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National Special Interest Groups

Project Vote Smart reports on performance evaluations from all special interest groups (SIGs) 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.

Budget, Spending and Taxes

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2019 N/A Americans for Prosperity
N/A 2020 Americans For Prosperity Action
2018 N/A Liberty Guard

Business and Consumers

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2015 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies
2018 N/A American Forest and Paper Association
2007 N/A American Society of Landscape Architects
2018 2013 Associated Builders & Contractors
2018 2018 Associated General Contractors of America
N/A 2018 Black Economic Alliance
2010 2020 Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC)
2018 N/A Coalition of Franchisee Associations
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
2016 N/A International Warehouse Logistics Association
2016 N/A Metals Service Center Institute
2010 N/A National Association for the Self-Employed
2006 N/A National Association of Government Contractors
2018 N/A National Association of Manufacturers
N/A 2018 National Association of Wholesale Distributors
2018 N/A National Electrical Contractors Association
2018 2019 National Federation of Independent Business
N/A N/A National Marine Manufacturers Association
2018 N/A National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
2008 N/A National Restaurant Association
2020 N/A National Retail Federation
2014 N/A National Small Business Association
2012 N/A National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
2010 N/A Plug in America
2012 N/A Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
2018 N/A Public Citizen
2016 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
2018 2020 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

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2018 Citizens United Political Victory Fund
2018 N/A Common Cause
N/A 2020 End Citizens United

Campaign Finance and Elections

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2020 AAPI Victory Fund
2013 N/A Arab American Institute
N/A 2020 Black To The Future Action Fund
N/A 2020 Blue America
N/A 2020 BOLD Democrats (CHC BOLD PAC)
N/A 2020 Brand New Congress
N/A 2020 Broader Representation Advocacy Team (BRAT-PAC)
N/A 2018 Candidates With A Contract
N/A 2020 CAPA21
2018 N/A Common Cause
N/A 2020 Congressional Black Caucus PAC
N/A 2020 Courage to Change
N/A 2020 Democracy For America
N/A 2020 Emerge America
N/A 2017 Emgage Action
N/A 2020 Equality PAC
N/A 2020 Every District
N/A 2017 Every Voice
N/A 2020 Flip The Senate
N/A 2020 Future Now Fund
N/A 2013 GOPAC
N/A 2020 Higher Heights For America PAC
N/A 2020 Indian American Impact Fund
N/A 2020 IVYPAC
N/A 2020 Justice Democrats
N/A 2020 Latino Victory Project
N/A 2019 Let America Vote
N/A 2018 Los Angeles Women's Collective
N/A 2020 Mijente
N/A 2020 MoveOn.org Political Action
1990 2020 National Women's Political Caucus
N/A 2020 Off The Sidelines
N/A 2020 Our Revolution
N/A 2020 Poder PAC
N/A 2020 Progressive Action PAC (Congressional Progressive Caucus)
N/A 2020 Progressive Change Campaign Committee
2018 N/A Public Citizen
N/A 2012 RightMarch.com PAC
N/A 2020 Rose Caucus
N/A 2020 Run for Something
N/A 2020 Serve America PAC
N/A 2019 Sister District Project
N/A 2020 The Collective Political Action Committee
N/A 2012 U.S. Term Limits (USTL)
N/A 2020 Value In Electing Women Political Action Committee (VIEW PAC)
N/A 2020 Winning for Women
N/A 2017 Women's Campaign Fund

