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E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 86%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil Rights 89%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Total Score 89%
2011-2012 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 100%
2011-2012 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 70%
2011-2012 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 50%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 42%
2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 60%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 33%
2009-2010 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 53%
2009-2010 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 75%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 31%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 45%
2009-2010 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 64%
2009-2010 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 72%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -5%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 73%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 28%
2009 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 86%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 67
2007-2008 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 50%
2007-2008 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 65%
2007-2008 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil and Human 61
2007-2008 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions on Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues 83%
2007-2008 National Organization for Women - Positions 50%
2007-2008 The Arc - Positions 100%
2007-2008 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -1
2007 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 71
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 80
2007 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 62%
2007 League of Women Voters - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Score 66%
2007 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 80%
2007 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur C
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 67%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 35%
2006 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 44%
2006 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur A
2005-2006 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 17%
2005-2006 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 11%
2005-2006 Iranian American Political Action Committee - Positions 50%
2005-2006 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 57%
2005-2006 National Organization for Women - Positions 30%
2005-2006 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 38%
2005 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 47%
2005 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 55%
2005 National Council of La Raza - Positions 100%
2005 National Organization for Women - Positions 50%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 65%
2004 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 71%
2003-2004 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 33%
2003-2004 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 25%
2003-2004 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 56%
2003-2004 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 83%
2003-2004 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 61%
2003-2004 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -3
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 83%
2003 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 47%
2003 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 63%
2003 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -1
2001-2002 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 60%
2001-2002 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 43%
2001-2002 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 64%
2001-2002 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 69%
2001-2002 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 67%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 54%
2001 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 75%
2001 Common Cause - Positions 0%
2001 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 40%
2001 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 64%
2001 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 64%

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