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National Special Interest Groups

Project Vote Smart reports on performance evaluations from all special interest groups who provide them, regardless of issue or bias. If you know of a group that provides ratings not included here, please contact us at ratings@votesmart.org.

Descriptions of organizations are derived from the mission statement or description produced by each organization. Project Vote Smart does not evaluate or edit these descriptions.

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
2012 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies
2008 N/A American Forest and Paper 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
2000 N/A Consumer Federation of America
2012 N/A Independent Electrical Contractors
2005 N/A International Sleep Products Association
2014 N/A International Warehouse Logistics Association
2005 N/A Maryland Business for Responsive Government
2010 N/A National Association for the Self-Employed
2006 N/A National Association of Government Contractors
2014 N/A National Association of Manufacturers
2014 N/A National Electrical Contractors Association
2013 2014 National Federation of Independent Business
2006 N/A National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
2008 N/A National Restaurant Association
2014 N/A National Retail Federation
2014 N/A National Small Business Association
2012 N/A National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
2012 N/A Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association
2006 N/A Public Citizen's Congress Watch
2012 N/A Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
2006 N/A State PIRGs Working Together
2007 N/A TechAmerica
2014 N/A The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
2004 N/A United States Business and Industry Council
2013 2014 United States Chamber of Commerce
2006 N/A United States Public Interest Research Group

Campaign Finance and Elections

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2014 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

Constitution

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2014 N/A Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress
2002 2014 People for the American Way

Crime

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2006 N/A Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants
2005 N/A National Criminal Justice Association

Federal, State and Local Relations

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

Fiscally Liberal

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2006 N/A Freedom Democrats
2002 2014 People for the American Way
N/A 2012 Progressive Change Campaign Committee
2008 2014 Progressive Democrats of America
2014 N/A Progressive Punch

Food Processing and Sales

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2013 N/A Food Policy Action
2013 N/A International Foodservice Distributors Association
2014 2014 United Food & Commercial Workers
N/A N/A United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400

Foreign Aid

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2013 N/A Bread for the World
2006 N/A Church World Service
2012 2014 Citizens for Global Solutions
2008 N/A Population Action International

Gambling and Gaming

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

Government Budget and Spending

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2013 N/A Citizens Against Government Waste
N/A N/A Independence Hall Tea Party PAC
N/A 2014 National Defense PAC
2012 N/A National Taxpayers Union
N/A 2014 New Democrat Coalition
2005 N/A Taxpayers for Common Sense
2013 2014 The Club for Growth

Government Operations

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2013 N/A Citizens Against Government Waste
2001 N/A Common Cause
2013 2014 FreedomWorks
2013 N/A Jewish Women International
N/A N/A Move to Amend
N/A 2014 Republican Main Street Partnership
N/A 2014 Right Now Women PAC
N/A 2014 Women Under Forty Political Action Committee

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
2014 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 2014 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
2003 N/A Global AIDS Alliance
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
2010 N/A National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
N/A 2014 National Nurses United
2006 N/A National Rural Health Association
2006 N/A Parkinsons Action Network
2014 2014 Planned Parenthood Action Fund
2006 N/A Protect Patients Now!
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

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

Infrastructure

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2004 N/A American Postal Workers Union
2000 N/A International Association of Fire Fighters
2013 N/A International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

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

Marijuana Legalization

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2014 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Marriage

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2014 Log Cabin Republicans
2013 2012 National Organization for Marriage

Minors and Children

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2004 N/A American Humane Association
2011 N/A Children's Defense Fund
2003 N/A National Network for Youth
2001 N/A National Youth Advocacy Coalition
2011 N/A The Children's Health Fund

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

Natural Resources and Energy

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2009 2012 ConservAmerica
2008 N/A The National Mining Association

Oil and Gas

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2007 N/A Consumer Alliance for Energy Security
N/A 2014 United Mine Workers of America

Social

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2012 N/A Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org
2005 N/A Mennonite Central Committee

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

Transportation

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2006 N/A American Road and Transportation Builders Association
2006 N/A Transportation Communications Union
2009 2014 United Auto Workers
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