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.

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Issue
 
 
 
 
 
 

Business and Consumers

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2014 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies
2014 N/A American Forest and Paper Association
2016 2013 Associated Builders & Contractors
2015 2012 Associated General Contractors of America
2010 2014 Business-Industry Political Action Committee
2007 N/A CompTIA
2006 N/A Consumer Action
2000 N/A Consumer Federation of America
2012 2014 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
2014 N/A Metals Service Center Institute
2010 N/A National Association for the Self-Employed
2006 N/A National Association of Government Contractors
2015 N/A National Association of Manufacturers
2014 N/A National Electrical Contractors Association
2016 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 Association
2006 N/A Public Citizen's Congress Watch
2014 N/A Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
2006 N/A State PIRGs Working Together
2014 N/A The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
2004 N/A United States Business and Industry Council
2015 2015 United States Chamber of Commerce
N/A 2016 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
2006 N/A United States Public Interest Research Group
 

Campaign Finance and Elections

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2016 CHC BOLD PAC
2001 N/A Common Cause
N/A 2016 Congressional Black Caucus PAC
N/A 2014 Equality PAC
N/A 2016 Latino Victory Project
N/A 2016 MoveOn.org Political Action
1990 2016 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
 
 

Death Penalty

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2015 2016 Democrats for Life of America
 
 
 

Economy and Fiscal

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2002 N/A Concord Coalition
2012 N/A Drum Major Institute
2002 N/A Emergency Committee for American Trade
2006 N/A Partnership for America
2006 2016 United States Women's Chamber of Commerce
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 2016 Progressive Change Campaign Committee
2008 2016 Progressive Democrats of America
2015 N/A Progressive Punch
N/A 2016 Working Families
 

Food Processing and Sales

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2015 N/A Food Policy Action
2013 N/A International Foodservice Distributors Association
2015 2016 United Food & Commercial Workers
N/A N/A United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400
 
 

Foreign Aid

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2014 N/A Bread for the World
2006 N/A Church World Service
2014 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
2016 N/A Citizens Against Government Waste
2014 2014 Independence Hall Tea Party PAC
N/A 2016 National Defense PAC
2013 N/A National Taxpayers Union
N/A 2014 New Democrat Coalition
2005 N/A Taxpayers for Common Sense
2014 2016 The Club for Growth
 

Government Operations

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2016 N/A Citizens Against Government Waste
2001 N/A Common Cause
2014 2014 FreedomWorks
2013 N/A Jewish Women International
N/A 2016 Republican Main Street Partnership
N/A 2014 Right Now Women PAC
N/A 2016 Women Under Forty Political Action Committee
 
 

Health and Health Care

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2008 N/A Academy of General Dentistry
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
2004 N/A American College of Emergency Physicians
2014 N/A American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
2010 N/A American Hospital Association
2001 N/A American Medical Association
2011 2016 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
2015 2014 American Veterinary Medical Association
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
2015 2016 Democrats for Life of America
2007 N/A Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
2015 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 2014 National Association of Social Workers
2014 N/A National Breast Cancer Coalition
2010 N/A National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
N/A 2016 National Nurses United
2006 N/A National Rural Health Association
N/A 2016 National Union of Healthcare Workers
2006 N/A Parkinsons Action Network
2016 2016 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 Counseling Association
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
 
 

Indigenous Peoples

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2016 CAPA21
 
 
 

Labor Unions

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2015 2016 American Federation of Government Employees
2014 2016 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
2013 2016 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
2012 2016 American Federation of Teachers
2004 2016 American Postal Workers Union
2006 N/A American Road and Transportation Builders Association
2007 2016 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers
2008 N/A Center for Worker Freedom (formerly known as Alliance for Worker Freedom)
2010 2016 Communications Workers of America
N/A 2016 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
N/A 2016 International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union
2010 2016 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
2013 2014 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
2014 N/A International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
2015 2012 International Brotherhood of Teamsters
2005 N/A International Sleep Products Association
N/A 2016 Laborers' Union International of North America
2012 2010 National Farmers Union
1990 N/A National Federation of Federal Employees
N/A 2016 National Treasury Employees Union
N/A 2016 National Union of Healthcare Workers
N/A 2016 New England Police Benevolent Association
N/A 2016 North America's Building Trades Unions
2012 2016 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
2006 N/A Transportation Communications Union
2009 2016 United Auto Workers
2008 2016 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers
N/A 2016 United Farm Workers of America
2015 2016 United Food & Commercial Workers
N/A N/A United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400
N/A 2015 United Mine Workers of America
N/A 2016 United Steelworkers
2008 2015 Utility Workers Union of America
2014 N/A Workplace Choice
 
 

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
2016 2016 Marijuana Policy Project
N/A 2014 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
 

Marriage

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2014 2016 Human Rights Campaign
N/A 2014 Log Cabin Republicans
2012 2016 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
2010 2016 Vote Kids
 

Monetary Policy

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2016 National Treasury Employees Union
 
 

Natural Resources and Energy

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2009 2014 ConservAmerica
N/A 2016 NRDC Action Fund
2008 N/A The National Mining Association
 

Oil and Gas

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2007 N/A Consumer Alliance for Energy Security
2010 2014 Independent Petroleum Association of America
 
 
 
 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2016 Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund
N/A 2012 GOProud
2014 2016 Human Rights Campaign
N/A 2014 Log Cabin Republicans
N/A 2016 LPAC
N/A N/A Marriage Equality USA
1992 N/A National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
2012 2016 National Organization for Marriage
2001 N/A National Youth Advocacy Coalition
2007 N/A PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
 

Social

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2012 N/A Drum Major Institute
2005 N/A Mennonite Central Committee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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