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2018 N/A 21Wilberforce
2018 N/A American Association of University Women
2019 N/A American Civil Liberties Union
N/A 2016 America's Opportunity Fund
N/A 2020 Asian American Action Fund
N/A 2020 Black Womxn For
N/A 2020 Brand New Congress
1998 N/A Campaign for a Color Blind America
2018 N/A Center for Freethought Equality
2004 N/A Center for International Policy
2018 N/A Common Cause
2012 N/A Drum Major Institute
2016 N/A EarthRights International
N/A 2017 Emgage Action
2016 N/A Friends Committee on National Legislation
N/A 2020 Future Now Fund
2012 N/A Global Exchange
N/A 2020 Higher Heights For America PAC
2014 N/A Hispanic Federation, LCLAA, LULAC, Mi Familia Vota, NCLR, and Voto Latino
2018 2020 Human Rights Campaign
2018 N/A Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
2004 N/A League of United Latin American Citizens
2007 N/A League of Women Voters
2014 N/A Liberty for All
2018 N/A Liberty Guard
N/A 2020 Make The Road Action
N/A 2020 Mijente
2018 N/A National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
1992 N/A National LGBTQ Task Force
2008 2020 National Organization for Women
2018 N/A National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund
2002 2020 People for the American Way
2007 N/A PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
2008 N/A Race Forward (formerly known as Applied Research Center)
2020 N/A RAICES Action Fund
2014 N/A Stand Against Spying
N/A 2020 Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City
2011 N/A The Arc
2014 2016 UnidosUS (formerly known as National Council of La Raza)
2007 N/A United To End Genocide (formerly known as the Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network)
2013 N/A Venn Institute

Constitution

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2002 2020 People for the American Way
2014 N/A Progressive Patriots Fund

Death Penalty

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2016 2019 Democrats for Life of America

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 2020 People for the American Way
N/A 2020 Progressive Change Campaign Committee
2008 2020 Progressive Democrats of America
2020 N/A Progressive Punch
N/A 2020 Working Families

Food Processing and Sales

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2018 N/A American Bakers Association
2018 2016 Food Policy Action
2013 N/A International Foodservice Distributors Association
2018 N/A The Cornucopia Institute
2015 2020 United Food & Commercial Workers

Foreign Aid

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2016 N/A Bread for the World
2006 N/A Church World Service
N/A 2020 New Politics
2008 N/A Population Action International

Gambling and Gaming

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2010 2016 The Poker Players Alliance

Government Budget and Spending

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2018 2016 Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
N/A 2018 National Defense PAC
2018 2014 National Taxpayers Union
N/A 2020 New Democrat Coalition
2005 N/A Taxpayers for Common Sense
2018 2020 The Club for Growth

Health and Health Care

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2008 N/A Academy of General Dentistry
2012 N/A AIDS Drug Assistance Program Advocacy Association
2008 N/A AIDS United
2007 N/A Alliance For Headache Disorders Advocacy
2014 2016 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 PAC
2011 2018 American Nurses Association
2017 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
N/A 2020 Brand New Congress
2004 N/A Citizens for Health
N/A 2018 Clinicians for Progressive Care
N/A 2020 Common Defense
N/A 2020 Demand Universal Healthcare
2016 2019 Democrats for Life of America
2007 N/A Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
2018 N/A Eating Disorders Coalition
2018 2016 Food Policy Action
N/A 2020 Future Now Fund
2003 N/A Global AIDS Alliance
2014 N/A Hispanic Federation, LCLAA, LULAC, Mi Familia Vota, NCLR, and Voto Latino
2008 N/A National Association for Addiction Professionals (formerly National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors)
2010 2017 National Association of Social Workers
2014 N/A National Breast Cancer Coalition
2010 N/A National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
N/A 2020 National Nurses United
2006 N/A National Rural Health Association
2006 N/A Parkinsons Action Network
2019 2020 Planned Parenthood Action Fund
2006 N/A Protect Patients Now!
N/A 2020 SEIU Healthcare: Indiana-Illinois-Missouri-Kansas (Service Employees International Union)
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
N/A N/A The American Geriatrics Society
2011 N/A The Children's Health Fund
2008 N/A The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

Housing and Property

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2007 N/A American Land Rights Association (formerly League of Private Property Voters)
N/A 2020 Brand New Congress
N/A 2020 CASA in Action
2003 N/A Leading Age
N/A 2017 National Association of Realtors
1992 N/A National Housing Institute

Indigenous Peoples

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2020 CAPA21
2020 N/A Greenpeace

Judicial Branch

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2018 N/A Demand Justice
N/A 2020 Flip The Senate

