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Bob Dold's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2015-2016 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 80%
2015-2016 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 67%
2015-2016 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores 96%
2015-2016 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 87%
2015-2016 National Federation of Independent Business - Pre-Election Report 86%
2015-2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 90%
2015-2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Lifetime Scores 90%
2015-2016 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 95%
2015 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 100%
2015 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions (Lifetime) 94%
2015 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 88%
2015 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 100%
2015 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100%
2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions of 112th Congress 78%
2012 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 90%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 75%
2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 85%
2011-2012 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 75
2011-2012 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions (House) 75%
2011-2012 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 100
2011-2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 92%
2011-2012 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 92%
2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: International Trade 100%
2011-2012 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 90%
2011-2012 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association - Positions 90%
2011-2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 90%
2011 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions (House Only) 100%
2011 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 90%
2011 National Retail Federation - Positions 100%
2011 National Small Business Association - Positions 66%
2011 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 83%
2011 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 100%
2011 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 94%

Campaign Finance and Elections

2016 Common Cause - Positions 17%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2015-2016 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 41%
2015-2016 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 92%
2015-2016 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 45%
2015 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 50%
2015 EarthRights International - Positions 0%
2015 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 0%
2015 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 38%
2015 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 54%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 15%
2012 Drum Major Institute - Positions 14%
2012 EarthRights International - Corporate Accountability Coalition Positions 22%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 13%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil Rights 40%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Total Score 40%
2011-2012 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 38%
2011-2012 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 35%
2011-2012 US Campaign for Palestinian Rights - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 25%
2011 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (House Only) 40%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 25%
2011 Drum Major Institute - Positions 5%
2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 35%
2007-2016 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 0%
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 100%
2005-2012 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 0%

Conservative

2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 57%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 55%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2015-2016 Eagle Forum - Positions 6%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 27%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 13%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 47%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 53%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2012 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 40%
2012 American Conservative Union - Ratings of Congress 36%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Foreign) 47%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Composite Score) 44%
2012 The Club for Growth - Positions 38%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 50%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 59%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 59%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 67%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 73%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 40%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 57%
2011 American Conservative Union - Positions 44%
2011 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 44%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 77%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 46%
2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 38%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 51%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2011 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 47%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 60%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 55%
2011 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 55%

Foreign Affairs

2015-2016 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 0%
2015 Council for a Livable World - Positions 0%
2015 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 0%
2012 Arab American Institute - Positions on Arab-American Issues 0%
2012 Armenian National Committee of America - Positions 100%
2012 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score 33%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 13%
2012 National Journal - House Liberal (Foreign) 52%
2012 Peace Action - Positions 7%
2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 92%
2011-2012 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 80%
2011-2012 Council for a Livable World - Positions (House) 8%
2011-2012 PeacePAC - Positions (PeacePAC is sister organization of Council for a Livable World rating House Only) 8%
2011-2012 USA Engage - Positions 88%
2011-2012 US Campaign for Palestinian Rights - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 25%
2011-2012 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 20%
2011 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 90%
2011 Arab American Institute - Positions on Arab-American Issues 0%
2011 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score 27%
2011 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 17%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 51%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2011 Peace Action West - Positions 13%
2009 Resolve Uganda - Lifetime Score 25%
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 100%

Labor Unions

2016 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 40%
2015 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 53%
2015 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 50%
2015 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Scores 42%
2015 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 20%
2015 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 46%
2015 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 30%
2015 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 29%
2012 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 21
2012 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 38%
2012 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 48%
2012 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 7%
2012 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 14%
2012 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 48%
2012 Illinois AFL-CIO - Lifetime Score 38%
2012 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 44%
2012 National Farmers Union - Positions 22%
2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 9%
2011-2012 American Federation of Teachers - Positions 30%
2011-2012 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 30%
2011-2012 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions (House) 100%
2011-2012 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
2011 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 4%
2011 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 31%
2011 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 0%
2011 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
2011 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 28%

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

2015-2016 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 92%
2011-2012 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 35%

Socially Conservative

2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 27%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 27%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 23%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 13%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 13%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 55%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 55%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2012 Family Research Council - Positions 50%
2012 Family Research Council - Positions 50%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Social) 42%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Social) 42%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 50%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 50%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 67%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 67%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 73%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 73%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 40%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 40%
2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 50%
2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 50%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 67%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 67%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 77%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 77%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 46%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 46%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 40%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 40%
2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 38%
2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 38%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 45%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 45%
2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 57%
2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 57%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 60%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 55%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 55%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 60%

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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