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Jeffery 'Jeff' A. Merkley

Jeffery 'Jeff' A. Merkley's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Jeffery 'Jeff' A. Merkley
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (captured June 17, 2014) 100%
2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (captured January 3, 2014) 100%
2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage 100%
2014 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2013 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Total Score 100%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil Rights 100%
2011-2012 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 75%
2011-2012 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2011-2012 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 56%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 84%
2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 100%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2009-2010 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 93%
2009-2010 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 89%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 83%
2009-2010 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2009-2010 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 91%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 6%
2009 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2008 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon - Positions on Civil Rights Issues 0
2007 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon - Positions on Civil Rights Issues 75
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 0%
2005 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon - Positions 80%
2003 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon - Positions 60%
2001 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon - Positions 67%
1999 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon - Positions 71%

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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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