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Ann Kuster's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2016 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 58%
2016 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 57%
2015-2016 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 20%
2015-2016 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores 48%
2015-2016 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 36%
2015-2016 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (114th Congress) 20%
2015-2016 National Federation of Independent Business - Pre-Election Report 21%
2015-2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Lifetime Scores 45%
2015-2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 45%
2015-2016 National Retail Federation - Positions 36%
2015-2016 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 52%
2015 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 89%
2015 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions (Lifetime) 39%
2015 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 32%
2015 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 58%
2015 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 59%
2014 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 64%
2014 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 59%
2013-2014 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 82%
2013-2014 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 16%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Labor) 0%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Environment) 0%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Other) 100%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Infrastructure) 75%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores 36%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 36%
2013-2014 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Metals Service Center Institute - Positions 41%
2013-2014 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 28%
2013-2014 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions (Interim Mid-Year) 78%
2013-2014 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (113th Congress) 10%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Legal Reform (House Only) 0%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Lifetime Score: Legal Reform (House Only) 28%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Budget/Tax 100%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Healthcare (House Only) 0%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Labor 50%
2013-2014 National Small Business Association - Positions 50%
2013-2014 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 30%
2013-2014 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 33%
2013-2014 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions (113th Congress, first session) 20%
2013 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 84%
2013 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2013 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 0%
2013 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 54%
2013 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 54%
2012-2013 Metals Service Center Institute - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 40%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2015-2016 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 82%
2015-2016 EarthRights International - Positions 75%
2015-2016 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 57%
2015-2016 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 95%
2015-2016 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 89%
2015 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 90%
2015 EarthRights International - Positions 64%
2015 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 50%
2015 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 88%
2015 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 85%
2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67%
2014 Hispanic Federation, LCLAA, LULAC, Mi Familia Vota, NCLR, and Voto Latino - National Immigration Scorecard 100%
2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage 100%
2014 Liberty for All - Positions 26%
2014 Liberty Guard - Positions 0%
2014 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 93%
2014 Stand Against Spying - Positions 100%
2014 UnidosUS (formerly known as National Council of La Raza) - Positions (Preliminary) 100%
2013-2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 72%
2013-2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 90%
2013 EarthRights International - Positions 38%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 71%
2013 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 92%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 63%
2013 Venn Institute - Scorecard for International Religious Freedom 0%
2007-2016 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 100%

Conservative

2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 4%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 6%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 9%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Eagle Forum - Positions 13%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 14%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 4%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 6%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 7%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2014 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2014 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Scores 6%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score (June 23, 2014) 8%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 8%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 10%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 10%
2014 Conservative Review - Positions 6%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (113th Congress) 12%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 20%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Faith and Freedom Coalition - Positions 9%
2013-2014 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 22
2013-2014 The John Birch Society - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 25%
2013-2014 The New American - Positions (captured September 2, 2014) 20%
2013 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 12%
2013 American Conservative Union - Positions 12%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 National Journal - Conservative (Composite) 31%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 38%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 19%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 0%
2013 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 20

Fiscally Conservative

2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 4%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2016 The Club for Growth - Positions 4%
2016 The Club for Growth - Positions (Lifetime) 8%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 9%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 6%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 14%
2015-2016 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 3%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 4%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 6%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 7%
2015 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 20%
2015 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 31%
2015 The Club for Growth - Positions (Lifetime) 9%
2015 The Club for Growth - Positions 0%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score (June 23, 2014) 8%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 8%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 10%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 10%
2014 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Positions 0%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (113th Congress) 12%
2013-2014 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 3%
2013 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Workplace Choice (August, 2013) 0%
2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 14%
2013 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 23%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 15%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Liberty Index 39%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 63%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 15%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 15%

Labor Unions

2016 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 77%
2016 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 90%
2015 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
2015 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 96%
2015 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Scores 93%
2015 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 90%
2015 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 83%
2015 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 80%
2015 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100%
2014 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 70%
2014 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 91%
2014 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 91%
2014 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 78%
2014 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 100%
2014 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 86%
2013-2014 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions (House) 100%
2013-2014 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 80%
2013-2014 Workplace Choice - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 13%
2013-2014 Workplace Choice - Positions 0%
2013 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 74%
2013 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Scores 90%
2013 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 90%
2013 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 100%
2013 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2013 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 78%
2013 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0%
2013 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 80%

Religion

2015-2016 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative - Positions 40%
2015-2016 Bill Stamp - Positions 71%
2015-2016 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 57%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2015 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2015 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 50%
2015 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 82%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2014 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2014 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions (House Only) 0%
2014 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67%
2014 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 80%
2014 Secular Coalition for America - Positions 75%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 20%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2013-2014 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Family Policy Alliance - Positions (House Only) 0%
2013-2014 Muslim Public Affairs Council - Positions 24%
2013-2014 The John Birch Society - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 25%
2013 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 100%
2013 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Family Research Council - Positions (113th Congress, first session) 0%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 71%
2013 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 67%
2013 Secular Coalition for America - Congressional Positions 70%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 0%
2013 Venn Institute - Scorecard for International Religious Freedom 0%
2013 Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) - Positions 66%
2007-2016 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 100%

Socially Conservative

2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 4%
2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 4%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 14%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 14%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 4%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 4%
2015 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 31%
2015 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 31%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2014 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2014 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2014 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2014 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (113th Congress) 12%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (113th Congress) 12%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 20%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 20%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013-2014 The John Birch Society - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 25%
2013-2014 The John Birch Society - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 25%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 36%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 36%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 63%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 15%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 15%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Liberty Index 39%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Liberty Index 39%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 63%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 0%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 0%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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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.

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