Joe Biden, Jr.'s Special Interest Group Ratings

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2008 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 0% 2008 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Lifetime Score 22% 2007-2008 The Lugar Center - Bipartisan Index 67% 2007 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 17% 2005-2006 The Lugar Center - Bipartisan Index 41% 2005 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 17% 2005 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 77% 2004 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 21% 2003-2004 The Lugar Center - Bipartisan Index 58% 2003 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 33% 2003 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 90% 2002 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 0% 2001-2002 The Lugar Center - Bipartisan Index 78% 2001 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 15% 2000 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 26% 1999-2000 The Lugar Center - Bipartisan Index 55% 1999 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 15% 1998 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 11% 1997-1998 The Lugar Center - Bipartisan Index 37% 1997 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 32% 1996 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 44% 1995-1996 The Lugar Center - Bipartisan Index 67% 1995 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 15% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Deregulation Score 0% 1993-2014 The Lugar Center - Lifetime Bipartisan Index 58% 1993-1994 The Lugar Center - Bipartisan Index 48%

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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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