Labor Unions

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2019 2017 AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)
N/A 2020 Amalgamated Transit Union
2019 2018 American Federation of Government Employees
2017 2020 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
2012 2020 American Federation of Teachers
2004 2020 American Postal Workers Union
2006 N/A American Road & 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)
N/A 2008 Change to Win
2019 2020 Communications Workers of America
N/A 2020 Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific
N/A 2016 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
N/A 2020 International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union
2010 2020 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
2013 2014 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
2014 2020 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
2018 2018 International Brotherhood of Teamsters
N/A 2018 International Longshoremen's Association
N/A 2016 International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
N/A 2018 Laborers' International Union of North America
N/A 2020 National Association of Government Employees
N/A 2016 National Association of Home Builders
N/A 2018 National Border Patrol Council
2016 2010 National Farmers Union
1990 N/A National Federation of Federal Employees
2018 2016 National Treasury Employees Union
N/A 2020 New England Police Benevolent Association
N/A 2016 North America's Building Trades Unions
N/A 2018 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
N/A 2020 SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH (Service Employees International Union)
N/A 2020 SEIU Healthcare: Indiana-Illinois-Missouri-Kansas (Service Employees International Union)
N/A 2012 Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ
2012 2016 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
N/A 2018 Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
N/A 2020 The International Union of Police Associations
N/A 2018 The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
2006 N/A Transportation Communications Union
2009 2020 United Auto Workers
2008 2020 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers
N/A 2020 United Farm Workers of America
2015 2020 United Food & Commercial Workers
N/A 2019 United Mine Workers of America
N/A 2018 United Steelworkers
N/A 2016 UNITE HERE
2008 2018 Utility Workers Union of America
2014 N/A Workplace Choice

Legislative Branch

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
N/A 2012 Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress PAC
N/A 2020 Flip The Senate
N/A 2020 Future Now Fund
2005 2020 National Committee for an Effective Congress
2018 N/A The Lugar Center
N/A 2012 U.S. Term Limits (USTL)

Marijuana Legalization

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2014 N/A Americans for Safe Access
2017 2018 Marijuana Policy Project
2019 N/A National Cannabis Industry Association
2020 2018 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Marriage

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2018 2020 Human Rights Campaign
N/A 2020 Log Cabin Republicans
2012 2017 National Organization for Marriage

Natural Resources and Energy

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2009 2018 ConservAmerica
2020 N/A Greenpeace
2019 2020 League of Conservation Voters
N/A 2018 NRDC Action Fund
N/A 2020 The Climate Mobilization
2008 2016 The National Mining Association

Oil and Gas

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2018 N/A EnerVest
N/A 2018 Frack Free Four Corners
2010 2014 Independent Petroleum Association of America
2007 N/A Oil Change International

Religion

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2018 N/A 21Wilberforce
2014 N/A American Family Association
2018 2018 American Family Association Action (AFA Action)
2004 N/A American Muslims for Jerusalem
2014 N/A Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
2016 N/A Bill Stamp
2016 N/A Bread for the World
2012 2010 Catholic Advocate
N/A 2010 Catholic Families USA
N/A 2018 CatholicVote.org
2018 N/A Center for Freethought Equality
2003 N/A Center for Reclaiming America
2004 N/A Christian Action Network
2012 N/A Christian and Jews United for Israel
2014 N/A Christian Coalition of America
1992 N/A Christian Voice
2006 N/A Church World Service
2013 N/A Concerned Women for America
N/A 2020 Concerned Women PAC
2018 N/A Council on American-Islamic Relations
2014 N/A Family Policy Alliance
2018 2018 Family Research Council
2019 2020 FRC Action (Family Research Council)
N/A 2020 Freethought Equality Fund (FEF) PAC
2016 N/A Friends Committee on National Legislation
2020 N/A GodVoter.org
N/A 2019 Government is Not God Political Action Committee (GING-PAC)
2005 N/A Hope for Peace and Justice
2013 N/A Jewish Women International
N/A 2012 J Street
2014 N/A Muslim Public Affairs Council
2018 N/A National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund
2019 N/A NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
2012 N/A Open Doors USA
2014 N/A Secular Coalition for America
2010 N/A St. Joseph Health System
2019 N/A The John Birch Society
2007 N/A Traditional Values Coalition
2013 N/A Venn Institute
2013 N/A Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

Social

Last Rating Last Endorsement SIG Name
2012 N/A Drum Major Institute
2007 N/A Mennonite Central Committee
N/A 2020 Republican Jewish Coalition
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