggie's List PAC
2005 N/A Mennonite Central Committee
2005 N/A National Committee for an Effective Congress
2005 N/A National Criminal Justice Association
N/A 2014 National Defense PAC
2007 N/A National Employment Lawyers Association
2003 N/A National Network for Youth
2013 2012 National Organization for Marriage
N/A 2014 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
2001 N/A National Youth Advocacy Coalition
2012 N/A NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
N/A 2012 One Nation PAC
2012 N/A Open Doors USA
2006 N/A Partnership for America
2002 N/A People for the American Way
N/A 2012 Progressive Change Campaign Committee
2008 2014 Progressive Democrats of America
2014 N/A Progressive Punch
2009 2013 Republican Liberty Caucus
2013 N/A Secular Coalition for America
N/A 2012 Senate Conservatives Fund
2010 N/A St. Joseph Health System
N/A 2012 Tea Party Express
2011 N/A The Children's Health Fund
2014 N/A The John Birch Society
2014 N/A The John Birch Society
2007 N/A Traditional Values Coalition
2007 N/A Traditional Values Coalition
2012 N/A Vote Hemp

Trade

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2007 N/A Associated Equipment Distributors
2002 N/A Emergency Committee for American Trade
2008 N/A National Foreign Trade Council
2007 N/A TechAmerica
2007 N/A United Fresh Produce Association
2012 N/A USA Engage
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